Ralph's Reports

A light hearted report on our weekly meetings

Brief reports on our Meetings (and sometimes the menu)



22 members
In absence of John Anderson the Leishman I gave the Leishman Grace
In the absence of President Noel and Senior VP Alan, Junior VP Brian Blanchflower took the hot seat. His introductory welcome was fulsome.
Ronnie was presented with the Couples Golf Trophy
David Chalmers reported on the Water Harvesting project and the good initial response to Shoeboxes of at least 2 per member.
The Quiz is on 22nd November at McKane. £10pp including Brian’s stovies.
Santa Dash is on 16th November
John Haxton’s member’s tale was on work, rest and play. In tribute to Brian in the chair John only managed to get through play (rugby) and get started on work before running out of time before offering to come back and finish off to Brian Steer’s delight. School friend since P1 day 1 Blair gave an excellent vote of thanks chastising John for failing to entertain us with his singing, Zulu dancing and his horn.
Next week’s meeting is in the evening and the speaker is our own Tom Sunter on Wild Ice (Antarctic Moments). The VOT is by Alan Mitchell, host is John Haxton and receptionists are Andrew Bathgate & Tom!
To my amazement Brian finished chairing the meeting at 2.06 pm which was exceptional as the meal serving started a little late. Well done Brian.


24 members and guests Isa Anderson, John Sim, Scott Ruddiman (civic driver) & Jim Leishman
David Chalmers reported on Shelterbox, additional equipment for Kenyan Therapy Unit including 2nd rocking horse named and stamped Noel (1st was Tom!) and parallel bars and finally Shoeboxes with the aim that each member contribute at least 2 so that we reach our target of at least 100.
Keith reported that Ronnie Pook and his partner Helen Doran won the Couples Golf event on the wee course last Sunday. The trophy (sized at the opposite end of the scale from the cup with the big ears in Glasgow) will be presented to Sean to take home to Helen at an upcoming meeting. Keith is collecting collecting boxes to distribute for the Remembrance Poppies.
Alan Mutter has posters for Santa Dash on 16th November to pass to you if you have somewhere to promote the event.
Brian B spoke at length on Youth & Schools….he needs 6 members to assist with the Young Musician Comp on 8th November at Dunfermline HS. Members approved expenditure of £595 on 2 suitable candidates selected by the Club not school for RYLA next July.
Jim Leishman gave a tour de force history of his career in football (playing and management) and latterly as a politician and Lord Provost of the Kingdom of Fife. Jim from Lochgelly has risen to dizzy heights and spoke at length on his international travel as our Provost. I trust Jim’s chauffeur got him home safely. I knew Ian Morris’ vote of thanks would have everything and the kitchen sink in it when Ian got in touch prior to the meeting doing some fact checking. Ian did not disappoint and read the many pages of his notes beautifully!
Next week’s meeting is a lunchtime Member’s Tale from John Haxton. John gave a tremendous speech at the end of the celebration of the District Conference which ought to ensure an excellent attendance next week. The host is Gerry Gillespie, VoT Blair Morgan (keep it shorter than Ian) and receptionists are Jim Barnet & Brian Steer.
NB our President and Senior Vice President are absent next week so take it easy on the Junior VP who will be in the hot seat. My bet is we will finish by 2.30pm at the earliest…


21 members attended
JVP Alan pushed the Santa Dash on 16th November. I will forward a flyer for this event for you to use/circulate
David C pushed Shoeboxes
I pushed attendees for the Couples Golf event on Sunday at 4pm (please contact Keith) and for volunteers for the Beer Festival on Saturday (contact cjs@businesslaw.co.uk)
September draw winners are £60 Sean Doran and £40 Jack Wardell
Noel thanked Blair for organising a great event last Thursday
Jean Wilson from Leven RC gave a demonstration on how to give a presentation for Lymphoma Action for which she is an Ambassador. Their colour is purple so she had a quiz on the subject the prizes for which she dispensed small bars of Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate. She did go on bit thereafter for which Noel desperately signalled to her with is watch but we can forgive her that. David Fraser gave the vote of thanks.
Next week is an evening meeting and the speaker is Jim Leishman MBE etc. Not sure of the subject but it is bound to be about Jim. The host is David Gemmell for which I know Noel has organised a sub, VoT is Alan Mitchell and receptionists are Tom Arnott and David Steele.

21 members attended
Cheeseburger on menu
Grace included “dab hand” and “cacophony”
Graham Steedman reported on fascinating tour of Amazon and what great guys they are! Graham finally twigged that their

LOGO HERE

logo reflects that they cover everything from A to Z!
David Chalmers seeks help to distribute shoeboxes to schools and any other outlets you may care to suggest.
The Partners Golf event on Sunday 29th September is fast approaching. Names on the board asap please.
Alan and Graham are again organising the Santa Dash for 16th November seeking 250 entrants. Put this in your diary to assist for a couple of hours in the middle of the day.
David Lyth gave a wonderful member’s tale of his experiences in Iran arriving just as the Islamic Revolution was kicking off (Helen being pregnant!!) and ending a year or so later with all foreigners having to leave. David leaves us all feeling like we have not really lived. Russell gave a textbook vote of thanks.
Next week’s meeting is a biggie. A full turnout of members and partners is requested (members in jacket and tie) for our joint meeting with Inner Wheel and celebration with entertainment of the District Conference 25 years ago. Please see the attached flyer (Blair I notice there is a typo as it suggests that it is Friday instead of the usual Thursday. Details are 6.45 for 7pm THURSDAY 19th September in the Rosemalen suite. Cost is £20 for the attached super looking 2 course menu. Can you let me know no later than Wednesday next week if you are not able to attend or will be there without a partner otherwise I will assume that you will both be there and advise the hotel accordingly. One final matter is that if you have any papers from the event such as the programme can you Blair or Bill Spence know asap. The Host is Charlie Downie, Vote of Thanks by Keith McFarlane and Receptionists are John Allan and Bill Spence
Not attempting to emulate Ralph but…..



Last night’s meeting was attended by 40 members and guests.

An interesting and amusing talk was given by Sir Simon Lister, CEO of the Aircraft CarrierAlliance.



The hotel had to rustle up extra meals so some had to settle for fish ‘n chips instead of the very good choices on the regular menu




13 members attended
John Haxton is looking for one more volunteer to hand out leaflets at the Marine Band March on Sunday. Please contact John direct.
Amazon visit on Tuesday 10th September. Please contact Ian Morris direct. (Ian do not chase Charlie direct about this).
Witty demonstration by Jack Wardell and David Lyth of the efforts by their competing teams in the Schools Technology Challenge. It was evident that the teamwork of Jack’s team triumphed. Is Tom “Thumbs” Arnott back from the dentist yet? Brian Steer gave the vote of thanks.
Next weeks meeting is Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister on the subject of the Great Michael to Prince of Wales ships. Lets have a full turn out for what promises to be an excellent speaker. Jim Craig is host and Pip Yeates and Hugh Short are on reception. Please help Pip and Hugh out if they are not sure what happens at a meeting! (I know you guys have a sense of humour)

20 members attended
Fellowship meeting with a number of reports
Ken Young has been hoarding a Curling Cup and guilt has got the better of him whereby he is now organising a Fife inter-club competition for Saturday 12th October at 3pm in Kirkcaldy. Five clubs are entered. Please contact Ken if you are available for selection. The club has an excellent record in inter-club events…..
Blair prefaced his promotion of the District Conference celebration on 19th September at 6.45 for 7pm by suggesting that Ken, from behind, had reminded Blair of JC. That is Jeremy Corbyn. There was a sharp intake of breath…. Blair promises a spectacular evening of piping, drumming, visual treats, confectionary treats (tablet) and witty stories of the event fantastically well organised by, well Blair! This is one of our major meetings we should be moving heaven and earth to attend with partners.
There are still spaces available for the Amazon visit on 10th September at 1.45 for 2pm. Names of you and your partner to Ian Morris asap
The monthly draws were made and the winners are July £60 Blair, £40 Tom Sunter and August £60 Alan Mutter and £40 Eric
Graham reported on Ronnie winning the Sclar and JC Thomson golf trophies last Sunday at dry Pitfirrane. (NB Ronnie I paid to engrave the JCT for last year but if you could arrange not to forget adding Graham to the Sclar for 2018!)
Do not forget our excellent speaker Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister on Thursday evening 5th September. He is Head of Engineering for surface ships and submarines for the Navy. He is a top speaker and deserves a great attendance
Next week’s meeting is lunchtime again (5th Thursday of the month). We will view the Club members efforts in the Schools Technology Challenge being the team led by Jack Wardell and the impressive team of Mike Williams, Tom Arnott & David Lyth. Their cranes will be demonstrated. Host is Alan Condie, VoT to be confirmed and receptionists are Mike Williams and Bill Runciman
22 members plus speaker Ian Walker and Noel’s guest Geoff Cartwright from Furniture Plus who formerly worked with Ian
Great menu choice and grace
Speaker at evening meeting in 5th September is Simon Lister. Noel is not sure if his current prefix is Vice Admiral or Sir! His subject is Great Michael (old warship) to Prince of Wales (carrier) – Impressions. This is yet another top quality speaker who members should support by attending.
Another big event reminder is the 25th Conference celebration 2 weeks later on 19th September. See below
Reminder that spaces available for members and partners to attend Amazon visit on 10th September 1.45 for 2pm in visitors car park. Names on the board please.
The Marine Band March on 1st September timing is confused. David Fraser for John Haxton confirmed it is 1.45pm.
Brian seeks a volunteer to shadow him this year on Youth and Schools with a view to taking over as Convenor next year when Brian becomes Senior VP
Ian Walker gave a tremendous presentation (advert) for Johnson & Johnson and his top role with them having started off at the bottom with Ethicon in Edinburgh. Ian is now tasked with holding them to their credo. Ian is a top Scottish businessman and was a real coup as a speaker. Andrew Watson gave an eloquent vote of thanks.
Next week’s lunchtime meeting is a fellowship meeting for which Andrew Watson and Ronnie are receptionists.

24 members and guests Libby Seath, President of Carnegie and Fred Housego Treasurer of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay clubs
Excellent grace as usual by John Anderson
Amazon visit on 10th September is a meet at 1.45pm in the visitors car park before 2pm start
John Haxton & Eric Keenan seek 2 or 3 volunteers to join them passing out flyers at Royal Marine Band March in Dunfermline on Sunday 1st September. Quid pro quo is a share of the collection made at their upcoming concert
Shocking stories of corporal punishment, porky pies to customer, health and safety scandals and filth in Alex Mill’s wonderful Member’s Tale. An evening meeting is required for part II and the really bad stories plus his time at the Pars and working with his brother-in-law…. John Haxton gave a fulsome vote of thanks!
Next week’s evening meeting has a speaker Ian Walker on Sustainability. The host is Brian Blanchflower, VoT Eric Keenan, and receptionists Jack Wardell & Alan Mutter
NB reminder re big evening for club on 19th September to celebrate the District Conference organised by the Club for DG Alistair. Blair is well on in his planning and seeks as many photos as he can receive particularly of the attendees at the event itself for a slideshow. A big turnout of members, partners and perhaps former members and partners and any other interested parties is hoped for. Please note this in your diary.


24 members including speaker Sean Donaldson plus guest Eileen Runciman
Chicken, mushrooms, sautéed potatoes and red wine jus looked and tasted great
Ian Morris is co-ordinating visit to Amazon on 10th September at 2pm. Maximum number of members and partners is 25. Names to Ian asap
Keith McFarlane seeks golfers for combined JC Thomson/Sclar competition on Sunday 18th August at 2pm
David Fraser seeks unpaid subscriptions. 13 are outstanding and you know who you are…. Seriously payments direct to the bank a/c must go to the General Fund sort code 82 62 19 a/c no 60461378. This is the default a/c into which all payments should be made. If the payment is charitable in nature it can be transferred by David to the correct a/c. If however it is paid into the Charity A/c effectively in error then it is problematic to remove it to the General A/c. Please make sure you use the foregoing details for all your payments direct to our bank a/c.
Sean Donaldson, MD of Babcock Energy Marine gave a detailed presentation on his role in the expansion of Babcock throughout the world and most importantly in Rosyth highlighting all of the markets in which they now operate as they seek to take the turnover of the businesses operating out of the dockyard from £200 million to £300 million! Captain Tom Sunter gave an eloquent vote of thanks. I did say to Sean after that I was still mystified as to why he is unable to attend more of our meetings…
Next week’s meeting is at lunch and is a member’s tale from Alex Mill. The host is Gordon Black, VoT John Haxton and receptionists are David Walker & Ian Morris


23 members cooking at Gas Mark 4. When are Garvock going to pay for air conditioning?
Bill Spence confirmed that Brian Dean is at Alexander House Nursing Home, Crossgates. Margaret has advised that after the next 2 weeks or so he would welcome visitors for a short period.
Our excellent speaker was Mark Macleod of Fife Cultural Trust, Project Manager in charge of Dunfermline Digital Tours. Members grandchildren will enjoy the software accessed on smartphones which gives a wealth of info on the town to youngsters. David Fraser gave the vote of thanks
Next week’s meeting is an evening meeting with speaker our own Sean Donaldson on the dockyard now and its future. Chatham House Rules apply. The host is Andrew Bathgate, VoT Gerry Gillespie and reception David Steele & Blair Morgan.
NB following the Council Minutes emailed earlier can be updated. The Wine Tasting is postponed from 13th September to 20th March. The Amazon visit is Tuesday 10th September (not 11th). As you correctly point out Ian Morris I can only minute what was said at the meeting……………




* 15 members attended
* David Gemmell reported on 2nd place finish by team of David, Jim Barnet, myself and Alan Thomson at Edinburgh RC's Capital Quaich Comp. Jim secured the nearest the pin prize on the 8th!
* David Chalmers reported that District Foundation has approved a £1,600 grant for our water harvesting project in Kenya. Approval from Foundation US is awaited.
* The President seeks suggestions for non-charity evening speakers. Please contact Noel or Brian Steer.
* Blair Morgan is organising the Club's celebration on 19th September of the 25th Anniversary of Alistair Brown term as District Governor and his Conference in Glasgow organised by the Club to huge acclaim. Many of the members who played a part in the organisation and at the event will provide witty tales for our amusement. Members, as recommended by Council, approved the Royal Marines Drum Corps, who performed spectacularly 25 years ago, attending our celebration to perform at a cost of £600 from the General Fund. As you would expect their performance demands a high turnout of members, partners and interested guests such as previous members who might have attended in Glasgow. Please not the date in your diary. Inner Wheel are being invited to join us. Attached is a list from the event programme of the members who attended. Please contact former members of the Club on that list to invite them to come along and reminisce.
* Next week's meeting is at lunchtime and the speaker is Mark Macleod on Dunfermline Digital Tours. The host is Jim Barnet, VoT David Gemmell and reception by Brian Steer and Alan Mitchell


19 members present
Blair is co-ordinating the celebration at our meeting on 19th September of the 25th anniversary of the District Conference in Glasgow organised by Blair and his team for out most recent District Governor from our ranks namely Alistair Brown. He seeks photos and videos from any member who attended to use on the nights and seeks 5 or so members to join him in providing recollections of the highly successful event. Please contact Blair directly if you are able to assist.
Eric Keenan’s excellent Member’s Tale focussed on some of the history of the Club as we approach our Centenary including the various venue changes, stramashes over meal price increases and visit to the Club by Mr & Mrs Paul Harris in 1934. Once upon a time a 3 course meal, coffee & biscuits was par for the course!
Next week’s meeting is an evening meeting. At present it is a fellowship meeting but I will advise should this change. The receptionists are David Steele & Alec Mill. Tom Arnott and David Fraser MAY be on hosting and VoT duty if there is a change


Excellent 27 members for the new President who was welcomed in John Anderson style in his Grace. Lively atmosphere before during and after the meeting
Guest John Sim (ex Tabler and potential new member & still working!)
Excellent start to the new Rotary Year with success in the Capital Quaich Golf Challenge against Edinburgh by the score of 3-1
Members approved motion for Bill Livingstone to be made an honorary member. Congratulations Bill and very well deserved
JC Thomson and Sclar trophies will be competed for at Pitfirrane from 2pm on 18th August
The Wee Course Golf Trophy for members, partners and guests won last year by Claire Chalmers and her partner will be competed for on Sunday 29th September
Ex President Tom Sunter undersold our achievements when quoted in the Press claiming that £27,000 has been raised by the Club for Charity in the last year. President Noel was able to correct that to over £28,000!
Listening President Noel has followed Charlie Downie’s wise words and decreed that the Race Night will not take place this year allowing the wine tasting to come forward to Friday 13th September (my birthday!) and allow us to focus on the usual fund raising events in November/December
Next week’s meeting is lunchtime for Eric Keenan’s Member’s Tale - “Is everything alright!”. The Host is John Anderson, VoT Charlie and receptionists Graham & Keith


24 members attended for the President’s valedictory
Fitting Grace from John reflecting Tom’s end of year
Garden Party was attended by 74 members and guests and has raised about £1,200 for charity fund. President congratulated Andrew and his team ie Graham
Tech Challenge organised by ex Dunfermline HS HT was won by Dunfermline HS! There were 7 school teams. Jack Wardell’s team from the club was complemented however least said about the other club team….
Does anyone know where the Rotary banners are? They were last seen leaving the Glen after GinFest with….?
We think there are 3 bottles of gin still to be paid for so this is a gentle reminder to not overlook this!
President Tom gave an eloquent, witty and warm summary of his year in the hot seat. His favourite moment was Charlie advising him at a meeting that “We are doing too much!”. Tom calculates that we spent 19 days in total in each others company as members last year which is indeed too much. Tom has left Noel with about £7,000 in the Charity Fund at the start of his year.
Rotarian of the Year was awarded to the Council for their efforts in supporting Tom. Tom asked Graham as Community Convenor to accept the trophy on behalf of the Council, look after it, polish it, plate it and have it engraved.
The Jewel was duly passed over to President Noel who thanked Tom for his huge effort this year. He reminded members that Tom had missed only one meeting despite the more important calls on his time supporting Margaret. Noel seeks the same if not greater effort and support this year and expects by the year end that we will have spent 20 days in each others company.




Barbeque buffet not so successful
25 members and 2 spouses attended
Subscriptions for next year approved at £95 and lunch cost increasing on 1st July to £13
Garden Party 1pm on Sunday
Technology Challenge on Tuesday 9am
Golfer required for Rotary Team at Bruntsfield on 16th July
GinFest PowerPoint presentation and confirmation of expected profit for Charity fund of £9,400 once all monies are paid
Gin draw of remaining gin stock took place. 55 bottles were sold. Many thanks to all who took part. Members who were not able to attend but participated received the following:
Alan Mitchell – Verdant Dry, Ken Young – Porters, Brian Dean – Darnleys, Brian Steer – McQueens, Eric Keenan – McQueens, David Chalmers – Gorse, David Gemmell – Persie Old Labrador, Keith McFarlane – NB, Gerry Gillespie – Makar, Jim Barnet – Makar, Hugh Short – Leith, Ronnie Pook – Selkie Old Poison
A big thank you to all members from the GinFest team for your support before during and after the event
Next week’s meeting is Tom’s valedictory address. Don not miss it. Receptionists are Ian Morris & Hamish Ligertwood and Vote of Thanks by SVP Noel who will praise Tom and then tell us how he will do it very differently!


23 members attended
Captains of Dunfermline, Queen Anne, St Columba’s and Woodmill HS spoke and were presented with Leadership Awards (£50 Amazon vouchers)
Garden Party on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm. Tickets selling well but room for more. Raffle and tombola prizes sought.
Next week’s meeting is the GinFest Final Report (not to be mentioned again to the Club until next year). The meal will again be served as a buffet. This will be followed by a presentation (with some interesting facts on the figures) and a draw. The draw will 50 bottles of gin (over ordered stock) and will be drawn at a cost of £30 each. To date 40% of members have already paid to participate in the draw. The aim is for each member to agree to participate at a cost of £30 per member which will sell off our stock and raise an extra £1,500 for the Charity Fund and bring the profit for our first GinFest above £9,000. If you have not paid to date I would be grateful if you would let me know in advance of next week’s meeting whether or not you wish to participate. The receptionists are Eric Keenan & Ano’r and VoT which should be fun is from Ian Morris.


21 members and 5 spouses Mrss Chalmers, Haxton, Runciman, Spence & Wardell seeking a surprise
The Technology Challenge is on 25 June. There is space for a team of Rotarians or Inner Wheelers or a combined team if you are motivated to take part
There is Summer Concert in the City Chambers on 14th June part of the Bicentenary Celebrations for the Abbey
David Lyth reported on Rotary Internationals ongoing efforts to eradicate polio
The Annual Golf Match against Edinburgh Rotary on 3rd July at Bruntsfield needs a team of 8. 4 are committed so names to David Gemmell asap
Andrew has returned from Barbados to push ticket sales for the Garden Party
Brian Steer, Graham Steedman, Blair Morgan and myself entertained members tales some funny, some memorable and some of them true
Next weeks evening meeting is a fellowship meeting due to the late withdrawal of our Euroscola recipient. Receptionists are Noel & Gerry

· 26 members plus Area Governor Elect Robert Main (for Club Assembly) and visitors Graham Clarkson & Adam Zierzek from South Queensferry RC.

· Members were advised that Charlie Downie was not able to attend having fallen badly whilst out walking leading to hopefully only a short spell in hospital. Get well very soon Charlie.

· David Chalmers has posted details of Shelterbox and photos from the Kenya project on the noticeboard.

· Graham Steedman is pressing for ticket sales for Garden Party on 23rd June which is open to guests

· I pressed for monies from GinFest ticket sales by members to be passed to me/Graham/David Fraser asap

· Noel led us through the plans for the year ahead at the Club Assembly in concise fashion which he promises will be his style. He aims to build on this year’s successes.

· Next week’s evening meeting is a surprise! Thats it no info at all available. It is at Garvock. The President appears confident. You really should be there. No host nor vote of thanks are required. The President promised a free drink to the first 2 members to arrive who undertake reception duties.

· 20+ members (I forgot to count) (Ed - 22 )

· Ronnie reported on the successful inaugural Texas Scramble for the Centenary Cup. 64 players took part and approx £600 has been raised for the Charity Fund. The winners were my team. There is a story about my last minute.com team member but you had to be there...

· David Steel seeks volunteers for Kids Out on 5th June. There is a sheet on the board for everyone to say whether they can attend or not.

· Brian Blanchflower seeks volunteers for the Kingsgate on the weekends of 4th/5th & 10/11th May for the Young Photographer and Writer exhibitions

· March’s draw saw £60 won by Keith and £40 by Drawmaster David Fraser and April’s draw saw £60 won by Brian B and £40 by David Steele

· Next week’s meeting is a mega GinFest prep talk on the event. A draft rota will be circulated by email at the start of next week. We are currently sitting at 30 sponsors with 10 Gins still to be sponsored. We have sold well over 300 tickets in addition to which there are over 200 tickets with sponsors. We aim for 40 sponsors and at least 300 people attending per night. We are doing reasonably well on this so far but need your help with a final push on ticket sales. 10 sponsors and 200 more sales are sought. The President urged members to give every effort to do so. Receptionists next week are Charlie & Hamish.

· NB there is a Council meeting on Monday at 6pm at Pitbauchlie

· 23 members

· Lovely hake, pesto mash etc in lieu of panko breadcumbed haddock

· Daffodil tea on Sunday a great success

· The VP’s returned enthused and inspired by District Leadership and Foundation meetings....not

· Best wishes to Gavel final team on Tuesday. Brasso required for next week’s meeting.

· President requires charity proposals before Council meeting on 29th April

· The Centenary Cup for the Scramble on 23rd April was shown off in its full glory

· David & Helen Lyth have returned from Burumbika Health Centre with confirmation that water supply from nearest river is up and running

· David Steele RN gave member’s tale on his naval career down under. I had to leave for Court at which point we were in Port Stanley 1966 so I missed Eric Keenan's witty proposale for a vote of thanks to match David’s tale.

· Next week is an evening buffet supper of curry. Receptionists are John Haxton & Alan Condie
· Excellent 30 members

· Excellent menu of Beef Stroganoff/Haddock Mournay/Daube of beef

· The Gavel final is 16th April in Forfar. The team is picked.

· The Young Writer and Photographer entries will be in the Kingsgate 29th April to 12th May. Members required for 2 hour shifts each Saturday and Sunday to promote the entries.

· Golf Scramble has good entry. Sponsors for holes are sought.

· Prizes for games at Daffodil tea re sought.

· GinFest good ticket sales so far but many more required from members and their guests and business contacts. A lot of drink is to be paid for in advance so early ticket sales sought. £1,200 sponsorship sold for 8 individual gins. 32 more gins still to be sold to sponsors. Your support is required to sell sponsorship to your business contacts. 25-30 staff are needed each night. Which night can you work on?

· The Senior and Junior VP’s gave a presentation on the feedback from members on the consultation exercise on the future of the Club. There was lots of feedback mostly positive. After a break the President led the question and answer session during which there was much hot air!
· 20 members attended

· John reminded President to ask for Grace

· Daffodil tea will have bingo (Graham Steedman to be spoken to re double entendres) and age appropriate prizes are sought

· Alert – Cock Up- the website reference to bank details to pay for Golf Scramble on 23rd April is awry. Organisers sorting pdq

· GAVEL FINAL will be in Forfar against Old Meldrum on either 16th or 30th April TBC

· David Chalmers received approval for a Nduriri Water Harvesting Project with the Langata Rotary Club of Nairobi, Kenya. Incoming President Noel charged David with sourcing a water project. Guttering, water pipes and a storage tank will be supplied to a secondary school to save water from the new roof during the rainy season and store for the dry season. This will support both the school and the small district. Subject to currency fluctuations the cost to the club will be about £1,500 with hopefully a similar sum from District which David is applying for before the 1st June deadline.

· The President reported on the resignation from membership of George Sinclair. George was dissatisfied with the time allotted at the most recent Council meeting to his IT subject and wished new members to be recruited and signed up online departing from existing procedures which was not supported by the President and Vice-Presidents.

· The next meeting is an evening meeting on 4th April on the WAY AHEAD for the Club. This is a forum which will be led by the Vice-Presidents and follows their extensive consultation with members direct. They have proposals for us to consider. Please attend and engage to agree on the way forward for our Club. The receptionists are David Gemmell and Brian Blanchflower
· 22 members and 4 spouses/partners

· John Allan called for support for Daffodil tea on 7th April

· Ronnie confirmed 14 teams have committed to the Golf Scramble on 23rd April. Space for 6 teams remains

· I reported that GinFest has secured Thomson Cooper as glass sponsors with at the sum of £1,000. Many thanks to David and Alan

· The President seeks the nomination of charities which the Club might support so that Council might consider them and make a recommendation

· Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood (formerly under the President but latterly out-ranking him) gave a very polished talk on the work of the RNLI interspersed with “war stories”. Brian Steer gave a tremendous vote of thanks matching the speaker!

· Next week is a fellowship meeting at lunchtime. The receptionists are Hugh Short and Alex Mill


· Excellent 28 members

· Grace – is there another poet who rhymes hurled with world?

· Excellent menu – hake or Cumberland sausage or onion tart

· Daffodil Tea taking place on 7th April. & members required to assist

· Further call for support for Golf Scramble on 23rd April

· Other Gavel semi is on this weekend between East Sutherland, Elgin & Old Meldrum. May the closest to us win!

· Warm and witty tale from David Gemmell on his twins, the Allans and the Macraes. The Allan twin thrown through a bedroom wall tale stood out. Excellent vote of thanks from David Fraser who was inspired to recall long forgotten verse

· Next week’s evening meeting speaker is Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood (come and watch the President defer to him as Sir) on the RNLI. Host is John Anderson, receptionists David Fraser & Andrew Bathgate and VoT Brian Steer

· 20 members & 6 guests

· Report given on sporting triumphs in Gavel semi-final on Tuesday and in match at Ballroom against Round Table last Thursday. Both were narrow wins due to Tom Arnott’s putting and Ian Morris’ table tennis in particular.

· Sponsors and teams required for Golf Texas Scramble on 23rd April

· Fantastic whisky tasting presentation and quiz by David Walker with 4 malts. The low scoring quiz resulted in a tie between GPs Gerry and John. What was remarkable was that Gerry was only sniffing and not tasting the whisky. The tie breaker was won by......I can’t remember. The whisky was good. Sean gave a vote of thanks.

· Next week’s meeting is a lunchtime Member’s Tale by David Gemmell titled Twinning. The host is John Allan, receptionists should be Charlie & Jim Barnet and VoT is David Fraser
· 27 members for fellowship meeting

· Wonderful grace by John celebrating his and Bill’s 80 birthdays

· Wonderful menu of lasagne, spaghetti or gnocchi followed by desert of pavlova, sticky toffee pudding or lemon tart generously provided by the birthday boys

· Thank you note re Kenya project passed round and birthday cards to the boys

· February draw winners 1st Gordon Black, 2nd David Chalmers

· Tom seeks numbers for Calcutta Cup outing on 16th march

· Texas Scramble price for Pitfirrane members playing reduced from £40 to £28

· Swimarathon team swam 206 lengths made up of Alan Mitchell, Brian Steer (swam twice), Claire Chalmers & Zoe Mitchell (most lengths).

· The Uganda Health Centre has a good government report being highly recommended

· Members approved the Marine Band Concert funds being donated £2,000 to the RM & RN Service trusts, £200 to each of the 2 schools and Sea Cadets and £250 to the band itself with the remainder of £3,200 available to the Club to donate to charity

· Gin Fest fixed costs should be met from ticket sales. Gin, beer and wine sales should generate profit together with sponsorship. Breakeven point of event is about 400 ticket sales.

· Next week’s meeting is Whisky Tasting & Quiz. We expect about 10 non whisky drinkers to attend therefore the maximum number we can have is 40 people attending including guests. If you would wish to bring a guest can you let me know asap. Receptionists are Sean & Tom Arnott, Host Ken Young and VoT Sean!
· 30 members, 5 guests and a speaker

· Excellent US themed buffet

· Calcutta Cup outing to Royal Scots on 16th March is coming up. Come and watch Wales v Ireland fight for the wooden spoon and England v Scotland for the Championship

· Texas Scramble fundraising tournament on 23rd April at Pitfirrane. 24 teams are sought. Onus on all golfers in club to put their own team in.

· GinFest on 10th & 11th May. Extensive report to meeting. Huge support sought to source event/glass sponsors, gin sponsors, sell tickets, publicise event through social media/ contacts/wifes/adult children (spread the word throughout your extensive network of family & friends) and work on at least one of the nights at the event. A flyer together with a link to the online ticket shop will be emailed to you in the coming days for you to share Tickets will also be on sale from my office.

· Excellent speaker Bill McKinlay on climate change with very professional PowerPoint presentation followed by challenging Q & A and vote of thanks by David Chalmers (who was part of the challenging Q & A!)

· Next week is a fellowship meeting. On reception is John Anderson & Ano’r.

·PS Libby Seath gave an excellent toast to our Club at the Charter Dinner. It would be great if members could support the 5k run/walk on 28th April for the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. See the attached poster
Menu below; for those of you who were there and wondered what on earth were you having and for those of you who were not there - see what you missed!



· 24 members attended



· Improvised grace by John Anderson after sight of the menu



· Members approved David Chalmers proposal that £850 be spent on equipment for a special therapy unit in Kenya that we have a previous connection with



· Heads up for Rugby 6 Nations Extravaganza at The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on 16th March when Scotland are expected to be playing for the Grand Slam



· The Charter Dinner next Friday is being very well supported. A reminder that the event is Black Tie



· David & Helen Lyth gave a moving presentation on the success of the Burumbika Health Centre in Uganda and their experiences out there. George Sinclair gave an excellent vote of thanks



· There is no meeting next Thursday due to the Charter Dinner being on Friday so the next Thursday meeting is the week after on 21st February in the evening. The speaker is Bill McKinlay on Al Gore’s climate change initiatives. A BUFFET will be served. There is no host required. Vote of thanks by David Chalmers. Receptionists are Alan Condie & John Allan (John has intimated that he has suffered a significant injury whilst skiing. Best wishes for his recovery and hopefully we might see you on the 21st.)






· 22 members

· Mince’n’tatties menu option!

· St Margaret’s won the primary school quiz. Thanks from organiser David Steele to all who took part

· Brian Blanchflower seeks judges to help him with the Young Photographer comp which must be completed by 10th February

· John Allan seeks final numbers for the Charter Dinner. Over 80 are expected. Tom Arnott seeks cheques for ticket monies

· Gillian Taylor, Community Manager for Dunfermline gave a comprehensive and impressive presentation of her role and tasks and targets. I would like to say that Brian Blanchflower gave a short vote of thanks.....

· Next week is another EVENING meeting when Past President David Lyth will provide a report on the Burumbika Project in Uganda. Host is Ken Young, VoT George Sinclair and receptionists Brian Blanchflower and Pip Yeates

This brief post meeting report is forwarded in the absence of the Secretary playing in the snow. Optimistically, we will return to his pithy and quality prose next week.

A good attendance of 30 members plus 3 visitors including 2 Rotarians from Carnegie Dunfermline.
John Allan encouraged ALL members who can, to join us for the Charter/Valentine Dinner, Fri Feb 15.
Current high cuisine standard maintained, the Fish Pie being both hot and tasty.
We then enjoyed another Burns Lunch talk from Jack Wardell. He spoke about the links between Rotary and Robert Burns before embarking upon the saga of Tam O'Shanter. Vastly informative, entertaing and fun.

Thanks again Jack.

TS
· An excellent turnout of 29 looking forward to the buffet innovation

· If last week’s grace was top ranking this week’s was gritty. More teasing from John

· There was no buffet. There was a cock up. There will be a Scottish Parliament style investigation and report

· The menu options were great and much enjoyed regardless

· The quiz is 30th January. More volunteers please

· 2 pupils from Dunfermline HS are taking part in the district final of the Young Musician comp

· Brian needs volunteers (10 including spouses-especially former teachers) to judge the Young Writer and Photographer comps in the 1st 2 weeks of February

· Euan Mitchell departs imminently to Euroscola and will report to the Club on 25th April

· Gavel semi-final involves 3 teams! Will probably be in 2nd half of February. More info to follow

· Valentine’s Charter Dinner has had a great response so far but of course we want everyone there

· The President, SVP & JVP will host a discussion on 4th April what do you want from the Club. Come and say what works and what doesn’t and what can be improved

· Next week is a Burns Lunch for which we are very fortunate to have Jack Wardell perform for us. Host is David Walker, VoT Andrew Bathgate and reception George Sinclair & Mike Williams

· December draw winners were Bill Runciman (£60), Brian Steer (£40) and January Brian Blanchflower (£60) and yours truly (£40)

Apologies for delay in reporting

· Excellent 29 members

· Excellent menu choices

· Top rank grace from John Anderson. His teasing rhyming had us holding our breath.

· David Steele reported on Primary School Quiz on 30th January

· Keith McFarlane reported on 13 -3 trouncing old adversaries Alloa in the Gavel. Champions’ League group of 3 for our semi-final is next. Keith could not explain that either...

· John Allan pushed for names for the Valentines Charter

· Tom Arnott secured £300 funding for a Texas Scramble event

· David Chalmers told a polished tale of film-making in the DBS head office that nearly ended his career. Tom Arnot gave an impromptu vote of thanks

· Next Meeting is Thursday evening when we will be trialling a buffet night. The receptionists are Andrew Bathgate and Ian Morris

· An excellent 24 members attended (they knew Graham was speaking)

· Did anyone have the vegetable pulses and cranberry jelly in filo pastry and if so would you recommend it?

· Euan Mitchell has been accepted for Euroscola in Strasbourg but is to confirm if he will travel in light of recent tragedy there

· The quiz raised £390

· President congratulated Andrew in absentia for excellent Christmas Lunch event

· Helpers for Santa Sleigh in the High Street still required. See Graham

· Gavel tie v Alloa rescheduled for 8th January. Major team players will be missing and reinforcements need to step up

· Graham gave told excellent tale of his time at Hewlett Packard with many sub-plots all tied together at the end with the final claim of having discovered the World’s first pc virus! John Allan gave a unique vote of thanks complaining about the technical computer language employed by Graham and his failure to describe the bollocking he must have received for changed the combination lock on his boss’s briefcase which his boss then through a plate glass window.

· Next week’s Christmas Message is by David Brown a pal of John Anderson and who John describes as “not a Holy Willie!” The evening meeting host is Bill Spence, VoT by John Anderson and Receptionists Tom Arnott and David Walker
· An excellent 24 members attended (they knew Graham was speaking)

· Did anyone have the vegetable pulses and cranberry jelly in filo pastry and if so would you recommend it?

· Euan Mitchell has been accepted for Euroscola in Strasbourg but is to confirm if he will travel in light of recent tragedy there

· The quiz raised £390

· President congratulated Andrew in absentia for excellent Christmas Lunch event

· Helpers for Santa Sleigh in the High Street still required. See Graham

· Gavel tie v Alloa rescheduled for 8th January. Major team players will be missing and reinforcements need to step up

· Graham gave told excellent tale of his time at Hewlett Packard with many sub-plots all tied together at the end with the final claim of having discovered the World’s first pc virus! John Allan gave a unique vote of thanks complaining about the technical computer language employed by Graham and his failure to describe the bollocking he must have received for changed the combination lock on his boss’s briefcase which his boss then through a plate glass window.

· Next week’s Christmas Message is by David Brown a pal of John Anderson and who John describes as “not a Holy Willie!” The evening meeting host is Bill Spence, VoT by John Anderson and Receptionists Tom Arnott and David Walker

· 48 attenders including numerous guests

· David Chalmers highlighted next week is last date for shoeboxes

· David Steele wishes you to buy tickets for the Abbey Concerts

· Brian Blanchflower wishes you to support the Quiz on 30th November by attending and donating raffle prizes

· Graham Steedman seeks your support for Santa Dash and narrowly escaped a great double entendre

· Tom Arnot was bootlegging from the back of his car following wine tasting

· Lewis Steer and Jenna Yeates gave a fantastic presentation on their attendance at the Peace Palace Conference in the Hague. Hardened cynics that this was just a jolly were won over by their evident full engagement in the event and the enthusiasm with which they described their experience. NB the Carnegie Chairman Ian Wilson shared that he and his wife had attended and that the event may take place biannually. NNB Rotary should consider sending the President and spouse too in 2020 and 2022?

· Next week is the lunchtime Special General Meeting. Receptionists are Ken Young and Bill Spence

· 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

Apologies for lateness but was busy trophy polishing...

· 23 members plus visitor Alastair Raffan from Inverkeithing & DB

· Topical grace from John Anderson

· Alan Mutter reported on the Technology Challenge won by Woodmill HS

· David Steele pushed attendance for speaker Lt Commander Moss-Ward on 19th July – spouses and guests very welcome

· Ronnie Pook announced that the Supper Club’s 1st date will be Friday 6th July. He will report asap on the menu. All welcome

· Graham Steedman reported on the Garden Party attended by 90. He thanked teh ladies who did the raffle and the pianist. Andrew Watson is on holiday but will report shortly on funds raised

· Noel reported that the JC Thomson was a highly competitive Golf competition won by yours truly by six points

· David Fraser organised the monthly draw May – John Allan £60, Sean Doran £40 & June Sean again £60 and me £40

· The President gave his valedictory remarks to the Club. He commented that the Club is doing well with at least 8 out of 10 members active in the club in one form or another. Membership is stable although we were saddened to lose Bob Taylor this year and wish Mike Williams & Ken Fraser a speedy recovery. He thanked Council for their hard work and support. Fund raising in various forms totalled £13k. He thanked Alan Mutter in particular for his work with other clubs and Youth events and Graham Steedman for his pep talks to the club on attendance and succession and his fundraising efforts. Rotarian of teh Year was undeservedly awarded to yours truly for sitting in my office sending out a few emails here and there. Re highlighted that the Club had acquired and excellent projector and banners and raised funds for polio being a cause close to his heart.

· New President Tom awarded David with his Past President’s jewel and badge and paid a warm and well deserved tribute for leading the Club when others were not prepared to do so and support from Council was difficult early on however David had succeeded in delivering the Burumbiki project despite the sceptics. He plans fun and continuity in his year. He referenced the President and VPs being immigrant Englishman, Irishman and Italian respectively and past Presidents from 40 years ago - Peter Crabb 30 – Charlie Downie 20 Jack Wardell and 10 – Tom Arnott (all present save Jack) still being members of the Club.

· Next week there is a Council meeting on Tuesday at 6pm at Pitfirrane GC

· Next week’s host and vote of thanks are not required. Receptionists are Keith McFarlane & Alan Condie

Great meeting
" Great attendance 25 members, guest Eileen Runciman and speaker Andy Middlemiss from Kinross Round Table
" Great menu - steak pie with one goose fat roast potato or sticky lemon and herb chicken or panko bread crumbed fish
" Andrew Watson reminded members that the Club Directory in small booklet form is available for collection for members and partners too. he thanks members for donations to the raffle and tombola for Sunday's Garden Party for which excellent weather is promised.
" Tom Sunter reminded members to make a special effort to attend on 19th July when the speaker's subject is the new carrier and will take questions of all current military issues. The Carnegie and West Fife Clubs have been invited to join us so this should be a unique and lively event. Please make the effort!
" Bill Livingston has had 2 reports on the Club in the Dunfermline Press namely Pittencrieff Primary School winning the District Schools Quiz and "Cash Splash" of £13,000 donated by the Club this year to various charities.
" We await a report at the next meeting of the outcome of the intriguing Technology Challenge. Hopefully members present will take photos and videos which we might share at a future meeting.
" Great speaker. Lt Col Andy Middlemiss KOSB gave a very polished and entertaining talk on the German Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) which made major advances in the first part of the year before American soldiers arrived to help turn the tide. It was great to hear 3 members involved too in reading out the letters of servicemen. David Chalmers gave a heartfelt vote of thanks.
" Great meeting next week. The Presidents Valedictory Speech & presentation to Rotarian of the Year! The handover. Tom Sunter's inspiring pep talk for his year. We have programmed a host David Fraser! Receptionists are Noel McKenna & David Steele. In a stunning piece of programming David Fraser has Tom Sunter give the Vote of Thanks (presumably on the view he is the last man he expected to be the incoming President!) to Tom Sunter! We shall see if that changes before next Thursday. Dare you miss it....
· My haddock was excellent however the salmon and salad nicoise looked great

· An excellent 25 members

· A reminder from Andrew Watson re raffle/tombola prizes sought from members

· David Gemmell has organised the annual Capital Challenge golf match at Pitfirrane on 18th July. One more member for the 8 man team is sought.

· Alan Mutter highlighted that the Technology Challenge is on 25th June. Fortunately members are not required to assist at the event.

· John & Isa Anderson attended the District Final of teh schools quiz and are delighted to report that Pittencrieff PS won!

· Council approved £500 sponsorship to Sense Scotland, Kindred Scotland, Fife Carers Centre & Young Carers. Members approved too.

· Claire Chambers and Judith Cramb received a cheeky introduction from Brian Blanchflower and proceeded to give a great presentation. Clear, concise and comprehensive. I was press ganged into giving the vote of thanks. Pleasingly Claire prefaced her talk by thanking the club for a very successful Kids Out day which she had enjoyed with children from her school in terms of her day job.

· Next week’s evening meeting speaker is Andy Middlemiss 1918 – What happened? Host is Charlie Downie, Vote of Thanks Pip Yeates and Receptionists Graham Steedman & Ano’r

· 19 members attended plus guest Margaret Dean
· David Steele reported on the previous days hugely successful Kids Out at its new home at Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre. Fantastic weather, attractions and turn out with 180 school age children nd 120 carers in attendance. Our club had most member present (11) who were the first to arrive and last to leave. David named and thanked all who attended but thanked Alan Mitchell in particular for his work in leading this event for the club. Those who attend often say this event gives the member the best feeling of being a member of Rotary so hats off to all the guys for enlarging and improving the event.
· Andrew Watson seeks raffle/tombola prizes for the garden festival such as bottles of wine/spirits, chocolates etc. Ticket sales are 69 to Graham’s delight but we need more to join in.
· The President is sending a “birthday card” to our daughter club Carnegie for their 15th birthday on 15th June
· Ged Lafferty head of the Samaritans in Dunfermline gave a presentation highlighting their role in listening to those seeking help. The organisation nationally receives a call every 6 seconds. On average nearly 2 people per day commit suicide in Scotland 70% of whom are men. Ged accepted with good humour being chided for them failing to bank our most recent cheque donation blaming a senior ex Bank of Scotland member as their Treasurer! Andrew Watson gave the vote of thanks
· Next week’s lunchtime meeting is a presentation by 2 members of Talk Matters. The host is Sean and vote of thanks Mike. Receptionists are Keith and Bill
22 members and 12 guests (4 x school captains, 2 x Head Boys & 2 x Head Girls plus 4 teachers – don’t ask)
· Very topical Grace as ever from John Anderson
· Brian Blanchflower stood in for the President who is cycling in France
· Tom Arnott – Maid of Forth trip great success with 35 members and guests – great weather & lovely sunset.
· The Stand-In President allowed the teenagers a few moments to speak about their year and plans for the future and then gave a vote of thanks which was longer than their 8 talks combined! Just joking Brian... I though the law student to be was very eloquent... All speeches and reports etc were wrapped up by 1345hrs!
· Next week’s Evening speaker is from the Samaritans. The host is Brian Dean, vote of thanks Andrew Watson and receptionists David Somerville and the first member there
22 members present. Excellent considering competing attractions for the unemployed (of course I mean retired) of golf course and garden
· Usual push on Garden Party ticket sales
· Maid of Forth meet on pier at 7.30pm tomorrow evening
· Lyndsey Armstrong and Linda Black spoke about Kindred in Fife who help children with additional support needs and provide advocacy service for families with health professionals. Jack Wardell gave vote of thanks
· Next week’s meeting is presentations by local School Captains. Each and every member attending is to act as host to the Captains and their accompanying teachers.
In the Presidents absence on holiday Brian Blanchflower will audition in the hot seat.
Russell Mathews is due to be receptionist on 7th June but cannot attend then so will do so next week instead. Is there a volunteer to replace Russel on the 7th?
Would the 1st member attending next week join Russell on reception.
Brian will ask someone on the day to do the vote of thanks.
This is all due to this being the 5th Thursday of the month as a consequence of which no duties were set at the start of the year.

ologies for the delay in writing but I had the pleasure of 2 rounds of golf in the sun at Aberdour on Friday.
· Due to sunny weather and relaxed atmosphere I forgot to count how many attended but it was decent.
· Guests were Keith’s pal Danny McLaughlin, Cynthia Black and speaker Lesley Childs
· Alan Mutter thanked all those who had assisted at the Kingsgate with the Youth Comp winners exhibition
· The President advised that Mike Williams has suffered a haemorrhage between brain and skull causing pressure. He was discharged from hospital after a few days and is recovering. Mike is not able to drive and may not be able to attend meetings for some time. He wished Mike a full and speedy recovery on behalf of all members. The President has visited him and already conveyed this.
· 3 speakers then gave excellent pitches on behalf of charities seeking a donation from the Club. John Anderson spoke on behalf of Young Carers in Fife. Supersub (many thanks for standing in for me the previous week) David Fraser spoke on behalf of David Steele in support of Sense Scotland. Finally Bill Spence’s “favourite” niece Lesley Childs spoke in favour of Fife Carers who complement the Young Carers. She is an Information Officer with them and impressed with her knowledge and engaging presentation. The decision on funding will be taken later. The President gave the vote of thanks.
· This week’s meeting’s speaker is from Kindred in Fife. The host is Alan Condie, Vote of Thanks by Jack Wardell and receptionists Bill Livingstone and Hugh Short
· As is becoming the norm a number of members stayed for a drink in the front bar following the end of the meeting.
usual brief report for the absent minded and the slackers:

· 24 members and guests Cynthia Black and Eileen Runciman
· John Anderson’s grace name checked our Speaker
· Panko bread crumbed whale size fish was well received
· David Steel reported on Kids Out at Dalgety Bay Sports & Leisure Centre will take place on 6th June organised by the 4 local clubs. Intense liason with schools has resulted in a revamped format with a fantastic 184 kids and 88 carers expected. The usual events will be supplemented by a number of sports and a disco! David seeks a minimum of 10 members to help out on the day.
· Bill Spence highlighted that tickets for the Garden party on 24th June are available through the Club’s website!
· Noel reported on the Wylkedin Golf at Carnoustie on Wednesday which took place in a horrible wet gale. Hats off to the 4 troopers who took part representing the Club. PS Mike discovered on returning to Dunfermline that he had left his clubs outside the clubhouse on the main road.
· Alan Mutter has all the slots he needs filled save to for the exhibition at the Kingsgate. 2 members are sought for Sunday 13th May 1 to 3pm.
· The President reported that District is planting 420 trees in Leslie later this year
· The Council meeting on Monday will start at 5.30pm rather than 7pm if the Pars are playing a further home qualifying tie on Monday evening. Look out for an email over the weekend to confirm this.
· New boy Blair Morgan gave his Vocational II 34 years after part I. He reckoned Charlie and Bill Spence could switch off as they heard most of it back then. Blair innovated with an interactive presentation I think comparing himself to Jesus, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Blair’s later career as a top sports lawyer name checked Ronaldo, Sven Goran Ericson and £50,000,000 Fernando Torres on which Blair missed out on his 5%. Bill Spence gave a witty vote of thanks
· Next week’s meeting is the AGM. Receptionists are Ronnie and Eric
br>My usual brief report for the absent minded and the slackers:

· 24 members and guests Cynthia Black and Eileen Runciman
· John Anderson’s grace name checked our Speaker
· Panko bread crumbed whale size fish was well received
· David Steel reported on Kids Out at Dalgety Bay Sports & Leisure Centre will take place on 6th June organised by the 4 local clubs. Intense liason with schools has resulted in a revamped format with a fantastic 184 kids and 88 carers expected. The usual events will be supplemented by a number of sports and a disco! David seeks a minimum of 10 members to help out on the day.
· Bill Spence highlighted that tickets for the Garden party on 24th June are available through the Club’s website!
· Noel reported on the Wylkedin Golf at Carnoustie on Wednesday which took place in a horrible wet gale. Hats off to the 4 troopers who took part representing the Club. PS Mike discovered on returning to Dunfermline that he had left his clubs outside the clubhouse on the main road.
· Alan Mutter has all the slots he needs filled save to for the exhibition at the Kingsgate. 2 members are sought for Sunday 13th May 1 to 3pm.
· The President reported that District is planting 420 trees in Leslie later this year
· The Council meeting on Monday will start at 5.30pm rather than 7pm if the Pars are playing a further home qualifying tie on Monday evening. Look out for an email over the weekend to confirm this.
· New boy Blair Morgan gave his Vocational II 34 years after part I. He reckoned Charlie and Bill Spence could switch off as they heard most of it back then. Blair innovated with an interactive presentation I think comparing himself to Jesus, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Blair’s later career as a top sports lawyer name checked Ronaldo, Sven Goran Ericson and £50,000,000 Fernando Torres on which Blair missed out on his 5%. Bill Spence gave a witty vote of thanks
· Next week’s meeting is the AGM. Receptionists are Ronnie and Eric

/br>· An excellent 30 members and 2 guests namely Lt-Cdr Ed Moss-Ward, HMS Queen Elizabeth and Brian Steer’s “in-law” who is no’ happy with some of the arrangements at Kirkcaldy Rotary Club!
· Alan Mutter reminded us to put our names on the notice re the Kingsgate exhibition
· Senior VP/President-Elect Tom gave a compelling presentation on what he plans for his year – Fellowship, Fun, Fulfilment, Laurels, Innovation, Bargain Basement, recruit old ladies with tattoos, Vice Presidents with roles and responsibilities, teamwork, women, electronic spectrum, Eisenhower, planning does not work but is essential, rhyme, statistics. His presentation had it all. It will be necessary to concentrate at meetings next term in order to take it all in!
· Our 1st Speaker next term will be Tom’s guest Lt-Cdr Ed who spookily decided to dress like Alan Mutter. His talk will be on the Role and Responsibilities of the new carrier. A big turnout is hoped for. Tom will next time give him the second half of his thoughts on what is wrong with the Navy today.
· Tom introduced Brian Steer who will be in charge of Members Tales whereby club members will take it in turns to regale us with witty and interesting stories from their life and careers.
· Next week “new member” Blair will entertain with his Vocational (mark II). The host is Gordon Black, Vote of Thanks by Bill Spence and receptionists are John Haxton and Alan Mutter
· PS my daube of beef was excellent this week!

brief report on last night should you not have been able to attend or recall what you heard...
· 25 members attended with guests Eileen Runciman, Margaret Dean & Anne McFarlane
· Noel reported that the Principal at Dunfermline High School texted him to express their thanks and delight at the donations of £500 to the two projects Kincardine Community Association and Play as 1 Scotland who had been unsuccessful in the Young Philanthropy Initiative. The pupils are delighted that their efforts have not been in vain.
· Alan Mutter has placed a new and “improved” sheet on the noticeboard seeking volunteers at weekends for the exhibition of stories and photos in the Kingsgate. The event has come in under budget. The Technology Competition has a budget of £1,000 due to sponsorship by Babcock & Exxon
· I highlighted that the Club Assembly takes place next week when President elect Tom and some Convenors will make a presentation for the upcoming year. Let’s support them by attending! Tom will be attending the District Assembly thereafter
· The President reported that the 5k charity run in memory of her late son organised by Libby Seath is taking place this weekend.
· Honorary Member Angus Hogg gave a wonderful presentation on the Peace Conference based at the Peace Palace, The Hague which he is organising for 24th-27September as Project Co-ordinator. The various Carnegie bodies around the world are coming together for the first time to progress Carnegie’s Peace agenda with particular focus on youth. Our club will hopefully “sponsor” 2 university students to be Ambassadors from Dunfermline to the Conference which is to be attended by the Dutch King. Brian Steer’s grandson and Pip Yeates daughter have been selected to be sponsored all costs being met by Carnegie Trust. Angus noted the coincidence of tulips being on the tables and that he spoke nearly 30 years to the day after he and Noel were inducted into the Club by then President Brian Dean. Graham Steedman gave an excellent vote of thanks.
· On reception next week are Gerry Gillespie and Ian Morris
br>A brief report for those not able to attend or not able to recall what was said..
· 21 members attended
· Eric has placed a notice on the board for those attending the Maid of the Forth trip on 25th May. If you are not booked yet but wish to go please contact the operator direct in order to book. Please be on the pier for 7.30pm
· Bill reported on the great success which was the Daffodil Tea. Graham thanked Bill for his organisation of the event. Graham was complimented for his bingo calling skills!
· Alan has placed notice on the board looking for volunteers to assist with the Young Writer and Photographer exhibition in the Kingsgate. With members present and banners raised it is hoped that new members might be attracted.
· Keith reported that Poppy Scotland in Dunfermline & Rosyth had their best year raising over £50,000 for which our members who assisted were thanked.
· Next week the Speaker is our own Angus Hogg on the Peace Project. The host is Jim Barnett, vote of thanks by Graham and on reception are Alan Mitchell and David Gemmell
· The Club Assembly is the following week. It would be hoped to have an excellent turnout for this
br>· 18 members plus 2 guests Libby Seath & Abby McMurtrie on a scatter night from Dunfermline Carnegie
· David Gemmell paid tribute to Bob Taylor. His funeral is on 17th April at 10.45am at the Crematorium
· Bill Spence has matters in hand re Contact the Elderly Afternoon Tea on Sunday
· The President welcomed back Andrew Watson from his extended time in Barbados as an extra in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie (he was sporting a beard)
· Sean supported by Tom Sunter gave a presentation on the legacy plans for the Centenary focussing on things which the Club does in and for the Community and how to do them bigger and better. A further presentation will be made in September
· David Fraser informed us that we have £4,500 on top of existing commitments to donate to charity. Council proposed 5 charities to receive donations of £500. Three have received donations before: Shiresmill Riding for Disabled, Dunfermline Samaritans and Macmillan Cancer. Two further proposals were Kincardine Community Association and Play as 1 Scotland who were the 2nd & 3rd placed charities in the Young Philanthropy Initiative as a result of which they received no donation from that competition. Members approved all 5 charities. David will now circulate details of 5 more charities being considered with a view to further feedback from members so that Council can come back to the Club with a further proposal for the remaining £2,000.
· Next week is a lunchtime fellowship meeting. Receptionists are Alex Mill & Ken Fraser
22 members attended
· Nice menu choice
· Tom spoke briefly on the 2022 plans. Sean will update us possibly in 2 weeks’ time after which Alan Mutter as the 2020-21 President to be will assume responsibility in July for the Club’s planning
· Garvock hotel are increasing the cost of the meal by £1. Members approved increasing the weekly meal fee collected to £12. Garvock claim we are charged 35 per cent less than standard with no room hire fee.
· David Steel is nearly finished distributing to teh schools photos taken by Bill Runciman at the Quiz.
· The £1200 target from the Swimathon is very nearly reached. Please submit all monies
· The President will follow up Charities his recent email with a discussion at a meeting in a few weeks’ time re the charities which the Club might support
· Eric has organised the Maid of Forth trip for Friday 25th May leaving at 8pm from Hawes pier South Queensferry. As well as a great social evening this is intended to be an opportunity to invite potential new members. The duration is 3 hours and the folk band Pure Malt are playing. The cost includes a Ribeye baguette or veggie burger (please confirm if the latter). Bookings are good but more are sought. The operator needs confirmed numbers and payment by the end of the month. The cost is 22.50pp for BBQ and band or concessions £20.70pp. I trust that this discriminatory pricing against younger members is just a one off!
· Council meeting on Monday at 7pm back at Abbey Church Hall
· Next Meeting is the rescheduled Charter next Thursday evening which I think is 7 for 7.30pm. If that is not correct could you press reply to all and confirm
brief report for those not able to attend:

· 20 members attending
· Excellent mince’n’tatties with HP sauce
· Grace from David Fraser
· Eric pushed the charter night on 1st March. Members/partners/guests all welcome. £15.75 pp for 2 courses (choice of 3) not black tie
· Alan Mitchell has his 6 man team for the Swimathon. Members are requested to seek sponsorship
· David Steele is looking for a few more members to assist at the PS Quiz on 7th March
· David Chalmers invited suggestions for a local project which could benefit from a district grant to match our commitment. District seek the active participation of Rotarians as a condition of their grant. Proposals must be submitted by 1st June. Do you have any ideas? Charlie suggested child poverty should be the focus. Eric suggested teaching children first aid. Tom Sunter suggested Brian Blanchflower who will be in charge of Youth take ownership of this. Brian picked himself off the floor and spoke well of the desirability of liasing with other local clubs and working with outside agencies. David Somerville will check with his contact at Fife Council Social Work.
· Next week’s evening speaker is Gavin MacLeod CEO of Disability Sport, Scotland. On reception is Brian Blanchflower and Eric. Hosting is by Jack and the Vote of Thanks by Alan Mitchell.
· Ian Morris is looking to swop his Vote of Thanks role the following week 22nd February


Here is a brief report for those not able to be there
· Panko breadcrumbs on fish dish. Don’t be fooled by fancy names as it tasted just like normal breaded fish
· Guests – Cynthia Black and Eileen Runciman
· Alan Mitchell gave members the chance to be part of the final push to eradicate polio by taking part in the Swimarathon on Sunday 25th February. All you need are Speedos and to swim 25m, then do it again...and again....
· Kids Out will be a week earlier than normal on 6th June
· David Steele seeks 6 volunteers for teh Primary School Quiz on 7th March. David has assisted our Christmas meal singer Liam Forrest get a gig with the Royal marines Band in April
· The draws for the last 4 months were made: October £60 Jim Craig £40 TBC (I was too slow), November £60 Brian Steer £40 Gordon Black, December £60 David Somerville £40 Alan Condie, January £60 Tom Arnott (I think as predictive text on my phone has changed it to “Roman”!) £40 Tom Sunter
· Tree planting project is nearing its end. There is a short window left within which to propose a site for planting
· There is a Council meeting on Monday at 7pm at Abbey Church Hall
· Congratulations to David Fraser and David Chalmers for OSCR approving our Report and A/cs
· Alan Kelly (daughter married to the President’s son) gave an entertaining presentation on Power and its provision by Scottish Power and what the future holds. Vote of thanks by Noel (referencing his own CV).
· Next week’s meeting will have a short presentation by David Chalmers on a possible community project. Receptionists are Eric and John Haxton
report for those not able to attend or those not able to remember...
· An excellent 25 members attended plus spouses Isa Anderson and Moira Watson
· Excellent menu choice – turkey/salmon/beef
· David Steele pushed ticket sales for Abbey concerts
· Alan Mutter reported on Young Musician Competition in which a pianist and vocalist have been chosen to proceed to the District round. Members approved the cost for the Euroscholar participant of £490
· Brian Blanchflower thanked members for supporting the recent quiz night which raised £740
· The President highlighted that a witty but non fee charging speaker is sought for our less formal charter night on 1st March
· Our speaker Frank Connor gave an excellent talk on the Dunfermline ex-pats General John Forbes who founded Pittsburgh and Andrew Carnegie who made his fortune there. The former was brought up in Pittencrieff House and the latter gifted it to the town together with the park. The concomitant vote of thanks was eloquently given by Andrew Watson
· There is no meeting for the next 4 Thursdays resuming at lunchtime of Thursday 11th January when John Allan will present his vocational talk. I am sure there will be a great turnout for this
· We look forward to the Christmas Lunch and our free drink on Sunday at 2pm for 2.30pm
· Best wishes for the festive period
people attended last night including 4 spouses and our speaker Sharon McCall! An extra table was called for and latecomers shoehorned onto existing tables. It all made for a vibrant atmosphere.
The usual format followed: witty grace from John Anderson, report from David Steele on the Marine Band concerts….
Keith reported on the gavel success against West Fife the previous week which sees us out of the Champions’ League Group Stages and into the knockout phase.
Brian pushed tickets for the quiz on 24th November not forgetting raffle prizes too.
The President reported that 21 members and guests had enjoyed the outing to Blood Brothers.
Sharon McCall, Cultural Services Assistant with Fife Council is writing a book on Andrew Carnegies Public/Free libraries in the UK and gave us an enthusiastic tour of these buildings with numerous slides. Fittingly David Walker, a Carnegie Trust Chairman gave the vote of thanks and promised to buy her book.
The President reminded members that a Council Meeting will take place at Abbey Church Hall on Monday at 7pm
/br>· 20 members plus Eileen Runciman and our speaker
· Excellent beef
· David Chalmers reported on Shoeboxes, Shelterbox and the meeting on the 30th at the new museum
· Noel gave a full report on the Youth events planned: The Young Musician Comp will have 21 youngsters taking part at Queen Anne HS later this month.
· The Young Writer and Yong Photographer will be a combined comp around Easter time which might be separated into 3 age groups. The top submissions will hopefully be exhibited at the Carnegie Library. Sponsorship from Babcock and Exxon is being sought by Noel and Pip respectively. For Euroscholar the West Fife club are restricted to one person but have two they wish to advance so the second will go through under our name but be funded by them. The Tech comp will be late June. He also reported on his, Tom and Alan’s thinking in standing for office.
· Graham confirmed that there has been an excellent response from the club for the quiz next Friday and the target of 40 attending from the club appears to be met. More are welcome.
· Andrew has 40 names at present for the excellent value Xmas Lunch on 10th December and is looking for many more.
· Uwe Stoneman from RSPB delivered an excellent presentation on the 50 years of RSPB Lochleven. Bill Runciman gave a long vote of thanks for which a further vote of thanks was considered…
· Next week is the SGM. Please confirm asap if you wish to stand for a position. On reception are Mike and Alan Condie.
P.S."Excellent beef" - Not a pun. Lovely meal for me last night. If I let non-attenders know that will they be more likely to attend in the future?
r those not able to attend today:
· 23 members present
· Selkirk Grace from Jack Wardell
· Very acceptable steak pie
· Last dy for shoeboxes to David is next week’s meeting
· Corrections to Minute of Council meeting - £1,750 transferred to Trust accounts and Tom resigned with immediate effect ie not delayed to 23/11
· Christmas Lunch 10th December, all invited, same price as last year including 1 drink!
· List on noticeboard for those attending Library trip on 30/11
· Youth Convenor required urgently. Meeting with Carnegie and West Fife Clubs on 13/11
· Noel McKenna and Mike Williams approved at Trustees replacing Tom and Alan
· Thanks given to Tom and Alan for their time and efforts as Trustees
· David Fraser to be new Trustee contact with OSCR
· Graham led discussion on big issues – Club responsible for sourcing next President and Vice Presidents, regular attendance at meetings and what kind of club do we want? To be continued after speaker at next week’s meeting
· Next meeting vote of thanks Gerry and reception Andrew Watson and Ronnie
Please come along and contribute next week to the big debate.