John A Savage Trophy
|The John A Savage Trophy for 2010 was presented on 21st February 2011 to the Belfast Rotaract Club. Inaugurated in 2009 the Trophy is awarded by the Club to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community.|
Presenting the award, President Brian stated he was personally delighted to present this award given his long-standing association with John Savage and the connection with the Rotaract Club.
The award was collected, on behalf of the Rotaract Club by President Tom Eisenhart and founder member Laura Garland.
Information on the Belfast Rotaract Club can be seen here.
The Cup has been created in memory of former member the late John Savage and with the excellent assistance of Eric Rainey, the old "R R Bowman" Silver Cup has been newly engraved as "The John A Savage Memorial Trophy". PP Craig McClelland kindly supplied a wooden plinth for the Cup which will display Silver shields listing the winners in 2009 and each subsequent year.
R R Bowman was a Rotarian in our Club who died about 50 years ago. He was a great Horticulturist and had particular ability in growing beautiful scented Roses. The Silver Cup, given by him to our Club, was awarded for many years at our Autumn Flower Show, for the best Rose in Show. It was often won by the late Rotarian David A. Dorman, O.B.E. K.O.L - a Belfast Rotarian for well over 50 years and a wonderful Horticulturist.
John Savage, born 12.04.1929, was also a Rotarian in our Club and died nearly 20 years ago. A man of action with great ability, high ethical and moral standards - his Scouting career was unique! - Scout Master; Group Scout Leader and latterly President of his own Group. John resigned as Director (having followed an engineering career) in Craig's in 1972 to follow a career that he much loved, in Scouting - an extension of his lifetime hobby.· With many awards for his Community Service he was Field Commissioner 1972 - 74 and Executive Commissioner 1974 until his death. He brought three Scout Associations in Ireland together.
‘A man behind everything’ he was appointed J.P. for his work in Juvenile courts; was a member of SELB from 1985; Chairman NI Standing Conference of Youth Organisations; member of the Board of Governors, Special School for Handicapped children, Newtownards; and a member of the Programme of Training Sub Committee (London H.Q.).
On joining the Rotary Club of Belfast, John quickly entered into the Work and Service under the Aims & Objects of Rotary. Possibly, one of his greatest contributions in Rotary and Scouting was his re-establishing the Rotary Boys' Camp, at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre 1977, with Pat Smyrl and Denise O'Neill, Scouts and Ranger Guides. He nurtured the disadvantaged children attending the Camps, as they enjoyed the experience of sleeping under canvas with a simple Scout programme, and he made a lasting difference to many lives.
The first recipients of the Trophy were the Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church Youth Group for their work on the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and commitment to young people. The Trophy was presented on 23rd November 2009 by President Arthur to Heather Best, Harmony Hill Open Centre and, by chance, two of PP Alan White's grandchildren - Peter and Sarah White were on the winning team!