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We are a warm and welcoming club in the beautiful Scottish Borders, always happy to see new members.
Jedburgh Rotary was formed in 1975 and since then has helped the local community and made a difference to people internationally by working with overseas clubs in times of crisis to provide clean water, tools of their trade, and fishing boats.
Here is a summary of our president's statement about this past year and our hopes for the club in the forthcoming year.
Today I am two people, Current President and President Elect, so I am both summing up my past achievements and announcing my aims for the forthcoming year. Being President over the past year has had its difficulties with lock downs, new venues and losing valued members. Last year’s aims were to reinstate face to face meetings and increase membership. However, around Christmastime when the omicron variant forced another lockdown I feared for the continuation of Jedburgh Rotary. Since then we have sampled a variety of new venues settling here at the golf club, installed two new members and will shortly be installing 4 more. I am delighted that this has been achieved and I am optimistic about the future of our club.
I stated that I wanted Jedburgh Rotary to be active within our community and despite all the restrictions we have managed to serve our community well, not only with donations to help local groups such as the lunch club to start up again, or supporting the foodbank, but also we managed to organise Birl’nBeer, Virtual Santa, Coffee morning and prize draw and a community Quiz. We have taken on more responsibility for Jedburgh’s seasonal market and cleaned up the town, litterpicking. Most of these activities have been with the help and collaboration of other organisations, the school, the British Legion, Jed Events, Jedburgh community council and it is my aim in the forthcoming year to strengthen, develop and augment those ties.
Over the past year I have got to know the presidents of other Borders Rotary clubs who have face similar issues to us. This year I aim to develop the links between our nearest clubs and work with them as far as we are able.
I aimed to explore how Jedburgh Rotary could help the Rotary Peace foundation, but did not manage to achieve that aim. I intend to carry that aim forward, something that is necessary in this time of conflict. Similarly, although we have made a few donations to causes in other countries, we can now start thinking of projects further afield.
We can work towards these aims by reconvening the community and international committees with new committee chairs. Together we can once again share out our club tasks, with longer standing members mentoring our new recruits. I would like to thank members who have put their faith in me for one more year and once again, I hope to serve Jedburgh Rotary as best as I can.
I took over as President while there were still quite stringent restrictions in place due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and I have had to steer the club through some ups and downs to ensure that Jedburgh Rotary has survived. Throughout all this, the club Council and the charity trustees have managed to meet regularly, at first over Zoom, then in Person, and now we have “Hybrid” meetings between Jedburgh and Chesters.
We managed to start regular meetings in August as restrictions were starting to ease and were one of the first clubs in the area to do so. COVID-19 has taken quite a toll on the local hospitality sector and we have been unable to meet at our usual venue. Simply Scottish came to our rescue hosting us for a while and in September we celebrated with Birl n’Beer, which was very successful, raising more funds than previously. Unfortunately the Omicron variant and tight restrictions set us back again, meaning not only that we did not organise the Winter Festival, but we also lost our temporary home.
Since then we have been somewhat nomadic, trying different venues until we can settle back to the usual venue. We tried Birdcage Tearooms at Woodside Nurseries and Naomi has catered for us not only here at the golf club but also in the Legion. Rotarians are resilient and through all this we have managed to conduct our normal business and give donations to our usual local organisations and respond to requests from others. For a second year we have managed to distribute Christmas gifts to every child in Jedburgh and Ancrum through a “Virtual” Santa.
All that expenditure has been helped by income from the Ebay shop, and it must be noted that Mike and Eddie have been working incredibly hard to keep that going although we had some problems with Ebay. Their resilience and determination made sure that we had an income while other fundraising came to a halt. We have become more involved with Jedburgh Seasonal Market, helping with promotion as well as supplying marshals, and in return have a market stall where we sell books and promote Rotary.
We attempted to commission a giant tree sculpture in Allerley Park but sadly the wood was too decayed. We may well revive the attempt, should another suitable tree be found. We have started to “get back to normal” with a forthcoming quiz and a coffee morning. We are liaising with Royal Burgh of Jedburgh Community Council to plant trees for the queen’s platinum jubilee, and Birl N’Beer is going to be bigger and better. We have gained some members and lost a few as well.
Through these highs and lows we have shown that Rotarians are people of action, we are resilient and with a positive attitude we have made things happen and supported our local community. Referring back to my thought for the day - We have not been defeated by the storm of the Pandemic, we have danced in the rain – got a bit wet, but we are still here ready to carry on.
The Community Committee has been in abeyance since the start of Covid in March 2020. We discussed at our Rotary meeting on26th May 2022 the need to get this committee up and running now that Covid has receded and the Club is now recruiting new members.
Agenda of Events for 2022.
7th June 2022
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