20 November 2020Santa Letters



Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Forfar Rotary have reluctantly had to cancel both Santa at The Cross and our annual Christmas collection with Santa and the Sleigh going round the streets of Forfar.

FAN have also cancelled the gathering at the Cross for the switch on of Christmas tree lights.

We did not come to this decision lightly, but we are sure you will all understand the safety of the public comes first.

Santa Letters

The Santa Post Boxes have been placed at Strathmore, Whitehills and Langlands Primary Schools for children to safely post their Santa Letters and each will get a reply Letter from Santa. Parents make sure the letters have noted Names, Class and School to ensure of a reply. Forfar Rotary is pleased to make this connection with the Schools and the children.

The letter can also be downloaded from the Forfar Rotary Website at no charge but any donations are of course appreciated www.forfarrotary.org.uk (press control and click)

On the website use the button “Santa Letter.”. The just Giving Button is above it.

Forfar Rotary will be placing collection buckets and cans in a number of shops and retail outlets in Forfar for anyone wishing to make contributions to the Local and Rotary charitable causes that Forfar Rotary supports with our Christmas collection. You can also donate by logging on to our website www.forfarrotary.org.uk and donate through the “Just Giving” Button.

We value your support for the work of your local Rotary Club in trying to make a difference in these challenging times. We are sure the sunshine will come back in your life in 2021.


19 November 2020Letter of Thanks

A Thank You from Whitehills Primary

A photo of our P7 House and Vice Captains receiving the cheque that Forfar Rotary kindly donated to the school.

We will use the money towards a snack fund we have in school for families who may be struggling with breakfast or snacks for their children.

Thank you so much for your generous donation.

Kind regards


Claire McDiarmid, Depute Head Teacher, Whitehills Primary School,

11 November 2020A Cunning Plan

Forfar Rotary have a Cunning Plan.

We are all aware scenes like those on the photos will not happen this year. No Santa to tour the streets and no visit to the Cross where Santa and Co. hand out the sweet and oranges and the children hand over their written requests for what they hope Santa will bring.


Details will be made public as soon our plans take shape.

24 October 2020A New Addition to the Club

Forfar Rotary Doubles its Membership.

If that headline has grabbed your attention then read on as it is not strictly true. Due to the new member being a lady we have doubled our lady membership. It was then appropriate that Rotarian Katharine McLean formally introduced Lainey Cruikshank to the club.

Lainey started her working career with Angus Council in Housing and then moved to Education for Tayside Regional Council and working with the then Director, Alex Thomson who was a Rotarian. Her first memory of the Rotary was of a World Hunger Day organised during her time there.

She decided to train as a Nurse and worked at Stracathro Hospital for many years before moving to Roxburghe House as a Macmillan Clinical Specialist Nurse in the field of Lymphoedema. Then she moved into the medical devices industry working as a Clinician for the market leader, teaching nurses, physios, OTs and Doctors around the UK and Ireland in the specialist management subjects of Lymphoedema, Leg Ulcer Management and the best products to use.

She returned to the NHS in 2013 as a Senior Research Nurse and then onto Marie Curie as a Senior Nurse for a while before returning to Forfar to work with the Forfar District Nursing Team and as a bank Nurse in Ninewells.

She lists her hobbies as reading, walking, swimming and hopes to take up curling. As a previous Brechin and Forfar Community Council Chair, and a member of Forfar Action Network, she enjoys community and volunteering work by giving back to her home town. She became interested in joining Rotary after being involved in a collaboration around the Christmas Lights Switch On a couple of years with FAN and Rotary. This led to her being invited by Rotarian Ian Findlay to “Have a look at Rotary” a few years ago but decided at that time she could not make the commitment. Now as a Rotarian she is looking forward to assisting with the plans in this year’s programme and beyond.

Rotary President Colin Muir in welcoming Lainey as a member of the Rotary Club of Forfar expressed his delight at the doubling of the ladies in the club and hoped it would lead to others in the community to follow suit. Members gave a resounding “Zoom style” round of applause.

14 October 2020A Caring Club


Forfar Rotary Club are pleased to announce they I have just made the following donations from their Charitable Trust.

Strathmore Rugby Community Trust, £500

When You Wish Upon a Star £500

The Jock Neish Scouting Centre. £500

The Gables Comfort Fund. £150

Rotary President Colin Muir was pleased along with the members of Rotary Council to make this possible commenting “This is what Rotary is all about, doing good in the local community as well as supporting international Aid. All this is made possible with the support of Forfarians and the hard work of our members”

11 October 2020

Forfar Rotary Appeal will Cost you Nothing

By looking how we can add to our funds for the common good Forfar Rotary ask you the public to do so without having to tp put your hand in your pocket.

Our Charitable Trust is now registered for Amazon Smile and so now any one who chooses us as their charity means we receive 0.5% of the price of their purchases as a donation. There is no disadvantage to the purchaser in price and you can use Amazon in the usual way. As the TV advert says “Simples”

Here is a link our Amazon Smile so make sure you use it to enter Amazon and put a Smile of our Face. Every Penny Counts so the more you use it the more your community reaps the benefits https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC033259

30 August 2020Press Release


The Rotary Club of Forfar            www.forfarrotary.org.uk

North Scotland Rotary in Action

The terrible disaster in Beirut has galvanised the 89 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 1010 into action.

There are over 2,400 Rotarians in our District, which stretches from Shetland to the Firth of Forth, and from Stornoway to Aberdeen.

Within days of the disaster the District Governor and his colleagues had been in touch with Beirut Cedars Rotary Club and established need.

The District’s management team - all Rotarian volunteers - decided that there should be an immediate fundraising appeal to all clubs, and that the money raised would go direct to Ron Farra, the President elect at the Beirut Cedars Club.

This is established practice in Rotary.  When funds are raised, they go to Rotarians in Rotary Clubs in the affected areas; they are trustworthy and they are all volunteers, so we know that 100% of the funds raised goes directly to help those affected.  The money is not being filtered through aid organisations with overheads and expenses, and we know that in Beirut it is being put to use within two days of being received.

The District Treasurer established the financial arrangements; transfer in USD and made a personal donation to ensure that the systems worked.  The District team decided that the appeal would go to clubs though our monthly newsletter, 1010Vision, and the appeal was front page in the August 2020 edition, published on 15th August.  

The appeal was deliberately time limited to 31st August to get clubs moving!

Within days of the appeal launch the treasurer was able to send USD 5,000 to the Beirut Cedars Club; by 25th August another USD 6,100 was on its way, and by the closing date of the appeal we hope over USD 14,000 will have been sent to where it is most needed. Some clubs had made a personal appeal to members, others had raided the reserves in their charitable trust funds, and some made a local public appeal, and everyone had been most generous. 

The copy of 1010Vision with the appeal can be accessed on the Rotary District 1010 website, together with our promotional magazine, ROTARYFirst, which shows the great variety of service projects we, as Rotarians carry out in North Scotland.


For further information contact:

David Stobbs, Secretary: davidstobbs@hotmail.com

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