200 Results for author: Ron Ireland

Life in the Raws – 2 June 2021

A knowledgeable and sincere speaker, Neil Findlay, a former MSP, spoke to the members about "Life in the Raws", the title of his book on memories of a Shale-Oil Village in West Lothian. The book is essentially the life story of John ‘Jock’ Findlay, Neil’s grandfather, and was largely written by Jock himself in his ... More

Gavin McCully – Job Talk – 4 May 2021

Gavin McCully is a self-confessed grammar school drop-out and yet has worked on numerous mega-projects around the world. In his recent job-talk to the members he explained how this had come about and described some of these fascinating projects in which he has been involved. Gavin left school at 16 and straightaway set ... More

Litter and Waste – A National Emergency

  Barry Fisher and Chris Johnson – 27 April 2021 These were the first speakers invited to talk to the club specifically to address environmental matters since the creation of the club’s Environment Committee. The setting up of the committee was in response to Rotary International’s granting of Environment ... More

Lies, Damned Lies – 20 April 2021

Is it easier to lie convincingly through the technology of a Zoom virtual meeting than in an actual physical situation? Well, the Ayr Rotarians had a good try at it when nine individuals “volunteered” to try their luck at convincing fellow members of the veracity of some outrageous stories in the manner of the popular ... More

Angie McPike – Ayrshire Women’s Hub – 2 March 2021

Founded in January 2018 by Angie McPike and Gabriella Baronello, AWH is an early stages community interest group. It operates from warm, friendly walk-in premises where, in normal times, women can go to socialise, learn and empower each other through free workshops, surgeries and classes. It is also a bridge to several ... More

Tree of Remembrance Project – 23 February 2021

Last week’s meeting got off to a great start – well for Alex Thompson that is. He won the bottle of whisky in the first of the newly-introduced raffles to raise money for Unity Grill’s Inconvenience Store. We welcomed three guests to our meeting: Laura Kerr of South Ayrshire Council and two prospective new ... More

2021 Rotary Beach Clean Cancellation

Regrettably, it has been necessary, once again, to cancel the annual Rotary Beach Clean. However, there is a willingness among all five South Ayrshire Rotary Clubs (led by Ayr) to endeavour to hold, or participate in, individual, local clean-ups later in the year as and when Covid restrictions allow. This will be the work ... More

Festive Fun at Ayr Rotary

Despite, or perhaps because of, the current Covid crisis Ayr Rotary members turned up in good numbers to take part in Willie Stewart’s traditional Christmas quiz. Unfortunately for them Willie had not let the pandemic moderate his fiendish determination to embarrass his victims and his questions were as brain-teasing as ... More

Scott McLean – Sports Coach – 27 November 2020

Scott Maclean is a British Cycling Federation qualified coach whose knowledge and expertise has seen him coach at events such as the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics. He is head coach with Kinetic 365 and offers training and personal development programmes tailored to the individual, be they elite international ... More

Community Activity News – 16 November 2020

The club has been very busy in the community over the last few weeks. A sum of £200 has been raised and donated to the Salvation Army Foodbank which is still experiencing high demand.as other “pop-up” banks reduce. Members are encouraged to consider contributing their usual weekly meeting cost (£12 for a meal at ... More