Nick Bell posing for a photo with his Service Above Self award
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Winchester Rotarian ​receives prestigious ​Rotary International ​award

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A long-serving member of Winchester Rotary, Nick Bell, has been awarded ​the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self award.

Rotary In Wessex (D1110) District Governor George Phillips presented the award ​to Nick at a special reception in the Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel last ​month.

While many Rotarians distinguish themselves through service, the award ​especially recognises those who make it a way of life.

Nick has been a member of the Rotary family since the 1970s, first in Rotaract ​and since 1986 as a member of Winchester Rotary in Hampshire.

Nick Bell talking to a group of children in Uganda.

Winchester Rotarian Nick Bell in Uganda, where he led one of many Rotary projects

He was awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship in 2010 and was Winchester Rotary President in 2013-14. It was during that year that Rotaract was re-established in Winchester and continues.

Latterly, Nick’s roles in the club have covered both community and international connections from Albania to Uganda. Video messages were played at the event from representatives of projects which Nick has led in both countries.

Guests included past members of Winchester Rotary, and representatives from other clubs.

The evening closed with a congratulatory video message from Rotary International President Gordon McInally – a reminder of the significance of the award. Only about 150 are awarded globally each year.

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