At the start of the Rotary year, each member of Stonehaven Rotary Club is asked to sign up to organize a speaker for each of the weekly lunchtime meetings throughout the year. Members can decide to invite a guest speaker or speak themselves.
Last Wednesday Joe Samson, a member of the club, chose to speak himself and his topic was the sinking of the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Mona in December 1959. The Mona was launched around 3am to assist the North Carr Lightship, as weather conditions were exceptionally severe and the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat was the only boat in the area able to launch.
The last radio message from the Mona was at 4.48am, and after a helicopter search, it was found capsized on Buddon Sands. The crew of eight were all drowned but in the meantime the Lightship’s crew of six had been able to drop their spare anchor and were all rescued by helicopter the next morning. The Mona was taken to Cockenzie harbour on the river Forth and burnt. The RNLI all-weather lifeboats are now self-righting after a capsize. Rotarian John Balsillie proposed the vote of thanks.
Last Friday, Stonehaven Rotary Club held the club round of the annual Rotary Primary School Quiz for Primary 7 pupils representing their school in teams of four. After 10 rounds ,each with six questions on different topics, last year’s winners, Arduthie, emerged as the clear winner again this year, with Dunnottar in second place followed by Mill o’ Forest.
All participants received a certificate and the winners received a shield. Question Master was Immediate past President Peter Newell, supported by Rotarians George Forrester, Mike Herd, Mike Robins, John Balsillie and Jennifer Macdonald. The Arduthie team go on to the area final at Banchory on Saturday, May 16.
On Thursday of last week, three members of Stonehaven Rotary Club took part along with 13 others in a day of basic food hygiene training, run by Aberdeenshire Council and organised by the Business Association.
Successful completion of the food hygiene course (yes, there was an assessment at the end of the day!) means that there are three additional members of the club with this qualification, which is needed for the many occasions when Rotary is involved in preparing and serving food to the public.