Philip Leason was in for a pleasant surprise when he attended Stone Rotary’s meeting on the 20th April. He had told members and friends all about his recent trip to India to help out with polio vaccinations – when President Len Bassett presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship. In this country the Fellowship is awarded to Rotarians and members of the community who really exemplify Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above Self’.
In making the award Len Bassett drew attention to Philip’s significant contribution to the community of Stone, his extensive historical knowledge of the Town and his long service in Rotaract and Rotary. He was President of Rotary in 2001/02. As Rotary Foundation Chair in Stone Philip looks after the Polio elimination campaign in the area and recently he has ‘led from the front’ in making two trips to India to participate in their National Immunisation Days – an essential activity if the disease of polio is to be eradicated from the world.
Rotary’s District Governor, Lynne Marshall, was on hand to offer Philip her congratulations on receiving this prestigious award.
The previous day Philip had organised a Sunday lunch at Stone Golf Club for members and friends of the Club to support Rotary’s Polio elimination campaign, the sum of £250 was raised, which will be double matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to make a total £750. That is enough cash to immunise over 2,000 children!