Taia Hayter has been elected as Stawell Rotary Club's youngest president in history.
Taking the reigns in 2020-21, the 18-year-old has her sights set on making a change in the community.
"I replaced my Dad as the outgoing president and we modeled the idea after other clubs," she said.
"We have a three-year plan to help build the club. We want the club to have more members, more funds, more events to work with.
"At the moment our club is very limited because we have so few members.
"Following on from Dad's term as president we, of course, have some different goals now COVID-19 pandemic is here."
Ms Hayter said she wasn't as nervous taking on the role so young as she felt she would have been if she hadn't had the previous experience on other committees.
"I'm part of the Youth Exchange committee as well," she said.
"I also am the unofficial secretary of the Freeza Group in Stawell as well. We don't have titles as such but I do all the work that a secretary would do."
Ms Hayter participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and went to Brazil for three months in 2018.
"I joined the club after that to give back to the community," she said.
"Locally we try to add things to the community that is needed and builds on them.
"We have local projects, international projects, and youth programs as well."
Ms Hayter said she felt honoured to be elected and is ready to take on the responsibility.
"I think working with other community groups will help me do my job," she said.
"This year we are really focusing on the local side of our club. Working on that path of giving back and building what's already in the region.
"We are looking at ways we can bring the community back together after being isolated for a length of time, and how we can manage to do that in a safe environment.
"I want to try and give back that sense of community when it feels like people can be in their own bubble at the moment."
Ms Hayter said new members were always welcome to join the club.
The club meets at 6:30pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Stawell Athletic Club.
"When Rotary first started it was for rich businessmen of the community to go and do their thing in the club," she said.
"As time progresses things have certainly changed. There are several sections of Rotary that are aimed at youth but we have a very limited number of members in that age group.
"It's great the younger members can work in with some of our older members and find a suitable balance which will ensure the longevity of clubs like Rotary in the community."
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