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Within local communities, Rotary clubs carry out a range of different activities and projects with the aim of improving quality of life.

All community service is an opportunity to raise awareness of our Rotary Club and the wider work of Rotary.

At Esk Valley, we are perhaps most visible when we go round local estates and outlying villages at Christmas time helping Santa on his sleigh. We also give Santa a helping hand to switch on the Dalkeith Christmas lights! For the last few years, any money donated has been given to Midlothian Young Carers to enable them to fund after school projects and outings. At Christmas we also donate food and toys to families who would not otherwise have a very merry Christmas. We also help Bethany distribute Christmas trees.

Twice a year we help Midlothian Rangers with litter picking, pruning or planting.

For the last few years we have helped Poppy Scotland with their garden of remembrance in Princes Street, something which members found very moving and worthwhile.

In April 2015 we held our second "Know your blood pressure" event in the centre of Dalkeith and in June Esk Valley members donated about 60 hours of volunteer time to help distribute wristbands to reunite lost children with their parents at the Royal Highland Show. In July we helped at the gate at the Dalkeith Agricultural show and had a talk from Alzheimer Scotland about their work at The Bungalow in Bonnyrigg and of course throughout Scotland. We have a good relationship with Newbattle golf club and on 27th july 2015 we sponsored a junior golf medal - see Youth sub page for details.

In September we had a stall at Midfest and in November, we planted crocus bulbs in King's Park.

Presentation of a new cooker at the local Brownie House at Vogrie in Midlothian

To have a look to see what the Community Committee has been up to please click the links on the right hand side of this page

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