The Rotary Club of Woking was as formed in 1922 and has served the Woking Community ever since. The first Club Meeting was held on 12th May 1922 at the Albion Hotel. The first president was Dr. John Laurie and he has been followed by so many excellent presidents. The members which are both men & women have over the last 91 years give wonderful service to Woking and the International Community. The mottos “service before self” since mean a lot to our members and we strive to give high standards and an example to all we meet. The club is involved with both the local community with such things as Kids Out, Woking Rotary Bikeathon, Woking Rotary Charity Swimathon and also Internationally with project that help with disasters, Shelter Box and Polio Plus. The club is proud of it past record and will continue to give service to the local and international communities for the foreseeable future.
President - John originates from Devon and he and his family moved to Woking in 1989. He served in the Metropolitan Police for 31 years variously as a beat officer, trainer, and detective. During his second career he worked in local government with Wandsworth Council, and was one of a small team who set up the National Neighbourhood Watch Association. He is a keen rugby supporter, and currently serves as President of the Effingham and Leatherhead Club.
Senior Vice President - Born in Britain, but brought up in Kenya, Michael went to school at St Mary's and The Duke of York in Nairobi. Now retired ,he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, working in the City for 25 years and The Civil service for sixteen.He has lived in Woking with his family for most of his adult life.
Junior Vice President -
Richard was born in Surrey and brought up in Streatham, attending Battersea Grammar School. Having qualified as a Chartered [company] Secretary for most of his career he was an investment analyst in stockbroking and banking, retiring in 2002. He and his wife Sarah moved to Woking in 1971 and have a son and a daughter. He was a Woking Borough councillor from 1983-1999 and 2000-10 serving as Mayor in 2003-04.
Colin was born in Bath and epresented his county of Somerset at Football and Athletics.
Apart from a short spell working in the accounts department of a Austin/Rover dealership in Bath, Colin has spent the rest of his working life in the building industry.
From Accountant ,Group Internal Auditor, Finance Director ,Land Director, Company Secretary and Managing Director. Initially with the Comben Group of companies based in Bristol and for many years with Ideal Homes part of the then Trafalgar House Group and for 15 years prior to retirement Crofton Place Developments Ltd.