Aquabox Event – Stage 2- 10 August 2019

Following the first run a couple of weeks ago, last Saturday 10th August many Rotarian volunteers turned out once again to help raise funds for Aquabox. Our location in Ayr Central was excellent and all the staff we encountered were very helpful. We raised £134.12. Combined with the 20th July High Street collection event ... More

Croquet Wash-Out

Sunday 11th August was to be the day of our annual croquet contest - water polo would have been more suitable! But fear not, our Games-Master-General, honorary member John Laughland, had a cunning Plan B up his sleeve. Board games! After a superb bring-and-share lunch to accompany the excellent ‘indoor barbecue’ ... More

High Street Aquabox Event – 20 July 2019

  Last Saturday, the club set up a stand in the High Street to show passers-by how the club was helping to save lives in disaster-hit areas around the world. Aquabox is a charity that supplies emergency aid through water purification. It has been in existence since 1992, is run solely by volunteer staff, mainly ... More

Alex Thomson Scoops Awards – 9 July 2019

Alex Thomson stole the show at this week’s club meeting by picking up two awards. The first was for the Rotarian of the Year (18/19) and was awarded by immediate past president Colin Vooght (but presented by president Ieuan) who, in recognising Alex’s many achievements had noted that he was always there for helpful ... More

Charles Douglas’s Story Time – 25 June 2019

Charles Douglas began his sort-of-job-talk by assuring us that all his stories were true but in the end we were left wondering. Going back to his boyhood he recalled a time when, as a 14-year old, he had found work in the Glasgow east-end pub of a certain Maurice Fenton Digby who spent much of his time on the wrong side of ... More

Message in a Bottle Packing Fun

A HUGE THANKYOU to all of you that stayed on Tuesday evening to pack bottles for our ongoing Message in a Bottle project. We packed 1260 bottles in just over one hour - a fantastic achievement - and the buzz in the room as we were working once again demonstrated the fun and friendship ethos of the Rotary Club of Ayr. ... More

Presidential Handover – 25 June 2018

Last Tuesday evening saw the outgoing president Colin Vooght passing the honour, chain of office, and the inevitable responsibilities, to our new president Ieuan Isaac. Ieuan, in turn, presented Colin with a past-president’s badge and welcomed Ian Alexander as president-elect More

Visit to Hampden Park

  On 31 May 2019, the Club visited Hampden Park. Ayr member, John Dunlop, was Director of Policy and Administration at the SFA a few years ago, and was able to organise an excellent tour of all the facilities. Our guide, Bruce, gave us lots of information on the development of Hampden and showed us the dressing ... More

10 Years of the IAT

Last week we welcomed a group of Americans and Canadians who were in Scotland to mark the 10th anniversary of the first International Appalachian Trail (IAT) visit to the UK and Ireland. It was almost 10 years to the day that an IAT delegation from Maine and Newfoundland, Labrador, travelled to Scotland to hold explorat... More

Important meeting at Turnberry – 19 May 2019

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of Ayr Rotarian John Ewing, he and a few fellow members were able to meet a Rotary VIP from the US: Robb Knuepfer is a Rotary International Director and past-president of Rotary Club No 1, Chicago, Illinois. This was where Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a successful city ... More