Geoff hands over rotary reigns

Rodney Nattris takes over the Rotary presidency from Geoff McInerny'picture Ceri Oakes w122714
Rodney Nattris takes over the Rotary presidency from Geoff McInerny'picture Ceri Oakes w122714

WHITBY’S Rotary Club has handed over its latest cheque to aid community groups and also welcomed the new president for this year.

Former bank manager Rodney Nattriss has taken over from Geoff McInerny and says the main drive this year is to recruit more members.

It is the fourth time Rodney, of Shackleton Close, Whitby, has taken the helm after spells as president in 1985-86, 1995-96 and 2009-10.

He told the Gazette: “It is wonderful and I do enjoy it.

“The main drive this coming year is going to be increasing membership.”

In addition to weekly meetings at the Saxonville Hotel, the Rotary raises funds for local groups and organises entertainment for the elderly, social outings, hospital runs and helps with practical issues such as providing wheelchairs.

Former town councillor Walter Jones is this year’s vice-president.

Outgoing president Mr McInerny said it had been a smashing year and he had particularly enjoyed visiting schools and getting children involved with the Rotary.

Prior to the president changes the Rotary had been thanked after a fundraising drive for the Whitby Citizens Advice bureau raised £250.

The money will be used to enable the service to continue providing advice on a variety of issues such as benefits.

Other donations handed out by the Rotary over the last 12 months include: Shelterbox (£590), British Legion poppy appeal (£50), ParticipAction (£100), District Youth Speaks (£100), West Cliff playground appeal (£500), McMillan Nurses (£50), St Catherine’s Hospice (£1,316), Help for Heroes (£1,525), Sam EDam Ghana (£250), Light Up Life (£50), NYCC Nepal Trip-Youth Shack (£500), Interactive Whitby and District (£341).