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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Allander by the President

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Allander The club is now in its 41st year. We meet on a Thursday evening at the Glasgow Golf Club, Killermont, Bearsden. This is a fine building in a beautiful setting and we are very well looked after by their excellent staff. We are involved in the local community.The club is a major partner in the Milngavie Youth Cafe in Milngavie and Allander Rotarians assist in the transport to and from Friendship Circle every Wednesday at Milngavie Town Hall.Each year you will come across us in Milngavie , selling ducks for our Annual Duck Race which raises funds for CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland), Kidney Kids Scotland and other local charities.Our Annual Sportsman's Dinner is now in its 15th year. Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris and in 2012 celebrates its centenary in Scotland.We are part of a worldwide family of Rotary clubs of which there are 33,000 in 200 countries and geographical areas, with a membership of 1.2 million.With this extensive organisation on the ground, collaboration can produce wonderful life changing results. There is no greater example of this than the story of the fight against Polio. Polio is a virus which can cause paralysis and death. In 1985 there were 350,000 cases in 125 countries. In 1998 Rotary International and the World Health Organisation embarked on a campaign to eradicate Polio.Rotary raised $250 million.The Bill and Melinda gates Foundation matched this sum.As a result of the immunisation project, Polio remains in only 4 countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.Rotary set a new target: $200m. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match this sum with a Challenge Grant of $350m. Teams of Rotarian volunteers are in these countries immunising children.It is reckoned by the time Polio has been eradicated , in terms of money, expertise, equipment and volunteers, Rotary International w8ill have contributed close on $2 billion. Rotary provide Shelter Boxes and Water Boxes which contain tents and other equipment to purify water and help survival in disasters. The Allander Rotary has, and continues to provide funds for theses projects. Rotary provides an opportunity to make a difference..... locally, nationally and internationally. However life is not all about work. Rotary is based on fellowship and fun and we have a very active social programme including golf, curling, snooker, bowls, wine tasting etc. Rotary is looking for members aged 30 and over. Times are changing Perhaps an evening doesn't suit. A branch of the Allander Club or a new club can be set up to meet your needs which may be for a breakfast, lunch or afternoon meeting time. We will give every support. Rotary caters for all ages. Rotoract Clubs are for 18-30, Interact for 13-17. We are very keen to set up Rotoract and Interact clubs in our area. If you are interested in joining Rotary, Rotoract or Interact or wish to set up your own Rotary Club, contact me at president@allander-rotary.org Vincent Cuddihy President Rotary Club of Allander