Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Dunbar
THE ROTARY CLUB OF DUNBAR
Dunbar Rotary Club is a club that works right in the heart of the community of Dunbar.
This year Dunbar Rotary Club elected Robin Hamilton to be the 49th President since the club was formed in 1964.
At the handover dinner Robin said:
"Rotary is a super organisation as it helps communities both at home and abroad achieve a better standard of life and I am committed to this work.
This year the Rotary International President’s message is Peace through Service and we in Dunbar will be looking at ways to promote that message including a Peace Forum/Day in schools.
Our club is friendly and welcoming as well as being committed Rotarians.
In recent years with increased numbers and new ideas we are able to take on new challenges and at the same time have fun doing work for others whether at home or abroad.
We will continue to do what we are good at raising money and providing a service in the community whether it be our charity shop, bookstall, purple pinkie in schools and introduce new ideas such as links to business/industry, humanitarian projects in India and Africa, more help for elderly, and further work with the youth in schools as well as better use of social network .
In conclusion I hope to build on the great work of past presidents in Dunbar always remembering that Rotary is about Service above Self."
Last year's President Elaine O'Brien hands over to new President Robin Hamilton
Anyone interested in finding out more about our club is warmly invited to contact either
Robin Hamilton 01368 860931
or Graeme Darkes 01368 863795
The Club in The Community
Throughout the year the club provides a tape version of local newspapers for our friends who have eyesight difficulties or for other reasons are unable to read the local newspapers. Each year members visit the sheltered housing complexes of Southfield Court, where they organise a "Games and Cards" afternoon, and Letham Gardens where a Quiz evening is arranged for the residents. At Christmas, club members deliver meals to elderly people in Dunbar who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Members of the Club attend the East Lothian Airshow to help with the “wristbands for children” project, an initiative to enable parents to quickly make contact with any child who may have got lost in the crowds.
Strong links are being forged with our local primary schools. Last year Club members visited each of the local primary schools and told pupils about Rotary International’s “ Purple Pinkie” campaign – an international effort, spearheaded by Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eradicate polio worldwide. The Club also hosted an Primary Schools Quiz competition where the local schools competed for the honour of representing Dunbar in the local East Lothian competition.
Through the Rotary YouthOpportunities programme we encourage young people in Dunbar to take part in such activities as Young Chef, Young Photographer, Young Technologist, and Young Golfer competitions. This year two young people from Dunbar High School were sponsored by the Club to attend the Rotary Young Leaders’ Award camp at the Ardeonaig outdoor Centre on Loch Tay.
The Rotary Bookstall in the High Street is a familiar sight on Saturday mornings from Easter through to the end of September. In November we operate a Charity Shop where we sell donated goods. These initiatives are generously supported by the people of Dunbar and the surrounding area.
In April we organise a Charity Walk round the John Muir Country Park followed by a barbecue. At other times the Club organises Music Evenings, Bridge Nights and other ventures in order to raise funds to support good causes locally, nationally and internationally.
Club members assist other organisations such as Marie Curie and the RNLI in street collections and other fund raising activities.