80 Results for author: Ron Ireland

Carrick Centre Community Service Project Award – 5 December 2017

In April of this year the club donated £1000 to the Carrick Centre in Maybole to support trainees who have barriers to employment and to gain valuable work experience. The Carrick CAN (Create and Nurture) 15-week programme for these Young Adults with Additional Support Needs was considered a great success by all. Each ... More

Club Archivist

The club has a new archivist in Hugh Miller and has expressed collective gratitude to the outgoing archivist, Euan Frew. Euan has done an immense job for the club manfully and manually archiving reports for over 25 years!  As a measure of the scale of his endeavours the archive for the current year fills two substantial ... More

Youth Speaks – 28 November 2017

Belmont Academy hosted this year’s Rotary-sponsored Youth Speaks competition. This was the local round to select those teams to go forward to the West of Scotland District stage early next year. Three teams were entered: Kyle Academy in the intermediate category and Carrick Academy along with Belmont in the senior ... More

Sophie Craig – Cambodia Expedition – 14 November 2017

The delightful and talented Sophie Craig, chaperoned by her dad Gary, was our guest speaker on Tuesday evening. Sophie had come to tell us all about her experience with Camp International in Cambodia, an expedition which our club had helped to support through the Treasure Chest fund. She described her trip as “the ... More

Strictly Rotary (and friends) – 9 November 2017

Well! What a night we had last Thursday. Eat your hearts out Anton du Beke and Darcy Bussell! Ayr Rotary Club are on the dance floor! Those of us who had the courage (or audacity) to look out these old dance shoes and take to the floor were rewarded with an evening of performance, passion and (let’s be honest) ... More

Phil McAnespie – Beekeeping – 7 November 2017

The club was buzzing on Tuesday evening when our guest speaker was Phil McAnespie. Phil, a locally well-known and respected beekeeper had previously talked to the club some four years ago and had come to update us on how bee populations were faring in the present day environment. He considered that the greatest threat to ... More

Yolanda and Peter McCall – The Tower of St John the Baptist in Ayr – 31 October 2017

Yolanda and Peter McCall gave a thoroughly interesting, joint presentation to the club on the story of St John’s Tower (Ayr’s oldest building) and the efforts being made to promote interest in the heritage of the site. Yolanda began with a potted history, describing the origins of the original Ayr Parish Church, ... More

Pumpkin Parade – 31 October 2017

Club members excelled themselves on Tuesday evening by exhibiting their pumpkin lantern efforts whilst hiding behind a variety of Halloween masks. One member was heard to remark that the scariness level of the pumpkin table was closely matched by some of the other tables where members were wearing no masks. The pumpkin ... More

Boys’ Brigade – The Adventure Begins Here

One of our most recent members, Doug Wilson, was quick off the mark to deliver his “jobtalk”. Although a trained electrical engineer, Doug’s real vocation was in the Boys’ Brigade and it was his long, and continuing, service to the BB (60 remarkable years from early boyhood) that Doug chose to tell us all about. ... More

Bob Gibson – FPSOs in the Oil Industry – 17 October 2017

Bob Gibson, a master mariner and this week’s guest speaker, spent 15 years in the Merchant Navy before transferring to the North Sea at the height of the oil boom. The subject of Bob’s talk was his experiences on FPSOs which he explained was an acronym for Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading facilities. In ... More