In­spi­ra­tional James takes the helm

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

THE Ro­tary Club of Mac­cles­field Castle has ap­pointed a new pres­i­dent.

James An­der­ton was handed the reins by Michael Drapes in front of 60 mem­bers and guests.

He was also awarded Ro­tary’s David Hop­kin tro­phy for his role in gen­er­at­ing a 25 per cent mem­ber­ship growth.

He says he will con­tinue the fo­cus on young peo­ple, ‘the build­ing blocks of Ro­tary’, with a new Ro­takids group and an In­ter­act club to in­stil com­mu­nity spirit.

These will take place in ad­di­tion to the mock in­ter­view train­ing of­fered at some Mac­cles­field schools.

The club, which helps char­i­ta­ble causes and is part of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, will also fo­cus on al­le­vi­at­ing iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness among the el­derly and will con­tinue with the an­nual se­nior cit­i­zens party.

Ad­vice and fund­ing for lo­cal groups will con­tinue along with the in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme which sup­ported the Nepal Earth­quake Ap­peal, Ebola Cri­sis and the Global Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion ini­tia­tive. James said: “I am de­lighted to take on the role with such a vi­brant club.”

This year’s Ro­tary theme is ‘Be a gift to the world’.

Tony Keeley

●● Mac­cles­field Castle Ro­tary pres­i­dent James An­der­ton (cen­tre) be­ing con­grat­u­lated by re­tir­ing pres­i­dent Michael Drapes, with (from left) pres­i­dent elect Ray Kramer, honorary sec­re­tary Alan Bishop, Keith Dob­son and trea­surer Judy Ni­chol­son

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