Newton Stewart Rotary Club is alive and kicking and now looking for members

Newton Stewart Rotary Club would like to reassure residents of Newton Stewart and the wider community that the Club is alive and kicking.

We are a local club, which is part of a global organisation, making a difference around the world. Is working with young people an area of interest that you would like to help us develop?

If you are a quiz lover, perhaps you would like to participate in the inter-club Quiz with us? Do you want to share your business skills to help others in your community?

Don’t think you can make a difference? Consider this: until a single Rotarian proposed raising funds to pay for a Polio vaccination programme for a town in the Philippines in 1979, Polio was endemic and caused fear, pain and suffering throughout the world. By 2014, 2.5 billion children worldwide have been immunised, the virus exists in only 3 countries and national governments are working together to eradicate the virus completely.

This is what becoming a member of Rotary can achieve. Are you ready to take your place?

The decision was made earlier this year to cancel the Wheelie Good Bike Show for 2014, with a view to a bigger and better event in 2015.

At the open meeting on May 22, several non- Rotary members attended and a number of good ideas were shared. The next Bike Show meeting will be on Thursday Aug 7th at 7pm at The Bruce Hotel, for those who attended previously and anyone else who would like to contribute to making it a ‘must be there’ event in the Wigtownshire calendar.

Youth work with pupils from the Douglas Ewart High School including the Young Chef and Young Technologist competitions and the Primary School quiz will continue to happen, helping young people find aspiration and learn new skills. Peace Ambassadors- students from DEHS- have been learning about conflict resolution and how to achieve it through the Peace Initiative, which was so successfully show- cased at the conference at the Scottish Parliament at the beginning of May.

The Newton Stewart Rotary Club has always been known for our emphasis on fellowship.

The Club will continue to share fun and knowledge with other Rotary Clubs in the region by taking part in the Club Quiz- although we may never reach the highest accolade of being in the final!

The pleasure to be had of meeting with other like-minded people is always a joy and the competitive edge keeps the mind busy.

The Club is developing close links with the newly regenerated Newton Stewart Initiative and has been active in the meetings which have taken place so far. The aim of the Initiative is to act as an umbrella group to support all the other people in the community organising events and clubs, who want to make Newton Stewart a good place to visit and to live. This combined with the skills and knowledge the individual groups already have and the access to wider support that a national organisation such as the Rotary Club can offer, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole and everybody wins.

The Rotary Club of Newton Stewart has been in existence since 1967 and has donated thousands of pounds to worthy causes locally, nationally and internationally. Club members have given their time and their skills to any number of events, organisations and causes from international ones such as the End Polio Now campaign, to helping individual High School students in their studies with support for field trips or equipment.

The Club needs new members to continue to support the community; to run the Bike Show in the summer and the Bonfire in November, to raise funds for charities to help people in crisis, to develop skills and experience in our youth and expand their horizons. All these things take time and effort but can be achieved with many hands making the work light.

Rotary members come from all walks of life, all professions and backgrounds. The only criteria required to become a member is an active wish to participate in your local community and a wish to have fun!

To help the Newton Stewart Club go on for another 47 years and longer, why not come along to a meeting at The Bruce Hotel at Newton Stewart from 6.15pm on a Thursday and see what we do? If you want further details, please contact our Secretary Keith Best at or on 01671 403464 or President Kenneth McCubbin at We look forward to welcoming you soon.