RICHARD BAXTER BECOMES 71st PRESIDENT

RICHARD BAXTER BECOMES 71st PRESIDENT

Undeterred by Covid restrictions the Reverend Richard Baxter (left) receives the chain of office from President Clive Talbot at the Peace Memorial in Fort William on Wednesday, July 8.  The handover was filmed and shared. 

‘Since we cannot have our normal meetings in the Alexandra Hotel at present, this part of the Parade seemed like the perfect place for the handover,’ said Clive. 

Richard explained that the bell-tower in the middle of the monument came from the old Maryburgh Church (later the Town Hall), the successor of which was Duncansburgh MacIntosh.   ‘The monument has a plaque unveiled in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and this year is the 75th anniversary of that milestone,’ he continued.  ‘It marks the friendship between Fort William, Dudley and Hiroshima, and contains the words “May we all work together for peace and goodwill and live together as one great family”, words that are very close to the heart of Rotary’s values.

‘Finally, the back of the monument has a plaque bearing the words “Rotary and Peace the world over”. It would be hard to think of a more fitting place.’

Lochaber Rotary has been serving the community since 1949, and marked its own 70th anniversary during Clive’s presidency.

Asked about plans for the year ahead, Richard Baxter said: ‘Many of our regular activities cannot go ahead during the Covid-19 outbreak, but we are meeting online, and planning a series of events.

‘We will focus on supporting a wide range of local causes and helping local businesses to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and we will support Rotary’s international work on eradicating polio and a range of other humanitarian causes.’

We wish President Richard well for the year ahead.

70th PRESIDENT OF LOCHABER ROTARY CLUB

CLIVE IS THE NEW PRESIDENT 
OF LOCHABER ROTARY CLUB 

After a highly successful year in the chair, Lochaber Rotary Club President Iain Johnston stood down and handed over the chain of office to the new president – Clive Talbot – at the Club’s business lunch meeting on 26 June.

Iain told his fellow members that it had been an honour and a pleasure to serve as president for the last year and added “I hope I have lived up to your expectations”.
Incoming President Clive thanked Iain for his sterling work and said “You will be a hard act to follow”.

On taking over the President’s chair, Clive reminded members that they were part of a global organisation of 1.2 million rotarians in 35,000 clubs whose aim is “service above self” and the promotion of peace and goodwill in the world. Clive described this as a “scary and lofty ambition” and added “my aims for my year in the chair are firstly, to redouble our fundraising efforts to enable us to help more worthwhile causes and, secondly, to build up the Club membership”. 

Clive also urged members to come forward with their ideas and suggestions to develop the club and maximize its effectiveness. Clive will now serve for a year, with the Reverend Richard Baxter supporting him as President-Elect.

IAIN BECOMES THE CLUB’S 69TH PRESIDENT

IAIN BECOMES THE CLUB’S 69TH PRESIDENT

IAIN BECOMES THE CLUB’S 69TH PRESIDENT

On 27th June, Iain Johnston was inducted as the club’s 69th president. A native of Inverlochy, Iain works at Marine Harvest and is married with two daughters.

Before handing the chain of office to president-elect Iain, outgoing president the Rev Donald McCorkindale thanked club members for their support during his presidential year. The post of president-elect for 2018-19 was passed to Rotarian Clive Talbot.

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The Club thanks Donald for guiding us through a very successful year, and wishes Iain and Clive every success in the busy year ahead.

Photo: Iain, Donald and Clive