ROTARY CLUB OF POLMONT
Be a Gift to the World
Photos from the 2016 Swimarathon Prizegiving event, hosted and sponsored by the
Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa.
The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 took place on Saturday, the 20th February at Grangemouth Sports Centre. 30 teams took part with 150 swimmers. The teams and swimmers were entered from all over the Falkirk area and comprised of local secondary schools, local businesses and other organisations. The teams were asked to swim as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes, with one swimmer from each team in the pool at any one time (relay style).
At the end of the event the total number of lengths completed were 3,730 = 93,250 metres (25m lengths) = 58 miles, quite an amazing distance in such a short time. The team that completed the most lengths in 55 minutes were from SP Energy (Scottish Power) and they swam an incredible 203 lengths. The runners up were Denny High School with 200 lengths and the relay was so close at the end of the session, and very exciting to watch, as both teams pushed themselves to their limits.
The Provost of Falkirk, Pat Reid, was in attendance plus Rotary District Governor (DG) Andrew Ireland (also a member of Polmont Rotary), along with President Brian Glanville. DG Andrew also took part in the Swimarathon- well done Andy!
70 attended the Swimarathon presentation lunch at the Inchyra on 19 April
The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 raised £9,500 for Radio Forth Cash for Kids.
All the monies raised are earmarked to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the Falkirk area.
The Awards handed out were as follows - see the photos below:
Highest fundraising team: KMD Associates
Highest fundraising school: Carrongrange School
Outstanding school performance: Denny High
Most lengths completed: SP Energy Networks
Outstanding contribution award: Anne Riley
Willie Hunter, Trustee Board Chairman of Cash For Kids receiving a cheque for £9500 from President Nominee Iain Morrison of Polmont Rotary Club. Also in the photo are Ken Donald, Swimarathon Organiser, Emma Kemp, CFK Charity Manager, and far right, the Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General manager Stuart Maxwell - our sponsor. The amount doesn't include Gift Aid to be claimed. A fantastic effort from the Club with the support of Cash for Kids, Radio Forth, the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk Community Trust and the staff of Grangemouth Swimming Pool and of course all the teams and their sponsors, not forgetting the Club members and family who help run the event.
Congratulations to our winning team, SP Energy Networks who swam an amazing 203 lengths in 55 minutes, worth winners of the award for the most lengths completed. In the picture with the team, President Nominee Iain Morrison, and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.
Well done to KMD Associates for the Highest Fundraising Team. Scott Donald receiving the award from Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.
Carrongrange School has consistently been the school that raises the most money in sponsorship and received the award for the Highest Fundraising School - well done to them again this year.
Denny High School received an award for swimming just a few lengths short of the winners, they swam 200 to be precise, just 3 short of the winning total. They received the award for the Outstanding School Performance - Congratulations to the team.
Anne Riley receiving a Special Award for the tremendous assistance she has given the Swimarathon. Anne Received an Outstanding Contribution Award. In the picture, President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.
Nancy Rule Presenting Flowers to Anne Riley with President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.
Swimarathon Presentation Group Photo
Some Photos from the Melrose 7's
All photos by Peter Croan
SRU President John Crozier, John Rutherford and DG Andy
Andy and Jim Telfer
It's a corner!!
Andy and Dougie Vipond
The Ref laying down the law!
Video on the Big Screen
Rotary joins Melrose Sevens to make a winning team
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland will this year be sponsoring the Melrose Sevens rugby tournament, which will take place in the Scottish borders town later this month.
The tournament, which attracts up to 16,000 spectators, is held every year to celebrate the anniversary of the first ever Rugby Sevens tournament, which was held in Melrose in 1883. Rugby sevens is now played on a global stage and teams from across the globe, including three of the main rugby playing nations; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have travelled to Scotland to take part in the tournament.
Melrose Sevens is the most prestigious of ten border tournaments that make up a league known as the King of Sevens, where teams compete at individual tournaments to gain points with the aim of being crowned the ultimate "Kings of the Sevens".
Rotary took on the honour of sponsoring the Melrose tournament after this year’s District Governor for District 1020 in Scotland, Andy Ireland, refereed the final ten years ago. Andy was one of the first ever professional referees in Scotland and he has been heavily involved in the sport ever since.
Andy comments, “Sponsoring the Melrose Sevens event is a great opportunity to showcase the great work that Rotary does to a new audience and we are really proud to be involved.
“Being resilient, showing perseverance and coming together to work as a team are three Rotarian qualities that are equally important in Rugby, demonstrating why the coming together of the two seemed like the perfect fit.”
Doug Hardie, Marketing Convener of the Melrose Sevens tournament, adds, “We are extremely pleased to have Rotary on board this year. The work that Rotary clubs across Scotland and the rest of the UK and Ireland carry out makes an undeniable difference, and we are delighted to help them reach 16,000 more potential pairs of hands to help them make a difference.”
For more information on Rotary and its work visit: www.rotarygbi.org
BOURNEMOUTH CONFERENCE 2016
Jacquie and Andy looking great and having a Ball at the Ball.
Nancy and Ian Presenting a cheque for A Literacy Box from Rota Kids
Our District Young Citizen Award winner Sammi Kinghorn. Sammi is a 20 year old wheelchair racer who was nominated for this award by the RC of Duns. She is currently triple European champion in the 100m, 400m, and 800m and holds numerous Scottish records and hopes to compete in the Paralympics in Rio this year.
The First Group of Swimmers at our 2106 Swimarathon. All the monies raised will go to Forth 1 Cash for Kids in our Local Area. Along with the Swimmers are Emma Kemp - Organiser for Cash for Kids, Forth DJ Mark Martin, Anne Riley from the Grangemouth Pool, Ken Donald organiser for Polmont Rotary and President Brian Glanville
The Second Group of Swimmers with Radio Forth 1 Organiser Emma and DJ Mark.
The Third group of Swimmers with Emma Kemp - Organiser for Forth 1 Cash for Kids
The Final Group of Swimmers with all the Members and family of Polmont Rotary. A great day was had by everyone and a very successful event with our Sponsor The Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa and our partner Forth 1 Cash for Kids.
Emma Kemp with the winners - the Scottish Power Team who managed 203 lengths in 55 minutes, breaking the previous record by quite a margin. Congratulations to all the team.
The Smaller Children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool.
Some of the teenagers showing their enthusiasm with a jump and splash at the end of their swim.
Provost Pat Reid, Ken Donald - organiser for Polmont Rotary Club, DG Andy Ireland, President Brian Glanville and Emma Kemp for Cash for Kids.
District 1020 Primary School Quiz. The Winners in our area were Laurieston Primary School, seen here with President Brian Glanville, who presented the Salver and Individual prizes. This year we had 12 teams and the scoring was high with only 3 points between Laurieston and Wallacestone. Congratulations to all the teams and thanks to Quiz Master Bob Mackay, Polmont Rotarians and partners who helped run the Quiz and not forgetting the Schools and pupils.
Andy Ireland presenting a Cheque to Emma Hall of Parkinson’s UK
Scotland, at Polmont Rotary Club, for £2095.75 the amount collected at
the 1020 Conference in Dundee
A huge thank you to all who helped with the visitation, Santa and his various Elves, the drivers and most of all the lovely people of the Polmont area who gave so generously.
Brian Glanville ~ President of the Rotary Club of Polmont 2015-16
This year we are delighted that one of our Members - Andy Ireland - has been installed as District Governor for District 1020. As a Club our good wishes and support will follow Andy and Jacquie throughout their year in office. Scroll down to see what has been happning at our Club. Stop Press Photos from the District 1020 Conference in Dundee!
DG Andy and Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan at the opening evening of the Conference
DG Andy opening the Conference
Andy and Corrine Oliver Entertainer on Friday Evening
Corrine Oliver Entertainer on Friday Evening
Joyce Barbour District Chairman Inner Wheel District 2
Noel Bajat RI President's Representative
Gavin Hastings spoke about Parkinsons
Dr James Robson SRU Chief Medical Officer
Theresa Douglas spoke about Dementia Friendly Rotary
Elis Watson CEO DC Thomson
Jacquie, Noel, Sis and Andy ready for the Dinner and Ball
Polmont Rotary Club and Partners at the Ball
Sound Cradle Played at the Ball
Auld Lang Syne
Sunday Morning Iain Morrison gave the Thought for the Day
DGN Lindsay Craig Spoke about the RI Conference In Seoul 2016
David Scott from Nil-By-Mouth
Total Recall Sang on Sunday Morning
PDG Alan McLaughlan spoke about Foundation
PDG and RIBI President Gordon McInally spoke about Hope and Homes
Olive Geddes introduced Next years Conference in Harrogate
Defibrillator Presentation to the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel
President Brian said it was a pleasure to officially hand over a new defibrillator to Craig Davidson - operation Manager - of the Inchyra Grange Hotel. The Defibrillator was jointly funded by the Inchyra and the Rotary Club of Polmont. This is the second Defibrillator that the club has handed over, the first being a joint venture with the Clarement inn in Polmont.
President Brian welcomed and inducted new Member, Richard Bond - below - to the Club. Richard's classification is Education (Primary) Civil Servant. As a club we look forward to enjoying fellowship, fun and activities in Rotary.
District Governor Andy visited his own club of Polmont on his 27th Wedding Anniversary - devotion above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to Jacquie and Andy! Andy was presented with a basket of flowers and a card, by Nancy Rule, on behalf of the Club.
DG Andy was on Official duty as he was hosting DG Will Pugh - District 7080 and member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore Ontario Canada.
Will addressed the Club briefly and was presented with a banner by President Brian Glanville.
And finally a picture of all three.
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