First wo­man pres­i­dent at Ru’glen Ro­tary

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A grand­mother has be­come the first ever fe­male pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club.

Pat Paul, the only fe­male to join the club so far, has be­come the first lady leader in the club’s 73 year his­tory.

Tak­ing up the man­tle from out­go­ing pres­i­dent Bill McIn­tosh, Pat said it was a great priv­i­lege to take the helm of a lo­cal branch of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I feel it’s a great hon­our and I will do my best for them,” she said.

“It will be a chal­lenge but I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. It will be some­thing big in my life.

“Hav­ing been a mem­ber of the In­ner Wheel for 25 years, I have a fair idea of what goes on and I know they will sup­port me.”

Pat joined Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club in July 2014, although her hus­band David has been a mem­ber for 35 years.

She was asked to be­come pres­i­dent by Bill, who put the pro­posal be­fore the Ro­tary coun­cil who ap­proved the ap­point­ment.

And whilst Pat has only been in the role a few weeks, she al­ready has a host of projects she is look­ing for­ward to throw­ing her weight be­hind.

These in­clude the new Ro­takids ini­tia­tive and en­cour­ag­ing more women to join the Ro­tary Club.

Pat added: “Firstly the ca­ma­raderie is great, the fel­low­ship is su­perb and we do a lot of good things in the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially with pri­mary schools, and we like to get in­volved with lo­cal char­i­ties.

“We like to do get in­volved in good causes and hope­fully women will see that.”

Pat, like her pre­de­ces­sor Bill, will be pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion this year to Ro­takids, a cit­i­zen­ship pro­gramme run in pri­mary schools.

It chal­lenges pupils – or Ro­taKids – to come up with ideas for good deeds, such as rais­ing money for char­ity, im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing the el­derly or chil­dren in an­other coun­try.

This in turn helps chil­dren to make good friends and grow their con­fi­dence and self-es­teem.

Burgh and Calder­wood pri­maries have al­ready signed up to the ini­tia­tive.

This, and the Ro­tary’s mis­sion to erad­i­cate po­lio, will re­main the pri­or­i­ties for Pat and her col­leagues through­out the year.

Away from the Ro­tary Club, Pat en­joys spend­ing time with her fam­ily and grand­chil­dren, and is a keen curler along­side hus­band David.

Paul, pic­tured with hus­band David, is the first fe­male pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club

The ca­ma­raderie is great and the fel­low­ship is su­perb

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