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President: Andrew Gough - 2019/2020



 

 

 

 Andrew Gough

 

First of all I would like to thank Past President Kevin for the hard work and enthusiasm he brought to the presidency last year. He will be a very difficult act to follow and I am sure he will bring his skills to the administration of Rotary at district level to the benefit of Rotary generally.

Although I have been president before I am still proud again to be president of the club with a tradition of over 60 years’ service to the community of Whitstable. However, I think we all acknowledge that Rotary as an institution faces considerable challenges. In an era where funds can be raised by crowd funding and meetings can be conducted virtually what is the purpose of a club that has regular meetings over a meal? Well I think that purpose is simple; to enjoy each other’s company and friendship and to work together raising money for charity or working on projects that help our community whether it be local or international.

As Past President Kevin wrote last year, being a Rotarian should be fun. Our fun should be enhanced when we know that our efforts help others less fortunate than us or encourage others that have the same ethos. However, we all need to be engaged in what the club plans both socially and for our fundraising events. We also need to be aware of the opportunities to encourage new members to join, as without new blood our club cannot move forward.

I have a strong and experienced council but we still need to choose the team members who will work in the committees. However, I hope that I can count on all members to come forward with suggestions about fund raising or hands on projects or social events. The flexibility of arranging council meetings immediately after fellowship meetings does enable members to contribute more readily.

Let us make this Rotary year a successful and enjoyable one. With your help I know we will.

President Andrew Gough

 

 

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