Duo honoured for sterling community work

The Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope has bestowed the highest honour upon John Thomas, in recognition of his long and dedicated service to multiple community and humanitarian projects within the Fish Hoek Valley and beyond over many years.

“His leadership, passion for the poor and needy, innovation and hard work has left a legacy of varying organisations and institutions which have benefited millions of people over the years since 1996, when he started what has become the King of Kings Baptist Church,” said Marge Upfold, outgoing president of the Rotary Club, at the recent annual induction ceremony.

Thomas is ably and loyally supported by his wife Avril, and he is seen as a beacon of humility, says Upfold. “We are so blessed to have John and Avril as part of our community and it is an honour for our Rotary Club to recognise him in this way,” said Upfold, prior to her passing the presidential chain of office to Rotarian Susan O’Hagan Ward who will lead the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope for the next year.

Also recognised at the same function as a Paul Harris Fellow was Rotarian Jean Smythe, a well-known Fish Hoek resident and respected Rotarian and unsung heroine who has served Rotary and her community for many years.

Smythe is a special woman who, having started her Rotary career in 2002, has served as secretary of the club. She has organised many fundraising events, notably the popular Strictly Come Dancing event, regularly assists with driving of the elderly folk of Fish Hoek to the Masque Theatre; and every week diligently co-ordinates meeting arrangements with the staff at the St James Hotel.

In addition, Jean has been instrumental in establishing a number of gardens to beautify areas in and around Fish Hoek and has also worked tirelessly for the Fish Hoek Bowling Club to raise funds and arrange events.