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Passing the Baton

At the end of a highly successful year it was time for President Ro Clark to hand over the Presidency of Swanage & Purbeck Rotary to New President Linda Winter.

On a glorious summer’s evening in the gardens of Dave & Mary Pike, over 60 Rotarians, Partners, friends and colleagues gathered to enjoy a splendid buffet prepared by our excellent caterers Bliss Food Co and witness the changing of the guard.

President Ro reflected on the many highlights of her year and the very positive increase in members that will help the club to continue to run and support the many events that it is involved in, before handing over the Presidential jewel. President Linda looked forward to maintaining the momentum of the past year and continuing to increase our profile and achievements.

She also passed the President Elect jewel over to Steve Parsons and welcomed Deirdre Selwyn as the new President Nominee

Earlier in the evening, there was still time to welcome two more new members of the club as Susan Treadwell and Mike Bonfield were inducted as full members, bringing the overall club membership up to 42.

There was also a special recognition award for Dave Whitton for his tireless efforts in supporting the events and activities of the club over many years.

Now it’s back to work as the Summer Fête is looming large on the horizon and preparations are well underway. Let’s hope the wonderful weather that we are enjoying continues!

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Handover Goes With a Splash!


The handover from President John Thraves to new Club President Ro Clark took place last week.

In less than ideal summer weather, Club members, family and friends assembled at the home of Past DGs Dave & Mary Pike to oversee the changing of the guard. Not to be daunted by the wet weather, David had managed to put up a marquee in his garden to ensure that no one got wet during the celebrations.

The evening was also the opportunity to present a number of Paul Harris Fellowships to individuals who have gone above and beyond in helping the Club and the local community. President Ro presented the awards to Mike Humpherson, David Huntley, Jenny Huntley and Kathie Stimpson who were all both surprised and delighted to be recognised.



A sumptuous buffet was provided by our usual caterers Bliss Food Co and a ready supply of Pimms was on hand to ensure that everyone was able to toast the start of the new Rotary year.

But there’s no time to lose, as the next Rotary-Supported events are already looming large – the Kingston Country Fair over the weekend of 8th and 9th July and the Summer Fête in Sandpit Field on Thursday 10th August. More details are available under ‘Latest News’.