District Assembly 2021

Sun, Apr 25th 2021 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

District Assembly

District Assembly 2021

Thank you to all Rotarians who joined our Virtual District Assemly on April 25th 2021.

The agenda for the days event is still noted below, however at the bottom of this page you will now find all the relevant presentations from the day, along with contact details for those who presented on the day.

Rotary District 1010 Scotland North - AGENDA

9.45 – Arrival and informal networking

10:00 – Welcome and Introductions

John Johnstone, Learning and Development Team Leader

10.05 – Opening Remarks

DGE Heather Stuart

10.15 – Membership Growth and Development

DG Alistair Robb (Membership Chair 2021/22)

10.25 - Working Together and Supporting Clubs

District Support Team 2021/22

10.45 - Making Rotary Relevant to businesses

Colin Winstone, Public Image Chair, District 1060

11:00 – Break

11.10 Making Rotary Relevant to Younger People – Seeds of Social Action

 Shwetal Shah, Rotaract Great Britain and Ireland

Janine Birtwistle, Rotary Club of Guernsey 

11.30 Making Rotary Relevant to communities - internationally and locally

 David Chalmers, Rotary Club of Dunfermline – Reuniting Families in Kenya

John Steele, Rotary Club of Aberfeldy and District – Rotary Dementia Friendly Project

11.45 – Making Rotary Relevant through a focus on the environment

Malcolm Rooney, District Environment Officer

DGE Heather Stuart

12:00 – Q&A/Discussion Session

12.10 – District Conference 2021

John Johnstone, Learning and Development Team Leader

12.15Thanks and Closing Remarks

DGN Designate Jim Hatter

Speaker Biographies

Heather Stuart
District Governor Elect Heather Stuart has been a Rotarian for 8 years, originally a member of the small Kirkcaldy Raith club, where she was also club President, and most recently a member of Burntisland and Kinghorn club. Heather has held a number of club roles in Rotary in relation to public image, and fundraising, and was also Assistant Governor for Area 8, South Fife and Kinross, for 3 years prior to being elected as DG Nominee designate.  Heather works full time as a charity Chief Executive, running OnFife, which delivers cultural services and operates 42 cultural venues across Fife including libraries, museums, theatres, and archives. 

Heather’s professional background relates to community development and regeneration, as well as culture and leisure, and she has led a range of change projects, and worked in local government, the Scottish Government, and the private sector.  She also runs her own small health and wellbeing business.  She is passionate about supporting communities to reach their full potential and about tackling inequalities, and loves the experience that Rotary offers to give something back, and to make a real positive impact in communities through service projects, as well as bringing you together with like-minded people looking to do the same, with opportunities for lots of fun and friendship along the way.  Heather is looking forward to her year as District Governor, and working with clubs and all Rotarians in District 1010 to continue to develop Rotary in the district in a way which shares the gift of Rotary as widely as possible.

Alistair Robb
District Governor Alistair Robb has been a Rotary member for 14 years and served as Club President in 2013. He and his wife Claire are both Rotarians in the Buckhaven & Methil club and also work together in their business which is involved with IT hardware recycling for business and private customers. They have 2 grown up children. Daughter Christie is also a Rotarian in the club whilst their son Callum has yet to be persuaded to join.

Alistair spent many years as the District PVG and Equality and Diversity officer and was instrumental in the establishing of the annual autumn training seminars covering all areas of Compliance plus membership and public image. He is a passionate advocate of forming new clubs, especially ones which offer an alternative meeting style to the traditional setup.


Alistair hopes to see District 1010 clubs get more involved with service projects in their communities, using this as a means to attract new members and getting the message out there that Rotary is for everyone.

Colin Winstone
Colin Winstone has been Rotarian for 10 years within District 1060 ( Heart of England ). Served as Rotary GO Champion (Growth Opportunities), 3 years as Membership Lead and currently Public Image Team Lead. With a Sales and Marketing background in the IT industry he understands the motivations of business leaders and the "what's in it for me" culture. Membership numbers within D1060 continue to grow, including Corporate, backed by District support for joint initiatives, Membership Virtual Cafés and professional PR assistance.

Shwetal Shah
Shwetal currently work at MediaCom Global as an International Technology Partnerships Manager helping source emerging tech companies for Mars Wrigley Innovation Programme. She serves as a trustee at Volunteer Centre Camden and is a Grants Committee Member at Youth Futures Foundation. Outside of her day to day to role she organizes public science lectures and makes documentaries (Young Change Makers in the UK- http://bit.ly/2qn8g4m , Women in Tech -http://bit.ly/389tJik) to address the lack of role model representation in the mainstream media. She is passionate about making education accessible and is currently funding 7 girls education in India.

Jannine Birtwhistle
Jannine’s life was changed when she was a Group Study Exchange Team Member to Texas in 1989.  Rotary has been a key part of her life ever since having served in various positions at club, district, GB&I and globally she served for 3 years as a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Peace and Major Gifts Initiative Team.  Many will know her for her work for the End Polio Now campaign.  Her number one passion in Rotary though has always been peace building and conflict prevention, which she believes is the cornerstone of almost everything we do in Rotary and in large part is about leaving a legacy for future generations. 

And in relation to service supporting future generations she believes that “Seeds of Social Action” helping young people with their plans for the future and with the collaboration it offers between Rotaract and Rotary, is really exciting.  It is an opportunity for clubs to connect with young people in their community in a different way helping those young people take social action that they believe is important for them, their communities and for future generations.”

John Steele
John is an engineer by profession based in Switzerland retiring in 2009 following 25 years in senior management.  He relocated from Switzerland to Penang, malaysia, returning to Scotland in 2014, and is now located in Aberfeldy, Highland Perthshire.  John joined Rotary in 2015 becoming SVP in 2016 and President in 2017.  John also initiated the annual fundraising Aberfeldy Rotary Fun Walk 2017 and in 2019 led the Rotary fundraising project Aberfeldy Dementia Friendly.  He was SVP in 2020 and is President Elect for 2021/22, in the Rotary Club of Aberfeldy and District.

David Chalmers
David Chalmers has been Dunfermline Rotary's International & Foundation convener for the past 15 years during which the Dunfermline Club has undertaken some 18 international projects, 10 of which have involved Foundation Grants, both District & Global 

Malcolm Rooney 
I was brought up in Ballachulish in Argyllshire and lived there until I was 11.  My parents then moved to Larbert in Stirlingshire.  I attended Larbert High School and then trained as a teacher of Physical Education in the Scottish School of Physical Education. I subsequently taught in Bannockburn HS and Denny HS from 1973 to 1989.  In 1989 I shifted careers and attended the University of Edinburgh graduating with  a BD Hons in 1992.  In 1993 I became the minister of Kirriemuir Old  and then in 1999, the Glens and Kirriemuir Old.  I   retired in 2017 and am currently working as a Locum Church of Scotland Minister in Brechin.  I am a member of  Kirriemuir Rotary Club  and am currently Club Secretary.  In addition to that I am I am the Rotary District 1010 [the Forth to Shetland] Environment Officer; a member of the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s Environment and Sustainability Group; and I am the co-chair of the RGBI Chapter of the  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.  I have spoken to around 70  Rotary Clubs about Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability.  I am the secretary of Sustainable Kirriemuir.

I am interested in the big picture issues of Climate Change; am specifically concerned about Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice and  have an interest in spirituality and the environment.  I am married with three sons, all married, and 8 grandchildren ages 1 to 9. I enjoy reading, gardening, walking, fishing and playing the accordion badly. I have climbed over 100 Munros

Copies of Presentations & Speaker Contact Details

All the presentations used at Assembly are located here

A complete recording is on YouTube 



The seeds of Social Change Video is here  

The video for seeds of social change was not used in the assembly itself but will be handy as a reference.  This includes the dementia video clip that would not work on the day.  This clip is also patched into the recording. 

Contact information for speakers :

Corporate Membership - Colin Winstone - colin.winstone@blueyonder.co.uk 

Seeds of Social Action - Jannine Birtwistle - pauljannine@icloud.com and  Shwetal Shah - shwetal.shah27@gmail.com

Aberfeldy Dementia Friendly project - John Steele - j-steele@live.co.uk

Dunfermline Reuniting Families International Project - David Chalmers - dwpc.1946@btopenworld.com

Environmental Focus - Malcolm Rooney - malc.rooney@gmail.com

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An evening with artist Mike Samson on line in his studio


We held another online quiz.

Rotary Scotland 'Service Above Self' Face Mask.

Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside are offering Rotary Face Masks for Sale. All profits go to Rotary's 'End Polio Now'. Masks can be ordered by contacting Julien Brown at julien.brown@fabian-ltd.com and/or Ellen Smith at ellen.aberdeen@btinternet.com.

Last RCAD Volunteer day at Easter Anguston

We held an on-line quiz on Zoom on Wednesday 10th June starting at 7.00pm..


This was a new event for RCAD, held at the Cults Kirk Centre.


Scottish Lunch – Tor-Na-Dee Care Home, 30th January 2020


was held on March 5th 2019. The winning team, Airyhall Primary School, Aberdeen are pictured with their trophy.

Ross is pictured with his father Ian and John Whitfield the Youth and Vocational Convenor for Aberdeen Deeside Rotary Club.

RCAD sponsored a Cults Academy pupil for this year's Euroscola Programme. Ross Menie reported on his experience to the club on 27 March.


The Rotary of Aberdeen of Aberdeen Deeside, together with 16 Rotary Clubs of the surrounding area gave 496 special needs primary school children a fun day out with numerous activities.


Volunteers from RCAD at the Calendar Girls performance at His Majesties Theatre Aberdeen. The total raised by all Rotary Clubs for the Aberdeen performances was a magnificent £7,317.11.


The Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside has supported the VSA Easter Anguston Farm project for several years.


Tickets can now be purchased on line for this year's event on Sunday 26th May at 7.00pm.

Job Well Done

Members of the Rotaract Club of Aberdeen joined with Members of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside to plant crocuses.

2018 Contestants of the Primary School Public Speaking Competition.

The Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside hosted the 2018 Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition at Milltimber Primary School, Aberdeen.


This Rotary year 2018 Aberdeen Deeside Rotary Club sponsored Alexandra Cowie.


We get support from some local organisations which we in turn support when we can.


Partners Night & Guests - Scottish Evening


RCAD in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Aberlour and Speyside & Kemnay and Kintore have successfully completed the refurbishment of Rubona Primary School. The final video summarising the whole project can be found here.


This project has provided piped water supplies to the Kyakatara Health Centre in Uganda by harvesting rainwater from the Health Centre roof.


Some of our events and activities for 2017


Some of the good causes supported last Rotary Year

Raise money for..

Help to raise funds & collect donations for Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside with Easyfundraising


some links and news from other Rotary organisations


In October 2013 a group from the club helped to brighten up the local Allan Park.

DG Graeme Archibald Presented Cert Of Merit to RCAD 22Nov17

District Gonvenor Graeme Archibald presented the Club with a 'Certificate of Merit' in recognition of Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside’s contribution to ‘End Polio’.

Veja was inducted by President Dave Gordon.

Two New members were inducted into our club in November & December17


Our Club supports local Primary schools and Cults Academy in a number of ways.


Time ‘n’ Talent is an initiative whereby individual members raise funds for charity by carrying out a service or providing goods. It is a re-incarnation of Churn Your Cash.


some older events


Presentation from Lars Foyen