Trevor Stansfield accepted the honourship as 2012-2013 President of The Rotary Club of Billericay from Malcolm Acors, and 2 further Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.
Trevor Stansfield accepted the honourship for 2012-2013 President of The Rotary Club of Billericay at the handover lunch on Monday, July 2 at the Ivory Rooms.
Passing on the chain of honour to Trevor, outgoing president Malcolm Acors thanked all the officers and members for making his year in office such a memorable one and wished the incoming president every success.
In response, the new president saw his role as continuing all the excellent work done by Malcolm and his team and added that he would hope to extend the Club’s projects with regard to community and charity work into having more social events.
“ I am anxious that we are seen to be involving the community into events that concern us all, not just our members, but also the people out there who might wish to consider Rotary as a social coming –together. That way I am sure we can gain new members.
“ Such as a jazz-band concert next Spring. Yes, I am a jazz lover and a band like the Temperance Seven is still a major attraction. This would cost the Club a lot of money – around £2,000-£2,500 but I believe it would be a major attraction and we have the money without robbing the bank.
“ I see the need for a change in our direction – not overwhelming change, more subtle change. I hope that the members will back me on this.”
The meeting was also attended by visiting Rotarian Sue Webster from the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo in Australia, who shared with us some brief remarks about her work in the community as an agricultural journalist.
Sue's report back to her club is shown on page 4 of her club's newsletter, which can be accessed by clicking on her club's logo on the left below. Sue reports that outgoing President Malcolm Acors had prepared a "stunning report of his past 12 months – the club’s 51st year … it’s a very impressive document" and "Incoming president ..Trevor Stansfield .. spoke of the need to emphasise the social aspects of club activities – both as a membership attractant and as a revenue generator". She was also very impressed by the meal and its price "The food was simply sensational … boccocini salad with balsamic dressing, pork chop with home-made applesauce, baby greens salad and baked new potatoes and chocolate semi-freddo… and all (for under £11)."
Outgoing president Malcolm Acors had one last duty to perform.
That was to surprise Peter and Christabel Strong with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for their services to Rotary over many years – locally organising the massive fund-raising Band in the Garden event for eleven years, Peter’s work with International Fellowship and our overseas colleagues – visiting us, visiting them - in and from central Europe and Scandanavia.
Peter Strong said afterwards: “ I am still trying to believe that this has happened. Chistabel and myself are so overwhelmed by this recognition. We thank everyone concerned.”