BRIDLINGTON Rotary Club welcomed in new president Darren Saul and awarded a committee member one of the organisation’s top honours.
Outgoing president Paul Atkinson handed over the chain of office to Darren Saul at the club’s meeting at the Balmoral Hotel and awarded international committee chairman Ad Lammers with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his work over the last year.
Mr Atkinson said that he had enjoyed his time as Rotary president and was delighted that one of his last duties was to present Mr Lammers with the Paul Harris award - the highest honour a local club can bestow on a member.
“I have had a thoroughly enjoyable year,” said Mr Atkinson.
“My ethos this year with the club was fellowship, as well as putting back into the community with things like the blood pressure testing, Kids Out and the Bridlington Half Marathon.
“We have also been involved in the international disasters, as a club we raised funds and sent shelter boxes out to those affected by disasters such as the tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in Haiti.”
Darren Saul becomes the third member of Bridlington Rotary Club to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming president.
His father Roy Saul was president back in 1979/80 and Darren said he feels proud to have stepped into the role three decades later.
“I am very proud, it is quite an honour,” he said.
“I want to carry on the good work that Paul has done in the last 12-months. We do a lot of work within the community and I want to continue that and strengthen it.”
At the changeover ceremony, one of Mr Atkinson’s last duties as president was presenting the Paul Harris Fellow to Mr Lammers for his tireless work in co-ordinating Bridlington Rotary Club’s response to international disasters.
The award, named after Rotary Club founder Paul Harris, is rarely given out and Mr Atkinson said it was illustrative of Mr Lammer’s exceptional contribution to the club that he is one of the relatively few members to have received one.
“It gave me great pleasure as one of my last duties as president to present Ad with the award and it couldn’t have gone to a more thoroughly deserving person,” said Mr Atkinson.
Mr Lammers, who has been a Rotary Club member for 17-years and remains on the Rotary Council, said: “I was very honoured.
“It was a total surprise and I was really flabbergasted.
“I have enjoyed my work with the Rotary Club, working hard for the local community, and I feel extremely honoured to receive a Paul Harris Fellow.”