Raouf Oderuth has taken over from John Coles as the new President of Bexhill Rotary Club.
Raouf is retired, after spending most of his professional life in teaching, and has a passion for oil painting.
Raouf was born in the 1950’s on the then British Island of Mauritius and was one of the youngest Secondary school teachers on the island, teaching English language, English literature, British history, art and French. In his spare time, he provided free tuition for the underprivileged.
He came to England in 1975 to pursue his academic career, choosing to reside in Hastings purely based on his historical knowledge of 1066.
Raouf initially worked in the Health Service as a practitioner before returning to his first love of teaching.
He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Brighton where he combined his professional experience with academia and research. His principal subjects were normal and abnormal psychology, psychiatric care interventions and applied health psychology.
Raouf has been married to Vivian, for 34 years. They met in Hastings and bought their first home in Bexhill.
They have been involved, for 17 years, in the management of a local care home as proprietors.
Colin Stutley, from Bexhill Rotary Club, said: “Raouf has a passion for painting in oils. In the quest for subjects, he is often lured to far-flung destinations.
“Although he no longer plays football for local leagues, he still follows the progress of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
“Raouf enjoys playing pool, cooking and entertaining. He speaks five languages fluently, English, French, Hindi, Urdu and Bhojpuri. This has helped him form friendships and develop international acquaintances around the globe. He is a fun loving person and values the company of friends and relatives.
“Raouf joined the Rotary Club in 1999. This gave him an added opportunity to further serve and enhance his community life.
“He has been an active member since he joined and cherishes the fellowship and friendships formed. Since being elected as Vice President 2012, he has been looking forward to working with all the Club’s members during his Presidential year.”
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