New Rotary president

Bellville Rotary Club's new president David Holtzhausen and outgoing president Adrian Willard.

The Bellville Rotary Club welcomed its new president during a gala dinner at the Durbanville Golf Club on Monday June 20.

The new president David Holtzhausen received the chain of office from outgoing president, Adrian Willard, at the function.

“I am honoured to serve the community in this way, and I’m looking forward to getting business people involved in our projects,” Mr Holtzhausen said in his speech.

Public relations officer Henriette Venter said a new president was elected every year in June.

The event was also attended by Ian Pursch, the district governor of the Rotary Club for the Western Cape region.

Ms Venter said Mr Holtzhausenwas involved in many Rotary projects.

“Under the leadership of Mr Willard, the club ran a number of successful projects in the community over the past year, which is ongoing,” she said.

“We are building a tennis court and netball field for the Carel du Toit Centre at Tygerberg Hospital, together with the Bristol Club in England and other local clubs in the district. This project should be completed within the next few months.”

The day before the function, Mr Willard took to Facebook: “I am so proud of what the club has achieved.

“I feel honoured having been given the opportunity to lead such a prestigious club,” he wrote.

“The club’s 65 year history of uplifting the lives of the underprivileged communities around Bellville and elsewhere humbles me. Being a Rotarian means so much to me.

“It affords one the opportunity as part of a team to make a much bigger difference than one would be able to on your own and develops leadership and other skills.”

The Rotary Club has 16 members and meets every Tuesday at the Dros at Willowbridge.