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

16 August 2020Litter Pickers Pick Litter


This Sunday morning a volunteer group of Forfar Rotarians headed to the Forfar Loch Country Park on order to collect paper, plastic and glass litter left behind by users if this beautiful facility.

Environmental Convenor Scotty Ballantyne headed the operation and after a two hour trek all round the various paths, paths through trees as well as a clean up the children’s park area declared a result which can be seen by the bags displayed in the photos. It is difficult to understand why it seems acceptable to throw away rubbish when there are bins provided.

When speaking to a couple walking round they politely thanked us and told us of their experience as visitors to the caravan park. Noisy teenagers at the children’s park and always leave it in a mess. This is not what we Forfarians want to hear about our town.

Forfar Rotary are keen to add further projects for consideration and would welcome suggestions but we also appeal for others to assist either as a future “Member of the Club” or as a volunteer “Friend of Rotary”

President Colin Muir was delighted with the response from club Members




Rotary Membership Convenor Katharine McLean, putting her best foot forward, performed her first duty of the new Rotary Year by handing over a socially distant Service Recognition Award to Tom Dailey of Kennedy Care Group. After receiving a donation of 500 Masks from Forfar Rotary for each of the Forfar based Care Homes he made a generous donation to acquire supplies for other Care Homes in the group but outside the burgh. In keeping with others who have contributed to the project Forfar Rotary were delighted to recognise his donation.

All the donations will continue to be used by Forfar Rotary Club to support local initiatives and projects for the good of the community.

The Kennedy Care Group’s founder Tom Dailey has over 30 years experience in care of the elderly. Much of his knowledge and expertise gained through his work in both public and private sectors. He is actively involved in the day to day operations of the care homes in the group, all of which have experienced management teams in place.

The Kennedy Care Group are continually striving to improve the level of care and standards of accommodation that they offer to their residents. They have care homes throughout Angus, Tayside and Fife and offer a high level of residential care designed around the needs of the individual.

Tom commented “We pride ourselves on the safe, comfortable and friendly environments that we provide for our residents, all backed by expert professional care round the clock”.

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