Borderland Rotary Club recently celebrated the extremely long and distinguished service of member, Ronan O’Brien by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award which recognises exemplary service to Rotary. (Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary) Ronan’s journey began way back in 1969 when, living in the south of England, he joined the fellowship at Bromley in Kent. In later years he moved to Shropshire and became a stalwart of the Borderland Club. There have obviously been many memorable moments in all those years but one stand out event was when Ronan, then aged 85, became the oldest person to abseil from the Fire Station tower in Oswestry (the things people do for charity, eh?). Ronan, now 92, still attends meeting regularly and helps with all the major events but said he’d probably not wish to work at height again – at least, not in the near future.
Geoff Barre, Borderland President said how grateful the club is for the contribution Ronan has made to Borderland in particular and the Rotary fellowship in general – a great inspiration to us all.