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Notes on Last 6 Club Meetings

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Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 31st October 2018

The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar on Wednesday, 31st October while an evening of informal fellowship, also managed to conduct some aspects of club business.
President Colin Mackenzie reported that work that the club had agreed to meet at Kilmaron School had been paid and anticipated the project to be complete by the end of March, 2019. Vacancies for club officers for the next Rotary year were highlighted and members were invited to to give attention to these prior to the upcoming Special General Meeting on 21st November. At that meeting, Derek MCrae of the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden would be giving a talk on a water project in Malawi.
The arrangements for Santa's Sleigh would be discussed with those community groups who give assistance at a meeting on 22nd November, in Watts of Cupar at 7.00 p.m.
Rotary shoe boxes, to be filled with small gifts for underprivileged households overseas, were distributed by International Services lead, Ian Rutherford, with a reminder that they should be ready by 21st November. Past President Peter Mackinnon announced that the keynote speaker at the club meeting on Wednesday 28th November would be Ian Rankin, Past President of the Scottish Rugby Union. Visitors and guests would be very welcome at this meeting and anyone requiring details should contact the club via the web site.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 24th October 2018

The Club’s meeting on the 24th of October was chaired by President Colin Mackenzie, who was delighted to welcome Honorary Member Ronnie Law to the meeting.
Past President Peter McKinnon introduced guest speaker Bruce Keith, who had been a surveyor by training but spent most of his working life with the Department of Agriculture and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.
Bruce’s topic, and also the title of his recently published book, was “Bridgescapes”, illustrated with a selection of “superlatives” - the first, the tallest, the longest - from his extensive collection of photographs.
Scotland has a long and distinguished history of engineers and bridge-builders - the first three Presidents of the Institute of Civil Engineers were Scots - and Bruce’s pictures included the Pease Bridge in Berwickshire (opened in 1786, 117 feet above the burn) the Laigh Milton Viaduct (opened in 1812, the oldest surviving railway) viaduct, the Craigellachie Bridge (Thomas Telford, 1814, survived the Muckle Spate) the Union Bridge (1820, Samuel Brown, the first suspension bridge in Scotland, still carrying traffic), and of course the three Forth bridges.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Past President Grant McLeish.
Colin Mackenzie reported that he’d received a cheque from an anonymous donor for £500 to be given by the club to TCCL (Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia). Members approved that this be topped up by a further £500 from club funds - enough to cover the costs of accommodating a family for two weeks at TCCL Lodge.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 17th October 2018

President Colin Mackenzie welcomed 20 members and guest speaker Gaye Blair to the meeting at Watts on Wednesday 17th October. Past President Sandy Mitchell reported that the President’s Head Golf Competition Trophy had been won by Dermot Stewart, with Sandy himself and Grant McLeish as runners-up.
Gaye Blair - now retired - was an Oncology Nurse Specialist at Ninewells Hospital until four years ago, and she spoke about TCCL (Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia) also known as “Tickle”. TCCL is a charity which provides support for children undergoing cancer or leukaemia treatment in Tayside and North East Fife, along with their families, and was founded in 1994. Gaye had been approached by parents to see if she could arrange for parents whose children had been through treatment to talk to “new” parents, whose children were about to start treatment, and their support group has developed from there. It now provides practical assistance, fun days out for the children, “pamper evenings”, psychological and befriending support and holidays for the families at TCCL Lodge in St Andrews. This 4-bedroom detached house and garden is in a quiet residential part of St Andrews, and the aim is to offer it free of charge to any family during treatment and up to two years afterwards.
Treatment for childhood cancers has developed consistently since the 1970s, with the cure rate rising from 20% to 90% largely because of concentration of treatment in “Centres of Excellence” in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. The downside of this is that families had to cope with travel and find accommodation during the treatment, which was predominantly ward-based with strict visiting hours. These strict treatment regimens have been eased over the years, but infection in children having treatment can rapidly turn to sepsis, and they need to able to get to a specialist unit for antibiotic treatment within an hour if sepsis is suspected.
After she’d answered a number of questions from club members, Gaye was thanked formally by President Colin.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 10th October 2018

The Rotary Club of Cupar welcomed one visiting Rotarian from Stonehaven and guest speaker Roddy Mcleod, who was introduced by Rotarian David Nimmo at their meeting on 10th October.
Roddy provided those attending with his appreciation of the Perth poet, William Soutar and his contribution to Scottish literature. Soutar was born in Perth in 1898, son of a master joiner and educated there before wartime service in the Royal Navy where he contracted the crippling disease that was eventually to make him bedridden. He entered Edinburgh University to study medicine in 1919 but switched to English, and started to contribute poetry to student magazines. He came into contact with prominent figures in Scottish literary circles, including Hugh MacDiarmid, leading him to change from writing in English to the Scots dialect.
From 1924 Soutar lived with his parents in Wilson Street in Perth, with his father creating a large window that allowed William to observe the garden and the view beyond. Despite being bed bound, his care arrangements meant that he was always smartly dressed and able to receive many visitors. Soutar took the view that if Doric was to come alive and be rejuvenated, "it will come first on a cock-horse", arguing that bairn-rhymes in Scots would influence and engage a new generation. Roddy provided his audience with a rich selection of poems from Soutar's output, all illustrating his depth of spirit despite his handicaps.
The vote of thanks was given by Past President Pat McInally.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 3rd October 2018

RYLA students, Morgane Beckett and Tom Frodsham - Click for larger image
Morgane Beckett and Tom Frodsham

The Rotary Club meeting on 3rd October welcomed six visitors, two of whom were sponsored by the club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership events earlier in the year.
Introduced by Past President Ian Copland, Morgane Beckett and Tom Frodsham gave lively and well planned presentations outlining how their respective weeks at the event had unfolded, what they had learned in terms of meeting challenges,the importance of communication, resilience, taking responsibility in a leadership role and about themselves.The outdoor activities had included climbing, a hill walk in the Cairngorm, mountain biking and challenging activities involving river gorges and raft building under the supervision of the resident instructors. Both had made many new friends from among other attendees. Morgane had gained the confidence to undertake the ordering of hoodies for those attending the girls camp, something she would not have undertaken prior to her leadership training.
The club's vote of thanks was given by Past President Bill Nicoll, who elicited from both the mums who were present that the experience of attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp had been of great benefit. At the close of the meeting, Morgane and Tom, pictured, were presented with their certificates of attendance.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 26th September 2018

The Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday 26th September was a business meeting of the club, chaired by President Colin Mackenzie. At the beginning of the meeting, Colin had the pleasant duty of handing over a pull-up display banner to Cupar in Bloom Chair, Pat Mitchell. The banner, a colourful and attractive mosaic of floral photographs taken in Cupar was designed by Rotarian Maurice Shepherd.
Past President Willie Nicoll sought the club's agreement that the management committee would deal with funding requests up to a level of £250, rather than delay decisions for consideration by Club Council to speed up decision making. The Projects Committee reports, led by Past President Brian Bayne, highlighted the need for a further look at the club's communication strategy. Plans for the routes to be visited by Santa's Sleigh, assisted by the club and community organisations were in hand and checks to ensure that the sleigh was compliant and roadworthy would be attended to.
Rotarian Ian Rutherford, lead for International Projects advised that he was still taking redundant tools for refurbishement before being dispatched overseas, while the Rotary Shoe Box Scheme would have the help of staff, parents and pupils at Kilmaron School. Past President Dermot Stewart reported on Rotary Foundation matters within the club and indicated that a major donation would be forthcoming soon to assist with overseas water projects. He had been seeking information on the prospect of a partnership with another Rotary Club that was looking at overseas water projects. Community Service led by Past President Donald Cameron had been represented at a series of Cycofun events that had done worthwhile engagement with the public over a number of years, as well as fundraising. However, a meeting with the other clubs involved had concluded that it was time to close this initiative.
President Colin had been in touch with Balmullo Primary School to offer assistance with the school garden and the members agreed that a team would undertake maintenance in the Nursery Garden. The Youth Services aspect of club activities was reported on by Ian Copland who notified members of ongoing plans to attract candidates for Euroscola,and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Plans were being progressed for establishing of a Rotakids Club and the annual Primary School Quiz.
The Club agreed to sponsor a prize at the Fife Festival of Music to the value of £100 and agreed to donate £500 towards the North East Fife Scouts new minibus.

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