West Lothian Courier - - District News -

Ro­tary Club of Lin­lith­gow Grange At the 13th No­vem­ber meet­ing Pres­i­dent Harry Mil­lar con­grat­u­lated mem­bers Ken MacKen­zie and Thom Rid­dell for their re­cent elec­tion to posts on the Ro­tary District 1020 Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for 2018_19. In ad­di­tion, he re­ported on a suc­cess­ful meet­ing he had at­tended at Bo’ness Acad­emy with stu­dents plan­ning to form a Ro­tary In­ter­act club. A num­ber of mem­bers had en­joyed the ‘Scotch Hop’ held the pre­vi­ous Satur­day with danc­ing to the John Carmichael Band. The evening’s speaker was Jonathan Cameron, the son of one of the club mem­bers, who gave a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into how data col­lected from across a num­ber of gov­ern­ment agen­cies in Scot­land were an­a­lysed to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on health and so­cial trends. This was fol­lowed by a lively ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with many mem­bers keen to un­der­stand how these trends might be bet­ter un­der­stood. The club also hosted a round of the ‘Ro­tary District Quiz’, with vis­i­tors from Pol­mont. Although bat­tling with sev­eral ‘buzzer fail­ures’ both teams put in strong a per­for­mance, how­ever, this time the Lin­lith­gow team was vic­to­ri­ous. Next weeks’ meet­ing will wel­come the District Gov­er­nor Lind­say Craig. Lin­lith­gow and District 41 Club’s guest speaker for the month of No­vem­ber was Gra­ham Per­ci­val who has re­cently been pro­moted to Gen­eral Man­ager of the Air Am­bu­lance Di­vi­sion of the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice. Gra­ham told the group that, on leav­ing school, he started work as a nurse in in­ten­sive care at South Cleve­land Hos­pi­tal in Mid­dles­brough. He moved on, join­ing the RAF for 10 years where his skills were used in ar­eas of con­flict around the World. In 2013, Gra­ham’s ca­reer then took him to join the Am­bu­lance Ser­vice where he was ini­tially part of the Emer­gency Med­i­cal Re­trieval Ser­vice. He ex­plained the work done by the Ser­vice in sav­ing lives, gen­er­ally in the more re­mote ar­eas of Scot­land and he went on to give some ex­am­ples of pa­tient up­lifts in which he had per­son­ally been in­volved. The Ser­vice is usu­ally in­volved in 3500 mis­sions ev­ery year. Two mem­bers of 41 Club were able to con­firm that they both had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of the ser­vice, with friends re­ceiv­ing life-sav­ing up­lifts from re­mote parts of Scot­land. Gor­don Smith gave a vote of thanks on be­half of 41 Club, both for an en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing talk and also for the very fine work done by the Ser­vice. An en­joy­able din­ner con­cluded the evening.

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