News from around our Club...
05 May 2018Tayside Challenge 2018
Mark Beaumont (on left) is pictured with riders keen to start the 2018 running of the Tayside Challenge. Brian Johnston, fresh from his trip to Vietnam, is pictured second from right with Lorna Anderson, front and centre.
Mark's presence undoubtedly made a huge difference to this year's entry with over 400 riders taking part.
In excess of £14,000 was raised to be shared by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull and Malawi Fruits.
01 May 2018Murder Mystery of 1926
"The Sma' Glen Murder Mystery of 1926" kept a large number of Rotarians guessing when Johnathan Miller presented a fascinating tale of the death of a horse-drawn van driver at the Foulford Inn. The unfortunate victim was Alexander Chalmers who was an employee of D & J McEwan, Crieff.
Following an inquiry into the incident Sheriff Valentine and a jury, sitting in Perth, recorded a verdict of accidental death.
In response the Dundee Courier ran an editorial which stated that until outstanding questions were answered the Sma' Glen mystery could never be considered solved.
Johnathan (left) is pictured with his host for the evening Rotarian Bob Thomson.
01 May 2018March £1000 Calendar Lottery Prize
Donald McDonald on left, pictured here with Ian Stevenson, receiving a cheque for £1000 on behalf of his daughter Saci who now lives in California.
Donald buys a Rotary Charity Lottery Calendar every year for each of his three children and this year daughter Saci has won one of the two £1000 prizes on offer each year to purchasers of the Calendar.
The 2019 calendar is now in the process of being produced and will be on sale at the Perth Show on 3rd/4th August.
24 April 2018Sid House and the Forestry Commission
Tonight's speaker Sid House (left) pictured with Rotarian Steve Blackett, his host for the evening.
Sid told us his story of working for the Forestry Commission since leaving university until his retirement in 2016 with just a short interuption of a couple of years.
He told us of the work of the organisation including developing renewable energy schemes, creating and maintaining trails and visitor facilities, and conserving the estate's habitats, wildlife and archaeological treasures.
It was interesting to note that the timber industry is worth more to Scotland than the fishng industry and provides more than 30,000 jobs across the wood production, forest management, haulage and processing sectors.
10 April 2018Brad's Job Talk
Bradley Harris (centre) pictured with Vice President Gillian Marsh and his host for the evening John Steven.
During his job talk Brad took us from his early days in South Africa, becoming a lifeguard on his local beach and his spell of National Service in the Army, serving on the Angolan border. Then he took up skydiving which he considered to be a much safer way of spending his time.
He worked in various banks and investment companies as a mainframe computer expert, before moving to Perth in 1997 as an employee of General Accident.
Brad has now retired from company life and breeds highland cattle at his home in Perthshire.
09 April 2018Commonwealth Games
Camilla Hattersley and Scott McLay
Camilla and Scott, our sponsored swimmers are both having a good games in Australia's Gold Coast. Camilla was fifth in the 8oo metres final in a season's best time of 8 mins 32.3 secs. Scott receives a bronze medal following Scotland's third place in the final of the 4 x 100 metres relay.
27 March 2018Taxman to Traffic Warden
Jim Granger pictured (centre L) with his host rotarian Frank Sloan entertained us this evening by telling a very interesting and humorous tale of his journey from school leaver to Traffic Warden (Parking Attendant).
His first job was as a self-employed caddy at Gleneagles Golf Cub for six months before he joined the Civil Service. After a short spell he worked as a National Insurance Inspector and at the same time had a part time job with Marks & Spencer for twelve years.
When the DHSS merged with Customs and Excise Jim worked in many areas of customer service which he thoroughly enjoyed. He then moved to Project and Strategy work which he hated! He left HMRC in March 2015.
After a short interval of two months he joined Perth & Kinross District Council as a Parking Attendant or Traffic Warden as we know them. Jim is thoroughly enjoying his latest job and had many amusing incidents to relate.
All present enjoyed his talk immensely as witnessed by the number of questions thrown at him at the end. President Colin had to call proceedings to a halt or we might have been there yet!
20 March 2018The Royal Company Of Archers
Alisdair Macdonald, a member of the Royal Company of Archers, came along this evening to tell us the fascinating history of the Company.
It functions as the Sovereign's "Body Guard in Scotland" at the request of the Queen at any State and ceremonial occasion taking place in Scotland. It was formed in 1822 in the reign of George IV although it still functions as an archery club - the purpose for which it was originally formed in 1676.
Members of the Royal Company of Archers wear a distinctive uniform which Alisdair brought along for us to see. It features a dark green tunic with black facings, dark green trousers and a Balmoral bonnet with the Royal Company's badge and an eagle feather.
Alisdair (left) is pictured with his friend and host Rotarian Douglas Sinclair.
An archery contest in Peebles.
16 March 2018President's Dinner
The Top Table guests, Back row (L to R):- Gail Mackay, (president of Perth St Johns), David Lindsay (president of the Perth club) and Ann Gourlay (President of Soroptimist International Club of Perth)
Front row (L to R):- speaker Archie Gilbert, President Colin Moreland and speaker Jim Robertson.
Piper Ian Stevenson drinks a well-earned dram.
Auctioner Peter Wood encourages those present to spend more money, assisted by rotarian Douglas Sinclair.
Raffle prizes galore!
04 March 2018Young Singers Competition 2018
Winners and Judges
Back (L - R): Aiesha Hunter, Kirsty Watson, Judge Peter Caban, Ben Leathley.
Front (L - R):Erin Paterson, Judge Debora Salem, Judge Zoe Perman, Bethany Langton.
Kirsty Watson from Perth College UHI was the overall winner with Bethany Langton, also from UHI, in second place. Erin Paterson, Perth High School, was given the special award of "Star in the Making"
Winner Kirsty Watson (centre) with judge Zoe Perman and Youth Convenor Chris Kirk
"Star in the Making" Erin Paterson from Perth High School pictured with Zoe and Chris.
Brian Johnston and Douglas Sinclair were the "bouncers" on the door and were excellent raffle ticket sellers.
21 February 2018Ex Presidents' Dinner
On 21 February seven ex Presidents gathered at the North Port Restaurant in Perth for a night of good food, lots of chat and fellowship. We toasted dearly departed former Presidents Douglas Barr, Danny Fitzsimons and Peter MacDougall.
Douglas Sinclair, Ian Stevenson and Harry Cooper Bob Abernethty, Frank Muirden, Steve Blackett, Bob Reid
(Report and Photos from Frank Muirden)
20 February 2018History of the Black Watch
Gordon Allen, who is a tour guide at Bahousie Castle Black Watch Mueum, gave us a summary of the history of the Black Watch which is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
He was born in Perth and, leaving shool at 15, joined the Royal Navy Boys' Training School, after which he flew to Singapore to join HMS Diana (Destroyer).
After 9 years in the Royal Navy Gordon worked on the oil rigs for two years before joining the Fire Brigade, where he served for 25 years until his retirement.
06 February 2018Induction of Bradley Harris
Bradley Harris (left) during the occasion of his induction.
Bradley, who originally hails from South Africa, is pictured with Douglas Sinclair who introduced Bradley to Rotary and to the Perth Kinnoull Club. A very warm welcome, Brad, to our club and the Rotary community.
06 February 2018Champion Paddler
Ailsa Gourlay (left) pictured with her mum, Sandra, and Youth Convenor Chris Kirk.
Ailsa, who is a slalom canoeist, is a Scottish Champion and is looking forward to competing in the British and European Championships this year.
Here she is pictured receiving a cheque for £500 from President Colin Moreland which will go some way to helping with the considerable expenses involved in competing at this high level of expertise.
23 January 2018Gordon Dow, Spectraglass Ltd.
Rotarian Gordon Dow, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Perth, was our speaker this evening. Gordon is Chairman and principal stakeholder in Spectraglas Ltd which is a family-owned company based in Perth.
He told us of the history of glass from the start of glass blowing by the Phoenicians up to the present day.
Gordon is pictured (centre) with President Colin Moreland and his long time friend and host for the evening, Frank Muirden.
19 December 2017Christmas Party 2017
28 November 2017Charity Ride In Vietnam
Brian Johnston took the opportunity this evening to tell us about the cycle ride he is undertaking in April 2018 in Vietnam for one of his favourite charities.
Find lots more details on this link as well as the opportunity to donate to the cause. Brian is hoping to raise £1750 and at the time of writing he has already achieved 85% of the target.
Brian is pictured with members of the club who wish him an enjoyable trip and a safe return.
What a way to train for the Tayside Challenge!
07 November 2017Intergenerational Development
Maureen O'Reilly, Perth & Kinross Council's very first Intergenerational Development Officer, visited us this evening to explain her new role.
She is originally from Edinburgh but has lived in Perthshire for 18 years. Maureen previously worked for Arthritis Care, NHS Tayside, Marie Curie, and the British Red Cross.
She is currently using Perth Grammar School and the Community School Auchterarder as bases for her task of bringing the generations together.
26 October 2017Planting Crocus at Charlotte Gate.
Bellway’s Charlotte Gate development in Broxden near Perth will be a sea of purple next spring to support an international campaign to eradicate polio. The Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull is planting 5,000 crocus bulbs at the popular development near Perth as part of its Purple4Polio campaign.
For over 30 years, Rotary has been working tirelessly to rid the world of the deadly disease and as a result of its members’ efforts the number of polio endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three. Over 2.5 billion children have received vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.
Rotary members, along with representatives from Bellway including Sales Manager Lyn Maloney, planted the first bulbs on Thursday (26th October).
When they bloom at the end of March they will flower in the shape of a Rotary Wheel at the main entrance to the site.
International Convenor George Delgaty said: “We are delighted that Bellway is allowing us to plant bulbs in such a prominent place near the main traffic lights at the entrance to the development. Hopefully people driving past will see it and want to find more about the work we do in the local community and the polio campaign.”
Purple has become a symbol for polio eradication as children have their pinkies dyed purple when they are immunised in developing countries. Rotary has joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society to plant over 7 million purple crocus bulbs across Great Britain and Ireland.
Fraser Conn, Sales Director, Bellway Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a worthy campaign and it will be wonderful to see crocuses bloom next year. Crocuses are a great symbol of hope, as soon as you see them you instantly think at last winter is coming to an end.”
25 October 2017Soroptimist/Rotary Quiz
There was a full house on Wed 25th October when 18 teams entered the quiz organised by our club on behalf of the Perth Soroptimists.
Our international convenor, George Delgaty, took over the running of the event, ably assisted by Bruce Cameron as an excellent quizmaster.
A stovie supper, enjoyed and appreciated by all, was provided with the compliments of the Royal George Hotel.
The winning team were The Spiders, all NHS workers, captained by Anne Gray.
Pictured (L to R) Lillias Stibbles, Anne Gray, Yvonne Dewar and Ann Freeman.
17 October 2017Trekking In The Himalayas
Estelle Nicol wearing traditional Indian dress, pictured with President Colin Moreland (right) and host and former colleague George Delgaty.
Estelle came to explain her involvement with Marie Curie and her exploits in raising funds for the charity.
This evening she treated us to some spectacular pictures taken during her trip to India and the Himalayas.
She is an active Rotarian in Auchterarder, a director of Perth & Kinross Credit Union and Minute Secretary of Auchterarder District Community Council.
Estelle is currently planning her next fund-raising trip to Costa Rica shortly, followed by a trek to Base Camp Everest in 2019.
03 October 2017CHINA IN PICTURES
When Mike Graham's speaker cancelled at short notice he turned to his wife Jane who kindly stood in and told the story of their trip to China, including lots of photos of the more well-known landmarks.
First she took us to Beijing for views of the Great Wall of China and the Emperor's Summer Palace. Then Beijing to Xi'an for a visit to the Terracotta Army before going on to Nanjing and views of the famous double-decker bridge across the Yangtze River.
Getting towards the end of their journey they travelled from Nanjing to Suzhou on the Bullet Train, travelling at speeds of 300 kph, then on to Shanghai before returning home via London. Many thanks to Jane for her rescue act and for showing us some lovely photos - particularly those of her favourite Buddhas!
26 September 2017Prostate Cancer Support Group
Thank you from Cancer Support UK and Perth & Kinross Prostate Cancer Support Group
Our good friend Alister Walker visited us this evening to thank our club for the donations given to Prostate Cancer UK (£1000) and the Perth & Kinross Support Group (£500).
President Colin Moreland presented the cheques to Alister a little later in the year than planned as the money had been allocated during the presidency of Steve Blackett in June 2017.
A huge thank you goes to Alister from us all, not only for his lively talk on such a delicate subject, but for the tremendous amount of support he gives to prostate cancer sufferers in the locality.
23 September 2017Budding Archers
The main photo shows a group from our club who were treated to some archery instruction at the Doo’cot Park this morning. The Johnston grandchildren who went along to watch were invited to take part too.
Archery tuition was provided by Caroline and Allan on behalf of the Perth Archery Club.
At last year’s Rotary Club of Perth’s Charity Auction Michael Thomson won “Tuition for 12 Budding Archers” and our thanks go to Michael and his wife Rosemary (pictured extreme left) for so generously donating their prize to club members.
It was a fine morning for an introduction to the sport which one or two might well be taking more seriously in the future.
Results: Best Lady – Morag Riddell. Best Gent – Bob Riddell. Team Prize – Doreen Johnston, Kevin Fearn and Bob Riddell.
Photos by Brian Johnston and Frank Muirden.
19 September 2017Webmaster Turns Quizmaster
Our webmaster, Greg Ross, had the unenviable task this evening of writing a quiz to both amuse and test the local knowledge of our members.
The quiz, "So you think you know Perth?", contained questions on Perth city including its location and coat of arms; historical events, Perth people, and pictures of Perth taken from unusual angles which contestants had to identify.
It was a very enjoyable evening - even those who don't normally like quizzes enjoyed it - and Greg ran the quiz at a pace which allowed lots of fun and fellowship and a certain amount of learning.
Whether we will all remember what we learned this time next week is another matter.
14 September 2017President's Putter
President's Putter 2017
The President's Putter competition was held this evening and, as usual, the three Perth Rotary clubs took part at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The Grand Slam was not to be for our Perth Kinnoull players and our captain Willie Monks is pictured handing the trophy to Graham Thom on behalf of the Perth Club members who were this year's winners.
Photo by Ian E Brown.
06 September 2017Charity Golf Tournament
ROTARY CHARITY TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Rotary Club held their Charity Golf Tournament at the Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club on Wednesday 6th September and for the twelfth consecutive year at that venue the weather was fine and sunny.
The course was in excellent condition and the assistance, hospitality and meals provided by the Golf Club were very much appreciated by all.
18 teams entered the tournament which was won by “Farquhars Finest” (pictured) representing Farquhar & Sons, Printers. They won both the Strathallan Trophy for the lowest net score and “Hardies Red Hot Ball Prize” for the Team Ball lowest net score. They are also pretty good at printing calendars!
Money raised for Rotary charities has not yet been calculated but we hope to achieve an amount similar to last year’s total of about £2000.
Pictured (L -R) Duncan Robertson, Ian Flaherty, Alan MacGregor and Douglas Cramond.
05 September 2017Rotary Young Leaders Award Winners
Katie Eggleston and Jacob Millard joined us this evening to update us on their experiences during their time with the Rotary Young Leaders.
Katie showed lively excerpts from videos she had taken which were accompanied by some equally lively music.
Chris Kirk, our Youth Convenor, then continued the evening in the form of an interview which prompted some interesting responses from Katie and Jacob and covered a lot of ground in the time available.
Katie was a pupil of Perth Academy until the summer and is now studying Applied Science at the Perth College. Jacob who was previously a pupil at Perth High School has been lucky enough to secure an apprenticeship as a Stonemason with Historic Scotland and is now working in Stirling.
02 September 2017Racerunner Presentation
Past President Steve Blackett is pictured with Jim Hunter(black shirt) who is the head coach at the Perth Strathtay Harriers during our presentation day on Saturday 2nd September. The young athlete, Graeme Baxter in the orange shirt, is demonstrating a Racerunner bike similar to the one which is currently on order and due from Denmark soon.
You will remember that £3000 was allocated from 2017 Charity Lottery Calendar Funds during Steve's year as president towards the purchase and maintenance of a Racerunner such as the one shown in the photo.
As you will see in the photo a good number of Rotarians came along on the day and it wasn't long before they were given jobs as medal presenters.
Gavin Drysdale - World Record Holder
Calum McKintosh - Dumfries
They come in all sizes. They come in all ages
Our turn next.
They could all make the podium - look at the smiles!
Steve presents a medal to Ella Dixon from Perth.
29 August 2017All Gas but No Gaiters!
All Gas but No Gaiters
“The Reflections of A Retired Bishop” kept Rotarians and their guests thoroughly amused and entertained this evening when our very own retired bishop, Bruce Cameron, gave his “Job talk”.
Bruce spoke initially about his early life as a member of the Episcopal Church, including some very interesting anecdotes concerning singing for pocket money!
Following a change of shirt, which he performed to the tune of The Stripper sung by his audience, he told us more of the way the Episcopal Church is set up and stressed what a very democratic organisation it is compared to the way some others are run.
The evening was an ideal opportunity to invite guests and partners to the meeting and we look forward to another such occasion in the near future.
28 August 2017We Won The Bowling Too!!!
The three Perth Rotary Clubs took part in the Annual Bowling Competition this evening at the West End Bowling Club.
As usual the Perth Club organised the event which was friendly, enjoyable and very well run.
Two teams of four from each club competed in the event. Our teams were: Team A - Bob Reid, Iain Brown, Steve Blackett and Brian Johnston. Team B - Willie Monks, Colin Moreland, Bob Riddell and Frank Sloan. Team A won one match and drew one; Team B won both their matches, resulting in a win for the Perth Kinnoull Club.
Willie (Sports boss) Monks was rather pleased when the result was announced. And so he should be - his teams have won everything in recent months!
Did anyone spot our supporter? Thanks for coming Donal.
About here should do it. What style!
Talking tactics. That'll do nicely.
27 August 2017Kinnoull Hill Barbecue
Chefs Steve Norris and Bob Thomson, ably assisted by Bruce Cameron, provided an excellent feast at today's barbecue. Around 22 diners, and 2 dogs, were catered for in a very relaxed setting and enjoyed fine weather and good fellowship. Many thanks to Iain Brown for organising the event and to Eddie and Lorna at the Royal George Hotel for the meringues.
(Photos by Brian Johnston).
26 August 2017Charity Fayre in Perth City Centre
Our stall in King Edward St in Perth City centre today.
One customer who got away
...and one who didn't!
22 August 2017Visit of District Governor
Graeme Archibald, the newly appointed Governor of District 1010, Scotland North, visited our meeting on 22nd August at the Royal George Hotel. Representatives of the two other Perth Rotary Clubs joined us in order to meet our new Governor who was accompanied by his wife Carol.
Graeme is a member of the Rotary Club of Elgin, an accountant and was the Finace Director of Johnstons of Elgin. He titled his talk "Making a Difference" during which he was both encouraging and inspiring. He had good news to report concerning the fight against polio and reported that there had been one three month period early in 2017 without new notifications followed by another two month period from June this year.
District Governor Graeme Archibald and wife Carol President Colin's vote of thanks to Graeme
Perth Rotary President David Lindsay (right) is pictured with Gail MacKay, President of Perth St John's, President Colin Moreland of Perth Kinnoull and Governor Graeme Archibald.
President Colin with the Governor.
17 August 2017Help for Janet
Your starter for 10.
This is what a collection of 1600+ calendars in boxes of 80 looks like in Janet's garage. If you don't have them you can't sell them.
The ones at the front are already bagged ready for collection so please collect yours as soon as you can and sell sell sell!
16 August 2017Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Report by John Steven.
Unfortunately no photos were taken.
Six of us met for bacon rolls on the Wednesday morning. Two novices in Brian Johnston and Kevin Fearn and four so-called experienced shooters in Donal Burke, Douglas Sinclair, his son Andrew and myself.
Turns out Brian is a natural in that given a little instruction he was smashing clays wonderfully. Kevin, who was wearing contact lenses, discovered that having a reading lens in your dominant eye is not ideal. He reported seeing two clays at the end of the gun. But having discovered from our instructor which one to pick, managed to burst numerous clays. Both seemed to really enjoy it and intend to return (Kevin with the appropriate lenses).
15 August 2017Perth's Bid For UK City of Culture 2021
Fiona Robertson, who is Head of Culture & Public Service Reform, Perth & Kinross Council, visited us this evening to talk about Perth’s recent bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and the tremendous work she and her team put in on our behalf. Despite the fact that Perth was not selected to appear on the short list many parts of the city’s application are sure to bring benefits to the area in the future. Here she is pictured with President Colin Moreland and her host Ian E Brown.
Fiona began her career as a curator at Tate before leading museum/arts services and cultural regeneration projects in Cumbria, London and South-East England. With family roots in Perth, she joined the Scottish Government in 2003 working on policy areas including culture, tackling poverty, transport and housing. In 2012 she joined Perth and Kinross Council where her responsibilities cover culture, sport and community services. She is currently leading the cultural transformation programme for P&K including the development of the City Hall, Perth Theatre and Perth Museum and Art Gallery. A postgraduate in modern Scottish literature, she is Vice Chair of the National Library of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
01 August 2017Calendar Photo Competition Winners
Yvonne Deed (centre left) and Charlotte Clint (centre right) pictured at their prizegiving with members of the Calendar Committee, L - R Janet Simpson, Bob Thomson, Eddie Anderson, Brian Raine and Bob Abernethy.
Yvonne (left) received a £100 voucher for the "Best Photo" award plus a £50 prize voucher for her picture of Loch Tay which was chosen for the front cover of the 2018 calendar
The photograph of the leather worker, which is this month's picture in the present calendar, was taken by Yvonne and was also judged to be the "best photo" last year.
Charlotte Clint won the prize for Best Junior entrant and was awarded the Young Photographer of the Year Trophy for the third year running.
I know it's ungallant of me to say this but Charlotte will not be competing with the juniors next year. The adults will need to look to their laurels.