Sunday 2 July saw Rotary Club of Castlemaine's annual changeover, celebrating the year of President Grant Thomas, and inducting President-elect Kerry Anderson.

Rotarians and guests celebrated the past year of President Grant Thomas and gave a warm welcome to our new President Kerry Anderson on Sunday 2 July at the Changeover Afternoon Tea.

With several children in attendance, as well as two Past District Governors and representatives of various Clubs in the region, it was a delightful mix of informal and formal proceedings.

Mayor Rosie Annear provided a warm welcome and congratulated Rotary on the great work that it does in the community. Past DG Grant Hocking proposed the toast to Rotary International.

In his last official duty, President Grant (after having to shake the hands of eight children as part of the Kid’s Challenge) presented the Annual Report and reiterated what a great year he has enjoyed in the role. He then inducted this year’s President Kerry with the Presidential Chain and Charter.

Kerry unveiled this year’s theme: Giving Hope to the World, and spoke about acts of kindness and the collective impact of Rotarians. She is optimistic that it will be another great year with the support of all Rotarians assisting the Board with various projects and tasks.

Directors for the year ahead are: Secretary – Lyn Ellery, Treasurer – Gary McClure, Club Service – Rita Revell, Communications – Edwina Coller, Community – Jane Anderson, Environment – Phillip Hay, Foundation – Robert Cordy, International – Hugh Forrest, Membership – Trudi O’Donnell, Vocational Services – Vin Cappy, Youth – Lyndal McClure.

To end a pleasant afternoon the collective answers to an entertaining quiz were shared, albeit with a tad of controversy about who had actually travelled the furthest to attend!