The Rotary Club in Kinross is a group of people who provide service to the community, raise money for local and international charities and, at the same time, have a really, really good time! Welcome to our website!
There are loads of opportunities for meeting new friends at our weekly meetings and by becoming involved in all of our activities. Guided by Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self", members are well known for their friendly and engaging manner and take active roles in the club as well as its many and varied local and international activities.
You are very welcome to browse the pages of this site and certainly would be most welcome on a Monday night at the Kirklands Hotel, High St., Kinross. We meet at 6.15 for 6.30 pm, but there is no meeting on the third Monday of the month, because we then have a breakfast meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, meeting at the Kirklands Hotel, 7.15 for 7.30 am.
December was a busy month for the Rotary Club of Kinross and District – a diverse range of activities, events and speakers. We have had no scheduled meetings for the first couple of weeks of the year as we have been ‘scattering’ to visit other clubs in Falkirk, Anstruther, St Andrews, Cupar and Tayport. It is interesting and useful to explore other clubs and enjoy the renowned fellowship of the Rotary organisation.
Walking the Camino
On a cold and frosty December breakfast meeting, Rotarian Jo Middlemiss transported us to warmer days and positive outlooks as she described her experiences of the Camino de Santiago - a network of pilgrims' ways leading to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north western Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Its origins are in the Middle Ages – when pilgrimage was a way of cleansing sin – and has seen a revival since the 1980s. It is now seen to have various benefits: spiritual, religious, gratitude, to be still, to slow down, to achieve something, to make connections… Each pilgrim carries a scallop shell (St. James’ boat was covered with shells) and the route way markers are embossed with shells. At one point there is even a wine fountain!
Jo and her husband Andy had recently suffered the loss of their beloved son, Oliver, and found some solace and peace on their walk. They also enjoyed the camaraderie and mutual support – walkers greet one another with “Bon Camino ” and help each other along the way - enjoying spectacular views, good food, wine. She inspired listeners to start planning that trip…
Rotarian George Lawrie embarked on a tractor tour last summer to mark the 20th anniversary of the Royal Highland Educational Trust, which aims to ‘bring the countryside to the classroom, and the classroom to the countryside’. George, Chairman of RHET, set himself a challenging agenda: visiting 12 schools – 2 each day - travelling by tractor, mostly at night. He was lent a tractor which was decorated as a Highland Cow. Kevin Paxton of Artfe created a stunning sculpture of ‘Curly Soo the Highland Coo’ – made out of discarded plough metal which George collected prior to the event – who travelled in the trailer and attracted great attention.
George spent two hours at each school, meeting 1400 pupils in total! Each school was given the chance to name the tractor. (The winning school was Crawford Primary with their name ‘Moooosy Ferguson’.) Despite the long distances between schools – and his method of travel - he was never once late and there was only one puncture. The trip ended at the Royal Highland Show. In all, he covered 705 miles and raised £12, 850. Moreover, he considerably raised awareness of RHET’s important work in providing free educational opportunities for children about where their food comes from and making them more aware of the environment around them. Great work, George!
President Phil Teale provided us with an enthusiastic description of Istria, the peninsula located at the head of the Adriatic, which he described enticingly ias “the Med as it used to be”. It provides a variety of experiences: coastal, historical, hill towns, wine growing…it is known for the highest quality of truffles and pure olive oil. There are Roman and Venetian influences and its long coast means a strong fishing culture. Phil supported his talk with some stunning photographs. Sounds like a wonderful holiday destination!
Message in a Bottle
These potentially life-saving bottles were displayed and distributed at our Rotary stall at the Festive Street Market on 23 November. They are still available at the Health Centre, local pharmacies and village shops. We were delighted to receive reports that these bottles have already been used successfully in the communit! Rotarian Barry Davies has done a great job in leading this project. Please pick up a bottle if you still require one.
Rotary Young Musicians Competition
The Young Musician of the Year competition local heat was held at Kinross High School on 11 December. It was a great evening of music, featuring very talented competitors with good Rotary Club and parental support this year- thank you to those who attended.
The judges were Barry Douglas from KYTHE, local music teacher Isobel Watt and Major Craig Burns of the Highland Band of the Army. We are very grateful to them and to Paul Rosie and Craig Scrimgeour of KHS Music department for all their help in running this great event. After a hard fought and very close competition, we congratulated the following:
1st place: Eleanor Baughan - violin
2nd place: Gregor Koziel - trumpet
3rd place: Lindsay McBride - violin
Eleanor now goes on to represent Kinross at the District finals in our own Community Campus on 25 January. Sincere thanks go to Brian Timms who worked with the school to organise this highly successful event, and was a terrific compere.
Santa was pleased to meet so many of you on his travels in December. Despite some wet and windy weather, Santa and his sleigh visited the Festive Street Market and enjoyed the Lighting Up ceremony, then all the scheduled destinations in Kinross-shire. Thanks to all our helpers, all who came out to meet us and all who donated to local causes. Santa is now back home and still drying off his clothes. He’ll be back next year!
On another wet and windy December night in Kinross Church Centre, the residents of Causeway Court and Whyte Court were transported back to the 1960s by Rotarians and guest artists with a ‘White Heather Club’ style evening’s entertainment of Scots songs and music. The recently formed Kinross High School Ceilidh Band made their first public appearance, and even ‘Chic Murray’ put in an appearance!
Nan Cook and her Centre staff laid on a delicious supper and organised the Centre busses to ensure that everyone was returned home safely.
The club’s own annual Christmas party took place on December 16th at the Kirklands Hotel. Members and partners had a great evening of fun and lovely food – thanks as always to the staff of the Kirklands who look after us so well. Games were played, quizzes were held, carols were sung, the Rotary choir performed, various turns were performed and … moustaches were judged!!
This year several members of the club held an extended Movemberwhich ran through November and right up to the party. This was to raise funds to contribute for men’s health. To encourage participation, the cost of notgrowing facial hair was double that of growing it. We want to thank Shona and Linzi from the Kirklands for judging and we hope they have both recovered now! The winner was Barry Davies who earned it by painting his effort with silver sparkle nail varnish – sounds like that could have been painful to remove!!
Honours for Jo
We were thrilled to hear that Rotarian Jo Middlemiss was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her exceptional work on the Ethiopia Medical Project.
Jo writes elsewhere in this edition about her work in Buccama. Kinross Rotary Club is delighted to present her this month with a cheque for £4,000 to support this life-changing project. This was raised with the support of a Rotary District Foundation Grant as well as monies raised by the club locally.
We have been eager to support this project over the years and we know that this honour is very well- deserved. Well done Jo!
For further information on the Ethiopian Medical Project go to www.ethiopiamedicalproject.com
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(Every 3rd Monday of month NO meeting - replaced with Breakfast meeting on 3rd Tuesday at 07.15 for 07.30)
The Kirklands Hotel
20 High Street
Kinross. KY13 8AN 01577 863313