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

150 Years of Ayr Football – 1 September 2020

In another Zoom presentation organised by John Dunlop, Ayr United's historian, Duncan Carmichael, took Ayr Rotary members on the long and interesting journey of organised football in Ayr. Duncan related how, as the town grew, football was on a seemingly never-ending journey for a home of its own. From its formation on the ... 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

The Scotch Professors – 9 June 2020

  So who knew that Scotland (and not England) had shown the rest of the world how to play football? Well Ged o’ Brien did – and possibly John Dunlop. Ged was our guest speaker at last week’s Zoom meeting and is a leading sports historian and author who (despite being an Englishman) is a passionate advocate of ... More

Local Charity Workers Update Club Members – 26 May 2020

Guest speakers Major Linda Watson of the Salvation Army (Ayr) and Kayleigh Hamilton, coordinator of South Ayrshire Carers Centre both took time out from frontline work to join our Zoom meeting and update us on how our contributions are making a difference to their work in Ayr. We also welcomed to our virtual meeting five ... More

Dr Peter Hughes – STEM – 3 March 2020

“Inspiring Youngsters into STEM” (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for those not in the know) was the advance title for the topic of our most recent speaker, Dr Peter Hughes, so it was of some surprise to see him rushing into the hotel foyer heavily loaded with cases carrying a variety of stringed, ... More

Fiona McKenzie- Centrestage 18 February 2020

Centrestage is all about “fun, food, and folk” and that ethos underpins everything the Kilmarnock-based charity does through its vision “to create energetic, inclusive communities “with the arts at the heart”. So said Fiona McKenzie, founder and former CEO of Centrestage when she talked recently to our club about ... More

Kelvingrove Treasures – 7 January 2020

Elaine Hanson, a former teacher at both Kyle and Belmont Academies, is a volunteer guide at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow. Her main passion is fine art and she came along to the club to give the members the benefit of her evident knowledge of some of her own “treasures of Kelvingrove”. Elaine ... More

Lowlands Reserve Forces & Cadets Associations – 26 November 2019

Immediate past-president Colin Vooght, in his capacity as Head of Engagement for the Lowland RFCA’s, gave an excellent presentation to the club last week. Colin, who was 42 years a soldier before joining the LRFCA, explained that the organisation exists to assist those who proudly protect our nation, and who do so ... More

Epilepsy Scotland – 4 November 2019

  Lesslie Young is Chief Executive of Epilepsy Scotland since 2009, having joined the charity’s training department in 2006. Canadian born, she lives in Sorn and travels throughout the UK on behalf of Epilepsy Scotland. She is a qualified general nurse and midwife. Lesslie delivered a hugely informative, ... More