The Future of Ayr’s Station Hotel

Our guest speaker Mike Newall, South Ayrshire Council’s incoming Chief Executive Officer who kindly agreed to provide a talk on the ‘Future of Ayr’s Station Hotel, which, experienced an unexpected event recently. Also, Hugh Talbot, the Council’s Buildings Standard Co-Ordinator, who accompanied Mike. Mike has ... More

Lyndsay McRoberts on the ‘Future of Education in South Ayrshire’

Lyndsay is currently Head of Education in South Ayrshire, having taken up the post in April 2022. Prior to school leadership roles, she was Principal Teacher of Pupil Support in East Ayrshire, starting her career as a Biology Teacher within Glasgow City Council. In 2014, Lyndsay became Head Teacher of Kyle Academy, and ... More

Aberlour Children’s Charity

"We help Scotland's struggling children and families at Aberlour we know that not all children are born with an equal chance”. Ayr Rotary Club was privileged to have Sarah McNaught as our guest speaker on Aberlour Orphanage & Children’s Charity. As the Charity’s Head of Marketing and Communications with ... More

Ayrshire Fire & Rescue Service – 26 September ‘23

The members were treated this week to a talk from two very experienced firemen from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Station Commander (Ayr Community Fire Station) Gordon Cairns and Group Commander Rod Anderson. Their presence was particularly appreciated since they had both been involved over the previous 48 ... More

The Future of Aircraft Maintenance at Prestwick Airport

We welcomed the return of our guest speaker Mike Stewart, who provided a talk on ’The Future of Aircraft Maintenance at Chevron Prestwick’.  Mike is currently Director of Maintenance at Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd based at Prestwick Airport, and has a long history in the aviation industry. He started his aviation ... More

Frazer Donaldson  ‘Podiatry helps to put our best foot forward’.

  Frazer was brought up in Alloway, eventually graduating in Podiatry from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014, and has worked as a Podiatrist in the NHS and private sector since graduating. He now owns a practice Best Foot Forward in Ayr where he serves the local community as well as the Ayrshire Bulls Rugby ... More

Michael Hitchon MBE – Ayr Arts Guild – 22 August

Michael Hitchon needed no introduction to most of the club members given his reputation as the long-term “face” and treasurer of Ayr Arts Guild. His accomplishments in bringing the arts to the Ayr public are legendary in the town. Amongst many other community roles Michael has been president of Kyle and Carrick ... More

Dr. James Keyene, Uganda

THE MBABAALI MEMORIAL SCHOOL FOR ORPHANS Report by Loudon McAndrew In the present climate where too much of the news is negative, it was a pleasure to welcome Dr. James Keyene to give a presentation on the above orphanage. Dr Keyene is a Rotarian as well as being a Doctor of Divinity and a Bachelor of Education. The ... More

Presentation from 16 year old Matthew McColm

We were treated to a presentation from an extremely talented young Belmont Academy pupil, called Matthew McColm. He has set up his own company, DevelopX Creative, which designs and develops brands that help tell clients’ stories. DevelopmentX specialise in accessible design for create user-friendly interfaces for ... More

Refereeing Anecdotes – Louis Thow – 25 July ‘23

Louis Thow is a name well-known to football fans generally and to Ayrshire fans especially. An established name on the speakers circuit, Louis entertained the members with a host of tales from the days when, as an SFA category 1 referee, he officiated in some 1400 games between the years of 1979 and 1996. Louis’ ... More