The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum welcomed Stephen Chorley, the Rotary District Foundation Chairman, as guest speaker at the club’s most recent meeting.
Mr Chorley, a former local government economist, is a member of the Dunfermline Carnegie club. As Chairman of the District’s Foundation efforts, he is responsible for overseeing the relationship which local clubs have with the worldwide Rotary Foundation charity - a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation around the world.
Stephen explained that the Foundation helped to pay for a variety of humanitarian projects around the world, as well as scholarships to help fund Ambassadorial Scholars, Group Study Exchanges and peace studies.
As a humanitarian and educational non-governmental organisation, Rotary was, Stephen said, an organisation unlike any other. This, he explained, was because everything the Foundation supported promoted the ideal of ‘service above self’ within clubs, as well as because it meant that projects could build on a ‘unique’ network of 32,000 clubs, which could be found in most countries around the world.