The Rotary Club of Croydon has a new president, Pat Painting.
Painting takes over after Christopher Dighton’s year in office.
The Rotary Club’s monthly meetings held in Oakfield Road were suspended at the end of March because of coronavirus, and as yet there is no sign of a return.
In the meantime, however, the club has started staging fortnightly Zoom meetings and an online quiz.
Fundraising events have been badly hit with the popular golf day and stall at the Beddington May Fayre cancelled. Nevertheless the club has managed to send £7,500 to the Crisis Skylight Centre in Surrey Street and, during the lockdown, supported the Trusell Trust food bank at Pitlake with donations totalling £1,500.
Painting, who lives in Coulsdon, is determined to continue to back the Skylight Centre, as well as four United Nations Sustainable Development goals surrounding the environment.
She has plans for a more flexible club, with more than just lunchtime meetings and a drive to create a strong tradition of guest speakers, particularly with a link to Croydon.
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