Ayrshire’s Lost Villages – Dane Love – 6 November 2018

Ayrshire’s rural landscapes contain the remnants of numerous, old, abandoned communities—places where people once lived, worked hard, and brought up families, but which are now scattered heaps of stone, lines of trees, or hidden from view altogether. Local author and historian, Dane Love, came along to the club to ... More

Brian Kelsey – Crossroads – 23 October 2018

Crossroads Caring Scotland is one of the country's leading voluntary sector providers of support for carers and their families. It is a not-for-profit organisation with over 35 years of experience, providing support for vulnerable people and their carers. Whether the person being cared for is a loved one living with ... More

Ian McAnulla – Political Cartoons – 16 October 2018

Ian McAnulla was the guest speaker at Ayr Rotary Club last Tuesday. Ian’s speciality is political cartoons and using many slide examples he showed the interested and inquisitive audience the hidden meanings behind popular and cleverly framed drawings. He explained that more than just the lampooning of characters, the ... More

Mark Baines – Exploring the Wall – 2 October 2018

The mid-nineteenth century architect, Alexander Thomson, who was born in Balfron and died aged 58 in 1875, was nicknamed ‘Greek’ for his regular incorporation of ancient Grecian styles into his works. The Alexander Thomson Society campaigns for the conservation of the architect’s work, and its chairman, Mark Baines, ... More

Kenneth Dickie’s Wine Tasting Extravaganza Tuesday 14th August

At our Tuesday evening meeting in the Horizon Hotel, 51 Ayr Rotarians and guests were treated to a Kenneth Dickie “back to basics” educational on wine. It all started about 20 years ago said Kenneth, with a desire to understand more about wines. First he attended the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Certificate ... More

Sheila Harsant – My Life in Aviation – 31 July 2018

Sheila Harsant is undoubtedly a determined and ambitious woman who carved out a hugely successful career in the aviation industry. However, in her talk to the club last week she rather modestly attributed her success to ‘being in the right place at the right time’. As a child, Sheila grew up with aviation – her ... More

Tuesday 17th July, Allan & Lynn McWilliam

We were treated to an entertaining personal life journey by Allan & Lynn McWilliam on Tuesday evening. The story for Lynn starts with education in a private convent before moving to Wembley and then up to Kilwinning where she refused to work in her father's new business, preferring to pursue an education career by ... More

VIP Security – Ian Thompson – 10 July 2018

In the week of the visit by president Donald Trump to Turnberry it was entirely appropriate that our guest speaker was recently-retired policeman Ian Thompson. Ian had spent most of his career as a specially trained VIP and royalty driver. After originally serving in the City of Glasgow Police traffic (pursuit) section ... More

Rosalind Kerry (LEPRA) – 3 July 2018

Rosalind Kerry came all the way from her home in the Borders to speak to us about the work of LEPRA, a UK-based international charity working to beat leprosy. This disease affects the most vulnerable people in the world, causing life-changing disabilities, but there is a relatively cheap and simple cure. Rosalind had ... More

The Rudolph Hess Mystery – 10 April 2018

Retired headmaster and Strathaven Rotarian, Ian Valentine, related to us, in humorous fashion, the strange tale of Rudolph Hess and his mystery visit to Scotland in 1941. Ian began by identifying three key characters in Hess’s wartime life: Hess himself was born in Egypt in 1894 and, in 1914, joined the German army in ... More