News from around our Club...
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
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
05 December 2017Catherine Returns From Swaziland
Catherine pictured with Youth Convenor Chris Kirk and the then President Ian Baird in April 2016, before her departure for Swaziland and (right) following her visit to the club on 5th December 2017.
Catherine McLeod spent her gap year working in Swaziland as one of Project Trust’s volunteers after raising in excess of £6.200 for the experience. She taught primary and secondary age children science subjects, music and outward bound topics.
Project Trust has been organising long term voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America for young people since 1967, making them the most experienced educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering for school-leavers.
Catherine, who is now studying at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, believes she has benefitted greatly from the experience and urges young school-leavers to consider a similar venture before undergoing further education.
30 November 2017Young Artist Competition 2017
(Left to right, standing) Nicola Ross, Jessica Pearson, Robin Rodger, President Colin Moreland, Mina Brennan.
(Seated) Vladislav Nemshilov and Tom Jeffers.
In conjunction with the Perthshire Art Association, the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull has been sponsoring the Young Artist Competition for secondary schools in the Perth area since 2007. This is therefore the 11th occasion of our involvement; something we are most proud of.
This year we had a record number of 112 entries, with 6 out of 7 secondary schools taking part, and we are delighted with this outstanding response. However, it gave the judges from the Art Association a very difficult task and we thank them very much for their deliberations. Congratulations also to the successful pupils and their schools.
Many thanks once again to Robin Rodger, President of the Perthshire Art Association, and his team for their help and expertise and for framing the winning pictures.
Dr Alistair Ross kindly presented the prizes to the winners.
Winner S1 to S3 age group – Vladislav Nemshilov (Strathallan School) - £50 voucher.
Runner-up S1 to S3 age group – Jessica Pearson (Perth High School) - £25 voucher.
Winner S4 to S6 age group – Tom Jeffers (Glenalmond College) - £50 voucher.
Runner-up S4 to S6 age group – Mina Brennan (Strathallan School) - £25 voucher.
Best School Overall – Perth High School. £50 voucher collected by Nicola Ross, Principal Teacher of Art and Design.
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.
25 July 2017HMS UNICORN
Lt Cmdr (Retd) Roderick Stewart visited us this evening with tales of HMS Unicorn and the Sailing Frigates.
His Majesty's Ship Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Naval Dockyard at Chatham and launched in 1824. She is now the world's last "intact" warship from the days of sail, one of the six oldest ships still in existence and Scotland's only preserved warship.
HMS Unicorn was designed as one of the last of the successful Leda class frigates, 150 feet long in the hull and principally armed with a combination of 18-pounder long guns and 32-pounder carronades.They included such fine ships as the famous HMS Trincomalee which was recently extensively reconstructed at Hartlepool, and which is the only ship afloat in Britain older than Unicorn.
The photograph shows Roderick(left) with Rotarian Iain Brown who was his host for the evening.
23 July 2017All-Time Best
Perth swimmer Scott McLay picked up an amazing haul of medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas which ended late on Saturday evening.
His huge achievement of 5 medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) now makes Scott the most successful Scottish Youth Commonwealth Games athlete of all time.
His medal tally during the four days of intense competition was: -
Gold - Boys 50m Butterfly
Gold - Boys 100m Freestyle
Gold - Boys 50m Freestyle
Silver - Boys 100m Backstroke
Bronze - Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
The photo shows Scott with Youth Convenor Chris Kirk when he visited us on 21st March this year to receive his £500 sponsorship cheque in conjunction with SportsAid Scotland.
18 July 2017Support for Camilla
Camilla Hattersley of Perth, who recently won the Scottish Open Swimming Championship at 400m and 800m freestyle, is pictured receiving a cheque for £500 from Rotary President Colin Moreland.
Athletes such as Camilla who compete at the top level incur huge personal expenses and the presentation should help ease the financial burden to some extent.
We gave Camilla a similar amount of financial help last year shortly before she represented GB at the Rio Olympics.
Next month she is due to travel to Taipei to compete in the World Student Games (the Universiade), where 12,000 athletes are expected to take part. The Universiade is widely recognised as the second largest multisport Games in the world after the Olympics and progressively has risen to World Class in scale and standard.
During the competition she hopes to achieve a qualifying time for next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast and we all wish her continued success.
(The other photos show Camilla by the pool and in action representing Great Britain).
11 July 2017Hen Harrier LIFE Project
Katy Saulite gave an interesting and lively talk about her current Hen Harrier LIFE Project which she is involved with, predominantly in Scotland.
Working as one of two RSPB Community Engagement Oficers Katy enhanced her presentation by showing filmed footage of the acrobatic flying skills of the Hen Harrier.
Thank you Katy and good luck with your project in the future.
Photo shows Katy with her host Rotarian Bob Abernethy.
11 July 2017Thanks to Our Photo Competition Judges
Two of the three Calendar Photography Competition judges joined us for a meal and a drink or two as a thank you for their work in judging the photographs this year.
Brian Farey (front left) who is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, has judged for the last three years and is a welcome guest.
Chas Sievewright (front right) joined us for the first time this year. A look at the stunning pictures on his website www.sievewright.co.uk is ample proof of his expertise in the field of photography.
The judges are joined in the picture by calendar committee members Janet Simpson and Bob Reid.
11 July 2017Fellowship Trophy Winner
Our Sports Convenor, Willie Monks, was deservedly awarded the Iain Percival Trophy and is seen here with President Colin Moreland.
Willie has masterminded considerable sporting success in the club this year including winning the Gavel competition, the Three Club Golf Trophy and no less than two Rotary curling trophies.
He has taken on the job as Sports Convenor again this year - let's hope we win the Bowling Competition too!
Congratulations, Willie, on a well deserved award.
04 July 2017Visitors From Australia
We were delighted to receive visiting Rotarians from the other side of the world this evening when Robin and Ann Arndt joined us.
Robin and Ann who are on holiday in Perth, Scotland are from Perth, Western Australia where Robin is a member of the Rotary Club of Heirisson.
The photo shows Ann and Robin exchanging Rotary banners with former President Steve Blackett.
04 July 2017New Paul Harris Fellow
Our secretary Ian Stevenson on left is pictured with his Paul Harris Fellowship certificate presented by outgoing club president Steve Blackett.
Ian is a founder member of the club and has worked tirelessly over many years to ensure our continuing success.
Congratulations to Ian on his well-deserved award.
04 July 2017Rotary Presidents’ Handover/Takeover
New Club President Colin Moreland pictured with Vice President Gillian Marsh on the occasion of their takeover for the year 2017/2018. Outgoing President Steve Blackett (right) proudly wears his former President’s badge.
Colin was President seven years ago and is the first Rotarian in the club to take on the role for a second time.
27 June 2017Rotarians Honoured
Two members of the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list recently.
Chris Kirk, centre right, who lives in Methven was awarded the MBE and Ian Brown, on the left and lives in Scone, was awarded the BEM.
Chris, who received his MBE for "Services to the Scouting Movement", has been involved in scouting for many years and has served as District Commissioner and Deputy District Commissioner, Perth & Kinross District since 2006. His main involvement is now with the Perth Academy Group where he has been Group Scout Leader for the past 17 years.
Ian Brown received his award for “Services to Badminton”. He has been involved in badminton in Scotland for 49 years and, until recently, was Company Secretary of Badminton Scotland for 26 years. Ian is also a Past President of BADMINTONscotland from 1989 to 1991.(maximum 2 year term!) Along with representatives from the three other home nations Ian helped to have Badminton accepted as an Olympic sport in Barcelona in 1992.
27 June 2017John Cormack's Far East Tour
John Cormack is pictured wearing a shirt showing the Vietnamese flag during his talk this evening. In his inimitable style John told of his holiday trip by air to Hong Kong, then by sea to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
14 June 2017KidsOut
It was KidsOut time again today at the Active Kids Adventure Park in Stanley. Around 100 Kids, school staff and parents enjoyed a great day out, thanks to a fine day and to the huge generosity of the owners, Susanne and Kerr Currie, who once again gave free admission to all concerned.
George Cameron and Brian Johnston are pictured below on the bridge of the amazing new ship which has been recently added to the park's attractions.
Homeward bound - thanks for a great day out!
Children, parents and staff all enjoyed the slide.
13 June 2017Go4Gold
The annual Go4Gold event was held today at the Bells Sports Centre. 115 competitors from residential and care homes across the county took part in the games. Players included those from Catmoor, Kincarrathie, the Robert Douglas Memorial and Viewlands Homes who have been coached over the last few months by members of our club.
Bob Thomson with staff and members of the Viewlands Home team are pictured on the left. The staff from the RDM Home in Scone won the prize for the "best dressed" team.
George Cameron takes part in the warm-up and
Brian Johnston looks on with two other helpers from Perth High School.
29 May 2017Malawi Fruits
We were joined tonight by our friends from the Malawi Fruits charity. Their Executive Director Kvin Simpson is shown on the right with President Steve and Alan Laverock, also from Malawi Fruits, on the left.
Malawi Fruits was registered as a Scottish Charity in 2011 with a plan to initiate new businesses and then support them to become independent.
As the charity has grown and they have built up their resources and expertise they have become very involved with smallholder farmers. They encourage the farmers to see their smallholding as a business and are providing support and training to help develop the fledgling businesses so they can maximise their income and provide for the education and healthcare needs of their families.
Malawi Fruits are working on a three-stage development programme for the farmers:
1. To support the farmers to grow a cash crop, often for the first time
2. To irrigate the land so the farmer can get two crops per year
3. To provide crop processing facilities to add value to the crops and further drive up the farmers’ income.
23 May 2017A Waste of Time and Money.
A Waste of Time and Money was the unusual title of a fascinating and some times concerning talk, given by Rotarian Bob Abernethy's son Duncan, about the state of the waste and recycling business in the country.
Duncan is the Business Development Director of Fichtner Consulting Engineers; one of the UK's leading engineering consultancy companies in the waste and renewable energy sector.
A chemical engineer who graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Duncan has more than 20 years' experience in the development and construction of waste management facilities across the UK.
He gave us his thoughts on the evolution of waste management in the UK, and highlighted some of the failings and successes of the industry.
Pictured here in the centre with father Bob on the right and President Steve Blackett.
16 May 2017Strathearn Cheesemakers
Strathearn Cheesemakers Pierre Leger and Drew Watson paid us a visit and brought samples of their tasty signature cheeses.
Pierre (right) and Drew (left) started the business in January 2016 which is located at Cultybraggan Camp near Comrie (an old WWII prisoner-of-war camp).
Pierre came to Scotland 23 years ago and has worked in catering most of his career. Drew on the other hand spent most of his working life in engineering before joining forces with his new partner to form the Strathearn Cheese Company.
Their Strathearn Cheese was awarded a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards in November 2016, held in San Sebastian.
11 May 2017Gavel Champions 2017
The final of the Gavel Competition was held at the Station Hotel, Stonehaven tonight against the team from Huntly Rotary Club.
The Perth Kinnoull team played very well from the start and after 3 rounds were so far ahead with a lead of 8½ points to 3½ that it was not necessary to play round 4 as they were unable to be caught.
Both teams pose for a picture after the competition which was played in a very friendly and enjoyable way; typical of a Rotary function.
Many thanks to the Huntly club members for their fellowship
President Steve, accompanied by Huntly President Stuart Wright receives the trophy from Bill Wood (left) who is a past District Governor and member of Aberdeen St. Machar.
This is what it was all about.
Some happy pictures by Frank Muirden, except the one in the bar of course!
02 May 2017Visit of Becky Haldane - Sailors' Society
Becky Haldane representing the Sailors' Society visited us this evening to talk of her work as the Public Engagement Officer for the Sailors' Society in Scotland.
Becky is an ordained Elim Minister who worked overseas for a few years before becoming chaplain for the Nautical College in Glasgow. She amused and entertained us during her talk about the Society and the tremendously important work it carries out in the home, on board ship and overseas.
If anyone wishes to take up Becky's offer of "helping for free", including knitting woolly hats (without bobbles please!), she can be contacted by email - Rhaldane@sailors-society.org
Becky is pictured with Rotarian Greg Ross, her host for the evening.