Rotary Club look back on busy year

Winners of the annual Ploughing Match
Winners of the annual Ploughing Match

2014 proved to be a very busy but successful year for the Peterhead Rotary Club.

At the start of the year John Johnston and Robbie Emslie gave up their time to give some youngsters an opportunity to experience out door activities.

Roddy at the Shoe Box Appeal Day in Morrisons

Roddy at the Shoe Box Appeal Day in Morrisons

This took place over several weekends with canoeing, hill walking, mountain biking and abseiling.

The project was a huge success and has had great feedback from all who took part.

John and Robbie encouraged everyone and hopefully the experience will have a positive effect on the future for those who took part.

The school quiz as always was well attended and again enjoyed by everyone and Rotary members would like to say thanks to Mike and Hillary Gordon who give up their time to organise this.

Visitors arrive at the Rotary Tea Party at the Salvation Army Hall

Visitors arrive at the Rotary Tea Party at the Salvation Army Hall

A pub quiz was organised and the money raised was put into funds to help in the community and world wide projects.

Rotary members had a social night bowling at Mintlaw and this was also a chance to share fellowship with other clubs.

The pensioners tea party took place in May, Rotary members provided transport and it was good to see this event enjoyed by so many.

In July, two RYLA candidates attended camp for a week.

This was a great experience and a chance to develop not only friendships, but team building skills and self esteem, and the girls came back to the club and gave an excellent presentation.

Rotary members attended the Harbour open day and help to raise money by running the barbecue.

This is always a well attended event and enjoyed by the Peterhead community.

Rotary also hosted a stall at the Port Erroll Harbour day in August, providing a raffle and hook a duck.

Rotary’s longest serving member also celebrated his 90th birthday, congratulations Allan Ross!

In September Rotary supported the Street Pastors who gave their talk to the club.

They are establishing themselves in the community, helping those out late on a Friday and Saturday nights and provide assistance for those most vulnerable and importantly a listening ear.

Rotary’s candidate for the Young Photographer achieved first place in the regional finals and third place in the national finals.

The competition will run again this year with entrants from primary schools in the area and also Peterhead Academy.

During October the weather was kind for the Vintage Tractor Ploughing Match, one of the Rotary’s biggest fundraising events.

On the following day there was a Harvest Home Concert, both events are well attended and thanks to all who make it all possible.

The Gavel competition was hosted by Peterhead Rotary in October.

The money raised from the raffle was donated to First Steps Himalayas and accepted by Hillary Gordon who has made several visits to help set up education facilities.

Morrison’s kindly supported the Shoe Box Appeal, and over 200 boxes were filled thanks to the generosity of everyone in the community.

November another chance for fundraising, in partnership with Puma boys club, bag packing at ASDA and a buttery morning and nearly new sale was organised.

In December their final fundraising event of the year was a bag pack at Morrison’s, once again with the Puma boys club.

Rotary members have been overwhelmed by everyone who has donated to their appeals.

Due to the continuing support of everyone in the Community, the club has been able to donate to the Rotary Foundation, Crocus End Polio Appeal, Street Pastors, Puma Boys Club, First Steps Himalayas.

Money has also been pledged to CAIR Scotland and Ebola crisis.

Rotary will continue to work in the community and world wide to make sure funds raised are used to help were most needed.

Rotary members welcome anyone who would wish to join them on a Tuesday evening at the Palace Hotel and they wish to extend thanks to everyone who has supported them so far.