Ellon Rotary Club held its Presidential handover meeting last week, as outgoing President Ian Mackay handed on the chain of office to local farmer Bob Black.
Bob, who has been a Rotarian for 11 years, will be supported in his role by Senior Vice-President Forbes Hamilton and Junior Vice-President Donny Chisholm. The club’s committees will be chaired in the year ahead by Community Service Convener Stephen Burnett, Foundation Convener Mike Watson, International Convener Brian Milne and Vocational Convener Graham Clark.
At the meeting, Ian told fellow Rotarians that he felt privileged to have served as the President of the Ellon Rotary club. He highlighted many of the humanitarian, literacy, water and health projects including the club’s financial support towards polio eradication.
He took pride in mentioning the annual golf challenge against Ellon Probus Club and Rotarian support for the Ellon Pedal car Race. In particular, he said, he had enjoyed the fun, friendship and fellowship of the family of Rotary.
In his opening speech, Bob thanked Ian for his time and effort in steering the club to becoming well respected locally and to being one of the most enterprising of the 88 clubs in District 1010.
District Governor Iain Macdonald from the Rotary Club of Forres was also in attendance. Addressing the club, Iain said “I am impressed with the variety of activities and it is marvellous to see the work that Ellon Rotary has done during the past year.”
President Bob has been involved with Udny Young Farmers’ Club and is a board member of Scottish Agronomy. He is a keen curler and is the skip of one of the four Ellon Rotary teams as well as a past President of the Haddo Curling Teams.