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Rotary aims to increase membership

By Sean McAngus

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Ellon Rotary Club president Chris Hall aims to grow membership numbers in the second half of his time in the role.

The Rotarian wants to encourage more people to get involved with the club.

The Indian buffet fundraiser at the Victoria Hall was a roaring success for the Ellon Rotary Club.Picture: Phil Harman
The Indian buffet fundraiser at the Victoria Hall was a roaring success for the Ellon Rotary Club.Picture: Phil Harman

He said: “One of the main things that I have always wanted to achieve was to build up membership.

“We are working on getting more members to the club.

“I have had half a year now and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We have had Jim Gifford leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Damian Bates, who co-wrote the Real Deal about Donald Trump, visited us. So we have had a lot of great speakers.

“The support from the club and people from Ellon has been tremendous.”

There are too many highlights for Chris in 2019 to choose a standout moment.

He added: “There has been a lot of highlights.

“The first highlight on my list is we did the Easter egg hunt at Haddo in April which was highly successful in conjunction with Oldmeldrum club.

“We raised a lot of the money and £2000 of the money was donated to the Friends of the Neonatal Unit.

“Then in June, eight couples from our rotary went over to Hamburg for the international rotary conference.

“They were well entertained by the Germans.

“The pedal car race took place in August which again raised a superb amount and just recently we presented cheques to Ellon Community Council for Christmas lights fund and the Ellon Pipe Band for their needs which were a great success.

“In October we had the charity golf tournament where a large amount of money was raised and as far as I know we haven’t decided where the money is going.

“Also in October, we have a quiz where another £1100 was raised as well.

“The Christmas lights switch at the end of November which is something we helped with stewarding was a huge success.

“Then we had a Christmas party for older residents in Ellon and over 100 people attended at the Station Hotel which was great.”

He added about a recent Indian Buffet fundraiser in the Victoria Hall that raised £3000.

“It was a really good night.

“We raised a lot of money.”

Anyone interested in joining the Rotary can visit their Facebook page.

The club meets on a Wednesday in the Station Hotel, Ellon at 6.30pm.

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