Kenton Rotary now second biggest in district

THE Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea marked its tenth year with the induction of new president Sandi Peter recently.

The club is now the second biggest in the district, with 46 members. District governor for 2018/2019 Gianna Doubell attended the occasion. Another Kenton Rotarian, Mike Peter, is assistant district governor-elect for next year.

Outgoing president Peter Reed delivered a valedictory and handed out the annual awards.

Colin Armstrong has been named a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to Rotary, Ginny Reed was awarded the President’s Significant Achievement Award which is voted for by members, the Wandelstok for well-travelled members again went to globetrotters Roger and Bridget Carthew, and the Spoon (a fun award) went to past district governor Bruce Steele-Gray for all his good-humoured stirring.

In his speech, Reed said the past year was very special for him.

“It’s been a positive experience. Many wise decisions were made by board and members with outstanding results.

He quoted the opening words to A Tale of Two Cities, and added, “It’s mostly been the best of times. The worst of times was when we lost members.”

Kenton Rotary lost four members but gained six new members, with a seventh in the wings, Reed said.

He thanked the board for their support, especially Tony Swift who handles the club’s financial affairs.

Reed handed over the chains of office to Sandi Peter, who said she was honoured to have been elected president.

“I deliberated long and hard before I accepted. We are blessed with dedicated members serving an increasingly needy community,” she said.

She also thanked non-Rotarian partners for their assistance to Rotary projects.

Rotarians and guests enjoyed a superb meal prepared by Naartjie and Cheryl Moss.

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