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 - 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
Senior 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.
Junior Vice President -
Ben first came to Woking in 1943 to join the Woking Electric Supply Company as a Trainee Cartographic Draughtsman. This was to be the beginning of 53 years’ service in the Electricity Supply Industry, his final job in this industry was as the Education and Training Manager of the London Electricity Board. During this period he became a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Member of the St. Pancras Rotary Club. It was in 1975 that he joined this Club and he stayed with them until his retirement in 1995 when he transferred to the Woking Rotary Club. He is a member of one of the Fellowships of Rotary, that of the International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians. With his wife Jean they have travelled widely in Europe as well as this country in their caravan visiting wonderful places at the same time as enjoying great Rotary Fellowship. Whilst they have been in ICFR they have visited many foreign Rotary Clubs as well as attending four Rotary International Conventions in Birmingham Munich Nice and Gothenburg.
Brian is a Chartered Tax Adviser who has lived in Pyrford for the past 40 years. He joined the club in 1992, became president in 1998 and has had a previous spell as secretary. He is married to Linda and they have two children and two grandchildren. A keen supporter of Woking FC, Brian will happily give his views on the team’s fortunes to anyone willing to listen!