Benalla Ensign

Smyth takes reins

- By Simon Ruppert

The Rotary Club of Benalla welcomed new president John Smyth at its annual changeover dinner on Thursday, June 24.

Prior to the official changeover Rotarians also took the time to honour Tomorrow Today’s Sally Gamble with a Paul Harris Fellowship for her work in the community.

Ms Gamble thanked Rotary and said it was an honour to receive one of the club’s highest accolades.

After some club business, outgoing president Jan Crothers called Mr Smyth to the front where he was presented with the official gavel and pin.

Mr Smyth said, despite being hesitant, he was truly proud to have been given the opportunit­y to be president for 2021-2022.

“It is nice to be back to normal with an actual changeover dinner with everyone here,’’ he said.

“And for that reason I really do congratula­te the previous presidents, Jan and

Hamish, who really were ambushed by COVID-19.

“I have plans for this year, and they are plans.

‘‘I don’t pretend for one moment that we’ve got all the answers.

“I really perceive that there are things out there

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