Amanda Johnson has succeeded Robert Davies in the role, the handover evening taking place as a virtual meeting on Zoom.It has been a rapid rise to the top for practice nurse Amanda, who only joined the club four years ago. She was persuaded to attend by husband Vic, a local architect and fellow Rotarian.
“Vic had been invited along to a meeting as a prospective member and he said to me ‘if I’m giving up my Wednesday evenings, you can too’,” Amanda recalls with a smile.
She was the lone woman member back in 2016, but was soon joined by Vanessa Voysey and they are playing their part in reshaping Rotary’s traditional image as a male preserve.
“My aim for the year is to try to attract some new, younger members and hopefully to show women that Rotary can be for them too,” says 53 year-old Amanda, who has two sons and two daughters, aged between 18 and 25.
She says the club’s 22-strong membership have been hugely supportive from the day she joined the club.“They have been so welcoming, absolutely super.”
Amanda had a year running the club’s membership and events committee, followed by a year running the charity committee, to prepare her for the top office. “I’m a team player and that will be my style of leadership,” she says.
Like everyone else, Bridgnorth Rotary Club has had to get used to a new way of doing things during the coronavirus lockdown. Rotary District decreed a halt to face-to-face meetings in March so regular club get-togethers have been via Zoom.