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Lorna Williamson named as new president of Elgin Rotary


By Jonathan Clark

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Outgoing President, Margaret Stenton (Left) hands over the Elgin Rotary Club presidency to incoming President, Lorna Williamson (Right)...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Outgoing President, Margaret Stenton (Left) hands over the Elgin Rotary Club presidency to incoming President, Lorna Williamson (Right)...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

ELGIN Rotary has a new president after it was announced Lorna Williamson will take over from Margaret Stenton.

Rotary presidents serve for one year before handing the reigns to somebody new.

Mrs Williamson, who previously worked as a restaurateur and is now an adviser with Business Gateway Moray, officially takes over on Wednesday, July 1.

She said: "I am very honoured to become president of Rotary Elgin, a club I have been proud to be a member of for the past nine years.

“It is certainly going to be a very different year to the one I envisaged, but our club is already adapting to meet the challenging times we find ourselves in.

"As we move towards the ‘new normal’, I am confident Rotary Elgin will be ready and willing to provide support in the community wherever we can with our usual injection of fun and fellowship.

Elgin Rotary Club's Lorna Williamson...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin Rotary Club's Lorna Williamson...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

“I would like to thank our current president, Margaret Stenton, for leading us through the past 12 months, and in particular during the difficulties of the current situation.

"I look forward to taking on the role and serving Rotary Elgin in the best way I can.”

When she took over the role a year ago, outgoing president Margaret Stenton could scarcely have believed the 12 months she would guide the club through.

Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

She said: "The journey I have been on hasn't followed the route map I set out last year, it would be fair to say!

"Our theme for my year was 'rotary connects the world'. These themes are made up two years before the year comes around, and who would have thought that statement would have been so apt this year?

"The one for next year is 'rotary opens opportunities' and that would have been set 18 months ago. I'm sure there will be many opportunities for Rotary Elgin to work alongside other charities."

Margaret, who has been a member at Elgin Rotary for 17 years, believes Lorna Williamson will be a great president for the club.

Outgoing President, Margaret Stenton (Left) hands over the Elgin Rotary Club presidency to incoming President, Lorna Williamson (Right)...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Outgoing President, Margaret Stenton (Left) hands over the Elgin Rotary Club presidency to incoming President, Lorna Williamson (Right)...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

She added: "The thing I have taken from watching other presidents is that you grow into the role – it's about being yourself.

"Every president brings a different slant and Lorna will bring diff dynamics. She is far more creative than me and has leadership skills which will be helpful as we change the way we meet going forward."

Going forward, with some meetings set to take place online, Rotary Elgin are looking to attract younger members.

Margaret hopes with increased flexibility provided that will be possible.

You can visit www.elgin.rotary1010.org for more information on becoming a member.

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