Purley Rotary Club this week welcomed its first woman President in its near-100-year history.
Pam Tibbles took over from Frank Hardiman on Monday. “I am tremendously honoured to be appointed the club’s first female President since it was formed in 1923 and look forward to building on our excellent service to communities – local, national and international,” she said.
Tibbles has been a member of Purley Rotary since 2015. She has spent her working life in nursing, including qualifying as a psychiatric nurse, and she was Director of Nursing Practice for the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals when she retired.
She says that what she loves about Rotary is “like minds wanting to do things for others, enjoying fun and good friendship and fellowship”. She is also a member of Purley Rotary’s “sister” organisation, the Inner Wheel of Purley.
After receiving her President’s badge from Hardiman, Tibbles said that she is looking forward to “re-energising” Rotary in Purley, with an emphasis on good communication and teamwork, and she will be encouraging more women to join.
She has already chosen two of her three nominated charities for her presidential year: MIND in Croydon and the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. She will also be involved in identifying and planning projects to celebrate Purley Rotary’s centenary in 2023.
Meanwhile, Hardiman, having completed a second term as club President, has become assistant governor responsible for the 12 Rotary clubs in the south area. He is already working on bringing back the popular Classic Car Fun Day in 2020.
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