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Frank and Billy (photo by Jim Henderson).
Frank and Billy (photo by Jim Henderson).

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Stonehaven rotary club

Rotary Round-Up

Two weeks ago, at the lunchtime meeting, there was no speaker as this was the annual ”handover meeting” when outgoing President Peter O’Dowd handed over the chain of office to President Elect Frank Budd who is now President of Stonehaven Rotary Club for 2015/16.Before handing over the chain. Peter looked back on everything that the club had achieved over the past year and thanked members for their support. He wished Frank well for his year as President. Newly installed Frank thanked Peter for the work he had done in his year of office and then handed over the President Elect chain of office to Billy Hunter who, as Senior Vice President of the Club for 2015/16 will be President in 2016/17.Junior Vice President for 2015/16 is Joe Samson.

Guest at the Handover meeting was Dr Ann Humphreys, Consultant and Associate Specialist at the Renal Unit at ARI. Ann has been a leading figure in the drive to have a dialysis unit at Kincardine Hospital and has been involved in a number of the fundraising events organised by Stonehaven Rotary Club for this project. She received a cheque for £10,700 for the fund from outgoing President Peter O’Dowd, which was the amount raised through fundraising events organised by the Club in his presidential year of office. Ann was also presented with a bouquet of flowers from the club as she is retiring from her post at ARI but she will continue her involvement in the project for the local Dialysis unit.

Speaker at last week’s meeting was Rotarian Kenny Jones who spoke about his voluntary work with RNLI Stonehaven. He spoke about the rigorous training, which all lifeboat personnel receive in Poole in Dorset before they go out on a rescue. There are 20 trained crew members in Stonehaven for a 3 man boat in order to ensure that the boat is fully manned when the requirement arises…not everyone can manage to respond to the callout every time. Kenny had brought the protective clothing including the helmet, which he has to wear on a callout, and said that he himself had been involved in two rescues since becoming a crew member. The Stonehaven crew hope that they will get a permanent lifeboat shed but at present use the sea cadet portacabin for changing into their lifeboat clothing. The Vote of thanks was by Rotarian Peter Newell.

As reported in a recent Rotary Round up, Stonehaven Rotary club organised two cycling events on Fathers Day to support the Rotary District initiative to raise funds for Prostrate Scotland. Rotarian Jim Glennie who had organised the club events thanked club members for their support and also thanked a number of people for their sponsorship of the event-Kitchen Workshop Stonehaven for course signposts, Aquaid for water, the Coop for the bananas, President Peter O’Dowd for the cakes and Stonehaven Athletic AFC for their support of the event. 60 Rotary clubs took part in this fundraiser and to date the total raised by 30 of the clubs for the Prostate Scotland cancer charity is £35,000.Stonehaven Rotary Club raised £2,000.

laurencekirk rotary club

On June 21, The Rotary Club of Laurencekirk & District took part in the National, Ride Rotary 2015, Cycle event. This was a national initiative to raise funds for Prostate Scotland and to raise awareness of the high incidence of the disease in Scotland. Each Rotary Club was challenged to cycle to their nearest neighbouring Club, and so form a direct link between all Clubs. Stonehaven Club cycled to Laurencekirk, Laurencekirk cycled to Montrose, etc.

In addition to the main event, in which 18 participants took part, including a 13 year boy, Laurencekirk also organised a Mearns Circle heading to Auchenblae, then to Fettercairn, before returning to Laurencekirk. 17 participants took part in this challenge including six school children. A third event, specifically for families and primary school children, was arranged around Denlethen Wood. 40 participants took part. Subsequently a senior Rotarian and a friend cycled to Fettercairn and returned to Laurencekirk on Tuesday 23rd.

Many of the participants were sponsored by family, friends, and neighbours and the current total of money raised so far is £3393. Many sponsors indicated that their donation would be available for Gift Aid, and it is estimated that the total being presented to Prostate Scotland from Rotary Club of Laurencekirk & District will exceed £4000.

All members of the Rotary Club wish to pass on their sincere thanks to all participants and sponsors for their huge efforts that made the day such a success, sometimes in appalling weather conditions A special mention to Nestrans who had a varied selection of cycles (penny-farthing, tricycles, recumbents, and battery-powered, etc.) for participants to “test drive”, and to the Bike Shed from Edinburgh which gave free advice and carried out repairs and adjustment to participant’s cycles.

A very enjoyable day, mixing fund-raising, exercise, fresh air, fun, with a mixture of bad weather thrown in for good measure.