Around 130 people gathered in Aberdeenshire to celebrate the creation of the UK’s newest rotary group.
The Ythan Valley club was chartered back in September but members celebrated at the Beaton Hall in Methlick on Sunday.
Every member of Ythan Valley was welcomed into the rotary individually by North Scotland district governor Alistair McNair, who said it was an “exciting opportunity” to be part of a “new and different style of club”.
Efforts to form the new charter began in March with a number of open meetings across the Ythan Valley – from Newburgh and Methlick – with interest and input from across Aberdeenshire in Westhill, Fyvie and Auchnagatt.
The club has already begun work, including looking into improving the condition of Ythan Bridge, creating a clothing bank for the area and engaging with local primary and secondary schools.
Members are also looking to support projects with a more international focus.
Those include disaster relief charity Shelterbox and First Steps Himalayas, which works to improve access to quality early-years education in rural Nepal.
The group meets in the Ythanbank hall on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and would welcome new people, of all ages, looking to contribute to their community.