Rotary award for Charlie Leslie

Rotary 1010 District Governor Iain MacDonald visited Portlethen & District Rotary Club at their weekly meeting in the Newton Arms last Tuesday.

He was accompanied by his wife Winnie and also District 1010 RYLA (Rotary Young Leader Award) officer Andrew McCartney and his wife Margaret.

During the meeting District Governor Iain gave an encouraging talk to the Rotarians and their guests and had a few kind words to say about the Portlethen & District Club’s contribution to the work of Rotary.

He stated that although the club is small in numbers, the members more than punch above their weight in their various endeavours.

He also praised the club for its organisation of the Aberdeen Fellowship Lunch between Christmas and New Year where £700 was raised and given to the speaker Robbie Shepherd to forward to his nominated charity UCAN.

At the meeting, honorary member of the club, Muriel Thomson, who is golf professional at Portlethen, was presented with a cheque for £300 for her charity “Little Drops Charity Trust”. Muriel is soon to be off to Chennai to visit her charges.

The surprise of the night, however, came before the meeting proper started when Charlie Leslie, an ex Portlethen & District Rotarian and regular at the Newton Arms, was coaxed through to the lounge to have the District Governor present him with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

This top Rotary award was proposed by Andrew McCartney District RYLA Officer for the work Charlie has done on a voluntary basis over many years on behalf of the yearly RYLA camps held at Abernethy.

During his time as a Rotarian Charlie was also noted for his participation in several fundraising adventures, including a Beaujolais Run and also two cross Scotland walks accompanied by his friend the late Mike Tucker, raising between them considerable funding for the CHAS hospice in Aberdeen.