Liz Wood, above, Hawick Rotary Club’s first female president, hands over the chain of office to the new incumbent, Tommy Mulvee.
She said it had been a memorable year for her in the 75th anniversary of the club and especially the dinner held at Mansfield House Hotel. One of the highlights had been the club awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to Jack Swanston, Archie Purves and George Rennie.
Tommy congratulated Liz on an exceptional year and wished her well on her imminent move to Glasgow and her continuing membership at a club there. He thereafter installed Scott Elliot as vice-president.
Gus Neilson, foundation chairman, said the club would support the Scottish charity “500 Miles” which had been set up by Olivia Giles, an Edinburgh lawyer who lost her arms and legs due to meningococcal septicaemia. She is supporting a project in Malawi, Zambia and Zanzibar to provide prosthetic limbs and appliances for amputees in these countries.
Sandy Bannerman’s international committee was also involved and it will be channelled through Longniddry Rotary Club and five other clubs as bigger matching grant funding can be applied that way. An associate membership scheme is in force to encourage people, male and female, to come along to a meeting and try Rotary, at no cost, to see if they would like to join.
Anyone interested should contact Billy McWatters at 01450 373945 or any Rotarian.