The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate


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Roddie Fraser
(as Pr-Elect, May 2011)

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The walks and cycle runs organised by Rtn Donald have again become a regular feature of club fellowship - eagerly anticipated by those keen enough and fit enough to enjoy the unique blend of gentle exercise and half-way sustenance.

February 2012 saw the first Seagate cycle, taking members from Lochwinnoch to Kilmacolm, and leading to much talk of gel saddles among those "deficient in the padding in that region".

In June 2012, Rtn Ian, as District International Chairman, revisited the Malawi communities helped by Seagate, as well as several other projects supported by D1230 clubs. His report to Conference 2012 included contributions by Rotarians of ten other D1230 clubs.

The Feb. 2012 'Scottish Nicht Wi' Burns' enjoyed music and verse rather than speeches. Contributors included Tom Turner, Debbie White, Gemma Flannigan, Lauren & Murray Colyer, and Amy Leitch.

The "Bikes 4 Africa" collection - organised by the District International Chairman (Rtn Ian) as a hands-on way to engage District Rotarians in international projects - led to unwanted bikes being collected. D1230 sent 340 bikes to Essex (a transport learning curve for Ian) - half going to a Salvation Army project in Malawi (visited by Ian six months later), and half to Ghana.

The biennial French exchange visit took place in June 2012 but, as President Roddie was unable to go and handed over early to enable it to be led by his successor Fiona as President, it is reported under the following Rotary year.

Irvine Seagate Rotary has been punching above its weight at District level. PDG Andy Slater is Communications Chairman 2011-14. Geraldine O'Donnell, District Literacy Officer in this year, is Community Service Chairperson 2012-13. Ian Dickson was International Service Chairman 2009-12, also the Ambassadorial Scholar Host Counsellor in 2011-12, then 2012 District Conference Chairman, and now advises the five clubs participating in the Makunkha Area Project (2013-14). Vice-President Fiona Lee served as GSE Team Leader in May 2012, taking the Scottish team to D4350 South Chile, and afterwards co-ordinated the visit of the incoming team from D3060 Gujarat. At the District Conference in 2012, Rtn Fiona reported on Chile, and Rtn Ian reported on Malawi. **So many district roles being fulfilled from one club in the same calendar year is notable.** Rtn Andy, who had served as District Training Officer from 2003, was District Governor in 2009-10, and also serves on the Conference Committee in charge of audio-visual. Rtn Geraldine had previously served the District both as GSE Team Leader to North Virginia in April 2004 (Lorraine Howard of the 'Irvine Herald' being one of the team), and co-ordinating the next incoming team (....), and as Foundation Chairman for two years thereafter.

A message of thanks received on Christmas Day brought a happy conclusion to one councillor's kind gesture. Earlier in the year, Cllr Ian Clarkson had planned to get rid of some spare water containers at the dump, but on the way there thought that Seagate might wish them for Malawi. We did, and sent them, so thanks and photos arrived - the value of them is that water kept in the closed containers stays healthier than if stored in pails and buckets.

Speakers at the Sportsmen's Dinner (at Marress) were Joe Harper, former Scottish footballer who scored a record 205 goals during his time with Aberdeen, and Alastair McHarg, a lock for the Scottish national rugby team 1968-79. The event raised about £3,000.

In early 2012, Kirsty Philip & Tom Gibson (pictured on left) entertained at a weekly meeting - these two talented young people had participated in the District Young Musician Competition. The Primary School Quiz in April was won, after a suspense-filled tie-breaker, by the Annick Primary team (pictured on right), comprising David Bothwell, Sydney Russell, Tammy Russell and Leon Wallace.

District 1230's only Ambassadorial Scholar for the year was Rebekah Maxwell from Beaumont, Texas. Rtn Ian, her Host Counsellor, and Louise much enoyed taking her places - including to Caerlaverock Castle, with its Maxwell connections, to Hadrian's Wall and York, and the Antonine Wall and Falkirk Wheel, and locally to our Safari Supper in the first half of the year and to a Monday meeting as speaker in the second half of the year. She graduated with a Masters degree in International Marketing, with merit, from the University of Strathclyde. [Update of 2020: Rebekah keeps in contact with Ian & Louise, is still involved with Rotary, attended the Hamburg Convention.]

The annual Old Folks trip took two coaches to Stirling for the day - there they were treated to a meal in the Golden Lion Hotel.