The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
George Donaldson was made an Honorary Member in recognition of his efforts and contribution towards chartering Irvine Seagete
Also . . .
Seagate Rotarians who have joined an
Orléans Rotarians who have joined
an exchange visit:
Youth Exchange: The club sponsored Brendan Moriarty to attend a Youth Camp in the UK in 1994.
New members in this Rotary year included Rev Jack Campbell of St Andrews Church and Bill Lymburn of Eglinton Caravans
The link with the Rotary Club of Orléans Beauce Sologne (D1720; chartered 1984) was initiated in 1992 by Presidents Jim Fairgrieve and Michel Pioux, both keen golfers. The July 1993 date of the first visit makes this an appropriate page to document the ELEVEN visits to date. Visits are biennial, alternating between France and Scotland, though the 2005 meeting was a (so far) unique international meeting of Rotarians from both the clubs twinned with Orléans Beauce Sologne - Irvine Seagate and San Pedro Alcantara - in Dublin.
(July) - Michel Pioux (1992-93 President of Orléans Beauce Sologne)
brought nine Orléans Rotarians (making, with spouses, a group of 13,
incl. their Pres. Bernard Taillemite) to Irvine, thus initiating the formal
twinning between the clubs.
1995 - five Seagate Rotarians (a group of 10) stayed at Orléans.
1997 - four Orléans Rotarians (but no spouses) stayed at Irvine.
1999 (Easter) - five Seagate Rotarians (a group of 10) stayed at Orléans.
2001 (June) - five Orléans Rotarians (a group of 9) stayed at Irvine.
2003 (May) - four Seagate Rotarians (a group of 6) stayed at Orléans.
2005 (Apr.) - eight Seagate Rotarians joined four Orléans Rotarians and several Spanish Rotarians for a three-nation weekend in Dublin (a gathering of 33).
2006 (June) - seven Orléans Rotarians (a group of 13) stayed at Ullapool and Irvine.
2008 (May) - ten Seagate Rotarians (a group of 20) stayed at Mosnes (nr Amboise) and Orléans.
2010 (May) - six Orléans Rotarians (a group of 12) stayed at Peebles and Irvine.
2012 (May) - five Seagate Rotarians (a group of 9) stayed at Saumur and Orléans.
The first visit: Pres. Bill Black, Pres. Bernard Taillemite, Jim Fairgrieve and Michel Pioux at the top table, and Michel, Willie Carson and Raymond on the golf course.
The Club's thanks for such a long and successful series of exchange visits are due to Seagate Rtn Jim Fairgrieve and Orléans Beauce Sologne Rtn Michel Pioux.
Christmas Hampers (aka Cans for Grans) started in 1993 when 60 were distributed.
The first Pensioners Bus Trip was in 1994 to Stranraer with 180 pensioners in four coaches. Inspiration to organise this venture arose directly from participation in the daytime club's train trip described under the previous year.
The Burns Supper featured Bill Cowan, a Past President of Irvine Burns Club, proposing the Immortal Memory, David Cunningham proposing the Toast to the Lasses, and Ria Dick replying.
Seagate golfers won the Rotary Golf League - the team comprising Ian Lamb, Jim Fairgrieve, Raymond Fitzgerald, and Jim Anderson.
The 1994 Rotary Speaks (now 'Youthspeaks') competition local heat was won by the Irvine Royal Academy team of Debbie Flannigan, Deborah Hendren and Naiomi Forsyth, with a talk on the subject of sexism. Also taking part were teams from Marr College, Kilwinning Academy, St Michael's Academy and Greenwood Academy (the youngest team, placed second, trained by librarian Anne Teaz).
In September, John Woods in the 'Irvine Herald' reported on a story in the 'Daily Record' with a photo of Rtn Bobby Campbell, beside the story of a Bobby Campbell being struck by a bullet in London - fortunately the target was not our Bobby "Black" Campbell, but his former team-mate, Bobby "Red" Campbell. Fellow-Rtns Wilson and Willie, at the next meeting, produced a poster offering a huge reward for the capture of the mystery gunman - £1.50.