ROTARY CLUB OF POLMONT

Rotary Serving Humanity

Serving Polmont, Laurieston & the Braes community since 1974


Polmont Rotary Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Festival

The Rotary Club of Polmont has been participating in another seasonal event held in Polmont Old Parish Church. They are holding a Christmas Tree Festival and all local organisations and businessess were invited to take part. We were delighted to be asked and participate.

President Nancy has been busy decorating our tree as well as our Jaipur Limb Teddy. The Trees can be seen in Polmont Old Parish Church on the 9th from 10am till 12 noon; 2pm till 5pm and 6pm till 8pm and Saturday the 10th December from 10am till 4pm. Entry fee £5.00 Including tea, coffee, shortbread and misical entertainment.

See the Photos below.

For those of you who are new to Rotary you may be wondering what we do and where some of the money we raise goes to and what the limb project is. The Rotary Jaipur Limb project is a pro-active fund-raising and project-initiating body of Rotarians from the UK and it is a registered charity since 1995.

The bulk of their work in India revolves around Limb camps, with as many as 3000 patients turning up for help, but in Africa and other countries outside India they establish new permanent centres and provide on-going support for them by way of technician training, materials and equipment.


The Jaipur Limb is an artificial leg, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The unique component is the Jaipur foot, a clever combination of wood and various densities of rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot. It is hard-wearing and will last for three or four years, longer if worn with a shoe. A western limb will cost between £1,000.00 and £2,000.00, a Jaipur limb can be made and fitted for as little as £30.00.Jaipur Limb Teddy




Rotary Christmas tree and Teddy


Twinspire Tree


Balcony View

Santas Letter










































Letter to Santa


We want to thank Santa for letting us have a peek at one of the letters he received.


Thanks Santa!!


Wednesday 7th December

Tonight’s collection was £520.23 - Wonderful - thanks to all who contributed so much and appreciated by Santa, the Elves and The Rotary Club of Polmont.

A brilliant effort again from all concerned and the running total is £1031.70!!








Photos from Wednesday 7th December

Some Photos from the Santa Sleigh round tonight. Thanks to all who helped and Santa would like to say thank you to the Elves and the Drivers tonight as well as all who gave so generously. The Total will be posted later after it has been counted.

Photo 1: Where is Santa? Photo 2: Here he is having said thank you to the Elves. Photos 3: An excited young boy meets Santa and tells him he has been good. Photo 4: Here are all the elves with Santa and if you look carefully he is getting a kiss from one of the Elves!!

Where is Santa


Santa saying thank you to the Elves

A Happy young boy meets Santa and tells him he has been good

Santa and the Elves


Santa Sleigh Clipart



















Santa Sleigh Route for Tonight Wednesday 7th December from 6.30 onwards: Eastcroft Drive, Orchard Grove, Fullerton Drive, Green Park and Polmont Park. Santa and his Elves look forward to seeing you all tonight.


Jolly Santa SANTA SLEIGH UPDATE Tuesday 6th Dec.

Santa and his Elves would like to thank every one for a great visit to St Margaret's and Santa also visited the St Margaret's Home - to the delight of the residents.

Thanks also to everyone at Tiree Crescent, Colonsay Avenue and Stevenson Avenue and a couple of other streets.

We raised the amazing sum of £511.47.

THANKS












Here are the routes and dates for the Santa Sleigh for December 2106. Santa and the Elves look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Santa Sleigh Routes 2106

Here are the days and time that Santa and the Elves will be visiting Tesco and the CO-OP. We look forward to meeting you all. Thank you for your generosity in the past and we hope for a good year this year so we can help lots of organisations and people in need in our local area.

Santa Sleigh Charity Collections Tesco and CO-OP

President Nancy Rule, Lauren, Murray and Brian Sharp, Youth Convener

President Nancy Rule, Lauren, Murray and Brian Sharp, Youth Convener


Joyce, President Nancy Rule, Councillor and Rotarian Malcolm Nicol and Linda

Joyce, President Nancy Rule, Councillor and Rotarian Malcolm Nicol and Linda

On Wednesday 23rd of November the Club hosted our two candidates for Challenge Enterprise, both from Braes High School, along with the Depute Headteacher Marjorie Cotter. Lauren and Murray were introduced to the Club by Brian Sharp, our Youth Convener. Lauren and Murray shared a Power Point Presentation to illustrate their talk about their experiences at the Challenge Enterprise weekend. They proved excellent candidates and spoke extremely well, a credit to their School and to Polmont Rotary Club who spoansored them. You can read more about it below. The Vote of Thanks was given by Malcolm Nicol. Malcolm was hosting two young Chinese business women visiting suppliers in Scotland and Lauren and Malcolm took the chance to network with our far travelled guests, Joyce and Linda.

SUPPORTING THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Challenge Enterprise

The Club recently sponsored two senior pupils from Braes High School to attend the Rotary District 1020 Challenge Enterprise weekend at the BB Headquarters in Larbert. The event attracted 50 senior pupils sponsored by Rotary Clubs across Central Scotland, Lothians & the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. Challenge Enterprise is designed for 16-18 year olds who are likely to go on to a successful career in Business. It concentrates on giving them an insight into various aspects of business and sets challenges which will help develop their confidence and business knowledge.

Our two candidates commented after the weekend : -

We found the experience particularly beneficial, as it truly gave us an insight to what the real business world was like. I thought this was shown when we were given the opportunity to speak with the border biscuits founder, John Cunningham. Further, seeing Sean Harley of the Smith Anderson group, gave me a very good look at how products of mass production are manufactured. The sheer level of "behind the scenes" workers were incredible - I had no idea how much HR, Marketing and Management was Involved in a large business such as theirs. They certainly opened my eyes to what it is like if I am going to be a man of business in the future. M.A.

I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the challenge enterprise event. I admit to being a bit anxious at the outset, not knowing what was going to be expected of me and not knowing the others I would be working with. However, it was an unforgettable experience where I met many new people from a range of backgrounds and managed to challenge myself in new ways. It was very enjoyable and has undoubtedly increased my selfconfidence. Overall, the weekend helped me clarify that I would like to study business in further education and gave me an insight into the different aspects of business. L.H.

Primary Schools Quiz

We are holding our annual Primary Schools Quiz in February and all twelve Primary Schools in our area have been invited to take part. The winner goes forward to represent Polmont Rotary in the Rotary District area final.

Young Writer Competition

All 12 Primary and the 3 Secondary Schools in our area have been invited to take part in the RIBI Young Writer Competition which is in three age categories Junior 7 to 10 years old, Intermediate 11 to 13 years old and Senior 14 to 17 years old on 31st August 2016. The closing date is 15th December 2016 and the overall winner in each group will receive a book token for £25 and go forward to represent Polmont Rotary in the District 1020 final.

Young Technology Competition

The three secondary schools have been invited to enter three teams - S1 & S2, S3 & S4 and S5 & S6 pupils into the above competition to undertake tasks at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels respectively. The Rotary District Area Competition is taking place on 8th March 2017.

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The 2nd of November saw Mike McCormick from the Carse of Stirling Club in District 1010 as our Guest Speaker. Mike is the Chairman of the Scottish branch of the Jaguar Drivers Club. Mike took over when the membership was only 8 and now boasts over 450 members with the newest being an 18 year old young lady. He is obviously doing something right! The club is very active throughout Scotland and has won a number of awards. Mike showed a good number of photos to illustrate what the club members get up to throughout the year. Thanks Mike for an excellent and very interesting talk that we all enjoyed. For more information checkout their Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/jaguardriversclubscotland/…

Nancy Rule and Mike McCormick of the Scottish Jaguar Drivers Club and a member of the Carse of Stirling Rotary Club District 1020

On the 19th of October we had Ross Fenwick from Operational Services, Falkirk Council, as our guest speaker. Ross spoke to us about Falkirk Council's waste management plans and changes to household waste uplifts. It was an excellent talk and he answered a good number of questions and stayed behind after the meeting to chat to some of the members and their partners. Thanks Ross.

Nancy Rule and Ross Fenwick Falkirk Council Waste Management Services

Up Coming Programme:
19th October - Robin Baird Falkirk Council speaking on Waste Managment. This is a Partners evening
26th October - Business Meeting
2nd November - Mike McCormick from the Jaguar Drivers Club (Scotland)
9th November - Fellowship Evening
16th November - Speaker to be arranged - Partners evening
23rd November - Fellowship Evening
30th November - Business Meeting

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11 members of the Polmont Club visited the Carse of Stirling Club in District 1010 as our Scatter week visit. We were warmly welcomed by the Carse Club and we had an excellent meal and an enjoyable evening with this happy and enthusiastic small club. It was good to see that they were involved in lots of projects and we mamanged to get one of their members to come to speak to our club in November. See above.

President Douglas Mulholland Carse of Stirling Club Presenting President Nancy Rule of the Polmont Club with a Banner

President Douglas Mulholland Carse of Stirling Club Presenting President Nancy Rule of the Polmont Club with a Banner

Members of the Carse of Stirling Club and Polmont Rotary Club who were visiting.

Members of the Carse of Stirling Club 1010 and Polmont Rotary Club 1020 on a Scatter week visit

President Elect Iain Morrison with Maureen Burns from Grangemouth Heritage Trust. Maureen gave a very interesting talk illustrated with photos, on the history of Grangemouth and the formation and running of the Heritage Trust Museum in Grangemouth.

President Elect Iain Morrison and Maureen Burns Grangemouth Heritage Trust

Great fun was had at the first round of the 1020 District Rotary Quiz - Honest :-) Polmont hosted the evening with President Elect Iain Morrison in the Chair. Polmont were the eventual winners and thanks to Larbert club who were good oponents and brough a number of supporters with the, We are also grateful to Rotarian Bill Lawrie of the Falkirk Club for conducting the quiz so ably.

Both Teams

Polmont and Larbert Quiz Teams

Larbert Quiz Team

The Larbert Club above

and the Polmont Team Below

Polmont Quiz Team

President Nancy Rule with Alison Harris MSP who told us all about being a new girl in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh. A very interesting evening.

Nancy Rule and MSP Alison Harris

Photos from the Recent Visit to the Club by 1020 District Governor Olive Geddes. Olive brought the RI message to the club of "Rotary Serving Humanity" and to that end having a final push to eradicate Polio. IT is up to every member, club and Disitrict throughout the world to support Polio now to rid the world of Polio. One way is to get involved in the Crocus project to either by a lapel crocus or plant purple crocus for the spring. Polmont is getting involved in both these projects. President Nancy wished Olive all the best for a happy and succesful year as 1020 DG. Thanks for coming to visit the Polmont Rotary Club Olive.



Welcome to our New President - Nancy Rule

Handover from Brian Glanville to Nancy


All Smiles at the Handover from Brian to Nancy


President Nancy welcoming President Elect Iain Morrison



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End of 2015 / 16 Session

Rotary Club of Polmont Community Award 2015 / 2016

Finlay Nicholson was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Polmont's Community Award. Seen here being presented with the Cup by President Brian Glanville. Finlay was nominated by Mrs Lawson Eades and he is a worthy recipient. He has been involved with the Forth Valley Talking Newspaper Association (Newsline) for 20 years. For most of that time he has been responsible for producing, recording and copying the Monthly Audio Magazine. We are delighted to have Finlay as our recipient of our Community Award which is sponsored by Atif Bashir of the Falkirk Dental Practice.


Left to Right: Mrs Lawson Eades, who Nominated Finlay, Mr Atif Bashir, from Falkirk Dental Practice, who have sponsored the award for a number of years. Recipient Finlay Nicholson and President Brian Glanville.


Craig Arthur and Jillian Violaris from SP Energy Newtworks, with President Brian Glanville, were our speakers on the occasion of our Community award for 2105 / 2106. They gave a very interesting presentation to Rotarians, Partners and Guests.

The Rotary Club of Polmont's 42nd Charter Dinner

Some photos of the Evening

The Club decided to present DG Andy with a Paul Harris Fellowship because of all his hard work for District 1020 and for the Credit he has brought to the  Office and the Club. Congratulations Andy!

DG Andrew Ireland being presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by President Brian Glanville on behalf of the Rotary Club of Polmont


The Club's Newest Paul Harris Fellow - DG Andrew Ireland with his wife Jacquie and President Brian Glanville


Our Two Paul Harris Fellows - Jim Smith and DG Andy Ireland


Our Entertainer for the Evening Clark Stewart


Flowers for Irene


Flowers for Jacquie


Raffle Prize winners



Some Club Members Partners and Guests







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


Female Referee


The Ref laying down the law!


Team Rotary


Match Officials


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


1020 Delegates

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.

SWIMARATHON 2016

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 First group of Swimmers at Polmont Rotary Swimarathon

The Second Group of Swimmers with Radio Forth 1 Organiser Emma and DJ Mark.

Second Group of Swimmers

The Third group of Swimmers with Emma Kemp - Organiser for Forth 1 Cash for Kids

Third group of Swimmers

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.

The Final Group of Swimmers and all the helpers from Polmont Rotary Club

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 winners with 203 lenths of the pool - Scottish Power Team.

The Smaller Children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool.

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.

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.

Provost Pat, Ken, DG andy, Pres Brian and Emma



 

 







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