Chris Clark - A short Biography
Chris was asked to join the Rotary Club of Hanwell by Rotarian Frank Ibbotson & on 27 September 1965 he was inducted into the Club.
On joining, he was allocated to the International Committee.
In May 1968 he was elected Vice-President & as President in July 1969, at the tender age of 27. Was he the youngest President in RIBI?
At the end of his year as President he held a party at home at which the whole Club turned out , including Rtn Rowland Clay who was Mayor of Ealing.
During his year as President, Chris did not miss a meeting.
Chris is possessed with those great qualities of boundless energy and great enthusiasm which over the years has got things done. He had a very successful year as President which he and the Club thoroughly enjoyed.
After his year as Immediate Past President, Chris returned to the International Committee, He spent most of his time with Hanwell within the International Committee which did seem to be manned by the same people for many years and did find many causes abroad for the Club to support particularly the Falconer Trust Project run by Miss Falconer, a retired nurse, who gave shelter and support to unwanted children in her part of Africa. The Trust provided funding for agricultural equipment and other items Miss Falconer might need to help her charges self-develop. She did this very successfully and the Club even had her number one success, who stayed on with her as her right hand man, visit the Club and give an update on progress. Chris’s committee arranged a twinning with the Rotary Club of Arpajon in France and annual visits were exchanged for many years.
Chris was involved with running the Club’s side show at the Hanwell Carnival. Representing Rotary Chris served on the Hanwell Carnival Committee.
Chris admits to dressing as a female Salvation Army member selling out-of-date War Crys and sold the lot at one event.
Chris was on the District Sports Committee where he was responsible for organising the 5-a side football competition
He served as Club Secretary for 5 years.
Chris was Club President for the second time in 1991 & on the day of his induction he was made a Paul Harris Fellow.
In the early 1970s Chris instituted the Riverside BBQs providing, as we all know, a very enjoyable annual event which was also a fund raiser. Typically Chris and Pam put in a lot of effort and the event is still as good today as ever.
Chris was involved in so many Rotary activities, building a Sense Garden, taking the elderly out for car rides, entertaining overseas students, visiting the contact Club, going to District & RIBI Conferences
Chris provided the Presidents jewel and ribbon on the amalgamation of Hanwell & Northfields in 2000.
Having been a member of Hanwell for 35 years Chris joined Windsor & Eton RC in 2000.
In July 2003, Chris became President of Windsor & Eton with what were described as “impeccable qualifications” having already served two terms as President in his previous club. It is recorded that Chris embarked on his year of office with a challenge to himself in the matter of weight reduction. No doubt encouraged by Pam, members were invited to sponsor his loss of pounds & it says much for his persistence that he raised £1,000 towards the cause of Polio Eradication.
By a strange co-incidence two other members of the Windsor & Eton Club were honoured for long service during Chris’ Presidential year. Ken Walker recorded his 55 years with the Club & Norman Jarman completed 50 years of Rotary in this and his three former Clubs
Chris has been a member of our fundraising committee for some years and was the main driving force in establishing our annual Duck Race which is held on the same day as our Summer Fair.
The Sapphire Award was added to his Paul Harris Fellow.
Chris even took time out in 2009 to appear on The Weakest Link. Anne Robinson regrets………………….