Wiar­ton’s 2016 Ro­tar­ian of the Year ‘a man of many tal­ents’

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Gay Rat­cliffe, a di­rec­tor of the Ro­tary Club of Wiar­ton, pre­sented Mald­wyn Wil­liams with the Ro­tar­ian of the Year 2016 award at Walker House in Southamp­ton, Dec. 1.

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, the award was given at the Ro­tar­i­ans’ an­nual Christ­mas party.

In a com­ment on the club’s Face­book page, Rat­cliffe de­scribed Wil­liams as “a man of many tal­ents.”

Wil­liams has been an “in­valu­able mem­ber” of the Ro­tary since 1998, Rat­cliffe said, adding he had served on its ex­ec­u­tive many times over the years in many ca­pac­i­ties, in­clud­ing as trea­surer and – in 2006 – as pres­i­dent.

Wil­liams ap­plied his Master’s De­gree in So­cial Hous­ing from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois and his ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sional ar­chi­tect as a vol­un­teer dur­ing the sixyear build of The Mir­a­cle Place. The Mir­a­cle Place, a six-unit af­ford­able hous­ing project at Charles and Isaac Streets in Wiar­ton, opened in 2011.

Wil­liams was its first chair­per­son, a po­si­tion he held un­til his re­tire­ment in 2016.

“He still drops in to help with their main­te­nance,” Rat­cliffe said.

The Ro­tary’s an­nual Vil­lage Fair also ben­e­fit­ted from Wil­liam’s skills.

“He lives at the fair from morn­ing to night and as in the club busi­ness, he was al­ways the per­son to go to, to prob­lem solve,” Rat­cliffe said.

Gay Rat­cliffe (right), di­rec­tor, Ro­tary Club of Wiar­ton, pre­sented Mald­wyn Wil­liams with the Ro­tar­ian of the Year 2016 award at Walker House in Southamp­ton, Dec. 1.

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