What Is Rotary?
Rotary is the largest non-governmental voluntary service in the world.
Rotary is a service organisation of business
and professional leaders, united worldwide to help those in need,
encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and work towards world
understanding and peace.
Rotary is 1.2 million service-minded men
and women belonging to over 31,000 Rotary Clubs in 166 countries.
Membership is by invitation.
Rotarians meet weekly to enjoy each
others' fellowship and discuss ways to serve others.
Rotary is compassion for the under-priveledged,
the ill, and the disabled who benefit from over 50,000 Rotary Club service
projects in the world each year.
rotary runs the biggest
non-government-scholarships scheme in the world.
The Rotary Foundation gives more than $50
million every year to education and humanitarian programmes which promote
Rotary began in Chicago in 1905. the
world headquarters are in Evanston, Illinois, USA., and the Secretariat in
Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is in Alcester, Warwickshire.
Burns Supper January 2006
The Rotary Club of Thurso Burns Supper is one of the premier events on the
west side of the county. It is always a sell out with over 100 attending
this year in the Pentland Hotel. The speakers, and indeed the whole event,
was up to usual high standard with some performance that can only be
described as superb. Ken Murphy gave an enthralling note free immortal
memory, one of the best ever heard by regular supper goers. Rotarian James
Campbell toasted the lassies with his customary humour and Celia McDougall
replied in similar fashion. The address to the haggis was performed with
gusto and superb delivery by Alan Sparling. The singing of Mod Gold
medalist Raymond Bremner was outstanding as was a contribution from Celia
McDougall. Alan Plowman was piper for the evening and there cannot be many
as skillful in the county. The Rotary Club always have Thurso Round Table
members as their guests at this function and their Chairman has the duty
of getting the evening off to a good start with the Selkirk Grace and
Michael Dunnett certainly performed his task with confidence. The evening
was rounded off with community singing and a fine vote of thanks by
Rotarian John Hook. Finally a report would not be complete without mention
of the significant contribution made to the evening by Rotary
Vice-President Murray Campbell who chaired the supper. His chairmanship
was excellent and humorous and interspersed with authoritative
interjections, in keeping with his position as an top grade football
referee, when the audience became more than enthusiastic as the evening