Ro­tary Club wel­comes first fe­male mem­ber

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club marked an his­toric oc­ca­sion re­cently with the in­duc­tion of its first fe­male mem­ber.

The in­stal­la­tion of Pat Paul took place on the same day that out­go­ing pres­i­dent Don­ald MacLeod handed over the pres­i­den­tial chain of of­fice to the in­com­ing Bill Lig­gat.

Don­ald en­joyed a highly suc­cess­ful year, in which the club con­tin­ues its good work in sup­port­ing many in­di­vid­u­als and char­i­ties.

Past pres­i­dent Phil Spence then gave an amus­ing trib­ute and vote of thanks to Don­ald for his year as pres­i­dent then Bill, a re­tired ca­reers of­fi­cer, per­formed his first act as pres­i­dent - a spe­cial mo­ment for the club as Bill in­ducted its first fe­male mem­ber, Pat Paul.

Pat was in­tro­duced by her spon­sor, past pres­i­dent Brian Wil­liams, and Bill then pre­sented Pat with her new mem­bers pack to a round of ap­plause from the club mem­bers.

How­ever, Pat is no stranger to Ro­tary.

She ex­plained: “My hus­band David has been a mem­ber of the club for about 38 years.

“I’ve always helped out with the Ro­tary, and I’m also a mem­ber of the In­ner Wheel.

“I like help­ing oth­ers and rais­ing money for char­ity, so com­ing to Ro­tary is a good way to do that.”

Pres­i­dent Bill then wel­comed in­vited speaker Brian McKenna to ad­dress the club.

Brian gave an ex­cel­lent talk on his back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ences as a coun­cil­lor, with the Ro­tary motto ‘Ser­vice Above Self’ as a com­mon theme.

The even­ing was con­cluded with a vote of thanks to Brian by Ro­tar­ian Nigel Al­lon on be­half of the club.

Mean­while, the club is look­ing for vol­un­teers to help them with some fundrais­ing this week­end.

Pat said: “At the mo­ment, I’m try­ing to or­gan­ise a cy­cle around Lit­tle Cum­brae, start­ing in Mill­port, to raise money for the Kil­bryde Hos­pice. If any­one is in­ter­ested they are wel­come to call me.”

To take part in the cy­cle, call Pat on 0141 641 4287.

Han­dover Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent Don­ald MacLeod (left) hands over the pres­i­den­tial chain of of­fice to the in­com­ing pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat

His­toric mo­ment Ruther­glen Ro­tary pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat pre­sented the club’s first fe­male mem­ber Pat Paul with her new mem­bers pack

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Guest speaker Brian McKenna (cen­tre) is thanked by Ro­tar­ian Nigel Al­lon (left) and news pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat

Warm wel­come Ruther­glen Ro­tary pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat in­vites speaker Brian McKenna to ad­dress the club

In­tro­duced Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club’s first fe­male mem­ber Pat Paul is in­tro­duced by her spon­sor, past pres­i­dent Brian Wil­liams

Pay­ing trib­ute Past pres­i­dent Phil Spence gave an amus­ing trib­ute and vote of thanks to out­go­ing pres­i­dent Don­ald MacLeod

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