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G.H.A. Events 2019
FORTY YEAR RELATIONSHIP CELEBRATED
Chairman Jim Shiach welcomed more than 50 guests at a dinner in Aberdeen to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the Grampian Region and the City of Houston and the 25th anniversary of the student nursing exchange between Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and Houston Baptist University.
The company at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa included nine past Chairmen of the Association – Robert Anderson, Brian Kilkerr, Eric Duncan, Margaret Hadley, Ian Gordon, Jimmy Hay, John Reynolds, Ron McKail and Brett Jackson (see picture above).
Also present were the four student nurses taking part in the 2019 Grampian-
Association President Lord Provost Barney Crockett, recently returned from his second visit to Houston this year, proposed a toast to the Sister City relationship. He said the link continued to thrive and there was a great determination to ensure that continued.
Founder Chairman of the Association Bob Anderson explained how the official twinning relationship was arranged and paid tribute to the work of the first Convener of Grampian Region, the late Councillor Sandy Mutch and the former Mayor of Houston Louie Welch. He described them as “men of vision.”
Mr Anderson believed there was still scope to extend business links with Houston. “The business is there to be done but we have to work at it,” he stated.
Aberdeen business man Charles P. Skene recalled his many visits to Houston since the 1960s. He said he was one of six Scottish businessmen who travelled to Midland, Texas to explore investment opportunities. One of the oilmen they met was a young George W. Bush who went on to become President of the United States. “I did make an investment and did reasonably well out of it,” he said.
The 2019 Jazz Lunch was held at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen on Sunday, 20 January with a guest of honour from Texas in Lorna Ramsay (pictured), President of the Houston-
Kristin said 2019 was a milestone year for the Grampian-
Lorna drew the winning tickets in the prize draw and the proceeds will go towards the cost of sending two student nurses to Houston in September.
The four student nurses expressed their appreciation of the “once in a lifetime opportunity” for them to study and compare healthcare systems in Texas and Scotland. The students are pictured here with Lord Provost Crockett.
Mr Shiach presented the two Houston students with inscribed quaiches as a memento of their two week study visit to Grampian and handed over cheques to Leigh and Brett to cover their expenses in Houston in September.
Deputy Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Ron McKail said Grace and Eric Duncan, a founder member of the Grampian-
Some of the guests who attended the dinner are pictured here.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019
One of the Texas founders of the Grampian-
Founder Secretary and a Past President of the Houston-
Aurise paid her first visit to Aberdeen in 1979 to market her business Liaison International and she helped many oil-
In May, 1979 she returned to Aberdeen with a 40-
Two Board members – long-
Aurise is pictured with her commemorative cups and with some of those who attended the AGM.
THANKSGIVING DINNER 2019
Jordan, a manager at the Transition Expreme Sports complex at Aberdeen Beach, recalled family Thanksigiving get-
In the picture (L to R) are
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|Houston Greeter Service|