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Jimmy Johnston, the newly elected District Governor for Glasgow and West of Scotland, was the principal guest at the Lochaber Rotary Club’s business lunch meeting last week.
In a brief but powerful 15-minute presentation, he told members he was pleased to be in Lochaber and he was ‘blown away by the range of community projects and activities’ undertaken by the local club.
Mr Johnston added: ‘What you have done this last session – young chef national finalist, poetry competition, huge Christmas Festival, annual charity golf match, three-day supermarket bag-packing and on and on – should make you feel proud and I extend a massive well done to your club.’
Mr Johnston then continued: ‘The new Rotary Plan for the year 2019-2020 is together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
‘As an organisation we need to: Increase our impact; expand our reach; engage in a changing environment – both locally and nationally – and increase our ability to adapt to change.’
Mr Johnston then expanded on how these four these aims could be translated down to local club level and added: ‘I encourage you to link and communicate with local organisations –to take time and attend – talk to them and strive to collaborate with them, they can provide access to their colleagues and networks, whom you might manage to engage into Lochaber Rotary.
‘Join local business networking groups as Lochaber Rotary ‘doing good in the community’. I challenge you, to strive to do something again – that will make you feel proud, during our 2019 / 2020 Rotary year.’
Club President Clive Talbot thanked Mr Johnston for his inspiring speech and added: ‘Being on the rural peripheries of the Rotary District we tend to operate in a bubble.
‘It’s good to engage at district level and we appreciate your support and encouragement.’ Members responded with warm applause.
Also at the meeting as guests were Wolfgang Spitf from the Rotary Club of Stralsund Hansestadt in Germany and his wife Annette Held.