Our handover event on 27th June proved to be a busy evening with a secretary retiring and two Paul Harris Fellowships awarded.

A fond farewell to Neil Briand as he retires and returns down south; a big thank you to President Colin Hunter for his year in office; congratulations to Barbara Grant and Anne McGuire on their well-deserved Paul Harris Awards; and welcome to our new President Peter Daniels.

The Questioners Were Tough... so were the questions

A team of Peter Daniels, Barbara Grant, Steve Malloy and Ronnie Munn represented the club at this year's Govan Quiz.

We were 'placed' among the also-rans I'm afraid.

However, while Ronnie Munn bought more raffle tickets that you can shake a stick at, as usual he didn't win a thing. Meantime, Steve and Peter picked up a couple of nice prizes in the raffle so a successful night (for some) overall.

We are delighted to have been nominated in the I Love Clarkston Community Awards as a Clarkston Community Champion!

Stephen Malloy received his nomination (made by members of the public) as a result of the work carried out by Eastwood Rotary within the East Renfrewshire area.

The Facebook page entry which advised us we had been nominated!

Being nominated is reward enough for us... and terrific publicity for the club. The winner will be announced at a special awards dinner on Friday 1st March.

Eastwood Rotary Club’s Annual Burns Supper... great crowd, great speakers and great atmosphere...

Kilty the Panda had a ball... brought along to his first Burns Supper by Jack Atkinson and Carla.

Many thanks to all our entertainers and the lovely folk at Williamwood Golf Club. Special thanks to the fabulous Chapman Billies who even donated their expenses to CHAS!

Kilty the Panda came along for the evening.
Top Table & the Chapman Billies in full song.

A brilliant effort by the pupils at Eastwood and Barrhead High Schools at our Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

Eastwood won the Seniors competition and Barrhead won the Juniors.

Both schools should be really proud of them. There were also superb presentations by Mearns Castle and Woodfarm High Schools.

Our Youth Speaks Competitors!

Once again, another successful event was held at Williamwood High School where singers and instrumentalists battled for the opportunity to go forward tour regional final at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.

Our two winners were Amy Murphy (vocalist) and Ewan Miller (instrumentalist).

Amy Murphy receives her winner's plaque from President Colin Hunter
Ewan Miller was the Instrumentalist winner (xylophone)

A Prestigious Award

At last year’s RYLA Camp the club was so impressed with another of their candidate’s fortitude that we nominated Ashleigh Norris for a Diana’s Award. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. The Award is the longest running award for young people that are given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only.

Behind the Diana Award

The thinking behind the award is particularly significant for Ashleigh as it recognises that these special youngsters do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward.

For obvious reasons, we can’t talk in detail about the background to our decision but suffice to say Ashleigh has done tremendously well to cope with the difficulties that life has thrown at her. The club hadn’t heard of this award but Judy Brunton, wife of Rotarian George Brunton, recognised how hard Ashleigh had worked and suggested that such an award was wholly appropriate.

The Big Day

The result? Ashleigh attended The Diana Award Ceremony on Monday 5th November at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh where she received her Diana Award. An exciting day for her (and for Rob who also attended!).

Nearly Didn't Happen!

When District 1230 decided not to run RYLA this year, Eastwood’s Rob Wilkinson our Youth Convenor was undeterred. Convinced of the benefits of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), he contacted District 1020 and asked if our club could send candidates to their camp. These take place at the Abernethy Trust’s Outdoor and Adventure Centre at Ardeonaig, the venue for all the camps since the first ones that were organised by West Linton & District R.C. in 1991!

Great Candidates

Two candidates from our local East Renfrewshire High Schools – Courtney McCann and Sean Douglas Kellie –were selected to go forward. The selection process focusses very much on identifying youngsters who will benefit from a confidence boosting week and is done in participation with local school leaders. The youngsters experience working in teams and have the opportunity to lead teams, overcome their fears and essentially be transformed by the experience.

Change for the Better

Eastwood have participated in RYLA for over 8 years and our youth committee members are always astonished at the change in students before and after their RYLA week. Each student is invited back to do a presentation on their week at RYLA  and invariably every talk ends with “I never, ever thought I would be able to stand in front of so many people and do a presentation!”.

Not All Plain Sailing

This year’s camp wasn’t without incident. Courtney McCann took ill while on the Munro climb and had to be airlifted off by helicopter to the local hospital! Despite that, she returned to speak at the club and was hugely positive about her experiences… up to that point, at least!