The annual presidential handover meeting saw Mary Spinks return to the helm of Maidenhead Rotary Club.
Mary was president in 2019-20, the year of the first Covid lockdowns which saw the club’s activities severely restricted. Members unanimously supported her appointment for a second time - hopefully for a normal year of Rotary activities.
She took over from outgoing president Martin Trepte at the club’s evening ‘family’ meeting at Maidenhead Golf Club.
Martin thanked members for their support and hard work during his year before presenting his successor with her chain of office.
New president elect John Hudson, who will lead the club after Mary, was also presented with his chain.
“It is a great privilege to become president for the second time and I am delighted to welcome John Hudson as president elect,” she said.
President Mary saw a challenging year ahead with uncertain times at home and abroad, from the reappearance of polio and the cost of living crisis in the UK to the war in Ukraine and an earthquake in Afghanistan.
All these issues would put demands on the club, she said. A review of its activities and why it did them was needed to make sure the most was being made of time and resources.
She added the whole club would need to be involved in helping to shape its future direction and asked committee chairmen to review the impact of all their projects.
“Is what we do needed in today’s world or are we doing it because we always have done so? Are we stretching our resources too far? Do we channel our energies into what can make a difference and how do we raise funds to do so?” she asked.
Club committee chairmen were set to outline their plans for the year ahead at the club assembly at Desbrough Bowls Club on Monday.