Inside the ropes at VEMA: Frank Westwell


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Frank Westwell is honored by Queen Elizabeth.

Frank Westwell is an unassuming member of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association, with the exception of his British accent. 

He spent 30 years advising British governments, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and later John Major, on a variety of policy issues. Upon retirement , he was invited to become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He was delighted to accept, taking his mother, sisters and wife to Buckingham Palace for the ceremony, where Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title in the Throne Room. 

Westwell currently volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litum, representing neglected and abused children who are made dependents of the 18th Circuit Court. He finds his role advocating for the children as a satisfying and stimulating way to give back to some of Florida’s most needy young citizens. He would encourage anyone to volunteer for this service by phoning the Guardian Ad Litum service on 321-690-6823. 

Winners in individual flights from Oct. 13: Fred Berg, Gerry Adams and Robert Urban tied for first in the first flight. Steve Wing was fourth. Larry Hutker finished first in the second flight, Ben Herrman finished second and Freddie Baltazar and John Perrine tied for third place. Tony Hines finished in first place in the third flight. Jim Benton was second, and William Oakley finished third. Mike Hachee finished in first place in the fourth flight, Andy Mammay finished second, and Westwell was third. Closet-to-the-pin winners were No. 4 John Weirda, No. 7 Sam Speziale, No. 13 Steve Wing and No. 16 Fred Baltazar. 

The Director’s Cup, a match play event, starts this month.