135 Results for author: Ron Ireland

Mark Baines on Charles Rennie MacKintosh – 16 July 2019

Last year, Mark Baines, himself a qualified architect with a passion for the work of the early Glasgow architects, delivered a well-received talk to members on Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Mark returned last week with an equally interesting talk on another notable contributor to the architecture of Glasgow – Charles ... More

John Campbell – A77 Action Group – 9 July 2019

John Campbell is an articulate, plain speaking Ayrshire man with a wealth of facts at his fingertips in all matters relating to the history, economy and safety of the A77 through South Ayrshire and beyond. His talk to the club, with no prompts or illustrations except a big road map of Scotland, demonstrated his confide... More

Alex Thomson Scoops Awards – 9 July 2019

Alex Thomson stole the show at this week’s club meeting by picking up two awards. The first was for the Rotarian of the Year (18/19) and was awarded by immediate past president Colin Vooght (but presented by president Ieuan) who, in recognising Alex’s many achievements had noted that he was always there for helpful ... More

Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) – 2 July 2019

Hazel Vanzetta from Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) came along to the club to explain that the organisation is the local Third Sector Interface. It is recognised by the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council as fulfilling a key role in ensuring the continued development of a robust Third Sector in South ... More

Charles Douglas’s Story Time – 25 June 2019

Charles Douglas began his sort-of-job-talk by assuring us that all his stories were true but in the end we were left wondering. Going back to his boyhood he recalled a time when, as a 14-year old, he had found work in the Glasgow east-end pub of a certain Maurice Fenton Digby who spent much of his time on the wrong side of ... More

Message in a Bottle Packing Fun

A HUGE THANKYOU to all of you that stayed on Tuesday evening to pack bottles for our ongoing Message in a Bottle project. We packed 1260 bottles in just over one hour - a fantastic achievement - and the buzz in the room as we were working once again demonstrated the fun and friendship ethos of the Rotary Club of Ayr. ... More

Presidential Handover – 25 June 2018

Last Tuesday evening saw the outgoing president Colin Vooght passing the honour, chain of office, and the inevitable responsibilities, to our new president Ieuan Isaac. Ieuan, in turn, presented Colin with a past-president’s badge and welcomed Ian Alexander as president-elect More

Alasdair Meldrum – Challenges of Waste Management – 11 June 2019

Member Alasdair Meldrum, a waste management consultant, used emotive slides to get his message across.  From his opening shot of a bin lorry disgorging tons of household waste to the breath-taking SAC residual waste to landfill cost. He explained the impact of mixed- refuse, bin contamination and that 81% of all bin ... More

Seawater Farming and Coastal Protection – 4 June 2019

Glasgow-based Yanik Nyberg is a young man with great ambition and aspirations to help save our planet from environmental catastrophe. In a relaxed and level-toned manner he explained to the members how close Scotland and the rest of the world is to reaching a point of no return from the disastrous effects of climate ... More

10 Years of the IAT

Last week we welcomed a group of Americans and Canadians who were in Scotland to mark the 10th anniversary of the first International Appalachian Trail (IAT) visit to the UK and Ireland. It was almost 10 years to the day that an IAT delegation from Maine and Newfoundland, Labrador, travelled to Scotland to hold explorat... More