HELP FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

HELP FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

We are very pleased to be supporting local artist Anne Rowan’s concert in support of Ukrainian Refugees.  The venue is the Nevis Centre at 7 pm on Saturday 14 May.

Fergus Grant, a Lochaber-raised Mòd Medallist will open the concert by singing the Ukrainian anthem, at the end of which John Whyte’s band will quietly begin to take up the tune.

Mountain guide Mick Tighe will compere the evening with artists such as Angus Grant, Lochaber Schools’ Pipe Band, singer Brian Hepburn, guitarist Jim Michie, singer Ann Martin from Skye, piper Angus Nicolson and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band.  

Rotary President Simon Hardiman said; “I hope that people will support this excellent concert that Anne Rowan has organised and we are delighted to be able to help.  Many will have seen the Rotary Shelter Box that we often have on display at the Lochaber Agricultural Show and we have donated one of these for Ukrainian refugees, as well as Rotarians making their personal donations to DEC.” 

Tickets are £12 pounds, concessions £9 and children £8. They can be bought online at neviscentre.co.uk. Alternatively, paper tickets can be bought in The Highland Cinema, Fort William. 

TEXAS GOLF COMES TO THE FORT!

TEXAS GOLF COMES TO THE FORT!

We are alerting all golfers to the return of the Rotary AMAM Golf Tournament on Sunday 29 May, postponed for two years because of Covid 19.  The format this year will be a “Three-Person Texas Scramble”.  

The entry fee for three person teams is £45 and bookings should be made directly with Fort William Golf Club.     

There will be various prizes and a raffle.

The event is being held thanks to generous support from local business particularly MOWI and John McLellan Funeral Directors.

(Don’t be confused by the bonnie photie above – we need THREE PERSON teams but just couldn’t resist re-running this shot of these four worthies from 2018!)

ROTARIAN KEN JOHNSTON MADE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

ROTARIAN KEN JOHNSTON MADE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Our colleague, Past-President Ken Johnston has been made a Paul Harris Fellow recognising his service in Rotary, where he has done various jobs, particularly in community service and publicity. Keeping the members connected through Covid was of crucial importance and this he did, more or less single-handedly, maintaining members’ morale. 

Ken and Kath Johnston are well known in the community. Ken as former Divisional Planning Manager with Highland Council and more recently supporting the Upper Achintore Recreation Group project, currently underway. For many years Kath has recycled Christmas cards into gift tags, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Commenting on the award, Ken said; “I’m proud to have received this award from Rotary. The weekly newsletter was a collaborative effort. I  enjoyed collating and editing all the articles and photographs contributed by our members and others with an interest in Rotary over the eighteen months of lockdown. The feedback and general response was good and encouraging. Many thanks to everyone and in particular to our Press & Publicity Convener John Hutchison for his continuing support.

President Simon Hardiman, said; “At a time when we were unable to meet in person, Ken maintained the spirit of our existence by producing 75 weekly updates which made one and all feel less isolated and part of the family that is Rotary.”

RUAIRIDH POLL JOINS THE NYOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

RUAIRIDH POLL JOINS THE NYOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Lochaber Rotary is delighted to hear that Ruairidh Poll of Lochaber High School has been selected for the flagship National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Jazz Orchestra after a demanding audition process. 

Thanks to the Kenneth J Macpherson Memorial Trust for Young Musicians of Lochaber, now administered by Rotary, Ruaraidh was able to attend the Access Course for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra last year and had improvisation lessons with the inspirational performer and educator, Sue McKenzie.  The Trust was set up in 1995 in memory of the late principal Teacher of Music at Lochaber High School.

S5 student Ruairidh, said; “We spoke a lot about stylistic things like having a great swing feel and the importance of articulation. It was super to learn techniques for better structuring and developing solos and different ways of implementing contrast.

“Lessons with Sue have definitely been helpful but I think that Access was even more so. In the spring I learned a lot about functional harmony and how to approach more effectively playing over complex changes, for example. 

“The second set of NYOS sessions were incredibly inspiring and motivating, connecting with other people like myself. It was very valuable to receive good information on building practice routines and exercises as well as understanding how to create  my own personal relationship with music. The summer course has had a profoundly influential impact on my playing and on my life. Thanks so much for the financial support.”

Principal Music Instructor with High Life Highland, Karen Thomson, said; “This lets Rotary see how beneficial their financial assistance has been to Ruairidh’s musical education and we are very grateful.  We cannot provide this level of experience in Lochaber High for the exceptionally talented students and it really means a lot that they can be supported in this way to expand their musical boundaries.”

Rotary President Simon Hardiman, said; “Lochaber has a strong musical tradition and it is always great to see our young folk achieving great things and we wish Ruairidh well as he moves on to the national stage”.  

 

 

 

ROTARY YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER 2022

ROTARY YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER 2022

The Rotary Young Photographer Competition went ahead this year as normal.  Heats take place in Rotary Districts across the UK and Lochaber’s winners go forward to the West of Scotland heat.  

Ellis John MacConnachie has won the Senior competition (14 – 17) with Cheryl C Macintyre the runner up, both from Ardnamurchan High School.

The Intermediate competition (11 – 14) was won by Fraser Sneddon from Lochaber High and the runner up Lexi Duncan from Ardnamurchan High School.

Winning entries are shown above: Ellis John’s to the left and Fraser’s on the right.

Organising Rotarian Mike MacGruer congratulated the winners and expressed his thanks to High School teachers Katie Cockerill from Ardnamurchan and Vicky Barclay from Lochaber for the encouragement given.

When presenting certificates and vouchers to the winners and runners up Rotary President, Simon Hardiman, added; “Rotary much appreciates the advice and experience of Iain Ferguson in acting as judge.”