President's Welcome

The Rotary Club of Dundee was founded in 1921 and has a membership of around 75.

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The Rotary Club of Dundee was founded in 1921 and has a membership of between 90-95. We are very proud of our status as the largest club in what was the very first Rotary District in the world. We have spawned many daughter and granddaughter clubs and also enjoy the support of a thriving Inner Wheel club. The image above is representative of the 'Dundee Waterfront Development' which is a £1Billion master plan and will include the new V&A Museum of modern art planned to open its doors this September. The new Railway Station and Hotel are now open. With much of the infrastructure in place, the change is obvious to see and very fast moving. Nothing quite so urgent about our Rotary Club, but we do manage to change and evolve at a more leisurely pace thanks to a well-honed management structure.

We have an active fellowship, social and sporting programme throughout the year in addition to our charitable work;  all are dependent on the participation and commitment of our enthusiastic members. Our international links are strengthened by our events for overseas students in Dundee and by visits and exchanges that have, in the past few years, involved Swedish, French, Indian, American, New Zealand and Rwandan visitors.

Our fundraising activities include an Oktoberfest Music and Beer Festival, this year will be our nineth event held from Thursday 26th September - Saturday 28th September 2019. For the second time, it will be held in Slessor Gardens adjacent to the new V&A on Dundee's Waterfront.  This event, covering three evenings, together with another first: Saturday Afternoon, will feature many of Dundee's brightest musical talents as a showcase for their different styles and around 30 craft beers and continental biers. Friday and Saturday Evening will see headlining events (watch this space).

The next main event will be our 34th Charity Gala Dinner, to be held in February 2020.  We have a reputation for a terrific line up of internationally known after dinner speakers from the worlds of sport and entertainment. The Dinners are widely supported by the business community in and around Dundee and have raised near £750,000 for local, national, and international charities.

February 2019 saw the Club organise another successful Swimarathon in the Olympia Swimming Pool. This was the sixth one and again it proved to be both a good fund-raiser and an excellent showcase for the work that Rotary does in the local community.

With these and other events throughout the Rotary Year, we raise in the region of £65,000 - £100,000 annually. This allows us to support a wide range of charitable commitments, covering local and national issues.

If you are visiting Dundee, please come and join us for a 2-course lunch, followed by a guest speaker,  at the Invercarse Hotel on Thursdays from 12.30pm (for 1.00pm) to 2.00pm. You are guaranteed to receive a very warm welcome.

Mary Crighton      
President, The Rotary Club of Dundee
2019--2020