Binesh Bharat was inducted as the new president of the King William’s Town Rotary Club at a glittering event staged at the KWT Bowling Club last Friday.
Pam Govender and Ingrid van Heerden were also inducted as the Rotary Anns presidents during the event.
Bharat has taken over from outgoing president Paul Smit while Govender and Van Heerden took the reins from his wife Rose for the year ahead.
During his induction address, Bharat thanked and commended Smit and Rose for leading the club.
“Your contribution, inspiration and leadership during the year are highly appreciated and we will certainly use what we have learnt during your era,” he said.
Bharat also congratulated Rotary Anns presidents Govender and Van Heerden and said he is looking forward to working closely with them.
“Due to the current pandemic, we may face future uncertainties and have to test unknown waters, but with the full support of all Rotarians, I am sure we will make it a successful year.
“I will strive to lead from the front to fulfil our mandate and successfully complete projects and tasks,” Bharat said.
“We will continue with our current partners and endeavour to form new relationships with new sponsors to assist the club in serving our less fortunate communities in King William’s Town and its surrounding areas.”
He said they would continue with their current flagship fundraising projects such as the Robbie Jones Memorial Golf Day, Bikers Breakfast, Diwali Dinner, Potjiekos Competition and the K2K Cycle Race.
“I will also be looking at certain environmental projects as I believe that caring for the environment plays a vital role in our wellbeing,” he said.
Bharat said seniors remained a priority for the organisation and emphasised they would be supported right through the year to the best of their abilities.
He also announced the various portfolios and Rotarians who would manage them.
“As a Rotarian, I will reflect Rotary’s principles to the best of my abilities and live up to our motto ‘Service above self’.”