26 April 2018Future Pump

Good News for the Poor.

President Bill Reid welcomed our speaker for the night Kevin Simpson who gave a very good talk about Malawi Fruits and also welcomed a visiting Rotarian Peter Butler from Lincolnshire who was in town staying at the Forfar Caravan Site. He enjoyed the company and presented a banner from his home club.

Malawi is the fourth most impoverished country in the world but changes are improving things albeit slowly. Malawi Fruits are focussing on irrigation and this is being done to now grow two crops per season. Ultimately this now gives the farmers money from the second crop, something never achieved in the past.

The irrigation provides water by the use of a solar powered pump aptly called a “Future Pump” allowing the dry conditions at the end of summer to produce the second crop. The growing of Paprika now provides an income which has major benefits.

1 Their children go to secondary school because there is money for their fees.

2 They buy metal sheet to provide water proof housing and solar lamps both improving family life hugely

3 They buy livestock and make further investments in their farm business

The vote of thanks was by Rotarian Tim Hale who in his role will be Convenor of the International Committee for the next Rotary year has pledged that they will raise £500 to purchase a Future Pump.

19 April 2018Primary School Quiz

Primary School Quiz

Forfar Rotary Club held the annual Primary School Quiz this week with a healthy turn out of supporters there to encourage the four teams. Parents, Teachers and Family members were treated to a close competition. Teams of four from Langlands, Tealing, White hills and Strathmore were welcomed by President Bill Reid who was also Quiz Master, explained the format of the quiz and jokingly told parents not to shout our the answers as they would probably be wrong anyway.

So the evening got underway with ten rounds of six questions in each category on subjects such as History, Animals, Geography and by the half way break it was all to play for. After the final round it was obvious it was going to be a close affair but eventual by a winning margin of only three points the winners were team Whitehills. Appearing for the first time, the Tealing team were in second place and we hope to see the school represented again next year.

Community Service convenor Scott Ballantine was well pleased with how the evening ran so smoothly and his team deserve recognition for a well organised competition. A light refreshment was provided at the end of the evening providing an opportunity while photos to be taken and supporters and competitors could relax at the end.

Whitehills will now represent Forfar in the next phase of the competition.


16 April 2018Three Fellers Plant Trees

Three Fellers Plant Trees

Three Rotarians assisted the Forfar Loch Ranger to plant over fifty tree saplings this week end in what was the first chance to do so weather wise. Having the opportunity to purchase the saplings the Forfar Rotary Club established that the trees would be a welcome addition to the Forfar Loch Country Park. This is another example of the Club’s commitment to the environment and supporting local projects.

From small beginnings these trees should provide filtering of traffic noise from the by-pass in the years to come.

President Bill was assisted by Rotarians Robin Wardhaugh and Ian Findlay as well as Lynne Devine and the Park Ranger.

Picture below of a hard working man demonstrating the correct way to rest on a spade.


12 April 2018Forfar Rotary are Fans

Forfar Rotary are Fans of FAN.

Forfar Rotary Club President Bill Reid welcomed Tom O’Brian to their meeting this week when he attended to talk about Forfar Action Network.

Tom gave an informative talk regarding what has been achieved so far since they picked up some of the challenges to create a better environment for the Town and its citizens. The first major achievement was the Forfar Gala week which without their enthusiastic input would just not have happened.

The need to create an atmosphere for the Christmas Season was supported by the group to raise awareness of the constant need to fund raise not just for last years “Christmas Lights at the Cross” but the ongoing need to further enhance and replace lights year after year. Local businesses again put their hands in their pockets to support this initiative with not only cash but work carried out at a price that would not be considered a commercial proposition.

Forfar Rotary will continue to support the Switch on of the Lights and bring Santa to the Cross as well as its Santa Tour of the Town which in its self is a huge commitment but one that brings Christmas alive for the youngsters of the Town.

Tom told the assembled company of FANs aspirations for this year and hope to get the Crazy Golf at the Lochside brought back to a usable state as well as the Pitch and Putt. They are also looking at a Public Toilet to be sited there as well, something that will enhance the usage and keep bringing people to the town. The ideas are there, the enthusiasm is there, but like every thing in life it will be at a cost.

Forfar Rotary presented Tom with a cheque and wish the enterprise shown by Forfar Action Network continued success as they grapple with the many issues that were in the past undertaken by town councils.

Rotarian Katharine McLean proposed the Vote of Thanks and in so doing highlighted the need for the public to further invest to keep Forfar a town to be proud of. She asked for a hearty round of applause which was given with enthusiasm by the Rotarians.

Photo R -L  Tom O'Brian, President Bill Reid and Rotarian Katharine McLean

29 March 2018SCCA Talks up Rotary.


Forfar Rotary were paid a visit from Helen MacGregor from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance who updated the club on its progress providing this life saving service. Helen praised the Club for its donations and here is a part of her well delivered interesting talk.


Income - Since May 2013 you, Forfar Rotary have raised an amazing £27,527.12!

Awareness – With SCAA at the forefront of all your advertising for the Strathmore Classic Car Tour you have helped raise awareness of SCAA not just in Forfar but right across the country.

Long-term Relationship - From the first day the helicopter was on the helipad we have had support from Forfar Rotarians and we are delighted to again be benefiting from your 2018 Car Tour. Thank you!

A national charity, flying across Scotland

Responds to time-critical emergencies

Provides a lifeline to remote and rural communities

Delivers on-scene expert paramedic care to patients

Transfers patients rapidly to specialist hospitals

Tasked in the same way as a land ambulance – phone 999

Save and improve hundreds of lives every year

EC 135 T2+ air ambulance

Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)

365 days a year, 12 hours a day

Crew of 6 paramedics and 2 pilots

Charity team of 10

Working in partnership with: Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore

It costs £2.2m each year to keep our expert paramedic crew in the air and able to respond to time-critical medical emergencies across Scotland, 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. On average we respond to one emergency every day and we can only do that because of the generosity of the people and companies of Scotland. We really appreciate your ongoing support.






04 March 201870 YEARS

70th Anniversary Charter Dinner

At a celebration dinner celebrating the 70th Year of Forfar Rotary was indeed a special event for the Club.
It was extra special when three members and a supporter of the club were honoured for their commitment to the work of Forfar Rotary by honouring them with a Paul Harris award. this is only done in recognition of outstanding service and commitment.


Rotarian Jim Kelman for his support in many of the clubs activities over the years. He has amongst other things hosted the Annual BBQ at his home, and was the main man on organising the Charter Dinner.

Rotarian Alex Mill who has been instrumental in attracting new members, support in every committee he has either chaired or been a part of, much of the work quietly done but always with huge competence.

Rotarian Sandy Ogilvie who has over the years been Forfar Rotary's "Santy" Ogilvie for his total commitment to running the Santa Sleigh and Santa at the Cross. Its a huge job and Sandy puts in a month of hard work to ensure its undoubted success. He also assists in planting out and caring for a plot at the Boyle Park and planting daffodils along Glamis Road.

Non Rotarian Mark Guild a supporter of the Club is also honoured for his outstanding contributions to events run by the club but could not be done without sponsorship. Mark was the first sponsor of "The Marafun" and he continued over all the years the event was run. He is now one of the sponsors of the Rotary Clubs event the "Strathmore Classic Car Tour" He assists in other ways in a quiet fashion not seeking publicity but supporting Forfar Rotary and other town events.

28 February 2018Salvation Army Rewarded

Salvation Army

Forfar Rotary has kept to its promise to spread the money raised from the Santa street visits by making a further donation. We think Forfarians would all support us in our decision to make a donation of £500 to the Forfar branch of the Salvation Army.

Major Jim McCluskey the Salvation Army's Community Chaplain for Forfar and who is also the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Forfar received the donation from President Bill Reid. He ensured the club and Forfarians that it would be put to good use given the demands for assistance on many levels in these times. The “Sally Army” does its work with no questions asked when a need for assistance is called for.

President Bill commented that having first hand knowledge from a Rotarian who is obviously aware of the funding needs of the Salvation Army made it an easy decision for the club to make the award knowing that the money would be wisely spent.

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