Local volunteer recognized for their dedication to community service



A local resident is recognized for his dedication to community service.

Bob Fletcher is this year’s recipient of the Syd Kemsley Community Service Award from the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent.

Fletcher, a longtime club member and First Presbyterian Church elder, is known for his generosity both inside and outside the Kiwanis club.

“He has been one of the people the Minister can always count on to help when situations arise.
and challenges arise,” read a statement from the club. “Bob is generous with his time and financial support of our ministry. One ministry Bob really stands out in is the Saturday breakfast serving people in our community.

Now in its 20th year, Saturday Breakfast has served over 150,000 free meals.

“Bob has been instrumental in the development and implementation of virtually every aspect of this
ministry,” the statement read. “Many other volunteers attend the Saturday breakfast, but Bob is the heartbeat of this important ministry.”

Fletcher was also involved in setting up health teams in Chatham-Kent.

He had a good time on the road in several cities, highlighting the need for doctors in the region. The HI team managed to introduce many new doctors at a time when they were desperately needed.

“Thanks to his technical expertise, he was able to introduce a computer voice recognition system through which
medical staff could bypass handwritten health reports by having their oral reports directly printed, which would save a lot of time,” the report read.

Fletcher received his award at the Oct. 19 Kiwanis club meeting held at the Active Lifestyle Center.

Norma P. Rex