January was a relatively quiet month for Rotary activity. There were no planned events or public fund-raising activities, and the weather discouraged most outdoor ventures, although the weekly rambling group did manage outings at Muirkirk and Auchinleck Estate.
Our first formal meeting of the New Year was held in the Dumfries Arms Hotel. Seven members and a potential member attended to enjoy a meal, and catch up on the plans already agreed to in outline.
The Joint Burns Night with Loudoun Rotary has been confirmed for 20 February with Loudoun as hosts.
Our Ladies Day event will be held on 24 March in the Cumnock Juniors clubhouse, and our involvement in the Scotland wide “Kilt Walk” on 28 April has been confirmed. Bill Gates and Sir Tom Hunter are both supporting the “Kilt Walkers” efforts by adding contributions to the overall sum raised.
President Jim Kyle reported that he had “assisted” Santa Claus on 4 different days at the Honeypot Respite Centre with different groups of young carers.
Past President Gerald Alexander reported on another of the new meetings of the Ayrshire group of clubs, and indicated that Hazel McCully, Assistant District Governor, was keen to attend one of our meetings in the near future.
The club raffle was won by potential new member, Su Dutta.
Our attendance was 10, with further updates and discussion on upcoming events and activities.
A Quiz Night has been scheduled for Friday 1 March.
Arrangements for those attending the Burns Night are under way with payments and meal choices settled in advance.
Our club’s involvement in the “Kilt Walk” will have the Honeypot Respite Centre as our registered beneficiary.
There was some discussion on the possible revival of the Interact Club at the new Robert Burns Academy, but there were doubts about the level of support from school staff, without which the scheme would not work.
Members were reminded that we need to support the “End Polio Now” campaign with a donation each year.
Members were delighted to welcome the induction of Su Dutta as a new member of Rotary International, officiated by President Jim and Secretary Dave.
The club raffle was won by Jim Kyle.