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Notes on Last 6 Club Meetings

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Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 15th January 2020

The Rotary Club meeting on 15th January welcomed Joan Brown as guest speaker for the evening. Her topic was the organisation Lucky Ewe, which brings, through the husbandry of small scale sheep farming, the production of sheep's milk cheese for sale to the public from her home and a number of local outlets. It is planned that the organisation becomes a registered charity with the beneficiaries being people with additional support needs or mental health impairment for those who have left school.
The existing trustees have an educational background and the organisation will also rely upon community volunteers and customers. The vision of the group is to provide active learning for their clients in agriculture and food production through care of the flock and production of cheese. The benefits for those who become part of the team are that they will learn to work as part of a team, how to communicate and build their confidence in a supportive environment.
The enterprise commenced with grazing rented at Peat inn, but the group aspire to acquire agricultural land locally through community asset transfer. Lucky Ewe has been consulting with potential beneficiaries in the local area and has been encouraged by the support for the concept. Potential partners and trustees are also being sought. Joan answered a series of questions from the members present and was formally thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Ian Rutherford on behalf of the club

Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 8th January 2020

Club President Roy Marsden welcomed a good attendance at the first club meeting of 2020
Past President Pat McInally reported good news from Uganda where the latest water project in which the club is involved has seen the introduction of running water to the community that is benefiting just before Christmas.
The speaker for the evening, Lucy Ritchie, was introduced by Past President Dermot Stewart. Lucy was representing the UK wide organisation "Changing Faces". "Changing Faces" was founded by James Patrick who had suffered disfiguring injuries as the result of fire. The organisation emphasises that each person is unique and provides emotional support for people who may look different through their well being campaigns and services. They offer self-help workshops, a skin camouflage service and training for health professionals. Much of their campaigning is about changing attitudes as those individuals who look different as a result of injury or birth often suffer isolation, loneliness, bullying and barriers to employment or participation in social activities. Lucy pointed out that nearly 66% of the population consider those with disfigurement with less positive attributes, largely because of the way that the media and entertainment industry show characters playing villains with scars or facial anomalies. The presentation was illustrated by some telling images. The encouraging news is that through education, attitudes are improving and Lucy provided some examples of high profile individuals who have overcome the challenges presented by having disfigurement to deal with in their lives.
Lucy was thanked by Past President Rennie Ritchie for her powerful and though -provoking talk.

Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 4th December 2019

The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar was chaired by Club President, Roy Marsden. He welcomed Honorary Member David Rollo to the company. Club business was discussed briefly, with special reference to arrangements for the Club's commitments to providing entertainment with carol singing and manning Santa's Sleigh alongside community groups. Rotarian Harry Mellotte reported on his attendance at the Fiftieth Charter Dinner of the Penicuik Rotary Club in the company of Brian Bayne and Colin Mackenzie.
The speaker for the evening was Past President Grant McLeish who provided all present with his memories of a memorable trip to New York, involving a flight on Concorde and return by QE2. The memory had been spurred by a visit to the V and A Museum in Dundee which had staged a spectacular exhibition on cruise liners earlier in the year. Grant's trip took place in 1985 and his budget was helped by having air miles to set against some of the cost. The package provided a flight from Heathrow to JFK New York, a stay at the Waldorf Astoria and return voyage on the QE2. The experience was enhanced by making the acquaintance of a New York resident who invited them to a party in their home at Sutton Place, Manhattan. Having taken the advice of a bell hop at the Walforf Astoria, breakfast was taken at an American Diner rather than the hotel and it proved to be very good advice. The QE 2 was moored in the Hudson River, and the voyage home included the round of Captain's Cocktail Party and eating experiences. Deck activities were restricted due to fog and ice on the voyage and to complicate matters, the liner had to dock at Cherbourg because of a strike at Southampton. However, with superb organisation, all the passengers were provided with alternative transport arrangements that ensured that they and their luggage arrived home safely.
The vote of thanks was given by Past President Pat McInally.

Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 20th November 2019

On Wednesday 20th November, the Rotary Club held its Special General Meeting at which members gave their approval of the Club's Accounts for the previous Rotary year ending on 30th June 2019 and appointed club officers for the period 2020-2021. The Club President for 2020-2021 will be Bill McSeveney, supported by Club Secretary Ian Copland and Club Treasurer Michael Hendry.
A number of requests for financial support were considered and approved. Cupar Amateur Musical Society will have seats sponsored at a number of performances at their next production, and East Fife Sports Council will be given sponsorship at their awards ceremony next year. Future fundraising plans include a fashion show on 28th May and the club's annual golf day on 22nd May. The fundraising activity involving Santa's Sleigh in Cupar and District will be commencing on Tuesday 3rd December, with the assistance of local organisations. The annual programme of carol singing to bring Christmas cheer at local residential homes will get under way on 2nd December with seven visits planned.

Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 13th November 2019

Bell Baxter High School Pupils provided Rotary members with a memorable presentation at the meeting on Wednesday 13th November. Cameron, Rebecca and Sophie of the school Global Goals Group spoke about their passion for taking action to address the challenge of climate change. the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United nations were the focus of their activity.
While in earlier years they confined the activities within the school, more recently they have reached out to engage in a partnership approach, involving like-minded local organisations. They have held two successful conferences at school with local organisations taking part, raising awareness of climate change, and suggesting what the community and the school can do. They have campaigned on converting many aspects of school life to single use plastics, organised a system for recycling crisp packets and introducing refillable water bottles for new entrants to the school. One issue that is being tackled is to replace plastic pasta pots with recyclable versions. Members of the group have taken action by attending climate strike events and plan to increase attendance in the near future. They have also raised funds during World Refugee Day, held a world planet picnic and are now looking towards supporting the Third Generation Project associated with St Andrews University. This has a focus on the rights of people and communities in relation to climate change. Fairtrade Fortnight was another occasion for this very active group to raise awareness.
The presentation demonstrated that today's young people care deeply about the future of our community and the planet we inhabit.
Past president Colin Mackenzie gave the Club's vote of thanks.

Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 6th November 2019

The Rotary Club meeting took place on Wednesday, 6th November, with Club President Roy Marsden in the chair. Two visitors welcomed to the meeting were Honorary Member Jackie Taylor and guest speaker, Jenny Miller, Chief Executive of Scottish Charity, PAMIS. PAMIS, which stands for promoting a more inclusive society, provides support for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families. It is the only organisation in Scotland that works solely with this group and has grown from a small charity based in Dundee to become a well-established and valued part of the voluntary sector in Scotland, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. They work in partnership with families, carers and professionals, with families taking a leading role in planning activities. PAMIS promotes accessible leisure facilities for their clients, undertakes research that will lead to a better quality of life and gives guidance through their learning and development facilities that develop the skills and knowledge of those who care and support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Included in the range of services are the opportunity to take breaks in adapted accommodation, and a mobile changing places toilet that goes to leisure events to provide fully accessible toileting facilities. In addition to hosting a dynamic website, the organisation also publishes a range of publications and campaigns on behalf of the disable community that they serve. The PAMIS team comprises development workers and volunteers who are overseen by a board of governors.
Past President Peter Mackinnon gave the club's vote of thanks.
Past President Pat McInally reported on a message that he had received from Father Gerald in Uganda, bringing the news that work had commenced on the water project which is being funded jointly by the club and the Parish of St Columba's.
Rotarian Ian Rutherford reminded members that Rotary shoe boxes which had been acquired to be filled with small toys and supplies for underprivileged communities in eastern Europe would be collected soon for delivery. He praised the enthusiasm of the local schools that had provided assistance with the project.


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