Ray Hazan retires President of Blind Veterans UK charity

Past President Ray Hazan retired on 7th February from being President of Blind Veterans UK (BVUK), a position that he had held for 13 years. He also relinquished his position from the BVUK Council.
Ray decided that this month was opportune to retire from his role as President as the charity is changing the way it services training. Rather than individuals coming to the charity’s centres to learn trade, the charity will be going to the individuals who need help at 19 regional locations.
Secondly, he considered that it was time for the charity to be led by someone younger who is fresher with new ideas, so that they could gain experience, rather than the position being held for eternity by ‘an old codger’.
Ray is a member of BVUK for life. The charity looks after blind veterans from their loss until their passing, and in some cases also looks after widows. Ray feels a great debt to the charity enabling him to lead a fantastic life, he has said to them that if there is anything required, he is more than willing to do all he can to help.
It is Ray’s intention to continue to utilise the BVUK facilities at Ovingdean. The charity provides a bus service to transport Ray and other veterans within a ten-mile radius to Ovingdean so that they may continue to use the facilities such as the amateur radio shack, the gym and the arts and crafts workshop. Ray considers that doing something practical rather than cerebral is very relaxing.
Ray’s diary is full every day, and when not at BVUK will continue with membership of Seaford Rotary Club. Ray currently is Speaker Secretary for the Club and has arranged for speakers including his brother (see page 8) to give talks at our lunch time meetings.
Ray joined Blind Veterans UK staff in 1977, and was elected President in 2004. He worked in the PR and Welfare departments, and was also Editor of the charity's monthly in-house magazine Review. Ray retired in 2011 but remained the charity's President until this month.
Ray was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to Blind Veterans UK and the blind community, and last April was awarded the Soldiering On Through Life Trust’s “2016 Trustees Award” for services to the blind community.
Ray has been a member of Rotary for over 20 years, first joining the Rotary Club London, and joining Seaford Rotary Club following his retirement. He was President of Seaford Rotary Club in 2014-15.

posted: Tuesday, 7 February 2017

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