A very personal word from President Robbie

I recently spent two months during September and October in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after being attacked by sepsis and e.coli, which attacked my bones and bone marrow. When I came to my senses after several days of touch and go, I found out that I couldn't walk or barely even move. Thanks to incredible care from our NHS I am now at home and just about back on my feet.

I am currently President of the Rotary Club of Portlethen & District and along with other Clubs we are having a hard time under current circumstances to raise any money to support our usual local charities. I am therefore challenging my-self to get back on my feet by walking 31 miles during January with the support of my wife Judy and a good pair of walking sticks. All money raised will go directly into our Rotary Club Charity Account which will support local needy groups in going about their work in the community.

Please help me and make it worth while as we are able to make a difference to many people in need, especially at this time.

Click on this link for more information or to make a donation.


We are pleased to announce the winner, runner up and commended recipients of our first Rotary Annual Community Champion Award, independently judged by our District Governor Alistair Robb. 

The winners are the Portlethen Covid Response team, started at the beginning of lockdown and co-ordinated by Sophie Stephen and a large group of caring local people, many of whom are still providing for local families.
Runner up is the Boogie in the Bar group, held in the Leathen Arms and originally for people suffering from dementia and their carers.

Also Commended are:
Brian Black, Scouter, for inspiring the young people in the area, recruiting new leaders and keeping awareness of Scouting in the public domain.
Allan Brooks, volunteer at the Newtonhill football changing pavilion and ground.
Young Harris Paterson, aged just 6, for making rainbows for his whole street to display in their windows at the beginning of lockdown. He delivered them with a note from his parents offering help to anyone who needed it.
Thank you to everyone who nominated a group or individual for our first year of this award, which was started with a small legacy form one of our Honorary members who gave Service above Self to the club for many years, Iain McLeod.
Everyone who helps in the community deserves recognition, but we don't know about them if you don't tell us!

Please start thinking about nominees for 2021 and we will announce when nominations will be open.

An Invitation from President Robbie

We are not holding  face to face meetings due to the Corona Virus.  However we are having Zoom meetinga online.  

We are a friendly bunch - visit us and find out what Rotary can do for you.

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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.



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!

We are now on Facebook 

Click on this link and have fun like us! 

We meet every Tuesday at 6.30pm

At Portlethen Golf Club

Badentoy Road, Portlethen AB12 4YA

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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  


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:



portlethen rotary in the mearns leader

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!

For futher information please e-mail graham@knightsaberdeen.com


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


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