Picture taken at the 20th Charter Dinner

The rotary Club of Portlethen & District celebrated the 20th anniversary of their original charter dinner with a grand gala dinner held at the Altens Thistle Hotel last week.

The 65 attendees included guests and partners from 14 other clubs including District Governor Jim Huston from Leven who gave a vote of thanks to the club members on behalf of the visitors.

Main speakers at the event were Founder President of Portlethen & District Club Robbie Middleton, Past District Governor George Berstan who proposed the toast to Portlethen Club and STV presenter Chris Harvey who was the main speaker of the evening.

The Club was founded in 1994 as a joint venture between the then District Extension Officer Doug Westland and Stonehaven Rotary Club which acted as Mother Club to the fledgling group at Portlethen & District. Stonehaven Rotary Club was represented at the grand occasion by outgoing President Peter Newell along with Past Presidents Mike Robbins and Helen Smith.


Picture taken in 1994 when the Club was founded.


Another picture from the past!


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13 April 2010
Two Portlethen Academy youngsters tell Local Rotarians that the RYLA camp was the “best week of their lives ”

This year the Portlethen & District Rotary Club are again sponsoring two RYLA candidates for the July 2010 Camp. Potential candidates can contact us by click on RYLA CANDIDATES on the menu at the left side of this page. 

Last year Rory Arbuthnott and Kirsten Shaw, from Portlethen Academy, were the successful candidates.  They had a great time and thanked the Newtonhill Rotary Club by coming along to a meeting and speaking about their adventures at the RYLA camp near Nethybridge.

Their dual presentation gave members a good idea of the fun, motivation and positive messages coming back from both Rory and Kirsten who talked about their impressions of the camp and of the various activities undertaken.

It was obvious that they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it appeared that gorge walking was top of Kirsten’s favourites list while the highlight for Rory was the kayaking adventure.

The youngsters made it clear that they were grateful for the opportunity to participate in the camp and to meet with other candidates from throughout the District.

Kirsten, who comes from Newtonhill, told the gathering that any misapprehension she had felt was completely overcome by making friends as soon as she boarded the bus that took candidates to Nethybridge.

They had learned new skills, learned how to overcome fears through helping each other and obviously made new friends into the bargain during their week of adventure.

Each day started with a visiting inspirational speaker and some of these talks had a profound message to pass on. The message that the youngsters were able to pass back to the Rotarians was perhaps the most important, and that was simply that, "Happy teams are teams with happy people."

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