The Rotary Club
Bridge of Allan and
21 st Century
inside front cover
Foreword by Nick Rawlings
Club President 2016–17
I hope you enjoy this fourth compilation of the history of the Rotary Club of
Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Volume 1 – The Chronicles of the First Five
Years – covered the period 1973–78; Volume 2 – Buncombe – revisited
the first edition and went up to 1989 (sadly, these two first editions
are not easily available in print form but can be viewed on the club
website); and Volume 3 – edited and produced by Bob Watson to commemorate the
Club’s 25 th anniversary – covered 1989–99.
This latest edition reflects how the Club has embraced and adapted to the
avalanche of hi-tech innovation – especially in how we communicate with one another
– while still retaining its core values. And how it has successfully risen to the changes in
life-styles and business patterns to keep on attracting new members.
The pages reveal how our numerous events continue to support communities –
young and old – be it locally, nationally or internationally. Of course none of this could
be accomplished without the time, expertise, generosity and resourcefulness of our
members. Fun and friendship are key – and we simply couldn’t achieve as much as we
do, unless we enjoy working, supporting and socialising with each other.
Finally, the next period of our history will undoubtedly witness more change as
Rotary continues to evolve – however I hope you take a little time off the roller coaster of
life to look back and celebrate all our achievements so far.
In particular I should like to thank Graham Russell, who has done such a magnificent job
in pulling this together. Summarising 15 years is painstaking work. Also Liz Balding has
brought her professional expertise to ensure the editing and presentation is of a high
standard. Past President Edward Campbell, now an honorary member, has also lent a
guiding hand as part of the Editorial Board.
Thanks, too, to the 15 Past Presidents, their Councils and every member who has
been a part of the Club during this period. These are the people who created the history.
The format of this booklet provides an overview of a 15-year period of the Club’s
history – as well as recording some of the highlights of the annual programme of
each year from July 1999 to June 2014.
There was an attempt to record the 10-year period from 1999–2009
which did not achieve publication – despite some sterling work by many of
the Past Presidents. However, their efforts were not in vain, and have been
incorporated into this volume, which is presented in a new format (available in
paper form or online). Instead of an annual report approach, I was asked to
look at a different style to present an overview on the Club’s progress during this
The unpublished memoirs of some of the Past Presidents, information from
Council Minutes and the Club website, which was established in 2004, have
enabled this history to be assembled. It very quickly became apparent that the
list of our activities was huge, ranging from on-going events such as the Am-Am,
Duck Race, Doune and Dunblane Show, Burns Suppers and our weekly meetings
– enriched with one-off events or ones that lasted a year or three etc.
I am very grateful for the support of the contributors and everyone who has
offered help and comment.
1 Evolution 4
2 Weekly Meets 10
3 Major Fundraising 14
4 Challenges 17
5 Community 19
6 Vocational 24
7 Youth 25
8 International Aid 29
9 International Relations 31
10 Fellowship 33
11 Club Sports 35
(i) Annual Reviews 38
(ii) Paul Harris Fellowship Awards 46
(iii) Members Roll 47
A Presidential Citation
As with many organisations, large or small, change can be viewed with some
trepidation and occasionally, suspicion by those affected. Some changes
happen slowly and subtly so there is little upheaval but others are more eventful!
And so it was in 1999, after many years at the Dunblane Hydro, we
had to look for a new venue while the Hydro underwent a major refit, on the
understanding it would be a temporary arrangement. Dunblane New Golf Club
made us welcome but it was clear this
could not be other than short term. We
held our December Special General
Meeting (SGM) at the Westlands Hotel
and were well looked after.
After the Hydro refit was
completed, the new management
seemed unable or unwilling to confirm our previous weekly booking so the
Westlands became our new home from January 2000.
Another major milestone was the introduction of lady members. It is fair to say
this issue had been the subject of fairly heated discussion on more than one
occasion. The matter was resolved once the
Rotary Council on Legislation voted to admit
women into Rotary Clubs worldwide. And so
it was with great pleasure (and some relief
that we had such a splendid candidate) that
Gillian Weighton, then the minister at Bridge
of Allan Parish Church, was welcomed into
the Club in February 2009.
This followed closely on from another first for the Club, albeit of slightly
less moment. After years of the Club’s Burns Supper giving free rein to the
proposer of the Toast to the Lassies, with no riposte from the fairer sex, we were
treated to a taste of things to come when Janette Russell, wife of then Secretary
Graham, put Alasdair Mackie firmly in his place with a well-delivered Reply.
Over the years, our Club has been enhanced by new members of both sexes,
including, to date, two husband and wife teams. However, as with many similar
organisations, Rotary numbers were slowly reducing with pressures of work,
general ageing and other commitments – leaving less free time available.
A number of initiatives were explored to try to encourage new members.
Attendance rules were relaxed so that members whose work commitments
prevented them from attending as often as used to be considered ‘appropriate’
did not receive a rebuke from the Attendance Officer! Formalities such as dress
code were also relaxed – but members were not slow to make their views known
if they thought standards had moved too far.
We also held a number of open evenings when prospective members
could come along for an informal chat, find out about the work of Rotary in
general and the Club’s wide range of activities. As a result, we were delighted to
welcome several new members.
One event where standards were not allowed to relax was a Charter Dinner, held
to mark a notable anniversary in the Club’s history. Dinners were held – in 2003 to
mark our 30 th and in 2013 for our 40 th .
In 2003, President
welcomed all but one of
the Club’s 44 members,
the District Governor, the
Presidents of the Rotary
Clubs of Stirling (our
‘mother club’), Carse of
Stirling, Alloa, Callander and West Perthshire, the IPP of Howe of Fife – and our
guest speaker, John McCormick, then Controller of BBC Scotland.
How times change in a decade… the all-male cast of 2003 was
replaced in 2013 by a guest list which included three lady members and
partners of members where the gender balance was almost equal – surely a
major milestone by any standards?
President Colin Strachan welcomed everyone to this event, held in the
Management Centre at Stirling University where we were well fed and watered
before some interesting after dinner speeches.
As well as our own Charter Dinner
celebrations, 2005 marked the
Centenary of the founding of Rotary
and 80 years of Rotary in this Area.
Stirling Provost and Rotarian Colin
O’ Brien hosted a Civic Reception
and an exceptional evening of
musical entertainment in the Stirling Albert Halls for the five Clubs from this Area.
While Club office bearers and chairs of Committees are elected annually with no
specified term, there is no such latitude for the President and their successors.
Except in very unusual circumstances, it is a three-year progression from
Junior Vice President (now called President Nominee) to Senior Vice President
(President Elect) then to President.
The process begins in October or November with a letter to all members inviting
them to consider taking up the honour of leading the Club. The letter offers an
‘opt out’ subject to the recipient responding to say they were unable to accept.
Woe betide anyone who forgets to reply as they are likely to receive a phone
call starting with… ‘Congratulations you have been selected etc.’
It is testament to the strength of our Club that, in our 40+ years
existence, we have always managed to ‘persuade’ someone to take up the
reins. Other Clubs have been forced down the ‘recycling’ route and, while we
came close on a few occasions, we have, so far, always had a new name on
the Chain of Office.
Unto the breach…
It is generally considered preferable for incoming Presidents to gain some
experience in the back benches first, however when Allan Macpherson (bottom,
left) joined the Club in September 2005, little did he know he would be proposed
for Junior Vice in December and start the three-year journey the following July!
In 2002, we faced a situation where no candidate had emerged,
willingly or otherwise. President Graham Houston remained calm and assured
the Council that a solution would be found. Sure enough, by an innovative ‘job
sharing’ arrangement, Colin Smith (bottom, centre) and Paul Anderson (bottom,
right) agreed to undertake the role in successive years by arranging to cover for
each other should work demands prevent either from attending.
Despite the pressures of work and other commitments, most of the
Presidents were in full-time employment during their term of office. Their
occasional absence allowed their understudies to gain some ‘coal face’
experience as part of their ongoing preparations for the big day when they were
handed the Chain of Office.
It is generally acknowledged (especially by those who
have held the post!) that Club Secretaries (including
Alasdair Mackie, right) are the ones who really control
the Club. Their role in receiving and disseminating the
masses of information received from District, RIBI and RI
as well as dealing with membership issues, submission
of annual returns, taking minutes at Council etc, ensure
they are kept busy all year round.
One reminder given to all Secretaries at the
District Assembly was that they were to be a conduit for information, not a filter.
Fortunately for the members, most of the post holders exercised a degree of
poetic licence in this respect.
A list of the Secretaries and Treasurers during this review period can be
found in Appendix (iii).
After setting up the Dunblane Fund in 1996, following the
tragedy at the Dunblane Primary School, the Club eventually
agreed to wind up the Fund. And in 2000, the balance of
£30,000 was transferred to the Dunblane Primary School
Charitable Trust, marking the close of one of the most
harrowing times in the Club’s history.
George Martin, Club Treasurer, was subsequently
awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his
unstinting efforts during this period.
As technology advanced and the digital age arrived, the Club adapted to use
the opportunities afforded by the World Wide Web. Our first website was created
in 2004 and, under the control of Rotarian Rod Jones, quickly developed into a
repository of information and reports on Club activities, forthcoming events and
membership information. Digital cameras enabled visual displays of our activities
to be available within hours of them happening.
Following the development of a website template by Rotarian Chris Sweeney
from Conwy Rotary Club, we moved to this new version in 2010. RIBI eventually
adopted the new template and many Clubs
now use this.
In the Rotary Year 2012–13, our Club was
awarded the Silver Salver for Best 1010 District
Website (left) in 2013.
Alongside this, our weekly reports to the local
press became increasingly prominent and we were subject to some comments
by our local colleagues, who thought we were being given too much coverage!
The final milestone in this chapter was the Club’s first, and very successful,
involvement in the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scheme.
In July 2013, a committee of four members and a representative from
the University of Stirling, led and managed by Mary Fraser, was set up to explore
the possibility of a scholarship. They chose the area of Maternal and Child Health
in Malawi and made contact with the Limbe Club in Malawi, near Blantyre.
Following a lot of hard work – including a visit to Malawi – Christina
Mbiza, a professional midwife, was selected and undertook an MSc in Health
Research at the University of Stirling starting in September 2014. After her
graduation in August 2015, Christina returned home to use her newly acquired
skills to improve the standards of Maternal Care in Malawi.
Over the years, we have discussed the timing and format of our regular meetings,
held at 6 for 6.30pm. Should we start later to make it easier for members working
away to get back in time; should we revamp the meeting to make it less formal,
cut out some of the traditional aspects etc?
However, one of the aspects which has never been in doubt is the
presence of a speaker. Some Clubs give the task of providing a speaker to each
member, who either speaks themselves or arranges for someone to do so; our
system has been to allocate this responsibility to the Junior Vice President (now
called President Nominee). At first glance, this appears to be a daunting prospect
– however, with a business meeting every month, two weeks off at Christmas and
New Year, Face-to-Face talks by new members and other set pieces such as the
Burns Supper and the Am-Am Golf – the number of speakers to find reduces to
around 30. Still not inconsiderable but certainly better than 50!
Oops! It’s not often our
speakers are stranded after
a meeting (accidentally,
of course!). However in
November 2011, our guest
speaker – Martin Mathers
(centre in pic, left) from
Scottish Power, who had
travelled up from Ayr –
discovered after the meeting that his coat, including car keys, were missing – but
a similar style of coat was still there. Panic ensued with the remaining members
trying to recall who had attended and had a similar coat. After a process of
elimination, we rang new member Peter Holmes, and asked him to check his
coat pockets. He found a set of keys he didn’t recognise and was taken aback
when he realised he had the speaker’s coat. Fortunately, he was not far away
and Martin was soon able to head home with a tale to tell.
Our close links with many of the
charities we support gives us an
opportunity to invite them to talk about
any developments and how the funds
we raise help them to carry on their
good work. Notably, we are updated
regularly by Strathcarron Hospice,
Children’s Hospice Association
Scotland (CHAS), ChildLine, and
Parkinson’s UK to name a few.
We have paid regular visits to Strathcarron Hospice and to Rachel
House (CHAS hospice in Kinross) which members find invaluable in reinforcing the
reasons why our support is so vital to them.
Prior to the first lady member joining in 2009, we had one or two ‘Ladies Nights’
during the year when wives were invited along to enjoy a special evening and to
thank them for their support and for putting up with us! While the evenings were
all enjoyable, a few of our exceptional speakers include actor/comedian Johnny
Beattie, historian Dr Fiona Watson and Professor John Curtice. Perhaps because
of their availability, we started to hold ‘Breakfast Meetings’ on a Saturday morning
and invited prominent political figures along to address members and invited
guests. Speakers have included Lord George Robertson (formerly Secretary
General of NATO), John Swinney MSP, Bruce Crawford MSP and local Green Party
candidate Mark Ruskell.
We are always pleased to
welcome young people
– and have had many
from Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards (RYLA)
candidates, who have
been sponsored by the
More recently we have
been involved in sending
senior pupils to Strasbourg
to participate in the
where students from 22 countries spend five days learning about the workings of
the European Parliament, undertake research and participate in a formal debate
in the Parliament chamber.
In 2012 we were graphically reminded of man’s inhumanity to man when
pupils from Dunblane High School (below) gave us a very moving talk following
their visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
And in 2013, we were delighted to welcome students from Stirling University
Debating Society (below) to what has now become an annual event. Students
and members formed teams to debate some topical subjects – not all of which
were taken too seriously like This house believes that the UK has already overexpanded
its production of graduates– but it has proved a very popular and
The Club has established a tradition of ‘Face to Face’ talks. These are one of
the highlights of any Rotary year when a new member is given free rein to give
a presentation to enlighten members about his or her life, career, family and
anything else which they consider informative. The advent of the digital age
means photos from early years can be scanned and shown on screen, revealing
how fashions (and haircuts) have changed over that time!
The Club has a long
and proud tradition of
supporting many local and
national and international
charities on an on-going
Since it first opened in
1978, the Strathcarron
Hospice has been a
beneficiary of the Club.
Buncombe reports that a cheque for £13,360 was presented in May 1979 – from
monies raised primarily from a lottery offering a Ford Fiesta as first prize.
To the fore
In the following years, a number of fund-raising events were held. In 1985, we
launched the annual Am-Am Golf Competition at Dunblane New Golf Club. The
brainchild of Roy Erskine, one of our founder members (and Andy and Jamie
Murray’s grandad!), the Am-Am has been held every year, apart from 2012, when
it was cancelled due to excessive rainfall. The Am-Am has received generous
support from Dunblane New Golf Club, who provide the course and facilities free
of charge, and Farmfoods, who have been
major sponsors since 1999.
As a matter of interest, up to June
2014, the event had raised more than
£320,000 for the Hospice. It is testament
to its success that there are now similar
events being held across the country.
Perhaps even more remarkable is that, of
the original 64 teams who took part in the
inaugural event, many are still playing.
Another enduring event is the Duck Race, started in 1997 when we ‘borrowed’ a
few hundred plastic ducks to launch into the Allan Water. Around 13 years later,
the numbers had risen to 4,500. A number of local charities were supported in the
early years; Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) was selected as main
beneficiary from 2001.
Our support for CHAS goes back to November 1994 when we donated
£500. In 2003, ChildLine was added as a main beneficiary as well as some of the
money being set aside to support other good causes.
In recent years, the Duck Race has
been run on the Saturday of the last full
weekend in May alongside the Doune
and Dunblane Fling (now Dunblane
Fling) which put on music and other
entertainment over four days. The joint
venture worked so well that, in 2011, the
Fling committee approached the Club to
see if we could help with the organising of the Fling weekend as they were finding
it difficult to manage with their small group. Five members of the Club agreed to
join the committee and we have been involved ever since, helping the Fling to
attract even bigger audiences. The Fling now attracts crowds of 1,500 + and has
become an established event in the Dunblane calendar.
And it happens – whatever the
weather! On a few occasions, when the
level of the Allan Water has risen too high
(see right), the committee has always found
alternative solutions – ranging from using a
tributary known as the ‘Scouring Burn’ – to
setting up a Bouncy Castle in the Victoria
Hall, filling it with ducks and letting the kids
loose to select the winners.
We have also proved to be modest culinary wizards. We used to concentrate on
serving up strawberries and cream at the Doune and Dunblane Show but in 2009,
we decided to add to our repertoire by selling filled crepes. These proved so
successful that we introduced them
to our menu at the Fling weekend
Crepes were also on the menu
at the Bridge of Allan Highland
Games (left) and at the Dunblane
Centre, to help with their
fundraising. As demand – and our
culinary skills – grew, we invested in
a second griddle.
There have been a number of
other fundraising events, dreamed
up by the fertile minds of Club
members – or occasionally,
‘borrowed’ from other Clubs!
These included one-off events such
as the giant Scalextric car race
middle left); an Art Auction, Bingo
Tea, Fashion Evening – to others
which ran for a few years, such
as the popular Casino Evenings
(bottom left) held for the first time in
2006 at the Golden Lion, in aid of
the Children’s Hospice at Kinross.
And from 2003, Wags Dinners
were held until 2006; and Beat
Beethoven (see page 18) from
2012 to 2014.
Scaling the heights
Some of our fundraising activities have involved fairly gruelling physical
challenges. The Club had a long tradition of involvement in the Rotary Club of
Spey Valley sponsored walk through the Lairig Ghru – a 19-mile mountain pass
through the Cairngorms from Braemar to Aviemore. First records of this were in
1978 when founder member Roy Erskine and Alan Kennedy completed the trek.
In 2006, we signed up to a 3-Peaks Challenge raising funds for
Sightsavers (below), which involved tackling Stob Ban in the Nevis Range,
Helvellyn in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales – to be completed within a
24-hour period, including travel! Our team managed to complete the Challenge
in 21 hours and 48 minutes and raised £7,000!
Keeping with the hill climbing in 24 hours theme, we took on all the Munros
(mountains over 3,000 feet) in Stirling District for Help for Heroes (below) in 2009.
Eight members split into teams and scaled the 17 peaks well within the timescale
and in some pretty appalling weather – and raised several hundred pounds.
When Club member Tony Ford was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the Club
offered him full support as well as fundraising to try to speed the search for a cure.
Various fundraising events were held, including ones enthusiastically supported by
the Interact Club at Queen Victoria School.
was the brainchild of our first
husband and wife members,
Paddy and Peter Holmes.
It involved completing a
course within the
time it took to play
Beethoven’s 5 th Symphony
(around 32 minutes). With
help from Stirling University
and some great local
sponsorship, more than
£16,000 was raised in three years from 2012 until 2014. All proceeds were shared
equally with Parkinson’s and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).
Other events included Pedal for Parkinson’s – a gentle 20-mile cycle
around Stirling or a 60-mile route from Stirling to Aberfoyle and back through
Callander via the Dukes Pass – not for the faint hearted!
And to complete the physical section, members Graham Russell, Jim
Gardner and George Morrison entered a CHAS event called ‘Beat the Borders’ in
2013 and 2014. A 40-mile cycle and 18-mile cross country route which attracted
an impressive number of entries – and our teams finished well up the pack.
This section would not be complete without reference to Rotary’s ongoing
efforts to rid the world of the scourge of polio which the Club has consistently
supported. This is covered in more detail under the International Aid section.
Rotary is at the heart of local communities and our Club has been involved in
many events and with many local groups over the years. Our Senior Citizens
are one such group where the Club’s Community Service committee arranged
annual events. In the early days, we held twice-yearly outings for residents of
Aultwharrie Nursing Home.
These outings evolved into a summer Mystery Tour in members’ cars
followed by a High Tea, complete with entertainment and a ‘wee refreshment’ at
a local hostelry – while in November, we held a Winter Concert. Sadly, the final
Mystery Tour took place in August 2006.
However the Winter Concert is as popular as ever. Initially held in the
Victoria Halls in Dunblane, we moved venue in 2010 to the Queen Victoria School.
This added an extra dimension to the event as the pupils at the school were
delighted to welcome the guests and greet them on arrival with pipers and pupils
in full dress uniform.
Guests were then escorted to the school theatre and – during the
break – tea, coffee and biscuits were laid on by the school. Since 2000, local
Ceilidh band, Skelpit Lug, has been our ‘resident band’ and has always provided
excellent entertainment. The pupils also put on a display of traditional dancing
accompanied by pipers from the school.
In 2011 and 2012, we held Christmas Concerts in the magnificent setting
of Dunblane Cathedral. The first concert featured Nicola Cassells (below), a very
talented young singer, supported by local group, the Rosenethe Singers and two
former Rotary Young Musician winners, Andrew McLean and Jennifer Ferguson.
More than £2,000 was raised for Mary’s Meals, the Duncan Hospital in
India and Rotary charities.
The second Grand Christmas Charity Concert was held in 2012 with proceeds
going to Strathcarron Hospice. Pupils from Queen Victoria School assisted with
ticket collection and programme distribution and supplied two pipers to open
the concert. The wonderful sound of the renowned Whitburn Band filled the
Cathedral, followed by the supporting act, The Rosenethe Singers with Musical
Director Matthew Beetschen. Approximately £2500 was raised on the night.
We receive many requests for financial support from individuals and local groups
which are always given careful consideration. Unfortunately, not all can be
However we have, over the years, donated thousands of pounds to various
good causes. These include sponsoring local youngsters going abroad to carry
out voluntary work, donating money to local youth groups to help with costs of
sporting kit, contributing to Dunblane in Bloom and Friends of Bridge of Allan
towards the costs of plants and planters.
In 2012 we joined forces with the Stirling and Carse of
Stirling Clubs and contributed £750 towards the cost of
new play equipment for Cornton Primary School.
The War Memorial in Bridge of Allan (right) was
in need of major renovation and in 2008–9, we donated
£1,000 towards the work. The Dunblane Centre was set
up in 2004 with some of the money donated following
the tragic event at Dunblane Primary School in 1996. The
Club has been an active supporter of the Centre, both
financially and helping with fundraising events.
Club member Tony Ford (seen left, below) was one of a group of local residents
who set up Dunblane First Responders. This voluntary organisation provides a fast
response to local medical emergencies before the ambulance service arrives. In
2009, the Club donated £1,000 towards the running costs.
Not all support we provide is financial; many organisations contact us
when they need some willing volunteers to assist with their events. Strathcarron
Hospice runs several fundraising events and we have been happy to provide
marshals at the Midnight Walk, the 10k Fun Run, Santa Dash and other events.
When Bridge of Allan
hosted the Armed Forces
Day in 2011, our stall was
able to provide a steady
supply of fresh crepes.
We also helped with
the parade – thanks to
the invaluable support
provided by pupils from
Queen Victoria School
(seen here left with
member Ed Campbell).
The things we do…
Bridge of Allan merchants held a number of Fun Days prior to Christmas – and
in 2008 our intrepid team braved the elements by volunteering to have a wet
sponge or three (see below) chucked at them by (over) enthusiastic youngsters.
Slightly less traumatic was a ‘bat the rat’ stall!
Members also helped with collections for Water Aid, jointly with Stirling
Rotary and have supported the Royal British Legion Scotland annual Poppy
The Vocational Committee organises visits to places of interest for members and
partners – which are inevitably well supported.
As a number of members are
involved in construction and related
professions, visits to major construction
projects are always popular. We have
been given guided tours to the Falkirk
Wheel (left), the Clackmannanshire
Bridge, the new Scottish Parliament
building and a Biomass plant in
Glenrothes – where member Rod
Jones was Construction Manager.
Locally, Graham’s Dairy, (left) hosted
a tour of their processing plant in
Bridge of Allan. We have also visited
the BP Refinery in Grangemouth and
Harvey’s Maps and the Pistol Factory
Further afield, we have visited the
BBC Headquarters in Glasgow,
a vehicle wrapping workshop in
Cumbernauld and, with Govan
Rotary, Ibrox Stadium (left).
We have also, purely in the spirit of
furthering our knowledge (!), visited a
number of distilleries over the years.
For some unaccountable reason,
these visits have proved very popular!
Engaging with the younger generation has always been an area of importance
both to Rotary and our Club in particular.
Events such as Young Musician of the Year (YMY) – started in April 1993;
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) – July 1984; and Challenge Enterprise in
1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 have been part of our programme – although the
support from schools has not always generated sufficient interest to participate.
The last YMY was held in 2010 and our last RYLA candidates were in 2007.
However, as one (or two) doors closed, hopefully, many others were opened.
The Rotary Shoe Box Appeal – started in 1994
– was taken up by the Club in 1999 and 2000, then
recommenced in 2007. It has been an annual feature
ever since. Over the years we have had enthusiastic
support from local schools, youth groups and Club
members. Boxes are acquired and distributed in autumn
and filled and returned for onward distribution to Eastern Europe in time for
Christmas. Our members will tell you that one of the highlights of this scheme is
visiting the schools to collect the filled boxes and seeing the efforts made by the
children to decorate and personalise these gifts.
In 2009, we held our first Young Chef
competition in Wallace High School
(subsequently hosted by the Dunblane High
School) – and while it became an annual
event, it proved difficult to attract wide
support from the schools consistently. Club
members did, however, volunteer to go
along to show support, no doubt enticed
by the prospect of sampling some of the excellent dishes prepared by the pupils.
In 2011, in an effort to engage more closely with local schools, the Club
invited principals along to a meeting where issues around timing, range
of events and staffing were discussed. There was a good response and a
number of useful points raised and while there was no immediate surge in
activity, it did cement working relationships and improve contact generally.
Another new venture in 2011 was
participating in the Primary Schools Quiz
when we were asked to sponsor a team
from Tillicoultry, who won through to the
area heat. In 2012, unable to gain enough
entrants to hold our own event, we entered
two teams in the Carse of Stirling event. Our
team from Bridge of Allan Primary was victorious and progressed to the area
stage where they missed out of a place in the finals by just a single point.
Subsequently, participation by other schools has enabled us to hold our own
event which is always well supported by staff, parents and pupils.
Anyone for tennis?
The popularity of tennis in Dunblane, thanks
to local talent Andy and Jamie Murray,
was the foundation of a new event, begun
in June 2011. Bill Sharpe conceived the
idea of a tennis event for youngsters – and
The Judy Murray Junior Mini Tennis Cups
was developed in conjunction with Judy
Murray and Dunblane Sports Club as a way of getting youngsters aged five–10
involved in tennis. All the entrants had to raise sponsorship – split between
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and the Sports Club. Roy Erskine
(Judy Murray’s father) – a founder member of the Rotary Club – presented the
prizes on her behalf in 2011, but subsequently, Judy has attended in person
and spent most of her time on court with the children.
In the swing
Our golfers’ success in the 2010 Rotary
Championship (right) provided funding for
Citizenship Awards for pupils at Wallace,
Dunblane and Queen Victoria Schools and
also at Forth Valley College, who provided
us with excellent hospitality and catering at our Russian Evening at Raploch
Campus in 2011. Pupils are nominated by the schools and college to receive the
Award based on outstanding achievement.
Rotary Clubs across Europe participate in a Euroscola event where pupils from across
the member states gather in Strasbourg or Brussels for a series of presentations and
events culminating in a full debate in the Parliament Building. We sponsored a pupil
from Dunblane High in 2013 and from Queen Victoria School in 2014 – and have
been highly impressed by the reports given on their return. It is an initiative which
has provoked some discussion as it is relatively expensive to sponsor and there
are always many other good causes which can benefit from our help – but those
participants have been a credit to themselves, us and their schools.
Interact and RotaKids
The Club’s involvement with Queen Victoria School in Dunblane has been one of
the highlights of our engagement with young people in the community. When Jill
Adams, head of 6 th form at the school, became a member of the Club in 2011,
it was the start of a new chapter, culminating in the formation of an Interact Club
which was chartered in February 2013 (below left), followed by a RotaKids Club in
June 2014 (below right).
From meeting and greeting senior citizens at the annual Winter Concert, to
providing pipers for the Burns Supper, volunteers to help at coffee mornings, the
Duck Race and ShoeBox collections, the youngsters have also undertaken their
own programmes for fundraising and helping out many good causes.
At the annual Volunteering Awards ceremonies held at the school in
2013, just months after the Interact Club was chartered, some six charities had
been supported, over 80 per cent of the 6 th year pupils had achieved Saltire
Awards for the maximum target of 200 hours volunteering – and they received a
Presidential Citation from Rotary International in recognition of their exceptional
efforts during the year.
As well as the above,
and of course, their normal
school activities, there were
social gatherings including one
where they were inducted into
the world of the Rotary Gavel
competition. The Gavel is an
annual event pitting teams
from different Clubs against each other in a series of challenges set by the home
Club. These range from putting, carpet bowls, Giant Jenga and darts to more
cerebral games such as dominoes, Connect 4 and Boggle. It was a huge success
with lots of friendly rivalry between the teams.
Rotary’s worldwide influence is exemplified in its support for the Polio eradication
programme. It began in 1979 with a project to immunise six million children in the
Philippines. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus programme – the first initiative to
tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.
The Club’s Foundation Committee has continually supported this through
various fundraising events, notably the Wags Dinners held from 2003 to 2006, Quiz
Nights, Bingo Tea, Auction and the on-going regular raffle for a bottle of Rotary
Malt Whisky, renamed Fellowship Malt after a ruling that alcohol and Rotary
should not be associated!
There have been occasions where major disasters have caused such widespread
devastation that members have responded by organising collections to provide
help to those affected.
The Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 caused massive destruction to most of
the landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. The Club responded quickly by
organising various events, including a sponsored cycle ride and a Bingo Night,
to raise funds to help with the relief efforts. Following much discussion within the
Club, it was decided that we should use the money raised to provide practical
help for one of the affected
Working with a local Rotary
Club, arrangements were made
to purchase three fishing boats –
Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Allan
Water which were gifted to the
community. Our photograph (right)
shows Graham Kettles handing over
Dunblane in 2006.
When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the Club mobilised
an urgent collection the following Saturday outside four local stores in Bridge of
Allan and Dunblane. Thanks to the wonderfully generous support shown by the
community and the four stores, more than £4,200 was collected. This money was
sent immediately to ShelterBox, whose life saving boxes (see below) were already
on the way to provide emergency shelter, tools, cooking utensils and other
Fortunately, such major natural disasters are rare, however the Club remains
committed to providing whatever help it can to those whose lives are devastated
by events outwith their control.
Rotary’s international activities include sponsoring students to visit different
countries to further their understanding of other cultures. And the Club has
participated in a number of these programmes over the years.
Shortly after its formation in 1973, the Club hosted a Foundation Scholar
in 1976, then a further six until 1987. Subsequently, we hosted five Ambassadorial
Scholars during 1989 to 1998. Since then, there has been a marked reduction in
the uptake by the Club – partly due to concerns about most of the candidates
coming from relatively affluent backgrounds, significantly from the USA.
The first of
five scholars during
this review period was
(AS) Kristine Fahrney
from Iowa specialising in
She was followed by
AS Hui-Chun Yu (also
known as Stephanie) in
Foundation Scholar, Beth Blackburn, was hosted by Graham and Jenny
Houston in 2000–2002 and in 2003–2004 when AS Lauren Akitake (above centre)
from Hawaii came to study at Stirling University, she was hosted by Glen and
Nick and Jan Rawlings were hosts to AS Constantina Popadopolo from
Greece in 2009. This hosting was rather brief as Constantina’s studies were moved
from Stirling to Dundee. We did keep in touch and were delighted to welcome
her back as a visitor in 2011 when she gave an update on her studies.
The Group Study Exchange (GSE) scheme provides opportunities for young
professionals to visit another country and be involved in a programme of activities
related to their own area of work.
The Club first hosted an incoming team from Canada in April 1986 and
has subsequently sent teams to Japan and India. In 2004 we hosted four students
and their team leader from Australia – and in September 2005 we hosted a team
In February 2012, Peter Farr led a team of four (see below) to Wagga
Wagga in New South Wales.
In 2013–2014, the Club entered into a twinning arrangement with the
Rotary Club of Temora in New South Wales.
For many years, the Club invited first year students at Stirling University
along to an informal evening held at the University. Local historian, Ken Gray was
a regular speaker with tales of the history of Stirling. This event was first held in
1974 in the first year of the club then regularly until 2003.
It is evident from the earlier records of the Club history that social events and
outings have been a feature of the Club programme and this has, and still is,
continuing. There have been visits to the theatre, pantomime, distilleries, the
Edinburgh Tattoo and a nuclear submarine at Faslane! Weekends away in the
Lake District and Pitlochry, trips on boats and barge cruises, to name but a few.
entertainment by the local Russian Kaleidoscope group
In August 2011, we had
a Russian evening where
116 members and guests
enjoyed an excellent
meal at the Raploch
prepared and served
by the pupils from Forth
Valley College before
Further afield, several members and partners participated in an
International Rotary Friendship Exchange trip to District 5370 in Canada in June
2009. In July 2007, we hosted six Rotarians and their partners from New Zealand
(District 9930) and in 2012 we welcomed a group of Rotarians and their partners
from Oregon (District 5110) who were on an Exchange visit to Scotland (seen
below at Stirling Castle).
It is always a pleasure when a kind act leads to the Club gaining two new
members. In March 2009, Past President Billy Phillips reported that he was asked
to connect a satellite dish at Blair Drummond Caravan Park. Unfortunately there
was no signal so it had to be abandoned. However in conversation, the customer
discovered: (a) that Billy was a Rotarian (b) so were the customer and his wife in
West Yorkshire (c) Billy’s son, Paul, was off to Namibia on a scout trip. The upshot
was the customer said that instead of Billy reimbursing him the £50 installation fee
to donate it instead towards the trip.
Subsequently the customer, Charlie Balding, a Past President of Bradford
West Rotary Club and wife Liz (Keighley Rotary Club), came along to visit in July
during Liz’s Presidential year. Club banners were swapped with Liz but Charlie
could only offer an I.O.U. However he undertook to return in the near future with
his Club banner and was ‘advised’ that he would be held to this promise!
True enough, Liz and Charlie did return on 27 August to honour his
promise. We were delighted when Liz and Charlie eventually became our second
Husband and Wife members in July 2012.
Many Clubs have a ‘Scatter Week’ where members are encouraged
to visit other clubs, both local and further afield. Regular favourites are our
‘locals’ – Alloa, Auchterarder, Callander and West Perthshire, Carse of Stirling,
Stirling and Cumbernauld (visitors pictured above from Cumbernauld with
President Robert Steele).
Rotary encourages Members to visit other clubs and we have had many welcome
visitors from far and wide. Indeed, one of our earliest visitors, in November 1974,
was a curler by the name of Charlie Proctor from Picton, Ontario. He and a
colleague were hosted by Club members during a visit to Scotland for a Rotary
Curling Tour. Charlie left a traditional curling broom with the Club and it has been
a coveted prize in our annual internal competition ever since.
In more recent times, we have had visitors from
Nepal, several from Australia and Germany as
well as many from other parts of the UK, some
of whom enjoyed their visits so much, they
decided to join the Club. One such regular
visitor was Bruce Grime from the Rotary Club
of Wahroonga in New South Wales. Bruce had
been a regular visitor when visiting family in
Scotland. Sadly, his last visit in 2009 was to
attend a funeral and he intimated it may be his
last visit but he had thoroughly enjoyed his visits and the welcome he received.
In 2013, we welcomed Andrew and Diane Ross from the Rotary Club
of Towsontowne, Maryland USA, who presented their club banner. They were
holidaying in Scotland and visited the ‘Friends Forever’ sculpture at the Four Ways
roundabout – donated by their Club after the tragic events in Dunblane in 1996.
The annual Gavel competition has seen mixed success for the Club’s dedicated
team members. Our best result was in March 2014, when we progressed to the
second round and enjoyed a trip to Buckie where, sadly, our progress was halted.
Nevertheless, we persevere and if we don’t succeed we try, try and try again.
(Seen here left are
members Jim Gardner,
Bob Watson, Bill Kelso
and Ed Campbell
looking on nervously
as John Anderson
practises his Giant
Jenga skills. The blocks
were made by member
Oops! On one memorable occasion in mid January 2007, we were due to
travel to Dunfermline. Because it was so cold, Allan Wallace decided to wait
in Jim Gardner’s car (below right) until the rest of the team sorted out transport
arrangements. Unfortunately, unaware of this Jim had already departed in
another car, having first deployed his remote locking device.
Despite frantic efforts, Allan
couldn’t find a way of unlocking the
car. Luckily his plight was registered
by other members of the team and,
thanks to mobile communication, the
recalcitrant Jim was contacted. Allan
subsequently said that the incident was
so traumatic that it directly led to the
team’s narrow defeat!
Other sporting endeavours are our
participation in the Perthshire Rotary
Curling League which has seen
declining participation over a number
Our first success in winning this league
was in 1991 and it was not until 2010
that we succeeded again. Such is the
fickle nature of sport, our success has
not been repeated. Sadly, in 2013, we were recipients (for the first time) of the
As well as the Rotary Curling League, we have our internal competiton for
the Charlie Proctor Broom (see Visitors section page 34) – and an annual match
against Stirling Rotary Club for the Christiansen Cup, donated by Lars Christiansen,
who was a former member first of the Stirling Club and then us.
(The photograph right shows
the teams of curlers from
Stirling and Bridge of Allan
and Dunblane Clubs at
the Peak Ice Rink in 2010,
who took part in the Annual
Christiansen Trophy match
– unfortunately we came a
And honourable mention must go to our golfers, who have taken
part with some distinction in many events, most notably winning the Rotary
Championship in 2010. The prize money was kindly donated to the Club and has
been used to fund our Young Citizens Awards Scheme.
1999–2000 Bob Watson
Moved to the Westlands Hotel l Dunblane Fund wound up after
four years and money transferred to Dunblane Primary School
Trust l Alan McKay from BBC Scotland was guest speaker at
Ladies Night – and offered to arrange dates with Jackie Bird and
Heather the Weather! l citation from Princess Anne for
15 years support to Strathcarron Hospice l comedian and actor
Johnny Beattie entertained at the Am-Am prize giving l selected charity for the
year was Crossroads which received a cheque £2,500 l visits to Harveys Maps
and the Pistol Factory in Doune, the BP Refinery and Govan Rotary at Ibrox
Stadium l two students to RYLA and two to Challenge Enterprise l second Young
Musician competition l first time for Emergency Boxes scheme with four boxes
filled and dispatched l record turnout for International Students Evening at Stirling
University l Ambassadorial Scholar, Kristine Fahrney from Iowa l George Martin
awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
2000–2001 Eric Abell
Changes made to weekly meeting format; two members invited
to top table; meeting opened and closed with a different
grace and suitable quote l talks by Viscount George Younger,
Peter Wordie and Dick Campbell (Football Manager) l SFA
Head of Security, Willie McDougal entertained at Ladies Night l
visits to Glengoyne Distillery and the site of the Falkirk Wheel
under construction l good number of contestants for the Young
Musician Competition l two students to RYLA and two to Challenge Enterprise
again l excellent turnout at the International Students evening l Ambassadorial
Scholar Hui-Chun Yu l weekend visit to Pitlochry, including a visit to the theatre l
played Alloa Rotary at Petanque at the Birds and Bees l JVP Jim Gardner
attended Civic Dinner in Glasgow City Chambers as guest of the Lord Provost
on the occasion of the visit of RI President 2001/02 Richard D King l death of
Founder Members Bobby Littlejohn and Bernard Godfrey l five new members and
2001–2002 Jim Gardner
CADIC (Community against Drugs in Central) fund wound
up, £3,000 passed to Wisecrack l Johnnie Beattie was guest
speaker at Ladies Night l talks from Fiona Watson, Kate
Donegan and International Rescue l Fashion and Beauty
evening at Westlands l Duck Race on Allan Water abandoned
– held in Church Hall instead l start of closer liaison with Fling l
visits to Faslane, RAF Leuchars and Microbrewery in Bridge of Allan l following 9/11,
Club sent money and offer of help l Foundation Scholar Beth Blackburn from South
Carolina l RIBI Conference held in Glasgow.
2002–2003 Graham Houston
Open meeting for prospective new members held l Junior Vice
President role resolved by job-sharing arrangement l
preparations for 30 th Charter Dinner l Health and Beauty
advice from Boots at Ladies Evening l talk on Clyde Steamers
at Ladies Night l Bingo tea and First Wags Dinner l Alexander
Brothers entertained at Am-Am prize giving l
Duck Race rained off for second year – held in ‘scouring burn’
instead l visits to Scottish Parliament building (under construction), Polmont
YOI, Grouse Distillery in Crieff, followed by visit to Crieff Rotary l weekend visit
to Pitlochry l final time International Students evening was held l 21 entries for
Young Musician l two RYLA and two Challenge Enterprise students l Race Night
held l visit by Alloa Rotary l one new member and two resignations.
2003–2004 Graham Russell
30 th Charter Dinner held in Westlands Hotel l start of Family
of Rotary l Presidential Citation awarded l visit to Children’s
Hospice in Kinross l 20 th Am-Am held – £180,000 raised to date
l second Wags Dinner l 15 entries for Young Musician l
Ambassadorial Scholar, Lauren Akitake from Hawaii l won
through to next round in Gavel and went to Buckie! l two
members resigned l Ronnie McIntyre awarded PHF.
2004–2005 Alastair Crawford Rotary Centenary
Club website was set up l Centenary of Rotary International
– trees planted in Dunblane and Bridge of Allan l Civic
Reception held in Stirling l recognition by RI that involvement
was more important than attendance l eight guests at new
members evening l talks on Forensic Science, the Retail Industry
and by local GP Fraser Wright l third Wags Dinner l 20 th Am-Am Celebration
Dinner held, Ryder Cup was on display l four members took part in Lairig Ghru
walk l heavy rain washed out Duck Race l 17 entries for Young Musician l Club
responded to Boxing Day Tsunami – sponsored cycle ride held and over £600
raised l Club hosted incoming GSE Team from Australia l Fellowship weekend at
2005–2006 Colin Smith
Discussion on changes to attendance rules l new members
were invited to attend Council meetings l review of Club
activities showed support for the Am-Am and Duck race,
less so for Mystery Tour l Fiona Watson was guest speaker at
Ladies Night l fourth and final WAGS Dinner raised £2,000 for
REMIT (Rotarians eliminating Malaria in Tanzania) l £400 to local
Scouts for Gang Show at Macrobert l final total of £720 sent to Sri
Lanka to purchase three fishing boats following Tsunami l table top sale and
prize bingo held l six members plus friends and supporters participated in the
3 Peaks Challenge l Duck Race almost abandoned but went ahead – several
ducks escaped! l further visit to Holyrood following its opening hosted by George
Reid MSP l concerns raised about viability of Summer Mystery Tour l hosted
incoming GSE team from India l heard talk from Ambassadorial Scholar Ted Wold
l Centennial Presentation Award to Doris Littlejohn l two new members from New
Members evening (eight attended) plus two others, and six resignations.
2006–2007 Paul Anderson
Marketing and web site gaining higher profile for Club l new
Club banners and increasing use of photos in local press l
discussions held on Club structure l Open evening held for
new members l talk from Sylvia Jackson MSP about Malawi l
Stirling Camera Club entertained at Partners evening with slide
show to music l first Breakfast meeting with local councillor,
Mark Ruskell l first Casino Evening raised money for CHAS l Quiz
Night held for Kildean School l final time Summer Mystery Tour was held l visit to
Graham’s Dairy in Bridge of Allan l Shoe Boxes recommenced after six-year gap
l visit by Auchterarder Rotary and talk by Alastair Kennedy, Advocate Depute l
three new members and four resignations.
2007–2008 Tony Ford
Discussion held on lady members l new members evening
held l Marketing and PR committee formed l talks from
local author Paul Henke (former bomb disposal expert), Leigh
Sparkes Professor of Retail Studies at Stirling and talk about
Erskine Hospital l breakfast meeting with Bruce Crawford
MSP l Anne Maguire MP was speaker at Ladies Night l joint
collection for Water Aid with Stirling Rotary l met with Fling to
discuss closer liaison for Duck Race l stall at Bridge of Allan Fun Day l visits to
new Clackmannanshire Bridge and BBC HQ in Glasgow l two RYLA students l
Ambassadorial Scholars Lauren Schnabl and Rachael McClure gave talks to
the Club l visitors from New Zealand l visit to Auchterarder, visit from Alloa and
Auchterarder on same night (30+ club members) l one new member; John
Macrae and Archie Ferguson made honorary members.
2008–2009 Allan Macpherson
Fastest promotion to President l introduced more relaxed
meeting format and new structure for committees (Community/
Vocational and Foundation and International) l Club leaflet
produced l Presidential Citation received l first lady member
joined l first Burns Supper with Partners and first time for Reply by
Lassies l first presence at Bridge of Allan Highland Games – selling
crepes l Munro Challenge for Help for Heroes raised £2,000 l stall at Bridge
of Allan Fun Day for Water Aid l provided marshals for first Midnight Walk for
Strathcarron Hospice l Winter Fun Walk with Dunblane Centre, via Bridge of Allan
Brewery! l visit to vehicle wrapping workshop l no RYLA candidates – schools
not interested l talk by Ambassadorial Scholar, Michael Sands l Fish, Chips and
Champagne meeting held in Allan Water Cafe l visits to and from Auchterarder l
five new members, including first lady, one resignation l Bill Kelso awarded PHF.
2009–2010 Robert Steele
Marketing and PR progressing well l new banners for Am-Am l
first time for crepes at Doune and Dunblane Show l stall
at Bridge of Allan Fun Day for PolioPlus l first Young Chef
competition held (five entrants) l Young Musician Andrew
McLean won District finals l collection for Haiti raised £4,400 for
Shelterboxes l Ambassadorial Scholar Constantina Papadopoulou
l Scalextric night l joint collection with Carse of Stirling Club for Thanks for Life
l Fellowship outings to Pitlochry Theatre and Ratho barge cruise and dinner l
Curlers won Perthshire Rotary Curling League for first time in 19 years l four new
members, two resignations and three honorary members, including Eve Isles
McCleerey l Paul Anderson awarded PHF.
2010–2011 Lawrie Orr
Breakfast meeting with John Swinney MSP l December meeting
cancelled due to snow l crepes stall at Bridge of Allan
Highland Games raised £800 l inaugural Judy Murray Junior
Mini Tennis Cups Competition attracted 60 participants l
30 years of Am-Am –£300,000 raised to date l first Teas on
the Green at Fling Weekend l first Prize for stall at Doune and
Dunblane Show l Winter Treat held at Queen Victoria School
for first time l Armed Forces day in Bridge of Allan for first (and last) time l talks
from three S2 Dunblane High pupils, Honorary Consul for Rwanda to Scotland,
Gerda Siann and Stirling Council Chief Executive Bob Jack l Polio eradication
fundraising in District raised £300,000, including funding from Gates Foundation l
Fellowship weekend to Lake District and visit to Bridge of Allan Microbrewery l
Quiz Night held for PolioPlus l visitor from the Rotary Club of Heilbronn – Unterland
in District 1830 l seven new members including three ladies and four resignations
l death of Alastair Crawford.
2011–2012 Rod Jones
Meeting in Doune with 1923 Stanhope three-wheeler car on
show l Am-Am cancelled due to excess rainfall l charity
auction for End Polio Now campaign – over £5,000 raised l
Quiz Night for Parkinson’s held l joint presentation with
Stirling and Carse of Stirling to Cornton Primary School for
play equipment l first Christmas concert was held in Dunblane
Cathedral l presentation of Rotary Cup for Chef’s Award for
Inspirational Commitment made at Forth Valley College l several members
joined Dunblane Fling Committee l visit to Biomass Plant in Glenrothes l Primary
School Quiz team from Bridge of Allan reached Area Final l outgoing GSE Team
to Australia led by Peter Farr l visit to East Stirlingshire Football Club l visitors from
Leeton Central in New South Wales and Langholm l weekend visit to Edinburgh
Tattoo, Russian Evening at Forth Valley College and Jubilee Party at Iain and
Marjory Smith’s l guided tour of Battle of Bannockburn site by Club member
Ranald Shepherd l five new members, including four ladies and first husband
and wife members; two resignations and three honorary members l David
Mackie and Graham Russell awarded PHF (first double award).
2012–2013 Iain Smith
New members evening held in Doune l Information meetings
held with prospective new members l Bridge of Allan Games
cancelled because of weather l £700 raised at Pedal for
Parkinson’s l Art Auction held at Dunblane Hydro in lieu of
cancelled Am-Am and raised over £11,000 for Strathcarron
Hospice l visits to CHAS Rachel House and Strathcarron
Hospice l Quiz Night held l First Beat Beethoven event, £6,000
raised for CHAS and Parkinson’s l Club sponsored award at Forth Valley College
for Hospitality Student of the Year l second and final Christmas Concert at
Dunblane Cathedral l presentation of Charter to Queen Victoria School Interact
Club l first Euroscola student, Sarah Kelly gave talk to Club l Dunblane High
pupils gave talk following their visit to Auschwitz l RIBI President John Minhinick
visited Queen Victoria School and met RYLA, Euroscola and Interact members
from local Clubs l visit to Enchanted forest at Pitlochry l Club hosted RFE visitors
from Oregon l Club team came second in RIBI Golf Championship; £750 prize
money used to provide Community prizes for Dunblane High, Wallace High,
Queen Victoria and Forth Valley College awards l four new members, two
resignations and four honorary members l Tony Ford, Ed Campbell and Jill
Adams awarded PHF.
2013–2014 Colin Strachan
Awarded Global Grant for Maternal and Child Health project
in Malawi (first for club) l received District Award for Best Club
website l 40 th charter dinner held l Presidential Citation
awarded l Professor John Curtice was speaker at Partners
Evening l Breakfast meeting with Lord George Robertson l
second Beat Beethoven Fun Run l visit to Strathcarron Hospice
with cheque for £14,250 from Am-Am l collection held for
Phillipines l sponsored climb of Ben Nevis for Parkinson’s l first Beat the Borders
event held for CHAS l Coffee Morning with craft fair held in Bridge of Allan l visit
to site of Battle of Sheriffmuir for guided tour l presentation of Charter to Queen
Victoria School RotaKids Club l second Euroscola student, Morven Craib gave talk
to Club l Young Chef winner made it to District Final and gained second place l
2013–2014 Colin Strachan (cont)
QV Interact Club President, Rebecca Johnson, made Honorary member l first visit
from Stirling University Debating Society l
due to Judy’s availability, The Judy Murray Junior Mini Tennis Cups Competition
was held in July 2013 and again in May 2014 l Primary School Quiz, Bridge of
Allan Primary School came second in Area Final l visits to Strathearn distillery,
Peak Leisure Centre, new Aircraft carrier being built at Rosyth Dockyard, return
visit to Biomass Plant at Glenrothes and Dunblane Centre l Twinning arrangement
with Temora Rotary Club in New South Wales l visit by member of Towsontowne
Rotary Club, Maryland, USA l Fellowship Cruise on Forth, visit to see the Lion King
in Edinburgh and visit to Strathearn Distillery l Gavel night with Queen Victoria
Interact Club l three new members, four resignations, and one honorary member
l Iain Smith and Rod Jones awarded PHF.
Paul Harris Fellowship Awards
The Club recognises exemplary service given by individual members by
presentation of a certificate in the name of Rotary International Founder, Paul
Harris. It has been a tradition in the Club to only award this to individuals who
have fulfilled and exceeded the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’ and is seen by
members as a great honour and treasured by recipients.
In the Club’s 40-year history, a total of 19 Awards have been made.
During this15-year period under review, there have been 11 Awards, including the
first double Award to David Mackie and Graham Russell.
George Martin (2000)
Ronnie McIntyre (2004)
Bill Kelso (2009)
Paul Anderson (2009)
Graham Russell (2012)
David Mackie (2012)
Tony Ford (2013)
Ed Campbell (2013)
Jill Adams (2013)
Rod Jones (2014)
Iain Smith (2014)
Membership at 1 July 1999
Roy Erskine HM June 2010
Norman Excell * HM Aug 2010
Iain Davidson HM June 2010
Bob Bomont (R) June 2006
Jim Glen * (R) Oct 2000
Larry Johnston (R) June 2012
Donald Carmichael *
John Macrae HM Aug 2007
Tom Ferguson (R) Aug 2002
George Martin HM July 2012
Ronald Baird HM July 1998
Bernard Godfrey *
Arthur Leask (R) July 2005
Iain Smith (R) June 1982
Alex Campbell HM July 2012
Archie Ferguson HM April 2008
Joe Hawthorne * (R) June 2006
Ian Adam (R) July 2005
Robert Lawrie (R) Nov 2006
Alastair Brown *
Ian McMillan HM July 2011
Eric Abell HM Nov 2012
Allan Wallace HM July 2013
Bill Smith (R) June 2009
Ed Campbell HM Nov 2012
Bert Rixon *
Alastair Crawford *
Ronnie McIntyre * HM July 2012
Bill Wilson * (R) Nov 2000
Paul Anderson HM July 2013
Arthur Law (R) June 2015
Stan Mitchell (R) June 2007
George Martin HM July 2012
Dan Gunn (R) Sept 2003
Lars Christiansen (R) Nov 2005
Bob Steele (R) Feb 2011
Angus Davison (R) June 2007
HM Honorary Member (R) resigned * deceased
Membership on 1 July 1999 was a very healthy 53 and by June 2014 was down
to 40, albeit we had a further 17 Honorary Members who took an active interest
in the Club activities. The number of lady members was five, having reached 10
in 2012, including one Honorary Member. Sadly, there were quite a few deaths
during this period.
New Members 1999 to 2014
Roy Nicolson (R) Oct 2003
Andrew Nicol (R) June 2006
Stan Mitchell Snr*
Tony Ford HM Apr 2014
Derek Young (R) June 2010
Bill Sinclair (R) Nov 2006
John Marsh (R) June 2010
Gillian Weighton (R) Feb 2014
Ian MacDonald (R) June 2012
Mike Glaire (R) Apr 2011
Evelyn Isles McCleerey HM Apr 2010
Derek Collins (R) June 2014
Elena Leschen (R) Mar 2013
Claire Reid (R) Oct 2013
Alison McLeod (R) June 2013
Jim Cooper (R) Mar 2014
Rebecca Johnson HM June 2014
HM Honorary Member (R) resigned * deceased
1995 –2001 Alasdair Mackie
2001 – 2005 Robert Steele
2005 – 2009 Rod Jones
2009 – 2013 Graham Russell
2013 – present Iain Fraser
1995 – 2000 George Martin
2000 – 2003 Stan Mitchell
2003 – 2007 Arthur Law
2007 – 2010 Derek Young
2010 – 2014 Russell Wheater
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