Herbert takes up presidential post

Pictured ' Retiring President of Selkirk Rotary Club Doug Forsyth (right) hands over the chain of office to Herbert Chatters
Pictured ' Retiring President of Selkirk Rotary Club Doug Forsyth (right) hands over the chain of office to Herbert Chatters
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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.