First female president for town Rotary club

Outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, Robert Clark, hands over the reins to Marion Strange, the club's first female president.

Outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, Robert Clark, hands over the reins to Marion Strange, the club's first female president.

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THE Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven has announced its next president will be a woman, a first in its 30-year history.

Presidency has been handed to Marion Strange, who will take over from outgoing president Robert Clark.

She first became involved with the Rotary club as an English teacher at Walton Girls’ High School, as through her role she helped train students to take part in the club’s annual Rotary Youth Speaks competitions.

She is now one of three female Rotarians with the club.

Marion said she is excited about her upcoming year as president.

She added: “I’m looking forward to having the chance to build on the hard work of all the members of the Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club, both past and present. I’m proud of the work that Rotary does locally, nationally and internationally.”

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Stroke Association are among the charities Marion will support and raise funds for during the next year.

As well as raising money for her chosen causes, she has vowed to focus on increasing membership of the club.

Fellow Rotarian Tony Griffin said: “We are looking forward to Marion’s year and will help her meet her objectives of widening the interest of the Club and of attracting new members.”

Marion is married and has two children with her husband, Dave, who is also a Rotarian. The couple also have two grandchildren.

A teacher for over 30 years, she has taught in secondary schools in London and Nottinghamshire, prior to her 14 years as an English teacher at Walton Girls’ High School.

l Information: www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.asp?ClubID=416