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New Member of Stonehaven Rotary Club - 1st September 2021

At the first in-person meeting of Stonehaven Rotary Club last Wednesday, President Debbie Thomson inducted a new member to the club.
She is Sylvia Nicoll who is the General Manager at Brio Retirement living complex at Chapelton of Elsick - one of a number of similar complexes across the UK aiming to improve the quality and experience of later life.

The traditional right hand of fellowship to welcome new members was not possible due to awareness of Covid precautions so it was the right elbow of fellowship instead. A warm welcome is still welcome whatever the means used to demonstrate it!

Sylvia will join Stonehave Rotary's Community Service Committee.

We're for Communities - August 2021

We were asked by the Grampian Autistic Society to help them to hold an event at Brio Retirement Living in Chapelton on Saturday 14th August. Our role was to manage the Car Parking.

Photos below of Stonehaven Rotarians Mike Robins, Caroline Sinclair and Billy Hunter together with Megan Linklater who was the Lead Organiser.

Megan was persuaded to turn round and face the camera after displaying the name and logo of the Society!

Beach & Promenade Clean-up - July & August 2021.

Members of the Rotary Club of Stonehaven, Weeding, Sweeping and Cleaning-up along the Beachfront Promenade - between the Cowie & Carron Bridges.


Strawberry Teas - July 2021.

The Rotary Club of Stonehaven organise Strawberry Teas for the Residents of the Care Homes in Stonehaven. Well Done!

Club Handover Meeting - Wednesday 30th June 2021.


K.C.H. - Renal Unit - Tuesday 29th June 2021.

Rotary Club of Stonehaven's Donation to Friends of KCH, enabled them  to buy 12 large Shrub Plants, Compost and Manure. The Shrub Plants replaced some tired Specimens at the rear of the Hospital, opposite the Renal Unit.

Photographs below show before and after views.

Bench & Table - Monday 7th June 2021.


What started as a daft thought some months ago as one of the members of Stonehaven Rotary Club walked along the new boardwalk has resulted in the Club commissioning Stonehaven’s own Banksy to design and construct a bespoke stainless-steel bench and table for the Town’s new boardwalk where it has now been installed. 

The “unveiling” was done on Monday 7th June by Neil McIntosh, the longest serving member of the club. Others who attended were members of Stonehaven Rotary Club who had been part of the project team, members of Men’s Shed, the current Rotary Club President and incoming President and Stonehaven Councillors Wendy Agnew and Sarah Dickinson…the number attending was restricted in order to conform with Covid Level 1 guidelines.

The prime location is near the Backies Carpark and next to the lighthouse sculpture where there are no benches and this was agreed with Aberdeenshire Council and the Water Board. Ideas for the design were discussed with Jim Malcolm who developed them into the finished product, and incorporates a sea theme, and therefore the same thread as his other sculptures. Both the bench and table include features such as an octopus, dolphin, crabs and fish

The installation was carried out by members of the Stonehaven Rotary Club, who were ably supported by our local Men’s Shed.

The bench and table are a gift from Stonehaven Rotary Club to the town to enhance the newly constructed boardwalk and celebrate the achievements of Rotary, with a plaque on the table dedicating the installation to ‘past, present and future Rotarians’.

On the plaque there is also an invitation to everyone to “rest a moment and enjoy the view”, as we feel sure this gift will be very well received and appreciated by the many townspeople and visitors who enjoy a walk along our beautiful coastline.

We hope you do and that you will agree that what started as a “daft thought” turned out to be not so daft after all!

Litter Pick - Saturday 29th May 2021.

We're for Community

As part of our involvement in supporting Stonehaven’s Beautiful Scotland application, Stonehaven Rotary Club organised a litter pick on the morning of Saturday 29th May. Taking part were Rotarians and members of Horizon and we concentrated on Mineralwell Park and the area behind Mackie Academy – both identified as in need of some cleaning. The sun shone for us and we gathered quite a bit of litter as you can see from the photos!

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) - March 2021.

It's Golden Anniversary Year.

To Read about when it all started Click on this Link.

Each year, the Stonehaven Rotary Club usually sponsors 2 places on the RYLA weeklong, full-time residential leadership development course. Last year, like so many other events, it was cancelled but it is expected that the RYLA Camp will go ahead over two weeks in July. 2021 IS THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF RYLA IN SCOTLAND, AND IN CELEBRATION OF THIS THE CLUB IS HOPING TO SEND 3 YOUNG PEOPLE AND ARE LOOKING FOR HELP WITH FUNDING THE THIRD PLACE. THE COST OF A PLACE IS £560. This is a rare opportunity for local youngsters from age 16 to under 18 to experience and learn things about themselves, about working in a team and about leading and supervising other people.
You can find out more about it by clicking on this link
A variety of activities both outdoor and indoor help develop young people in a safe and enjoyable environment. Activities for all participants include hill walking, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, kayaking (river), raft building, swimming, mental and physical team challenges. Good communication and teamwork are key and all are mentored on these aspects, including daily talks from speakers with experience of various team challenges. Its not a pass or fail course. The aim is to help participants realise their leadership potential.
While the course takes place at Abernethy’s Outdoor Centre, located in the Cairngorm National Park, it is not an activity holiday. While the activities are largely centred outdoors, which add a physical dimension to the problems, all are based on elements of problem solving, communication, organisation, delegation and teamwork, etc.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - CHSS March 2021

Robin Lanning has asked me to place a Letter of 'Thank You' from CHSS on the Club Website - Click on the Link.

Little Drops Charity Trust - St. Joseph Centre Projects - Feb' 21
An 'Extract' from the Annual Report February 2021 - By Muriel Thomson to the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.
India update: India went into lockdown in March 2020. The whole country was given only 4 hours’ notice of the lockdown. Many of the migrant workers in the cities were immediately left jobless and homeless so they had no choice but to flee back to their villages. The number of Covid19 cases began to escalate with the country recording around 100,000 daily cases at the peak in September. Social distancing was near impossible with many families living in cramped conditions with up to six people in one small room. The hospitals at the height of the pandemic were overwhelmed and unable to cope. Many people were turned away as there were no beds available. Hospitals in the big cities had two patients lying top to toe in the beds in the emergency units and another patient lying on the floor below. In the rural villages things were no better. They had little access to medical care and poor or non-existent testing facilities. By mid summer it seemed to be a hopeless situation but despite the country having the second highest cases next to USA it has managed to pull through. It has somehow averted what could have been a major catastrophe. The Government began to open up businesses and industry at the end of October in an effort to prevent a total collapse of their economy…..an economy which was already on a big slowdown prior to Covid19. As things begin to get back to some form of normality the migrant workers are slowly returning to the cities seeking employ-ment. India now has the unenviable task to deliver the world’s largest Covid19 vaccination programme to its population of 1.38 billion. The vaccine has been heralded as ‘A new dawn’ for the country. However the government faces another challenge with 69% of Indians hesitant about receiving the vaccine.
To read the Whole Newsletter, Click on this Link.

We're for Communities - February 2021

Raj Hamid who became an Associate member of Stonehaven Rotary Club a few months ago is owner of Carron to Mumbai and NuSpice restaurants in Stonehaven,

Since the start of the first lockdown, Raj and his team produced hundreds of meals for frontline health workers, the elderly and children, and gave them away for free because he saw the impact that these restrictions had on the most vulnerable members of our community. He said he saw it as his duty to reach out and offer the support he was able to, delivering free food from the restaurant and budgeting-in free shopping for the elderly as well.

Last summer, Raj received the Evening Express Aberdeen Champion’s award and the Community Spirit Award from Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.

Another member of Stonehaven Rotary Club, Derek Sedge, owner of DMS Taxis has been working with Raj helping to deliver food to the elderly.

At Christmas time, Raj offered a free Christmas dinner for those who need it with his 5 daughters helping to hand out the meals. Now Raj and his family are helping children in the town by serving free cooked meals from the restaurant to children of all ages every Sunday with his 5 daughters helping to hand out the meals. Around 200-250 children have been turning up to collect a meal every Sunday.

Well done to Raj and Derek who are both having to work hard to keep their businesses going throughout the pandemic restrictions but who also want to support the community in these difficult times.

A Bit of Christmas Cheer - December 2020.
The Rotary Club of Stonehaven agreed to support an initiative to provide a Christmas gift to recipients of both the Transform (Catalyst Vineyard) and Far & Wide foodbanks, serving the local area. Members were invited to donate some of the money they would have spent on lunch at the weekly club meeting which cannot take place because of Covid restrictions. Thanks to members’ generosity, we have raised £1,550 for this cause. This has allowed us to provide each of 59 households with a gift of a food voucher to the average value of around £25, depending on the size of the household.
These gifts will be delivered during the week of 21 December in addition to the existing food parcels.
Each gift will be delivered along with a Christmas card from the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.
In addition to the Christmas gifts, we will also make a donation of £130 to the Transform food bank which we directly support through supply of drivers on a weekly basis for delivery of food parcels.
These gifts will be delivered during the week of 21 December in addition to the existing food parcels.
Each gift will be delivered along with a Christmas card from the Rotary Club of Stonehaven.
In addition to the Christmas gifts, we will also make a donation of £130 to the Transform food bank which we directly support through supply of drivers on a weekly basis for delivery of food parcels.

Planting to Raise Awareness of the Rotary Fight for a  Polio Free World - Thursday 19th November 2020.

Two million Ruby Giant Purple crocus corms were available this year in batches of 4000 bulbs and these have all been bought by Rotary Clubs throughout the UK – including Stonehaven Rotary Club. Usually we involve the local schools in the crocus project but that was not possible this year because of COVID. So, it was up to us to get them planted!

We wanted them to make a splash of colour in the town adding to the colour of all the planting that the Stonehaven Horizon Project does. We all appreciate the work of this group to improve our town and we asked for their support to get them in.  One place we wanted people to see them is at the Welcome stone at Stonehaven Station. The grounds of Kincardine Community Hospital was the other place to give the patients and dialysis unit users something to brighten their day.

On Thursday 19 November, Rotary club members and Horizon volunteers met up to plant the crocuses. We are all looking forward to seeing them in the spring-something to look forward to next year. Thank you Horizon for your support!

Another Defibrillator for Stonehaven - November 2020

Stonehaven Rotary Club agreed to finance the purchase and installation of a further defibrillator
at the Jim Glennie Pitches in Mineralwell Park. This was a community venture with Stonehaven Community Council donating the defibrillator and Stonehaven Rotary Club paying for the box and the installation.
There were logistical challenges to getting the installation completed due to lockdown and the subsequent gradual return to work. However, the defibrillator box was eventually installed and recently, the defibrillator itself was placed in the box so that it is now ready for use.
The Photo shows Stonehaven Rotary Club Treasurer - Brian Cordiner and Moira Dickson, representing Keiran’s legacy, the charity from which the defibrillator was purchased, placing the defibrillator in the box. You can find out more by visiting the Charity's website http://www.keiranslegacy.co.uk. 
We sincerely hope that no one will have to use the box but we are pleased that Stonehaven Rotary Club has been able to install this valuable piece of equipment in case it is needed.

Support for Charlie House - November 2020

On Saturday morning the 7th November, Rotarians - Helen, Debbie and Jennifer, set up a stall at the monthly Farmers Market in Stonehaven to sell tickets for the annual Aberdeen & North East Rotary Clubs Charity Lottery Society - Prize Draw with the charity selected to benefit from this year’s raffle being Charlie House. The raffle is due to be drawn on the 24th December. It was a beautiful morning ....... sunshine and blue skies (for the third day in a row!)
We would like to thank all the visitors to the market who bought tickets in support of this worthwhile cause.

Happening soon...

Wed, Sep 22nd 2021 12:45 pm


This is a Business Meeting.There is no speaker slot this week

Wed, Sep 29th 2021 12:45 pm


Rotarian Helen Smith is responsible for the speaker slot this week

Wed, Oct 6th 2021 6:15 pm


This is our monthly evening meeting. Rotarian Jim Douglas is responsible for the speaker slot at this meeting.

Wed, Oct 13th 2021 12:45 pm


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

Wed, Oct 13th 2021 12:45 pm


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

Wed, Oct 20th 2021 12:45 pm


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

Wed, Oct 20th 2021 12:45 pm


Rotarian David Ross is responsible for the speaker slot at this week's meeting.

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