Rotary declare new Presidentas Mike

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Knaresborough Rotary Club has announced its new President as Michael Dixon.

Mike grew up in Morecambe and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School before studying Economics and Business Studies at Leeds University.

He joined Bramham-based Hargreaves Group of Companies as a graduate management trainee, before moving to Manchester where he became Regional Director and General Manager of Hargreaves’ Transport Division.

Mike’s wife, Brenda, was Chief Officer of Age Concern Knaresborough until retirement in 2008. The couple have lived in Knaresborough since 1977.

Mike’s interests, apart from walking his dog and spending time with five grandchildren, include membership of three local music societies, including harmony group Cadenza Singers; membership of the Knaresborough Town Twinning committee; Administrator of the charity ‘Knaresborough Relief in Need’.

As a lifelong transport enthusiast Mike is also a volunteer with the Wensleydale Heritage Railway and is one of the Friends of Knaresborough Station.

Rotarian Leslie Couldwell becomes President Elect, having previously been President in 2013-14.

At the recent Rotary meeting, held at Nidd Hall, outgoing President Jim Moorhouse thanked members for their support during the past two years.

He paid tribute to honorary member 91-one-year-old Maurice Beer who has been a Rotarian for 38 years and was President in 1993-4.

Bob Wedall, a Rotarian for 41 years who served as President 1996-7 and is Assistant Secretary, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honour given to Rotarians and named for the founder of the movement.