One presidency, two careful owners...

Car dealer Chas Green and estate agent Richard Smith are the outgoing and incoming presidents of Bar

Car dealer Chas Green and estate agent Richard Smith are the outgoing and incoming presidents of Barnstaple Link Rotary Club. Picture: Tony Freeman. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple Link Rotary presidency changes hands from a car salesman to an estate agent...

THE presidency of Barnstaple Link Rotary is about to change hands - swapped between a used car dealer and an estate agent.

But it is hoped the profile of both professions has been polished hugely thanks to the work of outgoing president Chas Green and returning president Richard Smith.

Richard, a former partner and now consultant with Phillips, Smith and Dunn estate agents, auctioneers and surveyors, was in fact the founding president when the branch was set up in 1989.

“Over the years we have achieved so much for the community and had great fun doing it and now with the ‘Green’ issue being prominent the club felt we should accept the concept of recycling totally, hence I am being recycled,” he said.

“It is incredible what we have achieved, but we have been in the forefront of change bringing the movement into the new technology led age however we now need some younger blood and inspiration to help us to the next stage.”

The club’s achievements include the popular annual MegaDraw that helps local clubs and good causes raise many thousands of pounds with no cost to themselves.

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It also started the Rotary charity shop alongside Barnstaple Rotary Club, which has now donated over £100,000 to good causes as well as funding both drug awareness centres and help for the homeless.

For outgoing president Chas Green, it has been an outstanding year culminating in the President’s Dinner, that attracted 26 visitors from Switzerland who had heard so much of the club activities that they visited on a fact-finding tour.

Chas will continue his work after being elected as an assistant governor for the district.

Barnstaple Link Rotary meets at Barnstaple Hotel on Wednesday evenings and potential new members are always welcome.

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