The first meeting in June of Mearns Probus Club was held in the Crown Inn, Laurencekirk with President Ian Williamson chairing.
The death of a past member Chick Reith was announced. Chick died after a long spell of ill health which had prevented him from attending for some time.
The President introduced the speaker Katie Innes who is a grand-daughter of Bill Innes one of the founder members and a past president.
Katie or to be more precise – Flight Lieutenant K. Innes is meantime stationed at Lossiemouth and she talked on her experiences in the RAF and her career prior to enlisting.
From St Margaret’s School in Aberdeen to St Andrews University, where she graduated, Katie had also been a member of the RAF Cadets so it was no surprise that she then went on to RAF Cranwell College for officer training.
Her training there was in all different disciplines from classroom and lecture theatre to leadership exercises, some of which took two weeks in the countryside living under canvas – if they were lucky – and survival exercises.
Physical fitness is paramount and this led to Portsmouth where she became a member of the Military Police after undergoing more training at the College there.
Throughout all the courses she attended training was given on security checks, investigating crimes, disciplinary offences as well as counter intelligence, passports and permits and personnel security.
She has also served since in Afghanistan in Kandahar, where training of local police will eventually lead to our security forces leaving there.
Katie enjoys being active and living up to all the experiences put her way and looks forward to further tours abroad.
Alex Finlayson thanked Katie and reminded members of some of his own experiences in the RAF in the late 1940s. He also called on fellow members to accord the speaker a vote of thanks and they duly obliged.
The next meeting will be on Monday 20th June in the Crown Inn at 10 am with business commencing at 10.30 am.