WELCOME CHANGE: Jean Bach was made the president of the Rotary Club of Dalby by past president Greg Peet.
WELCOME CHANGE: Jean Bach was made the president of the Rotary Club of Dalby by past president Greg Peet.

New Rotary president plans for ‘bigger and better’ things

WHEN Jean Bach joined the Rotary Club in Dalby 15 months again, she never dreamt she would become president of the local chapter so soon.

After she was nominated for the top spot ahead of the Rotary’s changeover dinner on Tuesday, that is exactly what happened.

Mrs Bach will be joined by a new group ready to lead for the next 12 months, and despite challenges brought about by the pandemic, she is confident they will still be able to make a difference

Despite only being a member since last year, Mrs Bach said her involvement and interest in the club had gone on far longer.

“Ten years ago my husband joined Rotary and I started following him then and going with him, but I didn’t join until 15 months ago,” she said.

“I loved the good work they do in the community and overseas, the different projects they’re involved in.”

Some of the most rewarding work the president does is in her own backyard, catering for functions in town, organising new events like the Health Expo and donating to worthy causes.

To become president is something Mrs Bach said she never imagined.

“It’s an honour because I’ve only been in the club a little while and they must feel confident that I can do the job for a year,” she said.

At the dinner on Tuesday, Rotary members were joined by a past district governor and assistant district governor to welcome the new group leaders and also outline their objectives.

Despite COVID-19 putting some plans on hold, Mrs Bach said the group still has goals to achieve.

“The coming year Rotary celebrates 100 years of Rotary in Australia so we’re looking to have some sort of a fundraising function this year to celebrate, plus the other ongoing one that we are involved in around town,” she said.

“We’re going to try and make it bigger and better.

“I’m looking forward to being involved in the community projects and make a difference in the lives of the people of the town who need our support.”

Mrs Bach will be joined by the following newly elected group leaders:

Secretary: Sue-Anne Strain

Treasurers: Peter Wiley

Board members: Frank Bach, Ian Hayllor, and Glen Hay

Sergeant at Arms: Jill Murray


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