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Notes on Last 6 Club Meetings

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Evening Meeting held at Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The Club's new President for 2019-2020, Roy Marsden, welcomed members to their new meeting venue on Wednesday evening, 3rd July, the Fairways Restaurant at the Elmwood Golf Course Club House. During the informal business, Roy gave those present an introduction to a charity he supports on a personal basis. Kiva provides loans to the people around the world who do not hold a bank account and cannot access the financial services they need. It is an international non-profit organisation, founded in San Francisco in 2005 with a mission to expand financial access to communities. The loans, from as little as 25 dollars, can help pay for tuition fees, enable women to start businesses, and allow farmers to invest in equipment or livestock.
There are 3.3 million borrowers in 78 countries, supported by 1.8 million lenders with loans of 1.32 billion dollars . The repayment rate is 96.7% and 81% of the borrowers are women. Individual donors can choose where to make an impact, working through Field Partners who screen borrowers, disburse loans and collect repayments. Those benefiting from loans include agriculture, education, refugees and displaced persons, the arts and eco-friendly projects such as solar power in Kenya, installing water pumps in Indonesia, basic sanitation in the Philippines, setting up a second-hand clothes business in the Honduras.
At the close of the meeting Past President Brian Bayne presented the findings of a working group that had reviewed the club's operational structures and agreed to circulate this paper to all members so that comments could be made.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 26th June 2019

The Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday 26th June was the occasion for outgoing President Colin Mackenzie to give his valedictory comments and thanks to members for their assistance in facilitating the club's activities at home and abroad during his two years in office. He took great pleasure in seeing the club working alongside local organisations such as the recent Gala and Highland games, while the involvement of local groups with the club collecting for good causes with Santa's Sleigh prior to Christmas had been very rewarding. He was glad that the club's work with Kilmaron School had come to fruition, and thanked those who had the patience and fortitude to stick with the plan. The members had the pleasure of hearing from many interesting speakers during his term of office. Having listened to the speaker the previous week, he sought the club's agreement that a donation of £500 be made to APS Support.
He introduced incoming President Roy Marsden, who had just completed four years as Club Secretary to the members as their new President. After a lifetime of working in Information Technology, latterly writing commercial insurance computer programmes for Aviva, Roy retired just over two years ago. Retirement allows Roy to to send time volunteering in local public gardens, and occasionally for Fife Coast and Countryside Trust. He also does a few hours per month at Cupar Foodbank.
Roy has also done several conservation weeks in Scotland with the John Muir Trust and the National Trust for Scotland. He is also interested in wildlife and has travelled to assist in projects in Argentina, Slovakia, the French Alps and the Pyrenees. In the past few years Roy has taken part in archaeological digs in Perthshire, Orkney, County Mayo and more recently on the East Lomond and Cupar. Roy told the club he was looking forward to his year as President and continuing the trend of club involvement with other local organisations.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 19th June 2019

The Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday 19th June welcomed Rotarian Phil Godfrey as the guest speaker.
Phil, from Solihull, is currently on a Round Britain Rail Tour, raising funds and awareness on behalf of APS Support in memory of his late wife, Christine.
APS, or Antiphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune condition in which the blood has a tendency to clot too quickly. It can cause potentially fatal strokes, hear attacks, DVT and blood clots in the lung. It also causes infertility, miscarriages and stillbirths. More women than men are affected by the condition with the majority of the patients aged between 20 and 50 years of age. It is a significantly under-recognised condition and on average, it takes a person three years to be diagnosed. Early diagnosis can give patients the opportunity to lead a relatively normal life with their medication.
Phil explained that his fund-raising efforts started off with the idea that he would walk from the Scilly Isles to Shetland, but injury and the need to have surgery on his knees put paid to that line of activity. As a former railway employee, he changed tack and planned to travel by coastal rail lines and visit groups who were willing to listen to him. Cupar is the 89th club he has visited and he plans to call on 40 more. So far his travels have covered 27,000 miles, with many interesting encounters. To date the funds raised by him for APS Support have totalled £108,000. His final message was that 37% of General Practitioners were unaware of the condition and often confused the condition with other problems. APS support help patients through giving information to those affected, fund an education programme, and maintain a website.
Phil was thanked on behalf of the Club by Past President Brian Bayne.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 12th June 2019

The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar was chaired by President-Elect Roy Marsden, with Past President Graham Bowen as speaker.
Referring to the recent commemorative events at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, Graham reflected on his boyhood during the Second World War in his home village of Horwich, Lancashire. He was born in 1936, the same year that Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany. At a very early age, he was sent to nursery school, finding himself being in the care of a lady who had taught his mother! His father had been employed in the railway engine works locally, but at the outbreak of war was seconded to tank building. Among the curious things that he saw, were the tops of red pillar boxes being painted green with gas detector paint. Gas masks were distributed and had to be carried at all times. There were food shortages, with a scarcity of meat, fat and milk, but the family kept a few hens. He recalled the fare available at the British Restaurants and the ready availability of pies which were not rationed.
Entertainment was mainly provided on "The Wireless" and he had fond memories of broadcasts that kept the nation happy. There were three cinemas in the vicinity of his home with weekly changes of programme so there were ample opportunities to see be entertained there for the admission price of sixpence. Air raid precautions were necessary and in the household, many times he slept under a heavy oak table in the dining room. After bombing raids, fires raged in Manchester and the glow could often be seen in the distance, but in the immediate vicinity of Horwich, little damage occurred. He and others of his acquaintance at the time had no doubt that Britain would triumph in the end. However, it was at a huge cost in terms of loss of life at home and abroad.
The Club's vote of thanks was given by Past-President Grant McLeish.

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 5th June 2019

The Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday 5th June was the occasion of the Club's Annual Assembly at which the incoming President, Roy Marsden conducted most of the meeting and gave the opportunity for Club Officers to set out their plans for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.
Club President Colin Mackenzie welcomed Assistant District Governor Isabel Clifford of St Andrews Kilrymont who was present to report back on the proceedings to her colleagues in Rotary District 1010, Scotland North.
Incoming Treasurer Michael Hendry sought the Club's approval to round up the Club's donation to Rotary Foundation to £3000 and a donation to "End Polio Now" to £1000. The balance in the charities account was outlined so that members might consider any further donations before the end of June. It was noted that the Club Visioning working group would report on the arrangements for meetings after aspects of the club's move to a new meeting venue had been finalised. Committee reports were received and agreed upon, noting that club members would be involved in assisting at Cupar Gala on the 8th June, KidsOut Day on the 12th June and Cupar Highland Games on the 16th June.
On the international front, contacts are being made with local schools to acquire redundant text books for the charity Books Abroad who provide resources for overseas schools. During the recent tools collection, offers of old sewing machines had been made, and Ian Rutherford suggested that these should be acquired and passed on for refurbishment before being dispatched overseas. Further work will be done to explore overseas water projects as the club has built up sufficient funds to enable cooperation with another club to undertake a major project.
President-Elect Roy suggested that the Club undertake a joint community project in the town with another local group. Assistant Governor Isabel Clifford as District 1010 representative gave an overview of the Rotary District's expectations for the year ahead, looked forward to working with President-Elect Roy and the Club, wishing all success with the plans.
In addition to making the club's annual donation to Bell Baxter High School for a prize, the club also agreed to award £500 to the Fife based charity, "Families First".

Evening Meeting held at Watts Restaurant on Wednesday 29th May 2019

Club President Colin Mackenzie chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cupar on Wednesday, the 29th May.
The members present welcomed the donation of £700 from Kilmaron School and its supporters towards the Club's Water Fund to enable water and sanitation projects to take place overseas. Past President Vince Fusaro advised the Club that he expected to have a further donation towards the same good cause from the members of St Andrews University Quaich Society.
Looking ahead to the month of June, the Club had commitments to support the Cupar Children's Gala on Saturday 8th June, Kids Out Day on Wednesday 12th June and Cupar Highland Games on Sunday 16th June.
Members had a discussion about future meeting arrangements which would commence at the beginning of the new Rotary year in July.
At the conclusion, Members present recorded a short video message of support for Bell Baxter High School pupils for their climate change actions.

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