The Rotary Club of South Queensferry recently staged its annual awards night at the Hawes Inn.
Rotarians, partners and guests met to honour club members and members of the community whose commitment to Rotary service and worthwhile projects in Queensferry and Kirkliston has made a real difference to local people.
The Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of Rotary, is Rotary’s highest honour awarded to individuals judged to have performed significant and lasting service to the public.
In citing Stuart Ridge for a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotarian Graham Leith recognised Stuart’s long membership of Rotary and his tireless commitment to Queensferry.
Over the years, Stuart has served on the community council, been involved with the Scouts, PTA and Queensferry Gardening Club.
Rotarian Graham Clarkson was also recognised with the fellowship award due to his invaluable computer skills which have been of immense benefit not only to the club, but also at District level as the controller of the District database.
Such skills were vital in organising registration for the annual Rotary Forth Bridge Abseils.
Graham has been involved in the Ferry Glen Project, Queensferry Strollers group and is leading member of Broxburn Wood Turning Club.
The club also presented two Rotary Community Awards on the night.
The first to Jim Cowper, of Dundas Parks Golf Club, for introducing young people to golf and providing facilities and encouragement through the Clubgolf programme.
The other went to Valerie Edwards for service to the community in Kirkliston.
In a lifetime of voluntary work, Valerie has served as a Boys’ Brigade officer for 28 years, a Sunday School teacher for 26 years and church elder for 18 years.
In one of his final duties as president, Iain handed over chques to the two main recipients of this year’s Rotary Abseil, Macmillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer Scotland.
The event raised £107,000 for the two charities but much more was also raised for many other charities too.