Stonehaven man forgot about raffle ticket… Until he discovered he had won a new Mini
The lucky winner, Ken Reid (front) receives the keys from CLAN's Fiona Fernie with rotary members (clockwise from left) Pat and Alan Pirie, Dave Dunne, Stuart McKay, Ernie Forbes, Mike Craig and Douglas Knox.
(Picture by Colin Rennie. Courtesy of the Press & Journal.)
NEWEST PAUL HARRIS FELLOW
Rotarians do not carry out service for reward or recognition, however a Paul Harris Fellowship marks out a member or person as a worthy Rotarian whose efforts and achievements go far and above and beyond normal service. This recognition is highly respected and valued by its holders who wear this honour with huge pride.
Recently Rotarians were asked to nominate a fellow member for the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship. A Paul Harris Fellowship Committee was established by then President Billy Hunter under the stewardship of PP and Paul Harris Fellow Jim Henderson.
Having reviewed the nominations which were submitted, the committee passed their recommendations to Club Council for consideration. Club Council ratified the proposal and the announcement of the Club’s latest Paul Harris Fellow and presentation of the award was made at the start of Stonehaven Rotary Club's Christmas Partners evening on Wednesday 20th December. The recipient was Rotary Club member Peter Newell.
Peter joined Stonehaven Rotary Club in 2004 and served on several committees and also as Club President. During his Presidential year in conjunction with The Lions and Round Table he resurrected the failing Stonehaven Harbour Festival after the demise of the then organisers MRI. As President of the Rotary Club he took the lead and saved the event which has subsequently gone from strength to strength. Not only a major tourism attraction for the benefit of the town but an important and successful community fundraiser for many other worthy local causes.
Other activities for which he was responsible included the year our Club took on the organisation of the Annual Kids Out Day at Craibstone Agricultural College which through the efforts of several hundred helpers put on this iconic event which benefits some 500 disadvantaged and special needs children. Peter took on the role of coordinator of the group which organised the event. He also initiated the Playlist for Life Project which by the use of I pods and MP3 players provides dementia patients with a playlist of their favourite music, This innovative project is the brainchild of Sally Magnusson who saw through personal experience how music brought comfort and improved quality of life not only to sufferers but also to their families who have to care for and support their loved ones.
Among his other activities and achievements through the Club were as part of the team who renovated Duthies Well at the harbour, a regular driver of the Club’s taxi service taking the elderly for their Christmas Lunches and the Blind Bowlers to their away days. In Community Service outwith Rotary activities he was also for a period of time a G Docs driver being on call day and night to drive relief doctors to their emergency calls. As part of his involvement with our Youth Activities Service he was also the resident Quiz Master for Primary School Quiz for many years. For a few years he was also the Chair of the Club’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee.
Always willing to help out and be involved, his latest venture involves helping establish a local Men’s Shed and also, in conjunction with Mackie Academy and a ‘Poly Tunnel’ he is helping special needs pupils with gardening tuition which is giving those children a practical and meaningful ‘hands on’ activity
Peter Newell goes about his work quietly, unconcerned about personal benefit and typifies what is expected of a Paul Harris Fellow.
70th CHARTER DINNER CELEBRATIONS
Stonehaven Rotary Club celebrated their 70th Charter year with a dinner on Friday 24th November. Over 90 members and guests attended the function. After the interval, the second part of the evening was given over to the speakers, Jim Brown, Douglas Cusine and District Governor, Graeme Archibald. The evening ended with the presentation of a quaich by Arthur Whitehead from the Rotary Club of Thirsk. This was to celebrate the Stonehaven and Thirsk clubs 35 years of close friendship which is marked by reciprocal annual long weekend visits to Stonehaven & Thirsk. The members group photograph was taken by Les Black of Les Black Photography, Stonehaven.
LATEST CLUB NEWS
Meetings and events happening soon
Wednesday 24th January 13.00
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
This week's meeting will take the form of a Burns Lunch.
Wednesday 31st January 13.00
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Rotarian Donald Robertson is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.
Wednesday 7th February 18.30
THE MEETING THIS WEEK IS AN EVENING MEETING
Rotarian Graham MacIntosh is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.
Wednesday 14th February 13.00
THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Rotarian Jim Bicker is responsible for the Speaker slot at this week's meeting.
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