The club Council meet every month, with the secretary organising meetings. The club operates with sub-committees, each having its own convenor. These convenors have summed up their roles below:
The role of president is to preside over meetings, to work with the committees and to lead and guide the club forward in whatever projects or endeavours they might be doing within and for the community. A president also helps to raise the profile of Rotary and what Rotary is about.
As a president you wear many hats, stay neutral and only have a vote if it is a deciding vote. A president’s roles are very rewarding and give a great sense of ”doing the right things”
The role of Secretary is both busy, interesting and central to the successful communication with all parties. The Secretary is expected to be abreast of all that is taking place within the club, not to interfere, more to co-ordinate, sometimes advise and ultimately to maintain the routine of the club.
Communicating with all club members and the Rotary District, the Secretary is pivotal in the smooth passage of information. This helps to keep everyone informed and in turn support Team Leaders and Conveners in their various projects which support the local community and beyond.
Those wishing to make contact with the Club are likely to do so through the Secretary’s email address and phone number that appear on all Club websites, letters and emails.
Community Services – Neil Beattie
The Convenor of the Community Service Committee’s prime responsibility is to chair and guide all the activities of that committee whose function is to maintain and explore new links with charities and social activists/organisations in and around Ayr for the benefit of our communities. This can include links to schools and other Local Authority service departments where support from Ayr Rotary may be helpful. Obtaining and distributing grants and donations are a major part of the Community Service Committee’s activities as is the administration of the club’s Treasure Chest fund.
The Vocational Committee raison d’etre is to arrange and deliver social and vocational visits for members, their friends, guests, partners and prospective members. As well as the calendar fixtures of Christmas and our famous Burns Supper we have been known to celebrate Halloween, hold race and quiz nights, host a croquet competition, and in times of Covid, play lots of very silly games on Zoom. As well as being great fun, most events generate funds which are later dispersed to local good causes. In normal times we try to visit businesses, museums, and other places of interest. Past visits have included Hampden Park and the National Football Museum, the Glasgow Police Museum, Irvine Maritime Museum, the Prestwick SAR helicopter base, and a trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer tour. All aboard. You are all welcome!
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Our Speakers Secretary is primarily responsible for devising an interesting and varied programme of guest speakers to talk to our club at one of our regular meetings. We maintain a balanced approach with a range of able speakers covering a variety of topics with a good representation from local charities involved in inspiring work and worthwhile causes.
The year-long programme is a mix of speaker and non-speaker evenings, the latter including club business discussions and a healthy number of “fun” and social evenings such as a Christmas dinner, Burns supper, competitions, performances and quizzes. Our Rotary motto is “Fun and Friendship through helping others”. Anyone wishing to present to the club on a subject of their choice should contact our current, Speaker Secretary, Ieuan Isaac (tel 01292 264728, mob 07941 586 696 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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The principal functions of the environment committee are to:
* Undertake environmental projects in our own community which reflect the aims and ambitions of Rotary International’s 7th Area of Focus. (PROJECTS)
* Help to raise awareness within our own club and within the community of the essential and urgent need to reduce our own environmental impacts. (COMMUNICATIONS). Whilst it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the massive global challenges facing humanity this should not deter us from striving to make our own small influences for the common good. THINK GLOBAL – ACT LOCAL.
The role of the Youth Services Convener is committed to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons. Our Youth Service team organises the local heat of Rotary’s national ‘Youth Speaks’ competition (we produced the Scottish winners last time out) and we present a ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ award for community involvement to a pupil nominated by each of our local secondary schools. We work closely with a neighbouring club to encourage players and vocalists to take part in Rotary’s Young Musician Competition, and we’re considering ways in which we might support STEM activities, to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. Fun for everybody!
The Convener for International Committee ensures that the committee meet on a regular basis to discuss all requests for aid/support for international projects.
Rotary is involved worldwide supporting work in disaster hit areas supplying shelter and water for the needy in such circumstances. If necessary, a local fundraising exercise can be arranged to assist towards funding an approved project with any additional funds required, being raised through an application for grant from Rotary Foundation which is supported solely by contributions from the public, Rotary members and friends of the Foundation.