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District Governor Olive takes the reins
Olive Geddes starts her year as District Governor of District 1020. Olive will be posting updates and her Rotary activities throughout the year here, and you can see her packed DG's calendar in the members section.
We wish her all success for a fruitful and enjoyable Rotary year.
Thanks to donations by Rotarians and Rotary Clubs across Scotland, funds
were collected to help communities affected by the unprecedented
flooding at the turn of the year.
Find out how some of the funds have been used by Rotary Clubs to help their communites get back to normal.
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Langholm in winning this years District 1020 Quiz trophy and to the runners up of the trophy competition The Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange. The winners of the plate competition was The Rotary Club of Longniddry with the same score as Langholm very well done to them.
Unfortunately the plate trophy has disappeared last heard of at Dundee and given to an unknown secretary. If any one knows where this trophy is can they please either give it to a District Officer or advise of its location!
The questions for the first round of the 2016 2017 will be in the post early July, good luck to all clubs.
More young winners from 1020
The Rotary Young Musician competition starts with individual clubs organising local competitions in schools, through area finals to the District final, then regional finals and finally to the UK and Ireland final. The standard is always high and we are delighted that competitors sponsored by clubs in D1020 took third place in both the vocal and instrumental categories at the national final.
Anna Michels, a pianist sponsored by the Rotary Club of Falkirk took third place in the Instrumental category. You can read more on the Falkirk website here.
And Marcus Swietlicki, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Penicuik, took third in the Vocal category. More on the Penicuik website here.
A great achievement for them, and for our District.
Details of the 2016-17 Young Musician competition can be found here.
Young Citizen Awards 2016
In December 2010 Samantha Kinghorn was crushed in an accident at the family farm near Gordon in the Borders, breaking her back. She had emergency surgery and spent five months in hospital, but the injury to her spine left her paralysed from the waist down.
Physiotherapy led her to wheelchair racing, where she excelled, setting Scottish records and representing Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has since represented Team GB in the European Championships, winning Golds in the 100m, 400m an 800m, and she has qualified to take part in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Stop Press - In her qualifying competitions Sammi has just broken two records which were held by 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. See the BBC Sport feature here.
Her inspiring story prompted Duns Rotary Club to put her forward for one of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards presented annually by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and we are delighted that she was chosen as one of the winners. These awards were televised by the BBC and you can see Samantha and the other winners here.
The Rotary link doesn't stop there though. Samantha has been made an Honorary Member of the eClub of Southern Scotland, and we look forward to a long and inspiring relationship with her.
Congratulations to Grant Stephen, of the Rotary Club of Duns, and Robin Hamilton, of the Rotary Club of Dunbar, who were among the winners of this year's Champions of Change awards. Twelve awards were presented in a ceremony at the House of Lords, hosted by Baron Inglewood and presented by Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson.
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