Burns Evening 2022

On 27 January 2022 this year’s Club Burns Evening was held on Zoom.

Dalbeattie Rotaty Burns Night

It fell to John Rowland as Vice President to organise and present at our meeting on 27 January 2022 this year’s Club Burns Evening held on Zoom. There was a goodly attendance of members and partners, joined for the occasion by members of Castle Douglas Club, including Andrew Dunlop, who delivered the Toast to the Lassies, ably replied to by our own Caroline Robertson. Fraser Sanderson, our Club Secretary, addressed the haggis and musical contributions featured Martin and Tina Yule (fiddle and accordion) and songs from Hilary Irving, accompanied on piano by President Douglas, and from member John Henry. This year’s Immortal Memory was delivered by Ian Hanlin, a member of Lockerbie Rotary Club, who shared the interesting fact that the wife of the founder of Rotary International, the American Paul Harris (1868-1947), and the wife of Robert Burns shared the same Christian name, Jean. Paul Harris in fact married Jean Thomson, the daughter of a Scots Minister. Through Jean, Paul became familiar with the life and works of Robert Burn and Paul Harris himself drew inspiration for the high ideal of the fellowship of Rotary International from Burns’ own plea in  “A man’s a man for ‘a that” that humankind’s universal goodwill and peace be secured in God's good time.” 

“Then let us pray that come it may -
As come it will for a’ that -
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s comin yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that.” 

Vice President John Rowland

The gathered company, with Alex Scott (bottom right) joining us, it seems, from “down under!”

Tina and Martin Yule on screen from Hest Bank, Lancaster

Castle Douglas members with Andrew Dunlop (right) out of picture reading his script


Hilary Irving and President Douglas

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