Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.
Wheelchairs on Water - the Wheelyboat project
To support disabled sailing for wheelchair users at Castle Semple Loch Gryffe Valley Rotary purchased a special powered Wheelyboat to enabled those in wheelchairs to get out onto the water.details
GRYFFE VALLEY ROTARY 10K RUN 2018 + RESULTS
10K run in the country lanes between Houston, Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir. RESULTS LINK FOLLOWS PHOTOS!details
The River Gryffe flows from the Gryffe reservoir and emerges near Kilmacolm. It then flows through Quarriers Village, Bridge of Weir, Crosslee and Houston before joining the Black Cart river near Glasgow airport. The surrounding area is known as the Gryffe Valley, and it provides the name and the catchment area for our Rotary club.
Please look around the website to see more of what Rotary does and contact us if you have good ideas for projects.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
The end of June and beginning of July marks the end of the old Rotary year and the start of the new with a hand-over to a new President, Officers and Convenors at the meeting on July 11th.
Summing up the 2017/18 Rotary year, Past President Peter Dickie commented that a particularly good session had been enjoyed by old members and new. There had been six big fund-raising events – the BBQ and Disco, the Curry Night, the Burns Supper, the Musical Lunch, the 10K Run and the Charity Car Wash. Major donations totalling almost £8000 had been made to Polio Plus, Funding Neuro, Water Aid, Rise Against Hunger, and 500 miles. Locally, £5000 has been spent in support of Youth Services projects, support for Young Carers, the purchase of a mobility scooter and donations to community projects, including the village gardening groups.
Peter thanked Iain Robertson and Allan Watt who were standing down from their positions and all other officers and convenors for their work. He handed over the President’s chain of office to Andrew Macleman and welcomed him to the role of President for 2018/19.
Our club is all about helping others less fortunate than ourselves and our ethos is governed by three principles - Fun, Fellowship and Funds:
- FUN - we like to have a good time! We aim to enjoy a decent meal and an array of informative and entertaining speakers at our weekly meetings, and we organise a series of social events (like a Burns Supper and our BBQ in the summer) when we invite our friends and families to join us in having a good time whilst of course helping us to raise money.
- FELLOWSHIP - we aim to maintain our membership at around 45 -50 members ie big enough to achieve something worthwhile but small enough to ensure that everyone knows everyone and can create and sustain friendships. Our meetings are friendly and convivial, and we welcome visits from other Rotarians. We encourage those about to retire or recently retired to join us.
- FUNDS - apart from our own efforts, time and energy, we need funds in order to be able to help most of the good causes we identify. Social events help raise much of our cash, but we attend shows, organise quiz sheets, raffles etc and will rattle cans if it helps. Thus far as a club we've raised around £250,000 and have disbursed it to a wide variety of local and international projects which we select from time to time, as well as to Rotary's own Foundation charity which aims to advance worldwide understanding, goodwill and peace with major projects like the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Check out here to find out more about us or better still why not come along to a meeting and see what we are getting up to. We'd love to see you so just use the "Contact Form" tab above and we can set it up. If you are concerned that you wont know anyone, why not come along with a few friends. Who knows you may want to join us!
The River Gryffe
Meetings and events happening soon
Wednesday 24th October 19.00
Dinner and Speaker: Angus Mathieson "St Helena"
Dinner at 7.30, speaker afterwards
Wednesday 31st October 19.00
Dinner and Speaker: Tony Fitzpatrick CEO St Mirren "My History"
Dinner at 7.30, speaker afterwards, guest of John Melrose
Wednesday 7th November 19.00
Dinner at 7.30
Wednesday 14th November 19.00
Dinner and Speaker:Becky Haldane "Sailors Society Scotland"
Dinner at 7.30, speaker afterwards, guest of Tom Langley
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(First Wednesday of the Month is usually a Business Meeting)
Crosslee by Houston
Renfrewshire PA6 7AW 01505 613288