On Monday the 9th June 2014, 20 teenagers accompanied by their families and friends met in the Clarence Suite of the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel for the Rotary Club of Brighton’s annual “Rotary Young Citizen Awards” ceremony. The certificates were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field. It was a relaxed and very enjoyable occasion for all and much credit goes to Rotarian Lorna Duggleby, who devised the awards criteria and persuaded schools to take part at a busy time for all concerned. Rotarian Alan Pocock also provided invaluable support by producing with very professional certificates and programmes.
The Lord Lieutenant said “I want to congratulate the Brighton Rotary Club for initiating and organising these awards which recognise young people who are putting a lot of time into supporting the local community in a variety of ways. They are setting an excellent example of what good citizenship is all about”.
The awards were clearly very much appreciated by the recipients, their parents, friends and teachers. Some of the recipients gave short presentations about the activities that had resulted in their nominations and impressed everyone present. The Rotary Club of Brighton, whose motto is “Service above Self”, has always been very keen to encourage and recognise young people who devote some of their time to worthwhile causes in the community, and is already planning next year’s awards event.”