2018/19 Weekly Meetings

Brief notes on our weekly meetings

2018/19 - Brief reports on our Meetings (and sometimes the menu)


23 members attended
Captains of Dunfermline, Queen Anne, St Columba’s and Woodmill HS spoke and were presented with Leadership Awards (£50 Amazon vouchers)
Garden Party on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm. Tickets selling well but room for more. Raffle and tombola prizes sought.
Next week’s meeting is the GinFest Final Report (not to be mentioned again to the Club until next year). The meal will again be served as a buffet. This will be followed by a presentation (with some interesting facts on the figures) and a draw. The draw will 50 bottles of gin (over ordered stock) and will be drawn at a cost of £30 each. To date 40% of members have already paid to participate in the draw. The aim is for each member to agree to participate at a cost of £30 per member which will sell off our stock and raise an extra £1,500 for the Charity Fund and bring the profit for our first GinFest above £9,000. If you have not paid to date I would be grateful if you would let me know in advance of next week’s meeting whether or not you wish to participate. The receptionists are Eric Keenan & Ano’r and VoT which should be fun is from Ian Morris.


21 members and 5 spouses Mrss Chalmers, Haxton, Runciman, Spence & Wardell seeking a surprise
The Technology Challenge is on 25 June. There is space for a team of Rotarians or Inner Wheelers or a combined team if you are motivated to take part
There is Summer Concert in the City Chambers on 14th June part of the Bicentenary Celebrations for the Abbey
David Lyth reported on Rotary Internationals ongoing efforts to eradicate polio
The Annual Golf Match against Edinburgh Rotary on 3rd July at Bruntsfield needs a team of 8. 4 are committed so names to David Gemmell asap
Andrew has returned from Barbados to push ticket sales for the Garden Party
Brian Steer, Graham Steedman, Blair Morgan and myself entertained members tales some funny, some memorable and some of them true
Next weeks evening meeting is a fellowship meeting due to the late withdrawal of our Euroscola recipient. Receptionists are Noel & Gerry

· 26 members plus Area Governor Elect Robert Main (for Club Assembly) and visitors Graham Clarkson & Adam Zierzek from South Queensferry RC.

· Members were advised that Charlie Downie was not able to attend having fallen badly whilst out walking leading to hopefully only a short spell in hospital. Get well very soon Charlie.

· David Chalmers has posted details of Shelterbox and photos from the Kenya project on the noticeboard.

· Graham Steedman is pressing for ticket sales for Garden Party on 23rd June which is open to guests

· I pressed for monies from GinFest ticket sales by members to be passed to me/Graham/David Fraser asap

· Noel led us through the plans for the year ahead at the Club Assembly in concise fashion which he promises will be his style. He aims to build on this year’s successes.

· Next week’s evening meeting is a surprise! Thats it no info at all available. It is at Garvock. The President appears confident. You really should be there. No host nor vote of thanks are required. The President promised a free drink to the first 2 members to arrive who undertake reception duties.

· 20+ members (I forgot to count) (Ed - 22 )

· Ronnie reported on the successful inaugural Texas Scramble for the Centenary Cup. 64 players took part and approx £600 has been raised for the Charity Fund. The winners were my team. There is a story about my last minute.com team member but you had to be there...

· David Steel seeks volunteers for Kids Out on 5th June. There is a sheet on the board for everyone to say whether they can attend or not.

· Brian Blanchflower seeks volunteers for the Kingsgate on the weekends of 4th/5th & 10/11th May for the Young Photographer and Writer exhibitions

· March’s draw saw £60 won by Keith and £40 by Drawmaster David Fraser and April’s draw saw £60 won by Brian B and £40 by David Steele

· Next week’s meeting is a mega GinFest prep talk on the event. A draft rota will be circulated by email at the start of next week. We are currently sitting at 30 sponsors with 10 Gins still to be sponsored. We have sold well over 300 tickets in addition to which there are over 200 tickets with sponsors. We aim for 40 sponsors and at least 300 people attending per night. We are doing reasonably well on this so far but need your help with a final push on ticket sales. 10 sponsors and 200 more sales are sought. The President urged members to give every effort to do so. Receptionists next week are Charlie & Hamish.

· NB there is a Council meeting on Monday at 6pm at Pitbauchlie

· 23 members

· Lovely hake, pesto mash etc in lieu of panko breadcumbed haddock

· Daffodil tea on Sunday a great success

· The VP’s returned enthused and inspired by District Leadership and Foundation meetings....not

· Best wishes to Gavel final team on Tuesday. Brasso required for next week’s meeting.

· President requires charity proposals before Council meeting on 29th April

· The Centenary Cup for the Scramble on 23rd April was shown off in its full glory

· David & Helen Lyth have returned from Burumbika Health Centre with confirmation that water supply from nearest river is up and running

· David Steele RN gave member’s tale on his naval career down under. I had to leave for Court at which point we were in Port Stanley 1966 so I missed Eric Keenan's witty proposale for a vote of thanks to match David’s tale.

· Next week is an evening buffet supper of curry. Receptionists are John Haxton & Alan Condie
· Excellent 30 members

· Excellent menu of Beef Stroganoff/Haddock Mournay/Daube of beef

· The Gavel final is 16th April in Forfar. The team is picked.

· The Young Writer and Photographer entries will be in the Kingsgate 29th April to 12th May. Members required for 2 hour shifts each Saturday and Sunday to promote the entries.

· Golf Scramble has good entry. Sponsors for holes are sought.

· Prizes for games at Daffodil tea re sought.

· GinFest good ticket sales so far but many more required from members and their guests and business contacts. A lot of drink is to be paid for in advance so early ticket sales sought. £1,200 sponsorship sold for 8 individual gins. 32 more gins still to be sold to sponsors. Your support is required to sell sponsorship to your business contacts. 25-30 staff are needed each night. Which night can you work on?

· The Senior and Junior VP’s gave a presentation on the feedback from members on the consultation exercise on the future of the Club. There was lots of feedback mostly positive. After a break the President led the question and answer session during which there was much hot air!
· 20 members attended

· John reminded President to ask for Grace

· Daffodil tea will have bingo (Graham Steedman to be spoken to re double entendres) and age appropriate prizes are sought

· Alert – Cock Up- the website reference to bank details to pay for Golf Scramble on 23rd April is awry. Organisers sorting pdq

· GAVEL FINAL will be in Forfar against Old Meldrum on either 16th or 30th April TBC

· David Chalmers received approval for a Nduriri Water Harvesting Project with the Langata Rotary Club of Nairobi, Kenya. Incoming President Noel charged David with sourcing a water project. Guttering, water pipes and a storage tank will be supplied to a secondary school to save water from the new roof during the rainy season and store for the dry season. This will support both the school and the small district. Subject to currency fluctuations the cost to the club will be about £1,500 with hopefully a similar sum from District which David is applying for before the 1st June deadline.

· The President reported on the resignation from membership of George Sinclair. George was dissatisfied with the time allotted at the most recent Council meeting to his IT subject and wished new members to be recruited and signed up online departing from existing procedures which was not supported by the President and Vice-Presidents.

· The next meeting is an evening meeting on 4th April on the WAY AHEAD for the Club. This is a forum which will be led by the Vice-Presidents and follows their extensive consultation with members direct. They have proposals for us to consider. Please attend and engage to agree on the way forward for our Club. The receptionists are David Gemmell and Brian Blanchflower
· 22 members and 4 spouses/partners

· John Allan called for support for Daffodil tea on 7th April

· Ronnie confirmed 14 teams have committed to the Golf Scramble on 23rd April. Space for 6 teams remains

· I reported that GinFest has secured Thomson Cooper as glass sponsors with at the sum of £1,000. Many thanks to David and Alan

· The President seeks the nomination of charities which the Club might support so that Council might consider them and make a recommendation

· Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood (formerly under the President but latterly out-ranking him) gave a very polished talk on the work of the RNLI interspersed with “war stories”. Brian Steer gave a tremendous vote of thanks matching the speaker!

· Next week is a fellowship meeting at lunchtime. The receptionists are Hugh Short and Alex Mill


· Excellent 28 members

· Grace – is there another poet who rhymes hurled with world?

· Excellent menu – hake or Cumberland sausage or onion tart

· Daffodil Tea taking place on 7th April. & members required to assist

· Further call for support for Golf Scramble on 23rd April

· Other Gavel semi is on this weekend between East Sutherland, Elgin & Old Meldrum. May the closest to us win!

· Warm and witty tale from David Gemmell on his twins, the Allans and the Macraes. The Allan twin thrown through a bedroom wall tale stood out. Excellent vote of thanks from David Fraser who was inspired to recall long forgotten verse

· Next week’s evening meeting speaker is Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood (come and watch the President defer to him as Sir) on the RNLI. Host is John Anderson, receptionists David Fraser & Andrew Bathgate and VoT Brian Steer

· 20 members & 6 guests

· Report given on sporting triumphs in Gavel semi-final on Tuesday and in match at Ballroom against Round Table last Thursday. Both were narrow wins due to Tom Arnott’s putting and Ian Morris’ table tennis in particular.

· Sponsors and teams required for Golf Texas Scramble on 23rd April

· Fantastic whisky tasting presentation and quiz by David Walker with 4 malts. The low scoring quiz resulted in a tie between GPs Gerry and John. What was remarkable was that Gerry was only sniffing and not tasting the whisky. The tie breaker was won by......I can’t remember. The whisky was good. Sean gave a vote of thanks.

· Next week’s meeting is a lunchtime Member’s Tale by David Gemmell titled Twinning. The host is John Allan, receptionists should be Charlie & Jim Barnet and VoT is David Fraser
· 27 members for fellowship meeting

· Wonderful grace by John celebrating his and Bill’s 80 birthdays

· Wonderful menu of lasagne, spaghetti or gnocchi followed by desert of pavlova, sticky toffee pudding or lemon tart generously provided by the birthday boys

· Thank you note re Kenya project passed round and birthday cards to the boys

· February draw winners 1st Gordon Black, 2nd David Chalmers

· Tom seeks numbers for Calcutta Cup outing on 16th march

· Texas Scramble price for Pitfirrane members playing reduced from £40 to £28

· Swimarathon team swam 206 lengths made up of Alan Mitchell, Brian Steer (swam twice), Claire Chalmers & Zoe Mitchell (most lengths).

· The Uganda Health Centre has a good government report being highly recommended

· Members approved the Marine Band Concert funds being donated £2,000 to the RM & RN Service trusts, £200 to each of the 2 schools and Sea Cadets and £250 to the band itself with the remainder of £3,200 available to the Club to donate to charity

· Gin Fest fixed costs should be met from ticket sales. Gin, beer and wine sales should generate profit together with sponsorship. Breakeven point of event is about 400 ticket sales.

· Next week’s meeting is Whisky Tasting & Quiz. We expect about 10 non whisky drinkers to attend therefore the maximum number we can have is 40 people attending including guests. If you would wish to bring a guest can you let me know asap. Receptionists are Sean & Tom Arnott, Host Ken Young and VoT Sean!
· 30 members, 5 guests and a speaker

· Excellent US themed buffet

· Calcutta Cup outing to Royal Scots on 16th March is coming up. Come and watch Wales v Ireland fight for the wooden spoon and England v Scotland for the Championship

· Texas Scramble fundraising tournament on 23rd April at Pitfirrane. 24 teams are sought. Onus on all golfers in club to put their own team in.

· GinFest on 10th & 11th May. Extensive report to meeting. Huge support sought to source event/glass sponsors, gin sponsors, sell tickets, publicise event through social media/ contacts/wifes/adult children (spread the word throughout your extensive network of family & friends) and work on at least one of the nights at the event. A flyer together with a link to the online ticket shop will be emailed to you in the coming days for you to share Tickets will also be on sale from my office.

· Excellent speaker Bill McKinlay on climate change with very professional PowerPoint presentation followed by challenging Q & A and vote of thanks by David Chalmers (who was part of the challenging Q & A!)

· Next week is a fellowship meeting. On reception is John Anderson & Ano’r.

·PS Libby Seath gave an excellent toast to our Club at the Charter Dinner. It would be great if members could support the 5k run/walk on 28th April for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. See the attached poster
Menu below; for those of you who were there and wondered what on earth were you having and for those of you who were not there - see what you missed!



· 24 members attended



· Improvised grace by John Anderson after sight of the menu



· Members approved David Chalmers proposal that £850 be spent on equipment for a special therapy unit in Kenya that we have a previous connection with



· Heads up for Rugby 6 Nations Extravaganza at The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on 16th March when Scotland are expected to be playing for the Grand Slam



· The Charter Dinner next Friday is being very well supported. A reminder that the event is Black Tie



· David & Helen Lyth gave a moving presentation on the success of the Burumbika Health Centre in Uganda and their experiences out there. George Sinclair gave an excellent vote of thanks



· There is no meeting next Thursday due to the Charter Dinner being on Friday so the next Thursday meeting is the week after on 21st February in the evening. The speaker is Bill McKinlay on Al Gore’s climate change initiatives. A BUFFET will be served. There is no host required. Vote of thanks by David Chalmers. Receptionists are Alan Condie & John Allan (John has intimated that he has suffered a significant injury whilst skiing. Best wishes for his recovery and hopefully we might see you on the 21st.)






· 22 members

· Mince’n’tatties menu option!

· St Margaret’s won the primary school quiz. Thanks from organiser David Steele to all who took part

· Brian Blanchflower seeks judges to help him with the Young Photographer comp which must be completed by 10th February

· John Allan seeks final numbers for the Charter Dinner. Over 80 are expected. Tom Arnott seeks cheques for ticket monies

· Gillian Taylor, Community Manager for Dunfermline gave a comprehensive and impressive presentation of her role and tasks and targets. I would like to say that Brian Blanchflower gave a short vote of thanks.....

· Next week is another EVENING meeting when Past President David Lyth will provide a report on the Burumbika Project in Uganda. Host is Ken Young, VoT George Sinclair and receptionists Brian Blanchflower and Pip Yeates

This brief post meeting report is forwarded in the absence of the Secretary playing in the snow. Optimistically, we will return to his pithy and quality prose next week.

A good attendance of 30 members plus 3 visitors including 2 Rotarians from Carnegie Dunfermline.
John Allan encouraged ALL members who can, to join us for the Charter/Valentine Dinner, Fri Feb 15.
Current high cuisine standard maintained, the Fish Pie being both hot and tasty.
We then enjoyed another Burns Lunch talk from Jack Wardell. He spoke about the links between Rotary and Robert Burns before embarking upon the saga of Tam O'Shanter. Vastly informative, entertaing and fun.

Thanks again Jack.

TS
· An excellent turnout of 29 looking forward to the buffet innovation

· If last week’s grace was top ranking this week’s was gritty. More teasing from John

· There was no buffet. There was a cock up. There will be a Scottish Parliament style investigation and report

· The menu options were great and much enjoyed regardless

· The quiz is 30th January. More volunteers please

· 2 pupils from Dunfermline HS are taking part in the district final of the Young Musician comp

· Brian needs volunteers (10 including spouses-especially former teachers) to judge the Young Writer and Photographer comps in the 1st 2 weeks of February

· Euan Mitchell departs imminently to Euroscola and will report to the Club on 25th April

· Gavel semi-final involves 3 teams! Will probably be in 2nd half of February. More info to follow

· Valentine’s Charter Dinner has had a great response so far but of course we want everyone there

· The President, SVP & JVP will host a discussion on 4th April what do you want from the Club. Come and say what works and what doesn’t and what can be improved

· Next week is a Burns Lunch for which we are very fortunate to have Jack Wardell perform for us. Host is David Walker, VoT Andrew Bathgate and reception George Sinclair & Mike Williams

· December draw winners were Bill Runciman (£60), Brian Steer (£40) and January Brian Blanchflower (£60) and yours truly (£40)

Apologies for delay in reporting

· Excellent 29 members

· Excellent menu choices

· Top rank grace from John Anderson. His teasing rhyming had us holding our breath.

· David Steele reported on Primary School Quiz on 30th January

· Keith McFarlane reported on 13 -3 trouncing old adversaries Alloa in the Gavel. Champions’ League group of 3 for our semi-final is next. Keith could not explain that either...

· John Allan pushed for names for the Valentines Charter

· Tom Arnott secured £300 funding for a Texas Scramble event

· David Chalmers told a polished tale of film-making in the DBS head office that nearly ended his career. Tom Arnot gave an impromptu vote of thanks

· Next Meeting is Thursday evening when we will be trialling a buffet night. The receptionists are Andrew Bathgate and Ian Morris

· An excellent 24 members attended (they knew Graham was speaking)

· Did anyone have the vegetable pulses and cranberry jelly in filo pastry and if so would you recommend it?

· Euan Mitchell has been accepted for Euroscola in Strasbourg but is to confirm if he will travel in light of recent tragedy there

· The quiz raised £390

· President congratulated Andrew in absentia for excellent Christmas Lunch event

· Helpers for Santa Sleigh in the High Street still required. See Graham

· Gavel tie v Alloa rescheduled for 8th January. Major team players will be missing and reinforcements need to step up

· Graham gave told excellent tale of his time at Hewlett Packard with many sub-plots all tied together at the end with the final claim of having discovered the World’s first pc virus! John Allan gave a unique vote of thanks complaining about the technical computer language employed by Graham and his failure to describe the bollocking he must have received for changed the combination lock on his boss’s briefcase which his boss then through a plate glass window.

· Next week’s Christmas Message is by David Brown a pal of John Anderson and who John describes as “not a Holy Willie!” The evening meeting host is Bill Spence, VoT by John Anderson and Receptionists Tom Arnott and David Walker
· An excellent 24 members attended (they knew Graham was speaking)

· Did anyone have the vegetable pulses and cranberry jelly in filo pastry and if so would you recommend it?

· Euan Mitchell has been accepted for Euroscola in Strasbourg but is to confirm if he will travel in light of recent tragedy there

· The quiz raised £390

· President congratulated Andrew in absentia for excellent Christmas Lunch event

· Helpers for Santa Sleigh in the High Street still required. See Graham

· Gavel tie v Alloa rescheduled for 8th January. Major team players will be missing and reinforcements need to step up

· Graham gave told excellent tale of his time at Hewlett Packard with many sub-plots all tied together at the end with the final claim of having discovered the World’s first pc virus! John Allan gave a unique vote of thanks complaining about the technical computer language employed by Graham and his failure to describe the bollocking he must have received for changed the combination lock on his boss’s briefcase which his boss then through a plate glass window.

· Next week’s Christmas Message is by David Brown a pal of John Anderson and who John describes as “not a Holy Willie!” The evening meeting host is Bill Spence, VoT by John Anderson and Receptionists Tom Arnott and David Walker

· 48 attenders including numerous guests

· David Chalmers highlighted next week is last date for shoeboxes

· David Steele wishes you to buy tickets for the Abbey Concerts

· Brian Blanchflower wishes you to support the Quiz on 30th November by attending and donating raffle prizes

· Graham Steedman seeks your support for Santa Dash and narrowly escaped a great double entendre

· Tom Arnot was bootlegging from the back of his car following wine tasting

· Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates gave a fantastic presentation on their attendance at the Peace Palace Conference in the Hague. Hardened cynics that this was just a jolly were won over by their evident full engagement in the event and the enthusiasm with which they described their experience. NB the Carnegie Chairman Ian Wilson shared that he and his wife had attended and that the event may take place biannually. NNB Rotary should consider sending the President and spouse too in 2020 and 2022?

· Next week is the lunchtime Special General Meeting. Receptionists are Ken Young and Bill Spence

· Excellent 27 members

· Noel did not receive the memo that President, SVP & JVP should wear matching jackets commensurate with their age and status – loud check country sports jackets

· Tom reported on excellent wine tasting evening which should raise £600 for charity

· Tom reported on Gavel teams success on Tuesday evening by 1 point against last year’s runners up to secure progression from Champions League Group Stage (do you remember those Jim?)

· Graham is seeking helpers for the stall in the Kingsgate on Saturday to get people to register to take part in the Santa Dash teh following week

· Brian reported on Euroscola candidate passing The Apprentice style interview with Claude (John Anderson ) and Margaret (Bill Spence). He progresses now to District. The Quiz is on 30th November. Pease take part failing which provide a raffle prize

· The Fireworks Display was cancelled and hence our collection to benefit Kids Out was too

· Eric on behalf of Nile cruiser Andrew highlighted the Christmas Lunch on 9th December. We can expect a small choir someone said.

· David confirmed the deadline for shoeboxes is in 2 weeks time.

· David Fraser gave an excellent and entertaining Members Tail with slides of newspaper headlines, cartoons and a smutty story. Text book VoT from Eric

· Next week Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates tell all re the Peace Palace. The President seeks a top turnout of members and guests for is sure to be a great evening. Host is Ronnie Pook, Receptionists are Pip Yeates and Dave Somerville and VoT is Mike Williams



· 29 members, DG Ian Dow, Ass’t Area Governor Heather Stewart, WF President John Stirling and member Aileen North

· Topical grace from John Anderson

· Great menu choice

· Various reports/reminders on Gavel win 13 – 3 v Inverkeithing & DB, Wine Tasting, Fireworks Collection, Peace Palace Speakers, Santa Dash, Quiz, Xmas Lunch & RM Band Concerts. It’s going to be busy chaps....

· District Governor Ian Dow took part in a Q & A. Master of tact & diplomacy Charlie kicked things off! Ian dealt very well with direct and searching questions and gave no BS in response. The President thanked him for attending.

· Next week the only meeting is Friday night for wine tasting. The following Thursday we meet at lunchtime for David Fraser’s member’s tale. Host is JVP Alan, VoT Andrew Watson and Receptions Mike and Hugh

· 29 members, DG Ian Dow, Ass’t Area Governor Heather Stewart, WF President John Stirling and member Aileen North

· Topical grace from John Anderson

· Great menu choice

· Various reports/reminders on Gavel win 13 – 3 v Inverkeithing & DB, Wine Tasting, Fireworks Collection, Peace Palace Speakers, Santa Dash, Quiz, Xmas Lunch & RM Band Concerts. It’s going to be busy chaps....

· District Governor Ian Dow took part in a Q & A. Master of tact & diplomacy Charlie kicked things off! Ian dealt very well with direct and searching questions and gave no BS in response. The President thanked him for attending.

· Next week the only meeting is Friday night for wine tasting. The following Thursday we meet at lunchtime for David Fraser’s member’s tale. Host is JVP Alan, VoT Andrew Watson and Receptions Mike and Hugh

· 19 members, 3 visiting Rotarians from Kirkcaldy and Paul Sharples who advertised in Race Night programme

· Choice of curry, salmon or steak pie

· Ian Morris reported on Gavel win night before at Burntisland by 13 – 3. Well done to Gerry and his partner who were undefeated. Great buffet including homemade scotch pies.

· Tom Arnott confirmed ticket price for Wine Tasting is £15 which is fully redeemable against purchases!

· David Chalmers pushed shoeboxes

· I read out a lovely letter of thanks from Christine Fraser re her flowers, members who had visited Ken at home, expressions of sympathy from so many and members who had attended Ken’s funeral. She concluded that Ken had been proud to be a Rotarian and a Past President of the club and valued all the many friendships he made with fellow members.

· The President highlighted that the next few months will be very busy with many events planned in addition to regular meetings which require members to be fully engaged with to make them a success

· David Somerville gave a comprehensive member’s tale about his only unresolved fire investigation with a very high quality PowerPoint presentation (raising the bar massively in that respect for those following – thanks Dave). Following much innuendo as to the actions of the police Chief Superintendent Brian Steer gave a witty riposte sorry vote of thanks

· Next week’s speaker is PC Alan Stewart. Host is Alex Mill, vote of thanks David Steele, reception David Walker & Alan Mutter

· The Loyal Toast was remembered belatedly!

· 17 members, guest Eileen Runciman and speaker. Let’s do better than this!

· Sea bass, chicken or beef offered. Member quote “Could the secretary write to my wife to complain about the menu at home to achieve a similar improvement!” Members wife to be referred to my wife for legal advice.

· Grace namechecked speaker rhyming Julie with woolly.

· Tom Arnott pushed wine tasting on 2nd November

· David Steele cautioned moderation at the wine tasting due to Fireworks Collection next day

· President pushed for large attendance on 15th November to hear the Peace Palace Ambassadors

· Speaker Julie Journeaux wonderfully explained the Curriculum for Excellence and such was her success that members engaged in an unprecedented level of insightful and humorous questioning.
Highlight however was Charlie Downie intimating he would have to leave early in her talk due to a long standing commitment.
Minutes later Charlie sat uneasily shifting in his seat not looking forward to interrupting the speaker.
Head Teacher Julie being familiar with young boys who need to leave class for a comfort break recognised Charlie’s predicament and excused him from class!

Bill Spence gave an excellent vote of thanks.

· Next meeting is Members Tale David Somerville “The One That Got Away”. Vote of thanks is Graham Steedman and receptionists are The President and Ian Morris

For those not there you should be aware that George Sinclair was inducted into the Club.

David Somerville introduced George in the following terms: George was born in Thurso, Caithness did an apprenticeship with the UK Atomic Energy Authority n Dounreay and in his 5th year went to Heriot watt University.
George has lived in Dunfermline for 41 years, 27 in Fairways.

He graduated from Heriot Watt in 1971 and worked as an electronics design Engineer, Senior Engineer and Project leader in various companies in Central Scotland until 1988.

Much of his design work was for the UK armed forces. Two of his most interesting projects were designing an Armoured vehicle mounted radar for the UK army and Surveillance equipment for NATO.
He became a project Manager in 1988 with Ferranti in Edinburgh and eventually had a team of 30 design engineers and Project Leaders reporting to him, designing military avionics and land based equipment.
Ferranti later became BAE Systems and he became a bid manager. He managed over 160 bids ranging from £50K to £150M for customers across all 5 continents, latterly with a team of Bid Managers reporting to him He retired in 2006

Since 2006 he has written and published short stories 2 novels and nonfiction books and has several other books in preparation. He has taken an active part in many sports including mountaineering, pony trekking, running, skiing, snorkelling, squash and weight lifting. He took part in inter-university competitions in Judo and swimming. He still does gym and swim and hill walking regularly.

He contributes to the culture and creativity of Fife by helping to run Fife Writes which holds free gigs and writing workshops in various venues across Fife. 52 events have been held so far. The aim is to promote writers, novelists, poets and musicians and to help budding creatives.

My recommendation - I am happy to recommend George Sinclair as a member of Rotary since I believe he meets the criteria to become an active and successful Rotarian. I understand there have been no objections to his prospective membership following the `7 day letter` sent by our Secretary. I have no hesitation in recommending George Sinclair as a member of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline.

Well said David and a very warm welcome George

· 18 members

· Good menu choices chicken, liver or gnocchi

· We warmly welcomed back the Loyal Toast. Let’s hope we can keep it up for another 96 years plus.

· The President teased new member in waiting George Sinclair that there are only a few days left for the black balls to arrive.

· Eric for David reminded members that shoeboxes are now with us

· Andrew reminded members he is seeking raffle prizes and young cashiers failing which members will have to assist for a time on the evening

· New member to be George reported that he is assisting David Somerville in tutoring 5 youngsters on job applications. Next week is on interviews.

· Bill Runciman gave a potted history of his early police career including the suicide on his first night shift and capturing Edinburgh’s most famous house breaker. The way Bill described it for my part I thought the police dog deserved the highest praise! Discrimination was not really the issue it is now when Bill was on the beat as evidenced by him picking on the “small”” members at the middle table. Bill Livingstone gave a textbook vote of thanks.

· Next week the meeting is the Race Night on Friday and the following week is an Admin/Fellowship meeting. The receptionists are the Premier Services boys.

· 20 members attended

· Graham reported on the hugely enjoyable and entertaining Wee Golf Course event organised by Tom Arnott and grudgingly congratulated Claire Chalmers and her partner for winning the fun event

· Graham also reported on plans for a Santa Dash followed later by a collection at the Christmas Lights switch on all on November 17th. Big support from members attending will be required ie 25/30 marshals sought.

· David Chalmers has 200 shoeboxes to disburse. Ideally they should get to those schools collecting before their midterm break on 5th October.

· Keith McFarlane reported on visiting Ken Fraser

· The President thanked David Chalmers for a fund raising family bike ride in support of World Polio Day

· Our eloquent speaker was Shannon Burke from Queen Anne HS and as from this weekend the University of Glasgow who informed members of her trip to the European Parliament at Strasbourg where they required to speak French throughout. Ronnie Pook gave a vote of thanks highlighting how confident the younger generation are when attending a meeting of balding/greying old men....

· The President reminded Council members that the next Council meeting is Monday 17th September at 18:00 HRS at Dunfermline GC.

· Next meeting speaker is at lunchtime and Members Tale HOT COALS comes from Bill Runciman. Receptionists are David Somerville and Russell Matthews. The Vote of Thanks according to the Rota is to be given to Bill by Bill! The President will pick on someone next week to address this.

· Our President, Captain Tom Sunter RN overlooked the loyal toast (as highlighted to him on the pro-form agenda emailed to him by the secretary that afternoon and as has been custom for 96 years). Court martial expected.

· Chaired by Noel showing a good recovery knee surgery.

· An excellent 24 members and guest George Sinclair

· Great menu choice, ample totties/chips and veg, new coffee to sample

· Tom Arnott pushed participation in the partner swapping event he plans for next Friday 31st August. If you prefer not to swap but just eat very welcome too at 8pm. Some golf too apparently.

· Andrew Watson now has excellent ticket sales for Royal Ascot night but seeks more plus raffle prizes, sponsors for 3 of 7 races and helpers on night for betting eh younger family members

· Morag McLullich gave an excellent talk on the Rotary funded project at Kirunguru School, Kenya. She presented vivid slides and told heart-warming stories of a few of the children who have been assisted having been effectively abandoned to the school. Alan Mutter gave the vote of thanks

· Next week is fellowship meeting again at lunchtime. Receptionists should be first 2 members to arrive – many thanks
Another cracking meeting

· 25 members and 7 guests Norma Condie, Carole Pook, Mary Steele, Eileen Runciman, Anne McFarlane, Danny & Karen McLaughlin

· Menu included sea bream! Lawyers letters do work.

· Ian Morris pressed for support for Race Night on 21st September ie sponsorship and buying horses.

· Brian Blanchflower obtained approval for Peace Palace Ambassadors Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates to receive £150 each from the Club for incidental expenditure.

· Keith McFarlane intimated that his daughter Alison is performing at the Fringe in a play Moonlight on Leith (not Gorgie) and it is highly recommended

· Alan Condie gave a fantastic presentation on humour through the years memorably introducing the Two Ronnies Four Candles sketch by confirming that Ronnie Corbett played the Jim Craig role. Alan and Brian Steer have set the bar very high for Member’s Tales! Graham Steedman gave a vote of thanks which set a new record for length but despite that was nearly as good as Alan’s talk.

· Next week’s Tale is from John Anderson on the subject of an Eccentric Ambition. For those of you who were there last night you will appreciate that John faces a humorous week. The host is Gerry Gillespie, vote of thanks from Alan Mitchell and receptionists are Alan Mutter & John Haxton

· Chaired by Noel showing a good recovery knee surgery.

· An excellent 24 members and guest George Sinclair

· Great menu choice, ample totties/chips and veg, new coffee to sample

· Tom Arnott pushed participation in the partner swapping event he plans for next Friday 31st August. If you prefer not to swap but just eat very welcome too at 8pm. Some golf too apparently.

· Andrew Watson now has excellent ticket sales for Royal Ascot night but seeks more plus raffle prizes, sponsors for 3 of 7 races and helpers on night for betting eh younger family members

· Morag McLullich gave an excellent talk on the Rotary funded project at Kirunguru School, Kenya. She presented vivid slides and told heart-warming stories of a few of the children who have been assisted having been effectively abandoned to the school. Alan Mutter gave the vote of thanks

· Next week is fellowship meeting again at lunchtime. Receptionists should be first 2 members to arrive – many thanks


The New Aircraft Carriers

More than 80 Club members plus guests, including Rotarians from four other local clubs, sat down to supper followed by a most informative and indeed fascinating Presentation by the Senior Warfare Officer of Britain's latest and largest warship, HMS PRINCE OF WALES.
This was followed by a lively and very active Q&A session.

· Fine topical grace from John

· Fine attendance of 22 members

· That means 29 members missed a fantastic tale by Brian Steer. Memorably introduced by Tom as being mentally unstable Brian proceeded to tell us of his rescue of a 15 year old “jumper” from the roof of a store on North Bridge, Edinburgh whilst only 12 weeks into the job. Little did Tom know that Brian would prove how mentally unstable he was to go out on a ledge 100 feet above the street. The faded newspaper cuttings were a great touch. The members tasked with telling tales in the coming months are quaking at the thought of follow that. Russell Matthews gave the vote of thanks.

· New menu item this week spaghetti bolognese with garlic ciabatta

· Subscriptions were due 1st July

· Next week is the biggie – Lt-Cmdr Moss-Ward on the carrier and Defence generally. This should be a cracking meeting as we expect at least 55 with West Fife cancelling their meeting in order to join us with some Carnegie members and other guests coming too. If you have not already indicated to Tom that you are coming (+ guest?) please do so now. You will appreciate that we need to give the hotel an accurate number in advance. Hosting is David Fraser and vote of thanks is Keith McFarlane. Reception is Alex Mill & Ano’r

· President Tom’s 1st meeting in the hot seat was last Thursday

· John Anderson had a suitable topical grace to reflect this

· No guests but 24 members attended

· The Council’s written complaint to Garvock re price rise, timekeeping at lunchtime, poor menu and coffee was read out

· Tom supported by a number of members gave a concise but detailed presentation of the plans for the year using the attached presentation.(Contact Bill Spence if you would like a copy) If you were not able to attend this is well worth considering in order to see the shape of the very full year ahead.

· Next week’s meeting is the first Member’s Tales given by Brian Steer. Hosting is Charlie, vote of thanks Russell and reception Noel and David Fraser