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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.
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
Hard on the heels of winning the Lochaber-wide heat, followed by topping the judges’ poll in the West of Scotland stage, fourteen-year-old Angus Dunn from Strontian was a runner-up in the All-Scotland & North of England heat, narrowly missing out on a place in the UK finals.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage and develop creative and value-for-money cookery in young people – a valuable and highly employable life skill in today’s world. Angus, along with his mother Justine and Trish Kennedy from Ardnamurchan High School, joined the Lochaber Rotary Club at its evening business meeting on 6 June when Past President Donald Young, who co-ordinates the Lochaber leg of the competition, presented Angus with his trophy.
Club President Donald McCorkindale congratulated Angus and said that the Club was very proud that a local lad had progressed so far in this national competition. He added, “I know Angus and know him to be a talented young man”. Angus has benefitted from support and training from chef Gary Phillips of Kilcambe Lodge Hotel as well as encouragement from his mother and Trish.Trish is the Young Chef Mentor at the school and liaises with the Rotary Club in running the popular competition. On behalf of the school, Trish said “We are extremely proud of Angus’ achievement. He worked extremely hard at home practising and refining his recipes and his wins in the earlier stages and runner-up at this national stage were well deserved”.
photo – Young Chef Angus Dunn, Club President Donald McCorkindale; Trish Kennedy, Young Chef Mentor, Ardnamurchan High School; Justine Dunn, Angus’ mother; President-Elect Iain Johnston; Past President Donald Young, Co-ordinator of the Young Chef Competition
Joint Council Meeting
New and Current Committees Agreed
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.