John Hobden returns as president of Muswellbrook Rotary Club for 2019-20

With a wealth of experience and unwavering support for the club, it should be no surprise that John Hobden has been elected president of Muswellbrook Rotary for the coming year.

As one of the most active voices within the organisation, the stalwart should have not problem slotting into the role which he previously held 14 years ago in 2005-06.

Rotary presidencies are spent in 12 month terms, but Mr Hobden revealed this will be a particularly exciting time to be in charge.

"It's a pleasure to be president in any year that you celebrate your 75th anniversary, ever year is special but this one is just a little bit different and we're starting to do the planning for it now," he said.

"You always enjoy it, I've got a bit of a saying when people ask me what we do at Rotary, and basically it's just helping people who are less fortunate than you are."

While no plans have been set in stone for this year, they are hoping to at least match their incredible effort in 2018-19 where they gave back approximately $85,000 to the community, including $10,000 to Merriwa CWA (Country Women's Association) and $10,000 to Murrurundi CWA on the night of their changeover.

They don't rely solely on giving donations to impact the region however, with one of Rotary Australia's programs dubbed 'the mherv' (Men's Health Education Rural Van) visiting the region last year and coming again this Sunday.

The van travels to communities around the state and provides free standard checks to men that are often too proud to visit a hospital, although all are welcome to take part.

Approximately 250 people took part last time it was in Muswellbrook, which Mr Hobden said was an incredible justification of the scheme.

He assured this reporter however, that they are always on the hunt for more ways to positively involve themselves in the area.

"You do your mandatory barbecues and bits and pieces but you're always on the lookout to do something and if something pops up then you generally jump at it," he said.

The mherv will be situated in the ALDI car park on Sunday, August 11.

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