Ro­tar­i­ans elect a new pres­i­dent

Warm welcome ex­tended to new mem­bers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - John Gorrod

The Ro­tary Club of Ruther­glen has con­firmed Ian Wil­son as its new pres­i­dent.

Ian, who re­places Bill Lig­gat, spoke of his pride at be­ing elected to the po­si­tion.

He said: “I am very proud. I’ve un­der­taken the pres­i­dent role be­fore and it is a won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion where peo­ple can meet new friends, help run ac­tiv­i­ties and help peo­ple less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

“One thing that we will look to do – that is my­self and next year’s pres­i­dent – is aim to raise money for can­cer char­i­ties and lo­cal char­i­ties in Ruther­glen and ar­eas around it.”

And Ian was ea­ger to praise the out­go­ing pres­i­dent. He said: “Bill led us with hu­mour. He had an ill­ness but he didn’t let it get to him and we re­spected him greatly for that.”

Ian was sworn in at a meet­ing of the club last week.

Bill gave a short speech sum­maris­ing his year which, de­spite some ad­ver­sity in terms of health is­sues, had been “event­ful, en­joy­able and most of all re­ward­ing.”

He ex­pressed his sin­cere thanks to all the mem­bers who had sup­ported him through his time as Pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club.

Past Pres­i­dent Phil Spence gave the Vote of Thanks to Bill for his year, say­ing: “Tonight we have two pres­i­dents of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter but each with a church back­ground - one as a ses­sion clerk and the other as a BB Of­fi­cer.”

He joked that Bill’s re­laxed de­meanour will be fol­lowed by “The dis­ci­pline of the ex-BB Of­fi­cer,” although he added that Ian’s hos­pi­tal­ity “knows no bounds.”

Ian’s first in­ten­tion is to reach out through ex­ist­ing mem­bers and the media to ap­peal for new mem­bers. Any­one in­ter­ested can at­tend a taster at their reg­u­lar Thurs­day evening meet­ing in the Kings Park Ho­tel (5.30pm for 6pm) where there is a meal and nor­mally a speaker.

These evenings are about so­cial­is­ing and net­work­ing as well as Ro­tary mat­ters. They usu­ally last un­til about 7.30pm.

In­ter­ested par­ties can find out more by con­tact­ing Sec­re­tary Brian Wil­liams at bri­anwil­liams@gmx.com

Great

night Ro­tary club mem­bers had a fan­tas­tic evening

Hello Good­bye Bill Lig­gat (left) hands over the pres­i­dency of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club to Ian Wil­son

Lorra laughs Past-pres­i­dent Phil Spence gave a witty vote of thanks

El Pres­i­dente Ian Wil­son gives vote of thanks af­ter tak­ing over as pres­i­dent

Laughs New pres­i­dent Ian Wil­son shares a joke with out­go­ing pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat

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