Rotarians welcome first lady

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A new chapter in the history of Hucknall Rotary Club has opened with the group inducting its first woman member.

Jo-Anne Maddock becomes the first woman to join the club since it was founded 87 years ago.

On her election to becoming a Rotarian, Mrs Maddock said: “I’m very honoured to be accepted as a Rotarian and excited about the opportunity I have through Rotary in making a difference.

“It’s a change but change is good and I hope to encourage more women to join.”

President Ian Young said: “Members of the club are thrilled to welcome Jo-Anne as a Rotarian seeing in her all the attributes needed to fulfil the Rotary motto of Service above Self.”

Mrs Maddock has worked for the RSPCA since 1997 and has been the branch manager with a staff of 10 and 50 volunteers for the last three years.

My Young added: “It is also rather fitting because the first female national president of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, Nan McCreadie, has also just taken office.”

Rotary International was formed initially as a networking club for businessmen in 1905, developing to provide the many community programmes that it is known for today. The movement first accepted women members in the 1980s.