The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate


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Bobby Campbell

Sporting member Franco was picked for the Scottish Rotary golf team to visit Canada. Earlier in the summer, Donald, Franco, and two others walked Hadrian's Wall, Franco acting as interpreter whenever they met Romans.

In Feb 2005, Pres. Bobby recognised founder member and Past President Andy Howat as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his outstanding service to the ideals of Rotary.

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A second ZipSlide was organised in June 2005 - this time to enable other charities and groups to raise funds. 28 organisations sent their daredevils, covering Seagate costs and raising a further £5,000 for their own causes.

Bobby attended TWO Royal Garden Parties - neither during his year, but both invitations arising from Rotary.

Speakers at the Sportsmen's Dinner at The Gailes were Les Peters and John Gahagan, chaired by Bert Thomson. About 150 attended.

In September, Council recommended that the Club cease the practice of providing speakers with a bottle of wine as the cost was approx. £400 p.a. - cost-cutting before its time! Whether agreed or not, the practice is again standard. Stop Press: since typing that, it has now been discontinued again, as we offer a meal and a refreshment to al outside speakers.

The Centenary of Rotary year - Rotary was founded on 23rd February 1905 - was marked by a Celebration service in Glasgow Cathedral during a month of events all round the world; (check: President Bobby and) Vice-President Eric Greig represented the Club. On Feb. 27th, President Bobby represented the Club at the Sunday morning service, themed on Rotary, at Irvine Old Parish Church, joining Rev Robert Travers, at that time a Club member, in the pulpit.

The Centenary was also marked by a North Ayrshire Civic Reception at the Lauriston Hotel on 17th Feb.. Each of the eight NAC clubs was allowed eight places and each presented a small display of its activities. Another Centennial function was the Centennial Ball at Seamill Hydro in June, organised by RC Hunterston.

The Club hosted a GSE team from D3340 Thailand in October 2004. Its leader Mr Prasert stayed with Rtn Donald Watson and Doreen, Tuk with Rtn Geraldine, the District 1230 GSE coordinator, Oh with Rtn Fiona and David, and Thip and Nok with Rtn Ian and Louise. On the Tuesday evening of their arrival, they all attended a social evening at Geraldine's house and met some former GSE members. Wednesday was a vocational day, ending with a visit to RC Hunterston. Thursday saw a trip to Arran, assisted by RC Arran. On the Friday, the team visited Alloway in the morning, had lunch at Gailes Lodge, then enjoyed a surprise visit to Ayrshire Blinds where they "saw some traditional Thai greetings displayed, which pleased the visitors and baffled Adam". The press report mused that "it is no wonder that President Bobby Campbell was tongue tied trying to welcome them in their own language".

In April 2005, President Bobby led a group to Dublin to join French and Spanish Rotarians for a three-nation gathering of 33 Rotarians & spouses - a very successful long weekend, including a visit to the races, tasting the real black stuff, and a visit to Dalkey. (The full twinning series is documented under 1993.)

The Club did not go far for a weekend away in this Rotary year - travelling just up the coast to the now demolished Jarvis Ramada hotel at Gourock - six or seven couples braved the boat trip to Dunoon - on family tickets!

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, caused by the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph, prompted a worldwide humanitarian response, and having recently entertained Asian visitors we were ready to respond. The sum of £2,000 was sent (in the following financial year's accounts) to the ShelterBox charity, being half donated by Fencedyke Primary, and half (mostly raised by a Race Night in February which raised £900) from Club funds.

The accounts show a further charity income of £11,750 related to the ZipSlide, as well as the £4K raised by the Sportsmen's Dinner. Apart from the Malawi project, the major beneficiary was the Centenary Garden Project, a joint one with the daytime club. A charity lunch, organised by Rtn Wilson Smith at his Golf Hotel, raised £1,600 in aid of CHAS in November.

President in MalawiIn his final weeks in office, President Bobby, with Ian & Louise Dickson and various staff and pupils of St Michael's Academy, travelled to Malawi where he was welcomed in Galamala village where boreholes were being drilled and the secondary school where science labs would be installed. He attended both the weekly meeting of RC Mzuzu and its Saturday evening Handover Dinner, at which Bobby said Grace and new President Elizabeth Mughogho was inducted. The following week, during a few days in Johannesburg on the way home, our three attended the handover dinner of RC Benoni Aurora. The photo here, of Bobby ceremonially selecting a bullock for the village lunch to celebrate his visit, became a 'Guess what he's saying' competition in the district 'News at 1230' that winter - won by our own Rtn Eric, by then President, with his comment "So this is how they pick the DG in Mzuzu!". The science labs took much longer to complete, and were formally handed over in 2007.

The 2005 Burns Supper was addressed by Bill Carson proposing the Immortal Memory, Ronnie Young toasting the Lasses, and Anne Smith replying. Music & poetry were provided by Dick and Maureen McAllister, and the piper was Jimmy Cook.

The 2005 YouthSpeaks local winner was Marr College, the other two contestants being St Michael's and Greenwood Academies. The Primary Quiz local winner was Glebe PS, in a competition entered by four schools - in the District competition, Glebe came 2nd in 18 teams, being beaten only by the High School of Glasgow. They then went through to the All-Scotland final in Stirling, coming 4th, a great result for the school in their first year of entry to the competition.