A Great Conference Weekend


President John McMurray led 12 RCoES members and partners to Coylumbridge for a superb Rotary District 1010 Conference.  Among a host of superb speakers were Sally Magnusson and her charity Playlist for Life, World Record cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont, the fascinating and humorous Professor James Grieve with his “Let the Dead do the Talking” (he is a Forensic Pathologist with a worldwide reputation)and Professor Norman Drummond from the Columba 1400 Charity who expounded the mantra of his success and of potential success for others - “Real Lasting Change happens, One on One, One by One and then in Partnership.  Also showcased were some Rotary club projects which highlighted all the wonderful work our organisation does working together and in partnership with others.  All the projects were making an impact in improving the life of others.

The evening entertainment was super especially the band at Saturdays Ceilidh Dance which provided a reel mix of Scottish dance music and those great songs from the sixties and 70,s that most Rotarians met their partners to when at the dancing all those years ago!!”  The Rotary Club of East Sutherland was fortunate to have been awarded a stand to showcase our charity work especially the Tern Project that demonstrated Working in Partnership with other organisations.  A total of £150 was raised from Tern Badge sales for RSPB and when they sold out we switched to providing “Purple Pinkies” and a Whisky raffle which raised a further £100 for Polio which Bill Gates and Rotary will increase to £400.  Over 300 people visited the stall and were impressed by our clubs efforts and were also impressed by our Youth Support as our projects with Rotakids and Interact were featured on the Youth Stand and our membership Growth and our Club Visioning were held up as good examples to follow on the Rotary Membership Stand.

So well done East Sutherland and well done President John, Elizabeth & John Sweetman, Alisdair Miller, Rob Pope, John Ford, Hugh Johnston, Alistair & Fiona Risk and all their partners for flying the flag for East Sutherland at a hugely enjoyable weekend event in the Highlands.