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Women sweep Rotary president slots

| 20/07/2015 | 0 Comments
Cayman News Service

(L to R) New presidents Sandy Cram (Rotary Central), Christine Matthews (Rotary Sunrise); Matthew Seales (Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman), Alice Ramos (Rotaract Blue) and Lynda Mitchell (Rotary Club of Grand Cayman)

(CNS): For the first in the history of Rotary in Cayman, women will be presidents of all four local clubs simultaneously for the 2015-16 session. The incoming presidents were welcomed in their new roles at the annual changeover nights for each club.

Sandy Cram, incoming president for Rotary Central Cayman Islands, takes over from Larry Tibbetts. She has been a Rotarian since 2009 and was inspired to get involved after seeing all of the great ways Rotary Central gives back to the community.

“I am humbled that I have been given the responsibility of leading a club with such a glorious past and bright future. I promise to our members that I will give 110 percent to ensure that the good work continues,” Cram said.

“There are big shoes to fill in the role of president, but I feel that I have the experience and dedication to lead the club throughout the 2015-2016 Rotary year.”

Rotary Club of Grand Cayman welcomed Lynda Mitchell as its new president; she has served as secretary, director, vice president and president-elect over the past nine years. The outgoing president is Brian Hurley.

“I am most grateful to our members for trusting me to carry out the task as president, being mindful that the role of president is literally on-the-job training,” Mitchell said.

“The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will continue to spread its services throughout our community, which includes Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, while assisting other countries in need.”

Christine Matthews from Rotary Sunrise said she was honoured to be serving for the next year as the organisation’s president. “I have been a member of Rotary Sunrise for the past nine years serving on the board in a variety of roles,” Matthews said. “I look forward to continuing the work of immediate past president Kim Remizowski.”

The fourth incoming president is Lauriese Ashman, who will be serving for the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac. “Together, all Rotary and Rotaract presidents in our small niche can make a big difference in the world,” Ashman said.

Also serving for upcoming year are Alice Ramos as president of Rotaract Blue; Matthew Seales, president of Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman; and Marzeta Bodden, district Rotaract representative.

The new presidents are looking for their clubs to devote their service to Rotary International’s 2015-2016 theme of ‘Be a Gift to the World’. “In order to do this, we all need to be a gift to ourselves, be a gift to our families, be a gift to our club and be a gift to our community,” Cram said, “In Rotary, by working together, we can make a real change.”

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