THERE was a change of president at Bromsgrove Rotary Club on Tuesday night (July 14).
Tony Docherty stood down from the role after two productive years and Debbie Roberts, who has been a member for the last five years, took up the chain.
In his departing speech, Tony said among the highlights of his term of office were the induction of eight new members to the club and providing specially adapted tricycles to Heaven-Leigh and Harry.
He also spoke of his sadness about the passing of members, including John Allen in the run up to his presidency and Geoff Craddock who dies in Tony’s first year.
And he said: “The main reason I’m pleased to be handing over the reins is because for the first time in a long time I am truly confident the club has a bright future.
“Over the last two years attendance at our meetings has nearly doubled, the finances have gone from zero to a surplus and more members have supported the events we have run.”
He said he felt Debbie and the new vice president, Simon Holder, would do a great job.Debbie has chosen Age UK and Young Carers as her two charities for the year.
AgeUK so the club can help older and vulnerable people during the winter months and prevent them from becoming isolated and the Young Carers which supports 18 young people in Bromsgrove so they can have a break from caring.
“I feel blessed to be able to take up the role and am looking forward to the year ahead,” she added.