A Happy Rotary Week

A week to remember.

The past week has been thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying for the members of Dumfries Rotary Club.

Firstly, along with eight fellow Rotary Clubs in this area, last Wednesday we took part in the annual Kids Out day at the Barony College. Some 170 children with learning or physical disabilities, and over 130 of their devoted carers, were ferried out to the College, some of them in mini buses and some in cars driven by Rotarians. The College car park was noisy! This year, for the first time, a similar event was being staged on the same day at Auchenlarie Holiday Park, the aim being to cut down on travel from the West of our region.

Our thanks go out to the College for making their wide open spaces available to us, for allowing us access to their livestock enclosures and for providing non-stop tractor-trailer rides, all greatly enjoyed by the kids and their marvelous carers. Entertainment was also provided by our own celebrated disco duo Rab Smith and Ian Jess (with mass audience participation), that well known jack of all trades Daffy Dilly, carriage driving courtesy of Chariots of Fire, cup cake decorating, face painting, a coconut shy, bouncy castle and all sorts of games laid on by the various Rotary Clubs. Another highlight was the packed lunch, fruit provided by Marks & Spencer and vast quantities of ice cream.

It was a great day all round, with Rotarians enjoying themselves just as much as the children! What is more, the weather was ideal for such a day, just pleasantly comfortable all day long. Our photographs give a little flavour of the day, and of the pleasure it gives to these brave kids. Long may this annual event continue.

Another welcome annual event is the visit to the Club by the principals in the Guid Nychburris celebrations. They always visit us on the Friday immediately before Guid Nychburris Day. The 2013 Cornet, Bruce Blower, introduced his lass Cassie Cooney, and his four Lynors,  and thanked them all for their unstinting support. It has to be said that, at the end of what must have been an exhausting week, the party all looked fit, happy and immaculately turned out. Bruce outlined their programme of school, old folks homes and other visits during the week, his own personal highlights being the ceremonial installation below the Midsteeple, and meeting a lady, aged 101, who remembered being present at the very first Guid Nychburris celebrations.

Maureen McKerrow thanked the party for their attendance and for their wonderful work as ambassadors for our great Burgh, finally wishing them all well for the big day coming, and safe passage on horseback!