Monthly Archives: December 2015

The annual "Magazine Night" is the one fundraising evening of the year when we ask members and guests to put their hands in their pocket to contribute to our many worthy causes.

A fine Christmas meal was accompanied by a quiz and also saw Don Campbell being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his many years of contribution to Rotary both at Eastwood and at his previous club in Kampala, Uganda.

John organised the quiz at the table, won by Peter Daniels, and a second quiz after dinner which was (dubiously) won by a table of colluding chancers!

The putting competition was won convincingly by George Brunton, to great acclaim since nobody knew he could actually play the game.

A bottle stall and lucky dip, organised by Anne McGuire, was a great fundraiser on the night. All her efforts cajoling (i.e. bullying) the members to contribute bottles ("alcohol please!") and wrapped gifts on the night meant that the table was laden with tempting goodies. Some of us, ahem, were VERY lucky and, for a few pounds spent,  amassed a fine collection of bottles to help see them through Christmas.

The finale of the evening, as ever, was Ronnie Munn as ace auctioneer (cunning plan as he then doesn't have to bid for anything!). Champagne, whisky, decanters, books - all went under the hammer. There was almost a fight over the Scotty Dog but Lin Milne eventually emerged triumphant in the bidding war.

A particularly big thank you to Ronnie for organising the evening and Anne McGuire for arranging so many bottles and gifts. The total raised will be announced shortly.

 

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Santa Had his work cut out at this year's Clarkston Bid Christmas Extravaganza where, once again, Eastwood Rotary Club had Santa's Grotto.

For a mere £5, the children could meet Santa, receive a nice present and have their photo taken with the great man himself.

santa2No wonder there was such a long queue of expectant children with one or two of the younger ones looking a bit more anxious than their older siblings.

However, everyone enjoyed the experience and Santa was his magnificent, friendly self... coaxing details of their Christmas wishes from children of all ages (although some of the parents received a bit of a shock. Err.. and where will we keep that full size Unicorn then?)

Eastwood raised over £1,000 on the day and, after costs, we expect to have around £900 to support our own Rotary Youth charities and the incredible work of Kidney Kids Scotland.

NewbiesPresident Margaret had the pleasure of welcoming two new members to the club this week.

Both Audrey Gartly and Colin Hunter have transferred from Rotary Clubs from far-flung parts - Audrey from Ellon in the North and Colin from Penicuik in the East!

After a few weeks of visiting with us, just to make sure we are as nice as we tell everyone we are, the two were officially welcomed as members on Thursday 10th December. It's great to have them on board and they have fitted in very quickly. Committee positions will follow swiftly, I can assure you.

A big hello from all of us.