Rotary Club Honours the Bard

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Stonehaven Rotary Club held their annual Burns Supper at the Station Hotel last week, when 75 members and guests sat down to the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties

The club were pleased to welcome eight members from their daughter club at Portlethen to take part in the festivities and, in a departure from previous years, the club decided to do everything in-house and all the speakers and entertainers were from the club members including those from Portlethen.

The chairman for the evening was Peter O’Dowd and the haggis was piped in by John Robson. The Address to the Haggis was given by Angus Mackintosh.

Musical entertainment was provided by Angus Mackintosh and John Balsillie. Robbie Middleton from Portlethen Club also provided some lilts.

The Immortal Memory was proposed by Bill Allan, and the Toast to the Lasses was given by Robbie Middleton. Stonehaven Club President Helen Smith replied on behalf of the lassies.

In all it was a most enjoyable and successful evening leaving many members saying, “why have we not done this before.”

Thanks were proposed to social convenor Caroline Sinclair for arranging the evening.

Stonehaven Rotary Club are organising a coffee morning for the benefit of all those affected by the floods at the Invercarron Resource Centre from 10am until noon this Saturday, February 2.

So if you were affected, and want come along for a cuppa and bite to eat and a chat, you will be most welcome.

A satellite renal dialysis unit at Kincardine Community Hospital took a step nearer last week when Rotary Club President, Helen Smith, presented a cheque for £6100 to Dr Anne Humphrey at the renal unit in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The money was raised last November by the club from their gala evening dinner and auction of the Beaujolais Noveau wine.

Thanking Helen for the donation, Dr Humphrey said the fund was now sitting at £320,000 but at least another £80,000 was needed to reach the £400,000 mark before the NHS would commit to the balance needed to build the unit.

Dr Humphrey said she was most grateful to the Club who have made several donations to the fund over the past two years.