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Christmas is a very busy time for Rotary.
For us it began with the presentation of cheques to the Oban Mod Academy, £500, the St Columba’s Primary School, £300, and the purchase of Dictionaries for Life for distribution among the primary schools. The Christmas Card Competition followed with the primary schools being invited to design a Christmas Card.
The Winter Festival got under way with the presentation of a cheque for £300 to the organisers. Rotary Club members assisted as stewards in the Enchanted Woods Experience when mroe than 1,000 participants took part.
Next was the Reindeer Parade. Rotary Club members were involved in organising this event and acting as stewards, manning barriers and keeping Santa safe. The lucky two youngest members of the Christmas Card competition won the chance to ride in Santa’s sleigh, while the two oldest winners switched on the Christmas lights. More than 5,000 people are estimated to have enjoyed this event.
After the Reindeer Parade, Rotary Club members along with the Crerar Hotels Trust organised and sponsored a much enjoyed Christmas lunch in the Oban Bay Hotel. Ninety five of our senior citizens participated. Six days later Rotary held Oban’s Christmas Carol Concert in the Corran Halls. This event was well attended despite only two of our local schools participating and £700 was raised towards charitable good causes.
During mid December our annual Ladies Lunch was held in the Royal Hotel. Spouses of members attended along with members of Oban’s Inner Wheel.
As I write I look forward to assisting in the judging of the Young Chef’s competition in the High School and to being involved with the Young Writers and Young Photographers competitions.
A huge thank you to the Oban community for their support over the festive season.
President Douglas Small