Rotary launch new charitable scheme
‘Charity begins at home’ says new club president
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Team Rotary Club of Rutherglen president Bill McIntosh and vice president Pat Paul
Honoured A Community Award was presented to Bill Wilson