Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 28 September 2011
President Martin Scott opened last Wednesday’s club meeting by welcoming members to Glenbervie Golf Club. The President congratulated the team who had travelled to Kilsyth last Thursday evening and returned with a victory over the Kilsyth club in the first round of the Rotary quiz. He then introduced club member Brian Brown as the evenings speaker. Brian had decided that given the
inclement weather during the previous two winters and now that the nights were once again drawing in, Rotarians could benefit from some handy hints for keeping safe during winter. He then proceeded to provide a list of checks and measures that if taken, would reduce the likliehood of problems occuring whilst driving in bad weather. After covering the more conventional checks, he moved on to some of the less well known that included the use of particular footwear, anti theft measures and cat litter. Brian provided a very witty, enjoyable and informative talk, and after questions, Margaret Silver gave the vote of thanks. Next weeks speaker will be Walter Falconer
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 5 October 2011
President Martin Scott opened last Wednesday’s club meeting by welcoming members and guests to Glenbervie Golf Club. He introduced Founder Member of the Larbert club, Walter Falconer as the evening’s speaker and welcomed him back to the lectern. Walter proceeded to regale members with tales of a trip to the Far East that had taken him to Beijing, the Great Wall of China and finally to Langkawi, a tropical island in Malaysia. Walter painted a picture of China as a country very much in transition from that of an ancient civilisation to that of a modern society. Whilst there remain clear cultural differences between East and West, there were many signs of a country that was moving from its Maoist past as signified by old bicycles and uniformity in dress to one that is now measured by the increase in numbers of motor cars and hotels. As China started to embrace commercialisation, Walter observed a real contrast between the ancient and the modern both in terms of Beijing’s architecture and also its people. He displayed a number of photographs from the trip as well as a certificate to prove that he did indeed walk on the Great Wall of China. Walter provided a very enjoyable and informative talk, and after questions, Ian Fraser gave the vote of thanks
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 2 November 2011
President Martin Scott opened last Wednesday's club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club by welcoming members, guests and seven visiting Rotarians from the Falkirk club. After dinner, Martin Nicol introduced Debbie Mitchell as the evening's speaker. Debbie spoke about the work of the Children's Panels in Scotland, from it's origins in 1971 when it represented a radical move forward from the previous justice system. She started by providing the background to the Panel system and then gave an insight as to how it operates today from referral through to resolution. She illustrated her talk with anonymised examples of the types of issues that Panels are asked to rule on. It was clear to all in attendance of the challenges faced and the commitment required from Panel Members as they undertake their duties. After a very thought provoking talk, the vote of thanks was given by Bert Ainslie. The remainder of the evening was then devoted to Round 2 of the Rotary Quiz under the able stewardship of Quizmaster Ronnie Melville. What followed was a closely fought contest with Rotarians knowledge tested by questions on subjects as diverse as music, mesopotamia and the monarchy. After a tie that was keenly but fairly contested, Falkirk emerged as worthy winners by the margin of 24 – 19. A great evening was enjoyed by all
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 9 November 2011
President Martin Scott welcomed member's to last Wednesday's Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member's finalised the arrangements for the club's participation in the Charity Fayre at Falkirk Old and St Modan's Church on Saturday 12 November. Any monies raised on the day will be donated to the BBC Children in Need appeal. Rotarians also agreed a full and varied programme of fundraising ventures to be carried out during the next few months. Rotarian Gordon Robinson then led the group through a visual presentation where Rotarians were asked to identify club members and celebrities from a series of clues provided by little known facts and seldom seen photographs. After a very challenging but enjoyable activity, Margaret Silver provided a vote of thanks to Gordon that recognised the effort and energy he had put in to making the evening such a success. Next week will see a visit to the club by District Governor Keith Best
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 16 November 2011
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s and visiting Rotarians from Kilsyth, Linlithgow Grange and Newton Stewart to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member’s were updated on last week’s successful fundraiser in aid of Children in Need. After dinner, Grant Alexander introduced District Governor Keith Best as the evening’s speaker. Keith delivered a motivational talk founded on a number of core Rotary values including Fellowship, Integrity and Tolerance. Keith talked of the collective strength of Rotary and by sharing anecdotes, illustrated that the combined effort of Rotarians need know no limits. He finished by encouraging those in attendance to dream great dreams and then make them come true. Alex McKinlay gave the vote of thanks for what had been a very inspirational speech.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 23 November 2011
President Martin Scott welcomed member's and guests to last Wednesday's Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member's were updated on the recent initiative that raised money for the Rotary Purple Pinkie campaign to eradicate polio. Bert Ainslie then introduced Ross Ainslie, Chief Executive of Bright Grey, Insurers, as the evening's speaker. Ross provided Rotarians with an insight into the reasons for the recent global financial crisis. He also talked specifically about the recent mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance and the resultant court rulings that will see lenders in Britain paying out compensation of approximately £8 billion. After questions from the floor, Allan French gave the vote of thanks. It was then agreed that weather permitting, Santa and his sleigh will be visiting Plean from 7pm on Friday 2 December and Cowie from 7pm on Friday 9 December
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 11 January 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member’s were updated on preparations for the Golf Day planned for May. The President then introduced club member Grant Alexander who talked about the Big Bad Wolf Theatre Company. This group was formed in 2007 and now comprises 80 youngsters between the age of 8 and 18. The group aims to stage musical theatre productions to the highest standard. It has already staged four such shows and its next annual production is Dracula – The Musical to be held at the beginning of February in Falkirk Town Hall. The Rotary Club has agreed to sponsor a signed performance on Wednesday 1st February in order to open up access to the theatre for people with a hearing impairment. The club will also attend that evenings performance. After questions, Martin Scott provided the vote of thanks.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 25 January 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member’s discussed arrangements for a forthcoming Quiz night and also the club’s outing to the theatre next Wednesday evening. Brian Brown then introduced the evenings speaker, Assistant District Governor, Andy Ireland. Andy gave Rotarians an insight in to life inside HMP Addiewell where he has been employed as a Unit Manager since the prison opened in December 2008. He provided details of the prison complex and a profile of the population which currently numbers 799. He also detailed how the contract between the prison which is owned by a private company and the Scottish Prison Service operates. Andy spoke enthusiastically about how much the prison has developed and become established in a relatively short period of time. Andy’s input prompted a number of questions after which Grant Alexander provided the vote of thanks ,.,..
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 22 February 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s and visiting Rotarian Ian Mitchell from the Grangemouth club to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member’s discussed arrangements for the forthcoming Quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This will be held in the Plough Hotel on Friday 16 March with tickets costing £5.00. Sharon Sisman then introduced the evenings speaker, Head of Falkirk Football Community Foundation, Tom Elliot. Tom provided a pen picture of his career to date. After holding a number of playing and non playing football positions, he was appointed as Head of the new Community Foundation in 2010. The Foundation offers a range of football coaching courses to boys and girls from the age of 2 through to adult. These courses are structured to ensure players participate in a fun and safe environment that sees them progress and develop through appropriate player pathways. Tom spoke enthusiastically about how the work of the Foundation has grown and diversified with one such initiative being the establishment of a Learning Centre that has allowed for the introduction of courses to support participants in to employment. Tom’s input prompted a number of questions after which Gordon Robinson provided the vote of thanks.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 7 March 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Member’s discussed arrangements for the forthcoming Quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This will be held in the Plough Hotel on Friday 16 March with tickets costing £5.00. Ian Fraser then introduced the evenings speaker, Eric Appelbe, Convenor of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council. Eric provided a brief history of Community Councils and the role they play in identifying the needs and aspirations of their local community, providing assistance where they can. He was elected in 2009, taking over as Chair in 2010 since when the issues taken forward by the group have continued to diversify and increase in number. He provided examples of the recent types of issues concerned as being car parking, anti social behaviour and dog fouling. The group has recently been consulted and have made observations on the Local Development Plan and Travel Plan. Eric spoke enthusiastically about his subject and finished by informing Rotarians of Scottish Government intentions to strengthen Community Councils by increasing resilience and capacity. Eric’s input prompted a number of questions after which Gordon Robinson provided the vote of thanks.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 14 March 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Rotarian Martin Nicol introduced the evenings guest speaker as Alistair Tait of Motorcycle Funerals Limited. This UK company, Britain's first ever motorcycle hearse service was founded by the Rev Paul Sinclair ten years ago with the aim of giving people the option to have their lifestyles reflected in their funerals. Alistair talked about his involvement with the company, the only one of its kind operating in Scotland and concluded by displaying one of the motorcycles that he had brought along on the evening. Andrew Gillespie gave the vote of thanks for what had been a fascinating talk. On Friday evening, the club held a Quiz Night in the Plough Hotel. In what was a well attended and closely fought event, “The Scwad” emerged as the winning team. The evening raised in excess of £850 with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to all who contributed.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 21 March 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. He then introduced club member Margaret Silver as the evenings speaker. Margaret spoke about a local man, Bob Dawson who was born in Cowie and from an early age developed a talent and a passion for drawing. Through his formative years he developed his skill which he put to use on a variety of projects before going on to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths and Central St Martins in London. As a strong trade unionist, he has always worked for the benefits of local communities and has been able to incorporate art in to his work with young people. He has worked extensively throughout Europe in such places as Dublin, Berlin and London where he regularly exhibits his work. Margaret concluded by describing Bob Dawson as a man who lives in the moment and then paints or photographs it. Examples of his work were then shown to club members. Only at the end of her presentation did Margret disclose that Bob Dawson is in fact her brother. After a number of questions, Brian Brown provided the vote of thanks.
Rotary Club of Larbert Meeting 18 April 2012
President Martin Scott welcomed member’s and a large number of guests to last Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Glenbervie Golf Club. Rotarian Bob Callander introduced Dr John Reid, Consultant Radiologist at the Borders General Hospital, Melrose as the evenings speaker. His talk was entitled “Godfrey’s Magic Doughnut” and told the story of CT Scanning and the role it played in improving the accuracy of medical diagnosis and the certainty of treatment. The subject, Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield was an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his part in developing the diagnostic technique of X-ray computed tomography. Dr Reid provided a history of tomography starting with the use of X-ray’s which was greatly improved forty years ago when Hounsfield produced his first CT Scanner. Using funding provided by EMI to develop a computer, Hounsfield revolutionised modern medicine when he announced to the world that he had developed a prototype scanner that could make a picture showing the inside of the human brain. Illustrating his talk with fascinating photographs, Dr Reid gave an enthralling insight in to both the man and the machine and captivated his audience with both the style and content of his presentation. After a number of questions, Ian Fraser provided the vote of thanks and a very enjoyable evening was brought to a close.