Speakers enlighten Rotary

Rotary president Mike Binks thanks Martin Laing for his speech
Rotary president Mike Binks thanks Martin Laing for his speech

The Rotary club in Newton Stewart is enthusiastically receiving local speakers within the community to gain knowledge and be able to support ongoing local activities.

Two weeks ago Martin Laing, editor of The Galloway Gazette, presented an overview of his life within the newspaper world. Martin gave an insight into the preparation of a modern newspaper and amazed the Rotarians and partners how large the online readership of the newspaper has become.

Rotarians Gordon Bennie and Mike Binks with young Ben Moore after his speech

Rotarians Gordon Bennie and Mike Binks with young Ben Moore after his speech

There were more than normal the number of interesting questions posed to Martin, who gave full and frank responses to each. Rotarian Vic Pitcher responded sincerely to what had been a very stimulating talk and discussion.

On September 6, there was a contrasting speaker in both age and experience. The club was treated to a presentation by a young student from Douglas Ewart High School, Ben Moore, who has spent two weeks this summer on the Scottish Youth Theatre Summer School.

Ben’s presentation was interesting and enlightening and gave the club an insight into the opportunities available for young people to be exposed to different experiences. Ben had to raise £675 to fund his trip and did this in various ways, including approaching the club for a donation. He also did lots of odd jobs for friends and neighbours. It was great to hear positive stories about what a young person from the town is doing in developing his skills and possibly building a future career.

The members asked a number of questions at the end of Ben’s presentation about what he felt he had learned from his experience and how he would like to move forward. Everyone was taken aback to know that he was still only 13 and made a presentation of his experience that was worthy of a much older person.

Rotarian Gordon Bennie, now a retired teacher from the Douglas Ewart, gave the vote of thanks and commended Ben for his maturity and confidence.

For further information on Rotary, contact Sara Matchett on 07880 790899 or via e-mail on saram@talktalk.net.