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Presidential handover 2020-2021

Handover2020-2129 June 2020 was the handover meeting that saw Graham McDonald PHF becoming the new Hornsea and East Riding Rotary Club’s President for the coming year.

Dave Lee thank all the Club Council and members' support during his year as President. It will definitely be a year to remember! . He handed over the chain of office to President Graham (Photo)

Excerpts from President Graham McDonald's speech:
This must be the strangest meeting the Club has ever had, but with the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown it’s probably been the most extraordinary time in all our lives. Firstly, our especial thanks to Sandra and Ray for letting us meet here at Wrygarth Inn Car park.

I’d like to thank Dave for his leadership of the Club over the past year. It’s such a pity that it was cut short in the way it has been, We supported so many good causes, we had a rousing Last Night of the Proms and we were all looking forward to a successful Third Marathon when we had to cancel it.

The Secretary’s role is also passing from Keith to Sue. As ever, Keith's kept the show on the road and I will hugely miss him as our Secretary. He has made a massive Handover2020-21contribution to the Club, the District and the wider Rotary movement. He’s got an encyclopaedic knowledge of the strange ways of Rotary and I'm sure he’ll always be there to help out Sue and the Club whenever he’s called on. Treasurer Hilary has kept our finances in good order despite her health issue during the year. And thanks to Sidney and John Gosnold for all they’ve done.

My plans for Presidency
I was last President in 2008/9 and I'd been hugely looking forward to my year. I know Sandra was also. I’d like a crystal ball to see what the next few months bring until we can resume our Meetings in the way we always have. I guess we won’t be meeting back at the Golf Club until September, probably when the schools go back.
My overriding aim for my Presidential year obviously has to be to get the Club back up and running as soon as possible. But I believe we Rotarians are resilient, and I’m sure we will be back as soon as possible to continue giving service to our community.
As you know our funds are limited, having cancelled the Third Marathon and our other summer fund raising activities. So our support for good causes effectively has to be put on hold for the time being. It’s also likely that Last Night of the Proms will be cancelled, although no doubt we'll throw ourselves into fundraising for the Poppy Handover2020-21appeal.
We're going to have to brainstorm what we can do to raise funds for good causes. The Third Marathon next year will possibly be our first major event and we’ll need to plan for that. One idea to discuss may be to run a 'Not the Last Night of the Proms' evening just before Christmas.
Nationally, I propose that we continue our support for Marie Curie (principally through the Third Marathon) and of course the Royal British Legion.
Internationally I’d propose to continue supporting Shelterbox and Aquabox in the good works they do, when funds allow. As ever we'll no doubt react to whatever emergencies there always are in the world. And of course, we’ll continue to support Rotary Foundation where we can.
My personal interests as you know are Hornsea Secondary School and the Prison Me No Way charity. Both are very much in business despite the lockdown and are actively planning for the future. As ever, I would also like to support ad hoc initiatives in our local community.
So, my year is going to be very challenging, but with your support I'm sure we will overcome the obstacles and resume our place helping the Hornsea and East Riding community.
And let’s look forward to the next year.

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