Caption: Chris Beech (right) has been inducted as the Rotary Club of Newlands’ new President for 2016/2017. Outgoing President, Colin Burke (left), handed over the reigns at a prestigious function on Friday, 24 June 2016.
Chris Beech was inducted as the new President for the Rotary Club of Newlands for the 2016/2017 year, at a prestigious gala dinner hosted at the Wild Fig Restaurant on Friday evening (24 June 2016).
Outgoing President of the club, Colin Burke, handed over the President’s Chain to Beech at the ceremony. Beech is ready and excited to take on his duties, and shared his goals for the year with the guests. 
Early Childhood Development (ECD) and entrepreneurship development will be two key focus areas for Beech this year. “It is all about leveraging off the Rotarian skill set and transferring knowledge so that we can strive to a society of excellence. It is about working with the communities in which we live and work, and living up to the Rotary ethos of ‘service before self’.” said Beech. “This also aligns very well to the Rotary theme for the year of Rotary serving humanity.
“President Colin had a very successful year especially with the donation of the emergency fire and disaster vehicle and the handover of the ECD centre in Masiphumelele; it is important that we keep the momentum and enthusiasm going with all of the initiatives that we are involved with” added Beech.
“This coming year, we will continue with our established projects which include the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the NSRI wine auction, Rotary Family Health Days, Books for the World, One to One and the Dragon Boat Races. We are also always looking for more and interesting projects,” concluded Beech.
During the evening, a number of Rotary Club of Newlands Rotarians received accolades for their hard work and service during the year. Colin Burke received a District double sapphire Paul Harris recognition award for his contribution to Rotary with the donation of the emergency fire vehicle and Jenny Howard for her contribution to youth services. Regine le Roux received a double Paul Harris Fellow award for her contribution to the public image portfolio of Rotary; Paul Harris Fellows were also awarded to Nora See, Brian Pickup for community services and Jenny Ibbotson for vocational and international development.
The Rotary Club of Newlands welcomes those who would be interested to join a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.
The club meets every Monday at 18:15 at the Western Province Cricket Club in Avenue de Mist except on the first Monday of each month when the meetings start at 19:00. For more information, visit our website or join us on Facebook.