was in my late 20’s when I was taken to Rotary by the late Geoff Drury and
became a member of the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club weeks later. I enjoyed
the company of my slightly older Rotarian colleagues and got involved at an
early age as Youth Exchange Officer for 2-3 years and then International
few years later when some of us were returning by train form Winschoten,
Holland; a trip which I had helped organise (in which a few nearly got thrown
off the train), I must have impressed the then President and hierarchy, or maybe
they were desperate, and was asked to take on the Presidency. I considered
myself far too young but accepted with some anxiety a couple of years later,
thinking that I had a while to prepare myself but how quickly the time passed!
There was I, following in the footsteps of Ken Ward and many other good
Presidents before me. Which made me wonder ‘How can I match them?’ Then it
came to me; I should not attempt to copy them but be myself and have a fun year.
I was 41 and younger than most Rotarians when joining.
course there were difficult times, but most Mondays were fun as were our evening
functions and Ladies’ Nights, especially the Greek evening where we had Greek
food and dare I say a “Turkish” belly dancer provided by Rotarian Charles
Lewis, also our somewhat different Christmas carols where my young children and
I sang carols in Greek.
President I am sure has given me so much more confidence in myself, and a wider
knowledge of Rotary and life in general. I would recommend to those who are
nervous and think they couldn’t possibly take on such responsibility to just
do it! The support you get from the entire club really makes it a special year
in your life. I hope I live long enough to enjoy it second time around.