‘YES Madam President’ is what members of Thatcham Rotary Club will be saying for the next year.
The club welcomed Kamal Bahia as its first female president at its end of year celebration at the Regency Park Hotel recently.
Outgoing president Ron Howard passed on the chain of office to Mrs Bahia, who is the practice manager at the Burdwood Surgery and has been a Thatcham Rotarian for years.
She said: “I feel honoured and humbled to be the first lady president and hope to serve our community through Rotary.
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Mr Howard outlined the club’s achievements over the last year, including raising thousands of pounds for charity at the Thatcham Santa Run and the Great Thatcham Duck Race.
The club has also increased its membership and enjoyed many social occasions over the last 12 months.
Mrs Bahia thanked Mr Howard for his hard work as president and added that she intended to make sure that the club built on these successful foundations.
A cheque was then presented to Dr Rob Tayton towards the renal dialysis unit to be built at West Berkshire Community Hospital.
Former Thatcham Rotarian Steve Hole, who now lives in America, then spoke on the global impact of Rotary and its campaign to eradicate polio.
Polio is the second disease to be eradicated after smallpox and has taken more than 30 years to achieve, with just 19 cases of polio being diagnosed in Pakistan and Afghanistan this year.
Elizabeth Howard was then presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of continued and unstinting support to her husband during his presidential year.