Garstang Rotarian Roger Mason is the toast of the district.
The grandfather, who is a member of Garstang and Over Wyre Rotary Club, has been appointed governor of district 1190, which takes in both Lancashire and Cumbria,
He took up his post at a ceremony in the The Hydro, Bowness on Windermere, and will hold the post for 12 months.
It means he is the senior executive with responsibility for all Rotary activities involving the 71 clubs in the two counties, together boasting some 2,000 members.
He said: “I’m obviously delighted and honoured. It’s an important role helping all the Rotary clubs.”
He has been a Rotarian for more than two decades, first joining the organisation in Tongbaek, South Korea, in 1990.
Some eight years later he joined the Garstang club and became president in 2003-04.
Born in Slough, he studied chemical engineering at the University of Newcastle .
After completing a PhD, he joined Scottish Agricultural Industries, a subsidiary of ICI, taking roles in research, personnel, works management, distribution, warehousing and customer services.
He was then seconded to ICI Woobang in South Korea for two years before returning to Scotland, being based at Grangemouth.
But Lancashire beckoned when he became managing director of a specialist drying company in Preston.
He and wife, Mary, have two sons and two grandchildren. Roger is chair of governors of SS Mary and Michael School in Garstang.
Roger added that a key aim would be to strengthen Rotary and attract new members, including younger ones.
He said: “There are so many ways of being a Rotarian now - you can be a member of an e-club and meet on line and there’s corporate membership.”
The Garstang and Over Wyre club meets at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, every Wednesday.