New president aims to take Barnstaple Rotarians to new heights

A RETIRED buildings surveyor will become the new president of the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club. Working on tall buildings was all part of the job for Martin Chamberlain; and in his retirement, he will still aim to be at the top when he takes over from Le

A RETIRED buildings surveyor will become the new president of the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club.Working on tall buildings was all part of the job for Martin Chamberlain; and in his retirement, he will still aim to be at the top when he takes over from Lewis Baglow, who is be standing down after his successful year in office.Martin worked for Commercial Union for 25 years and finished his career as building manager in their data processing centre in Surrey before taking early retirement and moving to Barnstaple six years ago. He now has a part-time job working as a surveyor for the local Methodist circuit and makes the occasional residential planning application when not playing golf.Married with three married children and four grandchildren with another on the way, Martin divides his time between golf, cooking, skittles, and biking. He is also a volunteer driver with the Children's Hospice South West and can be seen playing guitar at Barnstaple Baptist Church."The general perception of Rotary by the public is that of unapproachable old men in ties and suits which is way off," he said."I want to change that by attracting younger members to join us in my year, to help continue the reputation the club has for moving Rotary into the 21st century.""While raising funds for charities and good causes, we are renowned for putting the emphasis on the 'fun' in fund-raising."We tick all the boxes when it comes to helping the local community."The Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, formed in 1990, meets every Wednesday evening at the Barnstaple Hotel.


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