07 March 2019A windfall for Charity
Good Causes Rewarded with a Financial Boost.
Forfar Rotary Club had the privilege to accept £5000 from a donor who, pledged the money to be used for the common good of organisations in Forfar. The only stipulation was “that it was not used to pay wages etc.” but to assist in keeping alive and improving the work of the worthy recipients. The Rotary Club then had the task of whittling down the organisations from over twenty suggested to ten. This list was then taken to the generous donor to make sure it met with approval.
The remaining ten were then invited to attend a Rotary meeting as guests where each received a cheque for £500.
The recipients were represented on the night by the named persons below.
Deirdrie Knight Centre, Liz Ross
Lippen Care Strathmore Hospice Moira Nicoll
Recreation for the Disabled Julia Thornton
Rising Young Stars, Fiona Retalic
Forfar Instrumental Band. Bruce Dorward
Murton Trust. Alison Elloit
Forfar Community Bus (Forfarian.) Kathleen Welsh
Lilybank Adult Resource Centre, Trina Wyness
Forfar Open Garden., Dave Smith
Forfar Musical Society, Wendy Rae
In summing up the evening President Jim McCluskey made it clear that this was all made possible because the person who donated the money was impressed by the work of Forfar Rotary in the local community. The town would be lacking were it not for the hard work done by Rotary in supporting Clubs, Schools and other Organisations who in themselves need support in their interests that in turn keeps the young, the old, and the disadvantaged in our community better served. It was this “Service above Self” attitude that prompted the donation and the Rotary Club and the recipients are indebted for the generosity of the donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
As is the problem with all organisations, the need for new members who could contribute some of their time to the many causes supported by Rotary Clubs Nationally and Internationally, is in these difficult times a cause for concern. If you feel you would like more information on becoming a member then please make contact. This can be done by contacting any Rotarian or by using the contact details on our website. www.forfarrotary.org.uk . We are a dual gender club and our only lady Rotarian would welcome some female company.
05 March 2019Inner Wheel Coffee Morning
21 February 2019Helpers not Forgotten
CHRISTMAS OVER BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
Christmas may be long past but Forfar Rotary has not forgotten about those who assisted during the busy time when the Sleigh made its visits through the town. Such is the willingness of other organisations to be involved the Rotary Club introduced a rota system where some who previously assisted would be dropped for a year to allow others a chance to "earn a bit" for their individual clubs etc.
However the ones who were dropped will be back again next year as others will stood down for a year.
This however has been taken into consideration by the Rotary Club and it was decided that the Four Seasons after School Club. and Strathmore Rugby Club Sharks who stood down this year would receive a cheque through the post for £150 each.Yet another example of Forfar Rotary's pledge to distribute its fund raising back into the community.
It you read this and think you would be interested in becoming a Rotarian the door is wide open and enquiries are welcomed. We need like many organisations, to attract new faces to Rotary where the satisfaction of helping others is a reward in its self. Contact can be made for more information by getting in touch with any Rotarian and or by using the contact found in our website. www.forfarrotary.org.uk
11 February 2019Friendship Dinner
07 February 2019School Quiz 2019
Forfar Rotary School Quiz
Wednesday the 6th of Feb. saw the most successful running of the Forfar Rotary’s School Quiz with a record number of schools participating. Six, teams of four battled it out with 10 rounds of 6 questions each round featured a different subject.
Teams from Tealing, Inverarity, Strathmartine, Whitehills, Strathmore and Langlands primary schools competed and did their schools proud. However their could only be one winner and this year this honour went to the team representing Strathmore. So congratulations to them.
The winning team contestants were Cameron Millar, Kerr McInally, Darci Robbie and Freddie Law, accompanied by Teacher Kerry Walker will now go forward to the next round.
Each of the teams members received a box of Maltesers and the winners each received an Amazon Voucher In all, there were around a hundred people including the teams so it was a very well attended event. President Jim McCluskey thanked the schools for their support commenting how it was the largest amount of teams ever in the competition and this made it all the more rewarding for the Rotarians. The schools were all encouraged to support the event in the coming years as the competition grows in importance to the Rotary Club of Forfar fulfilling its commitment to support the young in our community.
24 January 2019Forfar Rotary Rewards Helpers
Local organisations rewarded at Forfar Rotary.
This weeks meeting at Forfar Rotary was a special night for those groups who supported the “Santa Sleigh” in the weeks before Christmas. As in the past they were represented by a nominated person who attended on behalf of each organisation. The task involved the calling on households collecting donations on behalf of Forfar Rotary to allow them to carry out its charity work. The undertaking to carry out this project could not be done without outside help and Forfar Rotary is fully aware of the importance of their participation.
President Jim McCluskey thanked everyone including Rotarians themselves for their participation on the pre Christmas event that is a very busy month long event with the street collections and Santa at the Cross . President Jim said occasions such as these are important for the whole community as it spreads the money collected from the Forfar Public by letting them know of where their money goes. He gave a commitment that the event will continue and as a result of the generous giving from the Forfar citizens more money will be donated towards maintaining a festive feel to the town in cooperation with Forfar Action Network. More details of further donations will be given in the coming month.
The clubs representatives each received a cheque for £300 for their organisations are listed below
Forfar Sailing Club. Conor Hyland.
Angus Young Engineers. Bob Baldie.
Stepping Stones Playgroup. Gail Longmuir.
Forfar Boys Football Club. Not Represented
Inverarity Primary Parent Council.. Gillian McIlroy. Forfar Albion Audrey Forbes
Forfar and District Pipe Band. David Myles.
Langlands Primary Parent Council. Alison Morrison
Whitehills Primary Fund Raising Group. Moira Elder.
Strathmore Primary Parent Council. Jenny Lovegrove.
Glensview Community Group. Mary Coyle.
Mother Goose Playgroup. Lyndsey Murdie
22 January 2019Rotary is International
Rotary is International
Forfar Rotarian Alan Cairns accompanied by his wife Pam visited Rotarians in India. The trip to India was to see first hand the progress of the Seema’s Project but they also took time to make contact with Indian Rotary Clubs A short report was given by Alan.
“On our recent visit to India Pam we attended the Sunday morning breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Pune Amanora.
I exchanged Club insignia with President D.D.Mishra at the meeting. Pune Amanora is a relatively young Club so the insignia exchange with Forfar was their first.
Later on in our time in India we met with four members of the Rotary Club of Bhigwan. This Club has supported Seema's Projects on different occasions and are happy to continue their support of the children's home.
Another photo of the exchange and one of the meeting with the Bhigwan Club members.”
Alan Cairns is a Co-founder of The Free to Live Trust SC045423. Currently working to rescue the abandoned children of enslaved sex workers in Pune, India.