First female leader sworn in at Cranleigh rotary club

Brian Vine (left) hands over to Jane O'Leary, the new President of Cranleigh Rotary Club.
Brian Vine (left) hands over to Jane O'Leary, the new President of Cranleigh Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Cranleigh welcomed its first female president this month.

Jane O’Leary, a Cranleigh business consultant and accountant, took over from Brian Vine at the beginning of July and will serve for 12 months.

She said: “I am so pleased to be the first lady in the rotary club in Cranleigh and subsequently the club’s first lady president.

“I joined Rotary to network for my business but also to make friends and colleagues and both have been achieved.

“Networking is all about building up relationships and trust, and finding friends and people of like minds is very valuable to me.

“I have found the community service within Rotary to be fulfilling and enjoyable and feel very privileged to know that I am part of a team that makes a difference to the local community.”

As club vice president she was involved in forging links with the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce, and helped produce a village business map and official guide to Cranleigh last year.

As an accountant in practice in Cranleigh, she was invited to join the club back in 2008.

She is an accredited local preacher for the Methodist Church and preaches about twice a month.

Her interests include supporting the local Christian Aid committee, the Fairtrade Group and the Lion Tamers.