Woman takes the reigns at Rotary
FOR the first time in the Gladstone Rotary Club's 62 year history there is a woman president.
Pauline Kelly officially took over the presidency at the club's change over dinner on June 23, 2012.
Pauline joined Rotary five years ago because she could see the great work that the organisation does in the local community.
"Rotary is a great organisation to meet people, make lifelong friends and lend a helping hand and I find this exciting, fulfilling and I wanted to be a part of it," she said.
"In our club the ratio is 1 female to 6 male members and this is fantastic considering the club was exclusively male."
Pauline believes that the men within the club have welcomed female membership and that they see it as the right time to open up the club to more women.
"More women in general now run their own businesses or hold executive positions in business as managers or board members and certainly in Gladstone there are a lot more women involved in industry," she said.
Encouraging more women to get involved with Rotary, Pauline said that Rotary is about people who become friends, people who need or can give help but it is also about personal self development as the more people develop themselves the better they can serve others.
The newly elected president's plans for this year include establishing a vision for the club that will sustain Rotary Gladstone well into the future, attracting new members, bringing awareness to the community about Rotary and all the programs that Rotary conduct that can benefit society both locally and abroad.