been invited to join the club almost five years ago by then President
I never thought that I would be taking over as president in such a short
am not certain whether this is because it is regarded that I have the
ability to do
a worthwhile job, or if I was the only member who put my name forward.
tell me it is the latter. As I have repeated on many occasions, I feel
that I am
into the deep-end taking over as President at a time when I am trying to
hand over and merge my business with the minimum of disruption. Plus I
that I am still 100% aware of the full aims/functions of Rotary,
regional and international level. Therefore, I will be relying very much
on the past
and fellow Rotarians to guide and put me right on Rotary matters as the
What I am certain of is that the basis of Rotary is to raise money for
You will be aware that I have been the Fundraising Chairman for
That is where I feel at home. Being a businessman I get a kick out of
and hopefully at the same time making money and this extends to the
fund raising for charity. This will still be my main focus and where I
my time and energy whist being the Club’s President for the next year.
With regards to charities, whilst 1 am president I am hoping that we can
more small local charities and less fortunate local families/people. At
time boasting/blowing our own trumpet a little more as to our
the area. This may help us recruit more local people to our Club. Our
have worried me for sometime. I think for a small club we do extremely
our activities to raise money for our Club and in helping out with
local events. None of us are getting any younger and new blood is
Therefore in my presidential year I ask all members to help Ed in any
way possible to increase our membership.
Thank you to the members who have agreed to carry on with their duties
secretary, sergeant at arms and chairman of the various committees etc.
I look forward to working with you all over the forthcoming year, and if
at any time you
me looking confused or bewildered please be kind and if need be point me