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22 August 2019Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund

Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund

The purposes of the Fund are to relieve the needs, further the health and advance the education of children and young people with special needs, who use either the respite or day care services of the Strathmore Centre Forfar, and their carers by providing, or assisting in the provision of, such relevant goods and services as are necessary.

After a presentation to the Forfar Rotary Club an invitation to view the premises etc. was given to the Club and Rotarians Doug McFarlane and Bill Reid went this week and were pretty impressed.

 

Here, handing over a cheque for £500 is President Doug and Michael Craig of the Strathmore Centre Comfort Fund.

09 August 2019Letter of Thanks

Letter of Thanks

Dear Forfar Rotary Club

Blake has a rare genetic condition MECP 2 Duplcation Syndrome. There are 25 children in the UK with this condition so it’s very rare. Jenny found out when he was around 8 weeks old.  He is now aged 7 years and his mother Jenny has fund raised since he was 9 months old with various events such a “Blake and Gold”. She also has shops called Blake’s Bargains. She relies heavily  on others fundraising to help raise money for research as they believe the condition in reversible “reverse rett”. The research study has started but is costly and other families of children with this condition also fund raise. 

The Great British BLAKE off  was last Sunday at Forbes Of Kingennie - Hope for Blake is one of their charities of the year and it was to raise money for ongoing health needs for Blake as a lot of the fundraising money goes into research. His mum says she is going to put it towards buying a trailer for Blake or a new Buggy as he is growing and he has oxygen with him at all times so needs a specialised buggy. 

Many thanks to Forfar Rotary for the kind donation and trust this year will be another successful one for the Club.

05 August 2019Rotary Membership

 

By joining Forfar Rotary, your journey on the road to help transform lives and communities begins.

  • We fulfil our purpose and achieve our goals thanks to the dedication of our members.
  • At Rotary we have the unique position of being rooted with our own communities but with a global outlook, ready to tackle challenges at home and abroad.
  • Through membership of your local Rotary club, you will become part of a network of 1.2 million members, in 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.
  • We are friends, neighbours, leaders and problem solvers.

Our Past and most definitely our Future will be our ability to encourage new male and female members to join us in carrying out our pledge of “Service above Self”

If you have an interest in your community and do not know how you can best utilise your time volunteering then perhaps you would be surprised in the projects, clubs, and international aid provided by your local Forfar Rotary.

To find out more please contact us using the Rotary Website www.forfarrotary.org.uk and fill in the details in the Feedback Button.

That one step could lead you to becoming a FORFAR ROTARIAN

 

02 July 2019Every Picture Tells a Story

A Royal Visit

The Earl of Forfar paid a visit and was welcomed by a group of Forfar Rotarians.  From where they were standing I think they were asking the Earl if he could recommend a good holiday destination.

 

27 June 2019A Changing of the Guard

A Changing of the Guard.

Forfar Rotary Club have a new President.

This week saw Jim McCluskey hand over the Chain of Office to its new incumbent Doug McFarlane.

Jim gave a review of his Rotary year and felt the club was in good heart after another year where much was achieved. There was much to be proud of with many organisations in the Town receiving financial support as well as successes in the aid provided for International Projects and emergency appeals.

"We must not be complacent" and the drive for new members must continue to keep Rotary alive in Forfar.

On receiving the Chain the New President Doug McFarlane paid tribute to Jim for his excellent Stewardship during the 2018 / 2019 Rotary Year.

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:
Team working
Positive leadership
Communication
Problem Solving
Decision making
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.

5. Interested?
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

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