30th Anniversary Charter Dinner - 23 March 2019
The Rotary Club of East Sutherland celebrated a wonderful 30 years of service to this community with a fabulous Dinner and Ceilidh in Dornoch on Saturday 23 March 2019. Over 70 members, past members and guests including Senior District and World Rotary figures attended to mark 30 years to the day since the club was formed.
The club made 2 presentations of Paul Harris Fellowships with District Governor Ian Dow handing over the awards. Firstly, to Beau Beaton who marked 30 years of continuous membership and service to the club. The second presentation was to Jeanette Johnson the widow of founder member and club President Hugh who died recently and had been the “wise old man of the club for 30 years” if we include the year of struggling to get the club formed and running. Jeanette has been the “Mother Figure” and an ever present at club events and a tremendous support to Hugh and to the whole club for 30 plus years.
DG Ian was also delighted to welcome Tony Gill who was inducted as a new club member at the dinner taking the club up to 39 members with ambitions of another 5 soon!
Alistair and Fiona Risk set the scene as the first speakers with their tales of the club past and present and the characters and achievements that have made the club so vibrant and successful. From a male only retreat it is now a 50/50 gender club with an age range between 26 and 80 that seeks challenges and projects locally and Internationally and majors on school and Youth support.
District Governor Ian was liberal in his praise as he toasted the club in Clynelish. The President of Dingwall, Jane Chisolm, brought the greetings of the Mother Club and Mark Sutherland Fisher those of the Daughter club Tain and Easter Ross. The quest speakers from Rotary International, Keith and Jean Best, who are World Peace Ambassadors then took the floor and told of the need for Rotary to understand young people all over the world and to help them avoid conflict and care for others.
The evening then became a wall of sound and gyration as the ceilidh began and folk danced until the midnight hour. The fundraising activities during the evening raised over £600 to be split between local charity TYKES and Shelterbox.