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.