Andy swings in to take helm at Rotary

Andy Izat has only been a Rotary member for three years
Andy Izat has only been a Rotary member for three years
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A KEEN golfer has risen to become president of the Rotary Club of North Berwick just three years after first joining the organisation.

Andy Izat, 69, was appointed to the role last month, with the former Glen Golf Club seniors’ captain having only been approached about joining Rotary in recent years. He replaces outgoing president James Main.

Mr Izat said: “I am looking forward to an exciting year and to meeting the challenging targets we have set ourselves. I am sure that together, as a club, we can continue our support for the local community – individuals, organisations and charities – as well as our support for national and international charities. The eradication of polio is still an extremely important target for Rotary.

“North Berwick Rotary Club is very much part of the local community and our members are involved in many aspects of the town’s life. I would like to acknowledge the support we receive from the local community who consistently and generously support our fundraising efforts and hope that this will continue in the year to come.”

The North Berwick club has made donations and handed out grants totalling £17,500 to groups and individuals in the 12 months to June 30 this year.

Mr Izat was originally born near Glasgow. He has two children with his wife, Anna.

Work as a metallurgist took the family over to the African copper mines in Zambia when Mr Izat was just 20 years old.

The spell abroad ended in 1975 when he returned to Scotland at a time when closures were starting to be felt across the country’s mining industry.

“It wasn’t the best time,” he said. “I couldn’t get a job. I looked around and eventually got a job with Dunlop through in Glasgow making golf clubs.

“They moved me around all over the place running factories. We ended up in East Sussex for quite some time before moving back to North Berwick.”

He started his own design and sourcing business at the age of 50, running the company for a decade-and-a-half before retirement.

The move to East Lothian coincided with Mr Izat becoming a member at the Glen Golf Club about 13 years ago. “I’d played golf from my early 20s,” he said.

Of his latest appointment, Mr Izat said: “Rotary is great. I would recommend it to anyone who’s got time. You do a lot in the local community, so it’s a great way of meeting people.

“You can help people locally – and nationally and internationally. It’s great fun. We’ve got a very good club, about 40 active members that do different things throughout the year. We meet once a week and generally have a dinner and a speaker. I’ve found it a real eye-opener.”