Ray is a Foundation Major Donor, Bequest Society Member, Foundation
Benefactor, and co-founder of a Paul Harris Society in D1240. Ray also
received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award in 2009. He has acted as
trainer, facilitator, and moderator at many Rotary seminars and
meetings. He and wife Victoria have been privileged to act as RI
President Representative on a number of occasions.
While district governor, Ray inspired clubs to support and fund Dream
Villages in District 3220, Sri Lanka, forging a connection with President
Jonathan Majiyagbe’s concept of a DREAM team. Clubs donated
US$450,000, which has funded 145 low cost shelter houses and two
schools in Sri Lanka. During his year as DG, annual giving to The
Rotary Foundation doubled.
In 2002/03 Ray met with Wilkin & Sons, manufacturer of preserves and
negotiated the production of 60,000 jars of marmalade with an RI
Spread & Save label as a fundraising initiative for The Rotary
Foundation. At the 2004 RI Institute, RIBI Foundation Chairman Paul
Buyers revealed that the amount raised by the Spread & Save
marmalade was US$1 million. Ray was presented with The Rotary
Foundation Certificate of Appreciation for his work for Foundation.
During his 30 years police service, Ray received nine commendations,
the Police Exemplary Service medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee
medal. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, a
Diploma in Management Studies, and has completed a course in
Ray has served his local community by being involved with his local
church and was founder Chairperson and member of The Friends of St.
Luke’s Parish Church. He was a member of the Homeless Persons
Soup Run group and was founder member of Tiptree Medical Centre
Patient’s Board. He sat as a board member of the NE Essex PCT
Patient & Public Involvement Panel.
Ray was also local education authority appointed