2018/19 What we did

Our activities from July 2018 - June 2019

What we've been doing - year July 18 to June 19

Another very good year…
THEIR 2018 wine-tasting evening proved to be another very good year for Dunfermline Rotary Club.

For the occasion not only proved to be a vintage social success but also poured a corking sum into the club's benevolent coffers.
The event on 2rd November saw Lewis Graham, of Majestic Wines, share some vintner's insights with a company of some 100 imbibers at the Pitfirrane clubhouse of Dunfermline Golf Club, the Rotarians and their guests being supplemented by a score of participants from the host club.

Lewis offered a masterly critique of six wines which spanned the sparkling, red and white spectrum, and which were complemented by a buffet purveyed by the Pitfirrane club.

Social convener and event organiser Past-President Tom Arnott reported that the fund-raising spin-off from the social event was expected to channel some £600 into the Rotary club's charity trust fund.
ON your bikes, guys! And remember your money-spinning mission will help the final push to rid the world of polio.

Little Ava, the 20-month-old grand-daughter of Dunfermline Rotarian David Chalmers, brings her grandfather and siblings under starter's orders as they mount up for a sponsored cycle around Loch Leven in support of World Polio Day on 24th October.

David and his grandchildren, Elle (13) and Alex (10), raised £615 from their ride, but their campaign contribution will be trebled to £1845 - courtesy of a 2:1 uplift pledged by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over 30 years ago, Rotary and its partners launched an ambitious initiative to eradicate polio throughout the world.

Rotary has since raised over £1 billion to fund this cause and the incidence of polio has plummeted by over 99.99% - from around 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 in 2017. There are now only three polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Dunfermline Rotary Club president Tom Sunter observed, "Whilst tremendous progress has been made, the final steps of this journey are proving to be some of the hardest, and 2018 has seen 14 cases so far this year."

In commending David and his grandchildren for their fund-raising efforts, President Tom explained, "Substantial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is being given to Rotary's End Polio Now campaign, the result of which is that £2 is added to each £1 raised by David, Elle and Alex.

"It is estimated that some £100 million is still required to complete the job of making polio just the second human disease to be eradicated."
Fund-raising flutter

A fund-raiser flutter by the Rotary Club of Dunfermline has proved an odds-on winner for its benevolent fund.

Rotarians and their guests put on the style in a belated salute to Royal Ascot when they were brought under starter's orders on 21st September, at a fun race night at the Pitfirrane home of Dunfermline Golf Club.

The prize of a facial and nail bar experience was awarded for the best ladies' hat, and a raffle with superb prizes gave a further fillip to the proceeds of the tote betting on a seven-race card.

Fund-raising convener Andrew Watson this week reported that the event had raised a sum approaching £3000 for the club's charity trust fund, which donates to local, national and international good causes.

Rotarian pioneer who rolled out Britain's first wheelie bins.

Tributes have been paid to the memory of a well-known figure in Dunfermline Rotary, municipal and sporting circles, Mr Kenneth N. Fraser, who died on 23rd September, at his home in Perdieus Mount, Dunfermline. He was aged 86.

Kenneth, whose funeral was held on 1st October at Dunfermline Crematorium, retired in April, 1990, as director of environmental health to the former Dunfermline District Council, after a career in local-government service spanning more than 40 years in Dunfermline and Perth. He was regarded as a "pioneer in waste management in Scotland", introducing to Dunfermline District the first wheelie bins in mainland Britain.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline since 1973, Ken was the second-longest-serving member of the club in which he held the presidency in 1984-85. He was also a former club sports convener and along with that of different playing partners, his name appears with the greatest frequency on the roll of honour on the club's Friendly Foursomes golfing trophy.

Former council colleague and fellow past-president, Eric Keenan, told Rotarians, "Ken was a credit to Rotary, epitomising all that a good Rotarian should be, and was an example to us all.

"He devoted his career to public service in Dunfermline. When I first knew Ken, he was the depute burgh sanitary inspector. In the mid 1970s he became Dunfermline's first director of environmental health, a post which he held with distinction until 1990.

"Ken was one of the old school, a true gentleman. His great love was Dunfermline Rugby Club, where he enjoyed the game as a player and finally as honorary president. I am privileged to have known and worked with Ken for so many years. We will all miss him, but not forget him."

Kenneth's long association with Dunfermline Rugby Club saw him serve variously as a player, referee and fixture secretary, culminating in his appointment as honorary president of the McKane Park club, with whom his son Richard and grandson Adam followed successively in his playing footsteps.

Kenneth was also a former president of Dunfermline Sports Club and a long-standing member of Dunfermline Golf Club.

He also served as a committee member of the Abbeyfield (Dunfermline) Society and as an elder of the former St Paul's Parish Church.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Heather and Mairi, son Richard and three grandchildren.

Reflecting on his Rotary presidency, which was punctuated by such highlights as attendance at the District Conference at Gleneagles Hotel, Mr Fraser recalled shortly before his death, "The big social event of my year, and for that matter any year, was the Rotary ball held in Pittencrieff Park Pavilion. It was a sell-out, with a scramble for tickets. It was a charity function but fell by the wayside in modern times.

"Outwith my particular year, I can claim to have been part of the first crew of the club's annual Santa's Sleigh collections and thinking how generous the householders were then they opened their doors to us."

"INFECTIOUS enthusiasm" is how Morag McLullichdescribes her involvement with Dunfermline Rotary Club's latest international project in Kenya.

The retired Fife headteachervisited the club to accept,on behalf of the charity Vision Africa, a £2,100 cheque to fundspecialist therapy equipmentfor children with special needs.

Morag explained how children with disabilities, special needs and learning difficulties were being brought into the educational system instead of being stigmatised, branded a curse and hidden from public view.

A special therapy unit has been built by Vision Africa at the Kirunguru School in the Murang'a County of Kenya and it was for this unit that Rotary funded the specialist equipment, including mobile therapy kits, required to assess the children to prepare for schooling.

Also involved were members of the Rotary Club of Langata and their Rotoract Club who helped dig out the foundations and access for the therapy unit.

Morag acquired her "infectious enthusiasm"during visits to Kenya over a number of years to help Vision Africa develop the integration of children with special needs into mainstream education.She illustrated her talk with moving examples of how this early intervention in the lives of children with special needs had made a huge difference to the quality of their lives.

Vice-President Noel McKenna handed over the cheque,which comprises £1,100 from the Dunfermline club's charity account and £1,000 from Rotary Foundation, the main charity fund of Rotary International.

Mr McKenna recalled, "Our club's very first project with Vision Africa - to provide a water pump for a school in Kenya - was some nine years ago when, co-incidentally, I was president of the club. And it was a further co-incidence that it was Morag's daughter, Kirsty, who managed that project.

"I am pleased that we have maintained our relationship with Vision Africa, thereby demonstrating the international dimension of Rotary by supporting such worthwhile projects."

Morag voiced the thanks of Vision Africa for this latest support for its work - "and, in particular, of the children who will derive so much benefit from this equipment."

Captain Tom takes the helm
THE new man at the helm of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline, as it steers towards its centenary in 2022, is retired Royal Navy captain Tom Sunter, the last commander of Rosyth Naval Base.
As the club plots its course towards its year-long commemorations, Tom brings to the office not only the navigational skills of a distinguished Naval career but his post-service experience in civilian leadership roles within the Scottish business community.
On assuming the presidency, Tom pledged to re-affirm the club's community service mission…"to achieve the aim of working with, and for, our local community and especially at the youth and schools levels".
Tom has already played an active role in developing Rotary International's youth-development ethos by piloting pupil initiatives in 'hire' education and adjudicating local schools competitions in creative writing and philanthropic entrepreneurship.
Tom left the Senior Service in 1996 after holding numerous commands ashore and afloat. His service, which encompassed two seasons in the Antarctic and many years in the Far East, also saw excursions into other roles in counter-terrorism and anti-drugs operations in Miami and the Caribbean. His final posting was as the last Commander Rosyth Naval Base and Captain HMS Cochrane.
Since leaving the Royal Navy, Tom has fulfilled roles as chief executive of Business Enterprise Scotland and executive director of the Institute of Directors Scotland, as well as serving on the boards of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Fife Enterprise and Lauder College. He has also been a Deputy Lieutenant for Fife.
Tom and wife Margaret have three daughters, four grand-children - and one whippet!
*In handing over to his successor the club insignia with his best wishes, the outgoing president David Lyth reflected on a year in which a stable and predominantly active membership had delivered £13,000 for good causes and secured the leadership succession over the next three years.