President Graham's July Message
President Graham' s July message
During the first month of the Rotary Year we had speakers at our Thursday evening meetings, talking to us about The Forth Road Bridge, walking around Scotland's mountains and bowel cancer (you can't say we don't have a variety of topics!) One evening we were joined by representatives from some of the charities we worked with on this year's Abseil. It's always enjoyable to talk to the people who make good use of the money raised.
Socially, the Ten Pin Bowling at Deer Park was a great success. Well done to Enrico for having the highest number of points over the two games.
Coming up in August we're scheduled to have a talk on Photography from Alistair Pryde, and Matt Purdie will be entertaining us with his Job Talk. We'll also have one of our popular Fellowship nights when we will be inducting our first new member of the year.
August is the month for our Annual Barbecue for members, partners and guests. We're looking forward to a fun Sunday afternoon at the Forts once again, thanks to Allan Smith.
President Graham Leith
FORTH BRIDGE ROTARY ABSEIL PASSES £1/2 MILLION WITH LATEST MAGNIFICENT EFFORT
Great turn out boosts funds for a range of charities.
Pic. Graham Clarkson with l. Rebecca Dickson of Age Scotland and r. Laura Campbell of CHAS, this year's adopted charities for the Rotary Abseil.
Rotarian Graham Clarkson, organiser of the Forth Bridge Rotary Abseil, announced that the total raised since the inception of the annual event in 2010 had now topped half-a-million pounds. From a hurriedly-organised alternative when the long-running raft race was cancelled owing to construction work on the Hawes Pier, the event has blossomed into one of the most successful fund-raisers in District 1020. Every year two principal charities are 'adopted' and places are also made available for abseilers to participate on behalf of many other local and national charities.
Laura Campbell, representing CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) one of this year's adopted charities, said her charity was delighted to be involved in such a professionally organised event. She had received nothing but positive feedback from supporters and participants. Rebecca Dickson from Age Scotland, the other adopted charity, echoed Laura's praise for the event. She said that some of Age Scotland's proceeds from the Abseil would go to supporting Silverline Scotland, a free phone service for older people offering advice, counselling and quite simply friendship in times of need and isolation.
.The Rotary Club of South Queensferry is a Registered Charity in Scotland - No. SC 025363
The meal and a raffle was followed by Fife group Limelight Musical Theatre, whose polished performance of songs from stage and screen included numbers from Calamity Jane, Sweet Charity and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The evening culminated when Queensferry Brass Band took the stage under musical director Jim Anderson. A wonderful selection of lively and more slow-tempo pieces by the award-winning local musicians brought the concert to a close. In his closing remarks, President Elect Graham Leith said that once more the talent of Queensferry High School sudents and local people, all willing to perform so splendidly had given us another memorable evening. He thanked the performers, the staff of Queensferry High School, Rotarian Robert Farrelly and Toni Roseweir for organising and staging the event, club members and partners for preparing the food and lastly the audience for their active participation and support.smile emoticon
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We meet on Thursdays at 1845 (The Club meets at 1845 for 1900 No meetings during Christmas and New Year weeks) The Hawes Inn, Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA tel: 0131 331 1990