An Invitation from President Robert
We will now be meeting on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7.00pm at the Portlethen Golf Club. Some of us will be having a bite to eat beforehand at 6.15.
We will also be meeting at THE SITTING ROOM AT THE GREEN on the 1st Saturday of the month at 11.00 for coffee and a chat.
Come along for a coffee on a Saturday to hear what we do locally. Perhaps you can help, even just for the odd hour here and there.
We are a friendly bunch - visit us and find out what Rotary can do for you.
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Robbie Middleton details the work in Kibale, Nigeria.
In Kibale, Uganda, a local Rotarian, Robbie Middleton, founded and runs a school for AIDs orphans, children who are stigmatised and some of whom themselves carry the HIV infection. The current single storey school was built with the help of honorary Rotarians Bill and Lorraine through their Aberdeen-based Budge Foundation.
Dormitory accommodation is urgently required and the existing school was built with the facility to add an upper floor. Rotary Clubs in the Aberdeen and Deeside Area have come together to raise £25,000 to construct the additional accommodation under the supervision of the Rotary Club of Rukungiri. Robbie Middleton of Portlethen Rotary Club, who has been involved with the “Little Angels School” from the start, told us about the current status.
With the help of a £5,000 Rotary District Grant, the supporting Clubs, including Portlethen, have raised close to the required amount with some funds still to come in. The fundraising efforts included an online auction organised by the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Bon-Accord that raised £3,800. The work is expected to start soon and Robbie’s account of the project to date is a wonderful example of the power of Rotary when Clubs work together both locally and overseas.
Outward Bound with Rotary
Youth Team leader Anne McNair introduced RYLA student Adam Sweeney who shared his experiences of a week's outward bound training at Abernethy. Adam thoroughly enjoyed his experience and will be using it as part of his Duke Of Edinburgh Award.
He thanked Rotarians and friends present for selecting him and funding this valuable experience, District Governor Alistair McNair gave the vote of thanks or Adam's talk.
If you know of someone aged 16-18 who would like to go next summer, please get in touch or find us in The Sitting Room on the first Saturday of the month at 11.00am.
We recently held a small reception for representatives from local organisations receiving our charity cheques. The presentation took place at our usual meeting place, Portlethen Golf Club.
Sarah Doran & Dee Kerr from Bourtree Nursery, Adam Swinney, our RYLA candidate Sundrai Joseph & Rudolphe Blanchard-Kowal from Jubilee Hall Committee
Past President Willie Williamson, Moira Hogg on behalf of Safe Space, Trish Hughes & Pat Fraser from K&D Befriending, Dr irene Watt, NE Clarsach Society
Charity Walk to Brig' O' Balgownie
Raising Funds for Portlethen Rotary
A large group of members took part in a very enjoyable sponsored walk along the River Don to the Brig'o' Balgownie.
Lord Hague and Robbie Middleton
Portlethen & District Rotarian Robbie Middleton has been honoured at the House of Lords where he was prsented with Rotary’s Champions of Change Award for his outstanding work in supporting orphans in Uganda.
Robbie was chosen to receive the award after more than 20 years of raising funds to support orphans in the Kabale and Bubaare area of South Uganda.
Recently he directed a project on behalf of The Budge Foundation and Rotary that oversaw the building of a girls’ dormitory, classrooms and toilets at the Amazing Love School.
Robbie joined ten other previously unsung Rotary heroes to receive his award at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness Harris, who said, "The reputation of Rotary goes before you with your extraordinary work and we are very privileged to have you here today.”
Lord Hague congratulated each recipient in presenting the awards and said Rotarians should be extremely proud of their work.
Rotary International is a volunteer service organisation where members use their skills and their time to improve the lives of others.
Rotary is open to anyone aged over 18. All that is required is a positive attitude and a sense of adventure.
Portlethen and District Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6.30 and extends a warm welcome to prospective members. Come along and meet us. For further details ring 07981122984.
Rotary Primary Schools Quiz
Congratulations to Portlethen Primary B team who won a very close contest, only dropping 3 points in the whole competition.
They were closely followed by Portlethen A and Newtonhill A in 3rd.
Thank are due to Ms Watson for her assistance and to all the pupils, teachers and parents who came along to support.
It was also good to see younger pupils from the new Hillside school joining in as a class exercise.
Pictured above are Munsif Shameen, Aamnah Majid, Chloe Allardyce, Millie McMillan (res) and Euan Brown, who now progress to the Area 4 semi-final in Portlethen Academy against teams from Aberdeen City and Shire.
Well done, and we may see you at the Beach ballroom in the District final!
The under 5's at Bourtree Pre-school have been helping Rotary to plant crocus bulbs.
FUN AT PORTLETHEN ROTARY
We recently beat St Fitticks Rotary in a Gavel Competition that included Jenga.
Portlethen Rotary has received a very kind donation of £25,000. This money will be added to our Charity Fund and will be used to support local projects.
Rotary can be fun - come along on Tuesday night and meet us!
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Every year Portlethen & District Rotary Club organises the local Primary School Quiz - the winner is once again Newtonhill
Skea Ross and several rotarians help raise £2,300 for this worthy local cause
STONEHAVEN DIALYSIS UNIT
Portlethen Rotary have already made a Club contribution to the fund to establish a Dialysis Unit at Stonehaven and in association with our Motherclub - Stonehaven Rotary we continue to support this very worthwhile local cause.
One member recently did the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and as you can see on this link to the YouTube video he is requesting that donations be made via the justgiving link:
Fundraising Fun at Portlethen Rotary
A great day for a healthy sponsored walk at Ballater
An unusual sight - Donald in an apron at the recent BBQ.
Past Presidents Iain McLeod and Graham Knight
Portlethen and District Rotary Club organised the recent annual lunch of all the Rotary Clubs in the North East.
BBC personality and "weel kent" Robbie Shepherd kindly volunteered to be our speaker at the event and Robbie spoke of the help he had received from the local UCAN charity. £400 was raised at the lunch and Portlethen Rotary has since raised even more. The picture shows Graham Knight and Robbie Shepherd with a Cheque made out to UCAN for £700.
Rotary Meetings to be "More Fun"
President Moira recently commented on the image that Rotary presents to the public. Moira said, "We are often seen as folks from an older generation who do good works. While this image is partially true, we have younger members and we do try to do good in our local community and internationally but we also have a lot of fun. In fact it is my resolve in my Presidental year that we have even more fun.
If you are in the Cove Bay, Portlethen or Newtonhill district and are looking at this site for the first time - come along and join us for a complimentary meal and find out what Rotary is all about.
We meet at the Newton Arms, Newtonhill on Tuesdays at 6.30pm.
As you can see from the pictures - we are a friendly bunch!
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Fund Raising is fun!
2000 ducks were dropped in the river
NNo ducks were harmed during the race
Portlethen Rotary demonstrate the life-saving "Shelter Box" at Chevron Aberdeen