Mandeville Rotary installs fourth female president

Monday, July 16, 2018

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester- Herbalife independent distributor Andria Gordon has been installed as president of the Rotary Club of Mandeville for 2018-2019.

She succeeded educator Garth Anderson.

Gordon's elevation makes her the fourth female president in the 55-year history of the club.

The first time a female president led the Mandeville Rotary was when insurance advisor Marcelle Fenton took the position in 2003-2004. She served again during the 2015-2016 administration.

Pauline Channer, also an insurance advisor, was the president for the 2013- 2014 year.

Gordon, in her acceptance of the leadership role, shared plans to provide financial assistance to needy students, deliver incubators to the pre-natal unit at Mandeville Regional Hospital — in conjunction with CHASE Fund, do a retiling and painting project at New Green Primary School, as well as donate water tanks to New Green Primary and Manchester Parish Library.

“At the end of the day, the thing that matters most is how much better the world becomes because of Rotary in it,” she said.

Reading a message, on behalf of Rotary International President Barry Rassin, assistant governor for the Jamaica South/West Region of Rotary, Dr Olajide Adekeye said that the organisation will continue to be the place where people come together to become something greater than themselves.

“We are men and women who believe in the power of community action to (make) global impact and together we have the capacity and the resources to achieve our goals,” he said.

The immediate past president in an outgoing speech, delivered on his behalf in his absence, pledged support to the new administration.

— Alicia Sutherland

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