Rotary hand-over

Don Clark (left) is pictured handing over the chain of office to Mike Sowden for the Presidency of the Arbroath Rotary club.
Don Clark (left) is pictured handing over the chain of office to Mike Sowden for the Presidency of the Arbroath Rotary club.

ARBROATH Rotary president Don Clark ended his year in office with a summary of the club’s activities at the weekly meeting in the Meadowbank Inn.

He said although fund-raising had not been a major priority for the year, the club had still disbursed about £16,000 with roughly one third going to international charities and two thirds given locally.

“My feeling is that this is about the right balance for us to strike,” he said.

As well as making reference to a number of the club’s events throughout the year, he thanked his club council members with particular mention for the year’s office-bearers and president elect Michael Sowden for his excellent work in bringing forward proposals to restructure the club which had met with unanimous approval.

On behalf of club members, Barbara Thompson thanked Mr Clark for all his good work as president.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Clark formally handed over the chain of office to incoming president Michael Sowden and wished him well for the year ahead.

Rotarian Tony Treger reported on three highly successful trips to the Bell Rock on board the Girl Katherine II to mark the Year of the Light, with a fourth and final one due to sail at the end of July.

The trips had proved highly popular with Rotarians, family and friends. Tony was thanked for organising the trips for the club by Bill Lakie.

Rotarian Jill Kerr presented president Don Clark with a cheque for over £106 to go towards eradicating polio through Polio Plus. The money had been raised by pupils at Arbroath Academy.