Rotary Club of Cromwell enjoyed a night of celebration last weekend in the Canyon Restaurant at Tarras Vineyards.

Rotarians from across District 9980 came together to wish outgoing president Pam Broadhead all the best and thanked her for her service before warmly welcoming Stuart Heal as the Rotary Club of Cromwell president for the 2021/2022 Rotary year.

Representatives from all over Otago and Southland joined the Cromwell club in the changeover, as well as Russ Fowler, president of the Lion’s Club Cromwell.

“It has been a tremendous year, and one I could not have done well without the help of my husband Richard as well as committed members from the club” Pam explained as she handed the chains over to Stuart who has a long history with Rotary.

“Pam has excelled in her role over the last 12 months, and we look forward to her now directing the conference committee as we head into a very busy year for Cromwell Rotary,” Stuart said.

As well as farewelling and welcoming a president, the night also included a very special changeover of district governors.

Cromwell is part of District 9980, next year both Districts 9970, the upper South Island and our own district will join together to become District 9999, a collaboration of all the clubs in the south.

The final year of District 9980 has welcomed local Rotarian Nick Wood as District Governor.

Consistently putting service above self, Nick is taking over from Waimate Club’s Dylan Murray.

At just 34 years old, Nick is the youngest district governor in the world for the Rotary year.

Sincere congratulations go to Nick, his wife Beth and their family as they take on the leadership of Rotary District 9980 during its final year.

A wonderful meal was served throughout the evening as Rotarians celebrated changes, achievements and successes across the last 12 months.