12 March 2020A New Rotarian


Forfar Rotary President Doug McFarlane had the pleasant duty of inducting Richard Watt as a member of the Club. This was a rare but most welcome occasion as encouraging new members has been a priority for sometime. After a chat with his sponsor, Rotarian Ian Findlay and learning more about Rotary he was impressed by what Rotary commits to the Town and to International Appeals. Finally Richard has stepped forward and it is hoped that others will follow his lead. His reason for joining “ I just want to start doing my bit for the town and to do so with Forfar Rotary.”

Richard knows that with a full time job and a young family his time is tight but feels commitment to supporting the aims and ideals of “service above self” is a well trodden path to the work of Rotary locally and worldwide. Members one and all congratulated Richard who will be a worthy member and look forward to his input and hope his brave step will encourage others to follow suit in finding time to give a helping hand where it is needed.

27 February 2020No Ice Please

No Ice Please. ??


Forfar Rotary Club had a meeting this week that had a few scratching their heads. Sports Convenor Andy McGlynn had intimated that the club would be taking part in a game of Curling at the Royal Hotel. Now the Royal Hotel were pleased to allow this but on one condition. “No Ice Please”

As the photos show it was indoor curling but “not as we know it Jim” as Andy had procured a set of curling stones with a difference. Teams were selected in a random fashion and the games began with past curling expertise totally meaningless as players struggle to get the correct weight and little or no bias. Members were in agreement however that it was a successful nights fun and is a precursor to another planned night later in the spring.


Well done Andy it was certainly different with not a brush to be seen during the curling without ice.

20 February 2020ADHD

ADHD What does it Mean ??

Forfar Rotary were asked the question when Lynne Kelly addressed the Forfar Rotary Club members at their meeting this week. I’m sure like most of you know roughly what the condition is but could not tell you it is “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”.

Lynne gave a very informative, interesting and importantly, understandable complexity of the many aspects covered by the problem. Vote of Thanks was by Rotarian Ken Stewart

Rotary President Doug McFarlane presented Lynne with a cheque for this Support Group which assists in the Dundee and Angus area. Their remit is to offer support and advice to any parent / carer who has a child / young person with ADHD.

More information can be read about the Charity by accessing their web site www.adhddasupport.org


11 February 2020Santa Helpers Rewarded

“Missing Guest at Forfar Rotary”

This week Forfar Rotary Club had over 30 guests attend their meeting but one guest was missing. The occasion was to reward the Clubs and Organisations who assisted with the Santa Sleigh on the run up to Christmas. However one guest who missed the meeting was ??? yes it was Santa himself. He said he was too busy after his holiday month of January and was now back in the workshop preparing lots of toys and gifts ready for Christmas 2020.

President Doug McFarlane on welcoming the guests said that for the past nine years Forfar Rotary has run the Santa Sleigh through the many miles of Forfar’s Streets collecting donations which are passed on by us, to local good causes and organisations. This was only made possible due to the kindness and generosity of the good people of Forfar. He also stressed that the Rotary Club would not be able to run the Santa Sleigh without the support as Rotarians themselves are getting older and like many other voluntary organisations need new blood to be able to continue with all their community work. The representatives from each of the groups all received a generous cheque ( remember them) for £300 for each of their evenings work.

Representatives were there on behalf of :

Whitehills Fund Raising Group. Jill Brown.
Strathmore Rugby Club Women. Alana Findlay.
Forfar Boys Football Club. Arlene Tait.
Strathmore Primary School Parent Council. Fiona Smith.
Langlands Primary School Parent Council. Leanne Urquhart.
Inverarity Parent Council. Joanna Anderson.
Stepping Stones Playgroup. Gail Longmuir.
Forfar Sailing Club. Helen Brown.
Forfar Musical Society. Wendy Woolsley.
Forfar Albion Junior Football Club. Audrey Forbes.
Forfar Out of School Club. Rachel Roger.
Mothergoose Playgroup. Lizzy Baxter.
Delma Wilson School of Dancing. Delma Wilson.
Glens View Community Group. Lorraine O’Brian.
Forfar and District Pipe Band. Donna Myles.

Also there on the night were Tom O’Brian and Stuart Pirie from the hard working Forfar Action Network ( FAN ) who after the Council Funding ceased, stepped forward to raise money for the towns Christmas Lights. Without the hard work of FAN in organising the Forfar Gala and other fundraising we would not have Christmas lights in the town. Forfar Rotary hopes it can continue to work closely with FAN in the future.

In the words of an old comedian “there’s more” as President Doug also welcomed Jennifer Garnes Head Teacher at Strathmore Primary School. Last October, to mark World Polio Day Rotary Club Members planted over 2000 Purple crocuses in the grounds of the school. The staff and pupils supported this by holding a “Wear something Purple Day” and holding a collection. This resulted in Mrs Garnes handing over a cheque for £240 for the Eradicate Polio Campaign. The money raised will be trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation resulting in a £720 contribution. Mrs Garnes is keen to expand on the link between Forfar Rotary and the School in the future. Well done Strathmore Primary.

There after the Rotary Club then ran the Rotary School Quiz which will be reported on separately but suffice to say it was the end of a busy night. Could you be a Rotarian ??

11 February 2020Primary School Quiz


Completing a busy night’s schedule for Forfar Rotary was the eagerly anticipated running of the Annual School Quiz following on from an earlier meeting at the Club where cheques were presented to those who assisted with the Santa Sleigh.

Five Schools participated in this years quiz which was keenly contested by the teams with ten rounds of questions. Rotarian Scotty Ballantyne was Question Master and the scrutiny of answers was done by a Rotarian at each teams table. The details were then recorded and adjudged by Rotarians Tim Hale and Gordon Peterkin.

The large turnout of parents and other family supporters greatly added to the occasion with updates on the score from time to time adding to the excitement. It was a closely run thing as the teams at the top were only separated by one or two questions. Although the teams were mainly from primary seven, Tealing with only primary five pupils were due a lot of respect for their high standard for such a young team.
However there could only be one winner and by a margin of possibly one question the winning team was Langlands Primary.

The five School represented were Inverarity Primary, Langlands Primary, Strathmore Primary, Whitehills Primary and Tealing.

The winners in a close contest were rewarded for their effort and each received an Amazon Gift Token. They will now go forward to the next round of the competition.

10 February 2020Rotarian Tim and Jean Down Under

Tim and Jean in Australia and NewZealand.


A potted version of their holiday experiences can be viewed and admired by merely clicking on the link provided.


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