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RYLA Participants 2019

Club Members heard excellent Presentations by Matthew Lomax and Niamh Weir on their RYLA Camp experiences at the Club Meeting on Wednesday the 25th September. They were then each presented with their ‘Certificate of Participation’ by President Angus Mackintosh.


Billy Hunter with Dr Neil Edward & Dr Ann Humphrey.

Dialysis Pioneer Opens Stonehaven Renal Unit at Celebration Tea Party.

Dr Neil Edward, one of the pioneers of renal dialysis at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, formally opened a satellite unit in Stonehaven on Thursday 22nd August. The Stonehaven Renal Unit, largely funded by the local community, offers dialysis for up to six patients, mornings and afternoons, three days a week. The unit means patients across Kincardine and the Mearns do not have to travel into Aberdeen for the treatment, which is typically required three times a week and can last 3-4 hours each time. 

Dr Edward said: “Through my career I saw the steady development of dialysis but despite major improvements in the procedure and the associated technology is still a daunting type of treatment. Being able to undergo dialysis as close to home as possible is always best for the patient. I am honoured to be asked to formally open this unit and celebrate the achievements of the many community fundraisers.” 

In 2010, the NHS Grampian Renal Unit was left a legacy of £250,000 for dialysis machines. After discussion, it was felt that this was best identified as a capital fund towards a satellite renal unit in South Aberdeenshire as this was the one area within Aberdeenshire not served by a satellite unit. The unit covers a large area – from as far south as St Cyrus, over to Luthermuir and up to Fettercairn, Banchory and across to Portlethen.

A huge fundraising effort by people and businesses in and around Stonehaven raised in excess of £1million in five years to get the project underway. Dr Ann Humphrey, associate specialist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s dialysis unit and lead fundraiser for the campaign said: “The outstanding fundraising effort saw a groundswell of goodwill from our local community, and indeed all over the Grampian region, to make this unit a reality. I do not think there is a group in the local area who has not been involved in contributing to this campaign.” 

Pivotal to the fundraising was the Rotary Club of Stonehaven. Past President of Billy Hunter said the club had been proud to play a leading role in the fund-raising process and added: “This was not solely a Rotary project. Businesses, schools, community groups and individuals all played their part. The scale of the support from the local community was really quite humbling. To see the unit up and running and making a difference to patients is fantastic.” 

Representatives of the various donors and community fundraisers were invited to a celebration tea party at Kincardine Community Hospital, along with members of staff and the project team who delivered the facility.

Dr Ann Humphrey with Stonehaven Club Rotarians


The waiting area at the new Renal Unit at Kincardine Community Hospital has a whole new look. The Vinyl Cut created wall sized prints from Photographs taken by Club Rotarian - Jim Henderson and these were installed in early May. Much cheerier now for the patients.


On a chilly Sunday morning, the waterboys from the Stonehaven Club turned out to irrigate the runners in the Half Marathon

Then home for a warm cuppa or maybe something stronger!


Last Wednesday,12th June, the Rotary KidsOut Aberdeen National Day Out Event took place at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Craibstone. The event is organised by local Rotary Clubs and is a fun day out for around 500 children with additional support needs from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire special schools and units. Almost 1,000 people were in attendance on the day - Rotarians, children, school staff, and other helpers who included pupils from Westhill Academy. 

Seventeen Rotary Clubs across City and Shire, including Stonehaven Rotary club , organised a range of activities to entertain the children . The event gave the children the opportunity to ride on a horse (with appropriate support), walk on a rope bridge and jump on bouncy castles as well as get their faces painted and enjoy a pony-and-trap ride or train ride around a small circuit.  They also enjoyed climbing inside the cabin of a fire engine, police car and van.  The boys and girls watched a display of magic and a puppet show and there was also an opportunity to stroke small animals and speak to owls. After a sandwich lunch, followed by a Mackie’s ice cream, in the campus dining hall they were able to dance to disco music before boarding their buses and taxis for their trip back to school.
The one thing that could not be organised was the weather , but despite the cool and damp (wet!) conditions, the children all enjoyed their day which made it all worthwhile for the organisers.
A number of members of Stonehaven Rotary Club were among those who volunteered to help … and were persuaded to pose for a photograph before they went off to help at their assigned activities!

Primary Schools Quiz - Winners 2019

The Catterline Team

The Team Members were –

•            Campbell Gauld

•            James Boggon

•            Connor Mackay

•            Alec McMurtrie

They will represent Stonehaven Rotary Club in the Area 4 Final to be held in Mackie Academy, Main Hall on Saturday the 20th April 2019 at 2.00pm. We wish them well.

Young Musician Competition - District Competition

On Sat 2nd March, Rotarian Peter Newell attended the Rotary 1010 District Instrumental Final of the Young Musician competition at Leven Community Campus. A total of 20 young musicians from clubs across the District were involved playing a large number of different instruments and varying compositions. Andrew McGillivray from Mackie Academy playing Timpani was sponsored by Stonehaven Rotary Club and although he played well, the standard was high and Andrew did not figure in the top two who go forward to the Area Final. Andrew who is 17 said he enjoyed the experience. After leaving school this year he is taking a gap year teaching English abroad before going on to Edinburgh University to study Music and Mathematics.
The club wish him well for the future.

Young Musician Competition - Club Winners

30th January 2019

Junior Section Winner - Eloisa Donovan. Played Tenor Horn.

Senior Section Vocalist Winner - Erin Coupar.

Senior Section Instrumentalist and overall Young Musician, Andrew McGillivray.

 Played timpani drums.

Erin and Andrew go forward to compete in the District round of the competition in Perth in March.

Young Chef Competition - Dundee 2018-19

Kira Bunyan's - Vegetarian Menu

Kira Bunyan - with All 'Other' 15 Competitors

·  On Sunday the 27th January, 2019 the District heat of the annual Rotary Young Chef competition took place in Dundee. Our 'Local' Winner Kira Bunyan took part. She prepared a nice Vegetarian Meal but was not placed in a strong Group of 16 Participants.. She enjoyed the Day.

Past Presidents Dinner - 9th November 2018



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Wednesday 16th October 13.00


Rotarian Caroline Sinclair is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.

Wednesday 23rd October 13.00


Rotarian Frank Budd is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.

Wednesday 30th October 13.00


Rotarian Mike Robins is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.

Wednesday 6th November 18.00


This is our once a month evening meeting.

Wednesday 13th November 13.00


Rotarian Joe Samson is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.

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