At Montrose Inner Wheel’s first meeting of the year, Hillside resident Sheila Mann inspired members with a talk on local poet, novelist and author of children’s books, Violet Jacob and her works.
Sheila’s read of several of her poems written in Scots, some of which have been set to music.
The proceeds of the Montrose club’s autumn fashion show were donated to Save the Children Scotland. Moya Fox from the charity spoke to members about the charity’s work and how the funds are being spent.
Laurie Macdonald, district chairman from Pitlochry, also visited the club in February.
The Inner Wheel in the UK and Ireland is divided into districts. The local district, comprising 29 clubs, is one of the largest in area, stretching from Stirling in the south to Wick in the north and Portree in the west.
Until 2013, everyone joining the Inner Wheel had to have a Rotarian as a family member but that is no longer the case.
In March, Scott Murray, coxswain/mechanic of the Montrose lifeboat was the guest, who explained to the members the workings of the RNLI and told them the history of the local station and its lifeboats, showing photographs from the past, which stirred a few memories.
He enthused about the new Shannon class lifeboat, which is due to arrive next year.
It is a brand new class of boat and will be the first of its kind to be stationed in Scotland.