New Rotary President keen to see more members joining Newtownabbey club

Iain Patterson being presented with the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey President's Chain of Office by outgoing President, William Wong, during the club's July meeting at Corr's Corner Hotel. INNT 28-022-FP  Pic by Freddie Parkinson
Iain Patterson being presented with the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey President's Chain of Office by outgoing President, William Wong, during the club's July meeting at Corr's Corner Hotel. INNT 28-022-FP Pic by Freddie Parkinson

AT A recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey Iain Patterson was installed as the new President for the year 2012/13.

Iain is a Director of E. A. Davies Insurance and has a keen interest in business and the community. A past President of Glengormley Chamber of Commerce, Iain is currently Treasurer of Glengormley Traders’ Association and a member of the Glengormley Regeneration Committee.

The Rotary Club of Newtownabbey was formed in 1962 and Iain is conscious that in this, its 50th anniversary year, he can expect a busy, interesting and challenging time.

One of Iain’s aims is to increase the membership of the club.

He is also aware of the importance of encouraging young people within the community and the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey will once again be offering a number of competitions for them, including ‘Young Chef’ and ‘Young Photographer’. Details will be circulated to schools later in the year.

As part of its ongoing work with the community this year, the Rotary Club intends to purchase equipment for the Glengormley-based Martin Residential Trust charity. Members will also be involved in Newtownabbey Borough Council’s switch-on of the Christmas lights and once again be providing a Santa’s Grotto in Glengormley during the festive season.

Furthermore, Newtownabbey Rotary Club remains committed to a number of international projects.

Iain commented: “This year we will continue to support the eradication of polio in the last four countries in the world where polio is endemic, and will continue to target malaria. An exciting new project is Bikes 4 Africa. This involves the provision and transport of used bicycles for schoolchildren living in remote parts of the continent, to help encourage them to attend school.”

Iain is married to Jane and the couple have two children. In his spare time he is an avid Liverpool supporter.

Iain said: “We are a small but very active club and are determined to make a difference as well as enjoying ourselves at the same time. If you are interested in making a difference, or wish to give something back to the community, why not join us.”

For further information about the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey, telephone: 07771 941936.