Rotary In Dundee Citation
Rotary In Dundee receive a special Citation for their youth development work
Rotary clubs in Dundee have been presented with a special Citation for their work in developing the skills and talents of local young people. This unique award, from Rotary’s North East of Scotland district, recognises the exceptional effort undertaken by five clubs in collaboration with school staff and pupils throughout Dundee.
Each year up to six major competitions are organised showcasing a wide range of skills in Dundee’s youngsters; Young Writer, Young Musician, Youth Speaks, Young Chef, Young Technologist and Young Photographer. Over the past year, many Dundee pupils have progressed to regional and national finals with Grove Academy pupil, Mia Kellner, recently winning the National Young Writers Award.
Rotary clubs in Dundee also organise Kids Out, a day of fun and free activities, for all children in Kingspark School.
The clubs also financially support several fifth year students to attend a week long leadership residential course at Abernethy outdoor centre.
An annual quiz is facilitated for all primary schools in Dundee and Fife with three schools being selected to compete at regional level.
Rotary youth development programmes encourage pupils of all ages to support community and charitable initiatives. Rotakids clubs have been formed in two Dundee primary schools while Interact clubs operate in many secondary schools throughout the city. Rotaract clubs, for young adults aged 18-30, also have their own fundraising programmes supporting local and international charities.
Dundee’s five Rotary clubs and their Youth Development teams work closely together, under the leadership of District Youth Co-ordinator Tim Baker, with the Department of Education, teaching staff and pupils.
Tim said “The talent in Dundee schools is amazing and there is plenty of it! It is a true privilege to work with the Rotarian teams and dedicated staff to see pupils realise their hopes and dreams. It is such a great success story and a testimony to the talent and hard work going on in Dundee for which we should be very proud. Our aim is for that to continue for many years to come”.
The five Clubs forming ‘Rotary in Dundee’ are Dundee, Claverhouse, Dundee Discovery, Abertay and Monifieth.
The Rotary Club of Dundee received a letter dated 30 October from Bill Bowman MSP following a motion submitted in the Scottish Parliament
That the Parliament congratulates Dundee Rotary Club for being recognised by Rotary North East District; commends the club for its work with the city's schools, including awarding pupils for achievements in art and technology; notes that many of these pupils have subsequently advanced to UK-wide competitions, and looks forward to the continued partnership between the club and the schools in its community.
Supported by: Tom Mason, Peter Chapman, Jeremy Balfour, Finlay Carson, Margaret Mitchell, Alexander Stewart, Michelle Ballantyne, Liz Smith, Gordon Lindhurst, Annie Wells, Murdo Fraser, Alison Harris, Edward Mountain, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Alexander Burnett, Miles Briggs, Brian Whittle