New pres­i­dent steps for­ward at Ro­tary Club

The Galloway News - - District News -

Coro­n­avirus couldn’t stop the Ro­tary Club of Kirkcud­bright’s al­ter­na­tive han­dover bar­be­cue go­ing ahead as planned.

In­stead of be­ing held in the grounds of the Selkirk Arms, it took place on­line via Zoom with 30 club mem­bers vis­i­ble from the waist up in head gear from around the world.

They said good­bye to out­go­ing pres­i­dent Alex Kin­nell and wel­comed new pres­i­dent Dr Mike Moore as well as his vice pres­i­dent Andy Court­nadge.

Over Zoom, Mike said: “I’d like to be­gin by thank­ing Alex for all that he has done for the club dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial year, in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the cur­rent coro­n­avirus cri­sis.

“I’ve seen, at first hand, the amount of time and ef­fort he has given in or­der to steer us through this dif­fi­cult pe­riod.

“In par­tic­u­lar, I’m ex­tremely proud of the club’s re­sponse to the cri­sis in terms of the sup­port given to our lo­cal com­mu­nity and lo­cal causes but also to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional Covid-19 op­er­a­tions.

“Alex has been at the centre of all of this.

“For me, it’s a real priv­i­lege to be­come pres­i­dent of Kirkcud­bright Ro­tary Club. I’ve been as­so­ci­ated with the club since the mid 90s, al­though not con­tin­u­ously.

“Not ex­actly the cir­cum­stances I’d en­vis­aged when elected ju­nior vice all those years ago.

“But we are now hope­fully start­ing to emerge from the pretty se­vere re­stric­tions we’ve been liv­ing with.

“Our char­ity funds are largely de­pleted and op­por­tu­ni­ties for rais­ing sub­stan­tial funds are go­ing to be lim­ited for some time to come.

“But we’ve sur­vived; and we’ve even had a few meet­ings cour­tesy of Zoom and we look for­ward to re­turn­ing to the Selkirk Arms Ho­tel in the near fu­ture.

“So, let’s start the new Ro­tary year in a pos­i­tive frame of mind. I as­sure you that I will do ev­ery­thing I can to help make it a suc­cess­ful year.

“I look for­ward to work­ing closely with my vice pres­i­dent Andy, club coun­cil and mem­bers, along with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I also prom­ise that I will strive never to use the word ‘un­prece­dented’ again. Thank you.”

In-com­ing Dr Mike Moore is new pres­i­dent of lo­cal club

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