Trailblazer Elaine’s new role

Elaine Vandelli (right), new president of Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club, and former president John Ravenhill

Elaine Vandelli (right), new president of Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club, and former president John Ravenhill

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A tireless community champion has been named as the new president of the Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club.

Elaine Vandelli joined the group in 2011 as its first ever female member.

She said: “I always wanted to do something for the local community and that’s why I joined the Kibworth and Fleckney club.

“About a third of the members of Harborough Rotary Club currently are ladies, but there is still a wide perception that Rotary is just for older business men.

“I would love to change that perception.”

Elaine said the club has done a lot of work for the community as well as county charities such as Loros, Rainbows Children’s Hospice and the Leicestershire Air Ambulance.

She added: “One great thing about Rotary is that as a member you can go to any club in the world and be made to feel really welcome.”

Elaine has already chosen her nominated charities for the year.

They are the Children’s Air Ambulance, and TwentyTwenty – a charity working with children who have been thrown out of either or both, home and school.

The charity offers them an education and help them to make positive life choices.

Outside of her work with the Rotary Club, Elaine is the founder of the biggest Expo in Leicestershire for the last ten years.

A spokesman for the Kibworth and Fleckney Club said: “She is also a tireless champion of her local community and helps to support many local and national charities.

“In just five years, her membership of the Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club has been transformational to the organisation.”

Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club was established 28 years ago and currently has about 35 members.

The group meets weekly at Kibworth Golf Club on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

Elaine, along with a few other Rotary members, are in the process of setting up a satellite club which aims to meet once a month and is for people who may be too busy to commit to a weekly meeting,

For more information, contact 0116 2402330.