Rotary club welcomes new president

New president Vijay Patel is welcomed in by former leader Mick Marks

New president Vijay Patel is welcomed in by former leader Mick Marks - Credit: Archant

The Rotary Club of St Neots St Mary’s has appointed its new president, Vijay Patel, who has been a member of the group for more than 15 years.

Outgoing president, Mick Marks, presented his successor with the President’s Jewel at the beginning of July, before Mr Patel gave a specially commissioned tankard in return – a tradition the club has upheld since 1985.

After being appointed, Mr Patel said he wants to focus on increasing the group’s membership, which currently stands at 37.

He added: “I am looking forward to this year and my first event which will be the annual golf day, held on behalf of the town mayor of St Neots at Wyboston Lakes on August 13, shortly followed by the dragon boat festival on August 29.

“Both events always prove to be very popular, are organised in conjunction with St Neots Town Council, and both of which I hope will raise a substantial amount for my chosen charity.”

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Mr Patel, who was born in the Gujurat region of India, moved to the UK when he was seven-years-old, and now works as an IT consultant.

His principle charity for his 12 months in office will be Life Education Cambridgeshire.

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