First woman Rotarian

A mother of five has become Saddleworth Rotary Club’s first-ever woman member.

ROTARY: first lady member
ROTARY: first lady member

Gail Hunter, 41, was inducted into the club by Rotary’s national president, John Minhinick, who was making his first visit to the area.

Mrs Hunter, a farmer’s daughter from Denshaw, has four boys and a girl whose ages range from four to 22 years.

She is a strategy and marketing director for an international fire protection company, travels widely in the UK, and has a worked at a senior level in carpet manufacture, softwear and engineering.

Her husband, Antony, who will join his wife when he is inducted into Saddleworth Rotary club later this month, is an area manager for Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Gail – the first woman member in the club’s 40 year history – said: “I have grown up in a man’s world in my career.

“But I have been made extremely welcome by the Rotarians and their partners. They have made me very proud to join them.

“Because of our full-time jobs, Antony and I needed to find a mechanism to ensure we could spare some time to put something back into the community.

ROTARY: Chief visits
ROTARY: Chief visits

“I am looking forward immensely to working with my fellow members, helping to promote rotary values and understanding and learning how rotary works.

“I am delighted and honoured to be Saddleworth Rotary’s first lady member,” she added.

Saddleworth rotary club president John Ainley allowed the national president to host the induction.

“It was a special treat for Gail,” he declared. “But I shall conduct her husband’s induction.”

Mr Ainley, a senior lawyer, pictured with Gail, added: “We are delighted Gail has joined us and she will be a real asset to the club.

“She is highly motivated and particularly keen to promote the charitable objects of Rotary.”

Mr Ainley underlined Saddleworth¹s mission to extend membership to a wider audience and added: “One of the new initiatives is to move meetings from lunchtime to evening from April.

“This should encourage prospective members from the business community who cannot attend during the day but want to share our vision to help those in need and less fortunate.”

Mr Minhinick, a meteorologist, attended the lunchtime meeting at the White Hart, Lydgate, with his wife, Sheila.

Other visitors included District Governor Colin Ince and his wife Callie, representatives of the Oldham, Oldham Metro and Altrincham clubs along with the wives and partners of members.

Mr Ainley added: “We were honoured by the visit of RIBI President which was a first for the club and a great accolade for our members.

“It was also recognition for all the hard work the local Rotary Clubs carry out in the community – particularly organising the Saddleworth Summer Show – and in raising funds for local and international charities such as Polio Plus.”

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