Rotary Club Edinburgh Braids

  

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Braids in Edinburgh. Braids is a large and active Rotary Club on the south of Edinburgh and a Charity which delivers the aims and objectives of Rotary International - the biggest humanitarian organisation in the world -with over 1.2 million members sharing a common philosophy of "Service above Self".

Rotary Club of Braids, Edinburgh has a reputation as a friendly and progressive Club where the emphasis is on fellowship and enjoyment in all we do. 

Our Club has a very enjoyable and varied programme of entertainment and activities, including 

  • Golf,
  • Curling,
  • Bridge, 
  • Dinners and Burns Suppers,
  • Visits to local attractions.
  • At our lunchtime meetings members (and guests) enjoy a comprehensive and engaging programme of speakers and projects

But it’s not just about enjoying ourselves, we also have a serious side that is just as important.

Supporting Communities

We engage the local community over the South of Edinburgh in presenting challenges to help with the development of young people and raise funds to help those less advantaged than ourselves both at home and abroad.

We provide vital funding for numerous local charities and to support overseas projects. 

Local projects 

  • Have included the provision of defibrillator to local Community Sports Centres,
  • Supporting patients and carers of the Headway Group (Edinburgh) by funding and arranging trips and excursions.
  • We are also very active in Youth Services, supporting a number of personal development activities through local schools.

International projects 

  • Regularly include the funding of Shelter Boxes and Aqua Boxes to victims in disaster areas,
  • Special projects such as refurbishing a Nansio District Hospital in Ukerewe, Tanzania and the potential to support a rainwater harvesting project also for that hospital.

These are just some of the things we get involved with, so why not visit us soon and see how you could get involved. You will be made most welcome.

Kenneth Skinner

President

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Braids Rotary in the Community

The Rotary Club of Braids continues its work in the community, sometimes without members of the public being aware of of. Last year members planted a large number of daffodil bulbs in the grassy area by Tesco's Colinton Store and this spring, we were rewarded when they burst into bloom.

Below is a picture of a few of them 'braving' the Scottish spring.

Daffodils planted by Braids Rotary outside Tesco's Colinton Store

Braids Hosts the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of Edinburgh

This Wednesday 15 March 2017, the Rotary Club of Braids was honoured to host the Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh.

He gave members an interesting insight into his roles and duties in this dual role, together with some examples of the highlights during this time. He also got the opportunity to meet four of the five Schoolchildren awarded Georgia Scholarships by Rotary Clubs. A photo opportunity was granted and shown below with the consent of all concerned.

Lord Provost of Edinburgh and four Georgia Scholars

 From Left to right Kenneth Skinner (President), Lily Bownes,Ciara Simms, Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Erin MacInnes and Henry Spier.

Purple For Ploio Tiptree Plum Jam

Thanks to the generosity of Wilkin & Son Ltd who are donating their Tiptree Jam to Rotary, it hopes to raise £1 Million from the sale of its jam and through other fundraising initiatives, like tea parties,

This sum will then be converted to £3 Million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the final push of its objecting to End Polio.

Here you can see packs being prepared for distribution to all Rotary Clubs.

This is a truly worthwhile cause and all help in meeting this goal will be gratefully accepted.


2016 RYLA Students

 The week ending 30 September 2016, we welcomed our RYLA students with James & Katrina Gibbons from Motherwell & Wishaw RC. James reminded us that for the 26 years that RYLA has challenged young people, Braids Rotary Club has sponsored students every year.

This year's group were Louise, Hannah, Robbie, Kelly and Joseph, seen here with our Youth Convenor Rory Mackenzie. Robbie is holding the impressive John Mair Trophy awarded to the best participant, as voted by their fellows. The group had an amazing time and gained a tremendous amount from their week away.

Robbie with John Muir Trophy


Below is that group with their well earned certificates.

RYLA Students with their certificates.

Braids Club's Young Golfer of the Year 2016

Once again the Rotary Club of Braids, Edinburgh, hosted this annual competition for young golfers. Follow this link to see some of the competitors and learn the results.

Outgoing President Caroline Kehoe's Handover Speech

'The following s the text of outgoing President Caroline's handover speech to this year's President Kenneth Skinner and her thanks to members for their support thrgh her year of office.'

"During my year in office I have appreciated the huge amount of support received from Members, Conveners and Past Presidents. In particular Philip Peacock, and his deputies John Stevenson and Jim Strathie who have shared their pearls of wisdom with me. Philip welcomed me to the world of rotary emails. I had not realized how many emails I would receive but have been reassured to know that Philip received almost twice as many. I want to thank Philip for all that he has done as an outstanding secretary, by my side, keeping me on the right track and giving calm advice over the past year. Philip has health issues so I wish him well in the months ahead.

Conveners/ members you have all been very quick to respond to my requests/questions/ or maybe it was my demanding manner – anyway your responses have been much appreciated. Jim Bryce with his amazing ability to produce his magic with figures. John Stevenson, for his thought provoking reflections, Henry Philip for his unstinting toil in the production of the Braid sheet. David Duff keeping your mind and body fit with the activities he organizes.  Ken Logan, battling the elements getting banners erected outside also his acrobatics in getting the Rotary Wheel placed above my head. Mike Rogers with his ability to capture some of our activities on the web and facebook page. The list is endless but to each and every one of you my heartfelt thanks for your support and friendship

The year has passed very quickly, I have enjoyed being your President, lots of happy occasions celebrated to look back on but now it is time to hand the reigns over to Kenneth.  Kenneth I wish you a happy, successful year as President of this fantastic club that I am proud to be a member of.
Thank you."

Caroline

Georgia Scholar Host Rob Ponder and Scholar Lisa

Georgia Scholar Lisa with her host in the US Rob Ponder

Lisa Wilson, one of the Club's Georgia Scholars returned and visited the club with her host of the past 9 months Rob Ponder of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County in District 6910 North Georgia, US. (Pictured above with our very own John Stevenson on the right). Rob had proved an excellent host, being himself a past Assistant Governer and well versed in the ways of Rotary.

He gave our members an interesting and informative impromptu presentation on the origins of the Georgia Scholarship Programme, born to give access to University education to those overseas who could not afford it. The three Clubs in Georgia share the cost of supporting the scholars, fees, accommodation and extra mural activities. Their view is that this scholarshp is as much about cultural exchange as education.

Lisa had proved to be a very popular applicant with all three clubs making her their preferred scholar and having to draw lots. I think that Rob was more than happy that his club was successful. However, he did point out that far from being a holiday for Lisa, she was kept very busy with studies, visits and other cultural activities.

We hope that Lisa will attend another meeting to tell members about her experiences and benefits she received from the Georgia Scholarship.

Meanwhile, Rotary Club of Braids, South Edinburgh wishes to thank Rob and his family for hosting Lisa and the Rotary Clubs of Georgia for providing such wonderful opportunities to youngsters around the world.

Caroline Kehoe
President

Firrhill Commemoration Evening

Each year, Rotary Club of Braids, Edinburgh has presented a cup to Firrhill School pupils who have shown initiative and dedication in Citizenship and for involvement in a variety of community projects.

This year, two pupils have been working together throughout the year. Caroline McNish and John Reid were jointly awarded the Braid Rotary Cup for their role in making meaningful connections with two other schools that form the 'Firrhill Village' - Oxgangs and Braidburn.

John Stevenson was pleased to make to presentation of the cup to Caroline on behalf of Braids Rotary Club. John Reid was unable to be present to hel Caroline receive the cup.Caroline receiving the cup on behalf of herself and John from our very own John Stevenson.

Caroline McNish receiving the Braids Rotary Cup from John Stevenson Caroline receiving the Braids Rotary Cu from John Stevenson.

Tea With Caroline

President Caroline hosted an afternoon tea for lady mambers and wives of current and past mambers of the Club. Co-hosted at the home of Rosy Carmichael the guests had a good time by all accounts and the weather was very kind to them, as you can see from the pictures below.

Guests at President Caroline's Afternoon Tea

Thanks to Caroline and Rosy

A Thank You From Ukerewe

Alasdair Seale accepted the following Certificate of Appreciation from Ukerewe District Council and The Rotary Club of Nansio-Ukerewe Island on behalf of the Rotary Club of Braids for its projects in support of their local community.

Certificate of Appreciation for Ukerewe Projects

David Duff, a Founding Member Celebrates His 90th Birthday

David Duff Celebrates his 90th Birthday at Wednesday's Club Meeting

David Duff, who was one of the founding members of the Rotary Club of Braids celebrated his 90th Birthday at Wednesday's Club Meeting. To mark his long and valuable service to the club he was unanimously voted and awarded Honourary Membership of the Club.

Pictured with him at the table are three of the remaining founder members, John Cameron, Henry Philip and Mike Munro.


As you can see, despite being 90 he still hjad more than enough 'puff' to blow out all the candles on his cake.

st wishes to you David.

Young Musician of The Year Update

Congratulations go to Naomi Anderson who has won tyhrough to the next heat of this competition, which will be held in the
North Inch Community Campus,
Gowans Terrace,
Perth PH1 5BF
Between 13:00 and 17:00 on Saturday 16 April 2016.

If you are thinking of going, I'm sure that Naomi and her parents will appreciate the additional support.

Our best wishes for her future success go with her.

Young Musician of the Year 2016 Final

Naomi Anderson through to the District Final of Young Musician of the Year 2016Great News. Naomi Anderson, one of the entrants supported by RC of Braids has won through to the District Final of the Young Musician of the Year competition.

The District Final will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday 6th March 2016 at James Watt Centre Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 

All support at this event will be greatly appreciated, so do please come along.

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Fundraising Success

Our thanks to M&S at Kinnaird Park, their staff and their very generous customers who helped us raise over £3,000 for the nominated charities of both M&S and ourselves yesterday. Thanks also to all those Rotarians who turned up to help pack bags at the check-outs or man the 'tin-collecting' at the entrance.

Ian carefully packing a shoppers bags at the checkout  Ian here is carefully packing a shopper's bags for him.

Fun in the Community

Children of Buckstone Say Thank you to Santa

It just goes to show how our community responds to events, because Santa was given little gifts and thankyou notes from grateful and excited children as he toured the Buckstone area last night. Santa wants to thank the children and their parents for turning out to see him on such a cold night and for their generosity in donating to the local charities we support.

Below is an example of the childrens' thankyous.

Thank you note to Santa from a child in Buckstone   Gifts to Santa from children in Buckstone



Santa Drops into the Charwood

On Monday evening 7 December, Santa dropped in to the Charwood Restaurant & Bar to rest his reindeer before visiting local residents. Some childres (and mums) managed to get to meet him before he set off and Santa handed out sweeties to those lucky enough to catch him.

Santa greets children at Charwood Restaurant     Santa with some of the children's mums at the Charwood.


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Fun & Fundraising

While members work hard to raise funds and support local communities, we also know how to have fun doing it. Yesterday (9 November), members met at David Henderson's Henderson Wines to enjoy a port and cheese tasting and so raising more funds for this ticketed event.

Below you can see that they definitely enjoyed the experience and assured us that two glasses (one in each hand) was definitely for the purtpose of tasting and comparison!

Members of Braids Rotary Club enjoying a port and cheerse tasting.

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Worldwide Fellowship

President Caroline Kehoe with visiting Ambassadorial Scholar Amali Aluthgamage 4th November 2015

President Caroline Kehoe was pleased to welcome visiting Ambassadorial Scholar Amali Aluthgamage from Melbourne, Australia. Amali joined our club's lunchtime meeting on 4th November.

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Club President Enjoys the Entente Cordiale

Recently our President visited France on holiday and was warmly welcomed into a gathering of our French friends. That there was good food, good wine and good entertainment on hand was a happy coincidence!!

As you would expect from members of Rotary, they looked after her and made sure she had a good time and there were plenty of members around to do that. There were four clubs involved, Gordes, APT-Cavaillon, Cavaillon and L'Isle-sur-la-Sourge.

Below left is Caroline with Martine Sanchez, President of Cavaillon Rotary Club ond on the right, with Claude Ferrier, past DG of District 1760. 
Caroline Kehoe of Braids Rotary Club with Martine Sanchez of Cavaillon St Jaques Rotary ClubCaroline Kehoe President of Braids Rotary Club with Claude Ferrier Past DG of Cavaillon Rotary Club.


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Braids Rotary Club Members Get a 'Mine' of Information.

Fourteen Braids Rotary Club members enjoyed an informative and fun visit to the Newtongrange museum on 08 September 2015. 

We were given a private tour of the site by Jim Cornwall. Jim proved to be an extremely knowledgeable and amusing (think of the Les Dawson school of comedy) guide. He explained the long history of the colliery and many aspects of mining (the 1,500ft shaft and cage lift, work at the coal face, processing the coal, the impressively huge Victorian winding system and the life of miners). 

I think we all discovered things we did not previously know about mining. One member of our group did suggest the being a miner was a “cushy” job (he was joking, I think) but no one seemed prepared to consider mining as a new career opportunity!

Thanks to Jim Campbell for organising an excellent outing.

Brtaids Rotary visit Newtongrange Mining Museum



The theme for all Rotary Clubs was a challenge to Light Up Rotary issued by Gary C.K. Huang RI President-elect. He said:

Quoting Confucious: “It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” 

This one line sums up everything we think in Rotary. There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. And many people say, “There’s nothing I can do.” They sit there. Do nothing. Everything stays dark. But this is not the Rotary way. 

The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one. You light one. More than 1.2 million people all light one. Together, we light up the world. And this is what I want you to do. I want you all to Light Up Rotary.

Kenneth Logan as President of the Rotary Club of Braids was pleased to accept the District Governor's Citation for reaching Gold Standard under this banner.

The Rotary Club of Braids is a vibrant and active club. Why not join us and be a part of this?


New Member Karen Tarn meets New Honorary Member Ian Murray MP with President Ken Logan

Newest member of Braids Rotary Club Karen Tarn meets new honorary member Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray at the Club's luncheon where Ian was honoured for his services to charities throughout the UK in being instrumental in the introduction of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme which, according to the Treasury, could benefit charities nationally by £100m during the next financial year. The Club prompted Mr Murray to ask a question in the House of Commons which had led to the introduction of the new scheme. For that reason Immediate Past President Kenneth Logan (right) was delighted to install him as an honorary member.

The Rotary Club of Braids meets each Wednesday at the Charwood Restaurant and Bar, Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh EH10. We gather at around 12.30 for lunch at 1.00pm and finish sharp at 2.00pm.


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Our Charities

Edinburgh Rotary Club of Braids supports many charities, both local and worldwide. Our principal charity is the Marie Curie HospiceRotary club Edinburgh charity 2

  Visiting Rotarians and guests are always welcome. Interested in joining us or becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Braids? Then Click here. or please contact for more information Christine Skinner at christine.skinner600@btinternet.com

Meeting Information...

We meet on Wednesdays at 12:45 The Charwood Restaurant and Bar,
47 Buckstone Terrace,
Edinburgh EH10 6QJ tel: 0131 445 2151

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