At the turn of another Rotary year, Borderland Rotary celebrated another successful term and greeted their new president, Bob Hughes with around forty Rotarians and guests present to enjoy the wonderful BBQ laid on by the Sweeney Hotel.

Andy Boroughs, the outgoing president, thanked all everyone for their support throughout his presidential year and said, “I’ve really enjoyed my time as supremo, the help and camaraderie has been wonderful and I’d particularly like to recognise all those that helped with our three major events, the Fireworks in Cae Glas park, even though the weather wasn’t all we could have hoped for, the Oswestry Christmas Parade and the Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge which, this year, raised in excess of ten thousand pounds. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with everyone and I’ll still be about, but you’ll find me in the comfy back seat for a bit”.

The new president, Rob Hughes needs no introduction to the club as this is the second time he has served as president and he admitted, “When I was last head man, they hadn’t invented email, and the internet was a nebulous thing that other people knew about – and still do. I’m very pleased to be doing it again as I’ve found that the club has not only done lots of good things for the community, but it’s given me fellowship, friendship and a great sense of purpose.

The Rotary year runs from June to June and each new president guides the club through all its business while delegating other tasks, such as secretary, treasurer, membership and committee heads to other members. It’s a busy appointment and sometimes diplomatic skills are a great advantage but generally people enjoy their term, and it also fulfils the Rotary moto, ‘Service above self’.

Rob concluded by saying, “I’m just proud to be a member of a club that remains so vibrant and active – long may it remain so”.

Rotarians enjoying the BBQ at the Sweeney Hotel.

Rob Hughes, (left) the new president shakes hands with Andy Boroughs, the outgoing president.