Canadian Rotarians visit North East

Canadian Rotarians enjoy a tour of the Glen Garioch Distillery, accompanied by their hosts from the Oldmeldrum club.
Canadian Rotarians enjoy a tour of the Glen Garioch Distillery, accompanied by their hosts from the Oldmeldrum club.

THe Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum hosted a group of visiting fellow Rotarians from the Maritime provinces of Canada last week, as the Canadians rounded off their trip to Scotland with a series of visits around the North East.

The Canadians were taking part in the first leg of a friendship exchange between Rotary District 1010, which includes all of Scotland north of a line from the River Forth to the Isle of Skye, and Rotary District 7820, which comprises the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, and the French islands of Saint Pierre et Miquelon.

During their stay in the North East, they visited Thainstone Cattle Market, Fyvie Castle, the Glen Garioch distillery and were guests on the Sunday at the Turriff show. The visitors also had the opportunity to visit a fishing boat in Fraserburgh Harbour - the 63m long pelagic trawler ‘Forever Grateful’, skippered by Willie Whyte.

Oldmeldrum Rotary President Ray Walker said that the visit had been very successful. “It was a pleasure for us to be able to host our guests, and to be able to give them a flavour of North East life. Enduring friendships are made on visits such as these, and we all look forward to the return leg in September.”

District Governor Iain MacDonald said, “I speak on behalf of the 3,000 plus Rotarians throughout this District when I say how delighted we were to welcome this exchange group from Canada to this wonderful part of Scotland.

“Those involved in organising the visit put in a substantial amount of work to ensure everyone had a chance to enjoy the world famous landmarks and sights that we have in this country.”