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Lord Lieutenant Iona McDonald OBE – 13 August 2109

Recently-retired Sheriff and current Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire & Arran, Iona McDonald, was the very welcome guest speaker at our special meeting in the Brig o’ Doon hotel, Alloway. The also-very-welcome, warm, evening sun shone on the garden of the hotel where members and guests had gathered prior to the formalities.   Ex-Sherriff Iona was […]

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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 we […]

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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’ provided by the fabulous Savoy […]

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Kevin McGarry – A “Reluctant” Royal Photographer

Our speaker this week was Glasgow-based, professional photographer, Kevin McGarry. In an energetic display of his extensive port-folio, Kevin took us on a whistle-stop tour of the world, into many exotic places with fantastic, candid pictures of the great and the good, including a significant number of off-guard royal moments. He explained that his success […]

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Jimmy Johnston MBE – District Governor – 30 July 2019

This year’s new District 1230 Governor, Jimmy Johnston’s address to our members was something of a lighthearted novelty. He joked his way through a thoroughly entertaining twenty-minute address whilst liberally sprinkling it with (much-deserved!) compliments about our club and the many charitable projects in which we are involved. He is clearly a speaker who knows […]

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The ARK Project – 23 July 2019

The Ayr Ark is a youth project situated down by the Citadel in Ayr and was originally established through an initiative of twelve local, partner churches.  It aims to provide a safe alternative to the many peer pressures that young people are faced with by running diversionary events in an alcohol-free, night-club setting. Matt Grant, […]

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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 […]

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Mark Baines on Charles Rennie MacKintosh – 16 July 2019

Last year, Mark Baines, himself a qualified architect with a passion for the work of the early Glasgow architects, delivered a well-received talk to members on Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Mark returned last week with an equally interesting talk on another notable contributor to the architecture of Glasgow – Charles Rennie MacKintosh. Most members will already […]

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John Campbell – A77 Action Group – 9 July 2019

John Campbell is an articulate, plain speaking Ayrshire man with a wealth of facts at his fingertips in all matters relating to the history, economy and safety of the A77 through South Ayrshire and beyond. His talk to the club, with no prompts or illustrations except a big road map of Scotland, demonstrated his confidence […]

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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 advice, […]

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