A COMMUNITY club leader is standing down from its committee after almost four decades’ service – nearly half as chairman.
Doral Rosser, of Fairham Road, Stretton, will reveal her intention to colleagues at Burton and District Stroke Club at their next meeting on Monday.
The 85-year-old said: “I feel some of us are getting older and we should hand the club over to the younger ones.
“The club is in a good state and I know it’s going to be in good hands.
“It seems to me to be a good time (to step down).”
The Markfield-born ex-nurse, whose father, Laurence Brown, died aged 56 after suffering a stroke, joined the club in 1976, just a fortnight after it was set up by physiotherapist Joan Tunnicliffe.
“She gave me a tea towel and said ‘I do the washing up and you can do the drying and I will see you next time’,” said Mrs Rosser, who succeeded the founder as chairman in 1984.
Her task has been to maximise the quality of life for 40 members by overseeing the provision of social activities at their bi-monthly meetings at Henhurst Recreation and Social Club, in Henhurst Hill.
Mrs Rosser said her happiest times were spent on day trips while the most difficult involved ‘seeing people who have had strokes and have had some sort of physical or mental impairment’.
Asked to name her biggest achievement, she said: “I’m very proud to see the way some members have improved.
“They are not going to advance in a physical way, but they do learn from each other and enjoy going out and gain confidence from it.”
Mrs Rosser, whose husband, Ronald, died more than a decade ago, is keen to stress she is not leaving the club.
The mother-of-two will remain a member, combining her involvement by socialising with friends.
She said: “I’m not leaving the club. Quite honestly, I’ve got as much out of it as I’ve given.”