G.H.A. Events 2018


Chairman Jim Shiach welcomed the company at the Grampian-Houston Association's annual Jazz Lunch at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen on Sunday, 28 January, 2018 and Aberdeen's Depute Provost Councillor Alan Donnelly said the Selkirk Grace. Guests included Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen.

Music was supplied by the Struttin' Futrets and a prize draw raised almost £800 towards the cost of sending two student nurses from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, on a two week study visit to Houston in September, 2018.

Jim rounded off an enjoyable and relaxing event by thanking the hotel staff, the band and Association members, friends and guests for their support. He expressed gratitude to  Marlene McLeod, the Association's social convener, for making all the arrangements necessary to ensure the success of the occasion.


Guest speaker at the 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner held by the Grampian-Houston Association at the Royal Northern  & University Club, Aberdeen, was the Ref. Rrofessor David Atkinson, an agricultural research expert who worked at Aberdeen University and the Macaulay Land Use Institute in Aberdeen. He spoke of his research on a key element of Thanksgiving -  food. His work on food production and crop protection took him to various states in America  including Arkansas, Michigan, Maryland, Washington State and New York State.

Prof. Atkinson is now a minister in the Scottish Episcopal Church and serves as an assistant priest in Aberdeenshire at St Mary's Church, Inverurie, St Anne's Church, Kemnay and St Mary's, Auchindoir, Lumsden.

He is pictured (centre) with some of the guests who attended the dinner (L to R) Eric Duncan, Councillor Ron McKail, Dorothy Geering, Brett Jackson, who presided at the dinner, Jackie Leith and Katie Baxter.

Some of those who attended the Jazz Lunch

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