A man who has been in the Rotary movement for less than 20 years is to take the top job in the Rotary district covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands.
It has been a brisk climb up the ladder to District Governor for Rotarian John Sayer of the Rotary Club of Stone & District which he joined in 1997.
John, who takes on the role of District Governor for 12 months from July 1, is looking forward to his year in office which comes at a time when The Rotary Foundation – the organisation’s own charity – celebrates its 100th anniversary.
It promises to be one of the milestones of his year in which he will also be very much behind the drive to End Polio Now – a campaign which all Rotary District Governors throughout the world are supporting.
John, 71, joined Rotary to put something back into the community and believes this could be the encouragement for more people to join.
“Rotary today is all about enjoying friendship with like minded people whilst putting something back into the community. It is so much more accessible these days with flexible membership opportunities, including new clubs which do not conform to the traditional format.
“Attracting new members of this great organisation is one of our key priorities. We need to attract men and women of all ages who want to help to make the world a better place.”
Since joining the Rotary Club of Stone & District he has held most of the offices including the presidency in 2003-04. He has been a member of the district team since 1998 when he was invited to run the ‘Young Innovator’ competition.
He was born in North London and came to the Midlands in 1985 through business. A chartered chemical engineer, he worked for large multi national companies throughout the UK and overseas.
During the latter part of his career he established, with others, a successful consultancy organisation which worked with small and medium sized businesses, in this country as well as overseas, helping them to become more effective.
Well done John, from all at The Gazette!