Another New member Joins Ayr Rotary Club

MARY-HELEN SHAKESPEARE was born in Ayr rather a long time ago and attended Ayr Grammar and then progressed onto Ayr Academy. She then went on to study at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where she met her husband Martin. Having moved to the Lake District for 14 years where they had two children and then moved to Peterborough because of Martin’s job. 35 years later, they returned to live in Ayr (having scoured the country south of Glasgow and Edinburgh). During 1996 Mary Helen was approached to join Peterborough Rotary in 1996 by the then Clerk to the Governors when she was Chairman of Governors at a local Primary School and therefore became the first woman Rotarian in Peterborough (there were 5 clubs in the city at that time). As a Financial Consultant with Legal & General at the time, she saw this membership as an oasis distraction from work pressures. Mary Helen was President in the Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons in 2005/6 and later was presented with a Paul Harris award for outstanding contributions to the Club’s success.. She is looking forward to supporting the Ayr Club in whatever way she can and is keen to contribute and learn how you do things in Ayr. In the past Mary Helen has become involved with Community and International projects and in recent years, young people’s competitions such as Young Chef, Photographer, Artist, Performing Arts through the Shakespeare Project and organised mock interviews for students using professionals from the Institute of Personnel Development