New Warkworth Rotary president Joe Koppens received the presidential chains of office at a changeover ceremony held at the Bridgehouse.
In his speech, Mr Koppens, a retired barrister, quoted former US President Barack Obama on the need to marginalise those who would divide and bring together those who would unite.
He said Rotary along with other service clubs was all about being united in a common cause of serving their communities.
“Any politician will tell you that with goodwill you can make progress; without goodwill, you can’t make any progress. We have goodwill here, and we are determined to build on that goodwill,” he said.
Mr Koppens noted Warkworth was a growing community, and he saw every reason why Warkworth Rotary should enjoy commensurate growth.
Mr Koppens also commended outgoing president Mick Fay for services to the club in the previous year and for securing great speakers.