A Busy Meeting

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Last Wednesday’s meeting of Rotary Club of East Sutherland represented Rotary at its best.  At the start we welcomed fellow Rotarian, Larry Jackson, from La Grange in Texas.  Larry and his wife are on holiday in the area and so he looked us up for a visit.  He commented that although smaller than his own club, he was impressed with our range of activities.  He presented us with a pennant from his Cub, receiving an RCoES one in exchange

President John McMurray then had the pleasure of presenting long-time member Peter Wild with a Paul Harris Award.  These awards are named after Paul Harris who founded the Rotary organisation Chicago in 1905.  They recognise members who have made significant contributions to Rotary.  Peter has been Programme/Speaker Organiser for many years.  During his term of office Peter has introduced a large number of local charities to Rotary, many of whom have benefited from this association.  In addition to being very active in the local community he has also found time be involved with the route planning, filming and publicity for our Classic Car Tour, willingly giving his time to this and other RCoES activities.

Our first speaker was Hayley Lyons of Dementia Scotland, who is based in Dingwall.  She explained that Dementia can take many forms, that manifest themselves in different ways.  It is becoming more common as people live longer, which presents communities with a great challenge.  Hayley handed over to Frances McKay who explained how the local Dementia Cafes work.  Run by volunteers, they give sufferers the opportunity to get out of their houses and meet other people once a month.  This is highly beneficial to them.  She said she would love to be able to open the cafes more times a month, but as the  number of volunteers is limited this is not possible.  Frances would welcome more volunteers.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact Hayley at hlyons@alzscot.org