General Information about the Club.
The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum is one of the younger Rotary Clubs in Britain. Following an initiative of the Rotary Club of Ellon, the establishment of a Rotary Club in Oldmeldrum was mooted during 1998. After much behind the scenes work by the initial enthusiasts, the Inaugural Dinner of the interim Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum was held in May 1999 with 31 founder members, of which 7 were ladies. This was followed on 4th September 1999 by the Charter Dinner, attended by RIBI President John Hockin and representatives of many of the other Rotary Clubs in the District, at which the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum was presented with its inaugural Charter. The Club celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2009.
In the current Rotary year session, which runs from July 2017 to June 2018, we have 28 members of which 21 are men and 7 are ladies. We have two Honorary Members. Seven of the founder members are still actively involved in the Club.
President Maurice Clarke, ably assisted by President Elect David McClelland and Treasurer Alistair Flett, form the basis of the committee structure which operates the Club.
Our Club is one of the Rotary Clubs within Rotary District 1010.
10th Anniversary Charter Dinner - 4 September 2009
Oldmeldrum Rotary Club Members Group Photo - Sept. 2009
Rotarians from all over Scotland, and from as far afield as the United States, helped the Oldmeldrum Rotary Club celebrate their 10th anniversary at a glittering black-tie dinner in the town recently. At the same time, the Rotary members' partners attended a dinner in the Redgarth Hotel in Oldmeldrum.
The dinner, held at Lochter Outdoor Activity Centre, saw nearly 150 Rotarians attend from 26 separate clubs. Despite the formal aspect of the anniversary, the emphasis of the evening was very much on celebration and fun, as well as on recognising the considerable achievements of the Oldmeldrum club during its relatively short existence.
Club President Hilary Gordon welcomed guests, remarking on how gratifying it was to see so many people present who had helped the club to establish itself – notably those from thhe parent and grandparent clubs of Ellon and Inverurie.
President Hilary then introduced the evening's line-up of guest speakers. These included North of Scotland District Governor Bill Macfarlane-Smith; Past R.I.B.I. President and Rotary International Director Gordon McInally; Assistant Governor Andrew McCartney and Oldmeldrum Past President Robin Falconer, who replied on behalf of the guests.
Speaker after speaker entertained the guests after dinner with good humoured tall tales and anecdotes, but all had an underlying message about the enduring charitable work of Rotary and the contribution which the clubs and individual members themselves made in maintaining and building on those achievements. A quaich was passed around, containing Rotary's own 'Friendhip Malt' whisky - which was never allowed to touch the table. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was finished off with an international toast to "Rotary the world over", followed by a rendition of "Auld Lang Syne".