Kiran joins Rotary
You may remember that one of only two Peace Fellows honoured at the United Nations Rotary Day this year was Kiran SIngh Sirah, a member of our GSE team which went to Colombia in 2009, and subsequently a Peace Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tranent.
Many people in the District remember Kiran fondly, and we are delighted that he had now joined Rotary as a member of his local Rotary Club in Tennessee.
In his post on Facebook he paid tribute to Ian and Olive Geddes for their support and encouragement as a GSE scholar and a Peace Fellow, and shared the story of their friendship at his induction - followed by a drink in Ian's honour.
You can read his post here.
Young Golfer 2018
The District Young Golfer competition was held at Kingsfield Golf Course, Linlithgow on 2nd August 2018. The winners can be seen here.
DG Agnes takes the reigns
At the District Handover dinner on June 29th, Agnes Ritchie of the Bathgate club was installed as District Governor for the new Rotary year.
Jo Pawley of Eyemouth & District is our new DGE and Calum Thomson of Tranent is DGN.
Agnes' full team is listed under the District Team tab above.
You can read her welcome message here,
Young Musician National Final
The audience heard an incredibly high standard of performance and musicianship, in the setting if Heriot Watt University.
RIBI President Den is Spiller presented the prizes to the two winners, one vocal, one instrumental.
Champion of Change
Peter Croan (Galashiels Rotary Club) has been awarded one of the 12 RIBI Champions of Change awards for 2017-18. He was nominated by DG Lindsay for his work in
securing medical units for Pakistan (10 former NHS Scotland breast
screening trailers sent to Karachi in July/August 2016 and one trailer
sent to Dhaka in Bangladesh in Summer 2017).
He received his award in Cardiff on 18 May.
Rotary Young Citizens
At this year's Rotary Young Citizen Awards, two of the awards went to young people nominated by clubs in our district. Joseph Cox was nominated by Leith Rotary Club for taking action to help rough sleepers, and Ryan Montgomery was nominated by Corstorphine Rotary Club for his initiative in setting up Cortorphine Emergency Response.
You can watch the awards below, and find out more about these remarkable young people by clicking "more".
Selkirk makes the news
A project in the Philippines spearheaded by Selkirk Rotary Club and supported by the Rotary Clubs of Hawick, Langholm, Kelso, Melrose and Galashiels,was recently featured on ITV news. You can watch the item below.
Sammi Kinghorn named Scottish Sports Personality of the Year
Wheelchair racer and Honorary Rotarian Sammi Kinghorn believes being the first para athlete to be crowned Scottish Sports Personality of the Year will change attitudes for ever.
The award tops a great year for Sammi in which she won two golds and broke a world record at the world championships.
Sammi, from Melrose and an Honorary Member of the Eclub of Southern Scotland, has switched to marathon racing so she can represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
She said: “My 100m and 200m sprint events aren’t included in the Commonwealth Games so I’ve decided to switch to the marathon. I’m determined to do my country proud.”
She is certainly doing Scotland and Rotary proud.
Champions of Peace at United Nations
District 1020 Peace Officer Jean Best was one of only six Rotarians and Rotary Peace Fellows around the world to be honoured at this year's Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva.
Not only that, but one of the two Peace Fellows honoured, Kiran Sirah, was a member of our GSE team which went to Colombia in 2009. Subsequently he was suggested as a Peace Scholar and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tranent.
For one District to be associated with two Champions of Peace in a single year is probably unique and our congratulations go to Jean and Kiran on this well-deserved recognition.
You can see both of them at the opening session on UN Web TV below (from 51 minutes), introduced by John Hewko, RI General Secretary.
Clubs across D1020 have been planting crocuses as part of the Purple4Polio campain to raise awareness of the fight against polio.
You can see a slideshow of some of them in the Foundation section.
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About Rotary District 1020
District 1020 covers the south of Scotland from coast to coast and from the Forth to the Borders.
We have around 1700 members in 59 Clubs
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