During the current and past Rotary years, Elgin has received various awards for the work the club and the individual Rotarians carry out.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Rotary Club of Elgin, in 2015 has been award The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Recently at our meeting Grenville Johnston, an honorary member and Lord Lieutenant of Moray announced this to to the club. Below is a sumary of the announcement
"President Lawrence, Rotarians, Ladies and Gentlemen
The Queens Award for Voluntary service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the United Kingdom. It is known as the MBE of Volunteers.
I am delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of Elgin has been awarded this honour.
Specifically the bar is higher for local groups who are part of a national or international organisation. To achieve this honour requires an organisation to have quite outstanding idea’s, enthusiasm and people. All of you who are in involved with the club have that in abundance.
The citation for the Award states “An ambitious, innovative and successful programme of activities are delivered annually for local and international initiatives. Funds raised support and encourage many other voluntary organisations in delivering their essential services.
President Lawrence when I received the news I wrote to our Honorary Member HRH the Princess Royal to inform her. I received the following reply:
Her Royal Highness was very pleased to read that the club is to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015 and sends her congratulations and best wishes to the club for their significant achievement.
Ladies and Gentlemen this is perhaps one of the most historic awards that the club has received. In due course the award will be presented to you and we might have a party!!
H M Lord-Lieutenant of Moray
Paul Harris Fellow
Like many Clubs in the UK, a Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded by the Rotary Club of Elgin to individuals who have given outstanding service. The award is made to Rotarians and non-Rotarians in recognition of the work they have done. Members of the Elgin Club have been recognised over the years within the Club and also by other Clubs within the wider Rotary family.
Paul Harris Fellowships have been presented by Elgin Club to it’s own members; Alistair Russell, Alex Scott, Raymond Wood, Glen Elliot, Jim Young, Brodie Ross, Graeme Archibald, David Small, Iain Jamieson, Carol Stewart, Bill Ross Bill Duncan and Sandy Ritchie.
The club also conferred the honour on non-Rotarian Sally Wood Lamont.
As a result of the successful Golf Exchanges between Elgin and the Rotary Clubs in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvanian Rotarians conferred Paul Harris Fellowships on four Elgin Rotarians;John Grigor, Jim Young, Raymond Wood, and Glen Elliot.
President George Duthie presented Finlay Weir with Paul Harrowship in May 2019. Finaly is a long serving member of Rotary Elgin and has demonstrated outstanding service. He joined Rotary in 1993 and served as Club President in 2001 - 2002. He is known througout District 1010 and even Internationally accompanied by his beloved bagpipes. President George said of him "his enthusiasm and consistently high level of commitment are truly inspiration and they epitomise the Rotary motto of "Service above Self". He has enjoyed International Fellowship and in an early trip to Nepal identified the need for water in this area and an early supporter in the clubs involvement with our clubs support of Nepal Water Projects. He has led Rotary Revellers for many years encouraging many club members to join our Winter Program. Read the full story behind Finlay's award in our Club News Section.
Congratulations Finlay on your award from all members of the club.
St Andrews Quaich
This trophy was donated to the club by the Rotary Club of St Andrews. It is presented on an annual basis to a Club Rotarian, who has excelled in some way during the Rotary Year.
Previous years winners of this Quaich have been Ian Davidson, Lorna Williamson, Michelle Anderson, Kate Asher, Carol Stewart, Finlay Weir, Ian Shayer, Iain Jamieson, G. Alistair Campbell, Lawrence Fraser, Graeme Archibald, Brodie Ross, Iain Maccartney, Jim Young and Glen Elliott
2018-19 Winner is Brenda Munro on presenting President George said "Brenda has been the inspiration and the driving force and has consequently put in many hours of work in coming up with the idea and developing both the Elgin Rotary Club Triple Challenge and Rotafun. Brenda clearly is a very deserving recipient of this award."
Stepping up to the Plate
This award is chosen and presented by the President, to a Rotarian who has done just that - "stepped up to the plate" and contributed above and beyond that of normal expectiations.
President George Duthie said:
In recent years, one of the tasks assigned to the President during his or her year, is to choose a recipient of the “Stepping up to the Plate” Award.
In Rotary Elgin, there are many Rotarians who have stepped up to the plate in this Rotary year, but for me, one Rotarian, yet to receive an award, has excelled.
This Rotarian joined Rotary Elgin two years ago, and due to unforeseen circumstances was very quickly asked to be Deputy Convener in one of our Committees.
This year, as Communications Team Leader, which because we are a very busy Club anyway, and because of our new ventures of the Rotary Elgin Triple Challenge and Rotafun, has been a very challenging year, and this Rotarian has led her Team in an exemplary manner, always leading from the front.
In addition to this, she has also found the time to start a new venture for our Club - The Readers Group.
I would now like to ask Julie Williams to come forward so that I can present her with the richly deserved “Stepping up to the Plate” Award.
Previous Award Winners
2018 Hugh Carter
2017 Margaret Stenton
2016 Lorna Williamson
2015 Neil Cruickshanks
Rotary Community Awards
Rotary Club of Elgin, for the past few years have also passed out awards to others within the area, recognising the works that they have done
2018 - May Gilchrist of Coast to Coast, Charity Walk, Cycle or Horse Ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
2017 - June Roy
2016 - Elgin Street Pastors and Andy Simpson
2015 - Fochabers Fiddlers
2015 - Moray Curling Development Group and Cantare and Friends
2014 - Pam Gillan for services to music in Moray and the Directors of Piping at Forres
Young Citizen of the Year
2019 - Aiden Henderson of Elgin Academy
2018 - Kurtis McQuade of Keith Grammer School
2017 - Heather Prentice of Forres
2016 - Scott Fiske of Elgin
2015 - Emma Main and Laura Jane Smith of Buckie
2014 - Angus Lawson of Elgin
Robertson Construction - Elgin Rotary Shield
2017 - Awarded to two Top Craft Apprentices, the first time in the 35 years. The winners were Kyle Florence the Joinery Nominee from Huntly and David Balfour the Brickwork Nominee from Ballindalloch.
2016 - Mateusz Markuszewski, Joiner (David Urquhart Joiners)
2015 - Sutherland More, Electrician (Tullochs)
2014 - Steven MacKenzie, Electrician (McDonald & Munro)
Sport Moray Special Achievement Award
2016 - Craig Barron
2015 - Callum Jacklin
2014 - Daniella Holder and Daniel Breerton
2013 - Alastair Hay
Elgin Strathspey & Reel Fiddle Competition (Under 14's) Bow & Shield Award
2019 - Neve Paterson, Buckie
2017 - Rosie Winchester, Keith
2016 - Rosie Winchester, Keith
2015 - Rosie Winchester, Keith