A SHINING example of community spirit, Elgin Rotary Club has a new president at the helm.
Lawrence Fraser has taken on the role from Bill Ross and is eagerly anticipating the next year.
The Rotary theme this year is ‘Light up Rotary’ and Mr Fraser wants Elgin to be known as a “Lantern Club of the North” in terms of building on the role it plays in the local community.
“I am looking forward to the challenge.
“It is an honour to become president of such a hard-working club.
“Elgin Rotary is a great club with so many experienced and dedicated members,” he added.
Mr Fraser paid tribute to the efforts of outgoing president Mr Ross and hopes to build on the solid foundation laid for him.
The year will include traditional events like the Christmas collection, Bothy Ballads and Bell’s Rotary Marafun next June.
Mr Fraser (49), who owns and runs Cathedral Windows in Elgin with his wife Julie, also hopes the club can play its part in raising awareness and promoting better understanding of mental health and support for people affected by it and their families.
“Hopefully we can try and do something to remove the stigma of mental illness. If at the end of the year we have made even a few people feel more comfortable about talking about mental health then we will have achieved something,” he said.