HAWICK Rotary Club’s only female member has created another bit of history by becoming the first lady to be installed as president.
Liz Wood has spoken of how privileged she feels to have been chosen to take on the top role at the club – and in this its 75th year, says she hopes her term in office can ensure it has a long future.
Liz, a criminal justice officer in Galashiels, told the Hawick News: “I feel very honoured to become the president and also the first female to have done so. I hope to continue the work which has already been done, but also hopefully make the club more attractive to new members.”
The Hawick club is the oldest in the Borders, and one of the oldest in Scotland, and Liz joined as its first female member four years ago.
But as the only lady among a dwindling membership, she has revealed plans to try and boost the club by changing its image. “I would like to reinvigorate things,” Liz stated. “I want to show people that it’s not a men-only organisation and you don’t have to be retired to join.”
An immediate change introduced by Liz sees the weekly meetings starting half-an-hour earlier, and other measures include regular reviews and looking at ways to raise the club’s profile.
Married to Heart of Hawick business manager Lindsay Wood, the new Rotary president added: “I’m keen to reinvigorate things and really look forward to taking the club forward.”
Liz takes over the chain of office from outgoing president Billy McWatters, who said last week: “I’m certain Liz will fill the role admirably and I have every confidence she will make an excellent president in this, the club’s 75th year.”
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