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Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 6th March 2019

Club President Colin Mackenzie welcomed Rotary Club Members to an informal club business meeting on Wednesday 6th March and a guest representing the Children's Hospice Association, Scotland, Laura Campbell.
Laura had been invited to be present to receive a cheque from Canadian Curlers who had been on a Scottish tour the previous year, playing Scottish Rotary Curlers and meeting with Scottish Rotarians. Part of the trip by the Canadians generated funds to be distributed to Scottish Charities. Willie Nicoll, Cupar Rotary Club Treasurer had played a prominent role in the tour arrangements and he had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £1,150 to CHAS.
A further donation agreed during the course of the evening was the amount of £500 to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Club having heard a powerful talk on the organisation the previous week from a member of the Anstruther Branch of the RNLI. Past President Peter Mackinnon gave members advance notice of the specially invited speaker on Wednesday 27th March, Professor Len Thomas, an ecological statistician with the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at the University of St Andrews.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 27th February 2019

The weekly Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday 27th February welcomed a keynote speaker from the Anstruther Station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Introduced by Past President Peter Mackinnon, Roger Grundy, an architect by profession, had been on the crew of the Anstruther Lifeboat, but now gave his support as an administrator and fundraiser. The RNLI is a charity independent of government and the Coastguard Service, needing £400,000 a day to keep its services functioning. Locally they aim to be ready to answer an emergency call in 9 minutes. Throughout the area they cover in the United Kingdom and Ireland, over the course of a year they rescue 8000 people, on average, 22 per day. Since the foundation of the service in 1824 by Admiral Fitzroy, 141,500 lives have been saved.
The speaker recounted the the different lifeboats that have been stationed at Anstruther since the lifeboat station opened. They included, "The Admiral Fitzroy", 1865 to 1888, "The Royal Stuart", 1888 to 1904, "The James and Mary Walker" which saved 46 lives, and currently undergoing restoration after being discovered in Anglesey, "The Nellie and Charlie" between 1933 and 1950, saving 72 lives, "The James and Ruby Jackson", 1950 to 1965 that saved 45 lives, "The Doctors", 1965 to 1991 that saved 23 lives and "The Kingdom of Fife" from 1991 to the present. This is an all- weather lifeboat that has seen 500 launches and saved 50 lives. In addition, the presence of an inshore rescue craft has made it possible to effect rescues from difficult shore line locations, including the Fife Coastal Path.
The presentation provided a visual account of the various types of lifeboat that have seen service, with the news that a new vessel will arrive on station in 2020. A particularly thrilling video sequence showed the conditions that often face the lifeboat crews. The RNLI family comprises a wide range of people that back up the sharp end of the service and the lifeboat station open day in May will be well supported.
Rotarian Alastair Andrew gave the club's vote of thanks.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 20th February 2019

The Rotary Club meeting on 20th February welcomed a number of visitors, and in particular Honorary Member Jackie Taylor. Club President Colin Mackenzie led a formal club business meeting at which a number of future plans were confirmed. The Club Golf Day is to take place on the 10th May, and it has been proposed to resurrect an old favourite Rotary Fundraiser, a Cheese and Wine Evening. The Club's support for the Cupar Gala on Saturday 8th June continues, with discussion about selling ducks at the Farmer's Market for the Gala Duck Race on 9th May. KidsOut Day, with guests from Kilmaron School has been arranged to take place at Cairnie Fruit Farm on the 12th June. President Colin indicated that it was time that the Club reviewed the effect of the visioning exercise conducted within the Club, to establish what has gone well, to consider the committee structure and look at things that need attention.
At the close of the formal business, President Colin invited Honorary Member Jackie Taylor to address the Club on the subject of Nepal, and the working relationship that had developed between the Club and the Palpa Trust. Much had been achieved since the first water supply project was delivered in Nepal and Jackie expressed her gratitude to members for the wholehearted and generous support that had been forthcoming. She advised that the Palpa Trust was being wound up, but its affairs would be inherited by the Nepal Trust who would carry on the work of providing infrastructure and direct aid to the people of the remote areas of Nepal.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 13th February 2019

The Club's longest serving member was the speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar on Wednesday 13th February. Past President Ron Smith. During his opening remarks he invited members to write down the names of the post World War Two British motor manufacturers that they could recall. While valiant attempts were made to recall names that have passed from memory, at the close of the short memory test Ron revealed that his list comprised 38 names. At the turn of the nineteenth century, he revealed that Scotland was manufacturing at least 50 different models. Many only produced a handful of vehicle as over a short period of time and were not mass produced.Many engineering, carriage, and blacksmith businesses turned to introduce the internal combustion engine in its early development as part of their output. Landmarks such as the development of the pneumatic tyre were also having an impact.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, four Scottish companies stood out as motor manufacturers. Arrol Johnston, although based in the Glasgow and Paisley area, eventually moved to Dumfries and became involved in war production in 1916. The Argyll Motor Company, 1899 to 1932 also took off and were among the pioneers in motor sport.They produced about 800 cars a year, the largest volume producer in Europe at the time, incorporating best practice in a modern factory in Alexandria. Albion Motors commenced car production but soon entered the commercial vehicle sector, eventually being taken over by Leyland Trucks.The fourth company he drew attention was William Beardmore's company that produced taxi cabs for London, beginning at Paisley in 1919 continuing until the 1930s. After the Second World War, government industrial policy led to tractor and truck production in Bathgate by British Leyland , the Hillman Rootes Group moved production of the Hillman Imp to Linwood, but problems of quality led to its reputation suffering. Poor industrial relations eventually led to the closure of both facilities.
Ron went on to describe the various amalgamations that took place in the motor industry during the 1960s, and although missing from the showrooms and forecourts, the rights to use the famous car names remain with the companies that bought them. The Club's vote of thanks was given by Past President Dermot Stewart.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 6th February 2019

President-Elect Roy Marsden was in the chair for the informal business meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar on Wednesday 6th February, while Past President Ron Smith took care of Fellowship.
Discussion took place concerning the arrangements for the joint meeting with the Howe of Fife Rotary Club and Inner Wheel. Reports from Club officers included an update from Ian Rutherford on International activities. He highlighted a number of changes in the requirements involved in sending bicycles to Africa, with the emphasis on cycles that required minor repairs to make them roadworthy and that could be dealt with locally before dispatch.
Halfords, the collection centre in Dundee for this project had sent 1000 bicycles in the past year. He planned to start a collection of hand tools for use in Africa in the near future, but also reminded those present that manual Singer Sewing Machines were of value. The Rotary Foundation plans were reported upon by Dermot Stewart who brought the Club's attention to a new round of Rotary District Grants coming soon and invited ideas and projects that the Club could support.
Donald Cameron spoke about the Club's Community Service plans, with particular emphasis on the Cupar Gala day that was being supported by the Club. The date set for the event is 8th June, to be preceded by a fundraiser in the form of a duck race. He mentioned that school pupils would be participating in much of the organisational work. The Club's commitment to KidsOut Day was confirmed, with a date of 12th June being confirmed. For Youth Activities, Ian Copland reported on progress in setting up Rotakids, the forthcoming Primary School Quiz and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Brian Bayne reported to the Club about the creation of a new document to provide prospective members with information about the Club and the Rotary movement.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 30th January 2019

The Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday was chaired by Club President Colin Mackenzie who brought some club business to the fore in advance of the evening meal. Bill Nicoll on behalf of the Treasurer reported that the club wishing well at the Scottish Deer Centre had produced a further £233.55 over the Christmas period.
Past President Vince Fusaro announced that he hoped to raise funds for club projects by hosting a gin tasting evening sometime after May. Bill McSeveney reported that the club had been involved in early discussion about a Festival for Special Families in the area which was being planned for September.
The speaker for the evening was club member Maurice Shepherd who had chosen to give a presentation about Saturn 5, the rocket used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. It became part of the Apollo Programme that eventually landed men on the Moon. It was an impressive 360 feet in height and weighed 2,800 tons fully laden. Maurice took some time to explain how modern rocket science had developed, dating from the German V2 weapons that inflicted great damage on London and the south east of England in 1944. The German rocket engineers responsible, who included Werner von Braun were quickly identified and brought into the research programmes of both the USA and USSR at the close of the war. During the cold war period, solid fuel rockets were being developed and by 1957, the USSR were successful in achieving low earth orbit with Sputnik, sending dogs into space and a manned flight in 1961 with Yuri Gagarin.
In response, President Kennedy created a challenge to his fellow Americans in 1962, to set up a mission to send men to the Moon. Maurice described the computer power that was available at the time, the programme of test flights, Moon orbits and finally Apollo 11 that landed Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon's surface in 1969. Further landings were planned and executed until Apollo 13 which had to be abandoned due to an explosion in transit, requiring use of the lunar landing module as their "lifeboat". The final mission was Apollo 17 in 1972, becoming the last crew to visit the Moon using Saturn 5. By then , public interest was declining and other political factors meant that the budget was not available to continue. Rotarian Béla Simandi gave the Club's vote of thanks to Maurice for his presentation.
At the close of the meeting, members discussed options for entering into partnership with Inverness Culloden Rotary club to establish a water project in Malawi and it was agreed to supplement their funds sufficiently to enable them to apply for a further grant. Having heard Donna Jennings give her presentation about " Sam's House" two weeks earlier, it was agreed to donate £500 towards the activities of the charity being managed by Dundee Rotary Club.

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