The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate


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Adrian Stevely


The Club regained its membership peak of 34 members in June 1998, a peak reached also in autumn 2006. In autumn 1997, new member Iain McClay joined the Club.

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Also . . .

In Youthspeaks, Irvine Royal Academy went through to the District round, following the local round held in the Burns Club.

The 2008 Pensioners' Bus Trip took 190 senior citizens to Edinburgh, organised by rtns Murray and Bill Carson.

The 2008 Weekend Away took Rotarians to North-West Castle Hotel, Stranraer.

President Adrian was the host and Ken Stevely, Golf Professional at Cadder Golf Club, was the chairman at the Sportsmen's Dinner in Nov. 1997 at its new venue, the Redburn Hotel. Speakers were three in number: Hugh Brown, WPBSA referee, Billy McNeil, Ex-Captain of Celtic, and Bobby Shearer, Ex-Captain of Rangers. The event raised about £2,400. The auctioneer was W Hamilton of A & J Wilson Auctioneers. The attenders numbered 140.

Seagate members this year won the Ayrshire District Golf League, resulting in the award of a crystal decanter and glasses, held for the club by team member Franco. While 15 members took part in one round or another, this photo shows Kilwinning President Billy Cunningham presenting trophies (in October) to Rtns Murray McBurnie, Jim Anderson, Raymond Fitzgerald, Bill Carson and Donald Menzies. As the press report said, with a note of great disappointment, "The decanter was empty."

The records also mention two visits to Geilsland School (Beith), another series of winter walks organised by Rtn Donald M (press report: "the ultimate destination of an acceptable pub at the end of each walk is coincidental"), the said Rtn Donald taking part in the Lairig Ghru Sponsored Walk, plans for a club visit to Arran, a ten-pin bowling evening, a Friendship Cup competition with RC Irvine at Winton Club, participation in the District Snooker competition, a car boot sale, a recommendation that PE Franco and VPE Donald attend RIBI conference at Brighton at the Club's expense, and a Marymass Stall combined with a Balloon Race - the winning ticket was returned from a field near St Andrews. An International Dinner was planned but apparently did not take place. The photos include fuzzy ones of a BBQ at the Redburn Hotel (perhaps strong drink was also available) and a young Balloon Race winner. Rtn Donald also organised a Car Treasure Hunt, enjoyed by over 30 Seagate Rotarians and their families.

The 1998 Burns Supper top table included Malcolm Rae, Immediate Past President of Irvine Burns Club, proposing the Immortal Memory and Hugh Drennan proposing the Toast to the Lasses, replied to by Eileen Ballantyne.

Seagate supported local girl Ashley Seymour, with a £950 cheque to purchase a new specialist racing canoe. As the Scottish Junior Champion, Ashley was moving on to UK and international events - the new boat would carry the names of Irvine and Seagate Rotary Club.