OFFICE BEARERS 2023 – 2024 THE ROTARY CLUB OF LOCHABER (FORT WILLIAM SCOTLAND)

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Flora McKee

President

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Malcolm MacRaild

President-Elect

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John Harvey

Secretary

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Donald Young

Treasurer

THE ROTARY CLUB OF LOCHABER
1949 – 1996
BY BRUCE TULLOCH

Rotary came fairly late to Lochaber. Before the war, Fort William was a smallish town and, in spite of the railway, was still remote from the larger centres of population. Only the better-off owned motor cars and public transport were relatively expensive. For these reasons, the town tended to be socially self-contained. Employees of the British Aluminium Company formed a close-knit community of shop-floor workers on one hand and technical and office staff on the other. The other industries- distilling, agriculture, railway -likewise formed their own social groupings and only organisations like the churches and the Masonic Lodge cut across them.

The war brought an influx of population and, with it, increased prosperity to the town and this tended to continue after the hostilities ended. At the same time, the fairly rigid pre-war class structure was breaking up. The shared hardships had made people more aware of and concerned about the welfare of their neighbours, not only in a local but also in a wider sense. World organisations, like the United Nations and its subsidiaries, were highly thought of and great hopes for the future of the world rested upon them.

In this climate of benevolence and international altruism, coupled with material prosperity, it was really only to be expected that Rotary, with its worldwide philanthropic ideals and its underlying spirit of fellowship, would become increasingly appealing, both to the men who had served in the Forces and to those who, for the first time, felt secure enough financially to contemplate lending a helping hand to others less fortunate than themselves.

On July 1st. 1949, sixteen good men and true met together in the Grand Hotel and decided that they would try to form a Rotary Club. It would meet in the Grand Hotel at 1.10 p.m. – this, presumably, to allow for a brief sojourn in the bar beforehand – and go on till 2.30p.m. These times were to be ‘rigidly adhered to’ so that there would be plenty of time available after the meal for talks and discussion. It was only in 1966 that the starting hour was officially set at 1.00 p.m. and at the same time, one presumes, 2.00 p.m. came to mark the end of the meeting.

Events moved swiftly and within a week, on July 7th, the first Council Meeting of the Lochaber (Formation) Rotary Club was held at 9.00 p.rn.Shops

closed later in those days and businessmen were not able to attend at an earlier hour. The 8.30 p.m. arrival of the train from Glasgow may have been another factor as it brought perishable goods, papers and various other items whose arrival was attended with a fair degree of urgency.

Jimmy MacBean, Category – Beverages, was elected Chairman and Charlie Steel was appointed Secretary. Charlie went on to become President in 1953-54, before emigrating to Canada in 1957. Happily, he is still alive* and is probably the only surviving founder member. He actually paid a return visit to Fort William in 1995.

(* Sadly no longer.  Charlie died in July 2011 but his widow, Faye, was made an honorary member in April 2021.)

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HOW ROTARY BEGAN IN 1905 OVER 100 YEARS AGO

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Past Presidents

1949 – Date

2001 - Date

74 2023 – 24 Flora McKee

73 2022 – 23 Simon Hardiman

72 2021 – 22 Simon Hardiman

71 2020 – 21 Richard Baxter

70 2019 – 20 Clive Talbot

69 2018 – 19 Iain Johnston

68 2017 – 18 Donald McCorkindale

67 2016 – 17 Paula Ross

66 2015 – 16 Terry Lee

65: 2014 – 15 John Harvey

64: 2013 – 14 John Rosie

63: 2012 – 13 Sheana Fraser

62: 2011 – 12 Paul Brian

61: 2010 – 11 Angus Nicolson

60: 2009 – 10 Ken Johnston

59: 2008 – 09 John Goodall

58: 2007 – 08 Duncan Gillies

57: 2006 – 07 Ron Gretton

56: 2005 – 06 David Mee

55: 2004 – 05 David Thomson

54: 2003 – 04 Donald Young

53: 2002 – 03 Mike McGruer

52: 2001 – 02 David MacFarlane

51: 2000 – 01 Alan Kirk

1976 - 2000

50 1999 – 2000 John Rosie

49 1998 – 99 David Robertson

48 1997 – 98 Finlay Finlayson

47 1996 – 97 Alistair Grant

46 1995 – 96 George Bruce

45 1994 – 95 John Hutchison

44 1993 – 94 Duncan MacPhee

43: 1992 – 93 Ray Sutherland

42: 1991 – 92 Ian Milton

41: 1990 – 91 David Anderson

40: 1989 – 90 David Blair

39: 1988 – 89 Russ Morgan

38: 1987 – 88 Dennis Laws

37: 1986 – 87 David Dingwall

36: 1985 – 86 Will Adam

35: 1984 – 85 Dan Ryan

34: 1983 – 84 Bruce Tulloch

33: 1982 – 83 Hector MacLean

32: 1981 – 82 Peter MacLennan

31: 1980 – 81 Duncan Stewart

30: 1979 – 80 Jim McWilliam

29: 1978 – 79 Sandy MacFarlane

28: 1977 – 78 Alex Duncan

27: 1976 – 77 Charles Cochrane

26: 1975 – 76 Donald Currie

25 1974 – 75 Mick Sutton

24 1973 – 74 Ian Wynne

23 1972 – 73 Sandy Kinnear

22 1971 – 72 William Slater

21 1970 – 71 William MacIntosh

20 1969 – 70 James Hogg

19: 1968 – 69 Hugh MacKenzie

18: 1967 – 68 Robert Michie

17: 1966 – 67 George MacPherson

16: 1965 – 66 Andrew Honeyman

15: 1964 – 65 John Campbell

14: 1963 – 64 John MacLellan

13: 1962 – 63 Joe MacPherson

12: 1961 – 62 Robert Stuart

11: 1960 – 61 Donald Reid Thomas

10: 1959 – 60 William Cuthbert

9: 1958 – 59 Murdo MacKenzie

8: 1957 – 58 A. K. MacDonald

7: 1956 – 57 Robert Kean

6: 1955 – 56 Alan Ribbeck

5: 1954 – 55 Charles Connachie

4: 1953 – 54 Charlie Steel

3: 1952 – 53 David Sydie

2: 1951 – 52 Farquhar Kitchen

1: 1949 – 51 James MacBean

1949 - 1975