It has been all change at the Rotary Club of Irlam as outgoing President David Fairclough reached the end of his year in office and Deputy President Jane Williams, took over the reigns as President for the next 12 months.
It has been a difficult time for all due to the Coronavirus, and the Rotary Club of Irlam have not been able to meet in person since the start of the Lock-down. But have still carried out their duties and support to the community as best they can.
Outgoing President David Fairclough (pictured with Jane Williams) said after his second stint at the helm of the Rotary Club of Irlam, “It has been a difficult year for everyone since the dreaded COVID-19 took a grip of the World. At Rotary we have adapted to zoom meetings and emails to keep in touch but I think we will all welcome the time when we can again meet face to face with fellow members. I would like to thank friend of Rotary Paul Dixon For all his support over the past year. I would also like to thank secretary Gill and all the Committee Chairmen for their continued work on behalf of Rotary with a special mention to Rotarian Peter Fillery for his continued help and advice. Lastly, I would personally like to thank all our members and friends at the Rotary Club of Irlam, for all their continued hard work and friendship, thank you. I wish incoming President Jane Williams a fantastic year in office and offer her all my support in what are still challenging times. I would finally, like to raise a ‘virtual’ glass to our good friend and fellow Irlam Rotarian Ken Mellor who sadly passed away earlier this year.”
President Elect Jane Williams, the first female President to take up the role at the Irlam Club, said in her on-line address, “It is an honour and indeed a privilege to become President of Irlam Rotary Club for 2020-21. With a lot of persuasion from fellow Rotarian Bernard Daniels, I eventually said “yes”! after all the Club members are a special bunch.
I am incredibly pleased to say that Gill McLaughlin has agreed to be my secretary. A very loyal effective supportive member of the team. Am also extremely fortunate that Dave Taylor has agreed to remain as Treasurer with so much experience.
These two posts are vital to running an efficient Rotary Club. Thank you both for your support. Can I also thank all the Chairman of the Club Committee’s that have agreed to support me in my Presidential Year.
My Charity will be the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) as my dad was in the Royal Navy, he would always dig deep into his pockets and say, ‘Jane these are volunteers that get no help from the government and do such an important, life saving job’.
I have been a Rotarian since April 2013 and the lovely Alan Cavanagh was our Club President, who enrolled me into Irlam Rotary. We currently have 26 members and there are others who has shown interest in joining.
Our World has changed dramatically within the year of 2020 and will take time to re-cover. Some people close to our hearts we have sadly lost, including our dear friend Rotarian Ken Mellor.
I believe to succeed in the future it’s important to take care of our members and ensure everyone has a voice and is listened to.
I miss our Club meetings face to face and the venue at Irlam Station along with the staff, it is such a welcoming place. The chats over our evening meal and getting to know each other are a particularly important way to secure our family of ‘Rotary’.
Our club members are all different, but we share a common goal, to be more kind, generous and thoughtful to care for our World and the people in it.
It will be different to lead the club as our World has changed, however I will welcome your help in any shape or form over this next Presidential Year”. President Elect Jane Williams. 2020.