Club Achievements

During the current and past Rotary years, Elgin has received various awards for the work the club and the individual Rotarians carry out.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Rotary Club of Elgin, in 2015 has been award The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.  Recently at our meeting Grenville Johnston, an honorary member and Lord Lieutenant of Moray announced this to to the club. Below is a sumary of the announcement

"President Lawrence, Rotarians, Ladies and Gentlemen

The Queens Award for Voluntary service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the United Kingdom.  It is known as the MBE of Volunteers.

I am delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of Elgin has been awarded this honour.

Specifically the bar is higher for local groups who are part of a national or international organisation.  To achieve this honour requires an organisation to have quite outstanding idea’s, enthusiasm and people.  All of you who are in involved with the club have that in abundance.

The citation for the Award states “An ambitious, innovative and successful programme of activities are delivered annually for local and international initiatives.  Funds raised support and encourage many other voluntary organisations in delivering their essential services.

President Lawrence when I received the news I wrote to our Honorary Member HRH the Princess Royal to inform her.  I received the following reply:

Her Royal Highness was very pleased to read that the club is to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015 and sends her congratulations and best wishes to the club for their significant achievement.

Ladies and Gentlemen this is perhaps one of the most historic awards that the club has received.  In due course the award will be presented to you and we might have a party!!

Grenville Johnston
H M Lord-Lieutenant of Moray

Paul Harris Fellow

Like many Clubs in the UK, a Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded by the Rotary Club of Elgin to individuals who have given outstanding service. The award is made to Rotarians and non-Rotarians in recognition of the work they have done. Members of the Elgin Club have been recognised over the years within the Club and also by other Clubs within the wider Rotary family.

Paul Harris Fellowships have been presented by Elgin Club to it’s own members; Alistair Russell, Alex Scott, Raymond Wood, Glen Elliot, Jim Young, Brodie Ross, Graeme Archibald, David Small, Iain Jamieson, Carol Stewart, Bill Ross Bill Duncan, Sandy Ritchie and Finlay Weir .

The club also conferred the honour on non-Rotarian Sally Wood Lamont and to Past President Raymond Wood.

As a result of the successful Golf Exchanges between Elgin and the Rotary Clubs in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvanian Rotarians conferred Paul Harris Fellowships on four Elgin Rotarians;John Grigor, Jim Young, Raymond Wood, and Glen Elliot.

President Margaret Stenton presented Peter Mutch of Rotaract Moray in January 2020 with Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition for his efforts as part of Rotaract Moray and all that he has personally contributed to their many succesful events including Soup and Sweet, Christmas Carol Service, A Night at the Musicals, support given to Rotary Elgin at their many events not least his leadership on the Rotary BBQ in recent years. Peter has been an influencial member of Moray Rotaract.

Congratulations Peter from all at Rotary Elgin and Moray Rotaract.

Read the full presentation here Intro_for_PHF_Peter_Mutch


St Andrews Quaich

This trophy was donated to the club by the Rotary Club of St Andrews.  It is presented on an annual basis to a Club Rotarian, who has excelled in some way during the Rotary Year.

Previous years winners of this Quaich have been Davie Small, Brenda Munro, Ian Davidson, Lorna Williamson, Michelle Anderson, Kate Asher, Carol Stewart, Finlay Weir, Ian Shayer, Iain Jamieson, G. Alistair Campbell, Lawrence Fraser, Graeme Archibald, Brodie Ross, Iain Maccartney, Jim Young and Glen Elliott

2020 Winner is Treasurer Neil Cruickshanks


Stepping up to the Plate


This award is chosen and presented by the President, to a Rotarian who has done just that - "stepped up to the plate" and contributed above and beyond that of normal expectiations.

George West has been presented the ‘Stepping up to the Plate’ award by President Margaret Stenton. This award recognises a member who has taken ownership of what is asked of them, and then goes above and beyond. George has been a member of Rotary since 2003. Quiet and selfless by nature, he is a very willing team player, who has worked conscientiously across most of our Club’s teams, and got involved in all of our activities. This year, George led the Community Team and took ownership, led from the front and made the team’s activities happen seamlessly – sometimes by delegation but quite often by themselves in the first instance – probably a great example of “don’t ask someone to do a job until you’ve done it yourself”. Adding huge value in so many ways to our Christmas Collections campaigns, Winter Entertainment programmes, and building strong links with the Foodbank, George has also been extremely involved in our Bothy Ballads for many years, ensuring its continued growth and success, by bringing in the balladeers and entertainers, and helping to keep the traditions of our musical heritage in the north east of Scotland preserved. Very richly deserved


Previous Award Winners

2019 Julie Williams
2018 Hugh Carter
2017 Margaret Stenton
2016 Lorna Williamson
2015 Neil Cruickshanks

Rotary Community Awards

Rotary Elgin for the past few years have also presented awards to others in our local community in recognition of their contributions and achievements.

Community Awards

2018 - May Gilchrist of Coast to Coast, Charity Walk, Cycle or Horse Ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
2017 - June Roy 
2016 - Elgin Street Pastors and Andy Simpson 
2015 - Fochabers Fiddlers 
2015 - Moray Curling Development Group and Cantare and Friends 
2014 - Pam Gillan for services to music in Moray and the Directors of Piping at Forres

Young Citizen of the Year

2020 - Bent Michielsen of Keith Grammar School
2019 - Aiden Henderson of Elgin Academy
2018 - Kurtis McQuade of Keith Grammer School
2017 - Heather Prentice of Forres
2016 - Scott Fiske of Elgin High School
2015 - Emma Main and Laura Jane Smith of Buckie 
2014 - Angus Lawson of Elgin High School

Robertson Construction - Elgin Rotary Shield

2019 - Lewis Sim - Electrician (McDonald & Munro)
2018 - Lewis Sim - Electrician (McDonald and Munro)
2017 - Kyle Florence the Joinery Nominee from Huntly and David Balfour the Brickwork Nominee from Ballindalloch.
2016 - Mateusz Markuszewski, Joiner (David Urquhart Joiners)
2015 - Sutherland More, Electrician (Tullochs)
2014 - Steven MacKenzie, Electrician (McDonald & Munro)

Sport Moray Special Achievement Award

2019 - Isla Prichard and David Taylor
2018 - Emily Dale
2017 - Rebecca Gilchrist
2016 - Craig Barron
2015 - Callum Jacklin
2014 - Daniella Holder and Daniel Breerton
2013 - Alastair Hay

Elgin Strathspey & Reel Fiddle Competition (Under 14's) Bow & Shield Award

2019 - Neve Paterson, Buckie
2017 - Rosie Winchester, Keith
2016 - Rosie Winchester, Keith
2015 - Rosie Winchester, Keith