Stal­warts of group

Fel­low­ship award to com­mu­nity ser­vice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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