Stalwarts of group
Fellowship award to community service
Cambuslang Rotary Club has honoured four people at their end of year meeting.
As well as the traditional presidential handover, the club awarded their Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest award in Rotary.
This can be awarded to individual Rotary members for distinguished service to their club or to nonRotarians who the club wishes to recognise for service within their local community.
The first recipient was John Edgar, a non-Rotarian. John is well-known for his work running Summerfest and has served as a community councillor for the Halfway area as well as with many community organisations.
Through his work he also organises Christmas parties for local children and pensioners.
Cambuslang Rotary members said Summerfest had “restored civic pride” and united people in the community.
Margaret McFarlane also received an award. She has held various posts at Cambuslang Parish Church and is a founding member of their walking club and member of the pastoral care team.
She is well known in the Girl’s Brigade, serving in Fernhill and as secretary of the Rutherglen battalion and is also involved with the Cambuslang Voluntary Care Club which she helps to run.
The final two awards went to Rotary members David Brown and Alastair Firth.
David has been involved since the 1990s and was responsible for promoting the change from lunchtime to evening meetings. He has served two terms as president and has also served as secretary and as chair of all the main committees.
He initiated the ‘Rotary Young Citizen of the Year’ award which ran successfully for several years, he has hosted overseas group study exchange students.
He is the current speaker secretary and runs the 100 club which is the clubs primary source of charitable funds.
Alastair Firth has been a member since 1982 making him the third longest serving member.
He served as president in the year 1993/94 with a second term in 2009/10. Like David, Alastair has served on all committees, has been treasurer and is currently the auditor.
Within the community he is auditor to many local charitable organisations, is a long term treasurer and board member at Kirkhill Bowling Club, a past chairman and current board member of Partick Housing Association, a trustee of the Cambuslang Institute, producer of CARROT (the talking newspaper), and most recently board member at the David Livingstone centre where he is leading a multimillion pound development of the museum.
The awards were presented by retiring president Bill Crombie in his last official act as president before handing over the chain of office to Tony Neeson. Having kept the presentation details a closely guarded secret all the winners were genuinely surprised to be recognised for their service. It was a great way to end the year.
Put it there Alastair Firth could not make the handover dinner so his award was presented by Bill Crombie at a social evening at the Cinnamon Club
Caring Margaret McFarlane was honoured for her work at Cambuslang Parish Church and other organisations
Summer days Summerfest chairman John Edgar receives his award from Bill Crombie