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Tam o’ Shanter, a character with plently of tales to tell, sat passively in the garden of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Museum as he facilitated the socially distanced handover of the Rotary Club of West Fife President’s chain.
As retiring President Roger Hall demitted office he delegated the regalia exchange to the Ayrshire farmer famous for his hallucinations and equestrian assisted escapes. In the unfamiliar sobering light of day Tam was able to deliver the chain of office to incoming President Douglas Scott.
The clock has certainly spun back as Douglas has been elected to serve as the club’s President for a second time, 28 years after first holding that post! In returning to lead the club he hopes to be able to identify meaningful projects that will deliver both locally and internationally. He commented to the local press:-
“Rotary has an unjust image as an organisation dominated by ageing males but in West Fife, Rotary aims to meet local needs and be relevant in a post Covid environment.
“We are always seeking to identify, encourage and support projects that will make a difference in our community. By doing that we hope to attract like minded people from within our community to join us in Rotary.”
Douglas Scott (69) now lives in Dalgety Bay with his wife Christine and is extremely well known in Dunfermline. For 30 years he worked in the family butchers business at 25 High Street before moving on to be Chief Executive of the trade organisation representing retail butchers in Scotland for 17 years. He held the post of Chairman of the Dunfermline Town Centre Traders Association, is a past chair of Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council and has been a trustee of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust since 1992.
Douglas co-authored the book Black and White Magic recalling the halcyon days of Dunfermline Athletic in the 1960s and since its launch in 2000 he has been responsible for reporting the football content on the football club’s official website. He is also a Past President and still active member of Dunfermline Curling Club.
In becoming the West Fife club’s Vice President, Aileen North becomes the first woman to hold that position in the 42 year history of the club.
more Aileen North becomes First Lady
more Final words from President Rotary year 2021-2022
more Links to all the Convenor's Reports
more Co-ordinator Mark Todd's report to the 2022 AGM
more A difficult year if ever there was one.
more The Ken Young Plate was presented to Robin Grant for his work in the local community
more Roger Hall is installed as President as club watched on by Zoom
more A look back on the Rotary Year 2019-2020 Who could have predicted how it would have ended?
more The Ken Young Plate is presented to Community Service convenor Neil Spriddle
more These notes comprises the reports already emailed to all club members from committee conveners plus the additional comments and or updates from conveners on the night.
more Brian Mitchell is President of the Rotary Club of West Fife
more General Report on Club.
more The regular Tuesday meetings of The Rotary Club of West Fife are held at 6.30pm in Keavil House Hotel, Crossford KY12 8NN
more President Elect Dave's vision for the new Rotary Year
more This club service committee has through its use of strategic and business planning contributed substantially to the rejuvenation and enthusiastic commitment of the club
more Alex Evan Wong was elected to serve a second term of office
more Handover to incoming President Alex Evan Wong was carried out before Alex went off on holiday to the Far East.
more This summary report covers Club Administration and House matters 2013/2014
more President Ewan Archibald takes over from Donald Mackay
more Attended by President Elect Ewan Archibald and six of his team.
more President Ewan Archibald
more The Ken Young Plate
more President Robert is installed
more Donald Mackay becomes first member to do a second term in the chair at the Rotary Club of West Fife.
more Presentation of the Ken Young - Club Service Shield
more Friday 8th June at Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline
more Notes from the Glenrothes Assembly
more Convenor Ian Grieve's Report to Club Assembly
more Links to Reports from Club Assembly
more Vocational visit to Dunfermline Veterinary Practice
more 15 members of the club visited the Craig and Rose Paint factory at Halbeath
more Please return by Monday 29th August
more It is our intention this year to have a busy and varied programme, continuing last years aims of raising our profile and improving our links with the local community at all age levels.
more Five members and their partners enjoyed a weekend of fellowship in Dublin
more An introduction to Greig W.W. Hill
more Rotary is continuing to go through a period of change and we must all adapt if this organisation is to continue to be as relevant in the future as it has been in the past
more We have both raised and distributed record sums of money this year
more Retired Master Blender is the club's new president
more Senior Vice President Ian Grieve introduced the plans for the next Rotary year.