The Rotary Club of Oban was formed in 1949.
The inaugural meeting of the Club took place on Tuesday 7th June 1949 with 26 founder members and 22 visiting Rotarians present. The first regular meeting took place on 14th June 1949; The Oban Charter and Chain of Office were presented to the Club on 25th November 1949.
The Club now has around 50 members and is actively engaged in supporting local organisations and charities. In addition the club has a flourishing social side as well as being the leading sporting Rotary Club in the West of Scotland.
What is Rotary?
Rotary is short for Rotary International, a world fellowship of business and professional men and women, united in the ideal of service. Acknowledged as the world's first service organisation, Rotary has more than 32,400 clubs within a membership of around 1.2 million in over 160 countries.
The principles of service, understanding, and goodwill, are sustained by the fellowship which a Rotarian enjoys with fellow members in a club, and the mutual understanding and relationship which are shared with fellow Rotarians throughout the world.
Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life.
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Handover of Rotary President's Chain of Office-Thursday 25th June 2020
It is with mixed feelings that I today hand over this Chain of Office. Mixed feelings because I have thoroughly enjoyed my year in office but tinged by the disappointment that my duties as President have been curtailed by the restrictions imposed upon us all during the present pandemic.
My year in office began in July 2019. Fortunately before “lockdown” we were able to carry out many worthwhile activities, some of which continue.
For me the year began with the presentation of cheques to the Argyll Talking Newspapers, the Phoenix Cinema and the Gaelic choir. Fund raising activities followed , our annual AM-AM, a sponsored hill climb, the Duck Race and a Clay Pigeon Shoot. November and December saw a flurry of activities. We celebrated the 70th birthday of the granting of our Charter, I presented certificates to the winners of our Christmas Card Competition and we assisted in the organisation of the Reindeer Parade which attracted over 5000 people to Oban. We assisted in running the Senior Citizens' Lunch in the Oban Bay Hotel and held a Ladies lunch in the Royal Hotel. In February I presented a cheque to Oban FM for the refurbishment of their Big Day Out Trailer and in March cheques to the Oban School Pipe Band to enable them to purchase drum harnesses and Glencruitten Golf Club to assist with tuition fees for up and coming young members. I also presented a certificate at Oban High School to the winner of our Young Chef Competition.
After “lockdown” individual members of the club agreed to contribute the weekly sum of £5 to Hope Kitchen. By the end of this month we will have
contributed a total of £2,450. Members have agreed to continue to support Hope for a further 3 months if necessary.
At the beginning of this month I presented cheques for £500 each to Hope Kitchen and Home Start. These contributions were made possible by the generosity of a former Club member. I also presented a cheque from funds raised by our club to Argyll Young Carers for £4,000. This cheque represented the third instalment of a three year pledge of £12,000.
At the outbreak of the Pandemic our members formed a “Covid Response Group” who working in conjunction with Argyll and Bute Council deliver prescriptions and carry out shopping for vulnerable members of our community.
As can be seen Oban Rotary performs a multitude of good deeds to deserving individuals and organisations in our community. We are a thriving and happy organisation who enjoy our meetings and fund raising activities. It has been an honour for me to have served as their President. I wish Kees van Rein all the best in his year as President and hope that he derives as much pleasure from the honour as I have done.
President Douglas Small