The members of the Rotary Club of East Kilbride were delighted to welcome George Wynne on the 6th of April 2018 to give a talk on his experiences in the teaching profession. He had not set out originally to be a teacher but after a couple of false starts this was where he ended up in a career lasting 35 years. He entitled his talk "From Mullet to Bunnet", a reference to the amount of hair he had at the beginning of his career compared with the amount at the end! He was appointed Headmaster of Duncanrig in January 2005 and was thrown in at the deep end as in the first few weeks he had to deal with the merger with Ballerup High and the move to new premises.
He spoke of the challenges facing schools with the need to continually update the curriculum to keep it relevant while facing budget cuts and increasing bureaucracy. He also spoke of the challenge of dealing with unreasonable staff and parents.
After a very lively question and answer session the vote of thanks was given by Jim Anderson.
Photo shows(l-r) President-elect Charles Devennie, George Wynne and Rotarian Jim Anderson.
Members of the Rotary Club of East Kilbride had a very interesting presentation by Robert Rollo on the 13th of April 2018. Robert, a member of the Rotary Club of Bothwell and Uddingston, spoke about the industrial heritage of Cornwall. His illustrated address started with an account of the clay mining industry. The clay from Cornwall was almost exactly the same as the clay used for Meissen china in Saxony and as such was in great demand. He outlined the process for the extraction of the clay, its drying and subsequent distribution by rail and sea to destinations all over the world. Clay mining still goes on and the Eden Project is situated in what was once an old clay pit.
He then went on to talk about tin and copper mining, which was carried out for some 2000 years. There were 340 mines at one time, 40% tin, 20% copper and 40% both tin and copper. Geevor tin mine, which was the last to close in 1990, extended well out under the Atlantic ocean.
He then outlined the history of communications via Cornwall, starting with beacons and progressing through the telegraph, wireless, radio, satellite and up to the present day using fibre optic cable.
Following a question and answer session, the vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian George McGraw.
Photo shows (l-r) President Elect Charles Devennie, Robert Rollo and George McGraw.
Members of the Rotary Club of East Kilbride on tthe 20th of April 2018 were delighted to welcome the winners of their Young Photographer competition to their weekly lunch. The photographers had been set the challenge of taking a shot of something from an unusual perspective and the entries were very impressive.
The winner of the Senior competition was Seonaid Berry and the winner of the Intermediate competition was Craig Shanks. They were presented with their certificates by President-elect Charles Devennie.
Photo shows (l-r) Seonaid Berry, President-elect Charles Devennie and Craig Shanks, and in the background are some of the winning entries