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Rotarian Sam Experiences a Sample of Rotary in Action in Scotland
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Sam Crowe Oct 2016
President Colin McCarthy and Rotarian Sam Crowe


In his role as Chairman of the Co-operation Programme for Rural Development Rotarian Sam Crowe travelled with a group from Londonderry City & Strabane District Councillors and members of Donegal Council to Scotland to look at examples of how local community groups were tackling some of the issues of rural development. In particular they were looking at the development of rural trails as part of a network of trails making up the International Appalachian Trail.

Rotarian Sam described two trails created through the initiative of Rotarians working with their local communities. To mark their centenary in 2008 the Rotary Club of Ayr decided to create the Western Highland Way while the Rotary Club of Stranraer undertook a similar project to mark their centenary initiating the creation of a trail going south to the Mull of Galloway.

He described how the collaboration of Rotarians with their local authority and community groups not only allowed them to make use of local resources but allowed them to tap into funding from a variety of sources to ensure the maintenance of the trails.

Rotarian Sam outlined the importance of trails in attracting walkers and tourists to rural areas thus contributing quietly but significantly to the local rural economy.


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