Fri 28th December 2018 at 12.55 - 14.00
President Sandy Farquharson MBE
Rotary club of Stirling meeting of 4th January 2019.
Our first meeting of the new year began with Dr John Rankin expressing the members congratulations to President Sandy Farquharson on his well-deserved award of an MBE. Apart from having been director of the Marie Trust, which helps the homeless, disabled, and socially excluded in the short and long term, Sandy has for many years been actively involved in a variety of charitable activities, most recently a cycle ride in Nepal raising money for local hospital services.
Treasurer Edmond Mansion reported that our collection for local charities had raised £1060. We were pleased to hear that our candidate for a Euroscholar award which we share with the Carse of Stirling club had been successful.
Our speaker was President Sandy Farquharson talking about his his recent charity cycle trip to Nepal. The cycling was arduous, hilly, narrow roads with very little tarmac, camping out at night, part of a group of
12 riders from a wide variety of backgrounds and a back up team of six, who set up camp each evening, and provided excellent food. Despite their best efforts tummy problems were not uncommon. Some of the things which stood out in Sandy's mind were the humid tropical climate, the potholes, severe air pollution and the poverty of the local people This has been made worse by the enduring effects of recent major earthquake activity. They reached a height of 8400 feet with many ascents and often hazardous descents on winding roads along the way, sharing the narrow road with heavy lorries, at times alarming especially as the edge of the road fell away so sharply. Against this, wonderful scenery, colourful villages and friendly people. Sandy's excellent pictures illustrated well just how hard the trip had been. Along the way they came upon two Rotary projects, and Sandy hopes that the club might become involved in Nepal where there is no shortage of need.
Next week 11/1/19 VP Ranald Ross-Watt in the chair, a business meeting, Visitor's host Stewart Wilson.