Eyemouth Rotary celebrates its 40th anniversary in style

Left to right are President of Eyemouth & District Rotary club David McClymont, Paul Harris Fellows Ian McIvor, Peter "The Piper" Craig, Bruce Thomson, Syd Sinclair, Mike Jopling and 1020 District Governor Keith Best
Left to right are President of Eyemouth & District Rotary club David McClymont, Paul Harris Fellows Ian McIvor, Peter "The Piper" Craig, Bruce Thomson, Syd Sinclair, Mike Jopling and 1020 District Governor Keith Best

DIAMOND celebrations may be on most people’s minds this year but it was a ruby anniversary that the Rotary Club of Eyemouth and District marked last week.

During their 40th Charter night celebrations at Eyemouth Golf Club last Friday, June 15, five Paul Harris Awards were presented to worthy recipients for their outstanding work in the community: Rotarians Syd Sinclair, Ian McIvor and Mike Jopling and two members of the Eyemouth community Peter ‘The Piper’ Craig and Bruce Thomson.

Vice chair of the Rotary Club of Eyemouth and District, Jo Pawley explained: “Paul Harris was one of the founders of Rotary and was very involved in its development, which grew from a single club in Chicago in 1905 into the global organisation we know today. The Paul Harris Award was set up in memory of his work to recognise outstanding contributions to the ideals of Rotary.”

Eyemouth and District president David McClymont presented the awards assisted by Rotary District 1020 District Governor Keith Best. Eyemouth rotarians were joined by representatives from over 14 Rotary clubs, including members of Dunbar Rotary, together with Inner Wheel Clubs and many other guests for the 40th birthday celebrations.

In 1972, Dunbar Rotary had been instrumental in helping to establish a club in Eyemouth and to show their appreciation of the club’s success in the intervening 40 years, Dunbar president Elaine O’Brien presented a cup to her fellow president of Eyemouth Rotary Club, David McClymont, saying:“Dunbar Rotary have had a close relationship with members of Eyemouth Rotary for 40 years and we have marked the occasion of their 40th Charter with a cup which Eyemouth will be able to present annually to a club member, nominated for their outstanding contribution to Rotary”.