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10 May 2022Visiting Rotarian From Amsterdam

Tuesday 10th May brought a second post-covid lockdown overseas visitor in Rachida el Amani who was visting Perth from Amsterdam and came to our club for a meal and fellowship.

The table that Rachida was sitting at certainly had fun and fellowship and a barrowload of laughs. Perhaps signalling that our club is crying out for a bit of diversity to keep up the energy!

Pictured is vice president Steve Fairlie handing Rachida one of our pennants to take back to her home Rotary Club.

03 May 2022Ailsa Wallace, Capability Scotland

Tuesday 3rd May brought us a visit from Ailsa Wallace to talk about Capability Scotland.

Ailsa is the Fundraising and Communications Manager at Capability Scotland and leads the Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Teams for the charity.

Her passion for her role was clearly evident throughout her talk and presentation. Explained beautifully and very respectfully how Capability Scotland operates and the benefits to our community for those who are differently abled, and how perhaps we could support their work.

It was an excellent presentation and Ailsa was a great speaker who also fully answered further questions to her from club members.


Ailsa is responsible for overseeing all fundraising activity within Capability Scotland as well as internal and external communications.

After completing an MA(Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Research, Ailsa went on to pursue a career in sales, marketing, and events. This acted as the catalyst to her introduction to fundraising; in 2016 she joined Macmillan Cancer Support where she managed community fundraising activity throughout Angus, Tayside, Perth, and Perthshire.

In 2018 she joined the University of Dundee as Senior Development Officer-Major Gifts; responsible for fundraising across the university’s priority projects, working with donors in the UK as well as internationally. Latterly she led the development of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, collaborating with colleagues across the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside.

Ailsa is passionate about the work of Capability Scotland and believes that fundraising allows colleagues across operational services to provide the exemplary care and support that enables the individuals we support to realise their potential and reach their goals.

Pictured are Ailsa with club vice president Steve Fairlie and Aisla's host for the evening, Chris Kirk.

26 April 2022Club AGM - Team Photo

Ahead of our 2022 AGM on 26th April, we had a picture taken of club members.

From front row to back row, left to right, are

Chris Kirk, Bob Riddell, Brian Johnston, Colin Moreland, Douglas Sinclair, Bob Thomson, Steve Blackett, Bob Abernethy, Ian E.Brown, Frank Muirden, Ian Stevenson, John Steven, Ron McClelland, Iain Brown, Brian Raine, Gillian Marsh, Willie Monks, John Cormack, Steve Fairlie, Bill Smith, Ken Thompson.

Not pictured are Eddie Anderson, George Delgaty, Kevin Fearn, Bob Gray, Bob Reid and Michael Thomson.

18 April 2022SportsAid - Update

We've had an update from one of the young sportspersons that we sponsored this year in association with SportsAid Scotland from recent competition.

From 22nd March:

- A trip to Durham ended in a loss for University of Edinburgh but, along with the foil and epee fencers, Rory and his sabre teammates put in a good performance against a very strong Durham University team.
- The 2022 Scottish Open was held in Largs and was won by our very own Rory McLellan! (photo taken at the end of the final) This was also a qualifying event for the Senior Scotland team for the Commonwealth championships and Rory is in a very strong position to make the team.
- This year's Under-20 Scottish Championships, in Bathgate last weekend, another gold for Rory. He is now sure to be in the Scotland team for the Junior Commonwealth Championships, being held alongside the Senior event in London in August.

So, a narrow UK national semi-final loss for the University team, and two wins at the two individual events since your generous award! An immediate positive impact that I hope your other athlete Hannah is also experiencing in her events.

The Scotland squads for the Commonwealths are being announced in early April, and there will be two or three training camps, probably in Europe, in preparation for the event. And a few blades will no doubt end up in several pieces during those sessions!

and from 18th April:

Another successful weekend for Rory - he won the Birmingham International event. He's not wearing them in the photo, but he invested some of your generous funding into a new pair of fencing shoes, and came out on top from a field that contained most of the UK's top fencers - in fact the other three here are GB # 2, 4 and 8 in the most recent ranking list. This should move Rory into the top 16 when the rankings are updated.

We are very grateful for your support and will keep you updated.

15 April 2022Ukraine Appeal - Kenny Simpson

The Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull gave a donation of £3,500 to the Tayside and Strathearn Help for Ukraine (TASH4Ukraine) that will pay for a lorry load of supplies to be sent to the Polish/Ukrainian border where they work with a charity there so that these supplies can be issued to those in need.

Club President Brian Johnston was accompanied by Rotarians Steve Fairlie and Ken Thompson for a tour of the facility that Ken Simpson of TASH4Ukraine is running out at Errol Airfield. Ken Simpson showed us pictures of what it was like a few weeks ago (pandemonium!) and I can safely say that from that to the slick operation they have now is nothing short of miraculous. Not only have Ken and his team sent multiple lorry and van loads of supplies but also recently sent an ambulance out there. 

The dedication that Ken and his team have is inspiring.

Pictured are Graham Ogilvie from Morris Leslie Group who are the main supporter of TASH Ukraine, Steve Fairlie, volunteer Kathleen, Brian Johnston, Ken Thompson and Ken Simpson. Not pictured is the large stuffed pink flamingo that's the mascot of the organisation as Ken Simpson told us it was one of their first donations from a wee local girl who wanted to help out.

If you'd like to donate goods or lend a hand, TASH4Ukraine are located in one of the large units at Errol Airfield and their facebook site is linked.

12 April 2022Ben Gunn - Perth Oxygen Therapy Centre

We were recently joined by Ben Gunn, a volunteer at the Perth Oxygen Therapy Centre based in a unit out at Scone Aerodrome.

Ben, a retired surveyor and also retired Rotarian, was a member and twice club president of the Rotary Club of Perth.

A thoroughly fascinating presentation was given, with a history given of the centre which was founded by Douglas Fulton who extended his life by over a decade after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and researched and undertook hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

Ben's presentation also showed a person with a particularly gruesome diabetic ulcer on the foot that was incurable by doctors but after a succession of hyperbaric therapy sessions had all but cleared.

Vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Willie Monks, who extolled the virtues of the centre by telling the club of the great benefit that his wife has had. Two of our fellow Rotarians also told of the benefit they have had for two completely different ailments. 

Pictured are Ben Gunn with club President Brian Johnston

If you'd like to know more, follow the link.

31 March 2022Gavel Competition

The Triumphant Perth Kinnoull team who won the local heat of the Gavel competition against Perth Rotary Club and Pitlochry Rotary club. The next round awaits. Pictured are Steve Fairlie, Brian Johnson, captain and organiser Colin Moreland, Bob Riddell, Douglas Sinclair, Bruce Cameron and Bob Gray. 

 

And a fun filled evening of fellowship it was too.

29 March 2022Provost of Perth and Kinross

The club was joined by some illustrious company on Tuesday the 29th March in the guise of the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy. 

Although Dennis is coming to the end of his term of Provost, he did go into a great insight in a short period of time of the challenges that Perth and Kinross Council face given the sheer size of the area and the hamlets villages, towns and city that make up the habitation. 

Rotarian Douglas Sinclair gave the vote of thanks after a very hearty Q&A between the club and the Provost.

We were also joined by a most welcome guest, former member George Evans and it was great to see Geroge in good spirits and looking healthy.

Pictured are Rotarian Douglas Sinclair, Provost Dennis Melloy and Club President Brian Johnson

28 March 2022Young Photographer Winners

We recently judged the winning entries for this year's young photograher competition; The annual competition had the most entries ever, with six schools participating and 146 photographs submitted, the winners being

S1-S3 Winner: Aila  Dymott,  Strathallan. Title: Sunset on the water

S1-S3 Runner Up: Aleena Khurshid, Glenalmond College. Title: Shadows

S4-S6 Winner: Arthur Moss, Glenalmand College. Title: Echo

S4-S6 Runner Up, Imogen Lockett, Glenalmond College. Title: Patience

Overall Winner,  Aila  Dymott, who won the trophy as well as a digital camera as donated by our long term sponsors of both the photograper and the artist competittions, Dryad Education (form. Specialist Crafts) - https://www.dryadeducation.co.uk/

Rotarian Ian E. Brown said the club was delighted to see greater participation than ever before.

He said: “Needless to say, it gave the judges an extremely difficult task of selecting, in their opinion, the best four photographs out of such a large number of submissions.

“They have asked me to thank and compliment all students for their endeavours and carefully thought out work.”

President Brian with the winner

Group Shot of the Winners

And the winners with some Rotarians who cane down to show their support

The winning entry "Sunset on the Water"

Echo

Patience

Shadows

23 March 2022Past President's Dinner

This years past president's dinner was held in  The North Port in Perth and was well attended by (L to R in the below photgraph) Douglas Sunclair, Chris Kirk, Ian E. Brown, Current President Brian Johnson, Colin Moreland, Steve Blackett, Harry Cooper, Bob Abernethy, Ian Stevenson and Frank Muirden.

08 March 2022Sportsaid - Sponsorship of Young Sportspersons

We continue our support of Sportsaid and this year sponsored two young sportspersons. 

Hannah McHugh is a Cross Country Skiier, and Rory McLellan is a competive Fencer, specifically with a sabre.

Pictured are Hannah and Rory receiving their cheques for £500 from club President Brian Johnson and Rotarian Ken Thomson who did all the spadework in organising this. Thanks go to Ken for his work here.

08 March 2022Helen MacKinnon - Perth Festival of the Arts

A fellow Rotarian, and former President of the Perth St.John's club, Helen MacKinnon recently joined us for a very engaging talk about the Perth Festival of The Arts.

The festival this year is in it's 50th year and a slideshow of past events sure brought back memories of these events that some of our members attended. Although it is in its 50th year, it is not the 50th Festival with the planned events of 2020 sadly being cancelled due to the pandemic. Not to be outdone, however, it did return in 2021 in a hybrid format with many virtual online experiences being offered along with novel socially distanced activities such as the outdoor cinema at Scone Palace's grounds.

2022, however, is back with a bang! Some 40 events being showcased across 12 days offering a wide variety of formats for all ages for an estimated 13,000 patrons as well as the ArTAY exhibition which will be ongoing at Horsecross. No mean feat for Helen who must be simulataneously spinning plates and herding cats. And current affairs affecting the programme as the Russian Opera were to be the finale but with the ongoing at this time events in Ukraine, the Russian Opera's tour has been cancelled. So Helen was frantically trying to replace this event with something else that would be appropriate to close the festival.

A music graduate, Helen has worked in the charity sector in Perth for nearly 20 years across marketing, fundraising and business development roles, and as Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service until 2015. Helen then moved back to her roots in the arts, starting a professional career as a composer of music. Alongside composing, Helen is in her fourth year as Festival Administrator for the charity Perth Festival of the Arts.

if you'd like to know more, or to share memories or photos of past years, you can contact Helen at info@perthfestival.co.uk

06 March 2022Spring is in the air!

The weather might still be a bit nippy (never cast a cloot til May is oot!), but our floral Rotary Wheel at the Bellway Homes development at Charlotte Gate is certainly showing signs of spring! The crocuses beginning to show their colours as the sun starts to shine and the days get longer. 

08 February 2022Playlist for Life Social Night

In trying to come up with some novel ideas to make our virtual meetings a bit more lively, we had an evening of music on Tuesday 8th Feb, with three Rotarians tasked with supplying three songs and were probed to supply a small anecdote for each.

Firstly, Ian E.Brown had us singing along to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", a party classic if there ever was one. Ian said he's been a huge Neil Diamond fan for many a year and could have chosen from a fair few tracks. Personally, I think that the fact that it's become a modern day St.Johnstone F.C anthem may have swayed him to that particular track! Ian then had us playing air instruments to perhaps one of the most influencial Rock and Roll artists of all time, a giant of his day whose life was tragically cut short on The Day The Music Died on February 3rd, 1959; "Peggy Sue" by the (pardon the pun) instrumental Buddy Holly. Ian's final song was one very personal to both him and his wife, Catherine, and that was Peter Sarstedt singing "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely).

Next up, we had Gillian Marsh telling us of happy memories of her childhood, being taken out on the rounds by her vetinarian father with her twin sister Susan and this song came on the radio often then, her dad singing along no doubt accompanied by his loving daughters. That was "The Last Farewell" by Roger Whittaker. A more R&B and disco beat followed by what is clearly a favoured artist of Gillian's, as she informed us that she has seen him no less than 14 times! And even shook his hand (and has never washed it since) - "Never Give Up on A Good Thing" by George Benson. Gillian's third and final track was an absolute Rock classic, a fantastic live performer, the inimitable Bruce Springsteen with "Dancing In The Dark".

Last, and by no means least, club President Brian Johnson started us with a song that he said still carries weight to this day, and he sees parallels with this man and our own Rabbie Burns - and not that they're both dead! It was "Imagine" by John Lennon. It was put out to guess when the song was released. Brian reckoned 1977, but it was 1971. No matter when it was released, the lyrics still resonate in these times. Next was a song that was released about the time that Brian and Doreen got married. He said that around then they often had friends staying and on a Sunday morning would ask if they wanted breakfast in bed, and played this song thinking it was hilarious. Originally recorded by Dusty Springfield. it was UB40 (featuring Chrissie Hynde with "Breakfast in Bed". We took pause to ask for any other business from the club to allow us to play out the meeting with a song that Brian told us he was "forced" to sing on karaoke when he was doing a sponsored cycle in Vietnam, but also informed that the beers were about 8p each so I dread to think what the singing sounded like! The zoom meeting became very animated to The Proclaimers' party classic I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

If you'd like to know more about the playlist for life, please find the link attached to this story.

25 January 2022The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Now, I wish I'd taken a screenshot of our own Brian Raine resplendent in shirt, tartan tie and Prince Charlie jacket on our Zoom call on the 25th Jan as he looked very smart. He also advised us that he was wearing tartan trews but, as we could only see him from about chest up, we could only take his word for it!

Hailing originally from Durham, Brian apologised for not having a Scots accent - this was of no matter as his speech to the Immortal Memory was enthralling, entertaining and educational. The latter giving rise to Brian's chosen profession from his working days. Besides, Durham is in the historic area of Northumbria and the Northumbrians must have been as much a menace to Hadrian as their cousins in the North, so Brian is one of our own.

Thankyou, Brian, for volunteering to give us an evening of virtual fellowship.

16 November 2021Liz Wilson - Playlist for Life

We were treated to a very novel delivery of an after dinner talk on Tuesday 16th November.

All our members were in the room, but the speaker wasn't! Liz "beamed in" via Zoom video calling and we projected her on to a large screen and plugged in a portable loudspeaker. A first for our club but shows how we can utilise technology to open up our world.

Liz gave an extremely interesting and extremely engaging talk about the charity with which she is involved - "Playlist for Life". They use music therapy with dementia patients, stimulating memories and conversation. A video was shown of the therapy in action and by jove, it was great to see these people who were intially very withdrawn to open up on hearing a piece of music.

Liz then showed the process with her 'host' for the evening, Ian Stevenson. Ian had already told Liz to play "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers. And by that piece of music and short follow up conversation, Liz then knew that Ian had been married to Myra for 44 years, was a Country Music fan and had been mistaken for Kenny Rogers himself by a fellow fan outside Dundee's Caird Hall after a gig by the late great Kenny himself!

The power of music for dementia

Over two decades of scientific research has shown that listening to a personal playlist can improve the lives of people living with dementia. In fact, listening to music that is personally meaningful has many psychological benefits, meaning anyone can benefit from a playlist. Personal playlists can:

  • reduce anxiety
  • improve your mood
  • make difficult tasks more manageable
  • evoke memories that can help families and carers connect

A link to the short video showing playlist for life in action: https://youtu.be/VMSaqD3ArHw

Liz's talk has given us an idea of using Playlist for Life in a fellowship evening after the upcoming festive period.

11 November 2021Young Artists - Perthshire Art Association Exhibition

The Annual (although on hiatus last year due to the pandemic) Perthshire Art Association Exhibition launched on Thursday 11th November with a private reception before public opening on Friday 12th.

The Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull's Young Artist Competition: Strathallan’s Reuben LaVallee was the winner in the S1 to S3 category, while Kim Paul, of Glenalmond College, was the S4 to S6 winner. Runners-up were Johanna Kwizda, also of Glenalmond, and Ciara Hull, of Perth High School. Strathallan was also judged to be best overall school.

The Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull has run Perth schools young artist competition in conjunction with Perthshire Art Association since 2007.

President Brian Johnston said: “This year we had a near record number of entries, 103, with seven out of the eight local secondary schools taking part and we were thrilled with this outstanding response.

“However, it gave the judges from the art association a very difficult task in selecting the winning paintings.”

Winners were presented by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, in the Fergusson Gallery, at the opening of the art association’s annual exhibition.

The schools which took part were Perth Academy, Perth Grammar School, Perth High School, St John’s Academy, Strathallan School, Glenalmond School and Kilgraston School.

Reuben’s winning entry Different Slopes was a scratchboard piece depicting the things that he missed during lockdown and how he adapted to the pandemic.

He said: “I was delighted to receive the award for my piece and I’m proud to be part of the school’s entry to the competition.”

The school’s head of art, Frank Glancy, said: “We are thrilled to have won two major titles in the Perthshire Art Association annual exhibition this year. To see Reuben win the junior category, amongst such a strong field of artwork, it is testament to his hard work and vision.”

Picture of the Winners of the Young Artist Competition held in conjunction with the Perthshire Art Association’s Annual Exhibition pictured L to R are:-

  • Johanna Kwizda, Glenalmond, Runner Up, S1-S3, £25 voucher
  • Reuben LaVallee, Strathallan School, Winner, S1-S3, £50 voucher
  • Mr Frank Glancy, Head of Art, Strathallan School, Best School Overall, £50 voucher
  • Ciara Hull, Perth High School, Runner Up, S4-S6, £25 voucher
  • Kim Paul, Glenalmond, Winner, S4-S6, £50 voucher

In each case, as well as the vouchers kindly donated by Specialist Crafts, the students also received a wonderful goodie bag of art materials with Strathallan School receiving a superb box of art materials.

This year’s competition had the second best entry since first held in 2007 with 103 paintings from 7 out of the 8 secondary schools in the Perth catchment area. The judges praised the high standard of all the submissions and especially complimented the winning young artists for the quality of their outstanding paintings.

Winning Entries:

The Exhibition runs until the 12th December.

02 November 2021Dave Barwick - Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

Enthusiastic volunteer for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, Dave Barwick, joined us on Tuesday 2nd November to speak to us about the organisation. With his English twang and dropping of the letter "R", he joked about a medical organisation with the acronym "SCAA". A joke that wouldn't work if a Scot told it with their rhotic pronunciation!

Dave spent 35 years in the oil and gas industry and is now a veritable James Bond being a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists in both four and two wheeled motor vehicles and is also a private pilot!

A very interesting talk and some impressive figures were given around response and transfer times, which I'll scratch the surface of below.

Dave informed us that there are a total of six air ambulances in Scotland - two fixed wing and two helicopters that are owned, funded and run by the NHS, and two helicopters funded and run by SCAA that are manned by NHS paramedics and flown by pilots supplied by Babcock Mission Critical Services (Onshore) Ltd.

Although SCAA are external to the NHS, they are an integral cog in the machine that is the 999 Emergency Services along with British Association for Immediate Care Scotland (BASICS), Scottish Trauma Network, Emergency Medical Retrieval Services (EMRS), HM Coastguard, Police Scotland,  RNLI, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Mountain Rescue & Community First Responders.

Dave informed us that 96% of Scotland's population can be reached in an hour or less by SCAA, which is clearly life-saving when you take into account "The Golden Hour" (which medical professionals now say is the golden forty minutes). Whether this be getting Paramedics to a patient quickly before land-based ambulance arrive or providing Paramedic care before transporting the patient to a hospital. Dave also said that, while an ambulance will take you to the nearest hospital, SCAA can take you to a hospital that will have the best specialist care for the patients' needs.

In 2020 SCAA responded to 460 emergency call outs, 47% were to trauma cases and they have responded to over 3,507 time-critical call outs since going live.

Twin-engine Eurocopter EC135s – HELMED76 based in Perth and HELMED79 based in Aberdeen can cover all of Scotland in 75 minutes, 96% in less than an hour. They also operate two ground based rapid response vehicles.

From call out to airborne with Paramedics onboard is all within 5 minutes – and we saw the real time video to prove it!

Each helicopter call-out costs approximately £2,500. Dave told a story of where someone donated £100 to him on the promise that would go towards saving a life. And, while that hundred pounds would indeed go towards saving a life, In reality, £100 pays for 6 minutes of fuel, so many hundreds of pounds are needed to run the service – estimated to be £4 Million annually.

So, while SCAA is an integral cog in the machine that is the emergency services, it receives no Government or NHS funding and is entirely privately funded by about 60% corporate partner and 40% charitable donations. The latter through individual or regular donations, their “Life Saving Lottery” (Play | Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (scaa.org.uk)), donated services, merchandise, trusts and foundations.

Pictured is Dave with club president Brian Johnson and Dave’s host for the evening, Ian Brown.

30 October 2021Poppy Scotland

2021 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Earl Haig Fund Scotland and the three Rotary Clubs in Perth have co-ordinated to raise funds for Poppy Scotland by manning desks in supermarkets across Perth. Our club have been in Morrisons and will be on weekend days from Saturday 30th October to Saturday 13th November.

Funds raised by the Scottish Poppy Appeal are directed to:

  • Providing direct financial assistance to ex-Service men, women and their dependents in Scotland.
  • Funding an advice service, including pension claims and appeals.
  • Supported employment for veterans with disabilities.
  • Grants and research for ex-Service organisations that deliver specialist services to veterans in Scotland

https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/

Pictured are Ken Thompson, Brian Raine, club President Brian Johnson and Bill Smith. A huge and heartfelt thanks to Ken for taking on the lion's share of work behind the scenes to make all this happen. It was no small feat!

18 October 2021Young Artists - Judging

We were kindly given access to the Scout Hall at Perth Academy to display the various works of art entered into this year's competition.

A rather sizeable total of 106 entries were received from local schools Perth Academy, Perth St.John's, Perth High School, Perth Grammar School, Strathallan, Glenalmond and Kilgraston, and a high level of skill and imagination was on show.

The judging was carried out by members of the Perthshire Art Association and the winners and runners-up will have their works professionally mounted to be then put on show at the Perthshire Art Association's annual exhibition in the Fergusson Gallery in Perth. This will run from the 12th November to the 12th December. The winners will be announced at a preview event on Thursday 11th November and prizes given out then - story to follow.

Pictured are Rotarians Ken Thomson, Douglas Sinclair, Steve Fairlie, "Friend of Rotary" (and Steve's son) Adam Fairlie and Ian E. Brown, who did all of the organising for this event - a special thanks to Ian for effort in this. Behind the camera is club President Brian Johnson.

Further 'candid' pictures taken of the perusal by the judges and a chance of some fellowship between rotarians.

25 September 2021The Tayside Challenge Cycling Sportive

The very long awaited - postponed from the May Bank Holiday weekend of 2020 until September 2021 due to the pandemic - Tayside Challenge took place on Saturday 25th September.

With over 200 cyclists taking part - including world record holder and this years event ambassador Mark Beaumont - we saw these cyclists endeavour the long course of 81 miles and the "wee shorty" of 46 miles and were blessed with some great weather for the time of year.

This event simply could not take place if it was not for the hard work put in by our Rotarians - and a very special mention to Steve Blackett and to Chris Kirk - and from Kevin Simpson from Malawi Fruits (http://malawifruits.org.uk/). We were also assisted by Friends of Rotary Ian Lennox and Arthur Ratcliffe as well as wives and partners of our Rotarians.A further special thank you to former members Tom Laurie who drove the recovery vehicle, covering over 120 miles on the day. Tom said he enjoyed himself and enjoyed catching up with old friends. 

An early estimate at funds raised is approx. £16,000 which will be shared between Malawi Fruits and Perth Kinnoull Rotary Club.

Some feedback from the day:

"Great event at the weekend again mate, your club really has it nailed for running a great sportive!"

"Having been involved with the Etape Loch Ness for the last couple of years, I can truthfully say what a well run event we experienced today. From all aspects in particular the marshals on course and rotary club members what a relaxed friendly event it was. Many thanks for a great experience good company and an introduction to some spectacular countryside. Looking forward to our next sportive."

"I’d like to thank everyone involved with the sportif yesterday - i really enjoyed it; the course was fantastic, the marshals had a smile and encouragement as well as directions while the feeding stations had seriously tasty food and the friendliest, most welcoming and helpful staff.  I will definitely put it in my calendar for next year.  In fact, after chatting to other riders after the race, all three of the challenges are going in the calendar! Once again, thank you to all concerned for a perfect day."

"Quick email to say thanks for a brilliant sportive on Saturday. The course is great, but your team of volunteers and the encouragement (and cakes) they provide are…the best. Thank you. "

And, from Mark Beaumont: "This is the most beautiful and friendliest sportive in the Scottish cycling calendar and I am so looking forward to taking part once again."

 

21 September 2021Gordon Ferguson - Letham4All

Tuesday 21st September saw us joined by Gordon Ferguson, who came to speak about the Letham4All project.
Gordon spent 30 years in retail, latterly in management, with the Co-op and has recently joined Letham4All as their Business Development manager.

A real eye-opening talk saw us learn about some of the services there, mainly community lead and rely on buy-in from the community. A main support the organisation offers is community fridges and tackling food poverty while also helping out with food waste.

The charity is in a real transitional stage at the moment with a state of the art facility being created in the heart of Letham at the former Live Active facility on Tweedsmuir Road and the club suggested we could get involved in helping out with some of the activity once the facilty is in place.

A really nice guy and we hope to see more of Gordon in future.

01 September 2021Charity Golf Competition

We had our first real "post-Covid" fundraiser on Wednesday 1st September when we had out ever-popular foursomes golf competition at Dunkeld Golf Club.

A total 12 teams of 4 teed off after coffees and rolls on what was a glorious late summer's day with the Hardies Property team being the overall winners.

Other winners were Wattie Barbour who was closest to the pin, the Dunkeld and Birnam team won the team ball and our own Bob Reid who was the nearest line.

Thanks to everyone involved who helped raise a grand total of £1,922.86.

Pictured are the teams who took part and the trophy winners.

AJ Stephen

Anderson Beaton Lamond

Bob Reid - Nearest Line

Browns Pharmacy

"Dirks Waggers"

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Team

EFT Finance

Elder and Paton

Hardies Property & Construction

"Murrayshall Muggers"

Reid Ramblers

Dunkeld and Birnam - Team Ball Winners

"The Locals"

"Tufties"

Wattie Barbour - Closest to the Pin

Hardies Property - Overall Winners

16 August 2021George "Greenfingers" Delgaty - Charlotte Gate Rotary Wheel

Club member Steve Fairlie was driving home from work and spotted fellow Rotarian, the Green Fingered George Delgaty, tending to the floral wheel at the western entrance to Perth at Charlotte Gate. Couldn't resist stopping to take a picture of George hard at work. Well done George.

10 August 2021Donna Bednarek - Teenage Cancer Trust

Tuesday 10th August saw our club joined by Donna Bednarek, the Senior Relationships Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Donna gave us a good presentation around the work that the charity does and how they support the NHS in funding the training for specialist nurses with no funding from the government, they are purely a self-funded charity relying on donations and fund raising events.

What was particularly enlightening was when Donna talked about the Teenage Cancer Trust Units (they don't like to call them "wards") and shared a video of a vlog by a patient as he and his companion did a tour of the brand new unit in Edinburgh that opened in March this year.

Donna's natural enthusiasm was bolstered by the clear passion and pride that she takes in her work and representing the organisation in doing good for others - an ethos that Rotary also prides ourselves in.

Pictured is Donna and her newest addition to her family, a rescue dog from Romania called Berri.

If you'd like to contact Donna to discuss any fund raising ideas, her email address is donna.bednarek@teenagecancertrust.org

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