Rotary Club The club handover night was held last Thursday with outgoing president, Keith Bird, welcoming district zone leader David Hull to the meeting.

Scott Elliot was installed as the new president with Billy McWatters vice-president. Secretary George Rennie and treasurer Bob Kellet gave their reports. It was announced that Liz Wood had accepted the post of junior vice-president. The conveners of the club's committees gave their reports as to what programmes would be followed for the new Rotary year. On behalf of the foundation committee, Liz Wood stated that in October the club would be asked for help in hosting members of the group study exchange team from South Africa.

The sports officer revealed that entry sheets for the Rotary junior golf were available at both Minto and Vertish clubhouses. The annual bowls competition would be held at the Wilton club on July 30, and the golf outing would be to Minto on August 6.

Several Rotarians had their first experiences of taking part in the 'talking newspaper' last Friday. With the co-operation of the Hawick News, an operational point is being set up to make the paper available for those who can't see to read or hold a newspaper. Past-president Douglas Blackman is also giving his services in this Rotary effort.

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Robert Smith, who lives at Cavers, spoke to members on veterinary life in the Borders. He was born in Denholm, graduating from Edinburgh University in 1968. His most horrific experience as a vet was during the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001. The club outing will be to Hexham next Thursday.