All change at Market Rasen Rotary

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SOME familiar faces have taken over the management of the Rotary Club of Market Rasen.

Consistent with Rotary clubs all over the world management changes occur every July 1 to give new energy to the organisation.

Last week at Market Rasen Racecourse, Ray Pearson handed the Presidential chain of office, over to former Market Rasen mayor Laurie Povey, who will lead the club until July 2012.

Watching carefully was Derek Anderson, who takes the role of President elect and will understudy Laurie for the forthcoming year.

Over the past few weeks, future programmes have been put together to continue the work of Rotary, to help the local and international communities in many ways, and to help enhance the local environment.

Most officers of the club remain in post with one exception; Richard Wish from Caistor takes over the community service committee from Mark Strawson, so Richard will no doubt be organizing the Christmas carol concert, the good citizen award, the blood pressure testing, the local attendees at the Rotary disabled games etc.

Shelter box collections will figure large in the International committee’s agenda, as will helping a series of schools in Kenya become self sufficient in vegetable production.

Finally, revelling in the success of their repeat appearance at the Open Farm Sunday event at Stainton-Le-Vale, the environmental committee will continue to use the money they earned, to enhance some specific areas around the town and the district, on roadsides, station environs, school gardens etc, as they did last year.

They, together with the Market Rasen Round Table, earned about £1,700, by selling locally farmed and produced burgers, and also hiring out tented table space for other local businesses to benefit from the event at the Open Farm Sunday event.

A Lincolnshire evening to be held at Tealby Village Hall in early August is already a sell out. The golf day, in aid of the Lincs/Notts air ambulance, is a sellout, although more sponsors are always welcome, and excitement is increasing in preparation for the Rotary supported Open Gardens day in Market Rasen on Saturday July 30.