“I am honoured to take over the helm of this extraordinary club,” said Dr Malcolm Dodd, newly elected president of the Rotary Club of Claremont at his inauguration on Saturday, 30 June 2018. Dodd will take over the reins for the 2018/2019 term and already has plans for what he wants to achieve during his term.

Dodd’s main aim in the new term will be to keep this non-profit organisation sustainable and thriving, allowing it to continue serving the community as it did under the leadership of previous president Liz Rose. The contribution that Rotary makes to communities that are often neglected is the main reason Dodd joined the Rotary Club of Claremont ten of years ago.

Dodd first learnt about Rotary as a participant of the Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) in 2002. “I was so impressed by the organisation behind this amazing event,” says Dodd. Indeed, the CTCT is the biggest events on the Club’s calendar every year: half of the charitable surplus from the event goes to Rotary Club of Claremont, making them financially one of the biggest Rotary clubs in the world. It enables them to do what they do best: serve the community, within the greater Cape Town area and up into the Northern Cape and Angola as they support other Rotary clubs financially.

“My goal for this term is to ensure that we help to keep CTCT alive and healthy”, says Dodd. “I am also planning to support more projects for people with disabilities and start on an all-weather football training facility in Mitchells Plain. We will keep making a tremendous impact in the community.”

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofClaremont/ or email ContactClaremont@rotary9350.co.za.