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Maryculter wri

President, Audrey Lowson, welcomed members and friends to the meeting held on Wednesday February 11.

After business, Audrey introduced Jennifer McTaggart who very kindly came along to talk about her business ‘Beauty by Jen’. Jennifer related her career history and why she made the decision to run her own business offering numerous treatments either at the salon or in the comfort of your own home.

One lucky member was treated to a very relaxing facial while Jennifer explained how to look after your skin and answered any questions from members. Results of the monthly competitions were - A Knitted Bonnet for a Premature Baby (to be donated): - 1. Kathleen Paterson, 2. Joan Thomas, 3 (equal). Pat Dunn and Christine Middleton.

Flower of the Month: 1. Joan Thomas, 2. Pat Dunn, 3. Hilda McBain.

Muchalls WRI

Mrs Barclay welcomed all to our February meeting, to which we welcomed both ladies and gentlemen.

We started the meeting with the Rural song, and Mrs Barclay then introduced Dave MacDonald who gave an interesting talk and slide show on “A Dander Doon the Dee”.

Tea followed and Mrs Rattray then gave a vote of thanks to Dave. The raffle was drawn.

We then finished the first part of the meeting by singing ‘Song of the Dee’, a song written about the river starting from the source all the way to the harbour in Aberdeen. Most of the visitors then left, and business followed.

Certificates were handed out to the bowling team who were runners up in the stadium bowling.

Competition - A Scottish native wildlife photograph: 1. Mrs Brown, 2. Mrs Barclay, 3. Mrs Marr.

Newtonhill WRI

Newtonhill WRI held their February Meeting in Skateraw Hall on Thursday, February 12 .

Vice President Mrs Elma Wylie welcomed the members and introduced the speaker, Mr David McDonald, who gave a very interesting talk and slide show on volunteering in Kenya.

He visited Kenya last year along with other local Rotarians and spent time at Nyumbani, which means ‘home’ and is based in Nairobi and is a special home that cares for HIV+ orphans and currently provides holistic care for 121 children.

There is also Nyumbani Village which is a self sustaining eco village in the district of Kitui and has been purpose built to provide homes and full supporting services for destitute grand-parents and their dependent grand-children: the infected and the affected.

The most recent addition is a secondary school to provide for the older children’s education. The goal of the Rotary Movement is to promote an awareness of the plight of HIV/Aids orphans in Nairobi and to raise funds in support of current and future based needs.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Margaret Mulligan, bring and buy stall was held, tea was served, business was attended to and the meeting was closed.

Next meeting in Skateraw Hall, Newtonhill on Thursday March 12 at 7.30pm. Speaker Pauline Devenish, Topic-Street Pastors. All welcome.

Kinneff WRI

The January monthly meeting was replaced by a Burns Supper, which was held in Kinneff Village Hall, to which members and guests were cordially invited.

Miss Margaret Hutchison gave a lively address to the haggis and after a lovely meal both members and guests were presented to a lively evening of entertainment provided by Mr Jack MacPherson.

Everyone had an excellent evening of food, song and dance.

The February monthly meeting was held in the Inverbervie Church Centre and Sandra Bisset was the guest Speaker, speaking about Fair Trade as it is Fair Trade Fortnight from February 23 to March 8.

Sandra gave a very informative talk on how and when the Fair Trade Organisation was set up and its goals and aspirations for all its members. She also gave a short slide show which allowed some of the member farmers to tell how the Fair Trade Organisation had changed both their practices and those of the market place for the better.

The hostess for the evening were Miss Margaret Hutchison and Mrs Heather Ray who provided a lovely light buffet for everyone present.

This months competitions were: gent’s ski cap (Knitted)(which were to be gifted to the Fishermen’s Mission) - 1. Mrs Doreen Beedie, 2. Mrs Jocelyn Mair, 3. Mrs Ann Masson.

Jar of chutney - 1. Mrs Doreen Beddie, 2. Mrs Marion Dunn, 3. Mrs Ann Masson.

This month’s indoor competition was set by Mrs Jocelyn Mair and the winner was Miss Margaret Hutchison.

Laurencekirk WRI

Laurencekirk WRI held their February meeting in the Masonic Hall. Mary Allan, president, welcomed the company and thanked them for coming out on such a cold night.

After business, she introduced the speaker for the evening, Noel Mac of Street Pastors, who gave a most interesting and informative talk on the work they do on the streets of Aberdeen at the weekends, and explained that this service is carried out over Britain and beyond, making sure that the streets are safe and help is there for anyone who needs it.

Noel judged the competitions, results as follows: lentil soup - 1. Mary Allan, 2. Fiona Milton. Flower ornament - 1. Fiona Milton, 2 Mary Allan.

Flower of the month: Fiona Milton.

Mary Young was tea convener and Sheila Wilson proposed thanks, bringing another very pleasant evening to a close.

Tewel WRI

After welcoming members to the monthly meeting, President Mary Tennent welcomed Richard Collier and Rebecca Jeffries of the RNLI, who gave a most interesting talk and slide show on the work of the local Lifeboat crews.

We also saw all the kit they have to wear.

Richard and Rebecca judged the monthly competition, ‘A Fruit Loaf’ - 1. Margaret Ross, 2. Lilian Mair, 3. Aileen Pyper. Flower of the month winner was Margaret Paley.

Mary Tennent proposedthanks and closed the meeting.