Top Rotary award for Rothesay club member

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A long-serving member of the Rotary Club of Rothesay has been given one of the highest accolades in the Rotary movement.

Donald Kinnear is only the fourth member of the Rothesay club to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship award, which is given in recognition of outstanding service both to the Rotary organisation and the wider community.

At the presentation of the award club president John Young said: “To say that Donald has contribued much to the activities of the club would be an understatement.

“But it is not only for his contribution to Rotary that Donald is considered a worthy recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship, but also for having been in the forefront of many community initiatives, including the survival of the Discovery Centre, president of the Buteshire Natural History Society, a trustee of Bute Museum, the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, the Bute Conservation Trust, an active supporter of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival and a Friend of Rothesay Castle.”

The three previous local recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship are former councillor and farmer Bobby Reid, retired Rothesay Academy teacher Bert Alexander and the late Jack Harrison, who took part in the WW2 break-out from Stalag Luft III which inspired the film ‘The Great Escape’, and whose local fund-raising efforts included numerous marathons and a hundred-mile walk in aid of Rothesay’s Victoria Hospital in 1995.