District Governor Russell Bertrand had the pleasure of presenting the 2017 Dr Percy Hodgson Memorial Award to our very own Herbert Mansfield at the recent Multi-District Conference. Shown below, Herb receives the award in the presence of many from our club who attended the conference. 
This award is the highest award given by District 7950! It is a 27 year tradition not to be taken lightly. All Clubs are asked to nominate one of their members. A panel of seven members determine the awardee and a DG or PDG is not eligible.  Congratulations Herb, we are all very proud of you, our fellow club member for receiving this honor. 
    Dr Percey Hodgson was a Mill Owner in Pawtucket RI. District Governor in 1939-40, continuing on to become Rotary international President in 1949-1950. He was the first RI President to have a theme “Service is My Business”  
    Here are some facts about the awardee, Herbert Mansfield of the Wakefield Rotary Club.
    • Joined Rotary in 1986 over 30 years ago
    • President of the Wakefield Rotary Club 1997
      • His main goal at this time was for the Wakefield Rotary Club to do one thing. Just one with the District.
      • Since that time the Wakefield Club has had.
        • Rotary Global Grants
        • Several District Grants
        • Several District Committee Chairs
        • 3 Assistant Governors
        • One District Governor, Two total.
    • Herb was an Area Representative in the Early 2000 now what we call an Assistant Governor
    • Herb was chosen as a GSE Team leader to Brazil
    • Past Chair of the District Foundation Grants Committee
    • Current Chair of the District World Peace Scholarship Committee
    Congratulations again Herb for this fine achievement! 
    *this article was adapted directly from Russell Bertrand's presentation speech at the  Multi-District Conference, Providence RI 28-30 April 2017