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Handing Over at the Racecourse!

President Elect Paul Harvey, Past President David Fotheringham, and President Mary Lumley

This year the President’s handover lunch on July 1st was a different occasion, it comprised the handover lunch, but it was also the "President’s lunch" postponed from January, so we were joined by partners and partners of former Rotarians. It was lovely that we could entertain partners with this event for the first time in nearly three years.

After the lunch outgoing President David gave a brief summary of the year in which he commented on the year and our theme of “having fun and fellowship achieving a new Rotary normal”. He added that it was fantastic to move from Zoom only at the beginning of the year to face to face meetings at the earliest opportunity and we all enjoyed being back together meeting face to face. David thanked everyone for all their work and support in making the year a successful one.

David concluded by awarding a three year honorary membership to Janet Morley and handing a certificate to her. We are all sad that Janet was leaving, but we understand her desire to Join Aireborough Rotary, a club that is a lot nearer to Janet and Phil’s new home. Janet became involved with the first Dragon Boat Challenge in 2003 via her role as director of fundraising at St Leonard’s Hospice, the charity we were supporting. Janet helped greatly in raising the profile of the event.

Later in 2006 Janet joined York Rotary, along with Mo Hayward, as the first two lady members. Since then Janet has been a very active member of the club.

And then another Rotary Year began!!

Incoming President Mary said she felt immensely proud as she became the 102nd President of York Rotary.

Mary then introduced her guests. They were her brother Rob, sister in law Sue and niece Alice, Michael Heaton a very good friend and fellow Rotarian from Bingley Airedale and District President Elect David Phillips also from Bingley Airedale. Mary also explained the origin of the beautiful sunset photograph which she had chosen for the front of the 2022-2023 Handbook. "It is one I took in December 2019 whilst out for a drive with my late mother Gwenda. I’ve used it as a tribute to her memory as we were unable to give her the funeral she deserved due to Covid restrictions."

Our speaker then was Sue Woodcock, who told us of her very varied and unusual life in an amusing and engaging way. Brought up by her Grandmother she joined the Police at a young age and told us of her life as a ‘Village Bobby’ on a motorbike! Later in life she had bought a smallholding way up in the Yorkshire Dales with no electricity or running water! There she bred rare sheep and even spun their wool to make garments. After retiring to near Pocklington she has remained very busy singing in two choirs and acting as Scorer for the local Cricket Team. Sue has written 5 novels and writes a diary column in the Yorkshire Post.

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