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Youth Speaks Competition - 20 November 2014

This annual school youth speaks competition was held in the lecture theatre at the University of the West of Scotland and was competed at intermediate level by Teams from John Ogilvie High School  [team a] , John Ogilvie High School  [team b] and Hamilton College and at senior level by schools from Hamilton College ,Holy Cross High School and John Ogilvie High School .
Each school had a good representation from school staff, parents and friend of the students.

The presentation and standard of public speaking from all the teams was excellent with subjects such as Cats the musical, visits to China and film making. Each team consists of 3 representatives, an introduction to the team and the chosen subject, the main speaker and the vote of thanks.

The 3 judges had an extremely difficult decision to decide which team was best for presentation, clarity and choice of subject.

The intermediate section was won by Hamilton College whose team was Kimberley, Hannah and Eva and the senior section was won by John Ogilvie with the team of John, Erin and Joseph

The photographs show the winning teams being presented with the trophies and prizes by the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Bernie Crozier.

The Winning Intermediate team from Hamilton College


The winning Senior Team from John Ogilvie High School



Outside Visit 19 November 2014

Members of the club visited the Sikh Temple as a follow on to the visit to the club of David Shan during September





Meeting Report - 30 October 2014

The 5th Bishop of Motherwell Archdiocese Joseph Toal was the guest speaker at Hamilton Rotary on 30 October .The Bishop who was brought up in the Lochaber area and was a priest in the Highlands and Islands prior to arriving in Motherwell diocese.

He was speaking about the history of the Catholic Church in Scotland and how Christianity in Scotland changed after the reformation in 1517. Certain clans Gordon and Ranald from the north east of the country and Lochaber in the west along with the wealthier families around Scotland were protected from the reformed churches and remained with the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was suppressed in most of the west coast mainland and the various islands off the west coast.

Scottish Colleges were then set up in Catholic Countries such as France, Spain and Italy to train young priests who then returned to Scotland to set up the various archdioceses. After the highland clearances, the Catholic Church began to grow again and in 1792 the first Catholic Church was established in Scotland. Irish immigrants began to arrive in Scotland in the early 1800’s which increased the numbers generally in the various west coast churches and in 1843 St Mary’s Church was established in Hamilton. In 1850 the first Catholic Church was established in England and in 1878 the Roman Catholic Church was fully established in Scotland. Unfortunately the first bishop to be ordained in Glasgow was “imported” from England which did not go down well with the Scottish priests and hierarchy. Scotland now has 6 diocese, the largest being Glasgow and second Motherwell.

Numerous questions were raised from the Rotary members and from invited guest Eddie Morrison, the head teacher at John Ogilvie High School

The vote of thanks was well presented by Archie Russell

Bishop Toal with President Jim Provan



Udston Garden Autumn Tidy up - 25 October 2014

My goodness , doesn't time fly -- another visit up to Udston Hospital where the club helps tend gardens at Douglas and Avon wards.

It was torrential rain up to 30 minutes before we arrived and then it thankfully dried up. Summer planters were emptied and restocked for the winter season. Daffs, pansies and violas put in , the tubs fertilised and weeding and sweeping taking place .

Many thanks to the Rotarians who took part

The team ex Bernie

The team ex Jim

The gaffer was in charge as usual


David Evans relives his past clearing the tables at M&S

( actually he did a great job "cleaning " and storing the furniture for winter)




Weekly Meeting - 25 September 2014


Local press officer for South Lanarkshire Council Andy Livingstone has struck gold with his new book “HERO BORN”. He started many years ago with short stories for the local church magazine; he progressed to working as a journalist for the Sunday Post, Hamilton Advertiser/ Wishaw Press our local newspaper and the Daily Mail. Writing became an obsession and he spent every spare minute writing stories with the hope one day of having a book published.

That day has now arrived and Andy now has a contract with Harper Voyager to write 3 books , the first of which is nearing completion  and will be issued as an e. reader ,then in paperback in January 2015.The book was inspired by his 2 children, one a actor and the other a songwriter and a passing comment by a friendly Boys Brigade member  whose advice was “if you have a dream go for it, don’t stop until you have achieved your dream“ 

You can read more about Andy and his background on his website


The vote of thanks was well presented by Arthur Barrie

Andy Livingstone with President Jim



Weekly Meeting - 18 September 2014

Victoria Campbell  ,the secretary of the Interact Club at John Ogilvie High School and her friend Laura Landa the past president of the Club with their mothers were the guests at Hamilton Rotary on 18 September .These 2 young ladies had attended a Rotary Youth Leadership week ,with assisted sponsored from Hamilton Rotary Club ,at Auchengillan Camp close to Strathblane.

Imagine no mobile phones for a week but substitute with full time activities such as rifle shooting, para drops, climbing walls, raft building with logs and barrels, survival skills in the wild, night hikes,canoeing,archery and orienteering ,sometimes sleeping indoors and sometimes outside in a tent or hammock. They also carried out a 10 hour wall climb for the charity End Polio .

One of the highlights of the course was the bread making in the wild and of course having to eat it !. They thanked Hamilton Rotary for the opportunity to attend the outward bound type week and to make friends with new people of their own age and how much they had enjoyed their week away from home.

The vote of thanks was well presented by Bruce Cruickshank

Photo shows President Jim with the girls




Secondary School Awards - September 2014

September saw Club President ,Jim Provan attend two local secondary schools in connection with presentations

Calderside Academy

Presentation of the properly engraved version of the Dux medals to Heather Turnbull and Hannah Munro .

Photo shows Heather and Hannah with President Jim and Headteacher Skayne Dodds

President Jim also attended the John Ogilvie High School Senior Awards ceremony on 11 September and presented two awards

Senior Dux medal to Alana McPake , this young lady also won the Patrick Doyle Music award

Rotary Achievement Award - the winner this year was Aidan Miller

A thoroughly inspirational evening





Meeting - 12 September 2014

The theme tonight was a talk on the Turban and a demonstation of how to wear it by Rotarian David Shan.

The pictures show President Elect Bernie Crozier being a "model"





Presentation - August 2014

In July, members of the club and partners attended a Tour of the new Maggies Centre which has opened adjacent to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie. “ The Elizabeth Montgomery Building”( named after Colin Montgomery , the golfer’s, late mother) is a very impressive new facility providing much needed practical , emotional and social support for cancer sufferers in the West Central Scotland in a modern environment.

The establishment of a West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Centre for Beatson Cancer Care at Monklands during the next year or so will raise the importance of the centre with cancer patients being treated on site rather than having to travel across Glasgow . The building supercedes the interim centre at Wishaw General Hospital    

For more information please follow this link  --


Members were shown around the buiding by Community Fundraiser Marion Taylor who attended a Club Meeting to be presented with a specially commissioned Golf Flag to be used by Colin Montgomery at the official opening event of the centre after which the flag can be auctioned for charity. Many thanks to Rotarian Bruce Cruickshank for arranging theproduction of the flag.


Photo shows Marion Tayor of Maggies with President Jim Provan

Addendum 09 September 2014



Colin Montgomery at the official Maggie's Centre opening with our Flag




Weekly Meeting - 28 August 2014

The Rotary Club of Hamilton and guests who meet at Hamilton Golf Club every Thursday evening at 6.30 for 6.45 pm were entertained by two speakers last week.Jill Scott and Bill Hicks who on a previous visit had spoken about the Central Hotel in Glasgow were on this occasion talking about their collective 75 years working for the Sunday Post.

Jill who started her writing career at school with an article for the School Magazine was accepted by DC Thomson and began as a advertising writer in their Glasgow office in 1975.

Bill who joined the Sunday Post as an office boy and for 9 months worked as a type setter in the hot metal department before becoming an editor and journalist.

They both highlighted many areas of their joint journalistic partnership which contributed to their rewarding careers and experiences during their time with the Sunday Post. 

Rotarian Brian McKenzie gave the vote of thanks for what had been an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Photo shows Bill Hicks and Jill Scott with Club President Jim Provan





Social Event - 2 September 2014

Earlier in August, Hamilton Club challenged Greenock Club in the first round of the Rotary Fellowship Challenge. Greenock had the choice of “sport” and chose that well known sporting pursuit “ Lasertag” The competition took place on Tuesday 2 September in Greenock with two 15 minute games taking place.

It was a highly enjoyable evening with Hamilton having the highest score in each game – a bit concerning really. Many thanks to our Fellow Rotarians in Greenock for arranging the evening

After the games, Euan Stirrat of Hamilton Club undertook his Ice Bucket challenge with a dustbin full of iced water being slowly pored over his head .  A brave man.

Hamilton now goes forward to meet Troon in the next round of the competition .

The Magnificent Seven

Hamilton team – Left to right—Jim Provan (President) , Bernie Crozier ( President Elect), Euan Stirrat, Andrew, John Burn and Bruce Cruickshank.

The Seven Stooges

Greenock Team - George Anderson, President Anne Hill, Mike Kimpton, Ron Gray, Kirsten, Barclay Smith and President Elect Bill Knox.

Euan Stirrat and his ice bucket challenge


If you look at our Facebook page --

You will see a video of Euan doing his ice bucket challenge




Meeting report - 3 July 2014


If you think you know about Blantyre ,think again. Paul Veverka gave us an insight into the life and times of Blantyre and its people from inception to the present day. Paul a local businessman and now author ,born and bred in Blantyre has an active interest in the complete history of the community within  this South Lanarkshire town. He introduced us to Blantyre in the iron and bronze ages, Roman age ,the origins of the name Blantyre, the connections with Robert Bruce after the battle of Bannockburn ,the reformation changes and the mills and coal influence on the town .Paul is chairperson of Blantyre Community Committee and his enthusiasm for his home town Blantyre is awesome. His book is named “The Blantyre Project a Journey in Time “and this is volume 1. There is a chapter in the book about some of the local worthies and local pubs ,your name may be among the local memories .

Get your hands on a copy or visit

The vote of thanks was well presented by Arthur Barrie

Photo shows Paul Veverka with President Jim



Report - 26 June 2014

This week also marked the commencement of a new Rotary year with Jim Provan taking on the role of President for the coming year . The photo shows outgoing President , Archie Russell congratulating Jim on his appointment     




Bank holiday weekend 3-5 May 2014

A selection of photos taken on the Club's Fellowship walk of Hadrian's Wall covering the most spectacular part of the wall

The Group

President Archie Russell , Kenneth Miller and Jim Provan

Bob Hamilton and David Evans

Kenneth Miller -- this looks rather posed !!

Kenneth Miller and Bob Hamilton

We even met some Romans !!

Taking a break

The highest point on the walk ( honest )

It was rather steep in places

Was this not in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves?






Saturday 17 May 2014

Our Spring tidy up and plant up at Udston Hospital where we help look after the garden at Douglas Ward. Slightly disappointing turnout from Rotarians with only four in attendance this time round . Having said that , we worked hard and planted up a number of hanging baskets and planters.


The happy group

If you scratch your head, you'll get skelfs

Finishing up



Jim Borland - 50 years in Rotary

A special occasion at the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Rotarians, past Rotarians and friends met to celebrate 50 years of service by club stalwart and honorary member, Jim Borland.

Jim joined the club in 1964 and served as Club President in 1973/74 together with a host of Convenor posts over the years pursuing a number of charitable projects in the Hamilton area as well as being actively involved in setting up the Rotary Club of Blantyre in 1990. Jim, a well respected retired dentist, was an enthusiastic participant in the sports side of the club being a keen golfer and curler in his day.   

Ian Bell gave a very interesting talk on Jim’s Rotary career interspersed with a number of anecdotes with Rotary District 1230 District Governor Richard Lees presenting Jim with a 50 year service reward.  Club President Archie Russell highly praised  Jim’s service to Rotary and the community over the years .

A great night for all concerned.

The celebration cake – Back row – John Waddell - District Governor Elect , Archie Russell - Club President, Richard Lees – District Governor  and Robin Wilkie – Club Secretary

Front Row , Hamish Borland , Jim Borland and Fiona Craig


Club members with Jim


DG Richard Lees speaks about Jim

Awarding the certificate for 50 years service






Our guests

There are more photos on our Facebook site




Youth Speaks Children’s Debating Competition – National Final – 10 May 2014


The John Ogilvie High School Intermediate Public Speaking team did amazingly well in the final round of the RIBI Rotary Youth Speaks competition on 10 May in Maidstone, Kent this year.

S3 pupil John O'Donnell and S1 pupils Jodi Brownlie and Missy McLaren were up against fierce competition and were 3rd place winners. Their speech, based on the topic “What Is Normal?” was rapturously received in the crowded auditorium at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone, Kent. The judges included the Mayor of Maidstone and local Members of Parliament.

John's speech centred on the idea of Western privilege - it was both entertaining and profound. The first half of his speech was very enjoyable and John did a great job of getting the audience cheerful and involved. In the second half of his performance he presented the brutal reality of life as a child soldier - an incredibly thought-provoking speech. 

Missy McLaren was winner of overall best Chairperson among all the Intermediate speakers. On stage, Missy looked comfortable and in control, and she managed the proceedings with flair and panache. 

Jodi Brownlie brought the speech to an end with a powerful summary of John's points. She impressed the other schools and the judges with her performance skills, her passionate attitude and persuasive presentation. 

Both levels of the competition (Senior and Intermediate) featured seriously talented teams who spoke on challenging topics such as forced marriage, bullying and the importance of arts in schools. All the teams spoke with an impressive level of knowledge and maturity.

John, Jodi and Missy were a credit to John Ogilvie High School and to Hamilton. Their attendance at this prestigious national event was made possible by the involvement of the Hamilton Rotary club and they would also like to sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Hamilton, who made our journey and our achievements possible. 

John Ogilvie High School looks forward to re-joining the RIBI Youth Speaks fray in 2015!

Missy Mclaren being presented with prize for Best Chairperson


Photo shows Jodi Brownlie ( Vote of Thanks), Missy McLaren ( Chairperson)  and John O’Donnell  (Speaker) together with Rotary Club of Hamilton President -  Archie Russell and Teacher, Rowan Martin.




Primary School Quiz 2014


The Rotary Club of Hamilton’s annual Primary Schools Quiz competition was held in St Mary’s Primary School on Wednesday 30 April. This year, there was a record turnout of schools at the event with ten teams in contention. As usual the competitors and supporters were enthusiastic and the competition closely contested.

Rotarian Jim Provan set and asked the questions in a room filled with supporting parents, teachers, pupils and interested Rotarians, all of whom enjoyed the closely fought contest. Throughout there was a friendly and good competitive atmosphere in the room.

The quiz consisted of 10 rounds of six questions covering varying topics; some of questions the 80 odd adult spectators found difficult to answer. After a keenly fought contest, Woodhead Primary School came out as winners and after a tie break St Mary’s Primary came second followed by St John’s.  The winning team was presented with gift vouchers, a winner’s certificate and the winners shield by Club President, Archie Russell. The other competing schools were Beckford, Our Lady and St Anne's , St Elizabeth’s, St Mark’s, St Paul’s, St Peter's and Townhill Primary Schools

The Rotary Primary Schools Quiz is a national competition for Primary Seven pupils and the winning team, Woodhead Primary will represent Hamilton in the District final which takes place on 2 June.

Photograph one shows the winning team, Lorna McLellan, Yvonne Brown, Robbie Bremner and Josh Maloney with Club President, Archie Russell and Quiz Organiser, JimProvan


Photograph two shows runner up team from St Mary’s comprising Brogan McBride, Maria Lynas, Connor Docherty and  Molly Comer.

Photograph three shows all the pupils who took part in the event

NB on our Facebook site is a photo gallery of all the teams which took part.




Visits to other clubs - April 2014


As part of the club's annual programme of visiting neighbouring clubs , some members recently visited East Kilbride Kittoch club

The photo shows visiting Hamilton members with Rotarians from East Kibride Kittoch




" Hamilton and Proud of it " Charity Dinner - Friday 28 March 2014

The Rotary Club of Hamilton organised a charity dinner to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator for public use at Mill United AFC , Hamilton. The Theme of the evening was “ Hamilton and Proud of it “—a celebration of the town of Hamilton and highlighted all the good things about Hamilton and it’s people . It was a great night and all those in attendance enjoyed the evening

Speakers on the night were Iain Morris, TV producer with his subject–“Hamilton, the world and beyond” and Shona Girdwood, Athlete and Beijing Olympic games medallist and motivational speaker.

Over 80 guests attended the event which was held at Hamilton Golf Club with £800 being raised on the night and a further £100 in donations received afterwards i.e. £900 in total which is sufficient to both purchase the equipment and pay for training.

The Club is very grateful to all those who participated in this worthy event and particular mention should be made of Club President Archie Russell whose commitment and dedication in organising the dinner made sure that everything came together on the night  



Saturday - 8 March 2014

The John Ogilvie High School Intermediate Team took part in the Area Final of the 2014 Youth Speaks School Debating Competition which was held in Dundee today. Teams from Wellington School Ayr, Menzies High, Dundee, and Hartlepool also took part in the competition with the John Ogilvie Team winning through to a place in the National Final which will be held at Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone on 10 May

The John Ogilvie High School Team’s subject was “What is normal!” and our picture shows the Team   John O’Donnell  (Speaker) , Missy McLaren ( Chairperson)  and Jodi Brownlie ( Vote of Thanks) together with Rotary District 1230 Governor -  Richard Lees, Rotary Club of Hamilton President -  Archie Russell and Teacher, Rowan Martin.

Second photo shows the John Ogilvie Team with the Winners of the Senior Competition from Glasgow High School which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Allander



Sunday 16 February 2014

The District Final of the Senior Youths Speak Competition was held today at Pollockshaws Burgh Hall and the attached photo shows our Team from Hamilton College comprising Ronyn Gibb, Steven McLaughlin, and Brendan Howard together with Past District Governor Ian Mills

The competition was won by the Glasgow High School Team which goes on to the area final in Dundee.


Fund raising event - Saturday 15 February

Rotarian Stan Cook of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Scotland organised a Buffet meal evening at his home on Saturday 15 February in aid of “The World's Greatest Meal to eradicate Polio Now"

The event was run to assist in the worldwide Rotary effort to raise funds to Help End Polio Now. For every US $1 raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match with US $2. Every dollar raised will immunise 7 children.

The World’s Greatest Meal is the brainchild of two Rotarians from either side of the globe – Mukesh Malhotra of the Rotary Club of Hounslow and Susanne Rea of the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise in Australia. Mukesh Malhotra commented “ India is very close to being declared a polio free country and we are keen to keep up the momentum by holding this international event to raise extra funds “

Follow this link for the RIBI article ;-

In total , 44 Rotarians and friends attended the event with a total amount of £1047.25 raised including a club donation of £180.  This means 36,610 children can get the vaccine!!

The meal and raffle raised £867.25 including tax return from Gift Aid details with £152 raised by the raffle organised on the evening.

Tremendous thanks are given to Stan and his wife Jean and their son Iain and his wife Mary who organised and ran the evening (which made a significant dent in Stan’s prized collection of whisky and wine). Many thanks also to the Guests who brought along dishes and raffle presents - wine, chocolates, whisky etc, etc.

Club President Archie Russell and wife Theresa were able to attend and we were also very pleased to have Rotary District Governor Richard Lees & wife Jocelyn who were delighted with the "Meal" together with District Governor Elect John Waddell and his wife Joyce

A selection of photos taken on the night






Social event   6 February 2014

A number of club members visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum  to visit the Jack Vettriano exhibition  ( a Retrospective) on Thursday 6 February . It is a very interesting and enjoyable exhibition showcasing over 100 of the artists works with the added bonus of videos of the artist explaining how he developed his talent .

Afterwards, members adjourned for a meal – the photos speak for themselves

Just to prove that they did go to Kelvingrove.

A meal ? Don't see any food here !!




Youth Speaks District Final - 2 February 2014

We are pleased to advise that the John Ogilvie High School Intermediate Team were successful in winning the District Final of National Youth Speaks competition. It was a closely fought competition held today at Pollockshaws Burgh Hall, Glasgow involving teams from Boclair Academy, Bearsden, St Columba’s High School, Kilmacolm. Wellington School, Ayr, Duncanrig Secondary School, East Kilbride and Lenzie Academy,

The Team now goes forward to the Regional Competition with teams from other areas of Scotland and the North of England which is being held in Dundee at the beginning of March.

The Picture shows Rotary District Governor, Richard Lees, Missy McLaren (Chairperson), Jodi Brownlie (Vote of Thanks) and John O’Donnell (Speaker) and Rowan Martin (Teacher)



Rotary Club of Hamilton – Burns Supper 16 January 2014

Rotarians and guests enjoyed the annual celebration of Robert Burns at Hamilton Golf Club.

A very inciteful Immortal memory was given by David Ogg with Stewart Carle giving both the “Toast to the lassies” as well as a spirited rendition of the ”March to Bannockburn”. Moira Condie provided a Reply from the lassies  with Kinloch Tweedlie giving a very exuberant “ Address to the Haggis “ and a recitation of “Willie Wastle” .

Singers for the evening were Eddie Tweedlie and June Law entertaining us with a myriad of songs including “Aye fond kiss”  and “The Banks o’ Doon” with  Piper Robert Dickie piping in the “top Table” and the Haggis .  

Club President Archie Russell presided over the evening’s  events


Top Table guests including all the artistes , Jim Dalziel President of Hamilton Probus Club , Margaret Mowat , President of Soroptimists in Hamilton, Moira Condie President of Hamilton Inner ( and Bill Condie, her Husband), Rotary President Archie Russell and his wife Theresa

Kinloch Tweedlie addressing the Haggis with the Haggis Bearer, Mark Williams standing very still just prior to getting his hat knocked off with a rather large knife


Our piper for the evening , Robert Dickie



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