Office Bearers 2017 – 2018
The Rotary Club of Lochaber
(Fort William Scotland)

Iain Johnston

Iain Johnston

President

Flora McKee

Flora McKee

Treasurer

Clive Talbot

Clive Talbot

President-Elect

John Harvey

John Harvey

Secretary

The Rotary Club of Lochaber

1949 – 1996

by Bruce Tulloch

Rotary came fairly late to Lochaber. Before the war, Fort William was a smallish town and, in spite of the railway, was still remote from the larger centres of population. Only the better-off owned motor cars and public transport were relatively expensive. For these reasons, the town tended to be socially self-contained. Employees of the British Aluminium Company formed a close-knit community of shop-floor workers on one hand and technical and office staff on the other. The other industries- distilling, agriculture, railway -likewise formed their own social groupings and only organisations like the churches and the Masonic Lodge cut across them.

The war brought an influx of population and, with it, increased prosperity to the town and this tended to continue after the hostilities ended. At the same time, the fairly rigid pre-war class structure was breaking up. The shared hardships had made people more aware of and concerned about the welfare of their neighbours, not only in a local but also in a wider sense. World organisations, like the United Nations and its subsidiaries, were highly thought of and great hopes for the future of the world rested upon them.

In this climate of benevolence and international altruism, coupled with material prosperity, it was really only to be expected that Rotary, with its worldwide philanthropic ideals and its underlying spirit of fellowship, would become increasingly appealing, both to the men who had served in the Forces and to those who, for the first time, felt secure enough financially to contemplate lending a helping hand to others less fortunate than themselves.

On July 1st. 1949, sixteen good men and true met together in the Grand Hotel and decided that they would try to form a Rotary Club. It would meet in the Grand Hotel at 1.10 p.m. this, presumably, to allow for a brief sojourn in the bar beforehand – and go on till 2.30p.m. These times were to be ‘rigidly adhered to’ so that there would be plenty of time available after the meal for talks and discussion. It was only in 1966 that the starting hour was officially set at 1.00 p.m. and at the same time, one presumes, 2.00 p.m. came to mark the end of the meeting.

Events moved swiftly and within a week, on July 7th, the first Council Meeting of the Lochaber (Formation) Rotary Club was held at 9.00 p.rn.Shops

closed later in those days and businessmen were not able to attend at an earlier hour. The 8.30 p.m. arrival of the train from Glasgow may have been another factor as it brought perishable goods, papers and various other items whose arrival was attended with a fair degree of urgency.

Jirnmy MacBean, Category – Beverages, was elected Chairman and Charlie Steel was appointed Secretary. Charlie went on to become President in 1953-54, before emigrating to Canada in 1957. Happily, he is still alive and is probably the only surviving founder member. He actually paid a return visit to Fort William in 1995.

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How Rotary Began in 1905 

over 100 years ago

Past Presidents from

1949 – 2017

2001 - 2020

70

69

68          2017 – 18    Donald McCorkindale

67            2016 – 17   Paula Ross

66            2015 – 16    Terry Lee

65            2014 – 15    John Harvey

64 & 50   2013 – 14    John Rosie

63            2012 – 13    Sheana Fraser

62            2011 – 12     Paul Brian
61            2010 – 11     Angus Nicolson

60            2009 – 10     Ken Johnston

59            2008 – 09     John Goodall

58            2007   08     Duncan Gillies

57            2006 – 07     Ron Gretton

56            2005 – 06     David Mee

55            2004 – 05     David Thomson

54            2003 – 04     Donald Young

53            2002 – 03     Mike McGruer

52            2001 – 02     David MacFarlane

51            2000 – 01     Alan Kirk

 

 

1976 - 2000

50 & 64   1999 – 00     John Rosie

49            1998 – 99     David Robertson

48            1997 – 98     Finlay Finlayson

47            1996 – 97     Alistair Grant

46            1995 – 96     George Bruce

45            1994 – 95     John Hutchison

44            1993 – 94     Duncan MacPhee

43            1992 – 93     Ray Sutherland

42            1991 – 92     Ian Milton

41            1990 – 91     David Anderson

40            1989 – 90     David Blair

39            1988 – 89     Russ Morgan

38            1987 – 88     Dennis Laws

37            1986 – 87     David Dingwall

36            1985 – 86     Will Adam

35            1984 – 85     Dan Ryan

34            1983 – 84     Bruce Tulloch

33            1982 – 83     Hector MacLean

32            1981 – 82     Peter MacLennan

31            1980 – 81     Duncan Stewart

30            1979 – 80     Jim McWilliam

29            1978 – 79     Sandy MacFarlane

28            1977 – 78     Alex Duncan

27            1976 – 77     Charles Cochrane

26            1975 – 76     Donald Currie

1949 - 1975

25            1974 – 75     Mick Sutton

24            1973 – 74     Ian Wynne

23            1972 – 73     Sandy Kinnear

22            1971 – 72     William Slater

21            1970 – 71     William MacIntosh

20            1969 – 70     James Hogg

19            1968 – 69     Hugh MacKenzie

18            1967 – 68     Robert Michie

17            1966 – 67     George MacPherson

16            1965 – 66     Andrew Honeyman

15            1964 – 65     John Campbell

14            1963 – 64     John MacLellan

13            1962 – 63     Joe MacPherson

12            1961 – 62     Robert Stuart

11            1960 – 61     Donald Reid Thomas

10            1959 – 60     William Cuthbert

9            1958 – 59     Murdo MacKenzie

8            1957 – 58     A. K. MacDonald

7            1956 – 57     Robert Kean

6            1955 – 56     Alan Ribbeck

5            1954 – 55     Charles Connachie

4            1953 – 54     Charlie Steel

3            1952 – 53     David Sydie

2            1951 – 52     Farquhar Kitchen

1            1949 – 51     James MacBean

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Office Bearers

President: Iain Johnston
President-Elect: Clive Talbot
Secretary: John Harvey
Treasurer: Flora McKee

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This Club is a member of District 1230
Date of Charter: 19th June 1950

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