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Dr Peter Hughes – STEM – 3 March 2020

“Inspiring Youngsters into STEM” (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for those not in the know) was the advance title for the topic of our most recent speaker, Dr Peter Hughes, so it was of some surprise to see him rushing into the hotel foyer heavily loaded with cases carrying a variety of stringed, musical […]

***Cancelled owing to Coronavirus*** 14th ROTARY BEACH CLEAN

Get ready for the 14th Annual Rotary Beach Clean on Sat 4 April 2020 (0900-1230 hours) and help keep South Ayrshire’s beaches beautiful. This takes place over a dozen or so beaches on the South Ayrshire Coast. Most of these are managed and led by Ayr Rotary Club members but other beaches are organised by […]

Foto Frivolity – 25 February 2020

There was a decidedly competitive atmosphere at our funny photo evening when 4 teams of members were shown a selection of candid and amusing photographs taken over the last eighteen months or so at club events. Members were tasked with dreaming up appropriate captions to attach to the photos (see gallery below) and the only […]

Fiona McKenzie- Centrestage 18 February 2020

Centrestage is all about “fun, food, and folk” and that ethos underpins everything the Kilmarnock-based charity does through its vision “to create energetic, inclusive communities “with the arts at the heart”. So said Fiona McKenzie, founder and former CEO of Centrestage when she talked recently to our club about the excellent work of the organisation. […]

Two Treasure Chest Awards – 11 February 2020

Our Treasure Chest Fund made two well-deserved £250 award presentations at last week’s club meeting. The first award was to the Ayrshire Echo Association which was set up to relieve the blind, or the partially blind, or those labouring under some temporary or permanent incapacity or disability which makes reading a strain, by the provision […]

Macmillan Cancer Support – 4 February 2020

Ayr Rotary Club recently welcomed Linda Allan, a representative of Macmillan Cancer Support, who gave a detailed account of the care and support that Macmillan are doing.  It was founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan whose father had just died of cancer. Linda worked for the NHS for 34 years as an occupational therapist and […]

Kyle Academy Debaters Win Rotary District Final

Sponsored by our club, Kyle Academy’s accomplished young debaters travelled to Glasgow to compete in the District Final of Rotary’s ‘Youth Speaks – A Debate’ competition. Amid the august but modern cloisters of Caledonian University Beth Paterson, Murray Graham and Julie Dunn dramatically put both sides of their theme, “Prince Harry – Friend or Foe?” […]

Another Treasure Chest Award – 28 January 2019

Fiona Cowan was the grateful recipient of our latest Treasure Chest award of £250. She is a local girl and a registered paediatric nurse on a mission. Along with ten pupils from St Margaret’s Academy, Fiona is going on her third trip to Romania with the Smiles Foundation Christian charity to help people, mostly children, […]

Oor Annual Burns Supper – 21 January 2020

An unco guid time was had by all at this year’s Burns supper wi’ aw the honest lads and bonnie lasses fair turnt oot in their best claes. The Savoy Park Hotel was bizzen from the start as the members and guests gathered for what was, tae be shair, a braw nicht. Into the company […]

Youth Speaks – Kyle Academy Sharpen Up – 14 January 2020

    Kyle Academy’s accomplished young speakers chose a controversial topic on their visit to the Rotary Club of Ayr for a dummy run of their Youth Speaks debate. The team will compete in the forthcoming Rotary’s District Final, where they will have the full support of their school and of our Club. Introducing her […]