FRESH FACE: Chris Harvey with Faylene Cooke and Merewyn Wright.
FRESH FACE: Chris Harvey with Faylene Cooke and Merewyn Wright. Rory Sheavils

Changing of the guard for rotary

The winds of change have blown through the Proserpine Rotary Club leadership team this week, with the annual change over occurring on Friday night.

Outgoing club president Faylene Cooke said she had enjoyed her time in the top job, but was happy to see a fresh face in the role.

"It's a pleasure to do it, but 12 months is long enough in one hit," she said.

"It's a full on job.

"It's probably been a bit hard on my husband but he's been very good."

Mrs Cooke also thanked her employer for their flexibility in allowing her to do her job in the club.

"You've got to have a good employer," she said.

"I'm very lucky that I work at the nursing home, because they've been very supportive of my role."

Mrs Cooke said she was proud of the work the club had done during her time as president, and would like to see membership continue to grow.

"The street fair was really good," she said.

"I was really proud of that.

"I'd like to see membership grow, we really have to work on that this year."

Officially taking the reins on Friday night, new club president Chris Harvey said he was looking forward to his second stint in the top job, adding that membership was high on his list of aims.

"I hope to be able to get up and running quicker then last time as I (now) know what the job entails," he said.

"I also hope to be able to grow membership for both male and female, young and old."

Mr Harvey also tipped his hat to the outing president, saying he hoped to "continue on the good work that Faylene Cooke has achieved in the last 12 months".

Mr Harvey promised he would try to keep the joy of the club alive over the next 12 months. "I hope everyone has fun and enjoys themselves," he said.


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