Top Rotary award for Oban’s Iain MacIntyre

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Oban Rotarian Ian MacIntyre has received a top honour for his contribution to Oban Rotary Club and his community.

Former club president Mr MacIntyre was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest accolade a Rotarian can receive.

It is only the 13th time the award has been given since the Oban group began in 1949.

Chicago businessman Paul Harris founded the worldwide Rotary movement  in 1905, the fellowship in his name was awarded as a certificate and a gold medal.

Past Oban Rotary President Douglas Small, who made the presentation, said Mr MacIntyre’s outstanding personal contribution to the Rotary Club of Oban had helped it to expand its support of a great many local good causes.

The former Oban High School pupil joined the Bank of Scotland in 1963 and went on to enjoy a rewarding career which saw him achieving senior positions within the bank’s branch network and head office in Edinburgh. He also served a three-year stint with the bank in Shetland.

He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers (Scotland) in 1985 for his work in lecturing and preparing students for banking exams.

In 1998 he retired to Oban with his wife Jane. They have two children, Caroline and Boyd, and three grandsons – Guy, Oscar and Jacob.

Always a keen sportsman, Iain was a stalwart member of Oban Camanachd for many years and captained the Scotland Shinty team v Ireland’s Hurlers in 1979. He was also a founder member of Oban Saints Football Club.