The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
New member Donald Menzies was inducted in September 1995.
New members John McHugh, Adam Moonie and Mark Taylor joined the Club in spring 1996. The three had attended a 'Meet The Rotarians' evening in January.
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Our Quiz team, in the District Foundation Quiz hosted by RC Govan in March 1996, won! Triumphant in the five round competition against more than 20 other teams, the savvy Seagaters were David Cunningham, Raymond Fitzgerald, Sandy Niven and Donald Orr.
September saw Seagate contributing five of the 26 walkers on the West Highland Way walk, organised by Para Action (Irvine's Iain Ballantyne and Eileen Whyte), in aid of Action Research - Franco, Bill C, Raymond, Walter Lyall and Sandy, together with Rotarian wife Anne Smith. Up to 22 miles a day over rough paths and hills up to nearly 2,000 feet and camping out at night. The Seagate team raised £4,549 for Action Research.
The club ran the by-now-expected Marymass Hot Dog stall. The profits went to the International fund.
In June 1995, Seagate supported Sailing for the Disabled, when VP Dan presented a cheque to John Fisher, skipper of the sail-training ship Lord Nelson, at Troon, to sponsor two berths for Red Cross House patients for a four-day cruise. (RC Irvine sponsored a berth on the same occasion, under President Sam Duncan.) The club also continued with its sponsorship of World Vision and in particular a child named Charlas. The Woodcraft Folk were presented with a cheque to assist their playing host to a group of Western Sahara refugees visiting Irvine in August that year. The May 1996 Pensioners Bus Trip took 200 people in four coaches to Dumfries, followed by high tea at the Redburn, with music provided byt Rtn George McCartney. Overall, during the year, the Club raised and disbursed over £9,000 for local and international charities.
The Rotary year began with success for Rtn Bobby in the Ayrshire Open Bowls Singles Championship.
The Burns Supper top table included Irvine Burns Club Past President Jim Greig, who proposed the Immortal Memory, Burns Club Curator David Smith, who proposed the Toast to the Lasses, and his wife Madge, who replied. The musical entertainment was provided by singer Andy Miller, accompanied by Ann Miller, and solo violinist Jenna Dawson, the 10-y-o daughter of founder member Edmund Dawson.
Irvine Royal Academy's team of John Burns, Gemma Flannigan and Fern Raeside won the club's local YouthSpeaks heat, held in the Burns Club, with Greenwood Academy and Kilwinning Academy coming very close in an exciting competition. Organised by Rtn Donald, the judgeswere Rtns Bill B., Jim F. and David Cunningham.
The Sportsmen's Dinner at the Hospitality Inn was chaired by Bill Cowan. Almost 200 attended. Speakers were Ken Stevely (brother of Rtn Adrian), professional golfer, and Rob McLean of BBC Sportscene. Comedian was Billy Jefferies and the charity auction was conducted by Alex Wilson. The event raised c. £2,500.