7th Dec –



A&C Advertiser Toy Appeal.


Toys from local stores Asda and tesco were sorted and bagged by the club members.


Next day involved the distribution of the bags of toys.


Past Presidents John and Janet distributed about 12 bags to local healthcare community nurses.


President Martin passed a number of bags to Bear Necessities.

Carol also passed a number of bags to SVDP Member Owen of St Andrew’s Church, Whinhall.


More toys will be collected and distributed in the coming weeks.



28th Nov –


Sheila McNicol is a volunteer speaker for Breast Cancer Now.


She told the  story of her experience after a diagnosis of breast cancer and


outlined the support given by Breast Cancer Now.


Our Club donated £200 to the Charity

4th Nov –


    The 2021 Monklands toy appeal is underway, with the support of local supermarkets and Rotary Club members 

The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser’s annual festive toy appeal launches today – and generous supporters are once again getting set to ensure it’s a merry Christmas for young people across Monklands.  Donations of gifts for children aged from birth to 16 can be handed in at collection points which are in place at both Tesco and Morrisons in Airdrie and at Asda in Coatbridge from now until Wednesday, December 15.

   Games, toys, books, toiletries and vouchers are being collected by supportive staff at the three supermarkets, and will be distributed through local charities by members of Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands Rotary Club.

(Image: Stuart Vance/Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser)


3rd Nov –


  Local Community group, Friends of Monklands Canal


 Alex and Margaret planting the purple crocus corms


 that the club donated.

  1st Nov –

                  Rotarian Alice showed a video of the Missionary school in Hong Kong which she attended until the age of 17.  The school itself had  a kindergarten in 1927 and was an all girls (about 1000) school until 1968. In Alice’s final year boys were allowed in 6th year.  Although called a missionary school, Alice explained that the mainly UK missionary lady teachers did not preach to the pupils but led by example.


To highlight the Rotary End Polio Now Campaign, we bought 4000 crocus corms and agreed to divide them up between:

Local care homes in Airdrie & Coatbridge

Churches who contributed to the “Wrap Up Lanarkshire” campaign

Friends of The Monklands Canal

1st Nov – 


    Past President Willie and Secretary Bill presented the £3000 cheque from the Wood foundation to the winning YPI group in Coatbridge High School.

     YPI is an active citizenship programme which has seen £4.5m granted to grassroots social services charities championed by young people. More than 250 secondary schools have committed to delivering YPI in the 2020/21 academic year.

     YPI is a skills-based education programme that raises awareness of philanthropy, social issues and the needs of communities to young people. It is delivered within the curriculum as core activity, over an eight to 12-week period, across a full year group of students. Each secondary school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research, and competition.



25th Oct –


Rotarian Norbert addressed the club about the coming Christmas toy appeal.


Well organised as ever, Norbert explained what was involved and how we would be helping with  the collection and distribution of donations over the next few weeks.


23-24th Oct –


District 1020 Conference, Westerwood Cumbernauld.


These Conferences never cease to be amazing places for fellowship, friendship and an amazing trove of inspirational speakers.


Thanks go to District Governor Ken Robertson of Cumbernauld Rotary and his team for an enjoyable weekend.


The Saturday evening meal and dance were thouroughly enjoyed by our clubs conference goers as seen opposite.

18th Oct –


                  Rhona Morrison, Vice President of Kilsyth Rotary, gave an interesting talk on her career in Forensic Psychiatry and subsequent new career as an Artist after retirement.


                 She has developed her artistic skills since retirement and sells her work within the local community, raising fund for Strathcarron hospice and End Polio Now.


Secretary Bill, Rhona and VP Natalie

11th Oct –

             Drew Feeney and David Ryan from the St Edwards conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.   comprehensively described the many and varied work of the society.

        The identification and combating of all forms of poverty and sickness, without differentiation on the grounds of race, colour, creed or sex, by promoting social justice and actively working with those in need and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, to bring spiritual and/or material comfort to people in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
Sec.Bill; David Lindsay; Drew Feeney; ViceP Natalie; David Ryan; Pres Martin

11th Oct – 

                 We are involved in the “Wrap up Lanarkshire” Campaign. The idea of the campaign is to ensure that with the onset of winter nobody is without a clean warm winter jacket no matter the personal circumstances.

David Lindsay spoke about his involvement with the project.

        The community has already responded to our call for jackets which people no longer need. The response has been overwhelming and the local Rotary club has teamed up with the local Charity group “Diamonds in the Community”. Diamonds in the Community is a Charity group set up to promote and encourage inclusion in Airdrie and the surrounding areas through sport.

        Thankfully they have premises and the space to act as an outlet for the Wrap up Lanarkshire scheme.

Club President Martin with a clothing pickup  

(filled 2 cars) from St Andrews RC Church, Airdrie.

4th Oct – 


District Governor Ken Robertson of Cumbernauld Rotary visited our Club this evening.

He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, also a Rotarian.

Ken addressed the club with an excellent speech and his Rotary Smile….

S – service
M – membership
I – inclusion
L – leadership
E – enjoy



23rd Sept – Rotary Golf competition / Drumpellier Golf Club

           Our first proper fundraiser in a long time was organised by PP Gavin Gordon and luckily the weather remained favourable for the 17 teams of 4 taking part in our Golf Am-Am competition.          President Martin Cairney is shown handing out the prizes to our winners.

The winners (include PP John Barbour) get a 4 ball at Crail and              Prize draw was a 4 ball at Ladybank (includes PP George Lindsay).

All proceeds will go to Charity.   The Raffle which was managed by PP Janet McGill raised over £700 thanks to our many sponsors. Overall approximately £3,000 was raised for Charity.

Sept 20th –


            Our guest speaker, Peter Donald gave an interesting talk about the Atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima near the end of World War II. Peter advised that he had visited Hiroshima in 2019 and spoken to a lady survivor who was only 12 years old at the time and who is now at the forefront of the peace movement.

Peter spoke for about 20 minutes after which a lively discussion took place with Peter answering a number of questions.

Sept 13 –


              Ian Thomson described his love of music and his involvement with bands in the sixties. His talk entitled  “No Strings Attached” took most of us down memory lane to that special time for music. He shared his memories with us and told many stories in which he exuded enthusiasm for guitars and music. He is well known as part of the band called “The Sundowners” .



          He also brought along a few examples from his extensive guitar collection and again the guitars were associated with wonderful stories from his early times with the band.


        He continues to share his love of music by involvement with School Music.  


This photo shows Ian with his custom Fender.

August 30th – 


Andrew Lindsay was our guest speaker this evening from SUSTRANS, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. He  described how they are custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside. Working to improve health and everyday journeys for everyone, making contributions that assist in the development of all official active travel policy and guidance.



August 16th – 


Amazing 84% attendance on our return to normal hotel meeting


         Robert Gardiner has been associated with the Railway all his working life and has an incredible knowledge of the Glasgow Central Railway. 


        He treated us to a detailed history lesson of the Glasgow and district railways/

Ian Dale



July 12th – 



       During our last Zoom meeting before our summer recess, Ian Dale gave and interesting and entertaining presentation on the many different poisons that exist and gave examples of deaths occurring.


5th July –



President Willie Devoy hands over the Presidency to Martin Cairney.




28th June –
                         Alan Moffat of First Response Scotland provided us with an excellent zoom demonstration of CPR and Defibrillator use.
The club, through Norbert,  has been considering an initiative to put Defibrillators into our local communities and Alan provided us with lots of invaluable information about cost and management.

21st June –


Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Scotland Radio from 2005 to 2017,

entertained us with stories from his Thirty years in Radio.

His talk, entitled “Life and laughter before, during and after the BBC”

included humorous stories of

Prime Ministers, princesses and Hollywood superstars.

St  Bartholomew’s Primary school has become the latest addition to the
School Ambassadors Lend with Care Initiative.
 The Club has been successful in obtaining a further 2 tablet pc’s from district
bringing the total number of tablets to seven.
The first 5 were donated to Equals Advocacy The recent 2 were donated to
Millbrae Care Home and Rawyards Care Home on the 30th June.


          “We at Millbrae Care Home would like to thank Rotary for their generous gift of an Amazon Fire Tablet as part of their Stress and Distress project. We have been able to use the apps and links provided in order to help our residents revisit their pasts and provoke and reconnect to old memories.
The House of Memories and BBC Music Memories have been ideal for this. Some of the apps and links have also provided fun games and activities to help the residents better engage their minds and keep active. It has also had the added benefit of expanding the contact between residents and families and reducing their isolation in these trying times.,
We would like to once again thank Rotary for their kind and generous gift.
 Kind Regards,  Millbrae Care Home.”


Rawyards House –
          “So far residents have loved using the Tablet. We have downloaded the apps you recommended as well as apps we have been using for residents who are having trouble with memory. Residents have enjoyed looking at slides of old Airdrie which triggers memories of days gone by. Photographs of their family members from the past which we have uploaded help us to give them stimulation and get them chatting of the old days.
Unfortunately we are unable to send photos due to data protection. Please thank the people who supplied the Tablet and let them know we have included it in our newsletter to let the residents’ families know of Rotary’s support of our Clients.
 Many thanks again, Sara, Rawyards House Care Home.”

14th June –


Natalie updated our members about the numerous scams which bombard us these days with her talk on….


Phishing (deceptive emails – beware bit.ly),


Vishing (deceptive voice calls) and


Mishing ((deceptive texts).

7th June –

Club Assembly.


Our Club plans for the coming year were laid out and the incoming President, Martin Cairney, looks forward to a busy year. Area Governor Ken Drummond attended.


President Willie announced that Bill McMullen was the named Rotarian of the year for 2020/2021.

17th May – Gloria Barnett (the WeirdFish Lady) is an author, speaker, educator and champion for the ocean environment. She is an enthusiastic lady on  mission to educate children about the importance of keeping our oceans healthy. Gloria is a keen Scuba diver and illustrated her talk to the club with some excellent underwater images and video. She certainly educated as well as entertained our club this evening.

Rotary Clubs around the UK are becoming ‘Gloria’s Rotary Heroes‘ for the environmental work they are now doing with Primary School children.
These Rotary Clubs are gifting educational resources to primary schools. Take a look at World beneath the waves.



    10th May –  Robert Wilson gave us the detailed and fascinating story of Edinburghh born Eric Brown
Captain Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN (21 January 1919 – 21 February 2016) was a Scottish Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history.
Brown holds the world record for the most aircraft carrier deck take-offs and landings performed (2,407 and 2,271 respectively) and achieved several “firsts” in naval aviation, including the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin-engined aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage, a jet aircraft, and a rotary-wing aircraft.
He flew almost every category of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force aircraft: glider, fighter, bomber, airliner, amphibian, flying boat and helicopter. During World War II, he flew many types of captured German, Italian, and Japanese aircraft, including new jet and rocket aircraft. He was a pioneer of jet technology into the post-war era.
Captain Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN (21 January 1919 – 21 February 2016) was a Scottish Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history.
Brown holds the world record for the most aircraft carrier deck take-offs and landings performed (2,407 and 2,271 respectively) and achieved several “firsts” in naval aviation, including the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin-engined aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage, a jet aircraft, and a rotary-wing aircraft.
He flew almost every category of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force aircraft: glider, fighter, bomber, airliner, amphibian, flying boat and helicopter. During World War II, he flew many types of captured German, Italian, and Japanese aircraft, including new jet and rocket aircraft. He was a pioneer of jet technology into the post-war era.




     District Youth services officer, Brenda Waugh, and her Mum are well known friends and regular visitors to our club. So much so they are now Honorary members.

28th April –


President Willie Devoy, Vice President Martin Cairney and Secretary Bill McMullen visited the Airdrie Arts Centre to catch up with Rotarian Janette Horn to present her with the prestigious Rotary Paul Harris Award.


Janette was responsible for the successful community Lunches and her long term work in the community in various roles, in particular womens aid.
Janette       Link to video and photos
Willie then proceeded to surprise by awarding Vice President


Martin Cairney with the Paul Harris Award for all of his hard
work with Lend with care initiative and the Airdrie Station.
19th April – 
                    During our weekly Zoom meeting, Keith Lockett from Shelterbox gave us all an insight into the valuable work they perform helping with worldwide disasters.
Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life.
ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives.
Every disaster is different and so is every community, so we spend time with those affected to make sure we can offer the right support.

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29th March – 
 Stuart Munro of  Edinburgh Rotary club and former Scientific Director of Dynamic Earth talked to the club about our dynamic planet.
His excellent talk was accompanied with brilliant images and video of the volcanic activity on Iceland, Hawaii and New Zealand.
15th March – 
             Blair Lawson from Iowa’s  Indianola Rotary  (District 6000) joined our Zoom meeting this evening and described his fascinating life history, his connection with Coatbridge and his Scottish heritage.
He also told us of the many projects being carried out by his club. It made for an entertaining evening and we hope he can join us on zoom in the future.
 –  Blair is pictured working on concrete forms for an adaptive playpark in Indianola.
1st March – 


Richard Melvin  is the founder and directot of Dabster, a radio production company based in Edinburgh who produce a large amount of comedy radio. Dabster Productions has been making innovative and engaging radio and podcast content for a wide range of people since January 2006.  They have studio s in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London and have produced a number of shows in New York.
Richard’s talk to the club, entitled “A Comedy of Errors” was a comedy production in its own right. He raised many laoghs demonstrating his roots in stand up comedy.
Money was allocated to the purchase of a Shelterbox and an Aquabox.
Tollbrae Primary and St Edwards Primary schools have become our Club’s School Ambassadors to Lend with Care.


22nd Feb – 
    This evening’s speaker, Chris Moon,  knows exactly what it takes to overcome adversity and supposed limitations. He was blown up in Africa clearing landmines for a charity and lost his lower arm and leg. 
    Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the 
London Marathon and now runs the world’s toughest ultra-marathons. He’s also one of the few Westerners to have survived being taken prisoner by Khmer Rouge guerrillas.
    This evening proved his reputation as an international motivational speaker who helps people step beyond what they thought possible.


    Learn more about Chris’ incredible story from his website
15th Feb – 
Rotarian John Dehnel shared vital information with us about  CPR and the use of Defibrillators. John is a member of Melton Mowbray Rotary Club in  Leicestershire and helps out as a trainer with local Charity “Heartwize”.
Heartwize sends trainers to year 10 school children in Leicestershire to impart CPR information.
8th Feb –   
This evening the speaker was our newest club member Norbert Grant. Norbert has been a friend of the club for many years from his time in Airdrie Round Table and more recently as leader of the XACT (E Airdie & Coatbridge Tablers)
He talked about his 40 year passion for cummunity work and highlighting his Hill Walking group called Ramblin’ Midgies which he started in Lanarkshire and helped raise money for, and awareness of Mental Health.
1st Feb –
                  Colin Powell, a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow gave a talk about a charity called The British Polio Fellowship. 
He also has a personal story about suffering from polio. 
Our club has already given his chosen charity a donation.
Quote from President Willie- 
” Colin gave a very insightful and inspirational talk about living with Polio and his crusade to do whatever he can to try and eradicate Polio worldwide. He was a true inspiration and easily the best speaker I have ever heard address the club.”
Links –  Polio Ambassador  and YouTube video
23rd Jan – 
      Our first ever attempt at a ZOOM Burns Evening was a successful 
and enjoyable evening of Poetry and Song with some non-Burns 
Scottish comedy thrown in. A great part of the entertainment was due 
to President Willie,  the organisation was due to Vice President Natalie
 and the technical details were handled by Rotarian John Beever. 
      Over 70  participants and viewers from all over the world attended 
and so far the event has raised over £1600 for our Charities.
18th Jan – 


                         George Randall returned to speak to club for what was his 4th visit which shows his popularity. 
His ABC tour  (Another Blooming Church)   talk was entertaining and informative, covering history, stained glass windows and architecture.
The range was worldwide with excellent images of Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries from St. Paul’s to Buckfast.
6th Jan – 
        It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that PP Bill Craig passed away
at 8.00am this morning Wednesday 6th January 2021. Bill will be sorely missed in 
both the Club and the Community where he was extremely active throughout his life 
always ready to give a helping hand.  He epitomised “Service Before Self” a true 
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