Past Rotary District 9930 Governor Keith Owen, left, presents Max Bosselmann with a Service Above Self award

and 50 years of membership to the Rotary Club of Thames.

The Rotary Club of Thames made several presentations to its members at a recent meeting.

Club spokesman Stu Davies said Max Bosselmann was given a presentation by the District Governor for Service Above Self and to mark more than 50 years of membership.

Davies said Bosselmann was one of Thames' great identities, who had made a large contribution to the Thames community.

"I have valued the wonderful experiences of working on a huge number of worthwhile projects with hundreds of great fellow Rotarians and their spouses over this last half century," he said.

Memorable achievements during this time included the formation by Rotary of the five PROBUS clubs in the Thames Coromandel and Hauraki Plains areas, he said.

He also enjoyed about 25 years of annual fundraising, Rotary Bowls tournaments, and the community projects these tournaments supported, such as the Kuranui Bay barbecue facility.

Bosselmann said the international student exchange and Group Study exchanges were also rewarding.

"I am honored and proud of the recognition that has been accorded to me by my fellow club members and I hope that I will be able to continue to enjoy their camaraderie and fellowship in making our area and the world a better place to live for a few more years."

Past Rotary District 9930 Governor Keith Owen, left, presents the Paul Harris Fellow to Rick Hewitt.

A presentation was also made to Rick Hewitt and Marion Oliver, former owners of Bargain Boards ITM Kopu.

Hewitt was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, one of Rotary's highest awards for his service to the Thames community.

"Rick and Marion have been great supporters to Thames Rotary over the years donating product, knowledge and have been active in helping the Rotary Club with many many projects," Davies said.

"Rick and Marion have been supporters not only to Rotary but schools, scouts and many other organisations within the Thames community."