Chepstow Rotary President's Handover to Geoff Sumner

"International" lock-down handover at the English/Welsh border town


On 1st July each year the Presidency of Rotary Clubs across the world is handed on to a successor. Photographs above, show the outgoing President, Commander Christopher Wilson, a resident of Beachley, passing on the regalia of office to Geoffrey Sumner who, as a resident of Chepstow, is well known locally through his long and successful involvement with the Chepstow Society and Chepstow Rotary. Despite the weather, the Wye River Bridge, joining the two nations, was chosen for the event. 

In his handover address, Chris Wilson, referred to the recent work of Rotary in Chepstow encompassing  donations to Chepstow Guiding, the Toucan for Children Appeal, assistance to a Chepstow resident following a house fire and the local Boys Brigade.  In addition, Chepstow Rotary Club made a significant donation to the Bahamas Hurricane Disaster Appeal, supported local food banks and runs a number of youth programmes annually, including the 'Youth Speaks' public speaking competition at Maisemore. 

The incoming President, Geoff Sumner, explained that during the remainder of the 'Lockdown', he plans to continue an "E" programme of quizzes and talks interspersed with business meetings using ZOOM, followed by social events once rules are relaxed. 

Geoff has many years of experience in organising and mobilising teams and remains determined to continue the effectiveness and morale of the Club during the next 12 month of his stewardship.   Chepstow Rotary Club was established in 1963 and will continue to support community activities and charities while providing  an excellent social programme for its members. Geoff also expressed thanks to Chris, as the outgoing President, for navigating the Club through previously uncharted waters.

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