Club Assembly and Handover

Thu 30th June 2016 at 6.45 pm - 8.45 pm

Raffle - Jim McCulloch. Reception - Jill Templeton/Rob Brechin.


Club Assembly: 2016/2017

The Presidency

Incoming President Graham LEITH

President-Elect Neil McKINLAY

Junior Vice-President Sandy MACKENZIE

Immediate Past-President Kate GIBB

Thursday 30th June marked the end of the Rotary year at the Rotary Club of South Queensferry. An audience of members and guests, including Assistant District Governor Ian McLean, heard President Kate Gibb describe her year in office as a wonderful experience never to be forgotten. She thanked members for their unstinting support and the key club officers and convenors whose work and enthusiasm had achieved such a memorable Rotary year.

Kate's last act as president was to induct Kinlay Macdonald as a new member of the club. Kinlay, who is retired after a career in the civil service and NHS, thanked the president and said he looked forward to taking part in the club's many worthwhile activities. He was warmly welcomed by members and guests.

President Kate awarded the John Rennie Trophy to Rotarian David Buchanan for his long-term involvement with the club's youth programmes and, along with the late Alex Laughlan, setting up the now thriving Interact Club at Queensferry High School. 

In receiving the award, David said he accepted it on behalf of everyone in Youth Service, which had had a most successful year. The Jim Boyd Paperweight, was awarded to Secretary Alan Brown who had provided invaluable support  and most efficient administration throughout the year. After reviewing highlights of her year, President Kate handed the chain of office to incoming President Graham Leith. Congratulating Kate, President Graham said he hoped to build on the success of Kate's presidency.

The Club Assembly followed in which President Graham introduced next year's office bearers and outlined  a proposed programme of activities, events and goals his committees hoped to complete. A new fundraising committee would be formed under Sandy Mackenzie and the club would become involved in the District Foundation Centenary project supporting young people involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Graham then installed Neil McKinlay as Vice President and Sandy Mackenzie as Junior Vice President.

In thanking the club on behalf of District, Assistant District Governor Ian McLean said the club should be proud of its remarkable record. He wished President Graham and the club every success for 2016-2017.

In other business, Rotarian Graham Clarkson announced that the total raised by the annual Abseil on June 26th now stood at £112,000. He had received excellent feedback from participants and charities which had taken part.