Gregg Humphries installed as 2020-2021 president of Moree on Gwydir Rotary Club

Outgoing president Linda Meppem (right) presented the presidents' badge to incoming president Gregg Humphries at the changeover earlier this month. Photo: contributed
Outgoing president Linda Meppem (right) presented the presidents' badge to incoming president Gregg Humphries at the changeover earlier this month. Photo: contributed

Gregg Humphries has returned to the helm of Moree on Gwydir Rotary Club, following an informal changeover dinner earlier this month.

Usually a more formal affair, the 37th annual changeover was a bit different this year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions which meant Rotary District 9650 governor was unable to attend.

However, members were still able to get together at Moree Golf Club on Wednesday, June 10 where outgoing president Linda Meppem installed incoming 2020-2021 president Gregg Humphries.

It's Mr Humphries' second stint as president, having served in the role five years ago.

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"Most of our members have already served as president, some have done it twice, so myself being the youngest in the club, I thought it was only fair," Mr Humphries, who has been involved in Rotary for about 18 years, said of his reasoning for stepping back up.

"I'm quite happy to serve again. I want to try and achieve some of the things I didn't achieve the first go around."

His biggest goal is to drive membership of the club, which currently has about 15 active members.

"In its heyday it had up to 35 to 40 members," Mr Humphries said.

"Attracting membership is all about being visible and I've got a couple of ideas to increase visibility."

One of those is to "spruce up" the club's old mobile barbecue trailer and get it back out into the community.

Another of his ideas is to "get back on track" with having regular guest speakers at Rotary meetings, which Mr Humphries believes is a way to keep people interested.

"To attract members you've got to have reasons for them to come along and be there," he said.

Mr Humphries also hopes to introduce a committee structure to the Moree on Gwydir club to keep people interested.

The 2020-2021 executive board also includes Ms Meppem as the club's secretary, Don Waghorn as foundation director and Peter Gall as treasurer, a role he's held for the past seven years.