WELL known Tralee businessman John Moriarty is to take over the reins of the Tralee Rotary Club in the coming weeks after Denis Hanafin hosted his final event as Club President.
The club held it's annual dinner at The Carlton Hotel on Friday evening and hosting the event was the final official engagement of outgoing President Denis Hanfin before he hands over the chains of office to Tralee Rotary Club's President Elect John Moriarty who will soon take over as head of the club for 2013/2014.
Speaking to members on Friday evening Denis said he was very proud of the club's achievements, under his tenure over the past year.
During his time in charge €27,000 was raised to assist a variety of causes such as St Vincent de Paul, Accord and the Radio Kerry Christmas Appeal. The club also promoted and supported various causes and projects supported by Rotary International throughout his year of office.
In addition to those fundraising efforts Denis and a number of other Tralee Rotary Club members completed the Dublin City Marathon last October and all the funds they raised in sponsorship have been distributed among a selection of sporting clubs and activities in the Tralee area for the benefit of local young people.
Events planned for the coming year include various fundraisers and the annual Gala Ball on November 29 which will raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation, Kerry Cancer Support and Recovery Haven.
"These are three organisations that provide invaluable services in Kerry. We will also continue our involvement in our annual projects and hopefully some new projects to raise funds and promote awareness that will benefit our community," said incoming President John Moriarty.