A RANGE of causes are set to gain after an international fundraising group appointed a new president for the Hartlepool club.
Ted Jackson, 70, has been inducted as the president of the Hartlepool Rotary Club for 2012-13 after taking over from outgoing president Sam Mosley.
At his induction Mr Jackson expressed delight at being elected as the club’s president and said he regarded it as an honour to be able to serve the club in the role.
The town’s Rotary Club, which has around 40 members, has raised thousands of pounds for causes in the town since it was launched in 1924. It has also helped people around the world who are facing difficulty or been hit by natural disasters.
In his inaugural speech Mr Jackson, a retired planning consultant who was born and bred in Hartlepool, spoke of the importance of Rotary’s role as the world’s largest service organisation.
Mr Jackson, who is a dad of one and a granddad of one, of Amble Close, Hartlepool, said: “With the motto Service above Self, Rotary is not simply a social club, but an organisation whose aim is to provide service in local and worldwide communities, while ensuring that members enjoy fun and fellowship in the process.
“As your new president I can confirm that I will do my utmost to uphold the standards expected of the president’s office, and represent the club to the best of my abilities.”
He has set up two major working teams for the coming year, one for projects in the local community and one for international projects. He has also nominated the Macmillan Nurses and Macmillan Cancer Support as his charity for the year.
Meanwhile, the club has drawn up a programme of events for the next 12 months, including a grand draw for local charities, a sports day and barbecue, activities for young people including a leadership course and competitions in public speaking, photography and writing, the donation of illustrated dictionaries to Hartlepool’s primary schools and a teddy bear’s picnic.
Mr Jackson has issued a call for people to join the organisation and help people in the town and around the world.
He said: “Many people have misconceptions about Rotary and don’t realise the range of work we are involved in.
“Our members are extremely active people who give a huge amount back to communities locally, national and internationally.
“We are always looking for more people to be involved with our projects.
“Anyone interested in finding out more about us should come along to the Grand Hotel on any Monday at 5.30pm or visit the club’s website www.hartlepoolrotaryclub.org.uk.”