On Friday 26th June, the new President of Hastings Rotary Club, Peter Georgiadis was given the chain of office from the outgoing President, Nick Hollingsworth. After a very successful year where the District raised £300,000 over Christmas and £100,000 for Nepal, Hastings added to that by raising thousands for hampers and support for those in need at Christmas, Nick Hollingsworth handed over the presidential chain with the challenge: ‘Beat that!’
Peter laid out his style for the ensuing year, saying that the emphasis would be about fellowship and fun, with fundraising events of course.
Fellowship events include a mini golf tournament with a barbeque afterwards; a visit to White Rock Theatre; a University Challenge quiz night followed by supper at the Hastings centre and Christmas dinner at the Sussex Exchange on Queensway. There are also plans for the New Year, with many events pencilled in.
On Sunday 28th June Ray Dixon was handed the baton of District Governor by Rotarian Martin Williams. It is a feather in the cap of Hastings Rotary Club that a district governor has been appointed from one of their own. The district covers Kent, East Sussex, SE London and Gibraltar, and there are 85 Rotary clubs in the district.
Ray gave a comprehensive account of his vision and appointed his team for the forthcoming year. In his acceptance address at the Montgomery Suite at Bannatyne’s, where about 100 members from other Rotary clubs within the district were present, he said the main thrust of his message was to be innovative, flexible and to give a final push for the eradication of Polio in the world.
Rotary is now trying to expand its membership base for those who cannot take on the full commitment of membership by introducing associate membership who can attend some of the Friday lunches with a view of eventually becoming involved with fund raising events.
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