THERE’S a new president at Warwick Rotary Club.
Outgoing president Keith Talbot handed over the presidency to Alan Bailey for the next 12 months at a ceremony on Wednesday (June 28).
Keith said that it had been an extraordinary year, ending with the accession of King Charles III.
He continued he had met so many people in Warwick, and from overseas, and it had been memorable seeing how the rotary club’s aid had made a difference.
Alan Bailey has been a member of rotary for 47 years and this is his second term as president at Warwick.
Before joining Warwick in 1987 he had been a member at Shepton Mallett where he was also president. This time he wants the club to have some fun.
The new president thanked Keith for his busy year during which the club has raised nearly £40,000. Donations of £1,000 were made to each of his charities Safeline and Salvation Army.
During the year, the club responded to the invasion of Ukraine supporting the Polish Centre in Leamington with generators, a battery pack and 200 easter eggs for an orphanage, and funds for medical support.
Later in the year Shelterbox’s were sent to help those affected by the earthquake in Turkey/Syria. At home the club supports the foodbank and community centres, provides dictionaries in schools, and funds local charities.
Alan has chosen the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and VASA – a local charity with volunteers providing transport to hospital – as his charities for the year.
He will be kicking off in style hosting the Thai festival on July 8 and July 9 which he has organised for the last 18 years. Other events will include the Town Bonfire, Carols at the Castle and the Victorian Evening.
To find out more visit www.warwickrotary.org