The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate


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Scott Gallacher

(Scott had joined Seagate Rotary only four years earlier, in June 2006.)

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Founder member Bill Carson passed away in August 2010.

The club visited the 'Irvine Herald' office. John Woods, Sports Reporter, was our host. Within two years, it decamped to Kilmarnock.

A charity coffee morning in Mure Church raised funds for 'End Polio Now'.

President Scott experienced his 'baptism of fire' while still Vice-President the previous August. Standing in for President Sandy, off on his annual Odyssean voyage, he opened the meeting, which the Fates had decided would be the shortest meeting in the Club's history. Within ten minutes, the meeting collectively adjourned. The result was a 'scatter' meeting to neighbouring hostelries for a meal and, the following week, reconvening in a new location.

President Scott also recalls exceptional good work by VP Roddie during the final days running up to the 2010 Sportsmen's Dinner, as he off-set a number of last minute cancellations with enough 'fresh bums on seats' to ensure an enjoyable and financially successful function. Held at Marress Sports Club, speakers were Donald Findlay QC and Hugh Brown former Snooker Referee; the former is one of Britain's leading Criminal Defence Advocates, Ex Rangers Vice-chairman and Unionist, and 'one of the few remaining eccentrics in life' - here shown casting an suspicious glance (at photographer Hugh or Andy?).

This year's (2011) Pensioners Bus Outing saw two coaches going to Stirling. They lunched at The Golden Lion - selected by organiser Rtn Fiona because her Dad's regiment frequented it!

'Cans for Grans' continued its long run. In President Scott's opinion, it's the "epitome of non-cheque-writing charitable work". Club members gather the majority of items for the Christmas hampers, and assemble and pack the hampers. Rtn Eric organises the Boys Brigade mini-bus, gathers young able helpers and plans the drop-off route, and they deliver to the elderly and needy of our area - a simple project, much welcomed and well-thought-of by local residents (as the thank-you cards testify).

Near the end of the Rotary year, Hugh and Maureen hosted a June BBQ as a Fellowship event - enjoyed by 36 members and partners.

The 2011 Burns season saw a relaxed Scottish Night, featuring Debbie White and Gemma Flannigan and President Scott, all former members of Irvine Royal Academy Burns Club, Molly and Andy Young, and Malky McCormick, with piper Jim Cook.

In February 2011, the two Irvine clubs again took the shop in Bridgegate for a Rotary exhibition, scheduled to coincide with Rotary Week. This year's speciality was the bra collection box - following Rtn Ian's shipping of 200 bras from the Midlands, by air, to Cambuslang Rotary (no, he didn't have to face a spot check), the club continued the efforts (the bras are exported to Africa after a donation to Guide Dogs). Seagate collected !thirteen! large black bin bags of bras - dutifully delivered to Cambuslang by Geraldine and Ian.

The club's sponsored Young Musician, Rosslyn Waits from Greenwood Academy, won through the West of Scotland heat to reach the Scottish final.

In June 2011, Rtns Donald and Franco participated - once again - in the Rotary International Golf Challenge - however they fell to an Irish team "whose handicaps appeared generous in relation to their observed standard of play".