Retiring president of Selkirk Rotary Club Doug Forsyth, right, hands over the chain of office to Herbert Chatters.
A former newspaper publisher, Herbert Chatters held a similar position in Nottinghamshire 27 years ago. He joined Rotary while still a member of his then local Round Table in Nottinghamshire and has been a member of clubs in England, Scotland and Portugal.
Married to Joy, who is also a club member, he is currently on the national marketing, public relations and communications committee, and is one of two international public image co-ordinators for Britain and Ireland.
His biggest ambition is to see Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign, which was launched during his previous presidency, come to a conclusion during his current term of office. There were 125 polio-endemic countries 27 years ago – today there are only three.
“Here in Selkirk we have raised £1,000 in the last year to help fight polio, thanks to the local people, but we have also raised £7,000 to help local organisations too,” said Herbert.
The new Selkirk Rotary Club committee is – senior vice-president, Jim McPherson; junior vice-president, Edith Scott; secretary, Dick Marks; treasurer, Grant Gill. Chairs – membership and retention, Les Rutherford; communications, Edith Scott; foundation, Jan Henderson and Alan Hall; service projects, Adam Borwick; youth service, John Pack.