Marking 40 years 
of Rotary in Duns

im Hettrick of Eyemouth presenting David McLuckie with the quaich for the new John Denholm Trophy
im Hettrick of Eyemouth presenting David McLuckie with the quaich for the new John Denholm Trophy

The Rotary Club of Duns celebrated its 40th anniversary with a president’s dinner and ceilidh on Saturday evening.

For 40 years now Duns Rotary Club has worked hard to create a strong friendship between its members and a committed service to the local community, to the wider causes supported by Rotary International and to a wide range of worthwhile causes.

Locally the club is seen out and about each year ensuring Santa Claus visits children across the local area, taking Christmas cheer to the patients in the Knoll Hospital, entertaining senior citizens to a lovely lunch and arranging parking at the Jim Clark Rally. The primary school quizzes, young cook and young musician of the year and sponsoring teenagers to attend the annual RYLA camps all enhance the life of our young folk.

The club has supported End Polio Now, Mary’s Meals, the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, Lendwithcare Micro Financing and Prostate Scotland and many other causes. This year the club is focusing on raising funds for Alzheimers Scotland, and has played a vital role in setting up the Forget-me-not cafe, a dementia friendly cafe which meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 2-3.30pm in Duns Parish Church Hall.

Saturday’s anniversary celebrations were held in the Volunteer Hall with catering by the Orde Food Company, Kelso, bar provided by the White Swan Hotel and the music and dance led by ‘Whisky Kiss’.

A group of nearly 80 consisted of members of the Duns Rotary Club, the District Governor of District 1020 RIBI and nine club presidents, plus guests and lots of partners and wives. The Volunteer Hall was looking its best and provided a wonderful setting and excellent ambience.

This year’s Duns Club president David McLuckie welcomed everyone before Rev Stephen Blakey said grace and a lovely meal was enjoyed by all.

Dinner, was followed by a number of uplifting speeches. President David spoke first followed by District Governor Alistair Marquis who after complimenting the club on its 40 years of service presented president David with a club certificate for this, signed by the president of Rotary International, Gary Huang.

Duns Rotary Club was formed in 1975 at the initiative of the Rotary Club of Eyemouth.

Jim Evans the sole remaining founding member of the Eyemouth Club, who is also a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow, spoke to congratulate the ‘daughter club’ for their successful 40 years. To mark these 40 years, and the strong connection between the Eyemouth and Duns clubs, a quaich was presented by Jim Hettrick, current president of the Rotary Club of Eyemouth, which will be engraved recognising the mother/daughter relationship between the clubs.

This trophy will be known as the John Denholm Trophy, John was the Eyemouth president 1974/75 when the Duns club was founded. It is to be awarded annually for performance by committee members, recognising particular and outstanding service in areas such as fundraising, service or membership. President David said: “It has been an honour to serve the club as president during this ruby anniversary year and to lead the continued success of Rotary within the town and surrounding communities.

“The District Governor surprised us by presenting a certificate honouring 40 years of membership in Rotary International, this signed by Gary C.K. Huang, president of Rotary International. And of course we were delighted to receive the John Denholm Trophy from the Rotary Club of Eyemouth, our ‘Mother’ Club. The raising of funds for good causes continue as we complete preparations to host a Scocha concert on March 7 and a charity dinner on April 25, this in aid of Alzheimer Scotland, both events will be held within the Volunteer Hall, Duns.

“New members are welcome at all times, if anyone is interested in joining Rotary and serving the community in variety of ways, please come along to one of our weekly meetings, a step which will prove both enjoyable and rewarding.”