On 12 November RSC Belgium member Rita Woodward received a Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Service, which recognises outstanding non-academic service to the work of the RSC.
Rita was presented with her award by RSC President Prof David Phillips (see above) at a glittering dinner event during the RSC's General Assembly in Birmingham on November 12 2010. She was nominated for the award by our section Chairman Prof Bob Crichton who was there to help her celebrate the achievement. The award comprises a certificate and a fine glass trophy (see below).
Rita has been a long serving and active member of the RSC Belgium executive committee since the very beginning of the section. She has also held the posts of section chairperson and treasurer. But her lasting and most obvious contribution to the section has been her devotion and dedication to the section's outreach and activity with schools and younger people.
As well as inspiring generations of chemists as Head of Science at the British School of Brussels (BSB), Rita has been the mainspring behind the section's Top of the Bench efforts, school essays and poster competitions. In fact despite retiring in 2005, she has become even more active in this area recently. Her latest brainchild was the 'Chemistry Olympiad' competition that was piloted this year in a number of schools and has been a great success. And she was a main driver for the RSC Belgium contribution to the Greenlight for Girls event earlier in November.
Congratulations to Rita!