Manchester Trailblazers Rotary Club is certainly living up to its name having recently named 22-year-old Martin Judd as their new President for the year.
He is also among the youngest in Rotary’s 112-year international history, and for Martin, having the chance to lead the way is something he is relishing.
“Rotary is often thought of as a club for older men but this is just not true,” Martin explained. “The idea of breaking the mould and helping to change the image appeals to me a lot.”
That goes for Martin’s 18-year old girlfriend Nicole Harris too. She is the newest Trailblazers recruit, along with becoming the youngest female Rotarian among the Great Britain and Ireland’s 47,500 members.
The idea of break the mould and helping to change Rotary’s image appeals to me a lot.”
“Age has become a big issue in Rotary,” Martin added, “the pressure is on to generate the next generation who can take our international network into the future. Without younger members the proud history of this great humanitarian voluntary organisation could grind to a halt.”
Martin, son of a racehorse trainer, was born in Tokoroa on North Island, New Zealand, but moved to the UK in 2012.
It was in New Zealand that he became interested in Rotary when school friends joined a sponsored youth exchange group to Brazil. So, in 2014, he joined the newly formed Manchester Trailblazers and was elected President Nominee within a year.
Martin currently lives in Oldham, works in customer services at Manchester Piccadilly’s Waitrose branch and is studying for an Open University degree in economics and mathematical sciences.
His targets for the club during his presidential year are to raise membership, boost the charity fundraising programme and launch his own personal education and literacy projects.