High­est Ro­tary ac­co­lade for past pres­i­dent

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER Ro­tary Club has awarded its high­est ac­co­lade to its first lady pres­i­dent.

Sheana Fraser, who was pres­i­dent in 2012, was pre­sented with a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship at the club’s busi­ness lunch last Wed­nes­day.

Now chair­woman of Linnhe Leisure, which runs the Ne­vis Cen­tre in Fort Wil­liam, Ms Fraser be­came only the 13th club mem­ber in its 67-year his­tory to be recog­nised in this way. She was awarded for her ‘sub­stan­tial and un­stint­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the work of the club and to the Lochaber com­mu­nity’.

The for­mer pres­i­dent is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the club’s Lochaber Christ­mas Fes­ti­val held an­nu­ally in the Ne­vis Cen­tre.

Cur­rent pres­i­dent Paula Ross said it was ‘the high­light of her pres­i­den­tial year and an hon­our to con­vey the club’s recog­ni­tion of Sheana’s out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to the club and to the com­mu­nity’.

On ac­cept­ing her award Ms Fraser said: ‘The fes­ti­val in­volves a lot of peo­ple, it’s not just me.’

A Ro­tary mem­ber for nine years, she said that the fes­ti­val has been one of its big­gest achieve­ments, adding: ‘It’s the big­gest events in Lochaber be­fore Christ­mas. We don’t charge for en­try so it’s a real com­mu­nity event.’

She added she was pleased Fer­gu­son Trans­port and Ship­ping had pledged to con­tinue its gen­er­ous sup­port for the next few years.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Sheana Fraser, left, re­ceives her award from pres­i­dent Paula Ross.

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