Caricature: Bob McKinlay, Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven President

Bob McKinlay. Caricature by Terry Shelbourne.
Bob McKinlay. Caricature by Terry Shelbourne.
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This year marks Bob McKinlay’s third term as president of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, which he has been a member of since 1988.

Before that he was also part of Rotary clubs in Newark and Hemsworth, and says that Rotary is a great way to help people and to make good friends.

As president he enjoys getting to attend lots of events, including recently the Children of Courage awards. He said that he was very proud to be there as the front man of the club rewarding youngsters for their remarkable achievements.

The 67-year-old used to work in the automotive industry, with 35 years at ball bearing manufacturers RHP, which has since become NSK.

Bob remains only semi-retired, as he now uses his experience to teach students at both Grantham College and Loughborough College. He helps them earn their National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in Lean Manufacturing, which as the name suggests is the study of how to reduce waste during the production process.

As well as getting to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation, he also particularly likes to see older students earn what may be their first ever qualification.

Bob lives in Allington with his wife of 46 years Mary, who works at Easton Walled Gardens. They have a son and daughter, Iain and Claire, and two granddaughters, Katie and Lucy.

When Rotary or teaching isn’t keeping him busy, Bob likes to either indulge in his life-long interest in old buses, or go for a round of golf, although he stresses he is not the greatest player. Yet he always participates in Rotary’s annual golf competition at Belton Park, and encourages anyone interested in taking part in this year’s event on June 11 to enter, with details on the Rotary club’s website at