ROTARY CLUB OF POLMONT

Rotary Serving Humanity

Serving Polmont, Laurieston & the Braes community since 1974


An excellent evening with Lynne Frail and Jill Hendry from the Forth Valley Sensory Centre. In the Photos - Brian Sharp, Lynne Frail, Jill Hendry and President Nancy and in the second photo Lynne, Jill and Nancy. Check out their Facebook page to find out about the great work they do. https://www.facebook.com/FVSensoryCentre/

Lynne, Jill and President Nancy

Brian, Lynne, Jill and President Nancy

Some Photos from our 43rd Charter Dinner with District Governor Olive Geddes. A very good evening was had by all.

Table Group

Table Group

DG Olive Presented with Flowers by President Nancy

Nancy, Jennifer and Mary

President Nancy and

Mary and DG Olive

Mary Kareen and Nancy

Mary and Janice

June and Norman


Jessie and Ian

Janice and Iain

Janice and Henry

Our Band

Ian and Friends

Ian, Nancy, DG Olive and Ian

Dancers

Catherine Mary and Brian

Derek and Anne

Polmont Rotary welcomed Past District Governor Andy with two of the members of the GSE team heading out to Ohio later this year. The team gave an excellent presentation to the club and they all had their sement to present. We were sorry that Jill, the other member of the team was unwell and unable to be with us. The team answered a number of questions afterwards. We wish them well in their visit to Ohio and hope they enjoy the expericence and benefit from the Vocational placements.

Below we have Scott, PDG Andy President Nancy and Les

Scott Andy Nancy and Les

Scott Andy and Les

Scott Andy and Les

Tools for Self Reliance Collection
Thanks to everyone who brought old tools for our collection today. Thanks also to Tesco for permission to use their facilities and also to the Rotarians and partners who gave of their time to look after the collection today. In the Photo from Left to Right we have President Nancy Rule, Jim Dyer and Peter Moodie enjoying the sunshine and the Blether.

Tools for Self Reliance - in the photo President Nancy Rule Jim Dyer and Peter Moodie

Tools for Self Reliance Collection:

The Rotary Club of Polmont is collecting tools to help the Charity, Tools for Self Reliance. We will be a Tescos, Redding Road Superstore on Saturday, 25 March 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Please help us to help others and bring along your old and unwanted tools and spectacles. We look forward to seeing you there. Thanks to Tescos for allowing us to have the collection there.

The tools collected locally will be taken to a workshop in Edinburgh, where they will be cleaned, repaired and sharpened, before being sent to TFSR for shipment to Africa. We are also collecting used spectacles for the Vision Aid Charity.

Tools for Self Reliance is a UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. They work with local African organisations to deliver a programme of tools and training to bring about effective and sustainable change to trades people and their communities, working mainly Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. 

Tools for Self Reliance run vocational training projects which provide people with the skills they need to set up their own business. The charity also equips them with a toolkit to get them started. As well as technical training in trades such as carpentry, welding, and bricklaying, TFSR also provide training in business and financial management, believing that this approach gives people the best chance of success.

On average, 85% of people who join a training course with Tools for Self Reliance are running a business and have increased their income six months after completion. With the additional income from their own enterprises, trainees can buy more food of a better quality, improve their living conditions, educate their children, and access medical care.

Small and micro enterprises are critical to reducing inequality and improving life chances for people in some of the poorest countries in the world. Vocational training and small scale enterprises are identified in the Sustainable Development Goals as crucial activities for achieving change, and Tools for Self Reliance plays an important part in livelihood development in Africa.

Recycle for Africa Flyer 2017


Speaker on the 22nd February 2017

Ann Bateman, Head Teacher at St. Margaret's School in Polmont was the speaker at the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After Ann was introduced to the club by Rotarian Jim Dyer, Ann spoke about her passion for teaching and gave us a potted history of her career to date. She then went on to tell us about how St. Margaret's has developed in her time as head teacher. It was obvious that she is passionate about providing teaching excellence and providing as many aveues as possible for her pupils to find things they are good at.

St Margaret's is a large primary school with a combination of semi-open plan and traditional hutted classrooms. The school was built in 1977 and extended during the eighties to accommodate children from new housing developments. The original building was refurbished during the 06/07 session. In addition to classrooms there is a General Purpose room, a Music/Drama room, a Hall, Library and a Games Hall. An Early Learning and Childcare Campus located within the school grounds, offers childcare provision for babies to 5 year old children. The campus provides childcare from 8am until 6pm 52 weeks of the year as well as traditional term time 3-5 year old sessional provision.

The School has a high rating for achievent for its teachers and pupils and every child gets a chance to grow, develop and shine. St Margaret's also has a very active Rotakids Group which Polmont Rotary set up with the School and President Nancy attends when she can. An excellent talk from Ann and the vote of thanks was given by ADG Ian McLean.

Photo President Nancy Rule and Ann Bateman Head teacher at St Margaret's Primary School Polmont

President Nancy Rule and Ann Bateman



RIBI Young Writer Competition for 2016 - 17

President Nancy Rule along with Brian Sharp, Organiser, and Secretary Iain Morrison, visited Braes High School to present a prize and Certificates to the entrants in the RIBI (Rotary International Britain & Ireland) Young Writer for 2016 - 17. This is the first time the Club has run the competition and it is hoped there will be more entries next year.

Aidan Wansbrough, a second year pupil at Braes High School, won the Award at Intermediate Level i.e. 11 - 13 years old at 31st August 2016. He was presented with a £25 Book Token and certificate by Polmont Rotary Club President, Nancy Rule at the school Creative Writing Club. Aidan will now go on to represent the Polmont Club in the Rotary District 1020 Competition in May and, if successful, could represent District 1020 in the RIBI National Competition in June. All competition entrants were given a certificate of participation. The Club competition was judged by a member of the English Department at Larbert High School. Thanks to Brian for organising the competition and the support of the teaching staff at Braes High School and not least the entrants, namely, Aidan Wansbrough, (winner), Arianne Burrow, Sophie MacGrain and Rosie Sharples.

In the Photos, Below: Aidan Wansbrough with President Nancy Rule.
Group Photo from the left, Sophie MacGrain, President Nancy Rule, Frances Orrock (English Teacher) Aidan Wansbrough, Rotarian Brian Sharp, Arianne Burrow and Rosie Sharples.


Aidan Wansbrough with President Nancy Rule

Group Photo

Quiz Logo

Polmont Rotary Club held its Annual Primary Schools Quiz yesterday, 6th February, in Wallacestone Primary School. There were 9 Schools taking part from our area, namely, Avonbridge & Drumbowie (joint team), California, Laurieston, Maddiston, Shieldhill, Slamannan, St. Margaret’s, Wallacestone and Whitecross. It was a very tight competition with the lead changing hands a few times, but the eventual winners were Laurieston with 49 points and the runners up were Avonbridge & Drumbowie with 48 points.

The winning team from Laurieston were presented with a £15 Book Token by Club President Nancy Rule. The runners up from Avonbridge & Drumbowie each received a £10 Book Token. Laurieston were also presented with the Rotary Club of Polmont Salver which the school will retain for one year. They go on to represent the Club in the Spring at the Rotary Area Final.

 The Quiz is based on the primary school curriculum.The Photos show President Nancy Rule and Quiz Master Bob Mackay. The next photo shows the team at work marking, with the organiser Brian Sharp in the foreground. The next photo shows more of the helpers and then President Nancy with the Winning Team, Laurieston P S and their booktokens and then with the Salver, followed by the runners up Avonbridge & Drumbowie and finally the scoreboard, to show how close the contest was. Congratulations to Laurieston and to all the teams who took part and thanks to Wallacstone School for hosting the quiz.

Laurieston School with the Winners Salver and President Nancy

Score Board

Team Marking with Brian Sharp - organiser -  in foreground

More Helpers

Avonbridge and Drumbowie Runners up


President Nancy and Bob Mackay the Quiz Master


Santa Sleigh Disbursement

We are delighted to announce the Santa Sleigh Disbursement list and amounts, now that the recipients have been informed. We await information on what they intend to do with the monies, in accordance with our legal obligation, as a registered charity - OSCR—SC 042733. Once the documentation is complete we will have a photo presentation with as many recipients as possible.

Main Recipients:
Strathcarron Hospice: £1500
Macmillan Nurses: £1500

Subsidiary Donations:
St. Michael’s Daycare Centre Linlithgow: £200
Samaritans: £240
Crossroads: £240
Talking Books for the Blind - "Newsline": £240
Teenage Cancer: £240
Time Zone: £240
Seagull Trust: £240
Cars4U: £240
Rotary E-Club: £300
Total: £5180


The Rotary Club of Polmont help Poppy ScoPoppy Scotland Logo and Copyrighttland in the Annual Poppy Collection, by distributing the cans and poppies to the various shops and outlets and then we collect the cans and return them to Poppy Scotland for counting. Here is the breakdown from Poppy Scotland of how much was given in our area.

THANKS FROM POPPY SCOTLAND TO THE BRAES AREA

Although the total was slightly down on last year, the generosity of the Braes residents was outstanding. The total raised through donations was £3,519.14 with an additional £150 from the sale in Lapel Badges = £3669.14. Our 4 Primary Schools raised £787.43!
Donations included :
Spar, Brightons £148.56
BP Millfield £61.86
Meadowbank Clinic £68.05
Maddiston PS £189.33
St Margarets PS £271.90
Wallacestone PS £245.34
Shieldhill PS £80.86
Premier Polmont £134.69
Claremont Inn £91.67
Klondyke, Beancross £182.34
Johnston, Brightons £103.89
Black Bull £49.05
Inchyra Grange £56.63
Tesco Petrol £142.41
Tesco Shop £1649.24












Happy New Year from all at Polmont Rotary Club!

Fireworks Happy New Year

Final Totals from Santas last day at Tescos. Day 10
Saturday 24th. collection result £598.85

Final Total £5,231.33

After expenses this will give us £5,176.34 to donate to our charities. This will be announced as soon as possible in the New Year. Thanks to everyone and all who donated.

Merry Christmas from all at Polmont Rotary.









Santa calling!
Just finished at Tesco - a big thank you to everyone for their donations and support!!
Santa

Santa Resting At Tesco






















Yesterday was another good day at Tesco, Santa was also helped by non Rotarian volunteers. Friday the 23rd. collection result was £734.48 and the running total now: £4632.48. Thank you to the generous people of Polmont and the Braes from Santa and Polmont Rotary Club.

Thank you Santa


























It is your last chance to see Santa at Tescos tomorrow 24th. Remember that Tesco closes early tomorrow: Times taken from their website: Christmas Eve: 06:00-19:00. http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/?bID=5181. Santa had another great day today and the daily total and running total will follow later. Thanks to everyone who donated - we really appreciate your support!























Second last chance to see Santa at Tescos tomorrow. Santa has been so busy, but he has come back to see us and the lovely children of Polmont and the Braes and he is looking forward to seeing as many as possible tomorrow.

Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho Santa
















Santa was delighted at the response and generosity of shoppers at Tesco, yesterday, Sunday 18th. December when the collection raised £743.85 - a huge thank you. The running total now stands at £3,897.96. #polmontrotary raising money for local charities. Thanks to Lynne and Helen from the Rotary E-club of Southern Scotland for helping. Picture below of Santa having a rest from greeting all the children and adults at Reddinbmuirhead Tesco Store. Thanks to Tesco for accommodating Santa and the Elves.

Santa having a rest at Tesco Store Reddinbmuirhead

























Santa has asked me to let everyone know he will be at Tesco tomorrow - Sunday the 18th December 2016 - and he is looking forward to seeing everybody as he helps Polmont Rotary raises funds for Strathcarron Hospice and other Rotary Good Causes.

Santa Ho Ho Ho























Santa has asked me to put this photo on as he was delighted to receive so many letters from children in Polmont and to meet so many and hear their stories. Thank you and a very Happy Christmas!

Letters to Santa
























Thanks to all from Gilston and Lawers - we hope you enjoyed Santas visit. We had a marvellous result as extra volunteer elves meant a big difference in our coverage last night. The collection raised a whopping: £767.77 - A huge thank you to all concerned and our two elves from the Rotary E-Club who came back for a second night. The running total now: £3,154.11. Well done everyone!!

Thankyou Santa
























Santa Sleigh Route for tonight 14th December - starting around 6.30pm. Gilston Crescent and Lawers Crescent. Santa hopes to see as many children - old and young - as possible. We will try to cover as many streets as possible with the volunteers elves we have. Sorry if we don't manage your street. The streets are decided by Santa and the Elves on the night, depending on the number of helpers we have, so its not possible to give times etc.

Santa Sleigh








Tuesday 13th November collection was £492.01 and the running total now £2,386.34. Santa was delighted with the good turnout of elves with the help of our two supporters from the Rotary E-Club. Once again we did manage extra territory. Thanks to all who gave so generously again, we really appreciate the welcome and support we get from you all.

Santa says thankyou



















Tuesday 13th Route from 6.30pm. Braes High, Wallace Brae and Reddingmuirhead. Santa hopes to see as many children - old and young - as possible.

Happy Santa

Monday 12th November collection  £465.62. As we were a bit short of Elves we did not manage any extra streets this time, but still achieved a very satisfactory collection. The weather continuing to be kind. Once again we were surprised at the thanks we received from families in the streets we managed to cover. Once again our thanks to the volunteers who joined us.





Santa and his Elves will be in Brightons and Sunnyside tonight Monday December the 12th from about 6.30 onwards. He is looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.




Santa Waving

Following a request from the manager at the Co-op store in Laurieston Santa and Elves went to visit on Saturday and Sunday. The Manager and staff were exceptionally helpful, welcoming and delighted at our presence. On Saturday we raised £240.62 and on Sunday we raised £135.67. This was a great result - Thanks to all who contributed to our Christmas collection. Running total to date £1,407.99




Total from the collection at Laurieston Co-op today was £240.62. Thanks to all who gave so generously and also to the staff for their kindness and assistance.


Report just in from Santa at Laurieston Co-op: "Having a very busy afternoon here. My Elf is run off her feet lol! Thanks to everyone who has contributed and talked to us and made us welcome".














Santa is visiting Laurieston Co-op today - why not go along and say hello! A big thank you to the Co-op staff for making it possible.

Santa


Polmont Rotary Christmas Tree





















Christmas Tree Festival

The Rotary Club of Polmont has been participating in another seasonal event held in Polmont Old Parish Church. They are holding a Christmas Tree Festival and all local organisations and businessess were invited to take part. We were delighted to be asked and participate.

President Nancy has been busy decorating our tree as well as our Jaipur Limb Teddy. The Trees can be seen in Polmont Old Parish Church on the 9th from 10am till 12 noon; 2pm till 5pm and 6pm till 8pm and Saturday the 10th December from 10am till 4pm. Entry fee £5.00 Including tea, coffee, shortbread and misical entertainment.

See the Photos below.

For those of you who are new to Rotary you may be wondering what we do and where some of the money we raise goes to and what the limb project is. The Rotary Jaipur Limb project is a pro-active fund-raising and project-initiating body of Rotarians from the UK and it is a registered charity since 1995.

The bulk of their work in India revolves around Limb camps, with as many as 3000 patients turning up for help, but in Africa and other countries outside India they establish new permanent centres and provide on-going support for them by way of technician training, materials and equipment.

The Jaipur Limb is an artificial leg, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The unique component is the Jaipur foot, a clever combination of wood and various densities of rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot. It is hard-wearing and will last for three or four years, longer if worn with a shoe. A western limb will cost between £1,000.00 and £2,000.00, a Jaipur limb can be made and fitted for as little as £30.00.Jaipur Limb Teddy




Rotary Christmas tree and Teddy


Twinspire Tree


Balcony View

Santas Letter










































Letter to Santa


We want to thank Santa for letting us have a peek at one of the letters he received.


Thanks Santa!!


Wednesday 7th December

Tonight’s collection was £520.23 - Wonderful - thanks to all who contributed so much and appreciated by Santa, the Elves and The Rotary Club of Polmont.

A brilliant effort again from all concerned and the running total is £1031.70!!





Photos from Wednesday 7th December

Some Photos from the Santa Sleigh round tonight. Thanks to all who helped and Santa would like to say thank you to the Elves and the Drivers tonight as well as all who gave so generously. The Total will be posted later after it has been counted.

Photo 1: Where is Santa? Photo 2: Here he is having said thank you to the Elves. Photos 3: An excited young boy meets Santa and tells him he has been good. Photo 4: Here are all the elves with Santa and if you look carefully he is getting a kiss from one of the Elves!!

Where is Santa


Santa saying thank you to the Elves

A Happy young boy meets Santa and tells him he has been good

Santa and the Elves


Santa Sleigh Clipart






































Santa Sleigh Route for Tonight Wednesday 7th December from 6.30 onwards: Eastcroft Drive, Orchard Grove, Fullerton Drive, Green Park and Polmont Park. Santa and his Elves look forward to seeing you all tonight.



Jolly Santa SANTA SLEIGH UPDATE Tuesday 6th Dec.

Santa and his Elves would like to thank every one for a great visit to St Margaret's and Santa also visited the St Margaret's Home - to the delight of the residents.

Thanks also to everyone at Tiree Crescent, Colonsay Avenue and Stevenson Avenue and a couple of other streets.

We raised the amazing sum of £511.47.

THANKS















Here are the routes and dates for the Santa Sleigh for December 2106. Santa and the Elves look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Santa Sleigh Routes 2106

Here are the days and time that Santa and the Elves will be visiting Tesco and the CO-OP. We look forward to meeting you all. Thank you for your generosity in the past and we hope for a good year this year so we can help lots of organisations and people in need in our local area.

Santa Sleigh Charity Collections Tesco and CO-OP

President Nancy Rule, Lauren, Murray and Brian Sharp, Youth Convener

President Nancy Rule, Lauren, Murray and Brian Sharp, Youth Convener


Joyce, President Nancy Rule, Councillor and Rotarian Malcolm Nicol and Linda

Joyce, President Nancy Rule, Councillor and Rotarian Malcolm Nicol and Linda

On Wednesday 23rd of November the Club hosted our two candidates for Challenge Enterprise, both from Braes High School, along with the Depute Headteacher Marjorie Cotter. Lauren and Murray were introduced to the Club by Brian Sharp, our Youth Convener. Lauren and Murray shared a Power Point Presentation to illustrate their talk about their experiences at the Challenge Enterprise weekend. They proved excellent candidates and spoke extremely well, a credit to their School and to Polmont Rotary Club who spoansored them. You can read more about it below. The Vote of Thanks was given by Malcolm Nicol. Malcolm was hosting two young Chinese business women visiting suppliers in Scotland and Lauren and Malcolm took the chance to network with our far travelled guests, Joyce and Linda.

SUPPORTING THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Challenge Enterprise

The Club recently sponsored two senior pupils from Braes High School to attend the Rotary District 1020 Challenge Enterprise weekend at the BB Headquarters in Larbert. The event attracted 50 senior pupils sponsored by Rotary Clubs across Central Scotland, Lothians & the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. Challenge Enterprise is designed for 16-18 year olds who are likely to go on to a successful career in Business. It concentrates on giving them an insight into various aspects of business and sets challenges which will help develop their confidence and business knowledge.

Our two candidates commented after the weekend : -

We found the experience particularly beneficial, as it truly gave us an insight to what the real business world was like. I thought this was shown when we were given the opportunity to speak with the border biscuits founder, John Cunningham. Further, seeing Sean Harley of the Smith Anderson group, gave me a very good look at how products of mass production are manufactured. The sheer level of "behind the scenes" workers were incredible - I had no idea how much HR, Marketing and Management was Involved in a large business such as theirs. They certainly opened my eyes to what it is like if I am going to be a man of business in the future. M.A.

I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the challenge enterprise event. I admit to being a bit anxious at the outset, not knowing what was going to be expected of me and not knowing the others I would be working with. However, it was an unforgettable experience where I met many new people from a range of backgrounds and managed to challenge myself in new ways. It was very enjoyable and has undoubtedly increased my selfconfidence. Overall, the weekend helped me clarify that I would like to study business in further education and gave me an insight into the different aspects of business. L.H.

Primary Schools Quiz

We are holding our annual Primary Schools Quiz in February and all twelve Primary Schools in our area have been invited to take part. The winner goes forward to represent Polmont Rotary in the Rotary District area final.

Young Writer Competition

All 12 Primary and the 3 Secondary Schools in our area have been invited to take part in the RIBI Young Writer Competition which is in three age categories Junior 7 to 10 years old, Intermediate 11 to 13 years old and Senior 14 to 17 years old on 31st August 2016. The closing date is 15th December 2016 and the overall winner in each group will receive a book token for £25 and go forward to represent Polmont Rotary in the District 1020 final.

Young Technology Competition

The three secondary schools have been invited to enter three teams - S1 & S2, S3 & S4 and S5 & S6 pupils into the above competition to undertake tasks at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels respectively. The Rotary District Area Competition is taking place on 8th March 2017.

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The 2nd of November saw Mike McCormick from the Carse of Stirling Club in District 1010 as our Guest Speaker. Mike is the Chairman of the Scottish branch of the Jaguar Drivers Club. Mike took over when the membership was only 8 and now boasts over 450 members with the newest being an 18 year old young lady. He is obviously doing something right! The club is very active throughout Scotland and has won a number of awards. Mike showed a good number of photos to illustrate what the club members get up to throughout the year. Thanks Mike for an excellent and very interesting talk that we all enjoyed. For more information checkout their Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/jaguardriversclubscotland/…

Nancy Rule and Mike McCormick of the Scottish Jaguar Drivers Club and a member of the Carse of Stirling Rotary Club District 1020

On the 19th of October we had Ross Fenwick from Operational Services, Falkirk Council, as our guest speaker. Ross spoke to us about Falkirk Council's waste management plans and changes to household waste uplifts. It was an excellent talk and he answered a good number of questions and stayed behind after the meeting to chat to some of the members and their partners. Thanks Ross.

Nancy Rule and Ross Fenwick Falkirk Council Waste Management Services

Up Coming Programme:
19th October - Robin Baird Falkirk Council speaking on Waste Managment. This is a Partners evening
26th October - Business Meeting
2nd November - Mike McCormick from the Jaguar Drivers Club (Scotland)
9th November - Fellowship Evening
16th November - Speaker to be arranged - Partners evening
23rd November - Fellowship Evening
30th November - Business Meeting

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11 members of the Polmont Club visited the Carse of Stirling Club in District 1010 as our Scatter week visit. We were warmly welcomed by the Carse Club and we had an excellent meal and an enjoyable evening with this happy and enthusiastic small club. It was good to see that they were involved in lots of projects and we mamanged to get one of their members to come to speak to our club in November. See above.

President Douglas Mulholland Carse of Stirling Club Presenting President Nancy Rule of the Polmont Club with a Banner

President Douglas Mulholland Carse of Stirling Club Presenting President Nancy Rule of the Polmont Club with a Banner

Members of the Carse of Stirling Club and Polmont Rotary Club who were visiting.

Members of the Carse of Stirling Club 1010 and Polmont Rotary Club 1020 on a Scatter week visit

President Elect Iain Morrison with Maureen Burns from Grangemouth Heritage Trust. Maureen gave a very interesting talk illustrated with photos, on the history of Grangemouth and the formation and running of the Heritage Trust Museum in Grangemouth.

President Elect Iain Morrison and Maureen Burns Grangemouth Heritage Trust

Great fun was had at the first round of the 1020 District Rotary Quiz - Honest :-) Polmont hosted the evening with President Elect Iain Morrison in the Chair. Polmont were the eventual winners and thanks to Larbert club who were good oponents and brough a number of supporters with the, We are also grateful to Rotarian Bill Lawrie of the Falkirk Club for conducting the quiz so ably.

Both Teams

Polmont and Larbert Quiz Teams

Larbert Quiz Team

The Larbert Club above

and the Polmont Team Below

Polmont Quiz Team

President Nancy Rule with Alison Harris MSP who told us all about being a new girl in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh. A very interesting evening.

Nancy Rule and MSP Alison Harris

Photos from the Recent Visit to the Club by 1020 District Governor Olive Geddes. Olive brought the RI message to the club of "Rotary Serving Humanity" and to that end having a final push to eradicate Polio. IT is up to every member, club and Disitrict throughout the world to support Polio now to rid the world of Polio. One way is to get involved in the Crocus project to either by a lapel crocus or plant purple crocus for the spring. Polmont is getting involved in both these projects. President Nancy wished Olive all the best for a happy and succesful year as 1020 DG. Thanks for coming to visit the Polmont Rotary Club Olive.



Welcome to our New President - Nancy Rule

Handover from Brian Glanville to Nancy


All Smiles at the Handover from Brian to Nancy


President Nancy welcoming President Elect Iain Morrison



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End of 2015 / 16 Session

Rotary Club of Polmont Community Award 2015 / 2016

Finlay Nicholson was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Polmont's Community Award. Seen here being presented with the Cup by President Brian Glanville. Finlay was nominated by Mrs Lawson Eades and he is a worthy recipient. He has been involved with the Forth Valley Talking Newspaper Association (Newsline) for 20 years. For most of that time he has been responsible for producing, recording and copying the Monthly Audio Magazine. We are delighted to have Finlay as our recipient of our Community Award which is sponsored by Atif Bashir of the Falkirk Dental Practice.


Left to Right: Mrs Lawson Eades, who Nominated Finlay, Mr Atif Bashir, from Falkirk Dental Practice, who have sponsored the award for a number of years. Recipient Finlay Nicholson and President Brian Glanville.


Craig Arthur and Jillian Violaris from SP Energy Newtworks, with President Brian Glanville, were our speakers on the occasion of our Community award for 2105 / 2106. They gave a very interesting presentation to Rotarians, Partners and Guests.

The Rotary Club of Polmont's 42nd Charter Dinner

Some photos of the Evening

The Club decided to present DG Andy with a Paul Harris Fellowship because of all his hard work for District 1020 and for the Credit he has brought to the  Office and the Club. Congratulations Andy!

DG Andrew Ireland being presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by President Brian Glanville on behalf of the Rotary Club of Polmont


The Club's Newest Paul Harris Fellow - DG Andrew Ireland with his wife Jacquie and President Brian Glanville


Our Two Paul Harris Fellows - Jim Smith and DG Andy Ireland


Our Entertainer for the Evening Clark Stewart


Flowers for Irene


Flowers for Jacquie


Raffle Prize winners



Some Club Members Partners and Guests







Photos from the 2016 Swimarathon Prizegiving event, hosted and sponsored by the

 Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa.

The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 took place on Saturday, the 20th February at Grangemouth Sports Centre. 30 teams took part with 150 swimmers. The teams and swimmers were entered from all over the Falkirk area and comprised of local secondary schools, local businesses and other organisations. The teams were asked to swim as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes, with one swimmer from each team in the pool at any one time (relay style).

 At the end of the event the total number of lengths completed were 3,730 = 93,250 metres (25m lengths) = 58 miles, quite an amazing distance in such a short time. The team that completed the most lengths in 55 minutes were from SP Energy (Scottish Power) and they swam an incredible 203 lengths. The runners up were Denny High School with 200 lengths and the relay was so close at the end of the session, and very exciting to watch, as both teams pushed themselves to their limits.

The Provost of Falkirk, Pat Reid, was in attendance plus Rotary District Governor (DG) Andrew Ireland (also a member of Polmont Rotary), along with President Brian Glanville. DG Andrew also took part in the Swimarathon- well done Andy!

70 attended the Swimarathon  presentation lunch at the Inchyra on 19 April  

The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 raised £9,500 for Radio Forth Cash for Kids.

All the monies raised are earmarked to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the Falkirk area.

The Awards handed out were as follows - see the photos below:

Highest fundraising team: KMD Associates

Highest fundraising school: Carrongrange School

Outstanding school performance: Denny High

Most lengths completed: SP Energy Networks

Outstanding contribution award: Anne Riley

Willie Hunter, Trustee Board Chairman of Cash For Kids receiving a cheque for £9500 from President Nominee Iain Morrison of Polmont Rotary Club. Also in the photo are Ken Donald, Swimarathon Organiser, Emma Kemp, CFK Charity Manager, and far right, the Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General manager Stuart Maxwell - our sponsor. The amount doesn't include Gift Aid to be claimed. A fantastic effort from the Club with the support of Cash for Kids, Radio Forth, the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk Community Trust and the staff of Grangemouth Swimming Pool and of course all the teams and their sponsors, not forgetting the Club members and family who help run the event.


Congratulations to our winning team, SP Energy Networks who swam an amazing 203 lengths in 55 minutes, worth winners of the award for the most lengths completed. In the picture with the team, President Nominee Iain Morrison, and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Well done to KMD Associates for the Highest Fundraising Team. Scott Donald receiving the award from Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Carrongrange School has consistently been the school that raises the most money in sponsorship and received the award for the Highest Fundraising School - well done to them again this year.



Denny High School received an award for swimming just a few lengths short of the winners, they swam 200 to be precise, just 3 short of the winning total. They received the award for the Outstanding School Performance - Congratulations to the team.



Anne Riley receiving a Special Award for the tremendous assistance she has given the Swimarathon. Anne Received an Outstanding Contribution Award. In the picture, President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Nancy Rule Presenting Flowers to Anne Riley with President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Swimarathon Presentation Group Photo



Some Photos from the Melrose 7's

All photos by Peter Croan

SRU President John Crozier, John Rutherford and DG Andy


Andy and Jim Telfer


It's a corner!!


Andy and Dougie Vipond


Female Referee


The Ref laying down the law!


Team Rotary


Match Officials


Video on the Big Screen



Rotary joins Melrose Sevens to make a winning team

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland will this year be sponsoring the Melrose Sevens rugby tournament, which will take place in the Scottish borders town later this month.

The tournament, which attracts up to 16,000 spectators, is held every year to celebrate the anniversary of the first ever Rugby Sevens tournament, which was held in Melrose in 1883. Rugby sevens is now played on a global stage and teams from across the globe, including three of the main rugby playing nations; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have travelled to Scotland to take part in the tournament.

Melrose Sevens is the most prestigious of ten border tournaments that make up a league known as the King of Sevens, where teams compete at individual tournaments to gain points with the aim of being crowned the ultimate "Kings of the Sevens".

Rotary took on the honour of sponsoring the Melrose tournament after this year’s District Governor for District 1020 in Scotland, Andy Ireland, refereed the final ten years ago. Andy was one of the first ever professional referees in Scotland and he has been heavily involved in the sport ever since.

Andy comments, “Sponsoring the Melrose Sevens event is a great opportunity to showcase the great work that Rotary does to a new audience and we are really proud to be involved.

“Being resilient, showing perseverance and coming together to work as a team are three Rotarian qualities that are equally important in Rugby, demonstrating why the coming together of the two seemed like the perfect fit.”

Doug Hardie, Marketing Convener of the Melrose Sevens tournament, adds, “We are extremely pleased to have Rotary on board this year. The work that Rotary clubs across Scotland and the rest of the UK and Ireland carry out makes an undeniable difference, and we are delighted to help them reach 16,000 more potential pairs of hands to help them make a difference.”

For more information on Rotary and its work visit: www.rotarygbi.org





BOURNEMOUTH CONFERENCE 2016

Jacquie and Andy looking great and having a Ball at the Ball.


Nancy and Ian Presenting a cheque for A Literacy Box from Rota Kids


1020 Delegates

Our District Young Citizen Award winner Sammi Kinghorn. Sammi is a 20 year old wheelchair racer who was nominated for this award by the RC of Duns. She is currently triple European champion in the 100m, 400m, and 800m and holds numerous Scottish records and hopes to compete in the Paralympics in Rio this year.

SWIMARATHON 2016

The First Group of Swimmers at our 2106 Swimarathon. All the monies raised will go to Forth 1 Cash for Kids in our Local Area. Along with the Swimmers are Emma Kemp - Organiser for Cash for Kids, Forth DJ Mark Martin, Anne Riley from the Grangemouth Pool, Ken Donald organiser for Polmont Rotary and President Brian Glanville

The First group of Swimmers at Polmont Rotary Swimarathon

The Second Group of Swimmers with Radio Forth 1 Organiser Emma and DJ Mark.

Second Group of Swimmers

The Third group of Swimmers with Emma Kemp - Organiser for Forth 1 Cash for Kids

Third group of Swimmers

The Final Group of Swimmers with all the Members and family of Polmont Rotary.  A great day was had by everyone and a very successful event with our Sponsor The Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa and our partner Forth 1 Cash for Kids.

The Final Group of Swimmers and all the helpers from Polmont Rotary Club

Emma Kemp with the winners  - the Scottish Power Team who managed 203 lengths in 55 minutes, breaking the previous record by quite a margin. Congratulations to all the team.

The winners with 203 lenths of the pool - Scottish Power Team.

The Smaller Children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool.

The smaller children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool

Some of the teenagers showing their enthusiasm with a jump and splash at the end of their swim.

Some of the teenagers showing their enthusiasm with a jump and splash at the end of their swim

Provost Pat Reid, Ken Donald - organiser for Polmont Rotary Club, DG Andy Ireland, President Brian Glanville and Emma Kemp for Cash for Kids.

Provost Pat, Ken, DG andy, Pres Brian and Emma



 

 







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