Gentle touch for Rotary

Left to right - Vice president Valerie Riley and president Gillian Lewis
Left to right - Vice president Valerie Riley and president Gillian Lewis

A ROTARY club has welcomed its first woman president and vice president.

Gillian Lewis has become appointed the inaugural president of Tyldesley Rotary Club - the first in its 66 year history.

The 48-year-old said: “About three years ago I was invited to go along as a guest speaker because I am a nurse and I was invited back for a special meeting with an exchange group from Sri Lanka.

“I then went on their exchange programme for a month and loved it.

“I love the rotary and its traditions. It used to be very male orientated, but that is changing.

“I have met some really great friends and going to Sri Lanka has really opened doors for me.

“I am really excited to be the first female president. I now aim to raise the profile of the club as we are only a small group and are looking for newer, younger members,

“We need to move forward.

“Each year we can choose a charity to raise money for and as I am a nurse I have an interest in juvenile diabetes, especially as it is something personal in my family.”

Valerie Riley was also welcomed as the vice president.