The Rotary Club of Newlands is celebrating a new president at the helm of the organisation.Chris Beech from Newlands was inducted as the new president for 2016/17 at a prestigious gala dinner hosted at the Wild Fig Restaurant on Friday 24 June.Outgoing president of the club, Colin Burke, from Noordhoek, handed over the president’s chain to Beech at the ceremony who is ready and excited to take on his duties, and shared his goals for the year with the guests. Two of his key focus areas are early childhood development and developing entrepreneurs.“It is all about leveraging off the Rotarian skill set and transferring knowledge so that we can strive to a society of excellence,” he says.“It is about working with the communities in which we live and work, and living up to the Rotary ethos of ‘service before self’. This also aligns very well to the Rotary theme for the year of Rotary serving humanity.“Colin (Burke) had a very successful year – especially with the donation of the emergency fire and disaster vehicle and the handover of the ECD centre in Masiphumelele. It is important that we keep the momentum and enthusiasm going with all of the initiatives that we are involved with.”Looking at the future, he outlined some of the plans ahead: “This coming year, we will continue with our established projects which include the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the NSRI wine auction, Rotary Family Health Day events, Books for the World, One to One and the Dragon Boat Races. “We are also always looking for more and interesting projects,” concluded Beech. During the evening, a number of Rotary Club of Newlands Rotarians received accolades for their hard work and service during the year. Colin Burke received a double sapphire Paul Harris recognition award for his contribution to Rotary with the donation of the emergency fire vehicle, Regine le Roux received a double Paul Harris Fellow award for her contribution to the public image portfolio of Rotary, and Paul Harris Fellows were also awarded to Jenny Howard for her contribution to youth services, Brian Pickup for community services, Jenny Ibbotson for vocational and international development and Nora See for her contribution to the LEAP School Interact.The Rotary Club of Newlands welcomes those who are interested to join a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. The club meets every Monday at 18:15 at the Western Province Cricket Club in Avenue de Mist except on the first Monday of each month when the meeting starts at 19:00. V For more information visit www.newlands.org.