Archive of some Meeting Reports, as sent to the Press in the second half of 2011
Report for December 2011 - Santa Sleigh Activities - December 2011
Report for 4 December 2011 - Santa Fun Run 2011 - Preliminary Report
Report for 24 November 2011 - Get your forms in for Santa Run!
Report for 24 November 2011 - Shoe Box Collection
Report for 21 November 2011 - Young Chef Competition
Report for 21 November 2011 - Paul Harris Awards
Report for 9 November 2011 - Santa Fun Run - Press release
Report for 29 October 2011 - Rotarians spread Shelterbox message to local schools
Report for 5 October 2011 - Young Musician of the Year 2011-2012
Report for 5 September 2011 - Rotary Foundation Talk
Report for 29 August 2011 - Oldmeldrum Rotarians ‘Bowled Over’!
Report for 26 August 2011 - Daniel raises £420 for charity at Ythan Cycle Run.
Report for 2 July 2011 - Rotary Youth Camp underway
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Santa Sleigh Activities - December 2011
Our Santa Sleigh activities started off this year with Santa at Haddo Country Park to welcome and cheer on the runners and walkers in the Santa Fun Run on 4th December.
This was followed by a quick dash behind the 4-wheel-drive reindeer to Oldmeldrum for the Switching-on of the Christmas Illuminations. While parked in the Square, Santa was beseiged by a mass of excited young children, and a few older ones, all wanting to get up on the Sleigh for a chat with Santa. It was a lovely occasion, blessed with cold but dry weather.
The Santa Sleigh visits to the surrounding villages started at Rothienorman on 6th December, followed by Tarves, Methlick and Daviot on successive evenings. The following week we were at Oldmeldrum on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, finishing at Newmachar on the Thursday.
Overall, we collected just under £3,300. This money wil go into our Club Charity account, from where it will be redistributed to local and international needy and deserving causes.
Thanks to all who contributed, and special thanks to Santa Bob, his driver Davey, and all the Elves who turned out to rattle the cans.
Santa Fun Run 2011 - 4 December 2011 - Preliminary Report
The dusting of snow added to the festive atmosphere of this year’s charity Santa Fun Run held on Sunday 4th December in the beautiful grounds of Haddo Country Park. The event, run by the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum, supported by The Running Shop, Aberdeen, aims to raise funds to help with the eradication of polio but also allows participants who choose to be sponsored to give half of the money they raise to PolioPlus and half to the charity of their choice.
This year’s event once again had participants of all ages, with younger children completing a 2km run, and adults and older children either running or walking 5km around the park grounds dressed in the Santa Suits provided by the organisers. The route was well signposted, and marshals were staged at various points to ensure everyone found their way safely back to Haddo Hall to enjoy the free mulled wine and mincemeat pies.
The winner of the Children’s 2km run, Declan Abel, managed to get round the route in an impressive 11.02 minutes, closely followed by Andrew Driver. There was only a miniscule gap between the first adult male runner James Kirk who completed the 5km in only 19.40 minutes and the second David Blane at 19.42. The first lady runner, Anita Hamilton, was 4th followed closely by Bob Allanach the first of the younger runners. The first 3 “father“ Christmas’s and first 3 “mother” Christmas’s were presented with Christmas trees as prizes. The Running Shop generously donated a number of other prizes so that no-one who returned to the Hall left without receiving a prize. Although some of the runners enjoyed the competitive element, many of the participants entered solely to enjoy the challenge for themselves, or just to enjoy the atmosphere and the lovely surroundings.
Details of the amount raised will be added as soon as all monies have been received.
The organisers, the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum, would like to thank everyone for their support at this year’s event, in particular The Running Shop, the National Trust for Scotland, staff at Haddo Country Park, St. Andrews First Aid, and of course the participants whose efforts will help support the total eradication of polio.
Keep the first Sunday in December free for next year’s event.
Some photos from this Year's Run.
"Get your forms in for Santa Run!", urges President Ray - 24 November 2011
The President of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club, Ray Walker, has urged people to get their forms in fast for the club's upcoming Santa Fun Run and Walk at Haddo Country Park.
The final prepareations are being put in place by the Club for the event, which takes place on Sunday 4 December at Haddo Contry Park. The day will see a range of events for all ages, with a 5km run for ages 13 plus at 1pm; a 2km run for 12 and under at 12pm and a 5km family walk.
Speaking ahead of the event, Club President Ray Walker thanked all who had entered so far, and urged anyone thinking about taking part to register.
"Although its possible to turn up on the day, anyone who is thinking about taking part should get a form into us as quickly as possible", she said.
"Our previous Santa Fun Runs have been really good events for all ages, and we hope that this year will be no exception, with plenty of people taking part and a good sum raised for the PolioPlus charity as well as for the charities of the participants' choice."
Entry and sponsorship forms are available for download on the Oldmeldrum Rotary Club Website at www.oldmeldrumrotary.org.uk.
Shoe Box Collection - 24 November 2011
In September 2011, Oldmeldrum Rotary Club picked up from the District Conference in Aberdeen the 350 empty Shoe Boxes that they had ordered, and then, because of demand from the Primary Schools, had to order another 250.
Nine out of our 12 Primary schools took shoe boxes this year as well as Meldrum Academy. We gave all the schools a CD explaining the concept, the delivery, and the children receiving them. Maybe that’s why we had 570 Shoe Boxes filled this year by our young people.
Ron McKail, District Shoe Box Convenor, came to the photo shoot at the Academy on Monday 21st November where 301 shoe boxes were loaded into Tom Gunn’s large van and the collection began. Sheen and Maurice Clarke and Ray & Jim Walker were all involved in the delivery and the pick ups. Rob Rothnie and Anne Forster organised the Tarves delivery and pick up and Denis Emslie of Mackies gave t-shirts and baseball caps which were put into the boxes, and all of the Shoe Boxes from Oldmeldrum Rotary Club were delivered to the depot on Dyce on Thursday.
The recipients this year will have a lovely Christmas.
Young Chef Competition - Monday 21 November 2011
The Club heat for the Rotary Young Chef competition took place at Meldrum Academy on Monday morning 21st November.
Initially 6 candidates had enrolled to participate, however due to unforeseen circumstances only three participated. They were Aaron Clark, Georgie Ligertwood & Iona McLean. The competition started at 9 am & Peter Walker (General Manager) Meldrum House & Country Club was the competition adjudicator. The competitors had to cook a two course meal for two. The presentation was excellent & the author can vouch for the results which were scrumptious efforts from all chefs.
However at the end of the day there can only be one winner & I know Peter had a difficult job in coming to a final conclusion; in the end Georgie Ligertwood from Tarves was the winner of our club heat.
Certificates were presented to all participants by President Ray & Peter Walker gave an excellent summary of his assessments for each of the candidate's efforts.
Georgie now goes forward to the next round of the National competition which is the District Heat. Owing to the increasing number of clubs in the District sponsoring the competition there will two venues for District 1010 heat; Aberdeen & Dundee. Georgie will be invited to attend the Aberdeen Heat on Saturday February 4th at Aberdeen College. I am sure all members will wish her all success & hopeful progression to the Regional heat in March.
Paul Harris Awards - Meeting 21 November 2011
The Rotakids President and Secretary at Tarves school came to speak to us last week and there was a surprise in store for Anne Forster and Rob Rothnie.
Anne and Rob have been very productive over the last couple of years inaugurating the first 1010 Rotakids school at Tarves. They have co-operated with the staff and pupils, promoted the Rotary ideals and organised litter pick ups, heritage lessons and all the while still serving on other Rotary projects.
Anne is a District Coordinator and serves on Friends of Haddo. Rob is the quarter master and is one of the first to offer to do duty, make signs or help in the garden and Westbank Home. District Shoe Box Coordinator Ron McKail handed over the Paul Harris award to Anne, and Doug Westland, Past District Governor, handed over Rob’s.
Both Rob and Anne were quite speechless, well for a little while anyway!
Santa Fun Run/Walk on Sunday 4 December - Press release 9 November 2011
The Rotary Club Of Oldmeldrum is getting ready to hold its annual sponsored charity Santa Fun Run/Walk on Sunday 4 December at Haddo Country Park.
Despite the unusually festive weather last year, which saw the country park covered in pristine fresh snow, organisers remain hopeful that conditions will be more suitable underfoot for runners this year.
Runners of all ages, walkers and dog owners are especially welcome to enjoy a short walk or run in the wonderful grounds of Haddo House Country park, as they help raise money for the charity of their choice.
The day will see a range of events for all ages. In addition to the 5km run for those aged 13 years and over which begins at 1pm, there is a 2km run for those aged 12 and under which begins at 12pm. A family 5km walk will also be held.
Entry costs £12 for age 13 and over and adults; £3 for 12 and under’s; while entry to the family walk costs £10 per adult and £3 for 12 and under. Although participants are asked to donate their sponsorship proceeds to PolioPlus – a Rotary International charity which aims to eradicate Polio around the world, they will be able to donate half of their sponsorship monies towards the charity of their choice.
Entry and sponsorship forms are available for download on the Oldmeldrum Rotary Club website www.oldmeldrumrotary.org.uk. Further information is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is also looking forward to fulfilling an annual tradition of bringing Santa Claus to Oldmeldrum and the surrounding area. Santa and his team of elves hope to be in Oldmeldrum on Sunday 4 December for the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. Santa and his Sleigh also plan to do their usual collections for charity in Rothienorman on the 6th, Tarves (7th), Methlick (8th) and Daviot (9th), before returning to Oldmeldrum (13th & 14th), and finishing in Newmachar on 15th December.
Rotarians spread Shelterbox message to local schools - 29 October 2011
Local schoolchildren have been learning all about the importance of disaster relief efforts around the world - thanks to a group of Rotarians with a rather unusual set of props.
Members of the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum have been touring schools in the area to demonstrate the club’s very own ‘ShelterBox’, allowing pupils to see at first hand the equipment which can mean the difference between life and death for the survivors of disasters all around the world.
Last week, it was the turn of pupils from Old Rayne Primary School to get their hands on a Shelterbox. Pupils were able to go inside the tent, which is designed to sleep up to 10 people, and to see other vital long term survival tools such as the cooking utensils, tool kit, water purification equipment, thermal blankets and multi-fuel stove. The box even contains children’s colouring books, as a gift for young children who may have lost most if not all of their possessions.
Opinions varied amongst the pupils as to what would be the most useful piece of kit for a family in need. However, there was no denying their excitement at being able to get a school lesson which was just a little out of the ordinary.
“This is going to be ace!”, said one pupil, while another offered the view that while the tent was “big and fun”, the survival equipment would ”be good for people to have.” Most of the teachers, however, seemed more impressed by the stove, which can be used to burn just about anything in order to provide heat and a source of hot food for an extended family.
“We’ve been very impressed with the children’s reaction to the ShelterBox”, said Oldmeldrum Rotary Club President Ray Walker. “The questions they’ve been asking are fantastic. They’ve also been very good at guessing - before they’ve even seen a ShelterBox - the sort of things which would be inside. They’ve also been very quick to understand why certain things like food and first aid are not included in the ShelterBox.”
The ShelterBox idea was first thought of by Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver Tom Henderson OBE. After seeing the humanitarian response to most disasters came in the form of food and medicine rather than aids to long-term recovery, Henderson set out to provide easily transportable equipment which could help families to survive as they tried to rebuild their lives.
Since its foundation, the charity has responded to almost 200 disasters in 75 different countries and phelped over 100,000 families. In the past week, it has responded to the aftermath of the Turkish earthquake, as well as to the floods in Thailand.
More information on the charity and its worldwide operations can be found at www.shelterbox.org
The Young Musician of the Year 2011-2012 - 5 October 2011
What a wonderful evening we had in Meldrum Academy listening to the musical talents of our young people! There was music from the violin, the piano, the clarinet, the oboe, the piano, the guitar, the chanter and of course the voice! There were over 20 competitors and all of them performed to an appreciative audience. Jim Walker was the MC for the evening and spoke for everyone when he said what an honour and privilege it is to hear the young talent in our area. This was a joint production between the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and the Performing Arts department at Meldrum Academy.
Principal Teacher Sheila Robertson was very pleased with the range of ages and the variety of performances. She said to the youngsters from the Primary 5-7 age group “It’s good for you to see and hear the older players, so you can understand what you have to do to reach that level of performance” To the older performers she said, “It’s good for you to watch the younger players and understand how far you have come” To all of them, she encouraged them to practice, practice, practice.
There was a distinguished panel of judges. Gordon Hay, a solicitor who is also a Church Organist and Choirorist, Richard Thomson a member of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club as well as a fiddler and a journalist, and the Panel leader, Alistair Macdonald, a University Music Lecturer, who gave every competitor an evaluation of their performance. He said “As a teacher I was always on the look out for potential and it is clear that here tonight there is great potential.”
The winners were announced in the Primary 5-7 category as Christopher Smith on the oboe, who played Handel’s Concerto No. 1 and the 4th Movement“, Stuart Davidson for the S1-S3 age group, who on the violin played the Road to the Isles, Iron Man and Marquis of Tullybardine, and Stuart’s brother, George won the S4-S6 shield playing his violin with tunes, Cameron Highlanders, Earl Grey and Deveronside.
Alistair was particularly pleased that the Rotary Club had a most promising musician trophy as he said “It is particularly good to give praise for potential”. Daniel Osborne of Primary 6 in Meldrum Academy was presented with The Brain Melville Shield for the most promising musician.
As the tension mounted Alistair said the overall winner had been a unanimous decision, and he announced to great applause that George Davidson, an S4 pupil at Meldrum Academy, was the Young Musician of the Year 2011 – 2012.
President Ray Walker handed over the shield to George saying it was a great pleasure to do so as she had watched him growing in confidence over the last few years in the competition. George was delighted saying "It will be grand to represent Oldmeldrum Rotary Club in the next stage of the competition”.
Jack Bagley, an S6 pupil who played the guitar in the competition thanked the Rotary Club and its members for giving pupils the opportunity to display their talents.
Rotary Foundation Talk - Meeting 5 September 2011
The Meldrum club hears how projects are funded by a Rotary trust
The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum welcomed Stephen Chorley, the Rotary District Foundation Chairman, as guest speaker at the club’s most recent meeting.
Mr Chorley, a former local government economist, is a member of the Dunfermline Carnegie club. As Chairman of the District’s Foundation efforts, he is responsible for overseeing the relationship which local clubs have with the worldwide Rotary Foundation charity - a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation around the world.
Stephen explained that the Foundation helped to pay for a variety of humanitarian projects around the world, as well as scholarships to help fund Ambassadorial Scholars, Group Study Exchanges and peace studies.
As a humanitarian and educational non-governmental organisation, Rotary was, Stephen said, an organisation unlike any other. This, he explained, was because everything the Foundation supported promoted the ideal of ‘service above self’ within clubs, as well as because it meant that projects could build on a ‘unique’ network of 32,000 clubs, which could be found in most countries around the world.
The evening was also marked by the induction of Pamela Eastwood, a professional photographer from Daviot, as the Club's latest member in the Rotary Organisation.
Oldmeldrum Rotarians ‘Bowled Over’! - Meeting 29 August 2011
Members of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club enjoying an evening’s ten-pin bowling at Inverurie’s Garioch Bowling Centre on Monday evening. The event marked what the club members refer to as a ‘Fifth Monday’, where instead of a normal club meeting at Oldmeldrum’s Redgarth Hotel, members undertake visits to other clubs in the area, or arrange for a club visit to take part in an activity. After a meal, members took over five of the centre’s six lanes. Afterwards, organiser Martin Belshaw thanked staff on behalf of the club for making the evening possible.
Daniel raises £420 for charity at Ythan Cycle Run. - 26 August 2011
Daniel Brammer (11) of Turriff, visited The ARCHIE Foundation offices on Friday 26th August to present a cheque to Cassie Thompson, ARCHIE Fundraising Manager for £210 raised in sponsorship at this years Ythan Cycle Run.
The Ythan Cycle Run, an annual fundraising event organised by the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum, was held on 28th May 2011. Starting and finishing at the Royal British Legion Hall in Fyvie the 26.4 mile Challenge Route took riders through Fyvie Castle Estate to Tifty, Gourdas, Keithen, Burnside and Cairnorrie to Methlick, and then retuned to Fyvie via Gight, Lethenty, Netherton and Monkshill.
29 adults and 5 children, including Daniel, took part in the event. The route demanded considerable stamina from the competitors, who thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite facing a brisk wind on the return leg. In addition a further 14 people, including 2 children under the age of 7, took part in a shorter 8.3 mile Family Run.
Daniel was treated at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital two years ago after a cycling accident and felt he wanted to give something back following his experience. By undertaking a collection at school and around his village, Daniel easily clocked up over £200 in sponsorship for the event. His proud father was less impressed by Daniel’s efforts though, having earlier promised to double any money that Daniel raised!
Daniel, who was awarded the ‘Community Service Award’ by Oldmeldrum Rotary club for his fundraising achievements, raised an incredible £420 in total - over 100% more than any other participant! This money has been split between Daniel’s chosen charity The ARCHIE Foundation, and the official charities of this year’s Ythan Cycle Run – CHAS and Befriend a Child.
Cassie Thompson, Fundraising Manager commented: “We were delighted to hear Daniel’s story and all about his incredible fundraising efforts. It is wonderful that such a young boy wants to give something back to the hospital. The money Daniel has raised will help us ‘Make the Difference’ for children and their families throughout the North East of Scotland.”
In total the event raised £1540 for local charities. Photo (Left to Right): Norman Brammer (Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum), Cassie Thompson (ARCHIE) and Daniel Brammer
Rotary Youth Camp underway - 2 July 2011
A group of local youngsters are embarking on an outdoor education camp this week, designed to help them foster leadership skills in the community.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, or RYLA, will be taking place in the Cairngorms. A number of young people from local schools in the Ellon, Oldmeldrum and Inverurie areas will be taking part.
RYLA is a programme for young people which, was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971. Participants are selected by their local Rotary Club, with the Inverurie, Ellon and Oldmeldrum clubs each picking a male and a female candidate for their respective camps. The Awards are designed to develop the leadership skills of young people with potential. This nurtures the skills of the future leaders of our community and helps those who may need some further encouragement to exploit their leadership skills.
Oldmeldrum Rotarian Hilary Gordon, who is leading the girls’ camp, said: “While the emphasis is very much on fun, the week is all about giving the participants a physical and mental challenge, as well as helping them find out more about themselves and others in the process. For some, it can be a truly life-changing experience. “It’s great that Rotary Clubs across the north of Scotland are able to support this venture.”
The week comprises various physical activities and competitions, together with daily speakers on leadership. Previous year’s activities have included hill walking, swimming and debating. The picture above, from this year's camp, shows Monday's raft-building activity at Loch Morloch