124 Results for author: Ron Ireland

Important meeting at Turnberry – 19 May 2019

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of Ayr Rotarian John Ewing, he and a few fellow members were able to meet a Rotary VIP from the US: Robb Knuepfer is a Rotary International Director and past-president of Rotary Club No 1, Chicago, Illinois. This was where Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a successful city ... More

Willie Kidd – The Steam and Stirling Engine – 7 May 2019

Our guest speaker, Willie Kidd, wowed the members with his exhibition of wonderful working models of steam engines and the amazing Stirling engine. These are Willie’s passion, as was evident in his talk, and his interest was kindled many years ago by a Sunday Post article on the Stirling engine. Being a Kilmarnock man ... More

Ayr Rotary Club 2019 Annual Charity Golf Day at Belleisle

A shotgun start at 9.30am on Friday 10 May saw eighteen teams tee-off to compete in the Ayr Rotary Club Annual Charity Golf Day at Belleisle Park. This event is the main fund-raiser in the club’s calendar, and raised an amazing £10,000-plus for local charities. The principal beneficiaries this year were Whiteleys ... More

Round-Britain Walkers meet on Ayrshire Coastal Path

An unusual coincidence happened last week on the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Two couples who, independently, are walking the entire British coastline (3861 miles over 9 months!) in opposite directions, accidently bumped into each other on a section of the path between Ayr and Dunure. Martin Shipley (frequently accompanied by ... More

Allan & Lynn McWillliam – Adventures on the Amazon

Using a myriad of slides from each of the four ports of call on the Amazon,, Allan and Lynn held our attention with tales of their exploits during a four week cruise. The first port was Manaus which is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, on the banks of the Negro River in northwestern Brazil, the capital of the ... More

Whiteleys Retreat – 23 April 2019

Most of the club members were already aware of the history of the former CLIC Sargent House in Prestwick. When it closed in 2016 a small group of volunteers set out to ensure that there would continue to be a much-needed respite facility for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness in Ayrshire. A new ... More

“Shot at Dawn” – Alex Hall – 9 April 2019

Amateur historian, Alex Hall delivered an entertaining but poignant presentation on the terrible fate of many, young soldiers who were judged to have contravened military regulations during World War 1. He began with a reminder of the Major recruitment drive initiated in 1914 by Lord (Herbert) Kitchener, Secretary of ... More

Catherine Mills on Van Gogh – 2 April 2019

Catherine Mills is a distant relative of Vincent Van Gogh and entertained the members with her knowledge of the artist. Using PowerPoint slides she brought home the wealth and prolific range of his drawings, illustrations and paintings. Being a troubled young man, from a middle class Dutch background, he had attempted to ... More

13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean

  What a magnificent turnout and performance at the recent Big Rotary Beach Clean, coordinated by Ayr Rotary Club with support from the other clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan. This was the biggest one ever and included for the first time the beaches at South Harbour, Ayr and at Curragh, north of ... More

Ayrshire Lace Industry – 26 March 2019

We were recently honoured by the guest presence of two members from the Rotary Club of Loudoun. Ian Pollock had come to tell us about the history of lace-making in Ayrshire and he was ably assisted by his demonstrator for the evening, Bill Bryden. Ian is a proud Ayrshire man, born and raised in Newmilns, and is company ... More