MEREWYN Wright is the new president of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach – and the first female president in the club's 29-year history.
The club held its annual changeover on Monday night at Waterline on Shingley.
The new president said she hoped to achieve greater involvement in the community during her year-long term.
She said the club had really strong projects but she is also researching other events the club could become involved in.
Mrs Wright is the deputy principal of Cannonvale State School.
She is not new to Rotary or to executive roles.
She was the president of the Rotary Club of Kingaroy in 2001/2002 before moving to Airlie Beach.
Past president Mike Storkey said it was great to see the club develop and to be part of history by appointing a female president.
He said that throughout the past year, the club members had done a superb job, especially with the community raffle which has put $80,000 back into the community.
The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach is one of more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs throughout 200 countries.
Rotary was formed in 1905 and there are now more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
Among the special guests at Monday night's changeover meeting was Rotary's district governor, Allan Church from Townsville.
Officers and Directors
President – Merewyn Wright
Immediate Past President/ Vice-President – Michael Storkey
Secretary – Denise Norder
Treasurer – Neil Cawthorne
Club Administration – Ziggy Ziegler
Club Public Relations – John Crossley
Club Service Projects – Allan Robinson and Suzie Bernie
Membership – John Powell
Rotary Foundation – Paul Burke
Administration – Dalwyn McErlane
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