Douglas looking forward to challenge in Rotary's top job

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AMHERST  Bette Douglas wants to put a little bit of fun back into Rotary.

As only the second female district governor in the history of Rotary District 7820, the Amherst native knows she has a big job ahead of her, but shes looking forward to the challenges associated with Rotarys top job.

Many service clubs, like Rotary, are finding it difficult to recruit and retain members. One of the main reasons people leave Rotary is because they feel its no longer fun. Thats something I want to change, Douglas said.

To Douglas, making Rotary fun means making it more inclusive and involving friends and family in Rotary projects and events.

Shes also hoping to increase Rotarys participation in vocational service and reach out to young people to introduce them to Rotary, its four-way test and the motto of service above self.

Douglas was thrilled three years ago when she was approached by members of the Amherst Rotary Club about being nominated for the district governors position. In its 70-year history, only one other Amherst Rotarian Norman T. Avard has ever held the districts top job.

Since that time, Douglas has been busy preparing for Canada Day, 2007 when her term officially began and now shes looking ahead to a hectic schedule that will take her to every corner of the district in a 40-month period.

Its been an amazing experience up til now and its going to be an even more amazing experience over the next 12 months, Douglas said. Im following in the footsteps of some pretty outstanding people and I just hope I can live up to what they have accomplished.

During her term, Amherst will host the district conference from May 29 to June 1 with more than 300 Rotarians coming to town.

Its the first time Amherst has hosted this conference.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Rotary Club

Geographic location: AMHERST

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