50 golden years for Rotarians in Bishopbriggs and Glasgow

Glasgow North and Bishopbriggs Rotary Club 'Celebrating 50th Anniversary.'Cheque Presentation to Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.'Bryon Ferguson and Stephen Docherty present Rhona Baillie from the Hospice with a cheque for �16,800.00 at the Eagle Lodge Bishopbriggs.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 16th Nov 2012.
Glasgow North and Bishopbriggs Rotary Club 'Celebrating 50th Anniversary.'Cheque Presentation to Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.'Bryon Ferguson and Stephen Docherty present Rhona Baillie from the Hospice with a cheque for �16,800.00 at the Eagle Lodge Bishopbriggs.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 16th Nov 2012.

DELIGHTED Rotary Club members have celebrated a milestone anniversary.

It’s 50 years since Glasgow North and Bishopbriggs Rotary Club held its inaugural meeting and to mark the occasion a special dinner was held in The Eagle Lodge, Bishopbriggs.

During the dinner a cheque for an amazing £17,000 was presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice as a result of the club’s Golf AmAm that was held at Mar Hall in May.

The Rotary Club of Glasgow North held its first meeting on May 14, 1962 in the Grand Hotel, Glasgow.

The name changed to Glasgow North and Bishopbriggs in 1983. Stephen Docherty, president of the club, said: “Since its formation the club has been involved in many projects in the local community as well as internationally.”

The club is currently working on projects for Mary’s Meals, Shelterbox and the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice through golf events, a race night and a sponsored walk.”

The club’s first charity golf AmAm was in 2000, and the subsequent 13 annual events have raised over £142,000 for charities, including CHAS, Marie Curie and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Other charity fundraising since 1990 has raised a further £160,000 for other worthy causes.

Locally, the club has helped a number of groups and has provided support on an national and international scale.

For many years the club was renowned in the area for organising its Christmas tinned food collection and distribution.

It’s currently involved in the community through co-ordinating the Poppy Appeal on behalf of Poppy Scotland, and assisted the community group in Bishopbriggs in securing a grant for their study for the development of the town centre.

The group’s main charity this year is Shelterbox.

In 1993 the club’s Bert Cunningham was the Rotary District Governor and the group organised the District Conference at Aviemore.

The club has participated in numerous Rotary International projects over the years and was the recipient of a prestigious Rotary International Presidential Award in 2006.

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