The Rotary Club in Kinross is a group of people who provide service to the community, raise money for local and international charities and, at the same time, have a really, really good time! Welcome to our website!
There are loads of opportunities for meeting new friends at our weekly meetings and by becoming involved in all of our activities. Guided by Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self", members are well known for their friendly and engaging manner and take active roles in the club as well as its many and varied local and international activities.
You are very welcome to browse the pages of this site and certainly would be most welcome on a Monday night at the Kirklands Hotel, High St., Kinross. We meet at 6.15 for 6.30 pm, but there is no meeting on the third Monday of the month, because we then have a breakfast meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, meeting at the Kirklands Hotel, 7.15 for 7.30 am.
At the District final of the Rotary Young Musician Competition, there were competitors from all across Scotland, from the Forth to Shetland. Our club was represented by two pupils from Kinross High School – Garry Simpson in the instrumental section and Euan Alexander in the vocal section. Both put on a great show and congratulations go to Euan for coming third in his section, which was a great achievement.
Our vibrant Interact club at Kinross High School organised and ran a tea dance for 24 elderly people at the Campus. They arranged for three music groups to perform, prepared and served drinks and cakes for the guests from the community centre and set up the hall. Next they are organising a disco for the Primary 7s. We are really proud of how well this club is run by the students and look forward to continuing to sponsor and mentor it.
The club was delighted to welcome the articulate and engaging Gracie Lee at a recent meeting, when she told us about her trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, sponsored by the club. We were delighted to hear how much value she got from it. She left us feeling confident that she has a great future ahead of her. What a wonderful representative of Kinross and Scotland.
Competing in this year’s Primary Schools Quiz were Arngask, Cleish, Fossoway, Kinross, Milnathort and Portmoak Primaries. As always, the standard of the teams was really impressive and it was a contest that went down to the wire! In the end, congratulations went to Cleish who pipped Milnathort at the post to win our heat. They will now go on to represent the club at the Area competition in Dalgety Bay. This year the winning team were presented with a new trophy, the David Birrell Shield, named in honour of one of our founder members who sadly passed away recently. This first award of the trophy was presented by David’s widow, Betty, to whom we are very grateful. Thanks also go the Campus for the use of the Hall and the equipment and to the Interact club members for their assistance in the quiz and to the parents and teachers who attended and gave the children their enthusiastic support.
Recent speakers have included club member John Ross who gave an inspiring talk about some of the work undertaken by Kinross Community Sports Hub. The Hub’s aim is to organise activities that support our local community, including junior park runs and senior cricket sessions, amongst other activities. Their newest activity aims to reduce loneliness especially in the older community. This is ‘cycling without age’ and involves a fit volunteer taking two people out for a ride using a special rickshaw type cycle. The aim is to get people who may otherwise never leave their home, out and about, meeting other people and chatting with them. The Hub are looking for volunteers to do the cycling as well as support to raise the money needed to store the bikes safely between rides.
We were treated to some amazing underwater photography by local celebrity Gavin Anderson, who over a period of 30 years has performed over 3,000 dives around the world, taking photographs for many magazines. He shared the technical challenges that divers face and how he managed to take some of his favourite photos.
Famous Scottish entrepreneur Chris Tiso gave a riveting talk about his involvement in the family business. The company was founded in the days when it was very hard to find quality outdoor clothing and since Chris’ parents shared a passion for various outdoor activities such as sailing, hill-walking and climbing, they decided to create some. It was a fascinating tale of the growth and development of one of Scotland’s success stories.
David McDonald from the Rotary Club of Stonehaven talked to us about the responsibilities that the new General Data Protection Regulations 2018 will bring to all organisations, including Rotary clubs. David is responsible for helping all Rotary clubs in our District to understand how to comply with this new legislation.
Some recent photos from our archives:-
2016 Primary School Quiz winning team, Arngask Primary School
2016 president Cliff Megginson presents the PSQ shield tto Arngask Primary Schopol
2015/16 President Cliff Megginson and Rotarian Neil Maclure welcome new member Phil Teale to the Club
2015 - lunch after visit to Eden Brewery
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(Every 3rd Monday of month NO meeting - replaced with Breakfast meeting on 3rd Tuesday at 07.15 for 07.30)
The Kirklands Hotel
20 High Street
Kinross. KY13 8AN 01577 863313