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Fettercairn WRI

Stained glass was the subject of a most interesting talk given to Fettercairn WRI on Tuesday September 1.

Margaret Bell brought along samples of her work done using various techniques. She showed us how to trace on to glass, cut it then grind it. One or two members had a go at making a tear-drop shape then finishing it off with soldered foil. Fascinating!

The meeting was presided over by Mrs Christian Milne, president, who also announced the winners of the competitions, as follows: Prettiest plate - 1. Christian Milne, 2. Mary Farries, 3. Bea Easson; three pieces of tablet - 1. Bea Easson, 2. Morag Christie.

Flower of the Month: 1. Mary Farries, 2. Morag Christie, 3. Nancy Brown.

Nancy Brown was hostess and proposed the vote of thanks.

Gourdon WRI

President Sheila Lownie welcomed members to the first meeting of 2015/16 session.

Minutes were read and approved from the last meeting before welcoming Mr Joe Wishart who gave a very humorous talk about his time in the Montrose Amateur Operatic Society and sang a few songs from shows he has performed in during the years.

Competition Results: Three Fruit Scones – 1. Mrs Lisa Milne, 2. Mrs Pauline Swan, 3. Mrs Morag Rees. Photo with Humorous Caption – 1. Mrs Pauline Swan, 2. Mrs Sheila Lownie, 3. Mrs Morag Rees.

Mrs Sheila Lownie concluded the meeting by thanking Joe for his evening entertainment. Next meeting, which is the Birthday Party, will be held on Monday October 12

Stonehaven Rotary Club Round-up

The speakers at last week’s meeting were Serena Shoker and Tamara Scherwitzel, who, after a selection process, had been chosen to be sponsored by Stonehaven at this year’s annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camps. Each year, the club sponsors a boy and a girl for each of the two single gender camps but as there had been no male applicants this year, the club asked for permission to send two girls to the girls’ camp. This was agreed although normal practice is for Rotary clubs to select one boy and one girl. The two girls gave a short report on their week at the camp at the beginning of the summer holidays. They spoke of what they thought they had gained as a result of attending the camp through the daily programme of speakers and the outdoor activities-more confidence, better communication skills, stepping out of our comfort zone and developing character and leadership skills. And they certainly they demonstrated these in their presentation to club members last Wednesday. As the two girls are now in Sixth year, they have the opportunity to make use of skills they have developed in their leadership roles as school prefects. They ended by thanking the Club for sponsoring them to attend the camp and they were then presented with their certificates by President Frank Budd. Vote of thanks was by Jennifer Macdonald who, as convenor of the Youth Service committee at the time of the selection process, had invited them to speak to the club.

Stonehaven Rotary Club’s involvement in the annual harbour festival was a very rewarding one in many ways. The amount raised through the various club activities on the day together with the share of the donations bucket income amounted to in the region of £2,100. Of this, £840 was the total raised from selling tickets for the Area Car Raffle and will be passed on to the organisers of the raffle. All participating clubs receive an allocation from the eventual total money raised to allocate to local good causes of their choice—that will be some time in the New Year, as the car raffle ticket sales go on until December 24. Stonehaven Rotary club will decide which local causes to support once the totals are finalized. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported all the good causes which were represented at the Festival.

A large number of members of Stonehaven Rotary Club are keen golfers and recently a number of them took part in the annual club competition to win the Eric Harper memorial quaich. Winner this year was Mike Herd, taking the title away from last year’s winner Alastair Morgan. Stonehaven Rotary Club is organising a fundraising golf day on Friday September 18 from 10am to 3pm with the proceeds going to the Stonehaven Dialysis unit. Cost of a team entry is £200 and 19 teams have already signed up for this event but there is still room for more. Contact Rotarian Denis Daun telephone (01569) 762348 if you are interested.

Tewel WRI

The first meeting of the season is Septmeber 15 at the Resource Centre at 7.30pm. Speaker is Carol Kinghorn, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, new and old members welcome.

Portlethen SWRI

The first meeting of the new session takes place on Monday September 14 at 7.15pm in Portlethen Academy Community Wing.

Our speaker is Carol Kinghorn, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardinshire.

Competitions: A handmade coaster; tWO pieces of tablet.

All ladies over 14 years of age are welcome. Members are reminded to bring along £22 for their annual subscription.

St Cyrus WRI

President Kathleen Masson welcomed members to the first meeting of the new session. After the business was dealt with, she introduced Isobel Luke who had brought along a wonderful collection of articles for us to see all made using different crafts. The main topic of her talk was patchwork, both traditional and modern, and she had a great variety of items to demonstrate both types but her talk and display also covered a vast number of other crafts including smocking, crewel, Elizabethan and Ayrshire work as well as many different kinds of lacemaking. It was an amazing and inspirational talk and Kathleen thanked her for sharing her crafts with us.

The competition winners were - An article in homemade patchwork: 1. Margaret Hadden; 2. Ann Coutts; 3. Linda Pratten

Raspberry Jam: 1. Margaret Hadden; 2. Helen Keith; 3. Mary Neill

Flower of the Month: 1. Pat Thomson; 2. Mary Taylor; 3. Helen Keith