All change at Hertfordshire Rotary Clubs

TIMES Territory’s Rotary Clubs have all welcomed new presidents, in annual changeover ceremonies. Here is the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ round-up of the new men – and woman – at the helm.

WGC: David Thom took over the reins from John Walton, at a club meeting held at the Homestead Court Hotel.

He then ran members through “my life in eight paragraphs” – telling of his apprenticeship as a tailor on Savile Row, to opening his own business in Church Road, WGC, in 1962.

“Some of the rich and famous I have worked for include Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Malcolm Sargeant and King Paul of Greece,” he said.

Hatfield: The newly-elected president for the coming year is David Young.

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The managing director of electrical retailer A L Young, follows his late father, Tony, who was president of the club in 1980-81.

He took over the chain of office from previous president John Hopley during a ceremony at the David Lloyd Leisure Club, where the club holds its regular meetings.

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Mr Young said he was keen to attract more members to the “friendly, active club”.

Brookmans Park: Michael Jones handed over the chain of office to Steve Northcott at a ceremony held at the club’s regular meeting venue, the Old Owens Sports Club, Potters Bar.

Mr Northcott said that during his year the club’s fundraising activities would have an emphasis on the first three letters – ‘fun’ – for both major global initiatives as well as local needs.

“We try hard to balance the two,” he said.

“This year our main fundraising efforts will help support the local Isabel Hospice, the astonishing work of the international Mercy Ships and our own home-grown charity founded by footballer Bob Wilson, the Willow Foundation.”

Potters Bar: Helga Quickenden was inducted as the new president by the outgoing Pat Rowatt.

Earlier in the meeting, Mrs Rowatt had presented the Peter Bordman Rose Bowl to John Powell for his tremendous support during her year.

She also presented commemorative Rotary mugs to every member as a thank you for all their support during her very busy and successful year in office.

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