Sunday 29 October 2017 – Freetown Reformed School – Sierra Leone

Feedback from Freetown Reformed School.

Dear Charlie,

Glad to let you know that we’ve completed the work of renovating the Reformed School building. We are super excited. Thank you so much.

Now, we want to have an inscription on the front of the building to register our appreciation for the Renfrew Rotary members for their extra- ordinary and relentless support given to the Morabie School but, wondering if that will be OK with you.

Working now on our October newsletter and hoping to finish it by the end of this week.
Pupils of our Primary school and students of the Junior Secondary were all excited for the beautiful face lift given to the school .

The well has also completed and we are grateful to have our own water well on campus. Its now four months to the next presidential election and most individuals are busy campaigning are visiting schools and other public places in order to solicit the supports of the electorate. One of the MP in our constituency visited the school and donated a hand pump for school well. There is now a hand pump water well in our school. The Lord has being of great help to us and we are thankful to you Charlie, and your wife June; and all the friends of the Morabie School at Renfrew in Scotland.

Kind Regards,


Saturday 2nd September 2017 – Charlie’s & Mac’s Apple Feast for Morabie

The weather was dry and the folk turned out to support us. We raised £860 on the Saturday and by the time Charlie left church on Sunday it had increased by a further £80.  Thanks to everyone who supported us with their donations, attendance and efforts. Rotarians, Inner Wheelers and Friends worked hard in setting up beforehand, serving and selling on the day and especially clearing away afterwards. This money will make a tremendous difference to the people of Morabie and especially the children in the Morabie Primary School. Many of these children go to school without breakfast or lunch but their desire to learn is so important to them. With odds and ends coming in the final total was £1,000.

8th AUGUST 2017 – Renfrew Rotary welcomes Gordon Powrie

Gordon Powrie is welcomed as a new member of Renfrew Rotary by President John Morrison.

27th JUNE 2017 – Renfrew Rotary Handover Dinner

That time again. President Paul Maiolani hands over office to John Morrison. John taking office for a second term at Rotary Club of Renfrew. Thanks to Paul for his very successful year in office. Paul continued the good work of past presidents at Renfrew and led the club from the front showing great enthusiasm and endeavour during his time as President. A very enjoyable night was had by rotarians, families and guests. We now look forward to another successful year under John’s leadership and wish John well. I’m sure he can look forward to his year and the support from all members of Rotary club of Renfrew.

5th JULY 2016 – Marion Wallace joins Renfrew Rotary I was educated at Clydebank High School until 1971. At that point I joined Clydesdale Bank where I worked for 44 years until I retired in September 2015. During my time in the bank I worked mainly in Retail branches completing the various training areas , before becoming a Personal Banker and then on to completing my Cemap( Certificate of Mortgage Advice and Practice) allowing me to sell Mortgages. Life as a Mortgage advisor was both rewarding and challenging!!! In July 2007 I decided I would like a change and applied for a position within the Private banking centre. I was successful and then became a Private and Business Banking Associate where I remained until September of last year.

27th OCTOBER 2015 – David O’Rorke joins Renfrew Rotary I started life in Foxbar in Paisley. About halfway through primary school I moved to Barrhead and I’ve been here ever since. I have two brothers. One is a Tattoo artist and the other is a computer animator. My father works in the motor industry and my mother works for the UWS. My hobbies include Thai boxing, golf and reading, I also love to spend time in France with my family as much as I can. At school I realised I had a real knack for drama so I decided to further my studies at drama college. I spent five years working as a professional actor on Taggart, Jonathon Creek and North and South. At this time I started working with Eastwood Park theatres community drama programme as a workshop leader and director. I enjoyed working with children and helping to develop their talents and confidence. It was in 2006 that I decided to set up my own theatre company. We specialise in Circus skills, puppetry and BSL (British Sign Language) workshops and shows. We have after school drama classes in many different authorities.

APRIL 2015 – Paul Harris Sapphire We held our annual dinner at the Lynnhurst Hotel on Saturday 4 April with guest speakers Bill Copeland and Lorna Hood. Lorna was awarded the coveted ‘Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire’ for services to Renfrew and the greater community. Lorna Hood is a minister of the Church of Scotland and an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. On 30 October 2012 she was nominated to be Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2013-14; she was duly formally elected as Moderator on the 18 May 2013. The Very Reverend (Mrs) Elizabeth Lorna Hood MA BD was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in 1953. She was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and the University of Glasgow, where she graduated Master of Arts in 1974 and Bachelor of Divinity in 1977. She was ordained by the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of Edinburgh in 1978 whilst serving as Assistant Minister at St Ninian’s Church in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. She was inducted to her current charge of the North Parish Church in Renfrew in June 1979. In 2008 she was appointed to be one of ten Chaplains to The Queen in Scotland. In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.

MARCH 2015 – Ebola Virus hits Sierra Leone Tragedy struck, the Ebola Virus hit Sierra Leone and the village was quarantined like many others for 8 months, people could not go to work, children could not go to school. Two parents contracted it and died leaving their two children as orphans.

OCTOBER 2014 The Renfrew Rotary family were live at the STV Appeal BIG Show. Rotary were in the frontline, presenting a cheque to Fred McAulay for £1,100.00. We raised money over the year with Bag Packs at Braehead Sainsbury’s, Quiz Nights for all the family and making and selling Cupcakes at the Renfrew Fete.

OCTOBER 2014 October sees the start of our annual PoppyScotland collections throughout Renfrew. This year we have more venues than ever, Renfrew Town Centre, Braehead Shopping Centre, Breahead Retail Park, Decathalon Braehead and Ibrox Football Stadium.

SAT 4 & SUN 5 OCTOBER 2014 – DISTRICT CONFERENCE The Conference is fast approaching and we need to finalise who’s going. It’s on Saturday 4 October, from 12 noon, over one night to Sunday lunchtime, at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Cost is £270 (£2 x £95 + 2 x £40) per double/twin room. That covers 2 people for accommodation, lunch on arrival on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, along with all mid-session teas and coffees.

SEPTEMBER 2014 The international committee orgsanised a ‘Tea Party’, lead by chairman Charlie Newlands. It is one of many projects planned to raise funds for a schools project in Sierra Leone.

SEPTEMBER 2014 Saturday 27th September, be there at 3.00pm for a 3.30pm start We have a visit to the Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow’s oldest musical theatre, all Rotarians, family and friends are welcome.

AUGUST 2014 – DISTRICT CHALLENGE We are the 2013/2014 District Challenge champions, beating Hamilton Rotary in the final in June at snooker. This year’s competition gets underway this month (August) with The Rotary Club of Loudoun taking us on at Table Tennis.

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The president for 2016/2017 is Paul Maiolani. Iain said "Exciting times, I'm really looking forward to building on the success of Rotary in Renfrew over the last 63 years".


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