Ro­tary launch new char­i­ta­ble scheme

‘Char­ity be­gins at home’ says new club pres­i­dent

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Com­mu­nity groups stand to gain up to £200 a month as the new pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club vows to sup­port a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion ev­ery month for the next year.

Bill McIn­tosh was elected as the pres­i­dent of the club for the 2016/17 year ear­lier this month and has pledged to con­tinue the club’s sup­port of schools, sports clubs, so­cial groups and char­i­ties with a new scheme.

The ini­tia­tive in­vites com­mu­nity groups to write to the Ro­tary Club set­ting out what sup­port they need. The Ro­tary will then choose one group per month to sup­port.

Bill, who is tak­ing on the role of club pres­i­dent for a sec­ond time, said: “We are al­ways get­ting let­ters from char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions and what we are try­ing to start up this year is a monthly com­mu­nity award where we award any­thing up to £200 a month to a com­mu­nity char­ity or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Over the last few years we have been try­ing to get more in­volved with the com­mu­nity and as the say­ing goes char­ity be­gins at home so we be­lieve very strongly in that.”

Out­go­ing pres­i­dent Ian Wil­son also praised his club’s con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity in the past year as among the high­lights of his pres­i­dency.

He said: “We had the op­por­tu­nity to help young peo­ple through Dur ie’s Box­ing Club, we helped Ruther­glen High School, Calder­wood Pri­mary School, we helped the swim­ming club and also Burn­side Pri­mary School won the pri­mary school quiz.

“These are all su­perb high­lights of the year and we were able to con­tinue our sup­port of char­i­ties through­out the year.

“It was an ex­cel­lent year and I’m sure we will have just as good a year in the com­ing 12 months.”

Both Bill and Ian ex­tended a warm wel­come to peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in join­ing the Ro­tary club, stat­ing it of­fered fun, fel­low­ship and a great op­por­tu­nity to sup­port char­i­ta­ble causes both at home and abroad.

Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club meets ev­ery Thurs­day evening at 5.30pm at Kings Park Ho­tel when a meal is served at 6pm. A speaker is in­vited to ad­dress the group af­ter din­ner each week and busi­ness is usu­ally con­cluded for 7.30pm.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing can call Ian for more in­for­ma­tion on 07836 746016.

Com­mu­nity groups who would like to ap­ply for the Ro­tary ’s new char­i­ta­ble scheme can ap­ply in writ­ing and send their let­ter to the Ro­tary Club, Kings Park Ho­tel, Mill St, Glas­gow G73 2LX or email billy@na­tion­al­

New Team Ro­tary Club of Ruther­glen pres­i­dent Bill McIn­tosh and vice pres­i­dent Pat Paul

Hon­oured A Com­mu­nity Award was pre­sented to Bill Wil­son

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