Braunton Caen Rotary welcomes their youngest ever club president

The club’s youngest member and new president Chelsea Buckingham

The club’s youngest member and new president Chelsea Buckingham - Credit: Caen Rotary

July the 1st is a big day for Rotary clubs across the world and like normal, Braunton Caen Rotary is no different.

This year the club says goodbye to President Paula Byrom who has led the club through a very unsettled year for everyone and is passing the Presidential Chain over to the club’s youngest member Chelsea Buckingham.

At 22 Chelsea is the youngest president that a North Devon Club has had and she will be one of the youngest ever in Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

Chelsea as you imagine has some great ideas and projects for the club to work on this coming year. Chelsea has said, “I want to lead by example. With my first fundraising project, I am going to do a Sky Dive for a charity. I had the privilege in 2019 to visit Umoja Tanzania, a centre which provides education to disadvantaged youth.

“Umoja has had great success in getting students through and into university. They have just been able to purchase a new site and are currently in the process of moving across from their rented accommodation.

“The new site will give them purpose-built class rooms and study area plus a sports and recreational area which will be outstanding once renovation is complete. If you would like to know more about Umoja or even sponsor me please look at our website for the JustGiving link”

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Chelsea added: “My main new project to get started this year in the village is an Interact club which is aimed at young people aged 12 – 18. Braunton Caen Rotary is planning to hold the annual Village Fair with the Braunton Rotary club, and Braunton Wheels in 2022; plus, we will be out and about running our normal activities supporting local Education, and the Braunton Caen Memory Café hopes to be back meeting face to face very soon.”

Rotary is a great way of giving a little back while having fun and Rotary Clubs everywhere will welcome anyone who wants to get involved in the community have some fun and friendship along the way. If you want to know more about Rotary for all ages, please look at our website:

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