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This is the Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Nairn
July 2017
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Message from the New Club President

It is a great privilege to be appointed to serve as the President of the Club for the coming year.  However, I will be reliant on some key people to support me in this role.  I am delighted to confirm that Paddy Collins will serve as Vice President and Blayne Peacock has agreed to be Junior Vice President. Ian Bryce is to remain as Secretary and John Hart has agreed to do one more year as Treasurer. Bill Robertson has agreed to represent Past Presidents, in view of Brian R M Stewart now leaving the area.  There are a number of key areas for the coming year:


Nigel Green is continuing to do a great job in encouraging us all to invite new members and new Friends of Rotary. Engaging with potential new members is a very difficult task. Our acquaintances and friends tend to be our age, so no use looking at that for new blood! This is not a problem exclusive to Nairn Rotary Club, but shared by Rotary Clubs all over the world. We continue to review ways in which we can make membership easier and more attractive, particularly to those who work during the day.

Fellowship and having fun while being a Rotarian is an important element of membership. We enjoy a good relationship with Inner Wheel, who entertain us very imaginatively at our joint Annual Dinner. The social events such as the Gavel Competition, the Golf Day, Burns Lunch, and Christmas lunch are all very popular and we would welcome any ideas for further socialising.


The demise of the Nairnshire Challenge has obviously raised concerns about the future of funding. Over the years the Challenge allowed the Club to be very generous with donations both to individuals, and to other charities in Nairn and Nairnshire; to provide Shelter Boxes in emergencies abroad and at home; participate in projects being undertaken by other clubs in the region; and to contribute to Rotary International in the pursuit of a polio free world. Now that the Nairnshire Challenge has had its day, we are considering other ways to raise funds as well as an alternative to the Challenge in years ahead.

Community engagement

We will be continuing to get our message out into the community, particularly at the Farmers Show and Games Day. As well as this, we help with local events when required – marshalling at races and helping with events such as: the Christmas lights switch on; Shine at the Academy; the 10K; and the Loony Dook. It is also part of the plan for future events of our own that we will make them more family inclusive, such as we did for the Patrons Lunch last year.
We are already quite heavily involved in youth competitions. The Rotary Primary Schools Quiz this year saw Cawdor School go through to the finals again.  We also support the Youth Speaks and the Young Writers Competitions this year  (where in the latter we managed to rock the boat by having a Gaelic entry).  If we are serious about a Rotakids club, and the schools were up for it, we need to find some way to engage with them, giving them a project, or involving them in the organisation of something we ourselves plan to do.

It was a boost to hear that we are one of the few clubs sending four teenagers to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course each year and it is important that this continues. 


Unfortunately, except for our willingness to send Shelter Boxes when necessary (and a TV for a young lad in Sri Lanka, in conjunction with the Rotary club of Columba), we have not been very proactive recently in International. We have been asked by Forres Rotary Club, and have agreed, to help with funding which they are organising. However there is no reason for us not to look at potential overseas projects.  There is money available from District and Rotary Foundation, so if anyone knows of a worthy cause please let me know.

Club lunch

It was suggested recently that we could look at having a rotation of chairperson for our weekly lunch. This particularly appealed to me as I am not always going to make Tuesday lunch, particularly during the open season for the museum.  If the members agree, I think this would be a good step forward, with the chair doing the introduction of the guest, note of thanks, raffle etc. This is still to be agreed.
I look forward to an exciting year with you working to support our Community.
Yvonne Cotter
President of Nairn Rotary Club

Isabella Gordon, from Nairn Academy, was supported by the Club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course in Nethybridge. Here she is pictured being seen off for her adventure by Yvonne Cotter.  
Three more young people from Nairn will be off to the boys' camp on 8th July, again paid for by the Club.  For more information about RYLA, click here.
Some Photos from our Recent Rotary Golf Competition at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, won by Brian R M Stewart
At the Dinner afterwards, Brian R M Stewart handed over the
Presidency to Yvonne Cotter
11       Lunch and Speaker - Fiona MacLeod:  ‘The Highland Archive Service’
18       Lunch and Speaker - Paddy Collins ‘Rumble in the Jungle’
25       Lunch and Speaker - Marlyn Somers   ‘Uganda Project’
29      The Nairn Show www.nairnshow.org.uk/2017

1          Club Business
8          Lunch and Speaker - John Hart
15        Lunch and Speaker - Tim Hurst  ‘Wave Energy Technology’
19        Nairn Highland Games www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk
22        Lunch and Speaker - Bill Wilson
29        Lunch and Speaker - Steven Jack  ‘Opportunities for fresh produce growers’
 5         Club Business
12        Lunch and Speaker - Martin Macdonald
12-17   Nairn Book and Arts Festival – nairnfestival.co.uk
19        Lunch and Speaker - Jay Muirhead  ‘Activities of Signpost’
26        Lunch and Speaker - RYLA  Presentation
29        Afternoon Tea and Entertainment at Nairn Community Centre 2:30 to 5pm
3          Club Business
10        Lunch and Speaker - Frank Milne
17        Lunch and Speaker - Sandy Renfrew  ‘Living with Parkinsons’
24        Lunch and Speaker - Amy Watson  ‘India Project’
31        Lunch and Speaker - Alan Lowe  ‘Pharmacy – the 4th Emergency Service’
 7          Club Business
14        Lunch and Speaker - John Brown
21        Lunch and Speaker - Alan Watson Featherstone ‘Restoring the Caledonian Forest’
24        Christmas Lights Switch On
28        Lunch and Speaker - Tim Honnor
 5          Club Business
9          Christmas Fayre
12        Lunch and Speaker - Dan Farrell
16        Bag Packing at Sainsbury’s
19        Christmas Lunch
26        No Meeting    
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