Exmouth rotary club recognises Sea Cadets chair for work with youngsters

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 December 2017

Lt Cdr Tony Griffin has been named Rotary Club of Exmouth and District's citizen of the year. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn

Lt Cdr Tony Griffin has been named Rotary Club of Exmouth and District's citizen of the year. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn

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Lieutenant Commander Tony Griffin was given the citizen of the year award by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

An Exmouth man was left ‘speechless’ after being recognised for his work with young people in the community.

Lieutenant Commander Tony Griffin, chairman of the Exmouth Sea Cadet Corps management team, has been given the citizen of the year award by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

Lt Cdr Griffin was presented with an inscribed bowl and a certificate by former chairman David Matthews at one of the rotary club’s meetings.

He told the Rotarians that he was ‘speechless’ and thanked the club for recognising the sea cadets for their work with Exmouth youngsters.

A spokesman for Rotary Club of Exmouth and District said: “Lt Cdr Tony Griffin was recognised for his work for the youth of our community.

“He was instrumental in bringing the new Exmouth headquarters into focus at a cost in excess of £500,000 - a building that he insisted in its design could be used not only by the sea cadets but by other members of the community.”

At the meeting, Mr Matthews read out a letter from a 13-year-old who claimed that joining the sea cadets had given him ‘discipline, purpose and a meaning for success’.

Mr Matthews also said that the work of the sea cadets for the young people in the community was a ‘worthy cause’ and was recognised by the rotary club in its quest to do good in the world.

Lt Cdr Griffin’s latest project is to replace the sea cadets’ aging minibus and club president Linda Wilson presented a cheque for £2,500 towards the cost of the vehicle.

This funding means that the sea cadets will now be able to buy a new minibus.

At the same meeting, three new members – Gill Smith, Tracy Meyer and Graham Holmes – were welcomed into the club, sponsored by former presidents Simon Wood and Frank Hart-Venn.

• The club’s Father Christmas and helpers will be a Tesco, in Salterton Road, and in the Magnolia Centre where their Christmas tree is also in place.

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