Rotary Club of Aberdeen St Fittick
The Rotary Club of Aberdeen St Fittick is based in Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland, United Kingdom.
Although we are active throughout the city our main activities (as our name suggests) are focussed in the areas of the city south of the River Dee and mainly in Torry, Tullos and Kincorth.
We are an active club of almost 50 members and pride ourselves on our reputation for friendliness.
Weekly meetings are held in Curl Aberdeen, Eday Place (off the Lang Stracht) tel 01224 810369 at 12.45 pm for 12.55 pm on Wednesdays. Our business meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.
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Rotary club members are ordinary people who are willing to give up some of their time to make their bit of the world a lttle bit better. These 1.2 million men and women donate their expertise and time to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures. Regular contact and mutual involvement inevitably lresult in friendships.
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Rotary's flagship programme is its effort to protect children against polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world.
Rotary works to improve the quality of life for everybody.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster:
· The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
· High ethical standards in business and professions
· The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
· The dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society
· The application of the ideal of service by each Rotarian to their personal, business and community life
· The advancement of International understanding, goodwill and peace through world-fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
Rotary International is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people, with some 1,243,000 members in 200 countries world-wide.
There are now more than 55,000 Rotarians in 1,840 Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace.
Where did we get our name?
St Fittick was an Irish monk preaching the gospel in France. In a vision, he was ordered to get to the coast and board the first ship bound for the north. Off Nigg, a great storm arose and the superstitious sailors blamed the Holy Man and threw him overboard. He was washed ashore half-dead with thirst from the salt water he’d swallowed. As he prayed for water, a little spring bubbled up from under his hand and his life was saved. He proceeded to preach the Gospel to the fisherfolk of Torry and the farmers of Tullos.
The well, naturally, had miraculous curative powers and drew pilgrims for centuries, until the Reformation, when the Reformers denounced the practice as superstitious heathenism. People were fined for seeking cures and the holy well, but the belief in its powers lived on and those who were desperate for a cure risked the wrath of the Church.
The area around the old church, dating from1189, is St Fittick Park.
When the St Fittick Club was formed, it was given the geographical area around the harbour area of Torry, including the town of Torry, now absorbed into the city of Aberdeen. In carrying out the principles of the Rotary movement, the Club has since its inception been involved in aspects of community service which would have appealed to a monk such as St. Fittick, fostering close links with the people of Torry and Tullos, in particular with the schools and young people, and also with the aged.
Further afield, we are involved in a number of international projects, particularly in Sierra Leone.
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We meet on Wednesdays at 12.45
AB15 6LN tel: 01224 810369