Queenstown’s very own Barack Obama

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Queenstowner Chris Campbell will try to be “the people’s president” like America’s Barack Obama. 

Campbell, 43, made this comment when he was inducted as the Rotary Club of Queenstown’s 66th president at Prime Restaurant last night. 

“I’m going to expose our club – for the right reasons – for its support of the community,” he said, while also promising “some surprises” during his year-long presidency. 

One of the club’s youngest ever presidents, Queenstown-raised Campbell, a real estate agent, organises the club’s annual Melbourne Cup fundraisers. He’s taken over from Trevor Tattersfield.

An award for a non-office-holding club member – named after the late Pauline Haslemore – was made to PJ King for his work with Rotary’s ShelterBox appeal, helping victims of natural disasters. The club’s ShelterBox fundraising set an Australasian record this past year. 

For services to Rotary, members Angus Welsh and Joan Kiernan won Paul Harris fellowships. Welsh was an inspiration behind the club’s $700,000 fundraising effort to restore the old Shotover bridge while Kiernan – who’s taking over as district governor – was the club’s first woman president. 

The club’s next woman president will be Tracey Maclaren, who’ll take over from Campbell in a year’s time.