Award of Paul Harris Fellowship to Sir Geoff Palmer OBE
International evening and PHF award
At our International Evening on 28th May, the members were delighted to be able to confer a Paul Harris Fellowship on a great friend of the club, Sir Geoff Palmer OBE.
Sir Geoff has lived in Penicuik since the 1970s. He is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been associated with the Rotary Club of Penicuik for a number of years and has told us much about his passions – not only about Whisky and distilling but also about human rights, the slave trade as it affected (and probably still does affect) this country, racial equality and more.
He was honoured by the award of an OBE in 2003 for his contribution to the Brewing and Distilling Industry and in 2014 was knighted for services to Human Rights, Science and Charity. He was recently appointed Jamaica’s first Honorary Consul to Scotland,
Sir Geoff was clearly touched by the warmth of his reception at the club and the tremendous affirmation from all those present for the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship to him.