2021 should bring joy and happiness !
05/01/2021

Bruges, 1st of January 2021.

Dear fellow Rotarians,

On behalf of the members of our executive committee, I wish you all a prosperous and very healthy 2021!
2020 will never come back! 2021 will be great again!!!
For sure, the vaccin will bring us happiness and joy!
We now look forward to celebrate an historical moment in Vierumaki (Finland) by attending the 46th European Rotary Golf Open Championship near Lahti.

Although this message brings you very hopeful news, I feel very sad to announce that our best friend, Rtn Frederic Verhaeghe, passed away at 6pm on New Year’s eve. Frederic was a very active member of our committee.
He was struggling with a brain tumor that finally knocked him down the last day of 2020.
Frederic was a great Rotarian, always standby to help others.
‘Serve above self’ was his art of living.
He was our communication manager since 2018.
In 2017, he was a member of the organizing committee of the 43rd European Rotary Golf Open Championship in Bruges (Belgium).
He was a member of the Rotary Club of Oudenaarde (RI District 2130).

I learned a lot from him. He was the key person when we established this powerful website rotary.golf.
This brought us into a very significant position and was an immense support to promote GFR Europe and to communicate also by sending our newsletters to more than 2000 fellow Rotarian golfers all over Europe and abroad.

We wish his lovely wife Carine the very best in these very tough moments and do hope she will continu to join us on different occasions. This will undoubtedly be the greatest wish of her loving husband.

Dear friends, that’s how reality can change life in no time!
Take care of yourself, your family, your friends!
Stay Safe and …. register right now for attending our EOC in Finland!!!
Big hug!!!
Yours in Rotary

Luc (and Ingrid!)

Luc Salens
President Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians – Europe
Board member IGFR – International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians


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