THE ROTARY Club of Solihull has announced its first ever female president.
Councillor Kate Wild made history last week when she took over the role from immediate past president Steve Evans in a special ceremony on Thursday June 28.
“To be the first lady president is overwhelming and a little daunting,” she admitted. “I feel I have to get it right.”
Established as an all-male society in Chicago in 1905, the international club only opened its doors to female members in 1989.
After being the first woman to be granted an honorary membership in Solihull Rotary Club ten years ago, following her year as Mayor of Solihull, she is now continuing to blaze the trail.
“For a while I was the only lady member here and now I can’t believe I’m the first female president.”
The Conservative councillor said that a female presidency would give a ‘different dimension and perspective’ to the way Solihull Rotary, which now has four women as members, was run.
“It also reflects the way society is today,” she added.
“We’re all in this together. Whether male or female, it doesn’t matter, anyone can get involved and give back to the community.”