80 Results for author: Ron Ireland

The River Garden Project, Auchincruive – 11 September 2018

The River Garden Auchincruive project, which opened in Spring 2018, is a residential training and social enterprise development centre for people in the early stages of recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, modelled on the three most successful and transformative, self-help organisations for people in recovery ... More

John Dunlop – Job Talk – 4 September 2018

John Dunlop gave the members a comprehensive and amusing resumé of his career, preferring the verb definition of ‘career’ as ‘moving swiftly and in an uncontrolled way’ to describe the route his working life had taken. Rejecting an academic route he began as a management trainee in London, with J.Sainsbury in ... More

Malawi International Project 2010 – 2018

Many newer members of the club had heard talk of the ‘Malawi’ solar power project but could be forgiven for lack of any real understanding – until now. Neil Beattie and Muir Austin gave a well-received, comprehensive review of the project from inception in 2010 up to present day. In 2010, the then International ... More

Rosie Eggo – Dalmilling 1 to 7 Club

Last year the club’s Treasure Chest made a £200 donation to ‘Thegither’ project run by North Ayr Parish Grouping, consisting of Ayr St. Quivox Church, Ayr St. James Church, Newton Wallacetown Church and Lochside Church. This was to help establish an after-school club to educate and entertain young children, a ... More

Mastermind 2018

Secretary Craig once again came up with a fiendishly difficult set of questions for our annual mastermind quiz. There was much murmuring in the ranks throughout the meal as members delved into their distant memories to try to recall, amongst other things, US States beginning with the letter N. In desperation, fictitious ... More

District Governor, Jim Ross, visits our Club – 21 August 2018

We were honoured to be one of the first clubs in District 1230 to welcome the new District Governor to our club. Jim Ross of Dunoon Rotary Club, and recently elected DG, delivered a thought-provoking and entertaining address to our assembled members. ‘Be the Inspiration’ is Rotary International’s theme for this ... More

New Member Silvio Galli

The club is delighted to welcome Silvio Galli as our most recent new member. Silvio was born and brought up in Ayr where he is an ice-cream parlour and chocolaterie proprietor. He and his wife, Linda, have two children: Natasha and Michael. Silvio was introduced to the club by Gus Iannotti and was pleasantly surprised ... More

Stewart Keating raises £420

Rob Keating's son Stewart competed in the Edinburgh 24-hour endurance race and raised £420 to be split equally between the Teenage Cancer trust and Ayrshire Young Parkinsons Group Scotland. Stewart ran with his wife Fiona, and daughter Megan cheered them on. Thanks once again to Stewart for his sterling effort and to the ... More

Sheila Harsant – My Life in Aviation – 31 July 2018

Sheila Harsant is undoubtedly a determined and ambitious woman who carved out a hugely successful career in the aviation industry. However, in her talk to the club last week she rather modestly attributed her success to ‘being in the right place at the right time’. As a child, Sheila grew up with aviation – her ... More

VIP Security – Ian Thompson – 10 July 2018

In the week of the visit by president Donald Trump to Turnberry it was entirely appropriate that our guest speaker was recently-retired policeman Ian Thompson. Ian had spent most of his career as a specially trained VIP and royalty driver. After originally serving in the City of Glasgow Police traffic (pursuit) section ... More