After 75 weeks of on-line meetings, the members of Lochaber Rotary returned last week to their regular weekly lunch meeting at the Alexandra Hotel where they were welcomed by deputy manager, Val McIver, who is also an honorary member of the Club.

President Simon Hardiman hosted the meeting and members discussed a range of issues and made initial arrangements for the Christmas Craft & Food Producers’ Festival and Cairngorm Reindeer Parade scheduled for 27th November. Prospects look good with nearly 80 craft-workers stalls signed up already. President Simon said; “It’s good to see plans coming together for the Festival – we will be going ahead unless some major Covid difficulty stops us.” The work of Rotary has continued over the various shutdowns and Lochaber gave a £500 donation to the overseas work of polio eradication, which has been Rotary International’s prime humanitarian project since 1985. At the present time, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match Rotary’s donations, so doubling the benefit. While polio continues through the Covid Emergency in some parts of the world, the vaccination infrastructure that Rotary helped build has also been used to distribute Covid vaccine