The Lochaber Rotary Club has awarded its highest accolade to local man David Robertson from Torlundy. David was Club President in 1998, he has chaired all of the Club’s committees during his 30-year membership, and has been a key figure in the 10 year run of the Club’s annual Christmas festival, putting a huge amount of time and effort into negotiating, organizing and co-ordinating the multitude of tasks and statutory consents that underpin what has become Lochaber’s premier annual event. David is only the fourteenth club member to be recognised in this way in the 67-year life of the Club.

At the Club’s annual dinner on 2 December, a surprised David was presented with a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’ for his exceptional dedication and contribution to the work of the Club and to the Lochaber community as a whole.

Club President Donald McCorkindale, in presenting the award on behalf of the Club, stressed that Rotary’s highest commendation is “a tribute to these special people who demonstrate a special commitment to the work of Rotary” and added “it is a great privilege in my year as president to present you with this mark of appreciation”. In responding, David, still in shock, thanked the Club for this “wonderful” gesture and said he was proud to be a Rotarian. Club members and guests showed their appreciation with warm and sustained applause.