HISTORY

It was in September 1925 that the Rotary Club of Glasgow invited several men to a luncheon in the Commercial Hotel, Hamilton ( now the Town Hotel where the Club met up until 2001), to explore the opportunities for establishing a daughter club in Hamilton.

Interest was such that the inaugural Meeting was held on November 12, 1925, and the ten founder members were:

James Adam MD, JP   
Alfred G Miller   
James Ballantyne
A. Patrick Smith
Rev.T.F. Harkness Graham BD
Adam Little
Sir Henry S. Keith
A.M. Marshall Muir
R.C.T.Mair ,MA,LLB
Thomas Rankin, OBE LDS, FRPS

Since receiving its own original Charter No. 2249, dated February 18, 1926, when the membership numbered thirty five, we have been directly associated with the formation of Rotary clubs in Motherwell and Wishaw (1930); Ayr (1931); Strathaven, (1947); Lanark (1950); Bothwell and Uddingston (1976) and Blantyre (1990) and these clubs in turn have encouraged other Clubs to be chartered resulting in a remarkable kaleidoscope of Rotary service throughout the south and west of Scotland. 

Again, over the years, particular members of our club have supported this growth pattern by serving as district officers, including seven as District Governor and three as District Secretary.

Inter Club Fellowship

The Club has maintained regular links with Motherwell and Wishaw, Bothwell and Uddingston and Blantyre through annual Joint meetings and with Strathaven through an annual
Bowling match followed by a meal.  Also, as a Club Millennium Project we re-established in 2000 an  annual Golf Competition among Lanarkshire Clubs.

Service

Needless to say, a great deal down through the years.

Some snapshots –

Encouraged the formation of Hamilton Civic Society 1929

Hamilton Rotaract Club formed 1977 (now lapsed)

Hamilton Probus Club formed 1987

See our “About Us” page for details of current programmes 

The Club presents annually a Community Service Award to a Person who is considered to have made a selfless significant contribution to the Hamilton community over the years.

We encourage youth through – Annual Youth Speaks Competition, support for career programmes, providing
Work Experience places, supporting youth training Initiatives.

Recently we have hosted foreign exchange students and sponsored local students to visit the European Parliament under RI’s Euroscholar Campaign.
We have helped many local causes through “hands on” service e.g. David Livingstone Memorial,cleaning Cadzow Burn, transport for disadvantaged and currently a garden upkeep programme at Udston Hospital.
 
Within Scotland, financial contributions to St Andrew’s Hospice, Erskine Hospital, CRUSE, local hospitals, Salvation Army, Cancer Charities, medical research programmes and C.H.A.S.

Overseas financial contributions to Polio Plus, Eye Camps, Water Aid,Rotary Foundation generally.
 
Overseas help also in form of Aquaboxes, Shoeboxes.  In 2003 we raised over £5,000 for Rotary’s Eradicate Polio Campaign.

Stalwarts from yesteryear

Henry A (Harry) Rankin Joined the Club in 1928, was RI Representative and Chairman of RIBI Districts 1 and 2 in 1950.  When District extension Officer was responsible for the formation of more new Clubs than anyone in UK.He was Cartographer for RIBI and visited clubs week in week out from Lands End to John o’Groats.

Robert Mackintosh Joined Rotary 1935 and transferred to Hamilton 1942.  District Governor 1960.  Enthusiast in area of international fellowship.  More members subscribed to “The Rotarian” than of any other RIBI club.  In year when Sput Teenstra was immediate Past President of RI, the Club invited a party of Dutch Rotarians and their wives to visit and stay with members of the Club.  This resulted in annual exchanges and pioneered the exchange of visits between Districts.  He was instrumental in launching the Scotland–Canada Curling Tour in 1956, and it is still going strong. 

 

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