New president for Meldrum Rotary

Outgoing President Phil Duncan welcomes Ray Walker to the Presidency of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club
Outgoing President Phil Duncan welcomes Ray Walker to the Presidency of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club

THE ROTARY Club Of Oldmeldrum held its handover meeting last Monday, which saw a new president assume office, and a long standing club member receive one of Rotary International’s highest awards of recognition.

After progressing club business with his customary aplomb, outgoing club president Phil Duncan gave a review of the club’s activities over the past year.

In a droll yet thoughtful account, he reflected on the many community events and activities which the club had supoprted over the previous 12 months.

Particularly, he recounted events such as the Santa Sleigh, Santa Fun Run and community quiz around the turn of the year which had been affected by the poor weather, and how the club had pulled through with other fundraising events to enable it to maintain financial support for local and international good causes.

In his penultimate act as president, Phil presented club member Hilary Gordon with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

The award, established in the name of the Rotary founder, is one which which recognises exceptional service to the club and community.

Hilary, herself a past president of the Oldmeldrum club, is a former headteacher, and joins husband Mick as a holder of the Paul Harris Fellowship.

As well as being Rotary’s District literacy officer, she organises an annual Youth Leadership camp in the Cairngorms, and has championed Rotary involvement in charitable works to improve pre-school care in rural Nepal.

Outgoing president Phil then passed on his chain of office to new president Ray Walker. Speaking afterwards, Ray, a former teacher, thanked Phil for his stewardship of the club over the past year. “It’s a great honour to be serving as Club President”, she said. “I’m looking forward to continuing working with the community in the year ahead.”