New president flying the flag for the ladies

Margaret Dooley, new president of the Rotary Club of Boston, she's the first female president in the club's 76-year history.

Margaret Dooley, new president of the Rotary Club of Boston, she's the first female president in the club's 76-year history.

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IT is a case of sisters doing it for themselves at The Rotary Club of Boston after the group appointed its first female president since it was established 76 years ago.

In these days of equal opportunities it may come as a surprise that this is the case in some local groups, but that does not mean new incumbent Margaret Dooley is any less proud of the appointment.

As one of only four women in the group, Margaret said she felt as if she was flying the flag for the female members.

The 70-year-old added: “I’m very honoured to be the first female president. I feel it will be quite a challenge to prove that we are worthy of being members. That said, I do get lots of support from the male members.”

Margaret, who worked as a specialist nurse until her retirement, was only the second woman to join the group back in 2006. Not long before, after the first woman had been inducted to the club, several men left in protest.

She said she thought that the Rotary Club of Boston had been viewed as a male domain prior to that.

She added how she wanted to use this year to get out and show people that was not the case – and encourage more women to go along see what the group is about.

“I’m trying to encourage people to come along and see what we’re all about. We’re not all stuffy.” she added.

Her other duties at the club will include chairing weekly meetings and looking after the general running of the group.

The Rotary Club of Boston meets weekly on a Monday at the Boston and County Club.