Traditionally we have our Christmas tie competition with Ann Paton judging George McGraw as this year's winner, perhaps because somehow he had attached a miniature nativity scene to his tie. However during our meeting we held a minute's silence for Russell Gill, one of newer members who had died on the Wednesday after an operation earlier on in the week. Since joining Rotary Russell had immersed himself in club activities with great enthusiasm, was a very sociable and friendly member and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. The club held a minutes silence for Russell
This year's Christmas address was delivered by the Rev Lindsey Sanderson of the United Reformed Church. Lindsey looks after three churches in East Kilbride and Hamilton, which she said keeps her very busy. In her role as a chaplain to Duncanrig school, she told of discussions with the pupils involving Donald Trump, the Manchester bombing and Mo Farah!
She urged us all to reflect on 2017 and to think of the highlights. She encouraged us to think in terms of love, quoting the well-known excerpt from the bible "God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son".
She spoke of her admiration for the work of the Rotary club and its involvement in Let us Shine, Youth Speaks, Apprentice of the year and the Poppy collection.
In conclusion she quoted from a poem by the American Howard Thurman entitled "The Work of Christmas". A lively question and answer session followed. A sincere vote of thanks was given by the Rev David Taylor.
The winner of the best Christmas tie was Rod Shanks.