WORKING closely with young people and building on a successful 12 months are the aims for the new president of the Rotary Club of Saddleworth.
Clint Elliot took over the chains of office from Barbara Howse, who was the Club’s first female president, in June at a special gathering at The White Hart, Lydgate.
He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be the president of the Rotary Club of Saddleworth in the Riding of West Yorkshire.
“I have my wife Angie to thank for it. When we moved to Saddleworth she said ‘you need more men friends!’ so I got involved.”
And he joked: “My full name is Clinton. I have always wanted to be President Clinton and now I have achieved that aim!”
Praising Barbara for a successful year in charge, he said: “It is a pleasure to follow in Barbara’s footsteps. She has had a really successful year for the Club.
“Barbara wanted to bring more fun and friendship to the Club and she has certainly done that.
“As a Club we need to build on what Barbara has left us. One of those is improving club admin which Barbara has done very well over the last year.
“The other main one for me is developing our projects with young people, such as our support for Gap Kenya, and working with Saddleworth School and Mahdlo.”
Barbara was presented with a bouquet of flowers a canvas picture of herself wearing the president’s chains while husband David received a bottle of wine.
There were also thanks for David, who is stepping down as treasurer of the club after many years.
Clint said: “He has done a fantastic job as treasurer and also supported Barbara during her year as president.”
Barbara, who became a grandma for the first time in February, said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be president, and no one else can say they have been the first female president of Saddleowrth Rotary Club.
“We have worked on some great projects that we should be very proud of. For me, the highlight was Dragon’s Den which enables us to support a lot of local groups.”
She also thanked Rotary members and their partners for their support and dedication over the year.
Clint will be supported in his role by his wife Angie, as president’s lady, and vice president Ian Brett.