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Winter 2020








Irvine Seagate Rutherglen



2020 - the work didn’t stop in District 1230…

District Governor’s Message… In my last District Governor report, I spoke about how the pandemic has disrupted the way that we live and the way that Rotary operates across the UK and indeed the world. When I was planning my September 2020 District Conference little did I know how my conference theme of "Challenges" and the arrival of the pandemic would impact and shape the way Rotarians would meet and give service? We all rose to that challenge and found different ways to engage. Zoom was either a blessing or a curse. But it was all that we had and will still have for some time to come. The work started - Socially distanced fundraising, donating to food banks, delivering food parcels to the old and vulnerable, virtual duck races, making and distributing face masks. The infamous QUIZ. Rotarians coming together, using their skills and talents to help our local communities. That’s what it is all about. That’s what Rotary does. We have an ageing Rotary. We have a declining membership. But good stuff still happens. So let’s tell people and our communities about the good work that we do and let’s grow Rotary. I would like to repeat a favourite quote of mine by Charles Dickens, from A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Despite the worst of times, we all have the friendship, fellowship and passion for Rotary. And the best of times? They will return because our communities need Rotary more than ever now. Please enjoy this magazine, your magazine. And be proud of all that you, as Rotarians, have done to help those in your communities despite challenging times. Seasons Greetings and thank you for all that you do in the name of Rotary.


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In this issue:

Dates for your diary District Executive (Webinar) District Final Youth Speaks (Intermediate)

Sunday 28th

District Final Young Chef) | 10am – 5pm RI Assembly (Orlando) **Officers/Chairmen | 7pm – 9pm District Final Youth Speaks (Senior) District Executive | 7pm – 9pm Leadership Development Forum (Warwick) Governing Council Webinar | 8am District Secretaries/Treasurers Seminar (Alcester) Governing Council (Alcester)

March 2021

Cancelled Wednesday 3rd Sunday 7th Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled

District Final Young Musician District Council (Online) | 6.30pm – 8.30pm District Team Assembly (DOTS) | 10am – 4pm Regional Final Young Chef Regional Final Youth Speaks Regional Final Young Musician

April 2021

Sunday 11th Cancelled Saturday 24th Sunday 25th

President Elects Seminar | 10am – 4pm District Final Primary School Quiz Virtual District Conference | District Foundation Seminar 1.30pm – 4pm

May 2021

Fri 7th - Sun 8th Fri 7th - Mon 9th (TBC) Cancelled Cancelled Fri 7th - Mon 9th (TBC) Cancelled Sunday 9th (TBC) Sunday 16th Wednesday 19th Sunday 23rd Cancelled

Rotary Volunteer Expo Online Champions of Change Awards National Final Young Chef National Final Youth Speaks DGN/DGNN Seminar (NEC) National Final Young Musician Annual Business Meeting District Assembly | 2pm – 5pm Governing Council Webinar Governing Council Combined (Alcester) Scottish Final Primary School Quiz

June 2021

Sat 12th - Wed 16th Sunday 27th

RI Convention (Taipei) DG Handover

January 2021

Saturday 9th Cancelled

February Cancelled 2021 Sun 7th - Wed 10th Wednesday 10th Cancelled Wednesday 17th Sat 20th - Sun 21st Wednesday 24th Saturday 27th

District 1230 Events

RIBI Events

RI Events

Editor’s note… Thank you to all those who contributed stories to this Winter issue, particularly those clubs who haven’t previous contributed regularly – it’s great to hear about your events and activities. For those clubs who don’t often submit stories, could I please encourage you to do so? Spread the word about what’s happening with your club! All articles and photos can be emailed to Many thanks, Scott Fleming, District Editor

Seagate lends a hand 4 Rotary Club of Rothesay Present Cheque to Thomson Court Residential Care Home 4 Helensburgh Garelochside’s Heartstart Update 5 Allander is 50 (despite Covid) 6 Gourock Updates 8 Wilf Marriott Tribute 9 Dunoon Rotary supports Smileawi 9 Rothesay Rotary Christmas ‘Cup of Good Cheer’ Zoom 10 3 little piggies 10 Oban’s Handover 11 Lochaber Knitivity 12 Rutherglen keeping busy 13 Christmas gifts for South Ayrshire Women’s Aid 13 Alloway Updates 14 Cumnock keeps things going15A Scotsman’s Odyssey 15 No Hibernation for Ayr Rotary 16 Barrhead Rotarian runs for Charities 17 Helensburgh Dementia Centre ‘Memory Walk’ 18 Community Champion Nomination for Eastwood’s Rob Wilkinson 18 Hunterston Update 19 Paisley ‘At your Service’ 19 Paisley Rotary Club supports Lapwing Appeal 20 Lochaber President Installed in new parish 20 Hamilton Presidential Handover 21 Oban’s International Support 21 Kirkintilloch Rotary named “Club of the Year” 22 Mens Shed & Rotary Support Care Homes and Nurseries 22 Oban Updates 23 Eastwood Mentioned in Houses of Parliament 23 The Great Rotary Santa Hunt 24 Rutherglen’s quizzes 24 Rothesay Rotary supports recovery from Bush Fires in SE Australia 24 Working in Partnership to improve Mental Wellbeing 25 Renfrew - young at heart 25 Helensburgh Garelochside’s Internet Safety Initiative 26 Rotary working across the World 26 Oban Covid Response Group 27 Rothesay Rotary Remembrance at Croc-an-Raer 27 5K Sponsored Walk in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK 28 Prestwick’s Christmas Spirit 28 From Our House to Yours this Christmas 29 Helensburgh’s alternative lunch 29 Renfrew Rocks! 30 Barrhead Rotary assist in community face masks initiative 31 Rutherglen Poppy Scotland and Crocus donations 31 Rothesay Handover of Dictionaries for Pupils moving to Senior School 2020 32 Barrhead Rotary rallies community 32 to restore Maxton Garden. winter 2020 | page three

Seagate lends a hand… Irvine Seagate Rotary has been meeting successfully every 2 weeks via Zoom and since August have had a variety of speakers including DG Angela Samson, Walter McGowan from Crosshouse Children’s Fund, the “Hon Man” Bob Tomlinson and Colin Powell a Polio survivor who spoke to the club a few days before Rotary World Polio Day.

Despite being unable to do our normal fundraising, the club has provided financial support to the Prize Giving’s at both local secondary schools – Irvine Royal Academy and Greenwood Academy and to Crosshouse Children’s Fund. We have also been working with Fullarton Community Hub to support their activities of providing hot meals to those most impacted by COVID in their area. We were also involved with a young girl, Emily Irvine, who was our “Young Musician” participant in the District Young Musician Final last year as she did a Charity Hair Chop for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. Twelve inches of her hair was cut off by one of our members and as well as the money raised the actual hair was also donated to the Little Princess Trust. We are now looking forward to our Christmas Project – “Caring Trees 2020”. This project has had to be scaled back due to COVID restrictions at the venue but we hope to go ahead and have two large Christmas trees on display at the Portal in Irvine, one of which will be a Memory Tree and visitors will be encouraged to leave messages of remembrance for family and friends. In the New Year , we will be completing our Abbeyfield Garden Project where we are helping to landscape an area at the back of the local Care Home and allow residents an attractive space outside to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Rotary Club of Rothesay Present Cheque to Thomson Court Residential Care Home On 21 July Rotary Club of Rothesay President Georgeann Martin was delighted to present a cheque for £350 to Thomson Court Residential Care Home in Rothesay. The money will be used by Thomson Court to purchase a tablet to enable residents to keep in touch with relatives and friends during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. President Georgeann who was recently reappointed to serve as the Club’s President for 2020/21 said “Rothesay Rotary asked Thomson Court how we could best help support residents during this difficult time. The Care Home was having WiFi fitted throughout the building and it was agreed that purchase of a tablet would complement this.” page page four four • autumn | winter 2013 2020

Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club’s

Heartstart Update We were delighted to learn that Lauren Macfarlane, a 5th year pupil at Hermitage Academy and also a Heartstart Trainer, has been selected as the winner of the Global Citizen Challenge 2020 at Tulliallan Police Scotland PSYV. Lauren’s application was successful and as a result she will travel to either Malawi or Zambia to deliver her Heartstart CPR project. An amazing achievement for Lauren who has excelled in both the Heartstart & PSYV Programme. We are delighted to celebrate her success in also supporting her financially with a cheque for £250 to help meet the expenses of her trip. Dear Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside I am writing to thank the Rotary Club for very kindly gifting £250 to help me prepare for my trip to Malawi to teach Heartstart. I am a member of Helensburgh PSYV group and was recently given the opportunity to take part in the Global Citizen Challenge in partnership with the Police International Development Team and the Scottish Government. To take part I had to come up with a Project that would be beneficial to the people of Malawi or Zambia, I chose Heartstart. The PSYV have established links with Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club and I enjoyed helping at your Boardwalk Event. I took my first Heartstart Awareness course in Pr 7 with Sheenah Nelson and the Heartstart team. I became very interested from the start as I learned how important it was to have the skills and knowledge to potentially save someone’s life. I have received many training sessions over the years through different volunteer groups which I attend. Heartstart Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Team also came to one of my PSYV sessions and trained the group and our leaders in Heartstart/Defibrillator Awareness. This recent training reminded me of how important these skills are and when I had to choose a project to help others in Africa this was the obvious one for me. I submitted my idea and was delighted to progress to the second round stage. I attended a further Heartstart /Defibrillator Awareness Course in my local village when we were fortunate to receive a defibrillator for Portincaple. I spoke to Sheenah about my project and she helped me get a place on an Instructors Training Course. I really enjoyed the course and I am now able to assist Heartstart Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Team as a qualified instructor. I have already assisted at a training session for staff at my secondary School and a training session in my village. These skills definitely helped with my bid to go to Africa. I also want to thank you for your support with my bid as I was also loaned equipment for my presentation and demonstrations. After presenting my project to Members of the Scottish Parliament and police from Zambia and Malawi I was delighted to hear that I was successful and would be taking my project to Malawi.

The experience will be life changing and so rewarding and so rewarding and I am so excited. I should have been going to Malawi in June 2020 but plans are on hold at the moment until the current situation has resolved. The money that you have kindly gifted will be very useful for equipment that I will need for my trip. I would really like to visit Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club after my trip and share my experiences with you all. Thank you

Lauren Macfarlane

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Allander is 50 On the 29th May 2020, Rotary Club of Allander celebrated 50 years since its charter but the celebrations were not quite how they had planned. Instead of a meal with members past and present, their spouses and friends it became a Zoom celebration of members and their better halves plus a few friends with drinks in hands along with a few reminiscences. Online picture shows and videos from photographs and documents over 50 years have been put onto their website. The 50 year logo was design by a pupil at a local secondary school as was the winning entry in a competition run by the club. While the hand over to Lynne Gibbons, as our first female President, took place on 1st July as had been scheduled for over two years, like a lot of things over the past 8 months it was on Zoom. Fund raising is still at the heart of the club’s aims but they have had to take a different route, as many clubs have also done. Zoom meetings quickly became the norm although some members have not been able to join in. Contact with them has been maintained through emails, phone calls and the monthly Newsletter, that is sent to all members and Friends and is also posted on the Club’s website. From the early days of Covid the membership decided that they would donate to a Covid fund a weekly contribution in place of not gathering for a meal so that donations to charities including the local foodbank could continue. The question after this was how to raise more money. Holding online raffles was identified as one option, with used. Three raffles were held using different methods to find the best way of maximising the fund raising. An Andy Murray T shirt, a signed Manchester United shirt and a bottle of Glengoyne whisky raised an average of £100 per raffle. Lessons on how to do this have been learnt and Allander are page page four six• autumn | winter2013 2020

happy to pass these on to any club who is interested. Allander’s annual charity duck race had to be cancelled as a result of Covid but an online solution was found and this was successfully run in October. A single race with 2000 ducks floating down the river wasn’t possible but it gave the opportunity to do something different. Qualifying races, lucky loser dips, semi finals and then the final spread the excitement for young and old over a number of days during the school holiday week. A few technical glitches but a process is now well established and the feedback was positive. The races were shown, and can still be seen, on Allander’s YouTube channel along with some other club videos.

The feedback was positive with all ages enjoying the races and members were keen that we should repeat the exercise. No sooner had this been said and the idea of a Santa race was suggested to brighten up the likely Covid affected festivities.

So, come 20th December, Santa and Snowmen will be racing online. Reduced price entry, bonus entries and involvement with local groups is the aim and hopefully we will get widespread involvement and raise money for children’s charities. Adults and children’s races will offer different prizes. Allander has a long established involvement from the establishment of Milngavie Youth Centre, funding and supply of Trustees. So, there was sense in seeing how the two organisations could combine during Covid restrictions to do something different. Using both organisations social media

(despite Covid) pages, Challenges were published for the entertainment of the young and not so young. During the summer holidays weekly Challenges were issued with answers supplied a week later. During the school October week daily Challenges were issued. More are planned for the Christmas holidays. All of the challenges are available on Allander’s website. A secondary aim of these were to expand the following on both organisations social media pages, increase awareness of Allander’s existence in the local community and maybe even a new member or two. Last year Allander started a new venture, a free public lecture. Our second one, due to be held in April, was another casualty of Covid. However, again we moved online. Local resident and world renowned archeobotanist Professor James. H. Dickson presented “Hunting Life and Violent Death of Oetzi, the 5,300 year old Tyrolean Iceman”. Over 80 people logged in for an entertaining talk followed by a Q&A. The talk is now available on Allander’s YouTube channel at Not everything has to be raising money. Since August, on the first Saturday of each month, Allander has run a clothes collection for two charities, Smalls for All and Dress for Success Scotland. Each month members have been amazed at the amount that has been donated with an estimated 80 full black bin bags of clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories having been donated. Many items have been brand new, still with their price labels attached. Smalls for All collect and distribute to the UK and Africa, gently worn bras and new pants for women, men and children. Dress for Success help women get

back into employment with guidance and practical help supplying them with outfits for interview and their first week in the job. New and high quality donations are sold off in special events to their clients to give them ongoing support. We have been involved with two projects this year with Milngavie in Bloom, a group of very active local residents who brighten up the town centre and wider area through flower beds and litter picking. The community bed in the town centre featured Allander’s 50 year logo in the middle of, a revised design due to Covid, a rainbow of plants. Our second was the planting of 3,500 crocus bulbs in a grassy area on the road from the town centre that goes up to local reservoirs and onto Mugdock Country Park, two popular walking areas for residents and visitors. We await the mass purple blooming in the spring. Not everything Allander does gets into the public eye. One of these is our support for the Become A Survivor Project of East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. A presentation by two of their team, to a club meeting in February, astounded the membership with some of the facts, particularly that the ‘affluent’ towns of Bearsden and Milngavie had the worst figures for abuse in East Dunbartonshire and their work in our area was all lottery funded. Since that meeting the club have given financial support to the project and continue to assist in other confidential, unpublicised, ways. Like most Rotary Clubs, Allander is looking to increase its membership and are hoping that the publicity that has been successfully generated in the local paper, community magazine and social media for their activities, increasing links with local organisations and some innovative ideas will bring success and lead to a healthy future as the club moves into its next 50 years.

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Gourock Rotary Updates On 25 June 2020 we had a Zoom presidential handover. Unfortunately, President Douglas had to make his own badge of office. After outgoing President Allan summed up what we have done over the past year, President Douglas outlined his hopes for the next and we join him in hoping to meet face to face in the near future when our president can get his badge of office. On Monday 6 July, we had the pleasure of joining our sister club in Holroyd Australia at 1830 Sydney time, 0930 BST. Seven of our Gourock members and one from our mother club Greenock were able to join in and see Vera Lionadas take over as Holroyd’s President from Marelle Wilson. President Douglas spoke on our behalf and we wish President Vera all the best for her time in office. The Rotary Club of Gourock has been holding weekly zoom meetings with a variety of speakers. On 22 October we enjoyed a fascinating presentation from Mike Bryden of Jedburgh Rotary Club on their charitable trust eBay site. Picture shows Mike in full flow on this amazing fundraising activity and some of the members who enjoyed the talk. On bonfire night we had a talk by Karen Glen on the Boys’ Brigade introduced by Archie Livingstone, complete with firework background, with the vote of thanks proposed by Bob Webster.

On a very different Remembrance Day on 11 November, President Douglas and Vice President Jim placed a wreath and observed the 2 minutes silence at the Gourock War Memorial.

Clipping from the Greenock Telegraph regarding our Club’s Kids Out Toy Box Just Giving appeal. We have raised in excess of £3,400 and will make donations (in addition to Kids Out) to Women’s Aid, Inverclyde Food Bank, Children in Poverty, Salvation Army toys appeal. page eight | winter 2020

Wilf Marriott Tribute

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Wilf Marriott on 19th April at the age of 85. We have lost one of our best members and, indeed, one of the best members any Rotary club could possibly have. Wilf was a gentleman of high principle, well known in Rotary Circles and a valued friend to many.

He had a long connection with Rotary International, beginning with the Dumbarton Club, then to Queens Park Club when he and the family moved to Glasgow, and finally, in 1982, to us at the Charing Cross Club just prior to his retirement. He was our President in 1985–86 and was one of our first Paul Harris Fellows.

He was made an Honorary Member of the club in 2016 when it became clear that the dreaded Alzheimer’s prevented him from participating in full in club activities. His tireless efforts with Rotary were supplemented by working with the Salvation Army for many years. He was a distinguished Governor of District 1230 in 1992–93.

Wilf’s lovely wife, Barbara, not only supported him in Rotary, but she was also a particularly active member of the Inner Wheel. They had been married for 64 years! Our heartfelt condolences go to Barbara, their daughters, and to the wider family at this sad time, which is exacerbated by

the prevention of an early church service to commemorate Wilf’s magnificent life of service above self. He was a fine, mild-mannered gentleman who touched all our lives. We feel privileged to have known Wilf, and to have shared his company.

Dunoon Rotary supports Smileawi Smileawi is a Scottish charity set up in 2016 by Dunoon dentists Nigel and Vicky Milne whose aim is to improve the dental services in Malawi. Dunoon Rotary are currently supporting SMILEAWI, who work to support dental provision in MALAWI which has very limited dental care. As a result, many of the population suffer in acute pain and risk death from infection. The team go out once or twice a year with volunteers from dental surgeries all over Scotland and elsewhere they stay for 2-3 weeks at a time and travel around treating as many people as they are able. The charity also promotes and sponsors dental training in the country and has slowly increased the number of trained dental technicians. They have recently been given a decommissioned mobile Dental unit by Highland Health board, who no longer have use for it. The Smileawi Spanners, a branch of the charity who help put Malawian hospital vehicles back on the road have been working hard to get the van upgraded for the African roads. Once it is ready and fully equipped with the necessary dental equipment, Smileawi are hoping to ship it out to Northern Malawi where it is hoped it can be used by Smileawi volunteers, dental therapists, dentists and dental/dental therapy students to improve the access to dental services for the rural population and to spread dental health messages wherever it goes. Dunoon Rotary are assisting with this aspect as it will cost at least £12K to get the unit serviceable and transported. The drive across Africa will be a challenge in itself.

Our club held a fundraising ceilidh last Feb and raised £1200. We are planning to present a District grant cheque for a further £1000 and AG Bob Tomlinson will be representing District at the Zoom meeting. We are also currently crowdfunding to help support local families this Christmas. We have set up a fund with £1000 from the club and are aiming to raise a further £1000 via social media. The campaign is going well and we are over the £900 mark after one week. Andrew Armstrong winter autumn 2020 2013| •page pagenine five

Rothesay Rotary Christmas ‘Cup of Good Cheer’ Zoom

With the customary Christmas Dinner meeting not being possible, Rotary Club of Rothesay held a Christmas ‘Cup of Good Cheer’ Zoom meeting last Thursday evening 17 December.

President Georgeann Martin welcomed the 38 members and guests in verse… witty but with remarks appropriate given the difficulties we’ve all had to deal with over the past year. All enjoyed superb choral solos of Ave Maria and Mary’s Boy Child performed by Fiona Shaw and Meg Young in addition to other video clips of Christmas performances by Jessye Norman and by Ballianlay Choir. Rev Owain Jones gave the Christmas Address with his unique blend of good humour and more serious points for all to consider. And then there was the Grand Christmas Hamper Draw by a Mystery Santa who had zoomed in all the way from his Christmas workshop to draw recipients for the hamper and other prizes. In closing the meeting President

Fiona Shaw performing Ave Maria

Georgeann remarked “I’m so glad that everyone has enjoyed themselves even though we haven’t been able to meet face to face. This Christmas will be very different for everyone but wherever you are, on behalf of Rotary, I wish you all a Happy and Safe Christmas.” President Georgeann Martin also commented on a great outcome from the Great Rotary Santa Hunt which took place during December around the shops of Rothesay “The Santa Hunt was very successful and well supported by pupils from all three of the Bute primary schools.

Meg Young performing Mary’s Boy Child

I’m pleased to say there were prize winners from each school. Every pupil that entered also received a Rotary Club of Rothesay pencil as a small thank you for all their effort in joining the hunt to find the Santas.”

3 Little Piggies

Once upon a time there were three Rotarians. And like 3 little piggies they lived immediately next door to each other in the same street. The Rotarian in the middle was a member of Rotary for near 40 years and was President of his Rotary Club on two occasions, was awarded the Paul Harris with sapphire and is now an Honorary Member of Rotary. Of the other two Rotarians, one had been a member of the same club as the middle Rotarian for nearly 15 years. The third Rotarian was a member of a different Rotary Club for 3 years. One day, on the 1st of July 2020, these other two Rotarians became President of their respective clubs. So we had three Rotarians living directly next door to each other: one a double past President in the middle of the other two Presidents for 2020/2021. And there’s more: further down the same street is yet another former President. A member of Rotary for 17 years.

Left to right: Martin Moir, former President of the Rotary Club of Renfrew, Steven Parsons, 2020/2021 President of the Rotary Club of Paisley Callants, Eddie Williams, double former President of the Rotary Club of Renfrew, now an Honorary Member and Gordon Drummond, 2020/2021 President of the Rotary Club of Renfrew and further down the street! page ten | winter 2020

4 Rotary Presidents in the same street, with 3 being immediate next door neighbours. Is that a first? And they all lived happily ever after.

Oban’s Handover

It is with mixed feelings that I today hand over this Chain of Office. Mixed feelings because I have thoroughly enjoyed my year in office but tinged by the disappointment that my duties as President have been curtailed by the restrictions imposed upon us all during the present pandemic. My year in office began in July2019. Fortunately, before “lockdown” we were able to carry out many worthwhile activities, some of which continue. For me the year began with the presentation of cheques to the Argyll Talking Newspapers, the Phoenix Cinema and the Gaelic choir. Fund raising activities followed, our annual AMAM, a sponsored hill climb, the Duck Race and a Clay Pigeon Shoot. November and December saw a flurry of activities. We celebrated the 70th birthday of the granting of our Charter, I presented certificates to the winners of our Christmas Card Competition and we assisted in the organisation of the Reindeer Parade which attracted over 5000 people to Oban. We assisted in running the Senior Citizens' Lunch in the Oban Bay Hotel and held a Ladies lunch in the Royal Hotel. In February I presented a cheque to Oban FM for the refurbishment of their Big Day Out Trailer and in March cheques to the Oban School Pipe Band to enable them to purchase drum harnesses and Glencruitten Golf Club to assist with tuition fees for up and coming young members. I also presented a certificate at Oban High School to the winner of our Young Chef Competition. After “lockdown” individual members of the club agreed to contribute the weekly sum of £5 to Hope Kitchen. By the end of this month we will have contributed a total of £2,450. Members have agreed to continue to support Hope for a further 3 months if necessary. At the beginning of this month I presented cheques for £500 each to Hope Kitchen and Home Start. These contributions were made possible by the generosity of a former Club member. I also presented a cheque from funds raised by our club to Argyll Young Carers for £4000. This cheque represented the third instalment of a three year pledge of £12,000.

At the outbreak of the Pandemic our members formed a “Covid Response Group” who, working in conjunction with Argyll and Bute Council, deliver prescriptions and carry out shopping for vulnerable members of our community (see page 27 for more details). As can be seen Oban Rotary performs a multitude of good deeds to deserving individuals and organisations in our community. We are a thriving and happy organisation who enjoy our meetings and fundraising activities. It has been an honour for me to have served as their President. I wish Kees van Rein all the best in his year as President and hope that he derives as much pleasure from the honour as I have done. President Douglas Small

Message from Oban’s new President It is with great pleasure to take the baton from President Douglas Small as new President of Oban Rotary Club. There is of course a special challenge for this activity due to Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown, resulting in a loss of income since most if not all fundraising activities could not take place. This has a severe impact on our usual activities to raise money for good causes and we will need to find alternative ways to achieve this. Problems are there to overcome, Rotary International has overcome even more difficult times like wars and has always managed to regain its actions and continue with providing help and support to local communities and international aid schemes. Therefore, I am sure that with help of the usual inventiveness and perseverance always shown by our members we will be able to think of activities suited to cope with these difficult times causing hardship for so many. In the meantime, Oban Rotary Club has formed a Covid-19 support group, in conjunction with Argyll and Bute Council to deliver prescriptions and shopping to needy people. Also, we were able to continue on a small scale with donations. We are fortunate to welcome 7 new members, including 3 ladies, who will be inducted as soon as we can have a meeting to do so. I hope we will soon be able to increase our revenue and be able to return to our usual level of raising funds so we can continue to provide Kees van Rein donations, help and support to the local community. winter autumn 20202013 | page • page eleven five

Lochaber’s Knitivity! Along with every other Club, Lochaber Rotary has had to change direction this year. The Rotary Christmas Festival and Craft Fair held in Fort William towards the end of November has been a popular event in recent years. With the restrictions on close contact it became clear that managing activities like Santa’s Grotto, queueing, cash handling and movement around the Nevis Centre would prove close to impossible. While the reindeer could walk side by side, only Santa could ride in the sleigh and everyone else in the parade would need to be physically distanced. Santa’s pipers would be silenced too! To ensure the safety of all the participants but with a heavy heart, the decision was taken over the summer to cancel this year's event. But Lochaber Rotary’s work continues with “Knitivity”! This ambitious community project has created a 4 metre high Christmas tree made up of hand knitted or crocheted items that will form the decorative cladding to a tubular steel framework. At the time of writing the frame is being delivered by Macphersons Welding & Engineering Services and the tree will be on display in the Highland Cinema in Cameron Square from the beginning of December. The multi-coloured tree will also be seen from outside. Organiser Sheana Fraser said, “It will take a huge effort to cover the framework. The surface area will be around 500 square feet so we may need 1,000 items!”

Fabrication under way at Macphersons Welding & Engineering Services

So knitters from around Lochaber have been hard at it, producing warming items such as hats, scarves, wrist warmers and the like. Twiddle muffs also feature which are knitted muffs with items attached such as buttons, ribbons and zips to keep dementia patients’ hands active and are a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation. The knitted items will be donated to homeless charities after Christmas and the twiddle muffs will find their way to Alzheimer Scotland and local care homes. The Club’s traditional base the Alexandra Hotel, has also played its part by providing a prominent bin into which the knitters could tip their work.

Lochaber Rotary’s ‘Knitivity’ Tree takes shape in the Highland Cinema, Cameron Square, Fort William. Rotarian Sheana Fraser and President Richard Baxter put the final touches to the tree, thanks to the effort of knitters from across Lochaber. More than 1,000 items will go to charities in the New Year. page page four twelve • autumn | winter 2013 2020

Lochaber Rotary President Richard Baxter said, “While Covid 19 has given us plenty of challenges, there are opportunities and scope for some fun too - our thanks to all the knitters! We are delighted that the Highland Cinema will be hosting the tree and we look forward to seeing it give some seasonal colour to patrons.”

Rutherglen keeping busy Rotary Club of Rutherglen are continuing with weekly Zoom meetings which keep our members updated, connected and entertained. We are also maintaining as much help to our community as possible in these difficult times. Our President, David Paul, (0141 641 4287 has been pleased to report that, during the last year, the club has been able to donate nearly £26,000 to charities and to support local good causes. These have included £3,000 donated to local food banks through partnership with the Healthy n Happy Development Trust in Rutherglen & Cambuslang and the local Lidl Store. (Past President Bill McIntosh featured in the local press, The Rutherglen Reformer, handing over banners publicising the scheme to Lidl Manager Paul Johnson).

Rotary Club of Troon: Christmas gifts for South Ayrshire Women’s Aid For several years, Troon Rotary has collected unused cosmetics and toiletries to create Christmas gifts for women who are receiving support from South Ayrshire Women’s Aid.

Recently at a Rotary Zoom meeting, Shirley Middleditch from South Ayrshire’s Women’s Aid gave an excellent and informative talk on the vital work this confidential charitable organisation offers by providing information, support and where appropriate refuge accommodation for women and any accompanying children who have experienced Domestic Abuse. Despite the challenges posed by the Pandemic, South Ayrshire Women’s Aid has continued to provide its vital service. Appeals for unused cosmetics and toiletries were posted on Troon Rotary’s facebook page and website and by word of mouth and the response was excellent. Rotarian Jyl with the beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts ready for delivery to South Ayrshire Women’s Aid

Coordinator of this annual exercise is Rotarian and past President Jyl Ashton Cunningham who reported that this year's collection had already exceeded any previous ones, with more donations still coming in! Sincere thanks must go to everyone for their generous donations including members and friends with a special thank you to Willis Pharmacy which donated a huge consignment of toiletries, also to Ayr Hospital staff who have still found time to donate items during such a busy year for the NHS. The huge donation of toiletries from Willis Pharmacy, Troon winterautumn 2020 |2013 page • page thirteen five

Rotary Club of Alloway Hardly “Business as usual’, but the club is still very much functioning in spite of the best efforts of Covid19. A high and increasing proportion of our members are “attending” our Zoom based club meetings. On Monday 22nd June, Campbell Johnston, our President for a different, but very successful, year handed over the chain of office (by magic) to Bill Grant, of South Ayrshire Council and Westminster fame. Judging by his introductory remarks, we have another great year ahead of us, in spite of the odds. On Monday July 13th a well-attended meeting of members, joined by our District Governor, enjoyed an informative, inspiring and entertaining talk by Chris Sandford. Chris is an internationally renowned chef and founder of the Culinary Disability Awards. an international non-profit organisation that, through cooking, raises awareness in society for people with disabilities. A Rotarian himself, Chris took a team of chefs with various disabilities to the ‘Culinary Olympics’ in Stuttgart, Germany, just before the lockdown and they came fourth out of over 70 countries. He showed as that there were ‘no barriers, just opportunities.’ In a letter of thanks to the club, our satellite group member Jodie MacFarlane reported that over 2600 shoeboxes and backpacks had been distributed to those in need last Christmas, by means of the Night Before Christmas Charity. Children in families suffering real poverty and hardship received a parcel of toys, sweets and toiletries from Santa, when they would otherwise have had nothing. The club, in collaboration with Ayr St Columba Church, staff from the Department of Work and Pensions in Ayr and other friends, produced about 150 boxes. We and our satellite group are hoping that Covid19 will permit us to help with the campaign again this year, at least in Ayrshire. Meanwhile, as previously reported, the club is supporting ‘Looking out for each other – Annbank and Mossblown’ which, in collaboration with Annbank Church, is supporting those in need in Annbank, Mossblown, Tarbolton and outlying areas. Club members donations, augmented by a Rotary District grant, raised approximately £2000 for the fund. This is helping to provide around 30 food parcels a week. For some of the recipients, this has been the only human interaction they have enjoyed over the last few months. The charity also distributes activity packs to children, mindfulness packs to adults, and even potted sunflowers to encourage a competition in the area. Put the 6th March 2021 in your diaries. Surely, we will be able to proceed with our annual coffee morning in Alloway Church halls for the ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign. Meanwhile, this Autumn, South Ayrshire Council will be helping us to plant more purple crocus bulbs at the existing Murdoch’s Loan site and Doonfoot School will plant bulbs outside their school gates for their own display in the Spring. With the restart of Schools, the Rotary Interact Club at Carrick Academy in Maybole began considering how they can help the local Community. On Friday 5th June they were due to hold a Fund-Raising Concert in the Carrick Centre which, sadly, had to be page page four fourteen • autumn| 2013 winter 2020

Carrick Foodbank donation

Annbank litterpickers

Crocus planting at Doonfoot Primary

cancelled. However, with the financial support of the Rotary Club of Alloway, they will hand over a cheque for £160 to the Carrick Foodbank on Friday 11th September. Hopefully in 2021 The Interact Club will be able organise fund raising activities to help both local causes and charities worldwide. The satellite group has welcomed a new member taking numbers up to eight. They carried out a litter pick on Saturday 12th September and hope to meet at Station Road car park in Mossblown at 9.45 for 10am start on the second Saturday of each month. All welcome! Other projects are being considered and the group is keen to hear from people who would like to offer help and ideas and to join the fun. You can contact us via the Alloway Rotary Club Facebook page @allowayrotary and, as usual, please give Peter Ball a ring or a text on 07870 237865 if you would like any further information about the club, the Interact Club or our satellite group.

Cumnock keeps things going Despite everything, Cumnock Rotary Club have been having Zoom meetings on a fortnightly basis since this dreadful pandemic hit us. This has enabled us to keep in touch with what has been going on in the local community and helping out where possible. Earlier on in the year we got to hear of a local family who had had bags of compost stolen from their back garden and were unable to get replacements due to lockdown, we located, donated and delivered replacements within 24 hours. We also helped out a local young mother who was looking after her own siblings plus her sister’s children, who was unable to care for them. This meant she was single handedly looking after 6 school age children. When we heard that her cooker had broken down, we were able to locate, donate and install a new cooker for her within a couple of days. We had a problem with 455 dictionaries destined for our Primary 7 leavers that we had been unable to deliver in June as we normally would and one of our members had been storing them in a barn. As time

went on it was becoming increasingly difficult to distribute them, but with a bit of coordination, planning and social distancing we managed to get them delivered to our primary 7 school leavers in their new schools, all be it 5 months later than they should have been. Several of our members went to our local cemetery to remember the fallen and lay

our club wreath which was successfully accomplished despite there being no organised parades this year and the weather being particularly foul. We are planning to have our annual Christmas message by zoom this year with everyone enjoying a Christmas meal at the same time, but this is still in the planning stage at the moment.

A Scotsman’s Odyssey Barrhead Rotary has a new author in its ranks. Past president Ian Macpherson was headteacher of Barrhead High School from 19731977 and headteacher of Eastwood High School from 19771995. He was a keen yachtsman, and as a result of his efforts, many Rotary clubs in the West of Scotland sponsored young people to sail on Ocean Youth Trust voyages. The OYT Scotland ketch Alba Venturer was the official Rotary boat in the Tall Ships voyage from Greenock to Lerwick in July 1999. Voyages to other destinations sponsored by Rotary clubs included two trips to St. Kilda. Now aged 83, he published his sailing memoirs, A Scotsman’s Odyssey on 18th June 2020. The book is now on sale at booksellers and on Amazon.

His publishers, The Conrad Press, have this to say about his memoirs: A Scotsman’s Odyssey is a riveting account of four decades of sea adventures and exploration, written so vividly you can feel the salt spray in your face. Ian’s maritime chronicle has something for everyone. His love of sailing has taken him to out-of-the-way places ranging from the sub-arctic Faroes Islands to the remote Barrier Reef islands in tropical Australia. A Scotsman’s Odyssey is a book as much about voyaging in the imagination as on the waves. It inspires cruising yachtsmen and yachtswomen to sail beyond their native shores, young readers to seize opportunities to sail on Ocean Youth Trust voyages, armchair sailors to journey to northern Europe and ancient Venetian ports in Greece and Croatia. Nature lovers will enjoy Ian’s encounters with basking sharks, dolphins, killer and humpbacked whales, and even salt-water crocodiles. winter autumn 20202013 | page • page fifteen five

No hibernation for Ayr Rotary… The ongoing social restrictions and the shortening days have not dented Ayr Rotary’s determination to carry out their customary busy programme of Community Involvement. In fact, the difficult situations being experienced by so many businesses, organisations, and individuals, have stimulated more, and novel ways of helping out in the community and of raising and distributing much-needed funds to support people in need. The following examples illustrate the recent range of activities the club has initiated since it received its 2019/2020 Gold Rotary Citation: • On an idea from one of the members, keen to ensure a small but regular income stream into the club’s benevolent fund during these unusual times, a number of folk have been exercising in different ways to meet the weekly “5k challenge”. Not only do the individuals derive the benefits from their chosen form of exercise (walking, cycling, rowing, swimming), they also contribute £5 each week to the fund which provides regular and sizeable donations to worthy community causes. • Each year the club organises an Ayrshire-wide, spring beach-clean which this year was cancelled due to the pandemic. Nothing daunted, after lockdown the club joined forces with a small South Ayrshire Council team to organise a safe, scaled-down version restricted to the local Ayr beach. The sun shone, people were happy to be out and about, many members and friends came along and this was judged to have been a hugely satisfying and sociable event making Rotary visible to all. • What began, pre-lockdown, as the simple provision of starter-packs for new and needy schoolchildren in Ayr, blossomed into an ongoing involvement with a number of local schools in the most deprived districts of the town where the social impact of the Covid19 measures hit hardest. Through regular contact with the head of one particular school, immediate needs were identified and various club funds have been allocated in an effort to meet these needs which are only increasing. • Similarly, the club has had a lengthy involvement with the local Salvation Army team, particularly in relation to its foodbank. In addition to club financial support, club members have stepped up to the mark with regular food donations as well as further donations and physical support with packaging and distribution. Again, these needs are only expected to grow as we enter the next phase of social restrictions. • The Club Treasure Chest has, for a number of years now, distributed regular sums of up to £250 to qualifying community groups and individuals with small to medium projects needing a leg-up. In the past month the Ayrshire Cancer Support charity and the 18th Ayrshire Scout Group have both benefited; the former to assist with increasing transport demands for patients visiting hospital for treatment; the latter to help the survival of an activity centre which faces closure due to lack of funds. The centre provides outdoor education for many groups of young people including local schools, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. • During normal, physical, weekly meetings of the club a “Jeelie Jar” is passed round to collect small change from pockets and purses. This custom has continued in virtual form and the most recent recipient of the jar proceeds (£200 in this case) has been the Ayrshire Women’s Hub, an early stages community interest group, whose premises women can enter safely to socialise, learn and empower each other through free workshops, surgeries and classes. It is also a bridge to several other amazing, local third-sector organisations, thus widening the safety net for those requiring help. page page four sixteen • autumn | winter 2013 2020

• The club Benevolent Fund has enabled a donation to be made to a local charity which provides a much-needed respite facility for children and young people in Ayrshire with cancer and lifealtering illness. The top-class facility, which is set in peaceful countryside, allows sufferers together with immediate family members to enjoy valuable time together while facing the most difficult challenge of their lives. • This year’s Poppy Appeal has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Notwithstanding the difficulties, Ayr Rotary has managed, through determined efforts, to contribute a substantial sum to the Appeal. In addition to the £500 from the club funds, individual club members and the public have contributed generously raising the total to more than £4k. Whilst this is still well short of normal collection levels, it is nevertheless a muchneeded and much appreciated sum. • And a fantastic individual effort by President Hazel McCully has resulted in an amazing £210 being raised from a raffle in her cafe and £80 from the sale of her own homegrown fruit and veg and homemade pickles to boost our Benevolent Fund coffers. In addition, Hazel personally hands out leftover food from her cafe to homeless folk on the streets of Ayr at the end of each day. The club is looking forward to continuing to develop its important role in supporting and engaging with the local community as restrictions in 2021 are eased as anticipated. But it’s not all hard graft for this friendly club. Two highly successful, virtual, social events have also taken place recently: the first a Bingo evening (a novel experience for many of the members) and a more traditional quiz (requiring honest, self- marking). However, the suggested virtual wine-tasting night proved too much of an organisational challenge! Finally, Zoom meetings have allowed us to join in meetings with our namesake club in Queensland, Australia. We follow each other’s activities with interest, enjoying the unexpected bonus of connection with Rotarians on the other side of the world that has arisen out of these strange times.

Barrhead Rotarian runs for Charities Adrian Ward MBE has been a member of Barrhead Rotary Club for more than four decades and over this period has been involved in many fundraising activities, several of them on a solo basis. In the last couple of years, however, despite being naturally fit and athletic, Adrian has suffered a couple of health scares including prostate cancer and a heart episode. As he received treatment and recovered from these setbacks, Adrian motivated himself back to full fitness by setting himself a challenge to undertake a ten miles run for charities. Barrhead Rotary Club got behind Adrian and a Just Giving page was set up and the event marketed via local newspaper and social media. Although necessary to secure sponsorship and donations, this added pressure on Adrian (76). The day of the event dawned last month. Skies were overcast, but it was dry with little wind. Adrian set off from Uplawmoor to cheers of encouragement from neighbours and fellow Rotarians. Riding point, so to speak, was a car driven by a Rotarian whilst shielding Adrian at the rear was a follow-up car also driven by a Rotarian. In the event, Adrian's preparation paid off and he covered the back roads from Uplawmoor to Dunlop and back at a fairly good pace and without stopping. As he passed through farms and riders on horses Adrian was applauded and given encouragement which spurred him on. He returned to his starting point to more cheers of congratulations. In the following days and weeks it became clear that all Adrian's fundraising efforts had paid off. More than £4300 was raised and divided equally between Prostate Scotland, Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership and Barrhead Rotary. A terrific effort showing that there is life in the old dog yet. winter 2020 | page seventeen

Helensburgh Dementia Centre ‘Memory Walk’ At her recent talk to the club Anne Marie King from the Helensburgh Dementia Centre related the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on those suffering from dementia. It was also quite clear that, in common with most charities, fundraising has been adversely affected by the pandemic, despite some novel ideas such as ‘Dog Bingo!’ We are a Dementia Friendly club and members were quite moved by the presentation and, on learning about the ‘Memory Walk’ being held on 19/20th September, decided to step out to do their bit to support the charity’s work with people who have dementia, and their families, in Helensburgh and Lomond and beyond. President-elect Henry Boswell immediately took on the role of organiser and created a Facebook campaign to raise money. Members and families undertook to walk in and around Cardross, Helensburgh, Balloch, Rhu, Shandon, Garelochead, Glen Fruin, The Three Lochs Way and the John Muir Way. To our great delight, in large part from the support we have received from the community of Helensburgh Garelochside, we have raised AT LEAST £1400 for our local Alzheimers Scotland Team!

Community Champion Nomination for Eastwood’s Rob Wilkinson Eastwood's Rob Wilkinson was shortlisted by I Love Clarkston in the “Clarkston Community Champion” category. This was in recognition of his many years as Santa Claus at their local Annual Christmas Extravaganza as well as his work in the schools (Primary Schools Quiz, Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Musicians), with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and with Poppy Scotland. The Christmas Extravaganza includes a Santa Train and Santa’s Grotto where more than 350 children receive a gift from Santa. Special mention to Colin Hunter who is our second Santa so that no-one has to sit on Santa’s throne for more than two hours at a time! The event is a big fundraiser for the club but sadly couldn’t run in 2020. At the awards dinner (online as ever!) Rob wasn’t a winner but the club is tremendously proud that his efforts, and those of Eastwood Rotary, were recognised by the local community.

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Update Like most clubs during lockdown, Rotary Club of Hunterston has been meeting on Zoom and, at an early stage, President Derek Andrews proposed that Charity funds should be used to support the local community. This was enthusiastically supported by Club members.

The monthly Community Awards were restarted in July and since then 7 local organisations have each received £200 to help with the extra costs that they had incurred during the pandemic.

North Ayrshire Unity Carers Centre

The organisations benefitting have been : North Ayrshire Disability Forum, Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, West Kilbride Craft Town Children’s Project, West Kilbride Environmental Group, North Ayrshire North Ayrshire Women’s Aid

Athletics Club, North Ayrshire Women’s Aid and North Ayrshire Unity Carers Centre.

North Ayrshire Athletics Club

The Club plan to continue with these awards into the New Year and are thankful for the funding from their monthly 100 Club Draw.

‘At your Service ‘

Paisley Rotary shows they care by teaming up with ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ to support the most vulnerable families in our community during the pandemic crisis.

The Covid-19 crisis and lockdown measures have hit some of our most vulnerable families in Renfrewshire. It has been a struggle for many to heat their homes, feed their families and keep children connected with their school and friends. The Rotary Club of Paisley wanted to help. Teaming up with children’s charity ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ a £300 donation was made to help ease the additional burden that lockdown has imposed on local families suffering in poverty. Susan, a kinship carer, said “This is great for our kids, getting access to internet to help them do their homework is a problem just now; so is keeping them busy and having fun. They miss their pals, so keeping in contact with friends is important.” Susan’s 12-year-old grandson David was excited to receive art packs in the post. “It’s brilliant, I can go online now and take part in the craft groups that ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ does. I have really missed seeing my pals.” ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ Renfrewshire Team manager Denny Ford believes donations like this can go a long way in making a difference during this crisis. “We are finding that the simple things like keeping children connected with the outside world, seeing their friends and having fun are crucial at this time and many of the families we work with do not always have easy access to do this. This donation is helping carers get data packs to ensure there is internet at home, whilst we have been able send families artwork packs and Netflix gift cards online. It’s making such a difference.” The Rotary Club of Paisley has been helping families in the area since its formation in 1928, their motto is ‘service before self’. ‘The Rotary motto is ‘Service before Self’ and since 1928 The Rotary Club of Paisley has tried to live up to this, by helping and supporting both local and world-wide initiatives. ‘ Other donations to support this work can be made via

West Kilbride Environmental Group winterautumn 2020 | 2013 page• nineteen page five

Paisley Rotary Club supports Lapwing Appeal One of Renfrewshire's best-known organisations has stepped in to support the Lapwing Lodge Appeal. Paisley Rotary Club have dug deep to hand £250 to the appeal to save the iconic outdoor centre near Glennifer Braes. West Region Scout Council is seeking to raise £25,000 to keep Lapwing Lodge open until normal use of the centre can hopefully resume in the summer of next year. Rotary members visited Lapwing to hand over a cheque for the amount to Paisley District Commissioner lain McNair, who is heading up the Lapwing Appeal. lain said: "This is a fantastic gesture from Paisley Rotary Club, and I cannot thank them enough for their contribution. Every single penny counts towards the appeal and we will do everything in our power to ensure this amazing facility

Stewart Stevenson, Douglas Paxton, Frank Hirst and Frank O'Neill from Paisley Rotary Club with District Commissioner lain McNair.

continues to exist for Scout groups as well as the many other charities and organisations who use it normally throughout the year." Founded in 1928 the Paisley Rotary Club meets every Wednesday in the David Lloyd Club in Arkleston but has been meeting virtually since Covid. The meetings feature a talk from an invited speaker, educating and entertaining on any of a wide variety of subjects.

Rotary is one of the world's largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. One off donations can be made to the Lapwing Lodge JustGiving account and people are also being asked to consider setting up a monthly donation of £10 until June 2021. Lapwing-lodge?utm_term=gr42wEXa6

Lochaber President installed in new parish On 19th November, a piece of Lochaber history was made when two huge parishes of the Church of Scotland united. It was a Rotary event too since the Reverend Richard Baxter, President of Lochaber Rotary was Installed in the new parish of Fort William and Kilmallie, linked with Kilmonivaig. Richard will also lead the ministerial team there.

Within Fort William an earlier church union took place a few years ago when the congregations of Duncansburgh and the MacIntosh Memorial joined, the link with Kilmonivaig having existed for some time. In itself that was a significant area since Kilmonivaig comprises a big landward area from Spean Bridge north and eastwards. West of the River Lochy, Kilmallie Parish extends almost to Glenfinnan and north to Achnacarry. page page four twenty • autumn | winter 2013 2020

To an extent this new union reflects the 17th and 18th century when the Kilmallie parish of that time included Fort William and extended to Kinlochleven. Unlike those earlier days, however, the Installation service was livestreamed on YouTube! /union The Installation was quite a Rotary family event too since Past President the Reverend Donald McCorkindale, Lochaber presbytery clerk, read the Narrative, being the summary of the key steps that led to the Union and Linkage. But allegiances other than ecclesiastic will have to change for President Richard, which could give him some difficulty. Now he’ll not only need to support Lochaber Rugby Club as well as Fort William Football Club but Kilmallie Shinty as well as Fort William and Lochaber Shinty Clubs.

Plenty changes o’ jersey for when he gets oot o’ his workin’ claes, as it were! The Baxter family are not unfamiliar with Kilmallie since Sheryl teaches at Caol Primary School. ‘Father of the Club’ and acting chair of Kilmallie Community Council, John Hutchison welcomed Richard across the Lochy and Lochaber Rotary wishes him well in his new ministry.

Hamilton Presidents’ handover with a difference!

Rev Arthur Barrie passing to Robin Wilkie who was last President 1982/1983.

Oban’s International Support

Oban Rotary's fund raising and charitable giving is generally regarded as focussed on local good causes and whilst on the whole this is very much the case, like other clubs Oban has an international dimension given that Rotary is a world wide movement which includes in its endeavours support for third world countries and their peoples.

This is particularly reflected in Rotary International’s association with the eradication of Polio where the movement has raised in the region of £570 million world wide (£19 million from GB & I) for this purpose since 1985 with Oban Rotary a strong participant in this endeavour. Readers will remember the very successful “crocus scheme” which involved selling hand made lapel crocuses to raise funds. Rotary is pleased to announce that the curse of Polio has almost been eradicated worldwide. International Polio Day was celebrated on 24th October.

Running alongside the eradication of polio is the success of Rotary International's provision of “Motor Bike Ambulances” in the district of Mbale in Eastern Uganda which is a wide ranging area with a population in excess of 1 million. The “Motor Bike Ambulances”, since their increase from 3 to 32 in 2014 have proved crucial to providing emergency services in the area, particularly for pregnant women who in many instances live far away from skilled medical care with transportation not always available or unaffordable. Since 2014 the fleet of “eRangers” as they are called have carried out 31,308 emergency calls over 50% of which have been maternity related and a great many will have been life-saving. Oban Rotary has contributed to this campaign and the “eRanger” sponsored by Oban Rotary which bears the clubs name has responded to 1129 emergencies, most of which related to pregnancies or children under the age of 5 years old suffering from a life threatening illnesses.

Oban Rotary's "eRanger” can be seen in the photographs and the club recently agreed to provide funds for its servicing and running costs. winter 2020 | page twenty-one

Kirkintilloch Rotary named “Club of the Year” for West of Scotland

Kirkintilloch Rotary Club swept the board at Rotary in the West of Scotland’s “Oscars” awards at the virtual handover.

Named “Club of the Year”, they also had joint winner “President of The Year”, Bob Tomlinson, joint winner “Secretary of the Year “, Donnie Campbell, and joint winner “Assistant Governor of the Year”. Kirkintilloch also had “President of the Year”, “Secretary of the Year” and “Assistant Governor of the Year.” Kirkintilloch has also qualified for the much coveted “Rotary International Presidential Citation.” President Bob Tomlinson said, “It’s capped off what’s been a great year of action for Kirkintilloch.” One of the ten new members to the Kirkintilloch, Rotarian Lynne Bateman, became a coordinator with the G66 Covid Response Team. Lynne told club members what was needed to help people in Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie and parts of Bearsden the club hit their charity account and donated thousands of pounds for G66 Covid Response to help people in the G66 postcode area.

All of that happened immediately the virus struck. The club had a “Last Supper” meeting at Kirkintilloch Golf Club on 10th March and took the decision not to close. They decided to act. They’ve met every week using Zoom. At their handover sixty people attended with 20 clubs being represented. Ten new members joined the club in the year – many of them bringing the average age way down.

Kirkintilloch’s “End Polio Now” district bowling tournament.

Before Covid struck the club raised funds to fight polio. This involved local youth organisations, schools, Zippos Circus, Gala days in G66 and a bowling competition at Auchinloch Bowling Club with teams from Bishopbriggs, Irvine, Lenzie, Kirkintilloch and Oban taking part. Bob Tomlinson said “These activities raised enough money to immunise about 30,000 children. A fantastic effort.”

Kirkintilloch “Club of the Year”

President Bob joined the End Polio Now - we’re this close campaign.

Mens Shed & Rotary Support Care Homes and Nurseries The bird boxes and feeders are fabricated, painted and installed by the Mens Shed at absolutely no cost to the recipients.

This is happening following Gail's talk on the Shed at Paisley Rotary Club and with the participation of Frank O’Neill. page twenty-two | winter 2020

Oban Updates

North Argyll Young Carers The Club handed over a cheque for £4000 to North Argyll Young Carers to help support young carers as part of a three year commitment totalling £12,000. This tranche of money has been especially important during lockdown as Young Carers have been particularly isolated.

Hope Kitchen Club Members have donated over £2450 and rising to Hope Kitchen in Oban to support vulnerable groups in the town with food and emotional support.

Homestart The Rotary Club of Oban have donated £500 to Home Start who help young families set up home and provide ongoing support. Aileen Binner from Home-Start Lorn explains what they do: HomeStart Lorn offers practical and emotional support to families with at least one child under 5 years of age. Normally our trained volunteers work with families in their own home (the family’s home) for 2-3 hours per week. We often offer some respite if a family doesn’t have their own support network, or we can support families to attend local groups such as the Toy Cupboard or attend medical appointments – which is not always easy when you have children and/or depend on public transport. The support has, of course, had to adapt during these strange times. Our volunteers are not able to visit families in their home, so have been making regular phonecalls or using various types of technology to make video calls to families and in particular to maintain the contact with the young children. It has been a steep learning curve for all of us, but our volunteers have been amazing. Some of our volunteers have also been shopping and collecting prescriptions for our families.

Martyn’s Monday Club The Club has donated £200 to Martyn’s Monday Club, a self-help group focussed on Men’s Mental Health and Support Issues. The donation was particularly welcome during this lockdown period as the service is a vital lifeline for many. The Club hopes to continue providing support for our community under new President Kees Van Reins.

We support families in Oban and as far afield as Dalmally, Appin, Kilninver and the Island of Mull. Our recent experience of offering digital support has encouraged us to consider extending support to Tiree, Coll and Colonsay. Early in the Covid-19 crisis we accessed some funding which allowed us to provide craft/activity packs to our families. These were very well received by our families and a couple of our volunteers had just asked if we could do this again, so I have ordered 20 ready packed craft packs (much easier than the marathon task of ordering various art & craft materials and then making up 20 packs myself ☺) to distribute to our families.

Remembrance Sunday

President Kees Van Rein laying the wreath at Oban War Memorial with, left SVP Dave Waltho and, on the right, PP Iain MacIntyre, all observing social distancing.

Eastwood mentioned in Houses of Parliament The efforts of Eastwood Rotary Club to put Michael Sinclair forward for a Diana Award (which he was successful in receiving) were given support and wider publicity in the Houses of Parliament after local MP Kirsten Oswald raised an early day motion to congratulate everyone involved.

Michael was recognised by Eastwood as deserving of the award for his contribution to the environment through his work with nesting boxes in the local Linn Park. The main text commends Michael’s efforts in the terms: The Williamwood High School student has undertaken more than 350 hours of volunteering in Linn Park where he has worked to encourage biodiversity and sustainability of nesting within the park by leading an innovative and successful nest-box programme. Michael has set up and chairs his school environment committee and is sharing his skills and experience with others via talks and presentations. He also works with groups and organisations in support of environmental sustainability and improvement. Michael also engages with other young people and understands his positive influence in this regard, sharing as a community volunteer, fundraiser and environmental campaigner. winter 2020 | page twenty-three

The Great Rotary Santa Hunt The streets of Rothesay are filled with Santa Hunters. You may spot one if you look carefully. They are generally young, with keen eyesight, often seen holding a pencil and paper and have an exceptional interest in window shopping. If you see one, do not disturb them. They are probably one of the Rothesay Santa Hunters and must not be distracted from their goal. Rothesay Rotary Club President Georgeann Martin said "Unfortunately this year Santa is unable to meet children in his Mount Stuart Grotto, but to try and make up for it he has helped us to organise a Santa Hunt around Rothesay". Bute's Primary age children will have a festive adventure this December with the Great Rotary Santa Hunt as part of the online Achievement Bute calendar. They will have until the December 18th to find photos of Santa hidden around Rothesay and then complete some additional challenges to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes. orms and instructions are available in all Bute's Primary Schools. Santa hopes that all the children in Bute have lots of fun this Christmas.

Rutherglen’s quizzes… The Quiz Night in 2019 was held in November at Cathkin Braes Golf Club was very well attended and a great success. A very good amount of money was raised for Charity and thanks go to those members who helped during the event. In March 9 schools participated in the Club’s Primary School Quiz which was again held at the Rutherglen United Reform Church, an excellent venue. The winners were St Anthony’s Primary in a very close competition and congratulations go to them. Unfortunately they were unable to compete in the District Final because of the Pandemic. Again, thanks go the Rotarians who were present on the night and also the wives who assisted in ensuring that all aspects went smoothly. Also to the Church for hosting and the Church Officer for his considerable help. Neither Quiz would have been as successful had it not been for our quizmaster, Alistair Neil and the amount of work that he puts in. Our appreciation and thanks go to him and wife Mhari. Due the Pandemic there were no visits to other Rotary Clubs other than Cambuslang. Visits to Camglen Radio, to an Amazon Centre and a Strathaven Museum/Workshop have also been put on hold until a future date. Unfortunately our main fundraising events, a Race night in Cathkin Braes Golf Club and our Plant Fayre in Rutherglen United Reform Church both to be held in May had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Community Donations During the year a total of £3,912 in donations have been made as follows. Cambuslang Football Academy £1,000 Croftfoot Parish Church (Defibrillator) £1,000 CHAS £1,000 P7 Quiz £150 Christian Aid Burnside £250 Other Charity Giving £512 Total £3,912

Rothesay Rotary supports recovery from bush fires in SE Australia Rotary Club of Rothesay have recently made a donation to the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid to support the ongoing recovery from the devastating bush fires in south-east Australia. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale in Mallacoota on 11 March Rothesay Rotary member Janet Steele presented a cheque for 1000 Australian dollars to aid the local fire recovery effort. Janet is pictured here exchanging club pennants at the meeting. Janet who will shortly be returning from Australia said “I've never seen such intense fire damage before, and it goes on for hundreds of kilometres along the highways. I learnt a lot about the fire and the recovery programs while in Mallacoota.” Rotary Club of Rothesay President Georgeann Martin commented “We wanted to help in some way with the recovery effort and it was great that Janet was there to present the cheque on our behalf.” page page four twenty-four • autumn 2013 | winter 2020

Working in Partnership to improve Mental Wellbeing

Paisley Rotary shows that they care by teaming up with RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) to support the vulnerable and isolated people in our local community during the pandemic crisis. The COVID-19 crisis and lockdown measures have adversely affected the identity, self-esteem and confidence levels, as well as the overall feelings of purpose and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in Renfrewshire.

Together Paisley Rotary and RAMH are currently supporting a pilot project that uses activity as a means of contacting people in our community who are isolated due to the restrictions placed on them by the coronavirus regulations and for a variety of reasons are not using online platforms. Together we have created the ‘Home Anchor” project which provides an activity bag filled with lots of activities that encourage and promote wellbeing. Activities that can be used without being digitally connected, puzzles boxes, crosswords, relaxation CDs, mindful colouring kits as well as a relaxing aromatherapy spritz. Many of these people would normally be involved in Community Services groups across Renfrewshire or have one to one support from a variety of Social Care and health professionals either at home or in health settings supporting with the activities of daily living. Ongoing support enables RAMH workers and other Health Care professionals to ensure that people are living as independently as possible in the community. Much of this direct support has been limited over the past few weeks which will have had a negative impact on people’s Mental Health and an increase in people being isolated and feeling disconnected from their community. To establish contact and identify needs, Paisley Rotary and RAMH have distributed, as appropriate, a Home Anchor

‘activities gift bag’ to encourage people to think about how enjoyable it is doing different things. People are then asked to complete the enclosed checklist and to consider what new activities they might want to become involved in. Workers at RAMH will follow up this stage of the initiative by making contact with everyone in order to have a chat about how people are using the activity packs. This will enable RAMH to work with the individual to hopefully encourage an ongoing improvement in people’s general wellbeing by being more occupied. Down the years since their formation in 1928, Paisley Rotary Club has been helping families and charities in Renfrewshire, as well as worldwide. Their motto, ’Service before Self’ has given them the encouragement and drive to be innovative and progressive in their desire to help and support those in need.

Renfrew - young at heart

Renfrew, a Club which has always focussed on supporting youth involvement in Rotary, with its Rotakids, Interact and Rotaract Clubs, is now reaping the rewards of their faith that youth was the future of Rotary, with 3 members of the Club being in their 20s.

Adam Louttit, 26, has come through the ranks, being a former Interact Club and Rotaract President, before becoming a Rotarian 2 years ago, while Sophie Coyle and Adam Louttit Sophie Coyle Mark Dougan Mark Dougan, both 24, have joined in recent months. Sophie is the Community and Events Fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House and Mark is in the Accountancy profession like Adam. They even have another former Interactor and Rotaractor currently attending the Club zoom calls and considering membership. With this input of young blood to the Club, Renfrew now think they must have the lowest average age in District. winter 2020 autumn | page 2013twenty-five • page five

Helensburgh Garelochside’s Internet Safety Initiative During January 2020 Police Scotland, MoD Police and members of Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary delivered an Internet Safety programme to 517 children in Garelochhead, Arrochar & Luss, Rosneath, Kilcreggan, Rhu, Cardross, St Joseph's, Hermitage, Colgrain, John Logie Baird and Lomond Primary Schools. To demonstrate their understanding of the risks and dangers associated with the internet the children were invited to enter a poster competition. The entries were collected and then judged by art and IT teachers from Dunbartonshire.

(MoD Police) and following audio visual highlights of this year’s school programme there were remarks by Commander Mark Fitzsimmons, RN, from HM Naval Base Clyde followed by Jimmy Johnston, MBE, Rotary District Governor for the West of Scotland and Dot Moir, one of this year’s two judges. The highlight of the event was of course the awards for the best posters out of over 500 entries. The presentation of these awards was introduced by Rotarian Sheena Nelson assisted by three members of Helensburgh Police Scotland Youth Volunteers.

The winners were invited to a Presentation Ceremony in the Helensburgh Civic Centre on 18th February.

The awards were presented to the winners by Commander Fitzsimmons , DG Jimmy Johnson and Inspector Roddy McNeil,the local police commander.

The presentation was led by PC Stephen Carr (Police Scotland) and PC Ian Mustarde

First prize was awarded to Keeley Dundas from Hermitage Primary School.

Gabby Oldenshaw from Lomond Primary School was awarded 2nd place, but unable to attend, and in third place was Christina Guy from John Logie Baird Primary School. The three winning posters have been printed on pop-up banners and will be displayed around the county. The posters will also be widely shown on Police Scotland social media to take the message to children across the country. The event concluded with remarks and a Vote of Thanks from councillor Lorna Douglas and refreshments were kindly provided by Argyll and Bute Council.

From a Rotary perspective this was another highly successful year and a great example of Police Scotland, MoD Police, Argyll & Bute Council and Rotary working in close partnership for the benefit of the community. Our thanks to all who took part.

Rotary working across the World The Rotary Club of Paisley and its partner Rotary Club in Furth in Germany are working together to supply teaching and classroom supplies to a school in Kerala, one of the poorest areas of India. Our German friends from Furth should have been arriving in Paisley last week for our annual get together. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have mutually agreed that this is not possible at present, however our Joint Indian Project is still going ahead. At the moment each club has raised funds to support this project and we are currently in the final stages of our bid for further funding from Rotary International. In conjunction with our representatives in India, we have undertaken a survey regarding local needs, however, as India also has COVID 19 related problems, there is some delay in addressing all of the conditions required by Rotary International to enable them to release funding for this project. We are, however, in the final submission stage and hope to address any pertinent issues as soon as circumstances allow. page page four twenty-six • autumn 2013 | winter 2020

Oban Covid Response Group

At the outbreak of the Covid -19 Pandemic, the Rotary Club of Oban formed an action group of suitable members inspired by Covid-19 Action Group Chairperson Rotarian Ronnie Forbes and Group Secretary Rotarian Ciorsti Baxter. Suitable members included Rotarians Ronnie Forbes (Chairperson) and Ciorsti Baxter (Secretary) Rotarians Alan Hoar and William Lockwood, Junior Vice President Lachie Beaton and Past Presidents Ronnie Neil and Tommy McQuade . Over the last 5 months the Covid Response Group have worked closely with Argyll and Bute Council to support some of the most vulnerable Group in our Community.

Under Chairperson Ronnie’s steadfast direction and Secretary Ciorsti’s liaison with A&B Council, the group has managed the following; Medical Prescriptions delivered to shielding individuals Shopping requests fulfilled to vulnerable individuals Money raised for Covid-19 response in the Community Food Parcels delivered on behalf of Argyll and Bute Schools Miles covered or thereby

162 53 £672.50 200 3290

Argyll and Bute Covid-19 Response co-ordinator Laura McDonald thanked Group Chairperson Ronnie and the Rotary Club of Oban, on behalf of the Council, for the Clubs outstanding effort. Secretary Ciorsti Baxter has been tasked with reporting to the Scottish Government regarding communication successes and the continuous improvement in Covid-19 response processes, a great endorsement of the Clubs response in itself and testament to Ciorsti’s communication and teamworking skills.

Surely a future Rotary President in the making, the Club’s first Lady President perhaps. Thanks also to The Oban Distillery who provided much needed and, at the time, very scarce Hand Sanitizer to the group. All un-used sanitizer has been passed on to the Oban Girl Guides to assist them in their drive to keep meeting. In other news Past President and Rotary Club Treasurer Roger Parry confirmed that Club Members has passed a total of £ 4360 to Hope Kitchen, in the Club’s support of Hope Kitchen’s fight against the worst ravages of Covid-19 in our Community.

Oban President Kees Van Rein also handed over a cheque for £200 in support of Martyn’s Club during the lockdown. President Kees said, “It is increasingly important that The Rotary Club of Oban dedicates itself in helping to get past the worst effects of Covid-19, particularly as we head towards the Winter coughs and colds period. Our members will continue to help in any way we can to counter the effects of Covid-19 locally. Like it or not, it will define my Presidential Year, but I am fully committed to giving every effort to support our fantastic Community of Argyll and Bute during this Pandemic. The West Highlands and Islands is a very special place with a great sense of self and place. We have faced much hardship in the past and will get through this together, I have no doubt. Finally, on behalf of our Club I would like to say, “Well Done” to Rotarian Ronnie Forbes and his dedicated team for an outstanding effort. If you wish to join the Rotary Club of Oban, all you need to do is contact our Membership Secretary Past President Douglas Small at or contact any current Club Member. A warm West Coast Welcome awaits.”

Rothesay Rotary Remembrance at Croc-an-Raer Rotary Club of Rothesay paid their respects to the fallen of the 2 World Wars at Croc-an-Raer Cemetery. In attendance were President Georgeann Martin and Past President, Billy Shields retired Sergeant of The Royal Highland Fusiliers. winter 2020autumn | page 2013 twenty-seven • page five

5K Sponsored Walk in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK As President of Renfrew Rotary I felt I should do something different to fundraise for one of my chosen charities, Pancreatic Cancer Research UK.

I asked my physio about the prospect of doing a 5k walk on the treadmill at the gym. Hoping to be told not to be ridiculous as I couldn’t walk 0.5k without a break, but he agreed it was doable and training began. Working every week, gradually building up speed and distance, Friday 13th March arrived very quickly ! 2hrs 14mins on treadmill was equally as punishing as the Glasgow marathon run I’d done many years before (1984). A total of £850.00 approx. was raised on the day. A big thank you to all at CoreFitness who prepared me for 5k and provided great support throughout. Thank you, also, for the encouragement of club members and to all who donated to this excellent cause. Robert Flynn

Prestwick’s Christmas Spirit Prestwick Rotary Club is proud to support The Night Before Christmas Campaign.

“Every child deserves to get gifts and experience the magic of Christmas, no matter what their circumstances are.”

Andy Mathieson and his granddaughter Sophie dropping off Christmas boxes at Prestwick page page four twenty-eight • autumn 2013 | winter 2020

The Ayr Hub of TNB4CC busy checking donated Christmas boxes

From Our House to Yours This Christmas For so many of us the pandemic has underlined how much we value our home and family life and the importance of looking after ourselves. Against all odds, our doors have remained open to support families with seriously ill children in hospital during lockdown. However, the impact of the pandemic on our ability to continue to deliver our services this Christmas and into next year is stark. With ever-changing requirements for running Ronald McDonald House Glasgow safely, our costs are going up.

We now have to budget for a high turnover of PPE, special clinical grade cleaning products, extra cleaning shifts and even washing machine cleanser to wash the machines after each family use. As an independent charity, our ‘round the clock’ service is only possible through the generous donations from our supporters. Can you make a donation today to help give families a "home away from home" letting them stay close to their little ones when they need them the most?

Ollie's Story Little Ollie Reid was born with a rare genetic condition called CHARGE syndrome. He was born with a cleft lip and palate, a single kidney, a heart condition (Tetralogy of Fallot), low set ears and hearing loss. Last Christmas, he underwent open heart surgery for his condition. During this traumatic time Jess, Lewis and their other son Alfie stayed with us at our ‘home away from home’ for 10 weeks over the festive period last year. “Our Christmas was very different than our usual Christmases, but we can’t thank Ronald McDonald House Glasgow enough for making a hard and horrible time that little bit nicer” Jess Reid. It costs £45 a night to welcome a family in one of our 31 ensuite bedrooms where love and compassion underlines everything we do to look after them. In these challenging times we need you to help us make the little things happen so that families, like Jess, Lewis and Alfie, feel as safe and secure as possible. Following their 10 weeks stay with us, Ollie’s family got home. Jess says “He’s doing really well now. We can’t thank you all again enough for everything you did for us.” Please help us to provide the same sanctuary to other families this Christmas.

Ronald McDonald House Glasgow is a relatively new Corporate Member of the Renfrew Rotary Club, however the Charity have already benefited greatly from this organisation and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Any support with the Charity’s Christmas Campaign would be greatly appreciated.

Helensburgh’s alternative lunch…

Helensburgh Rotary Club missed out on its annual Christmas Lunch this year… but held a virtual one instead.

The outcome was a Christmas gift to Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank at the East Princes Street Community Hub of £340 worth of provisions. The virtual lunch was the idea of president Derek Hall and president-elect Reay Mackay, who invited club members to contribute what they would have paid for a real lunch. “I had been keeping my eye open for ways in which Rotary could contribute at Christmas, and read in the Advertiser that Melanie Andrews of Craigard Tearoom had organised a Christmas Calendar of events, one of which was donations to the Helensburgh Foodbank.” Reay said. Derek, who suggested the virtual lunch, added: “We think that donations to the Foodbank are a great way of supporting our local community.”

From left are Jean and Reay Mackay with Derek Hall

Reay and his wife Jean bought the items which they delivered to Scottish Window Solutions in East King Street, who arranged delivery to the Foodbank. winter 2020 autumn | page 2013 twenty-nine • page five

Renfrew Rocks! 2020 has been a challenging year for Poppy Scotland, as with most other charities. As a result the expectation was that fundraising efforts would have to be very imaginative, to even begin to close some of the gaps in income. At the Rotary Club of Renfrew, the team came up with a few new ideas this year, to include Poppy Rocks, Poppy Cards and a ‘virtual’ bucket collection. A small group of Rotarians and friends set about painting beach stones with various Poppy designs, with the initial target being 200 rocks but as interest grew, so did the number of rocks being painted! By the end of the Appeal, over 550 rocks had been sold at various locations including Renfrew town centre, Tesco and Braehead Mall. Some rocks were even specifically commissioned for specific regiments and service groups. The sale of the Poppy rocks raised over £5,000. One of the Club Rotarians, Marion Wallace, produced hand made Poppy cards which were very popular and also sold in big numbers. Last but not least, in order to make up for the loss of the annual bucket collection at Ibrox, the Club arranged, with the co-operation of Rangers Football Club, a Facebook Giving Page, which raised further significant funds for the charity. In addition to the traditional can collections locally, the Club hopes to have raised a considerable amount for Poppy Scotland.

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Barrhead Rotary assist in community face masks initiative As the country came out of a period of lockdown, one Barrhead Rotarian predicted that there would soon be a demand for face masks as the Scottish Government imposed other restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Securing a grant of £400 from Rotary Foundation towards a community face masks initiative, Barrhead Rotary collaborated with a few other local charitable organisations which resulted in a sufficiency of funds to enable the purchase of cotton fabric, elastic and thread from a Glasgow supplier. Local volunteer sewers were mobilised and soon a team of more than 30 sewers, cutters and drivers were hard at work making quality washable and re-useable face masks in different colours in both adult and child sizes. Masks in packs of two ready for distribution

Barrhead and Neilston have a few communities which are classified as being deprived and the idea was to make face masks available to every family who wished them, with cost not being a factor which might prevent the poorest of families from obtaining the face protection needed. The project lasted from May until October during which more than 5,000 face masks were made and distributed to local communities. Barrhead Rotarian, John Rankin, who was prominent in the project both as a sewer and delivery driver, modelling one of the face masks.

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, who helped to coordinate the volunteers, said that the initiative had proved to be a huge success.

Rutherglen Poppy Scotland and Crocus donations

The latest gift of £1000 was donated by the Club to the Annual Poppy Scotland Campaign which, like many charities, is unable to fund raise in the normal way due to the current pandemic. As part of the recent Rotary International Annual #Purple4Polio Crocus Campaign and the recent World Polio Day, Past President Ian Wilson has distributed crocus bulbs with compost to Primary Schools in the area. Rotary Clubs help plant Millions of purple crocus bulbs each year to raise awareness for efforts to end polio. One thousand five hundred were ordered and are being dropped off for Primary School children in the Rutherglen area to plant them in imaginative ways. The schools participating this year are Loch, Spittal, St Marks and Cathkin Primaries, with some of their nursery classes involved as well. They each have a share of the 1500 purple crocus bulbs to plant. Some bulbs have also been provided to Burnside in Bloom who will plant them in the local area.

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Rotary Club of Rothesay – Handover of Dictionaries for Pupils moving to Senior School 2020

For a number of years the Rotary Club of Rothesay have presented a ‘dictionary-for-life’ to each child leaving Bute’s three Primary Schools and moving up to Rothesay Academy.

This is usually carried out at the primary school’s end of year ceremony. The early closure of all schools due to COVID-p14 19 made that impossible this year. Instead it was decided the dictionaries would be presented to the children during their first days following arrival at Rothesay Academy to start the new academic year. The photograph shows dictionaries being handed over by Rotarian David Anderson to Maureen Shaw, Senior Depute at Rothesay Primary. Each book has the name of the individual child together with a letter from Rotary President Georgeann Martin explaining why this year has been different and wishing them all good fortune during their further education at the senior school and beyond. Rothesay Rotary have confirmed that the tradition of presenting dictionaries to all pupils leaving our three primary schools will continue next year.

Barrhead Rotary rallies community to restore Maxton Garden

A community garden honouring a Barrhead pacifist has been given a welcome makeover thanks to the combined efforts of Barrhead Rotary Club and local groups. Maxton Garden sits on land donated to the Burgh of Barrhead by the Maxton family. It commemorates James Maxton who lived from 1885 to 1946 and was a prominent Labour politician before breaking off to join the Barrhead Branch of the Independent Labour Party. He would later become the party's leader. Barrhead Rotary set out to bring the garden back to worthy stature with the help of the local Boys' Brigade, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and members of Barrhead and Neilston Horticultural Society. Some local businesses helped through donation of materials to help ease costs, with members of Barrhead Men's Shed playing their part by constructing new benches with planters and getting them on site.

Bob Flynn, President of Barrhead Rotary, who led the project said, "We want to restore Maxton Garden to the beautiful space it once was. It's going to take a lot of hard work before we achieve this goal but we have already made a marked difference which has been noted and commented on by local residents." Barrhead Rotary received a grant from the Rotary Foundation to clean and weed the lower garden, laying a landscaping fabric and covering it with 16 tonnes of red chippings. The existing large concrete planters were rejuvenated with fresh compost and planted with purple crocus bulbs. Phase 2 of the project will look to improve the upper Garden with some work already begun. page thirty-two | winter 2020

The E Club of The West of Scotland

Clean Water Wave In October 2019 Bill Christie was attending a conference and having witnessed a presentation from a team from Clean Water Wave (CWW) realised that the equipment they were utilising and which is up-cycling 50% of all the coloured glass bottles in Scotland and Switzerland, could be an answer to one of Rotary Internationals Areas of Service – The Provision of Clean Water. The Directors of CWW and some of the Senior Management, one based in Nova Scotia, are now active members of The E Club of The West of Scotland. They have joined WASH Rotary Action Group (WASRAG), linked up to collaborate with The Rotary Aquabox Charity. If the team can make CWW (which is a social enterprise) and their unique CAFE FILTER fly, it has the potential to eliminate 80% of the diseases in developing countries. The team are looking to attend RI and other Conventions and would be pleased to give a presentation to your Club. Let us hope that this initiative from District 1230 can “Make a Difference.” Bill Christie • President

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