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St Mary’s School Taking the Initiative

Our first speaker of 2024 was Becky Mateau from St Mary’s Primary School in Swanage.

At our January speaker meeting at Swanage Sailing Club, Becky explained how the school actively promotes a sustainable agenda for its pupils and encourage them to think more about how they can contribute to their local environment. At the same time, it works closely with a school in Uganda to identify areas where it can provide help and support. 

The talk demonstrated well how it’s never too early to get involved in thinking about others and how words can be transferred into action. There were a number of questions from the floor and everyone present felt suitably well informed. 

President Chris thanked Becky for an excellent presentation and we hope to be able to pursue further opportunities with the school in the future.

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The Times They Are a-Changing!

Handover Time!
Time to handover the reins!

It’s that time in the Rotary year where we start looking at our priorities for the year ahead (starting 1st July) and hand over the reins to a new Club President.

Firstly came the Club Assembly in early June. This was the occasion where incoming project leads identified their proposals for the year ahead, funds permitting, and laid out where they would like the money that the club raises to go. Of course, nothing is cast in stone as there may be additional requests that come to us during the course of the year, but this at least gave us some initial guidelines for our future efforts.

Then, this week, we had the handover, where the current President hands over the running of the club to the new President.

We held our handover event this year at a new venue (for us), which was Swanage Sailing Club, and over 30 Rotarians, partners and friends were present to see outgoing President Chris Le Fevre pass the mantle of responsibility to incoming President Dai Hounsell.

On a beautiful evening and nourished by a superb meal of chicken in white wine sauce followed by cheesecake, the formal handover was conducted with Dai confirming his priorities for the coming year.

Taking over as President Elect (President 2024/25) was Maggie Hardy, who was presented with her ribbon by the new President.

Also present was District Governor Bill Casey, who surprised one of our veteran Rotarians, David Pike, with a special award in recognition of his many years of loyal contribution to Rotary and the wider community.

So we’re off and running again into the next Rotary year and it won’t be long before our next event, the annual Summer FĂȘte – more details available on our dedicated webpage here.