Nan McCreadie to serve as first woman president of RIBI

Nan McCreadie to serve as first woman president of RIBI

In yet another sign of Rotary’s growing diversity, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), an organization formed in the 1910s, is poised to inaugurate its first woman president.

Nan McCreadie, a member since 1997 of the Rotary Club of Feltham, Greater London, England, will be inaugurated on 6 July at an event in Twickenham Stoop Stadium. McCreadie has served as vice president of RIBI, chair of its Constitution Committee, president’s representative, and district governor. She is a Bequest Society member.

“I am tremendously honored to be appointed RIBI’s first female president, which I firmly believe is a reflection of how Rotary is moving with the times,” she says. “We are currently undergoing a new stage in our development with more and more women and younger people wanting to join Rotary and help their local communities. So it is a really exciting time for me to be taking over and I am very much looking forward to my year in office.”

McCreadie joined Rotary after receiving a letter during a membership drive and then attending a few meetings. “I term myself a mail-order bride,” she quips.

Her most satisfying moments include helping mentally and physically challenged children during RIBI’s annual Kids Out event. “We took a group of children to a local theme park,” she recalls. “The little boy who traveled in my car was so pleased at what Rotary -- and I -- were doing for him. I felt terribly pleased.”

She also has enjoyed serving as a sergeant-at-arms during RI conventions and as a training leader at the International Assembly, an annual training event for incoming leaders. Coincidentally, McCreadie’s instructor when she was learning to be a training leader was Anne L. Matthews, who just became Rotary International’s first female vice president.

McCreadie believes the organization is making great strides in terms of diversity, and needs to continue doing so.

“We need to be more flexible,” she says. “We also need to interest non Rotarians in some of our service projects, which might lead to them becoming interested in joining. Visibility is important, as well as working with other local, national, and international organizations.” 

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