From our earliest beginnings in 1983 as one of the Rotary Clubs in Angus, the Rotary Club of Monifieth and District has sought to connect leaders from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, share interests and act on many of our toughest social challenges.
For over 35 years, Rotarians have played instrumental roles in building Monifieth. From helping a local youth club, donate the High Street clock, sponsor Monifieth High School pupils in youth leadership courses, run quizzes for local primary schools, conduct mock interviews for senior school pupils, offer free stroke awareness blood pressure tests, help in the regular Monifieth beach clean-ups, and even provide and serve mulled wine to help the local Christmas tree lights switch-on. Rotarians have been holding officer positions with The Rotary Foundation, contributed to the global “Polio Plus Eradication” program and helped people in impoverished countries around the world with clean water partnership programs.
Fundraising must play a major part, and Monifieth Rotarians actively conduct several projects to raise funds for many charities. The biggest annual fundraiser is the team golf event which is held in September each year. In September 2019, the club ran this event for the first time over the Championship Links at Monifieth and raised over £6000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors, entrants, and not least people who bought raffle tickets. Over the years, large sums have gone from this event to charities such as MND Scotland, Prostate Cancer and the Scottish-based Halo Trust which carries out mine clearance in strife-torn areas of the world. The principal beneficiary this year were Angus Young Carers, which supports children and young people under 18 who help to look after or support a member of their family due to illness, disability, or social problems.
The causes for which Monifieth Rotarians work are serious – often matters of life and death in disaster-struck areas. However, since its foundation in 1983 the club has ensured that it provides great companionship and fun while achieving its serious targets. The club is fortunate to have a range of ages among its membership. Apart from its weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings in the Grange and Broughty Golf Club, at which a wide variety of speakers educate and entertain members, the club also has a programme of social activities and fun events to which partners and outside guests may be invited, a formal dance, a barbecue and even a not-too-serious putting competition. One classic event is the annual Burns Supper at which most if not all the talent on display is home-grown.
Of course, Rotary, being a giant world-wide organisation more than 100 years old, must have regulations and guidelines. Monifieth Rotarians have found the secret of abiding by these rules but also enjoying themselves and fostering a great and rewarding club spirit.
If more information about the club, its membership, its aims, and activities is required please use the “Contact Form” above and our Secretary will contact you as soon as possible.