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8th July

I'm playing catchup now, I know, but it has just occurred to me that I have not added the Joint Venture lunch at Chianti on the 3rd of June. We had a lovely afternoon with members of Inner Wheel and Rotary enjoying delightful food and the comnpany of each other. I.m not sure exactly how many there were but we filled at least half of the restaurant.

6th July

Well done everyone who helped to raise £456 by turning out at the collections at Zippos Circus performances. This is a well needed boost to our fundraising and having been collected simply for “Rotary” will be available for any project funded from our Trust Fund. This is how it should be.
Many thanks to Andrew Niven who provided the photographs for this and other Club projects

2nd June

Comely Park win Rotary Quiz

Comely Park Primary School’s quiz team won the Rotary Southern Scotland Primary Schools Quiz on Saturday 2 June.

Over 200 primary schools in Southern Scotland began the competition early in the year in rounds conducted by their local Rotary Clubs. Comely Park won the Falkirk  Club’s competition in March. They then were successful in the Central Area final at Longridge in May. This qualified the team to compete in the final at Carluke Lifestyle Centre with 12 successful teams from all over Southern Scotland.

After a sticky start Comely Park prevailed in a very tight tie break over teams from Dalmeny, West Lothian and Polnackie, Kirkcudbrightshire.

14th May

For a long time now, I think it originated in the time of Duncan McCosh, we have had a tradition of telling the Club about our personal good news by presenting a "Nifty Fifty" donation. Originally it was intended to be a much more light hearted thing and the "fifty" referred to the fify pence that would be donated for the privelege of telling the Club your news. Somehow or another the fifty pence has multiplied but the name has stuck. The latest of these to be announced to the Club was Robert Spears's 30th anniversary of his first election to Falkirk Council.

10th May

President Margaret had the privelege of presenting four Paul Harris Fellowships to members today. All, Inglis MacAulay, Ronald Mochrie, Raymond Morton and Bill Laurie were delighted at the honour and utterly struck dumb at the presentation.


John Graham McGregor (Graham) has been attending the Club as a guest for some time now and at last was inducted into our membership today (3rd May). Graham was inducted in the usual formal manner and afterwards was asked to say a few words. In his response he admitted to having been President of Denny when the Club regretably folded and also to having subsequently joined Vale of Carron Club which has also regretably folded. Graham was sure that Falkirk would not fall prey to the same fate. His induction is pictured under (courtesy of Robert Spears) with Ian Johnston and Inglis Macaulay visibly awaiting the passage of the cortege.

ECO Awareness Competition

Check out the Youth Committee page.


You are all aware I hope by this time that we have joined forces with the Cyrenians to reinstate the Floral Clock in the Dollar Park. Our Club is to take the lead role in fundraising and to this end we have had manufactured lapel stickers to give those people who contribute at our can collection days.
We have been allocated two days for a can collection in the Howgate Friday 30th March and Saturday 5th May. We have also been given access to a vacant shop next to Trespass in the Howgate to mount a semi permanent display.
We have ordered a pop up banner and car stickers which we would hope to sell.
It is hoped to convince local businesses to support and sponsor the venture for which they will earn the right to our digital signature on their web page.
These are the only firm measures so far that have been put in place. A Just giving page has been established and a text giving method as well these are: -

DFLO77£10 or whatever you wish to donate to 70070

2018 Primary Schools Quiz

The Club round of the 2018 Primary Schools Quiz was held in St Andrew's Primary School on Friday morning the 16th of March. 6 Schools took part, Bantaskin, Comely Park, Hallglen, St Andrews, St Francis and Victoria. After a keenly fought competition Comely Park emerged winners with St Andrews close behind and Bantaskin in third place.

The categories included Language and Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, Expressive Arts, Science and Technology, Scotland and its People, Mathematics and Numeracy, Social Studies RME and Pot Luck.

President Margaret presented the cheques and trophies to the well deserving recipients.

Bantaskin and St Andrews receive their cheque for third and second place.

The Comely Park Team recieve their Trophy

Our partnership with the Cyrenians in the replacement of the Floral Clock is gathering pace. It is intended that the Rotary Club of Falkirk will take the lead role in fundraising and to this end a number of things have been put in place: -

  • Ian Scott, noted local historian, has given us a history of Floral Clocks in Scotland and accompanied that with a plethora of photographs.
  • Eden Consultancy Group is currently designing stickers to facilitate the collection in the Howgate for which a date has been promised but is yet to be arranged.
  • The Services of Julie Currie , Falkirk Herald reporter have been promised for an article publicising the project.
  • Both The Howgate and Falkirk Bid are anxious to become involved in broadcasting the information across their marketing media.
  • It is hoped to offer sponsorship deals to businesses throughout the town in return for publicity of their involvement either at the site or by the use of our digital signature.
  • Les Pryde Council gardener who spent his apprenticeship planting up the old Clock will be centre stage in the promotion.
  • Klondyke Garden Centre have promised assistance in the provision of some bedding plants for the initial planting regime.
  • A quote for the clock itself has been obtained and once the funding is in place will be accepted.
  • Falkirk Council have already installed the power supply that will eventually drive the hands of the digitally operated electronic movement.

Ian Johnston returned today from his 3 week trip around New Zealand to present President Margaret with a banner from the Rotary Club of Queenstown.

Friday night the 16th of February saw the 75 members, family friends and guests enjoy an amazingly successful Annual Charter Celebration Dinner. The assembled company enjoyed a lovely meal at the Beancross followed by entertainment in the form of Andrew Niven's twin neices Lucy and Holly who sang Gaelic songs to the delight of everyione. In Touch, with John and Catherine, was the band that played through the rest of the evening of dancing. Tables were decorated with Scottish made goods and foodstuffs which at the end of the night was all donated to the Food Bank. Not satisfied with that Linda Noble and June had personalised gifts for everyone beautifully monogrammed in what was classic caligraphy. President Margaret is pictured here with Grangemouth Club President Stuart Comrie.

During the run up to Christmas Jim Cairns, Andrew Niven Sandy McGill and a friend of Sheena Dunsmore were actively helping Santa at his Grotto in the Klondyke Garden Centre. Klondyke have over the past three or four years committed the profits from that to Kidney Kids. This year the cheque amounted to a fabulous £1,768.75. Considering that there are four weekends involved at 10 hours per weekend, (that's 11.00 until 4.00pm each of Saturdays and Sundays) that works out at £44.20 per hour and I think that is effective fundraising.

It's now Public! The Rotary Club of Falkirk has joined forces with The Cyrenians to reinstate the Floral clock in the Dollar Park. A just giving page has been established at : -


It was really sad to discover the news that Bob Grant had died suddenly at home early in the new year.

Bob joined this Club in 1982 at the age of 52. He was one of three Doctors who were partners in the medical practice in Camelon all of whom were members of this Club, Gillies Sinclair and Craig Bryce being the other two.


Bob served the Club as president in 1990-1991 and as Secretary from 1999 – 2004. He very successfully acted as Editor for many years and the template of his “Rotary Calling” is still in use today.


Bob became the Club’s unofficial photographer of choice and many of the Clubs activities over the years have been recorded by him for posterity. In addition to this his computing skills were regularly called upon for the printing of leaflets and other pieces of Stationery for things like the District Quiz, Primary schools Quiz, the Golf day, Coffee Morning and many more.


Bob was an active member of this Club during all of the 35 years that he was a member being heavily involved in the initiative in the early years of “Polio Plus”, the forerunner of End Polio now. He was instrumental among others in organising an event for Polio Plus in the early 90s in the stables of Calendar House which raised in the region of £10,000. Later, he was heavily involved with Jim Penman in raising £35,000 for Strathcarron Hospice and acted as assistant Conference Convener to Jim for both Jim Watson’s and Ian Rule’s District Conferences.


Bob’s continuous effort in this Club earned him a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004. Not content with the success that he had enjoyed in the Club over all these years he continued to serve the Club on the team that provided the PA system for the Club’s weekly meetings. He will be sadly missed.

28th December.

15 members, friends, families and guests had a marvellous meal at Chianti today in place of the regular Club meeting because the Park Hotel was closed. As usual John Struthers carries the Laurels for the organisation of the event which saw 35 revellers in total enjoy an excellent meal and some first class fellowship.

26th December

Paul will be sending reports every Monday so I have created a page for the team Noble Progress on the Front page.

19th December.

Paul has delivered the latest update on progress of Team Noble Atlantic row. It's not as easy as they thought! it seems. You can read the latest here.

14th December

Sheena Dunsmore from Kidney Kids Scotland showed up today bearing gifts for the three stalwarts that help Santa out at Klondyke every year. Here are the three with Sheena sporting their Kidney Kids tartan ties. This was really kind and much appreciated by the intrepid trio.

12th December

This is our logo on the Team Noble "Pendovey Swift" you can read the update here

11th December

Sandy McGill and Jim Cairns visited Tesco in Camelon today to collect 21 shoe boxes filled by the staff at the store.

Team Noble update here

11th December

Falkirk Club receives recognition for contributions towards End Polio Now. Narek sleeps through presentation of Certificate at District AGM.

8th December.

Our Christmas Raffle this year has raised £1,322.75. Well done Harry.

6th December.

We have been approached by the Cyrenians in connection with their work in restoring and redeveloping Dollar Park. Lynda Ross-Hale (Senior Manager, Falkirk Services) attended our Council meeting on Thursday evening to tell us about their plans to reinstate the Floral Clock. They are keen to involve us and give us our place as the founders and funders of the original clock.


The Cyrenians are hoping to have the clock in place for their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018 and so are keen to launch the project as soon as possible. To this end, Lynda is aiming to put an article in the Falkirk Herald next week. She would like the press release to say that Falkirk Rotary and the Cyrenians are going to work in partnership to raise funds to reinstate the Floral Clock.


This does quite a lot for us - supporting local Social Care, building partnerships with like-minded organisations, contributing to our civic heritage and pride, participating in a community project (which Falkirk Rotary founded) and raising awareness of Rotary generally. 

20th November.

As a result of the Park Hotel closing over the festive season you should all know by this time that the inimitable John Struthers has organised that on Thursday 28th December we will lunch at Chianti instead. You should have intimated your intention to be there to John already. The cost will be £15 per head and the time is 12.15 for 12.30. I have put a link to the menu here

16th November

Three Club members and President Margaret visited the Kelpies after our meeting today to meet with four members from Grangemouth including President Stuart Comrie and Andrew Wilson the Area Shelterbox representative. The occasion was a photo opportunity handing over a cheque in the sum of £1,471.75 plus another £85 from Soroptimists to Andrew making a sum total in excess of £1,500.

7th November

The RIBI Conference is to be held in Torquay in April 2018. It’s the first time that the Conference has been held there since 1924. You can read all about it here.


Also our own Gordon McInally is Convention Convener for the 2018 RI Convention to be held in Toronto 23 – 27 June 2018. You can read all about it here.

1st November

As intimated in the article on the 26th October we posted a collection point outside film studio number 8 at Cineworld Falkirk on 1st November.


Sarah, the Manager, could not have been more helpful, allowing us access to the staff canteen and free coffee. Some of the collectors however found the instant coffee that was on offer was not up to the standard that they expected and chose instead to visit the coffee shop in the foyer.


There was not a huge crowd of folk in the cinema during any of the four screenings but those that were there were extremely generous. A total of £74.65 was collected which means that pretty well everyone that watched the movie contributed.


Huge thanks are due to Andrew Niven who organised the whole thing in less than a week 3 days of which he was at the Newcastle District Conference.

27-29 October

14 of us descended on Newcastle for the District 1020 annual Conference on Friday. After hospitality in President Elect Jim’s room we all had our evening meal at “Bistro Forty Six” in Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond.

The reception, service and food were all without peer and we had a ball.


The Conference began properly on Saturday morning and ended on Sunday lunchtime with a hilarious delivery from Geoff Mackey – Rotarian and motivational speaker. A more detailed account will be included in the next Rotary Calling.

26th October

We had a visit from 5 members of Shotts and District today and as is their wont they entered into the spirit of the Purple Pinkie initiative.

Breathe The Movie

Andrew Niven is hoping to convince the management of the Cinema in Falkirk to allow us to shake cans after some of the showings of this movie in aid of End Polio Now.

The movie is about ex-Army officer Robin Cavendish. He had been leaping about on a tennis court just hours earlier – but now the 28-year-old was paralysed for life.

Polio had struck at lightning speed and the young dad-to-be was told he just had three months to live.

Every moment of those months would be spent in hospital, hooked up to a breathing machine, unable to move from the neck down. So he begged his pregnant wife Diana, 25, to turn off the machine and let him go, so that she could be free to “start again”.

Diana refused and took on the medical profession and medical science to not only bring her beloved husband home, but to let him live a full and rich life for another 35 years.

Along the way, the couple and their inventor friends created the first wheelchair with a portable respirator and changed the world’s attitude towards the disabled.

Now their story is being told in an emotional movie opening this Friday in Falkirk and running for a whole week, starring The Crown actress Claire Foy as Diana and Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield as Robin.

Titled Breathe, it was produced by the couple’s son Jonathan, who made the Bridget Jones films, and directed by Gollum actor Andy Serkis.

In an exclusive interview Diana, now 83, told The Sun: “I never considered letting him die, not at all.”

24th October

You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to participate in this year’s World Polio Day festivities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s facility in downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. You can watch the event live on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) for an update on our global campaign to eradicate polio. A recording of the livestream will be available later.

19th October

Gordon Daly reeturned today from his extended holiday on the West coast of the USA. He had been given a banner from the Clubs that he visited on the condition that he send them a photograph of him presenting it to President Margaret.

Our bench in the Dollar Park.

We had the bench lovingly restored and replaced in its original position in the park next to the Prodigal Son. It was however moved from there to soft ground under the trees and was quite likely to rot there until Jessica Paterson Estates Development Officer with Falkirk Council got on the case. Jessica was instrumental in having the bench moved into the walled garden where it now sits in pride of place as witness this photograph from Robert Spears.

23rd September

Grangemouth and Falkirk Clubs got together again at the Howgate this time with the ShelterBox tent. The total raised between the two venues was £987. It is hoped that this will be augmented by other ventures and initiatives to £1,180 to allow the purchase of two ShelterBoxes. Well done everyone.

19th September

Ungrateful Grangemouth having had our support in York Square on Saturday chose to utterly thrash us comprehensively in the first round of the District Quiz in the Park Hotel on Tuesday night. The Falkirk Team was woefully inadequate against a more than adequate Grangemouth Team who won the day with a whopping 26 to 11 success.

16th September

Members of the Rotary Clubs of Grangemouth and Falkirk joined forces today in York Place in Grangemouth to raise much needed cash for Shelterbox.

7th September

Falkirk BID have won a Gold Award at the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards today for the Best Business Improvement District. The Eating beds in Falkirk High Street were praised for being Inovative. The awards brochure can be found here. The Falkirk BID award is on page 17. This project was spearheaded by Linda and June.

31st August

Our latest new full member. Donald McNicol, well known to us all, who recently enrolled as an associate member has now joined the Club as a full member. Donald was inducted by President Margaret at our meeting earlier today. Welcome Donald.

26th August

We have traditionally, well over the last two or three years anyway, sponsored Equi-power Riding for the Disabled. Anne Brown who has benefitted from the sponsorship has been great at coming to the Club and telling us just how much the sponsorship is appreciated and how much is achieved because of it. These are the most recent photographs she has let us have. Hopefully she'll come back and tell us more.


Traditionally our "Community Achievement" award has been sponsored by Phoenix Honda and we are indebted to them for their support over the years. having no longer any local contact Phoenix have decided that they will no longer be able to continue the sponsorship.

At our meeting on 17th August ian Johnston made a plea for Club members to fill the gap and was immediately confronted by at least two offers. As a result the sponsorship of this year's Award will be by Morton Pacitti.

19th August

The Shelterbox stand in the High Street on Charities day manned by June and Linda collected £145 while the Bottle stall organised by Stewart Ross and manned by a plethora of members sold out at 3.30pm and grossed a total of £1,019.50.

Thanks to ARD Consultancy and Falkirk Football Club, George Honeyman raised £180 by raffling a signed Bairns strip, a signed ball and two tickets to a game at Westfield. Well done everyone!

The ball was won by Mrs Sylvia Cochrane, the strip by Mr David Wheeler and the tickets by Mr Narek Bido.


17th August

Our speaker didn't show up today but we had a very successful meeting simply chatting amongst ourselves.

14th August
5 Club members visited Linlithgow Grange on Monday 14th August. Jim Cairns, Tom Curry, John Struthers, George Honeyman and Andrew Niven enjoyed a very warm welcome from President Harry Miller and the members. An excellent meal was enjoyed while many interesting conversations unfolded.
The speaker for the evening was Rosie Black from Historic Environment Scotland who gave a presentation on the project that HES were intending to carry out around Linlithgow Loch to improve water quality and the surrounding habitat hopefully with the assistance of Rotary members. Rosie also intimated that HES have recently carried out work around the area of the Kelpies. It is hoped that she might be persuaded to come to Falkirk at some point to address the Club in a similar vein.

10th August
As a result of one of our members pointing out that our bench in the Dollar Park had been unceremoniously dumped under some trees behind where it rightly ought to be Falkirk Council was approached. They have been extremely co-operative and have been in touch to say that the bench has been temporarily placed within the walled Garden for safekeeping until such times as they can arrange to have it bolted down in it's rightful place.

10th August
Both DEBRA and Kidney Kids have sent letters of thanks to the Club for the cheques they were given on the 13th July. The letters follow. In the letter from Kidney Kids Sheena promises to let us know exactly how her charges fared in the Transplant Games. She has since let us know that the Kidney Kids gained 19 Gold Medals, 14 Silver Medals and 16 Bronze. What an amazing haul. Well done everyone.         

Representatives from Cycling without Age, Kidney Kids Scotland and DEBRA all visited the Club on the 13th July 2017 to accept cheques for their Charities.

Six members visited Shotts and District Rotary Club on Wednesday night 12th July. There was much said about the route that the two drivers took to get there but they all arrived in time for a pint before the meeting. Shotts lived up to their reputation of the most genial hosts when member Alex Napier stepped in to entertain the room because their speaker had called off. Alex presented a career Biography of Claus Wunderlich the celebrated German organist complete with bluetooth and internet technology to illustrate the breadth of the man's repertoire.

Incoming RI President Ian HS Riseley has chosen "Rotary Making a Difference" as his theme for 2017-2018.

Click here to see his Theme / citation brochure

The Club has received the following e-mail from WaterAid on 23rd June: -

Obse is full of joy because she has clean safe water near her home. This joy was made possible because of Clubs like yours. Thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Falkirk, children like Obse will have the opportunity to grow, learn and achieve their true potential. Her Mother, Aberash, told us: -

"My children have had parasites and diarrhoea because they drank dirty water. Now we bathe our children with clean water and they drink clean water and they are healthier"

Aberash and her husband were both involved in the water project - carrying materials and helping to dig the trenches. They were both so desperate to give their children a better future. Now they can look at Obse's smile and know that she will grow up safe, happy and healthy thanks to their hard work.

Your Clubs donation of £600 will bring the same excitement and opportunity to the people of Liben Gamo, Babich Town and Toke Kombolcha.

Thank you so much for your committed support and generosity.

With best wishes

Imogen Hardman

After automatic counting and separation of coinage at Kidney Kids this afternoon 3rd July, The Grand sum of £492.82 (barring the discovery of any foreign coins) was raised at the Circus bucket collection. Almost half of the Club was present and by my reckoning including travel time grossed a total of some 29 hours. That equates to around £17.00 per hour! Not bad eh? Well done everyone who took part. 

Other events

Christmas Dinner

Charities day

District 1020 Conference 27-29 October 2017 Newcastle Civic Centre

District 1020 Conference 28 - 30 October 2016 Majestic Hotel, Harrogate