Club Centenary

The Rotary Club of Dundee was founded on 21st May 1921

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Dundee Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a £100,000 bounty for local charitable bodies and good causes.

It is a stunning sum of money for a Rotary Club to disburse, especially at a time when charity budgets are under severe pressure because of the economic impact of the pandemic.

It is a sum which the club think is worthy of marking its “Century of Service” - its slogan for 2021-22 - to the people of Dundee.

A year-long series of events have been planned for the milestone, but central to the celebrations is the disbursement of £100,000 to charitable bodies and good causes.

The majority of the money will come from the club’s own funds, with the rest coming from other organisations in the city which have been sufficiently impressed by the club’s plans to give them their financial support.

One of them is the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee.

The recipients are to be groups and services that are addressing need in the city and also creating opportunities to provide young Dundonians a better future.

Some of the projects have already been agreed and others are undergoing discussion with clear objectives in mind.

They include:

  • A £25,000 bursary scheme for design students at Dundee University. Over each of the next five years a grant of £5000 will be awarded to a student for a one year post-graduate degree in design at Duncan of Jordanstone College.
  • A candidate has been selected for the first £5000 grant and the award will be presented to the winning student in the very near future.
  • Ten organisations will each benefit from a donation of up to £2,000  in a Centenary Charities project. The £20,000 pot has been formed by a match-funding association with The Nine Incorporated Trades and Dundee Rotary Club each pledging £10,000.
  • A sum of £10,000 has been allocated to a separate project being scoped out in a match-funding agreement with another major community partner.
  • Within the £100,000 Dundee Rotary Club has set aside funds for a number of other projects which its centenary committee are discussing, and announcements about these will be made later this year.

Robert Dunn, Past President of Dundee Rotary Club and chair of its centenary committee, said: 

“This will be a very special year in the Club’s proud history."

“We are well advanced with our plans to celebrate this milestone next year with a variety of social events being planned for club members, their families, the Dundee community and our local and international Rotary friends."

“However, key to our celebrations will be our ongoing support to local good causes, at a time of most need, as a result of COVID19.”

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: 

“The 100th anniversary of Dundee Rotary Club is a tremendous achievement, and I am well aware of the excellent work they have done over many years."

"To celebrate the 100th anniversary with the disbursement of £100,000 is remarkable, and excellent news."

"The disbursement of such a large amount of money to local charitable bodies and good causes is worthy of celebration, and Dundee Rotary Club and its members are to be congratulated for this tremendous effort.”

Current Dundee Rotary President Clive Murray said: 

“Preparation for our centenary celebrations has involved a significant amount of planning, and the centenary year will commence with a civic reception for the club, granted by Dundee City Council, in the City Chambers on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 100 years to the day that club became a fully constituted organisation.

“ We also look forward to announcing the recipients of the ten centenary grants of £2000 at that event."

“The centenary programme for the remainder of the year involves a charter dinner, dinner dance, golf day, the production of a special Dundee Rotary cake, a family fun day and a commemorative booklet.’

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