One of the highlights of Alford & District Rotary Club’s year was welcoming members of various Rotakids clubs at one of their meetings last month.
The club, long recognised for its excellent links with both primary and secondary school pupils in the local area, welcomed representatives from the Rotakids clubs of Craigievar, Midmar, Tough, and Tullynestle, and the Interact Group of Alford Academy to their meeting at the Haughton Arms.
Each group took it in turns to report on their club’s events and fundraising efforts undertaken during the 2014/ 15 academic year, and outline their plans for the coming session.
It was agreed that every school group had demonstrated a skillful blend of local community and global projects, undertaken as part of the Curriculum for Excellence and their Rotary programmes.
The members of the Alford & District Club were humbled by the amount of money the young people had raised, the wise choices of suitable charities they had supported, and the obvious enthusiasm for all their activities.
The Alford & District Rotary Club also run the annual primary school quiz, the young musician of the year, young writer of the year, and they also sponsor senior pupils from Alford Academy attending RYLA camp - which develops leadership, initiative, self confidence and team building through a week’s residential programme of activities.
This year, Nicola Mackie was sponsored by the club to attend the RYLA camp.
In her presentation, she paid tribute to the quality and long-term benefits she had gained from the experience, the new friends she had made, and her gratitude to the Rotary club for sponsoring her.
The meeting ended with a buffet supper, enjoyed by all three generations of Rotary, and president Neill Robinson said a big thank you to all the children for their efforts and attendance.