15 June 2021A Dynamic Duo.


Forfar Rotary had an unusual Zoom meeting this week in that they had a speaker who is heavily involved in the Free to Live Trust. What made it more unusual is the fact that Pam Cairns is the wife of Rotarian Alan Cairns. The talk was given after two Rotarians Tim Hale and husband Alan were honoured with a Paul Harris in recognition of outstanding service.

Fellow Rotarian, Secretary David Stobbs gave a potted history of Alan’s service since he joined and as you can see he has always been heavily involved in all that he does.

Alan, a retired Pharmacist joined in 2009 and lived in a smallholding where he kept hens and from the egg sales donated money to the club over 2/3 years. He was President in 2014/15 and Treasurer for 3 years.

He took the leading role of a new initiative as chair of Strathmore Classic Car Tour committee the 4 events raised well over £30,000 for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

All these Rotary achievements while being heavily involved with charity work with wife Pam, most recently both have been trustees of Free to Live Trust: Raising awareness of modern slavery and raising money for the establishment of a children's home in Pune India for the offspring of prostitutes (street women?).

Pam and Alan have now moved to Carrbridge and obviously will be missed by Forfar Rotary although he is hoping to join RC Spey Valley. Their work in the Free to Live Trust is worth following and Pam has written two books.

Tim's history was delivered by President Colin Muir and it is as follows.

He joined Rotary in 2007 and barely had his feet under the table before becoming Marafun Convenor 2008- 2012. He held office as President Elect 2011 taking over as President 2012.

International Convenor 2014- 2019 . Health and Safety and Children Protection Officer for the club since 2008 a post that is ongoing. Has been involved in all fundraising event, Glamis Extravaganza where Rotarians Man the ticket booths. Christmas events and is currently co-ordinating the construction of a dual purpose mobile advertising trailer / New Santa Sleigh.

Tim took on the role of Zoom organiser for all Club and Council meetings and many the many extra committee meetings last year and has given a great deal of technical help to members to try and help them join the meetings via Zoom.
As if that is not enough of a work load he is again taking the lead as President next year.

Yes I’m sure you will agree that the dynamic Duo are worthy recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, an accolade from the Club’s membership.


08 April 2021A New Member


Hayden grew up in West Linton in the Scottish borders attending Peebles High School. Went to University in Aberdeen where I met his Wife Anna, They spent their early twenties working in England, living in St Albans, York and Bristol.

In 2006 they moved to Forfar and started Stonepack a company that goes from strength to strength.

They have two boys, Finlay and Logan, aged 12 and 10. As a family enjoy skiing and sailing and are looking forward to participating when the Covid restrictions are lifted.

Hayden and Anna are both keen horse riders . Although always a rider, he stated he had to take more of an interest, as otherwise he would never see Anna at all.

He took up Curling in the past couple of years and in his first season found it was also a great way to meet new people, many of them members of the Rotary. He was persuaded to join in a few Rotary Zoom meetings and found he enjoyed the presentations and what Rotary was achieving in the community.

He is now looking forward to being more involved and getting to know the rest of the club members who in his words “are a friendly bunch” and encourages others to consider membership.

02 April 2021A Good Friday for the Club

Strathmore Primary and Forfar Rotary Feature on Radio Tay.

Forfar Rotary Club kept up the supply of reconditioned laptops and tablets this Friday and were interviewed by Callum Clarke from Radio Tay on the success of their programme with all the Schools.

The interviewees were Head Teacher Jennifer Garnes and Rotary Youth Convenor Jim McCluskey and two pupils from P7 Kara and Gabi.

President Colin Muir was there to hand over the much needed equipment all made possible in the main by the generous donations from the public. As to future supplies, it is all up to continued support from the public who have thus far responded admirably.

Callum Clarke from Radio Tay believes that they will probably be running the laptops story on Tuesday in their news reports between 6am and 1pm.
The video will also be available on their Facebook page and website so all in all it will broaden the appeal making more people aware of Forfar Rotary’s work in the community.


A big thank you to Greig and Kirsten at Computerden for his generous support in the Project.

27 March 2021Spring into Action


Yes its officially the first day of spring on the 21st March and Forfar Rotary Club’s International Committee are launching their latest venture. Now that you will all be spring cleaning the garden shed, the garage and indoor storage we hope we can encourage you to think of others who less privileged and would welcome tools you no longer use to be sent abroad to make a huge difference.

We are committed to tackling poverty in a practical way by helping disadvantaged people overseas to help themselves through practical skills training. Unwanted tools and equipment are collected and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers.

As you can see from the information the list of tools required is mainly for hand tools as the majority of cases they will be used where there is no electricity or mechanical power. What ever we collect will be dispatched to Workaid UK , refurbished and distributed abroad.

Workaid take applications from groups working with orphans, widows, street children, refugees and the disabled as well as those suffering the consequences of HIV/AIDS. We are also keen to support UK. based groups working with vulnerable and unemployed young people in the UK.

The International convenor Andy Renwick and his committee members will collect any donations or you can drop them at the John Dow Unit at Orchard Bank Industrial Estate who have kindly offered to store them until they can be sorted and readied to be dispatched

Hand tools are often left aside when we find their uses overtaken by battery and electrical machinery so “dig” out what you no longer use and you can be sure that you your donation can in a simple way Change a Life and or a Community.

Contact Forfar Rotary at www.forfarrotary.org.uk OR A phone call to  07835013095

News of Forfar Rotary Projects are also on our Facebook Page

An example of how YOU can make a difference.

Jane opened a small tailoring shop in Kenya Following her husband’s death from an AIDS related illness, Jane struggled to provide food and medical care for her two daughters and couldn’t afford to send them to school. Now that she has completed her training in tailoring, and gained some business skills, she’s able to make clothes and school uniforms. Jane said, “I am free from the worries I had before. I know how to determine the price of my products so that I can take care of my family without a husband.”


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