Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Ruther­glen Ro­tary’s new pres­i­dent got his premier­ship off to the per­fect start by help­ing out a lo­cal club.

Ian Wil­son was paid a visit by Archie Durie of Durie’s Gym, af­ter mem­bers agreed to make the club one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions who would ben­e­fit from their char­i­ta­ble fund this year.

Durie’s were forced to make a plea through the Re­former for funds in an ef­fort to keep the club go­ing.

And the com­mu­nity has re­sponded, with the Ro­tary only too happy to help out.

Coach of the club Archie Durie said: “I can only imag­ine they read about our plight through the Re­former.

“I hadn’t checked my mail box for four days then I checked it and there was a cheque for £1000, I was over the moon!

“I’d like to thank the Ro­tary Club fromt he bot­tom of my heart.”

Other groups who will ben­e­fit from the Ro­tary’s fund this year will be: Ruther­glen Abbey­field, Strath­car­ron Hos­pice, Car­rot, Burn­side in Bloom, Ruther­glen Swimming Club, Spe­cial Needs Ruther­glen, Kid­neys for Kids, Lo­cal Autis­tic Sup­port Group and the Lo­cal Women’s Aid Group.

Plans for the new ses­sion were made at a re­cent meet­ing, Ian’s first as pres­i­dent.

He kicked off pro­ceed­ings by thank­ing re­tir­ing of­fice bear­ers in­clud­ing Past Pres­i­dent Bill Lig­gat, Past Sec­re­tary John Lloyd and Convenors Nigel Al­lon and Jim Fitz­patrick. Thanks were due also to Jim Quigley for his ex­cel­lent

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