The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
Ian Dickson was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in June 2007 "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world". Leaving him lost for words at the time, the award has encouraged Ian in his Rotary efforts since.
Also . . .
This year's weekend away took members to Crieff Hydro in March 2007. Eleven couples were on the trip. There was a lunar eclipse during dinner - viewed from the dining room windows by all - Rotarians European waitresses and elderly ladies alike.
Our mother club, RC Irvine, marked its 50th anniversary with a Dinner at the Gailes Hotel.
Twice in one month (May 2007), "Grandpa Lynn bought everyone a drink to celebate yet another addition - his second generation dynasty is fast approaching football team proportions".
President Raymond had a busy year - the first seven of his twelve months as President overlapped with his year as President of Irvine Burns Club. At functions where both organisations were invited (such as the Big Pie), one or other person stood in to enjoy the vicarious hospitality!
The club sent 20 computers, being replaced at St Michael's Academy, to the University of Mzuzu. Falling short of Scottish school requirements, they gained an extra lease of life in Africa, as was reported after a visit there in 2007; some were still in place in 2012. Jane Whitlock, coordinating Seagate's work at St Peter's in Malawi, attended the Christmas Dinner and was thanked for her work.
The Club celebrated its 15th anniversary on 1st June 2007 at Bogside. The dinner was followed by a resume of Seagate activities prepared by founder President Jim Fairgrieve.
The Sportsmen's Dinner, chaired by Hugh Drennan, enjoyed speakers Bill Nolan and Les Peters at the Gailes Hotel. There were over 120 attenders, and it raised over £4,000.
Rtn Sandy's journalistic career, by this year for more than
ten years of Rotary meetings, is legendary for its witty summaries of both
serious and light-hearted events. Here is one of the annalist's favourites,
from August 2006, reporting the Nine 7 Dine:
"Tyros and experts produced a medley of golfing styles this week, as members and their partners attempted nine holes at North Gailes. The midges wisely stayed clear of wildly swinging clubs and errant golf balls on the club’s Nine and Dine evening.
Expert contestants played with accuracy and aplomb, while the novices produced unusual and memorable action. The apiarist who mused on flying balls three years ago was twice trapped in bunkers, sending sand flying in countless unsuccessful attempts to regain the greens. The lady member over-clubbed so vigorously that the ball landed inches from the car park, thankfully missing the windows of the restaurant.
Scores were agreed to be meaningless, and the award was presented to the player who had achieved the triple merit of having the oldest clubs (hickory-shafted, from about 1904), being the best dressed (from bunnet to shoes), and achieving the most adventurous shot - played with a Selected Approach Mashie, the ball soared beyond the green and over the fence, hit the road, and bounced far into the trees on part of the next golf course to the south. His attempts to locate the ball were foiled by a bramble thicket.
After the presentation by President Raymond Fitzgerald, winner Ian Dickson proposed a vote of thanks to organiser Andy Howat for such a light-hearted fun evening."
The Marymass bottle stall and hot dogs was this year organised by Rtn Lorna, and raised over £1,000.
The 2007 Burns Supper enjoyed an Immortal Memory by Fr Willie Boyd and a poetic Toast to the Lasses by Robin Whyte, both Past Presidents of Irvine Burns Club, as was the chairman, President Raymond. Meg Whyte replied on behalf of the fair sex, Gordon Hennessy gave readings, and mine host Rtn Wilson led the gathering in songs - a "counterbalance to the high quality of the main artistes".
Nine schools took part in the 2007 Primary Quiz, and Glebe went through to the District round. The Pensioners Outing took 100 seniors in two coaches to Callendar for lunch, then a stop at Aberfoyle, a boat trip on Loch Lomond, and steak pie supper and refreshments in the Golf Hotel. Christmas Hampers were of course the usual Christmas activity: