Brenda takes over the reins at Rotary Club of Newtownabbey

Brenda Crotty.

Brenda Crotty.

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The Rotary Club of Newtownabbey has elected its first ever lady president.

Brenda Crotty was installed on Tuesday, July 2 as the first female president in the club’s 50 year history.

She joined Rotary in 2009 with the aim of making a positive difference to people in the local community and contributing to the work undertaken by Rotary across the world.

Brenda is Director of Planning & Customer Service at the Northern Regional College and has responsibility for student services, marketing, the college estate, IT infrastructure and management of the Newtownabbey Campus.

She was educated at Methodist College and Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to going into the field of education she ran her own very successful electrical sales, service and installation business.

Her aim for her presidential year is to increase membership, awareness and achievement of Rotary within the borough of Newtownabbey, with particular emphasis on youth.

On the international front she is keen to further the club’s support for Rotary’s worldwide ‘End Polio Now’ campaign and other important humanitarian projects such as Bikes4Africa, Jaipur Limbs and Aquaboxes.

Brenda, who wasn’t available for comment at the time of going to print, is married to Brian and has three children and five grandchildren.