13 June 2019Rotary Recognition
Forfar Academy Pupils receive Rotary Recognition.
President Jim McCluskey had the pleasant duty to welcome the Forfar Academy Head Teacher Kss Mohamed and the recipients of the two awardees of the annual Sports Award and Technology Award.
The President stressed the importance of forging relationships with the Academy and hope to have further meaningful input whenever the Rotary Club present opportunities to the youth of Forfar.
The Technology Trophy was renamed The Alan White Award in honour of past Rotarian Alan White and fittingly it was handed over by Alan’s son Adrian White to Eve Stewart.
Next the Sports Trophy was awarded to Rhiannon Stewart for her endeavours at the Academy.
It was also announced that we have two members from the Academy going to the RYLS week long leadership camp at Abernethy Rachel Fotheringham to the Girls week and Kyle Bennet to the male camp. We wish them well and are sure they will have a memorable week.
Photo L- R
President Jim - Rhiannon - Kss Mohamed - Eve.
07 June 2019A Working Holiday
A Working Holiday
The photo of Rotarian Alan Cairns and his wife Pam at The Rotary Club of Shetland
receiving the Club's flag from President Robbie.
They were in Shetland for a combination of Church of Scotland Guild talks for the Free to Live Trust and a holiday. Alan was invited to give a talk to the Rotary on the work of 'our' charity.
If you are not aware of the charity “Free to Live Trust” then please look it up. I’m that you will be impressed.
29 May 2019RYLA placement up for Grabs
Forfar Rotary Seeks an Entry for RYLA
Due to having little or no support from Forfar Academy we are looking for a young man to grasp this opportunity on the Male camp 13th to 20th July.
What is Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)?
It is a Rotary International programme which offers young people an opportunity to participate in a programme of physical and intellectual activities, which will develop skills in:
On these foundations are built self-confidence and self-esteem which are vital aspects of responsible and global citizenship.
2. How can take part in the RYLA programme?
Participants, both boys and girls, are selected by your local Rotary Club, many sponsor more than one participant and they try to ensure that the young people chosen come from a wide background of abilities, vocations and social levels that they consider to have leadership and development potential. The Rotary Club will spread their net wide and hope to attract candidates from local schools, cadet forces, Scouts, Girl Guides, etc.
The success of the programme depends on there being a good mix of ages (between 16 and 18), backgrounds and experience. The commitment and determination by the participants to succeed is most impressive. Participants must be prepared to contribute to as well as benefit from the RYLA programme.
3. How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participants (well maybe some pocket money). The cost of the week, including travel, is covered by your local Rotary club, or possibly an employer or your school.
Your local Rotary club are prepared to invest a significant portion of their funds to give a deserving boy or girl, or both, the opportunity to meet new friends, have fun and at the same time develop skills, especially in the areas of communication, teamwork and leadership. It is our hope that each participant will grasp each opportunity presented and use the experiences and learning to make a positive contribution to their community.
4. When and where does it all happen?
The RYLA programme takes place in July, see dates at the top of the page, selection interviews will normally take place between January and March.
The week-long course takes place at the Abernethy Trust Centre in Nethybridge, just a few miles from Aviemore. The Abernethy Centre is the location and is staffed by a group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor pursuits. In all activities, the highest standard of safety is paramount.
If you would like to be considered for the next RYLA programme, or you have someone you know or young person in your organisation who you feel could benefit from the RYLA programme, contact Forfar Rotary using the website www.forfarrotary.org.uk
24 May 2019Rainbows yield Pot of Gold
A Pot of Gold for the Rainbows.
Forfar Rotary President Jim McCluskey and Treasurer Bill Reid made a visit to the Kingsmuir Rainbows this week. They were there to hand over not a pot of Gold but a cheque for £150.00.
The small group made a request for funding for their idea of buying pop up tents and other items to give the girls a sense of the outdoor in the safety of the hall. This would then be added to an outdoor BBQ and games day.
After consideration of the appeal it was granted for two reasons, Kingsmuir residents support the Santa Sleigh every year and also no matter the size of the group or its projects if it is deemed worthwhile then provided the Rotary club has funds then support will be given. The support is not always monetary as the club also assist in civic projects.
Leader Jay Brechin thanked the president for the funds which will hopefully extend their programme and encourage new members to come along on a Thursday night to the Kingsmuir Hall.
23 May 2019Mary Serves up an Egg
Mary Serves up an Egg.
Forfar Rotary were treated to a serving of an egg with a difference at this weeks meeting. Guest speaker Mary Ballantyne was introduced by Rotarian Jim Nicoll although Mary is well known to club members as this was her third talk to the club. Her topic on this occassion was Faberge Eggs and in particular the Dragon Egg.
Theo Fabergé's creation in tribute to his grandfather Carl Fabergé who was one of the first to interpret oriental influence within jewellery design. Thus the Egg is made from jet black crystal and hand painted with raised 23 carat gold. A design inspired by the delicate work of ancient oriental craftsmen. Finally, the fiery eye of the dragon is a glittering faceted ruby.
The Coup de Grace came at the end of the talk when Mary produced an actual Dragon Egg for Rotarians to view and hold. The Vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Gavin Drummond.
22 May 2019Financial Support
Forfar Rotary Club reacted to an appeal for funds from the Salvation Army Trust Fundraising Unit. The request was considered and it was agreed to support the local branch of the Salvation Army in Forfar who’s work in the community is perhaps not always recognised. Quietly it supports many with its humanitarian work and so the club rewarded it with a donation of £500
President Jim McCluskey in his Duel Role, dressed in Salvation Uniform and Rotary Chain was presented with the cheque from Treasurer Bill Reid.
28 April 2019Friendship Dinner
On Friday 26th of April, Forfar Rotary held its 4th Friendship Dinner at the Rupali Palace in East High Street. A company of 44 – made up of Rotarians, wives, partners and guests - enjoyed a very convivial evening, starting at 7pm till the last ones left after 11pm!
The Rupali once again supplied an excellent 3 course meal with tea & coffee. This consisted of a choice of 4 starters (pakoras, bhajis, samosas and poppadum accompanied by salad, chutneys and raita). This was followed by 6 different curries - lamb, chicken & vegetarian options, some hot and some mild to suit the various tastes with rice and copious amounts of naan bread.
During coffee, International Committee members, Mike Cumming and Katherine McLean, organised a round of “Heads & Tails” to augment the funds raised on the night. In his welcome, International Committee Convenor, Tim Hale, explained that once again the money raised on the night would be going to Malawi – this year to buy two Shelter Boxes, which will help the people of Malawi overcome the disaster of the recent flooding caused by Cyclone Ida.
President Elect Doug McFarlane thanked the International Committee for organising the event and all those who attended and for giving generously for a very good cause.
Our sincere thanks to the staff at the Rupali Palace for looking after us during the evening
19 April 2019Earl of Forfar Invitation and Reply.