Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II recently bestowed Rotary International President William B. Boyd with the Companion of the Queen's Service Order Award.

By Lisa Baker
Rotary International News

11 January 2007

The award is given to New Zealand residents who have served as a valuable volunteer to the community, whether in elected or public office. The queen appoints 30 people each year.

"While Lorna [Boyd's wife] and I are honored for me to receive the QSO, we recognize that this is recognition of the standing of Rotary in our community," says Boyd. 

The queen honored Boyd for his work in the New Zealand community, which he's served as a Rotarian since 1971. He's also served in his community as an elder and youth leader in the Presbyterian church, scout master, secretary of several school committees, and 30 years as a rugby referee with the rugby union.

Russell Clarke, president of the Pakuranga Rotary club, New Zealand, says that members are collectively delighted that Boyd has received recognition. "The club is extremely proud of Bill and Lorna's wonderful work for Rotary. The feedback from Rotarians worldwide has been that Bill is a real leader of the Rotary movement. The club is proud that the queen has honored Bill and Rotary with this award."

Rob Crabtree, past governor of District 9920 added, "Bill and Lorna epitomize Service Above Self."

An awards ceremony will take place later in the year, after Boyd completes his term as RI president. He will receive a citation for service to the community as well as a badge and a medal.

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