A RETIRED Ripon doctor has taken over the reins of the Rotary Club of Ripon.
Dr Derek Jeary, 63, who practiced in the city until 2003, took over from outgoing president Alan Matthews.
Mr Matthews handed over the chain of office during a special meeting at the Ripon Spa Hotel on Tuesday, June 28.
Dr Jeary will officially take over his durties today, Friday, July 1.
Dr Jeary said he looked forward to his time as president and praised Mr Matthews’ work.
“Alan has been a brilliant president,” he said.
The new president has big plans for the year ahead, with the ambition of attracting new members to the 43-strong group.
“I am trying to raise the profile of the Rotary Club.
“We are still dynamic and still have a lot of energy, but we want to do more by attracting new energy,” Dr Jeary said.
“I want to lower the average age, listen to new members and act on their ideas.”
Rotarians will support three local charities in the coming year – Jennyruth Workshops, the Ripon branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research, and the League of Friends of Ripon Hospitals.
There are a number of events planned including the Bonfire night celebrations, a golf day and concerts.
Kicking off Dr Jeary’s year of fundraising will be an open garden at the end of July.
Greencroft, on Pottery Lane, Littlethorpe will be open to the public on from 12.30pm to 5pm on Sunday, July 24.
The new president said there was a lot to be done.
“There is a lot of work that needs doing for local communities and causes around the world,” Dr Jeary said.
Members of local Rotary clubs also support Rotary efforts to improve health around the world, especially by eradicating polio.
“Bill Gates has matched all Rotary’s fundraising for eradicating polio, and we hope to achieve this in the next 12 months,” he added.
The Rotary Club of Ripon is also hoping to put local food on the map.
They hope to start a food festival in Ripon to celebrate the food and drink made by local producers.
If all goes to plan it will be up and running by summer of next year.