ROTARY’S YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT

Submitted to C & B News June 2108

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The end of June brings the end of the Rotary year, and for Graham Low the end of his year as Club President – and a very busy year it has been.

In reviewing the year, Graham thanked all members for their support and hard work over the past twelve months, this having been one of the most demanding and most satisfying years in the Club’s history.

Graham saw two events as standing out among the many successes of the Club:

In the early part of the year, as the parent Club of this year’s District Governor, Lindsay Craig, it was the Club’s responsibility to organise and host the District Conference bringing together representatives from the 55 Clubs in Rotary District 1020. This was a mammoth challenge for the organising committee led by Hendrik Nahler and supported by the whole of the Club. The event, which was attended by 350 members, partners and guests was held in Newcastle and was a great success.

The other headline event was the staging of the Grand Final of the Rotary Britain and Ireland Young Musicians Competition in May which was held in Scotland for the first time. The successful event, which attracted an audience of over 200 people, was held at Heriot Watt University.  At the event special mention was made of members Ian Campbell, Ralph Allardyce, Alan Young and Andrew Clark who led the planning of the event and who were supported by many members and partners on the day. Grateful thanks were also given to Heriot Watt University and their staff for their marvellous support for the event.

In addition there was another more traditional event requiring a huge commitment from members and their partners and this was the big fundraising effort at Christmas time, including the Tree of Life at Balerno Parish Church and the bucket collections and gift-wrapping service at the Gyle Shopping Centre. John Dea, Andy Howard and Roy Stirrat organised and managed these fundraising efforts which raised some £10,000 for charities and other worthy causes.

The Rotary Primary Schools Quiz was another success this year. Mike Latimer organised and chaired the local and the Area events, the former held at Dean Park Primary School and the Area Competition at Currie Primary School. Once again members were there to help in significant numbers.

Another positive development during the year was the formation of the Nether Currie Primary School Rotakids Club – the first in our area – driven by Head Teacher Anna Hazel-Dunn and Rotarian Roy Stirrat. There was also the success of the Community Chest scheme to assist local group initiatives which was launched in 2017 and re-launched this year in partnership with the Balerno Village Trust and supported by CALA Homes Ltd. And finally, there were personal contributions from two of our Club members. Duncan Law made nest boxes from scrap timber and sold them locally, raising £1000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society; and Richard Basker's watercolour painting of the new Queensferry Crossing raised more than £5000 for Rotary International's End Polio Now Campaign."
And that’s just the highlights. Many other Club activities and social occasions were enjoyed throughout the year. Life as a member of the Rotary Club of Currie Balerno is certainly a busy and satisfying one. If you might be interested in joining us or would like more information about our Club go to our website at www.cbrotary.org