Rotary Club of South Queensferry
Club ID – 18823 District – 1320
Founded – 1977 Members – 30ish
President: Mr Neil McKinlay Secretary: Mr Eric J Proven
Greetings originated by: Jasmine Morris
Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 7:00pm
The Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road, West Lothian
The Rotary Club of Queensferry has many similar projects to us but one interesting difference is that they have linked up with their district Council and identify small plots of land that can be enhanced with a bit of labour or a seat or planters.
Why have I chosen this club?
Well, they have nurtured a member since 1984 and he is the reason that I have chosen this club.
I want you to imagine a mountain. At the foot are more than 35,000 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs with over 1.2 million Rotarians. Some very famous members include Orville Wright, John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong and Winston Churchill to name just a few. Then a little way up we have all these clubs put into districts, some are very large (whole countries) and some like ours are three counties Herts, Beds and Bucks, and each District has a Governor. For most of the world that is the structure until you get to the very top. Here we are slightly different as we have an extra level – RIBI so over our District Governors we have an RIBI President. Gordon was RIBI President in 2004-5.
Gordon McInally (a dentist) has been President of his club, then district Governor of District 1320 before becoming vice president and then president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. Now this Rotary year Gordon has been appointed to the very the top position and is Rotary International President.
Gordon is a delightful, modest man and a true humanitarian and his motto for this year is –
Create Hope in the World
Gordon McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realise these values.