Rotary Club of Northam elects new officers

Group: RYE, Antoine, Anders and Hannah.THE Rotary Club of Northam has changed officers amid a glorious night of fellowship with some stand out moments.

District governor Angus Buchanan and wife Grace joined the club as awards were made to several people, recognising Rotarians past and present for their service to Rotary and the community.

The club farewelled Rotary exchange student Antoine Brunin who returned to France on Monday.

Meanwhile the club said hello to repat Anders Vindefelt-Bottke of Denmark (2010-11 Rotary youth exchange) who is back for a month’s holiday, and joined by 2012 outbound exchange, local girl Hannah Bowen.

Stalwart past-president Geoffrey Ruscoe, a member of the club for 36 years, was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire, awarded honorary membership and given a plaque recognising his service.

Guests: District governor Angus Buchanana and his wife Grace.

Mr Ruscoe has submitted his resignation due to encroaching age and health issues.

He was then handed a printed memorial in print of the history of the Rotary North West Safari which was initiated by the club, in recognition of his 21 years steering the project, in the initial years with wife Kay.

Out-going: President -elect Jan Horsley and out-going president Velu Ramasamy.

Past club president (2006-7) Julian Krieg was named a Friend of Australian Rotary Health for steering Wheatbelt Men’s Health to where it is at today, from its 2001 start.

Having attained ongoing funding from the state government for four years, Mr Krieg last year retired from the position of chief executive of Wheatbelt Men’s’ Health.

Honour: Geoffrey Ruscoe displaying his sapphire award.

As membership director in 2007-8 he was responsible for introducing three men, in their 40s, one of whom is outgoing president Velu Ramasamy.

His year as president brought much joy and fellowship with ‘dress-up’ nights, a film night, the club celebrating its 60th anniversary of founding; and his dedication to improving the lot of disadvantaged as well as disabled in the community.

He was pinned with a Paul Harris Fellow by district governor Mr Buchanan.

Speech: District governor Angus Buchanan with past presidents Julian Krieg and Brian Webb.

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