The Rotary Club of Oban was formed in 1949.
The inaugural meeting of the Club took place on Tuesday 7th June 1949 with 26 founder members and 22 visiting Rotarians present. The first regular meeting took place on 14th June 1949; The Oban Charter and Chain of Office were presented to the Club on 25th November 1949.
The Club now has around 50 members and is actively engaged in supporting local organisations and charities. In addition the club has a flourishing social side as well as being the leading sporting Rotary Club in the West of Scotland.
Back Row L to R:-
Peter Tosh, Ken Mac Donald, Eddie Thornton, Lachie Beaton, Colin Crawford (Treasurer), Ian Mac Innes, Ronnie Neil.
Seated L to R:-
Tommy McQuade, David Finlayson (Secretary), Iain Mac Intyre (President), Douglas Small, Kees van Rein and Ken Oxland.
( not in the photograph are Dave Mudie and Dave Waltho)
What is Rotary?
Rotary is short for Rotary International, a world fellowship of business and professional men and women, united in the ideal of service. Acknowledged as the world's first service organisation, Rotary has more than 32,400 clubs within a membership of around 1.2 million in over 160 countries.
The principles of service, understanding, and goodwill, are sustained by the fellowship which a Rotarian enjoys with fellow members in a club, and the mutual understanding and relationship which are shared with fellow Rotarians throughout the world.
Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life.
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.