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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 the 1970's 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.
Once again Jedburgh Rotary have had a year when we have not been allowed to hold face to face meetings. This is regretful as many of our members enjoy the social interaction of meeting people and discussing our plans and projects. We could not hold the Birl and Beer festival last August, and Santa had to send a video link to children in school instead of bringing his gifts for the children of Jedburgh to give out in his grotto at the Town Hall. I hope that all these events will soon be able to recommence and normal service will be resumed. However, Jedburgh Rotary has managed to support our local community throughout this difficult time of pandemic and business closures.
I anticipate that my main priority this year will be starting up face to face meetings. I aim to attract a more diverse membership with a range of options for membership type it make it easier for people to be part of our organisation. I want Jedburgh Rotary to be active in our local community as well as considering what Jedburgh can do for people in other countries.
I would also like to explore how Jedburgh Rotary can help the Rotary Peace Fellowship programme. It seems to me that the world could do with some peace and development at the moment.
Finally, I am so pleased and happy to be appointed President of Jedburgh Rotary this year. Thank you to all the members who have put their trust in me, and I hope I will prove worthy of the role.
Rotary Year 20/21 has been one to remember for all the wrong reasons. With the lockdowns and a multitude of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been impossible to hold face-to-face meetings. With many of our club members unhappy or unable to use “Zoom” to keep in contact, email has been used heavily to keep the Club informed and to get decisions made. The Council is certain that we have all missed the camaraderie, fellowship and fun that we all used to enjoy so much – one of the key reasons for being Rotarians.
Our usual activities have been put on hold to a large extent, but eBay has kept going and has provided a steady flow of money to enable us to continue to provide financial assistance locally and further afield to the tune of almost £10,000. We are extremely grateful to Mike and Eddie for all the many hours they have spent, keeping our eBay shop going. Unfortunately, we have some technical problems at the moment which we are trying to fix.
Apart from the donations specified in the reports from our committees, we have given a good sum to The Rotary Foundation and the profit from the sale of Rotary face masks was given to End Polio Now. A splendid cup engraved in memory of the late Roy Spowart, was given to the Rugby Club to be awarded to the most promising young player in their first year with the club. The grandson of one of our members was the first recipient. At Eastertime, Easter eggs were given to the Jedburgh Churches Food Bank for the children of the families for whom they provide.
Perhaps the most rewarding of the donations we were party to this year was the presentation of specially prepared tablets from District 1020 to care homes specialising in folk with dementia and similar cognitive impairments. We were able to get 9 of the tablets and 3 went to each of Millfield, Knowesouth and Bonchester Bridge care homes just before Christmas. A further 2 tablets from 1020 and a donated Ipad were recently presented to Millfield.
At the time of writing this report, four members have resigned as from the 30th of June 2021. We are sad to lose them, but two have indicated that they will help when they can. What does the future hold for Rotary? We do not really know, but it will be different, because of the ongoing pandemic.
Donations were made to the Jedburgh Out of School Club, the Borders Children’s Charity, the Jed Food Bank, the Secondary School Breakfast Club and the Jed Eye for the web site. Donations of skin cream, toiletries, and biscuits, chocolate, etc. were made to all staff at Borders General Hospital including the mental health ward which had been overlooked by other groups who had donated items to the hospital. We received thank you letters from all recipients. This June we also provided the funding for replacement paddles, etc. for the defibrillator in McColl’s.
As we do not know when the current situation will improve, we will have to abide by Government rules and hope things will soon be back to a “new” normal – whatever that may be!
This has been a noticeably quiet year for the International Committee due to the impact of corona virus on our meetings, and the real need to support our local community at this time of crisis.
The committee did send a donation of £1,000 to the Australian club of Batemans Bay to help them run a community hub and counselling for residents of the small settlement of Mogo after it was devastated by the Australian bush fires.
We also contributed £80 to the Naga food parcels appeal and £138 for two Shelter Boxes for the Philippines. Hopefully, we can recommence our meetings again in the not-too-distant future. So please think of some good projects to which we can lend a hand as the UK gets back to ‘normal’.
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