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District Young Musician Final
A great day of music making as the District Final of the 2018 Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition was held at Heriot Watt University, showcasing the incredible musical talent we have in our District.
There were 15 young musicians sponsored by Rotary Clubs across the District from Lockerbie across to Selkirk and up the Edinburgh area.
A project in the Philippines spearheaded by Selkirk Rotary Club and supported by the Rotary Clubs of Hawick, Langholm, Kelso, Melrose and Galashiels,was recently featured on ITV news. You can watch the item below.
Champion of Change
Peter Croan (Galashiels Rotary Club) has been awarded one of the 12 RIBI Champions of Change awards for 2017-18. He was nominated by DG Lindsay for his work in securing medical units for Pakistan (10 former NHS Scotland breast screening trailers sent to Karachi in July/August 2016 and one trailer sent to Dhaka in Bangladesh in Summer 2017).
He will receive his award in Cardiff on 18 May.
Sammi Kinghorn named Scottish Sports Personality of the Year
Wheelchair racer and Honorary Rotarian Sammi Kinghorn believes being the first para athlete to be crowned Scottish Sports Personality of the Year will change attitudes for ever.
The award tops a great year for Sammi in which she won two golds and broke a world record at the world championships.
Sammi, from Melrose and an Honorary Member of the Eclub of Southern Scotland, has switched to marathon racing so she can represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
She said: “My 100m and 200m sprint events aren’t included in the Commonwealth Games so I’ve decided to switch to the marathon. I’m determined to do my country proud.”
District 1020 Peace Officer Jean Best was one of only six Rotarians and Rotary Peace Fellows around the world to be honoured at this year's Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva.
Not only that, but one of the two Peace Fellows honoured, Kiran Sirah, was a member of our GSE team which went to Colombia in 2009. Subsequently he was suggested as a Peace Scholar and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tranent.
For one District to be associated with two Champions of Peace in a single year is probably unique and our congratulations go to Jean and Kiran on this well-deserved recognition.
You can see both of them at the opening session on UN Web TV below (from 51 minutes), introduced by John Hewko, RI General Secretary.
This year D1020 has the privilege of hosting the final of the RIBI Young Musician of the Year competition. This is the climax of hundreds of competitions, starting with Clubs and going through Area, District and Regional finals to reach this stage.It highlights the amazing quality and variety of musical talent we have in this country.
The D1020 GSE team visiting Ohio, were featured in local paper The Chronicle during ther stop in Elyria, Ohio. Led by PDG Andy Ireland and hosted by local Rotarians the team of young professionals are visiting their counterparts in the States to learn how their own professions, and people's lives, differ from those at home.
Elyria Rotarian George Costaras said the visit encourages peace and cultural exchange.
“To me this is internationalism. A big concept in Rotary is making friendship and peace one person at a time. Its big part of what Rotary is about,” he said. “This is our opportunity for our club, a small club, that doesn’t always know what to get involved in. As you can see from today, it just re-energizes us.”
The District Foundation Centenary project, in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scotland, was launched in February with a residential weekend at Carronvale House for disadvantaged youngsters as part of their DoE.
You can read more about it by going to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award section of the "What we do" menu above and clicking the link on the right, or click here to go straight to the page.
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