AFTER an enjoyable year as President, Jim Hatfield has handed over the Presidency of The Rotary Club of Lewes to Michael Craggs.
The club has 50 members and exists to help the community locally and internationally.
Over the past year, the club has given about £25,000 in direct charitable donations. Particular causes which benefited include St Peter and St James Hospice at Chailey, Lewes Victoria Hospital, the South East Coast Ambulance Service First Responders and the Sussex Heart Charity Trust.
Internationally, Rotary is on the last leg of eliminating polio throughout the world in concert with the World Health Organisation and business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates.
The Rotary Club of Lewes raises funds with such popular activities as the recently finished Skittles Week, the forthcoming Golf Day, and in December the house-to-house Christmas Tree Appeal.
For the coming year President Michael will also support St Peter and St James Hospice and other Rotary charities, as well as the local branch of Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood, Diabetes UK, the RNLI and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.