The Club Person of the Year award was instigated some years ago by former Chairman Richard Jacobs in order to give recognition to a Club Member who has shown great endeavour during the year and who has “gone that extra mile” on behalf of the Club.
In 2013 there were eight nominations for the award presented to the Club Committee and by a unanimous decision, it was decided that Dot Butler would be the worthy recipient of the award.
Dot has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Club during the year going about her work in a modest , humble, and charming fashion ensuring her beloved tennis section was represented in the finest way possible. Her contributions to the Club Committee each month were immense and it is hard to believe that during that time, Dot received the awful news that she had suffered a recurrence of cancer and had to endure a debilitating course of chemotherapy. As if that was not enough, Dot underwent exploratory surgery just before Christmas.
Throughout this time, Dot remained her usual unflustered self with never a word of self pity just a steely determination to overcome the illness and get on with her life with a smile on her face and resolve in her heart.
Dot’s association with the Club goes back to 1978 and her workload since then has been quite phenomenal. She joined as a Social and Tennis member, and she has been a member of the Club Committee on two occasions. She was Tennis Captain in 2001 and 2013, Senior Lady Captain in 2009, Lady Golf Captain in in 2010, Club representative for the Devon County Ladies Golf Association since 2009 and Club representative for the Vets wing of the DCLGA since 2011.
Dot was presented with the award by Club Chairman Will Gannon at the recent Club AGM to a standing ovation from those present and afterwards said “ I am thrilled and delighted to receive the award and I will continue to do my utmost to ensure the Club remains one of the best of it’s kind in the UK. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and will continue to do so”
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