Rotarians make history

Carnoustie rotsry president welcomes members and guests to their firt evening meeting in the Station Hotel on Wednesday.

Carnoustie rotsry president welcomes members and guests to their firt evening meeting in the Station Hotel on Wednesday.

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CARNOUSTIE Rotary Club recently held its first ever evening session.

The meeting took place at the Station Hotel and represented an historic change for the organisation.

The Rotary traditionally meets at lunchtime and has done since its inception in 1905 in Chicago. The Carnoustie branch, founded in 1956, was no different.

The group, founded by John R. Pate of the Anderson Grice Engineering Company, had always met in the Station Hotel.

Rotarian John Knox explained: “This is history being made. The shift to an evening meeting represents a change of work patterns. Nowadays a lot of Rotarians commute to work and as a result we have noticed that the era of the lunch meeting has passed.

“We were no different, and if we are to encourage young people to join then we have to move with the times. A lot of clubs are already doing similar things, and some are trying out breakfast meetings.”

The Carnoustie Rotarians have been active in supporting the community and their causes have included Carnoustie Pipe Band, Rachel House and Maggie’s Centre.

Anyone interested in joining can contact any Rotarian for more information.

l Our picture shows Rotary president Steele Carnegie welcoming members and guests to the first evening meeting last Wednesday.