District Governor Gary visits Fort William Aug 23rd 2017

District Governor Gary visits Fort William Aug 23rd 2017

Lochaber Rotary Club welcomed the governor of the 50-club West of Scotland District to its business lunch meeting on 23 August.
DG Gary Louttit, who is a member of the Renfrew Rotary Club, thanked the Lochaber club for its hearty welcome and stressed that the Rotary Theme for this year of   “Making a Difference” should be kept at the forefront of our plans and work for this year, and that we WILL continue to make a difference in our communities and in the world at large.

Gary said: “We should be proud of what we do as Rotarians, no matter how each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference to others, however large or small and whether locally or internationally”.  Gary recalled that Rotary International President Ian Riseley, had produced a very achievable Presidential Citation, which sets out 3 main goals of firstly, supporting and strengthening local Rotary clubs; secondly, focussing on humanitarian service including finally eradicating polio; and lastly, enhancing Rotary’s public image and awareness. Gary endorsed the point made by Assistant Governor Andy McDonald on his recent visit to Fort William that this could be achieved in part by using Rotary Club Central regularly to record all our good work and service. Gary added: “If you use those 3 main goals as a guide this year your club will certainly Make a Difference“.

Gary also reinforced his invitation to club members to attend the District Conference on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October. An interesting selection of speakers and charities have been lined up to tell delegates what they are doing, including our own Rotarians, along with some great entertainment.  In closing, Gary said: “I am also looking for support from all of our Clubs and members this year, to tackle a District-wide project together, for the charity ‘Rise Against Hunger’, which will feed 100,000 people and allow us to tick all 3 of the main goals, together. I hope we can all get together on this and show our communities and the world that Rotary really is making a difference!”

Club President Donald McCorkindale thanked Gary for his well-presented and motivational talk, and club members responded with warm applause.

Pictured (from the left) is PP Terry Lee, PE Iain Johnston, DG Gary Louttit, PP Paula Ross, President Donald McCorkindale and PP Angus Nicolson.

Thanks to Iain Ferguson for the photo.

A report from David Robertson on Ron’s Cycle – Aug 19th 2017

A report from David Robertson on Ron’s Cycle – Aug 19th 2017

Despite atrocious weather, the party of nine Rotarians, Partners and friends set off from a mile south of Duror at 1030 am to cycle to the Creagan Inn. We arrived in good time to enjoy an excellent lunch there.For our return journey, the wind had turned from south-west to north-west with the conditions improving dramatically. Thanks to Ron’s local knowledge, we took a diversion over the Jubilee Bridge at Appin. This proved to be a popular decision with the team. Unfortunately, David Mee sustained a puncture, which was rapidly repaired with a new inner tube provided by Ron and ably fixed by David.  We arrived back at the car park in Duror, loaded the bikes and headed off to Ann & David Thompson’s home for coffee, tea & biscuits. Big thanks to David & Ann.

The total distance covered was about eighteen miles. Thanks to all who took part and a big thanks to Ron for the organisation. A very enjoyable trip.
Our next Bike Ride will be on 2nd September to Fort Augustus with various starting points – details will follow. A possible future trip to Lismore is also in the planning stage.

Lochaber Rotarians continue the fight to rid the world of polio March 29th 2017

Lochaber Rotarians continue the fight to rid the world of polio March 29th 2017

The Rotary Club of Lochaber is helping the fight against polio by enjoying Tiptree plum jam.  Wilkin and Sons, which makes jams and preserves, has supplied 52,000 jars of the plum jam, with the fruit grown on its farm at Tiptree, to help Rotarians the length and breadth of Britain raise funds for the charity Purple4Polio.
The aim is to raise £1 million and with match funding, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this £1 million will become £3 million.
At the Rotary lunchtime meeting on March 22, Lochaber Rotarians paid £2 for a jar of the jam. Once they have eaten the jam, they will then fill up the empty jar with money.  The Rotary polio campaign dates back to 1985 when Rotarians made an ambitious promise to mothers across the world that polio would be eradicated and their children would no longer suffer from the life-threatening and crippling disease.

That promise is on the brink of being fulfilled, with just 37 polio cases in three countries in 2016. There are real hopes 2017 will see the last case.
President Paula said: ‘Ending polio is just one of the hundreds of initiatives Rotary is involved in to make a difference to communities at home and abroad.’