New president steps forward at Rotary Club
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