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Rotarians take on environmental responsibility

By David Porter

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Following the Christmas and New Year break, the Rotary Club of Inverurie re-convened on Tuesday evening in the Kintore Arms Hotel where their meetings have been held since their inauguration in 1953.

During the holiday period, Rotarians and Associates were busy, with others on the functions held in the Christmas Cafe, The Lunch on Christmas Day and a further lunch and games , organised for that section of the community in need of food and friendship especially at this time and which have been widely reported on, in the Advertiser.

Meantime the Glee Club have been rehearsing in preparation for a hectic few weeks entertaining various groups in the area.

As member Jim McColl said: "Looking ahead, we welcome Graham McWilliam back next week to bring us up to date on plans for Kids Out 2020 that wonderful annual event, held in the grounds at Craibstone, organised by Rotary Clubs in the area, when 600 plus children, many with learning difficulties enjoy a programme of fun and frolics.

"We also had word of our Burns Supper evening to be held later in the month when amongst others we will welcome back to our midst Peter Mitchell who will propose the toast to the lassies!

"We can't wait."

Looking forward Jim said: "As you might expect, instructions have come down from on high entitled 'Guidance for Clubs on our Environment Sustainability Responsibilities', so amongst other things we have to appoint a club environment officer.

"Climate Change is happening and it affects all of us, even Rotarians, but more of this in due course.

"Much of the above relates to the club's activities in our community but a further session took place to discuss some of the disasters in other parts of the globe which are currently making the headlines – Indonesia and Australia to name but two.

"How can we help?."

To end on a very positive note chairman Iain Mathers had the pleasure of acknowledging the work of the KA staff who look after us so well week in week out, with a seasonal gift.

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