August Chatters

 2010 News from the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull  

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Thanks for Life




There has been a lot going on this month; from the nervous descent (for us) of a very brave man to the equally brave turn out for the annual cricket match, or should that be foolish. Mike Massey raised money for the club funds by his actions and is to be congratulated on his escapade. The turn out that Sunday was also heartening as was the position next to the hostelry. The only down turn was that a clear and sunny sky decided to accept the Fife weather just as Mike began his descent. Still the pictures below will tell the whole story. 


Many thanks to George and Julia for their contributions this month, and to Helen, Julia and Eva for the photos..  


Community Service Committee  2010 - 2011


  • Balnacraig School: We propose to continue with this competition in conjunction with Perthshire Art Association as a lasting memorial to the late John Dickson. The continuing support of the local state and private schools is greatly appreciated.
  • Fairview School: We will continue to sponsor 2 delegates for the RYLA camps and work again with the Perth Club in our selection process. RYLA delegates for this year are Katie Lindsay (Perth Grammar) and Tom Hodge (Perth High). .
  • Starter Pack: We hope to continue this very successful competition in conjunction with the Perth College and explore the possibilities of this "in house" activity being expanded to become a fund raising event
  • Chernobyl Children: Having
  • Other Local Projects: With the full participation of the committee identify other local projects and individuals that are worthy of our help and support in our local area



 A Night at the Races

 Tuesday 27th July


Sunday 31st July

A Giant Leap



The Club has pledged £1000 towards relief




Last year's memories are just coming back

 Bob tries to hide

 The finer points of the game


















 Bob lashes out

Bob stands out

Willie bows out


 Umpire checks sidescreen


The Advisory Committee



Helen McKinnon introduced the Club members to PKAVS - the Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Services.

Helen is the Marketing Development Manager for the charity which helps around 5000 people each year wit staff and a hundred volunteers. The charity is involved with the Princess Royal Trust Carers' Centre, the Young Carers Project, Shopmobility in Perth and Wisecraft in Blairgowrie.

One of Helen's greatest challenges this year has been organising the Perth 800 Charity Ball to be held on Friday 3rd September.


Tom Hodge & Katie Lindsay gave their RYLA presentations to the Club on 17th August and we wish them every success for the future.


And Finally ....

A little old couple walked slowly into McDonalds one cold winter evening.

They looked out of place amid the young families and young couples eating there that night.

Some of the customers looked admiringly at them. You could tell what The admirers were thinking: “Look, there is a couple who has been through a lot together, probably for 60 years or more!”

The little old man walked right up to the cash register, placed his order with no hesitation and then paid for their meal.

The couple took a table near the back wall and started taking food off of the tray. There was one hamburger, one order of French fries and one drink.

The little old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half. He placed one half in front of his wife. Then he carefully counted out the French fries, divided them in two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them.

As the man began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the crowd began to get restless. Again you could tell what they were thinking: “That poor old couple. All they can afford is one meal for the two of them.”

As the man began to eat his French fries, one young man stood and came over to the old couple’s table. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple to eat.

The old man replied that they were just fine. They were used to sharing everything. Then the crowd noticed that the little old lady hadn’t eaten a bite. She just sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy them something to eat. This time the lady explained that no, they were used to sharing everything together.

As the little old man finished eating and was wiping his face neatly with a napkin, the young man could stand it no longer. Again he came over to their table and offered to buy some food.

After being politely refused again, he finally asked a question of the lttle old lady: “Ma’am, why aren’t you eating? You said that you share everything. What is it that you are waiting for?”

“The teeth,” she answered………….


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