To date the Abseil has raised over £171,000 for our charities
President Neil's First Message
Wow! What a great start to my Presidential year!
It started with the club Handover and Assembly towards the end of June when the baton (well Presidential Chain actually) was passed to me by Graham Leith, our outgoing President. Once again I congratulated Graham on a very successful year at the helm leading the club in his inimitable calm and friendly way ably supported by his lovely wife Linda who does so much for the club.
No time to settle down and get my feet under the table though as it was "all guns go" for our 40th Charter Dinner celebrations which was held on the 15th July in the magnificent setting of the Royal Burgess Golf Club in Barton. It was a most enjoyable evening with great food, fun and fellowship. District Governor, Lindsey Craig honoured us with his presence and kindly presented us with a certificate in recognition of our club's 40 years of great service to community both locally and at an international level.
It was heartening to see the mixture of current members, former members, visiting members as well as the widow of one of our past Presidents all enjoying the evening and reflecting on many happy memories. Well done to my event organising team and all the management and staff at the Royal Burgess Golf Club, for helping to make this an evening to remember.
The evening reaffirmed to me what a fantastic club I have the honour of leading for the next 12 months and the responsibility I have to ensure that the club remains vibrant with a healthy and active membership. With this in mind one of my early tasks is to set up a small team to review all aspects of the way our club operates and make suggestions to the members to make a great club even better and in particular attract new members with energy and enthusiasm to form the backbone of the club that will drive us forward over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. No pressure there then!
I am also delighted with the plans that my committee convenors have prepared for the year ahead and I wish them and my fellow office bearers a very successful and enjoyable year ahead.
Towards the end of July, Alan Smith and I had the honour of meeting 23 touring members of the Bantwal and Bantwal Town Rotary club members at the Holiday Inn in Corstorphine. Bantwal is a small town on the East side of India and their Rotary projects include getting electricity installed into some rural homes and paying for tar surfaces to some on some dirt track roads leading to the villages. Puts things into perspective doesn't it! And I think most finding comes straight out of the Rotarians pockets. Well done to you folks.
In closing I also wish past President and District Governor Gordon McInally and his wife Heather, a healthy and happy retirement in the Borders. Gordon will not be sitting back though, as he has the small matter of an International Rotary conference to organise in Toronto in 2018! Thank you for all you have done for our club Gordon, and are continuing to do on the International Rotary scene.
Neil McKinlay, President, Rotary Club of South Queensferry
Rotary Young Golfer Competition
Rotary Service Awards
ROTARY RECOGNISES SIGNIFICANT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
On Thursday 15th June, the Rotary Club of South Queensferry recognised individuals who have made an important contribution to serving the community in the Queensferry, and Kirkliston area.
Rotarian Liz Mackenzie, a past president of the club, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for significant service
to Rotary. In proposing Liz for the fellowship, Rotarian Enrico Prentice cited her long association with the Brownies, the Guides and the Boy's Brigade as well as the valuable work she has done for the club. the presentation was met with universal approval.
Cliff Plester from Kirkliston was presented with a Rotary Community Award in recognition of his charity fundraising on behalf of St Columba's Hospice and Queensferry Churches Care in the Community and also his outstanding commitment to improving the environment in Kirkliston over many years by clearing litter.
Beth Mitchell, a fifteen-year-old student at Queensferry High School, became the first recipient of the Founders Trophy awarded by founder member Ron Ainsworth to young people who have made an outstanding contribution to the community. Beth is a volunteer with Queensferry Churches Care in the Community, helping day-care dementia sufferers. Gillian Smith, general manager of QCCC, said: 'Beth shows great commitment with local dementia sufferers who visit The Haven. She has a special knack of building close and supportive relationships and thoroughly deserves to be recognised for this work.'
In his closing remarks, (Past) President Graham Leith said: 'The Rotary Club of South Queensferry is delighted to mark the achievements of tonight's recipients who have each in their own way set out to make a difference through serving the community.'
For more photos go to our Rotary Service Awards 2017 page.
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 17th August 18.45
Raffle - Allan Smith.
Reception - Graham Clarkson / Colin Riddell.
Thursday 24th August 18.45
Alan Laing - Scotland from the Air.
Raffle - Gerald Smith.
Reception - Stuart Ridge / Alistair Rarity.
Thursday 31st August 18.45
Dr Toni Roseweir - Cancer Research.
Raffle - Jill Templeton.
Reception - Grainger Falconer / Eric Proven.
Thursday 7th September 18.45
Emma Connor, Cara Inglis, Laura Stockwell - Three Stars to the West.
Raffle - Norman Watson.
Reception - Robert Farrelly / Enrico Prentice.
Sunday 10th September 10.30
Clay Pigeon Shoot 2017
our annual clay pigeon shoot
Thursday 14th September 18.45
James Taylor - Creative Minds.
Raffle - Gordon Wood.
Reception - Drew Graham /Kate Gibb.
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