A lunch was held at Breckenhill last week to celebrate the hard work done by outgoing Regional Chairperson, Julie Jordan MBE.
Julie has been volunteering with the Riding for the Disabled Association for over 30 years in various guises and while she is stepping down as chairperson she has kindly offered to continue organising the regional holidays and to act as a Training Advisor for RDA instructors. She will also continue as a Trustee and to head up the Policy Committee in Warwick for RDA National.
The lunch was attended by representatives of almost all of the 28 groups that ride under the RDANI banner across the province.
A statement from RDANI read: “Everyone who turned out wanted to show their respect and gratitude for Julie’s commitment over her five years in the post. She has been a pleasure to work with throughout that time and her dedication and positive outlook inspired all who crossed paths with her.
“RDANI is lucky to have two wonderful vice presidents and both radio and musical personality, George Jones, and rugby legend, Willie John McBride, were at Breckenhill to help Julie celebrate.
“George commented on the difference that RDA had made to his own daughter and thanked volunteers like Julie, for whom helping riders to achieve and make progress is in the blood. He wished Julie well and hoped that she would long continue to be a guiding light in the background.
“Willie John McBride congratulated the RDA for its family-like atmosphere while maintaining a professional approach to allow the riders and drivers to feel like new people. He complimented Julie on her wonderful term and said that he had enjoyed her friendliness and whole approach to any task.”
The region has announced that Lady Julie Frazer will step into Julie Jordan’s shoes.
Mr McBride stated that Julie would be a hard act to follow but that he, and the rest of the volunteers, knew that Lady Frazer could do it.
The region would like to wish Julie Jordan every happiness as she steps down from this challenging role and extends its support to Lady Julie Frazer as she takes up the reins.