2018/19 Weekly Meetings

Brief notes on our weekly meetings

2018/19 - Brief reports on our Meetings (and sometimes the menu)

· Excellent 27 members

· Noel did not receive the memo that President, SVP & JVP should wear matching jackets commensurate with their age and status – loud check country sports jackets

· Tom reported on excellent wine tasting evening which should raise £600 for charity

· Tom reported on Gavel teams success on Tuesday evening by 1 point against last year’s runners up to secure progression from Champions League Group Stage (do you remember those Jim?)

· Graham is seeking helpers for the stall in the Kingsgate on Saturday to get people to register to take part in the Santa Dash teh following week

· Brian reported on Euroscola candidate passing The Apprentice style interview with Claude (John Anderson ) and Margaret (Bill Spence). He progresses now to District. The Quiz is on 30th November. Pease take part failing which provide a raffle prize

· The Fireworks Display was cancelled and hence our collection to benefit Kids Out was too

· Eric on behalf of Nile cruiser Andrew highlighted the Christmas Lunch on 9th December. We can expect a small choir someone said.

· David confirmed the deadline for shoeboxes is in 2 weeks time.

· David Fraser gave an excellent and entertaining Members Tail with slides of newspaper headlines, cartoons and a smutty story. Text book VoT from Eric

· Next week Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates tell all re the Peace Palace. The President seeks a top turnout of members and guests for is sure to be a great evening. Host is Ronnie Pook, Receptionists are Pip Yeates and Dave Somerville and VoT is Mike Williams



· 29 members, DG Ian Dow, Ass’t Area Governor Heather Stewart, WF President John Stirling and member Aileen North

· Topical grace from John Anderson

· Great menu choice

· Various reports/reminders on Gavel win 13 – 3 v Inverkeithing & DB, Wine Tasting, Fireworks Collection, Peace Palace Speakers, Santa Dash, Quiz, Xmas Lunch & RM Band Concerts. It’s going to be busy chaps....

· District Governor Ian Dow took part in a Q & A. Master of tact & diplomacy Charlie kicked things off! Ian dealt very well with direct and searching questions and gave no BS in response. The President thanked him for attending.

· Next week the only meeting is Friday night for wine tasting. The following Thursday we meet at lunchtime for David Fraser’s member’s tale. Host is JVP Alan, VoT Andrew Watson and Receptions Mike and Hugh

· 29 members, DG Ian Dow, Ass’t Area Governor Heather Stewart, WF President John Stirling and member Aileen North

· Topical grace from John Anderson

· Great menu choice

· Various reports/reminders on Gavel win 13 – 3 v Inverkeithing & DB, Wine Tasting, Fireworks Collection, Peace Palace Speakers, Santa Dash, Quiz, Xmas Lunch & RM Band Concerts. It’s going to be busy chaps....

· District Governor Ian Dow took part in a Q & A. Master of tact & diplomacy Charlie kicked things off! Ian dealt very well with direct and searching questions and gave no BS in response. The President thanked him for attending.

· Next week the only meeting is Friday night for wine tasting. The following Thursday we meet at lunchtime for David Fraser’s member’s tale. Host is JVP Alan, VoT Andrew Watson and Receptions Mike and Hugh

· 19 members, 3 visiting Rotarians from Kirkcaldy and Paul Sharples who advertised in Race Night programme

· Choice of curry, salmon or steak pie

· Ian Morris reported on Gavel win night before at Burntisland by 13 – 3. Well done to Gerry and his partner who were undefeated. Great buffet including homemade scotch pies.

· Tom Arnott confirmed ticket price for Wine Tasting is £15 which is fully redeemable against purchases!

· David Chalmers pushed shoeboxes

· I read out a lovely letter of thanks from Christine Fraser re her flowers, members who had visited Ken at home, expressions of sympathy from so many and members who had attended Ken’s funeral. She concluded that Ken had been proud to be a Rotarian and a Past President of the club and valued all the many friendships he made with fellow members.

· The President highlighted that the next few months will be very busy with many events planned in addition to regular meetings which require members to be fully engaged with to make them a success

· David Somerville gave a comprehensive member’s tale about his only unresolved fire investigation with a very high quality PowerPoint presentation (raising the bar massively in that respect for those following – thanks Dave). Following much innuendo as to the actions of the police Chief Superintendent Brian Steer gave a witty riposte sorry vote of thanks

· Next week’s speaker is PC Alan Stewart. Host is Alex Mill, vote of thanks David Steele, reception David Walker & Alan Mutter

· The Loyal Toast was remembered belatedly!

· 17 members, guest Eileen Runciman and speaker. Let’s do better than this!

· Sea bass, chicken or beef offered. Member quote “Could the secretary write to my wife to complain about the menu at home to achieve a similar improvement!” Members wife to be referred to my wife for legal advice.

· Grace namechecked speaker rhyming Julie with woolly.

· Tom Arnott pushed wine tasting on 2nd November

· David Steele cautioned moderation at the wine tasting due to Fireworks Collection next day

· President pushed for large attendance on 15th November to hear the Peace Palace Ambassadors

· Speaker Julie Journeaux wonderfully explained the Curriculum for Excellence and such was her success that members engaged in an unprecedented level of insightful and humorous questioning.
Highlight however was Charlie Downie intimating he would have to leave early in her talk due to a long standing commitment.
Minutes later Charlie sat uneasily shifting in his seat not looking forward to interrupting the speaker.
Head Teacher Julie being familiar with young boys who need to leave class for a comfort break recognised Charlie’s predicament and excused him from class!

Bill Spence gave an excellent vote of thanks.

· Next meeting is Members Tale David Somerville “The One That Got Away”. Vote of thanks is Graham Steedman and receptionists are The President and Ian Morris

For those not there you should be aware that George Sinclair was inducted into the Club.

David Somerville introduced George in the following terms: George was born in Thurso, Caithness did an apprenticeship with the UK Atomic Energy Authority n Dounreay and in his 5th year went to Heriot watt University.
George has lived in Dunfermline for 41 years, 27 in Fairways.

He graduated from Heriot Watt in 1971 and worked as an electronics design Engineer, Senior Engineer and Project leader in various companies in Central Scotland until 1988.

Much of his design work was for the UK armed forces. Two of his most interesting projects were designing an Armoured vehicle mounted radar for the UK army and Surveillance equipment for NATO.
He became a project Manager in 1988 with Ferranti in Edinburgh and eventually had a team of 30 design engineers and Project Leaders reporting to him, designing military avionics and land based equipment.
Ferranti later became BAE Systems and he became a bid manager. He managed over 160 bids ranging from £50K to £150M for customers across all 5 continents, latterly with a team of Bid Managers reporting to him He retired in 2006

Since 2006 he has written and published short stories 2 novels and nonfiction books and has several other books in preparation. He has taken an active part in many sports including mountaineering, pony trekking, running, skiing, snorkelling, squash and weight lifting. He took part in inter-university competitions in Judo and swimming. He still does gym and swim and hill walking regularly.

He contributes to the culture and creativity of Fife by helping to run Fife Writes which holds free gigs and writing workshops in various venues across Fife. 52 events have been held so far. The aim is to promote writers, novelists, poets and musicians and to help budding creatives.

My recommendation - I am happy to recommend George Sinclair as a member of Rotary since I believe he meets the criteria to become an active and successful Rotarian. I understand there have been no objections to his prospective membership following the `7 day letter` sent by our Secretary. I have no hesitation in recommending George Sinclair as a member of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline.

Well said David and a very warm welcome George

· 18 members

· Good menu choices chicken, liver or gnocchi

· We warmly welcomed back the Loyal Toast. Let’s hope we can keep it up for another 96 years plus.

· The President teased new member in waiting George Sinclair that there are only a few days left for the black balls to arrive.

· Eric for David reminded members that shoeboxes are now with us

· Andrew reminded members he is seeking raffle prizes and young cashiers failing which members will have to assist for a time on the evening

· New member to be George reported that he is assisting David Somerville in tutoring 5 youngsters on job applications. Next week is on interviews.

· Bill Runciman gave a potted history of his early police career including the suicide on his first night shift and capturing Edinburgh’s most famous house breaker. The way Bill described it for my part I thought the police dog deserved the highest praise! Discrimination was not really the issue it is now when Bill was on the beat as evidenced by him picking on the “small”” members at the middle table. Bill Livingstone gave a textbook vote of thanks.

· Next week the meeting is the Race Night on Friday and the following week is an Admin/Fellowship meeting. The receptionists are the Premier Services boys.

· 20 members attended

· Graham reported on the hugely enjoyable and entertaining Wee Golf Course event organised by Tom Arnott and grudgingly congratulated Claire Chalmers and her partner for winning the fun event

· Graham also reported on plans for a Santa Dash followed later by a collection at the Christmas Lights switch on all on November 17th. Big support from members attending will be required ie 25/30 marshals sought.

· David Chalmers has 200 shoeboxes to disburse. Ideally they should get to those schools collecting before their midterm break on 5th October.

· Keith McFarlane reported on visiting Ken Fraser

· The President thanked David Chalmers for a fund raising family bike ride in support of World Polio Day

· Our eloquent speaker was Shannon Burke from Queen Anne HS and as from this weekend the University of Glasgow who informed members of her trip to the European Parliament at Strasbourg where they required to speak French throughout. Ronnie Pook gave a vote of thanks highlighting how confident the younger generation are when attending a meeting of balding/greying old men....

· The President reminded Council members that the next Council meeting is Monday 17th September at 18:00 HRS at Dunfermline GC.

· Next meeting speaker is at lunchtime and Members Tale HOT COALS comes from Bill Runciman. Receptionists are David Somerville and Russell Matthews. The Vote of Thanks according to the Rota is to be given to Bill by Bill! The President will pick on someone next week to address this.

· Our President, Captain Tom Sunter RN overlooked the loyal toast (as highlighted to him on the pro-form agenda emailed to him by the secretary that afternoon and as has been custom for 96 years). Court martial expected.

· Chaired by Noel showing a good recovery knee surgery.

· An excellent 24 members and guest George Sinclair

· Great menu choice, ample totties/chips and veg, new coffee to sample

· Tom Arnott pushed participation in the partner swapping event he plans for next Friday 31st August. If you prefer not to swap but just eat very welcome too at 8pm. Some golf too apparently.

· Andrew Watson now has excellent ticket sales for Royal Ascot night but seeks more plus raffle prizes, sponsors for 3 of 7 races and helpers on night for betting eh younger family members

· Morag McLullich gave an excellent talk on the Rotary funded project at Kirunguru School, Kenya. She presented vivid slides and told heart-warming stories of a few of the children who have been assisted having been effectively abandoned to the school. Alan Mutter gave the vote of thanks

· Next week is fellowship meeting again at lunchtime. Receptionists should be first 2 members to arrive – many thanks
Another cracking meeting

· 25 members and 7 guests Norma Condie, Carole Pook, Mary Steele, Eileen Runciman, Anne McFarlane, Danny & Karen McLaughlin

· Menu included sea bream! Lawyers letters do work.

· Ian Morris pressed for support for Race Night on 21st September ie sponsorship and buying horses.

· Brian Blanchflower obtained approval for Peace Palace Ambassadors Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates to receive £150 each from the Club for incidental expenditure.

· Keith McFarlane intimated that his daughter Alison is performing at the Fringe in a play Moonlight on Leith (not Gorgie) and it is highly recommended

· Alan Condie gave a fantastic presentation on humour through the years memorably introducing the Two Ronnies Four Candles sketch by confirming that Ronnie Corbett played the Jim Craig role. Alan and Brian Steer have set the bar very high for Member’s Tales! Graham Steedman gave a vote of thanks which set a new record for length but despite that was nearly as good as Alan’s talk.

· Next week’s Tale is from John Anderson on the subject of an Eccentric Ambition. For those of you who were there last night you will appreciate that John faces a humorous week. The host is Gerry Gillespie, vote of thanks from Alan Mitchell and receptionists are Alan Mutter & John Haxton

· Chaired by Noel showing a good recovery knee surgery.

· An excellent 24 members and guest George Sinclair

· Great menu choice, ample totties/chips and veg, new coffee to sample

· Tom Arnott pushed participation in the partner swapping event he plans for next Friday 31st August. If you prefer not to swap but just eat very welcome too at 8pm. Some golf too apparently.

· Andrew Watson now has excellent ticket sales for Royal Ascot night but seeks more plus raffle prizes, sponsors for 3 of 7 races and helpers on night for betting eh younger family members

· Morag McLullich gave an excellent talk on the Rotary funded project at Kirunguru School, Kenya. She presented vivid slides and told heart-warming stories of a few of the children who have been assisted having been effectively abandoned to the school. Alan Mutter gave the vote of thanks

· Next week is fellowship meeting again at lunchtime. Receptionists should be first 2 members to arrive – many thanks


The New Aircraft Carriers

More than 80 Club members plus guests, including Rotarians from four other local clubs, sat down to supper followed by a most informative and indeed fascinating Presentation by the Senior Warfare Officer of Britain's latest and largest warship, HMS PRINCE OF WALES.
This was followed by a lively and very active Q&A session.

· Fine topical grace from John

· Fine attendance of 22 members

· That means 29 members missed a fantastic tale by Brian Steer. Memorably introduced by Tom as being mentally unstable Brian proceeded to tell us of his rescue of a 15 year old “jumper” from the roof of a store on North Bridge, Edinburgh whilst only 12 weeks into the job. Little did Tom know that Brian would prove how mentally unstable he was to go out on a ledge 100 feet above the street. The faded newspaper cuttings were a great touch. The members tasked with telling tales in the coming months are quaking at the thought of follow that. Russell Matthews gave the vote of thanks.

· New menu item this week spaghetti bolognese with garlic ciabatta

· Subscriptions were due 1st July

· Next week is the biggie – Lt-Cmdr Moss-Ward on the carrier and Defence generally. This should be a cracking meeting as we expect at least 55 with West Fife cancelling their meeting in order to join us with some Carnegie members and other guests coming too. If you have not already indicated to Tom that you are coming (+ guest?) please do so now. You will appreciate that we need to give the hotel an accurate number in advance. Hosting is David Fraser and vote of thanks is Keith McFarlane. Reception is Alex Mill & Ano’r

· President Tom’s 1st meeting in the hot seat was last Thursday

· John Anderson had a suitable topical grace to reflect this

· No guests but 24 members attended

· The Council’s written complaint to Garvock re price rise, timekeeping at lunchtime, poor menu and coffee was read out

· Tom supported by a number of members gave a concise but detailed presentation of the plans for the year using the attached presentation.(Contact Bill Spence if you would like a copy) If you were not able to attend this is well worth considering in order to see the shape of the very full year ahead.

· Next week’s meeting is the first Member’s Tales given by Brian Steer. Hosting is Charlie, vote of thanks Russell and reception Noel and David Fraser