Bobby Irvine BAE Systems

At the Ayr Rotary meeting on Tuesday, Commercial & Procurement Manager, of BAE Systems Bobby Irvine delivered a fascinating insight to the facilities and capabilities at BAE Systems Prestwick. As part of the Air Sector business, the Regional Aircraft Programme delivery supports global aircraft fleet support capability, ... More

Burns Night with a Difference

The night began with a welcome and a short poem from President Hazel. And then, accompanied by a cacophony of kazoos from the 43 Rotarians, partners and guests, the haggis entered Kenneth Dickie's kitchen courtesy of Marylin. As tradition dictates, the Selkirk Grace followed, delivered faultlessly by Jim Nelson. Reprising ... More

Burns Supper Invitation 2021

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Kelsey Kane CEO of SeAscape

Seascape, South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness, was the topic from CEO Kelsey Kane on our Zoom meeting on Tuesday 5th January. She explained the charity began life in 1999 with aims to help those who are either told to quit by landlords, experienced household disputes or even discharged from prison. "Sofa Surfing" can ... 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

Leonard Cheshire Charity Guest Speaker – 3 November 2020

Leonard Cheshire VC was a famous WW2 bomber pilot and commanding officer (No 617 squadron – the dambusters) who after the war committed himself to humanitarian work with disabled people. Kirsteen Plop, of the UK charity that bears his name, delivered an excellent talk to the club on the legacy of the man and the excell... More

Zoom Quizzers Battle It Out – 12 October 2020

Thanks are due to John Dunlop and members of his committee for organising the club’s first-ever Zoom Quiz. Twelve single or two-person teams took part in what was an enjoyable half-hour trying to dredge up memories of places visited, pop artists of yesteryear, and bits of globally-recognised product brands. The ... More

Club visit by new DG Angela Samson – 15 September 2020

Angela Samson, District 1230’s new Governor, paid a virtual visit to our club to outline her views and plans for this Rotary year. She began by telling us that, although now living in Renfrewshire, she is proud to consider herself a Glaswegian at heart and that her interest in Rotary began when a friend asked her along ... More

Bingo Bedlam – 4 August 2020

Nothing, not even a pandemic, stops the Rotarians of Ayr enjoying themselves! More than 40 Rotarians and friends recently joined in the first, and possibly last, Zoom bingo game. Hosted by Allan McWilliam and Bob "The Balls" Gibson, resplendent in his caller suit and bow tie, the grey matter was stretched to breaking ... More

Old is Gold

President of Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs Rotary, Chris Sandford delivered a passionate and enthusiastic presentation to Ayr Rotary on Tuesday afternoon. His Old for Gold project which was established in 2005, is based on the values of Rotary, encouraging older members to pass on life long learned skills by engaging ... More