Lectern gift to Rotary

ROTARY President Jennifer Macdonald receives the club's new lectern from Paul Harris Fellows Mike Robins (left), Jim Banks, (second right) and Gerry Parker (far right). Club vice-President Helen Smith, who also contributed to the gift was not at the meeting.
ROTARY President Jennifer Macdonald receives the club's new lectern from Paul Harris Fellows Mike Robins (left), Jim Banks, (second right) and Gerry Parker (far right). Club vice-President Helen Smith, who also contributed to the gift was not at the meeting.

FOUR members of Stonehaven Rotary Club who have received a top rotary honour have clubbed together to buy a new lectern for their club.

Jim Banks, Gerry Parker and Mike Robins, all club past presidents and Helen Smith, the present club vice-president, have each been awarded a coveted Paul Harris Fellowship, only given to rotarians who have performed exceptional service.

at the Stonehaven club’s last meeting, Mr Banks said the four Fellows wanted to voice their appreciation and recognition of the honour they had been given and had decided to gift the lectern.

Club president Jennifer Macdonald who put the new lectern into immediate use, said that the “beautifully constructed” lectern was an ideal height for reading from. “This is a very welcome gift,” she said.

Meanwhile, speaker at the same meeting was club member and Stonehaven taxi and bus firm operator Derek Sedge who recalled his service as a Stonehaven-based retained fireman.

Mr Sedge said his 10-year period of service saw many mundane incidents including a seat on fire in Stonehaven’s Market Square, but also his involvement in tackling several headline-grabbing events including call-outs to the Royal Darroch tragedy in Aberdeen and the blaze which seriously affected Aberdeen Grammar School.

His heart-rending memories included one occasion when a casualty died in his arms. He cried his eyes out, but it was just a case of getting on with the job.

One other blaze etched in his memory was the outbreak in the early hours of Hogmanay 1991 when fire ripped through privately-owned flats above Scotty’s Bar in Stonehaven’s Barclay Street, resulting in one death.

A CHEQUE for £4000 has completed a Stonehaven group’s fund-raising effort aimed at helping to meet the cost of new boiler provision at the town’s outdoor pool.

The sum was raised by Stonehaven’s 41 Club at their May Ball and the four-figure boost has been handed over to Mike Robins, chair of the outdoor pool friends group by 41 Club chair Brian Thomson.

Mr Robins said that the cheque had “topped and tailed” the friends group’s contribution to the overall £42,000 cost of boiler replacement at the iconic outdoor facility.

“We are delighted by this marvellous gesture by the 41 Club and the new boiler provision is already working extremely successfully and saving us a lot of money,” he added.

Mr Robins revealed that the friends’ fund-raising efforts would now be directed at raising cash to provide new covers for the pool, estimated to cost around £16,000.

They were on the lookout for potential sponsors for this new project and although sponsors’ names could not be displayed on the walls of the building for example, they would be prepared to have sponsors’ identities displayed on the covers themselves.

Meanwhile, Mr Robins said that indications were that the outdoor pool was doing better this year than last in terms of user numbers despite the delay in opening this year and the sometimes “atrocious” weather conditions.

On a “like-for-like” basis they were running at around 1000 more users than last year.