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24 October 2020
A 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.

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