Ian McAnulla on Political Cartoons

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 his 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

Life in the Raws – 2 June 2021

A knowledgeable and sincere speaker, Neil Findlay, a former MSP, spoke to the members about "Life in the Raws", the title of his book on memories of a Shale-Oil Village in West Lothian. The book is essentially the life story of John ‘Jock’ Findlay, Neil’s grandfather, and was largely written by Jock himself in his ... More

Ayrshire Cancer Support

Laura Brown and Louise Graham from Ayrshire Cancer Support were the guest speakers at Ayr Rotary on Tuesday evening. Louise explained the practical workings of the charity and how Laura will talk about the exciting plans for the new premises, formally St Andrews Hotel, on Prestwick Road, Ayr. Since 1982 they have been ... More

Litter and Waste – A National Emergency

  Barry Fisher and Chris Johnson – 27 April 2021 These were the first speakers invited to talk to the club specifically to address environmental matters since the creation of the club’s Environment Committee. The setting up of the committee was in response to Rotary International’s granting of Environment ... More

Karla Johnson from Community Learning Development

Karla Johnson spoke to Ayr Rotary about her role in Community Learning Development (CLD) and in particular the extensive involvement with Dalmilling Primary School. Following on from her success with Newton Primary on delivering programmes which empowered people individually and collectively to make positive changes in ... More

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

Angie McPike – Ayrshire Women’s Hub – 2 March 2021

Founded in January 2018 by Angie McPike and Gabriella Baronello, AWH is an early stages community interest group. It operates from warm, friendly walk-in premises where, in normal times, women can go to socialise, learn and empower each other through free workshops, surgeries and classes. It is also a bridge to several ... More

Tree of Remembrance Project – 23 February 2021

Last week’s meeting got off to a great start – well for Alex Thompson that is. He won the bottle of whisky in the first of the newly-introduced raffles to raise money for Unity Grill’s Inconvenience Store. We welcomed three guests to our meeting: Laura Kerr of South Ayrshire Council and two prospective new ... More

Social Media Made Simple

Ayr Rotary Club was treated to an in depth session on the value of social media by its very own Charlie Steele and Katie Nicol at the regular Tuesday evening Zoom meeting. Charlie explained the development and importance of communication techniques, especially the reach of Facebook and the "shop window" of web sites. He ... More

Battle of the River Plate from Gavin Roser

    Shipping industry and current affairs expert Gavin Roser is a charismatic and highly engaging speaker whose presentations are informative and entertaining. Gavin has been in the shipping & logistics sector industry for 47+ years and we were delighted to have him speaking about the Battle of ... More