The Eastwood sports team of Ian Barr, Barbara Grant and Steve Malloy visited Strathendrick Rotary Club on Monday 24th November to continue our battle for the District Fellowship Trophy.
After enjoying a pleasant meal among friendly hosts, we heard a somewhat lengthy talk by a local historian before finally, at getting on for 9:30pm, embarking on the main business of the night - the dominoes match! And what a match it was - 3 against 3, no holds barred, and may the best man win.
There was a crushing early win for Malloy who has pedigree in this event as his grandfather was a Dundee dominoes league champ (honest). Grant, who claims to have perfected her dominoes playing the grandkids, lost and one can only speculate that she failed to rid herself of her "let the grandkids win at all costs" mind-set.
And so, it all came down to Iain Barr to win or lose the tie. And he did... lose that is. So, with a chap - chap of the discarded domino on the wooden table of despondency, Barr folded and our challenge ended. On the long dark road home, the team could only speculate on what might have been. Another long journey into darkness, to continue the fellowship fight at some other remote club who knows where... and they cheered as one!
Postscript: Steve Malloy popped into Debenhams earlier that day and asked if they had any dominoes. Sorry mate, said the sales assistant, we used to but I think it's closed now.
The efforts of Eastwood Rotarians meant they could fulfil many young kids' dreams as they met Santa in his grotto at this year's Clarkston Christmas Extravaganza. Club members Iain Barr, Neil Briand, Alastair Denholm, Barbara Grant, Steve Malloy and Frank McGee manned the Santa Grotto which proved a huge hit for the kids on Saturday 22nd November.
A chance to meet Santa, pick up a nice present and have your photo taken saw a long queue of parents and excited young kids waiting patiently throughout the afternoon. One child even brought along her letter to Santa, just to make sure the message got through.
Special mention must go to Rotarian Rob Wilkinson who's alter ego endured 5 hours in Santa's chair talking non-stop to excited (and sometimes tearful!) children. One parent told me that her two kids had wanted to see him last year but the queues were too long. "We'll see him next year" she said and the children were delighted to take her up on that promise.
Funds raised from the Santa Grotto, plus further fundraising carried out around the event by determined Rotarians came to over £500! These will go towards supporting the many events that Eastwood Rotary carries out with local schools including the primary School Quiz, Young Musician, Young Chef, Young Golfers and the RYLA camp.
On Thursday 20th November, the club celebrated the 80th birthday of founding member Ronnie Munn. Of course, looking at Ronnie, nobody can believe he's actually 80. And, in truth, he wasn't really 80 at all... that didn't occur until Friday 21st November!
In light of his close association with the game of golf, Ronnie's cake was shaped as a golf ball on a putting green - suitably large so that even Ronnie could hit it.
Members and partners attended , as did Russell and Yvonne McMillan of East Renfrewshire Good Causes - an organisation which Eastwood Rotary Club have been proud to support over many years.
The club are all delighted for Ronnie that he's in such robust health, continues to work incredibly hard for the club and still puts in a regular shift on the course at Whitecraigs Golf Club. Long may it continue.
The Eastwood Rotary Club round of the 2014-15 Young Chef Competition took place at Williamwood High School on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 12th November.
Representatives from St Luke's High School and Williamwood High School competed. The winner was Morgan Colquhoun of St Luke's High School.
The judges were Sandra Campbell and Rosalind Denholm, partners of Eastwood Rotary members Don and Alastair pictured here with the other two competitors Adam Paterson also of St. Luke's High School and Lauren McLaren of Williamwood High School.
Morgan will take part in the regional round at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride in January.