Ontario resident made honorary member of Lochaber Rotary

Faye Steel, pictured, has been made an honorary member of Lochaber Rotary. NO F18 Faye Steel
Faye Steel, pictured, has been made an honorary member of Lochaber Rotary. NO F18 Faye Steel

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Lochaber Rotary’s link to its founding 70 years ago has been reinforced by the appointment of Faye Steel of Elliot Lake, Ontario, as an honorary member.

Faye is the widow of the late Charlie Steel, one of the club’s founding members, who was president in 1953/4.

Mr Steel was manager of the Ben Nevis Distillery when it was owned by Joe Hobbs, one-time owner of the Great Glen Cattle Ranch and Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

They left for Canada in 1967, with Mr Steel eventually becoming president of the Elliot Lake Rotary Club.

Longest serving Rotarian, John Hutchison, said: ‘We have enjoyed maintaining the connection with Faye online. Folk half her age struggle with Zoom but Faye has taken it all in her stride!’

Mrs Steel had to postpone plans to visit last year because of Covid but was quite moved when she was approached, commenting: ‘The honour that you have bestowed on me is overwhelming and much appreciated.’

When welcoming Mrs Steel, President Richard Baxter said: ‘Faye and Charlie have stayed in touch with us over the years and so strengthening the link with our founders in this way is important to us too.’