Forfar Rotary Club this week had a busy meeting with a somewhat depleted attendance due to members out assisting Santa on his nightly travel covering the Forfar districts.
It was a shame that this busy time coincided with the welcoming of a new member and an interesting talk.
President Tim Hale duly inducted James Gray-Cheape to the club after an introduction by Rotarian Andy McCafferty. James will bring to the club a vast experience in Logistics and Supply in his role as Chairman of Pegasus SCS in Romania.
A young man in Rotarian terms he will no doubt bring, if nothing else, a lowering of the average age within the club. James will be an asset to the club as his past army life and present business life, will together, be put to good use as he becomes involved with the club’s voluntary work at home and abroad.
The other part of the meeting was the speaker for the evening. Since she retired, Sheila Ruckley, a former director of the Alliance Trust, has travelled extensively on her bicycle, particularly in the USA. She has followed the route of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific and, more recently, she has cycled the Washington, Oregon and Californian coasts.
A special interest in her travels is the connection between the USA and Scotland. Did you know that President Jefferson described a man from Carmyllie as being the most important influence on his life and that today, you can buy Pinot Noir wine in Airlie, Oregon, which bears more than a resemblance to Airlie in Angus, and is named after a past Lord Airlie?
Cycling is the perfect pace at which to explore the present and the past and Sheila will enlighten us further in the future as she is already planning to cycle through Florida. Sheila has written a book ‘History on a Bike’ and from her talk it will be a very interesting read. Rotarian Andy McGlynn gave the vote of thanks before the meeting was brought to a close by the president.