Arbroath Rotary Club members enjoyed a special meeting last week.
On Thursday, Dale Hatton, president, was pleased to welcome Lady Fraser to the meeting at the Meadowbank Inn to speak about the fund-raising campaign for the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre.
Another special guest was John Thornton, a Red Lichtie whose father’s name is on the chain of office worn by club presidents. John now resides in Burnside near Adelaide, Australia, and he is a member of the local Rotary Club there.
Local member Ian Lamb had also been travelling and had visited Rotary Club number one in Chicago, the very first Rotary Club, which was established in 1905.
The club was also delighted to welcome back two guests who were inducted as new members, Susan Hart, Wellbank, and Mary Struthers, Arbroath. The addition of these two ladies brings the number of women in the club to a healthy total of 10.
Then Lady Fraser spoke warmly of how generous people in Angus had been regarding the special appeal which has been running in memory of Dr Jacqui Wood who led the Ninewells Cancer Campaign for 20 years which raised £18 million during that time.
She revealed that she had became involved with the campaign in 1991 and became chairperson when Dr Wood died of cancer in 2010. This new appeal hopes to raise £2 million to create an outstanding research infrastructure and to attract even more world-class research scientists to the purpose-built facility on the Ninewells site.
She was delighted to relate that the appeal will have raised £1 million within a few days. The Rotary Club of Arbroath was pleased to be able to add to the total by donating a cheque for £500.
For more information about the club access the website at www.arbroath.rotary1010.org or www.facebook.com/ArbroathRotary