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Below are some of our more recent activities. For more details of what we do and what we support, both locally and internationally, please look under the "What we do" tab at the top of this page.
CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN 100 SLEEPS AWAY:
Santa’s No. 1 assistants, Castle Douglas Rotarians Cliff Robertson and George Dickson, have been busy over the past 9 months organising local festive events and checking out the sleigh. Santa was delighted that last Xmas saw our most successful collection to date, where you, the public, donated over £1 per household. As last Saturday was exactly 100 sleeps to Xmas, Santa is excited at the prospect that we can all beat this. However, this year, we are doing it with a new twist. Every household in Castle Douglas will be getting a leaflet from Rotary, but three of these are special. Each household will get a gift of 1p to start off their Xmas Elf Bank but three lucky households could win £20 each. Just find the phrase “Lucky you, you’ve just won £20” and collect your winnings from the Kings Arms at one of our club nights.
So, start your Elf Bank collection now and support the town's activities through your local Rotary Club. Last year, we were able to hand over nearly £3000 to local good causes as a result of your generosity.
Once again we are giving those households that provide contact details, phone no, or an email address, the chance to win £50 that they can donate to a local good cause of their choice. Your Rotary Club is here to support the town and community through requests for funding and is always open to approaches from the community.
Collect your small change over the the next 100 days and remember that the cost of a cup of coffee from every household adds up to over £5000.
NEW PRESIDENT FOR CASTLE DOUGLAS ROTARY CLUB:
During the last meeting of the Club in June, members welcomed James Robertson as the new President for the Rotary year 2017-18. James is a well known face around Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright and also amongst the business community for managing Rancher, the decorative ironwork company situated in Castle Douglas.
Before handing over the President's jewel to James, outgoing President Kenny Murray reviewed the achievements of the Club during the past year, covering both the local and international good work which the Club had supported.
The picture shows Kenny Murray, on the right, handing over to James Robertson, centre and with George Dickson, Vice-President, on the left.
ROTARY RIDE 2017:
As usual this event took place on Father's Day, June 18th and a collection of riders set off in warm sunny weather. There was a choice of 15, 30 and 45 mile routes with most of the riders opting for the more challenging 45 mile route.
For more pictures of the event CLICK HERE
CASTLE DOUGLAS ROTARY SUPPORTS LOCAL GOOD CAUSES:
Five lucky households that donated an Elf Bank to the 2016 Xmas Collection for Castle Douglas Rotary Club won a draw to nominate a local good cause of their choice, each of whom then received a £50 donation. The good causes supported were: Golden Day Club, Friends of the Cottage Hospital, Dr Carson & Partners Surgery and two donations to Young Carers.
The picture shows George Dickson, Communities Convenor and Cliff Robertson who organised the Santa's Savers project with the chques for the winning good causes.
The club invites approaches from any local community good cause organisation, in the area roughly from Carsphairn to Castle Douglas to Crocketford, to apply for funds generously donated over the year by our local communities, businesses and through the efforts of club members. Each application is considered on its merits, needs, club priorities, areas of special interest and support.
THREAVE GARDENS CHILDREN'S DAY:
Castle Douglas Rotary Club supported the Children's Day at Threave Gardens this year to demonstrate its commitment to the community. The picture below shows Rotarian Cliff Robertson with a visitor from Prestwick who was enjoying the day with their family.
END POLIO NOW!
Members of the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas recently visited primary schools in their area to see the results of the planting of purple crocuses last October to highlight the ongoing international Rotary Purple4Polio project to eradicate polio from the world. Carsphairn produced an excellent show in three tubs and members of Dalry primary school gardening club planted theirs along with other seasonal flowers. The photos show pupils from Carsphairn and Dalry primary schools.
For more details about END POLIO NOW click HERE
YOUNG MUSICIAN 2017:
Castle Douglas Rotary Club hosted the annual Young Musician Competition at Castle Douglas High School. There were separate categories for Young Musician and Young Singer.
After the 13 competitors had each performed, the judges retired to decide who should be Young Musician and Singer for 2017. Before announcing the winner in each category, the judges praised the quality of all the performances and gave helpful feedback to all the competitors.
Winner of the Young Musician and overall winner was Marnie Clark who performed "Strutting at the Waldorf" by Philip Lane. Winner of the Young Singer competition was Alexander Young who performed "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Winner of the Young Singer was Alexander Young with Rachel Barr a close runner up.
TOUR OF BRITAIN COMES TO CASTLE DOUGLAS!
The Tour of Britain 2016 visited Castle Douglas on Sunday, 4 September. The first stage of this year's Tour started in Glasgow and finished on King Street in Castle Douglas after 161 km of hard racing.
Castle Douglas Rotary Club supported the event by providing refreshments and food on the Market Hill Car Park.
The team ready for action before the crowd arrived.
A short time later! The Hog Roast was very popular.
The Rotary Challenge bike ready for action.
Castle Douglas Rotary Club Secretary Derek Crichton in action to record a personal best of 0.41 miles.
CASTLE DOUGLAS PUPILS ATTEND ROTARY PEACE CONFERENCE:
Ten pupils from Castle Douglas High School attended the recent Rotary Peace Conference which was held in the Easterbrook Hall.
Abbie Rough, one of the pupils who attended the Conference commented "In conclusion, the Rotary Peace Conference was extremely inspiring and taught us a lot about how we can solve and prevent conflict. It was a very worthwhile day. If the aim was to make us feel inspired and confident enough to help our world, then this was definitely achieved."
CASTLE DOUGLAS PRIMARY SCHOOL PRESENTS CHEQUE TO ROTARY:
George Dickson, the International Convenor of Castle Douglas Rotary Club accepts the cheque for £440 from pupils of Castle Douglas Primary School.
In 2014, crocus bulbs were planted in raised beds by pupils at Castle Douglas Primary School as a symbol of the struggle to eradicate polio throughout the world. Since then, the Primary 7 pupils have engaged in activities to raise funds to help fight the disease. As a result of the considerable effort by all concerned with the school, a fantastic total of £440 has been raised and handed over to the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas.
George Dickson, the International Convenor with the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas said "The Club are delighted to receive such a positive reaction from the staff and pupils at the school. I would like to thank everyone very much for this generous donation. Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievement in the knowledge that they will help in the worldwide fight against polio."
IT EQUIPMENT FOR YOUNG CARER:
As part of the project to support Young Carers in Castle Douglas, the Rotary Club have worked with the IT Centre in Castle Douglas to equip one of the Young Carers with the IT equipment necessary to complete their homework and for other needs. Castle Douglas IT Centre have resourced a suitable laptop, printer and other items.
The picture shows the laptop and equipment being handed over to Cliff Robertson of Castle Douglas Rotary Club. Also in the picture are Joy McLure from the Young Carers Project and Chris Fyles from Castle Douglas IT Centre.
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 19th October 18.30
No Meeting: Scatter Week
Thursday 26th October 18.30
Business Meeting: Reception - James Robertson:
Thursday 2nd November 18.30
ROTARY CONFERENCE AT NEWCASTLE:
Thursday 9th November 18.30
SPORTS NIGHT: Details to follow.
Thursday 16th November 18.30
Speaker Meeting: Speaker - Jim McCrae: Reception - Cliff Robertson.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(We gather in the Bar around 6:00pm. Meal is in the Dining Room at 6:30pm. No meeting between Christmas and New Year.)
KINGS ARMS HOTEL, ST ANDREW STREET, CASTLE DOUGLAS DG7 1EL 01556 502626