SUPPORTING the community was the focus of the new Rotary Club president during his welcome speech.
The Rotary Club of Fareham’s new president for the year 2015-2016 is Bob Mussellwhite.
Mr Mussellwhite will be at the helm of the club’s work over the coming year, which will be carried out on the theme of “Awareness”.
In his welcome speech he challenged fellow Rotarians to be more aware of the needs of those they serve by being a “gift to the world”.
Mr Mussellwhite said: ‘I am delighted to be president this Rotary year and to introduce my charities which include the JJ Robinson Trust, which provides educational assistance to disadvantaged children in Grenada.
‘Jean Robinson MBE runs the Trust there and has witnessed the outstanding work they do and dedicated her life to providing what they need.
‘She really is being a gift to the world.’
The new president reaffirmed the club’s commitment to serving the Rotary Foundation which helps to fund humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. The Foundation leads the Rotary worldwide campaign to eradicate polio and Mr Mussellwhite and his club members aim to create greater awareness of this with their own support of the “End Polio Now” campaign.
There are many other local initiatives the club will be involved with during the new president’s tenure, including “Interact” with the pupils at Wykeham House, “Youth Speaks”, “Young Writer”, and “Young Photographer”.
The club’s Rotary Wheelhouse facility, on the beach at Hill Head, will continue to support those less fortunate who use the local resource.
During the summer, a monthly event will provide a safe and fun place for those with dementia and their carers.
News of fundraising events will be revealed soon and Rotarians pledged to support their new president’s initiatives whilst raising awareness of what they do in the community and overseas.