The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
Paul Harris Fellows (11) at 2 June 2013:
Also . . .
A less formal 'Scottish Nicht wi' Burns' saved our resident Burnsians from a cultural overdose, though the Bard was well recognised by a fine Immortal Memory from Hugh Hutchison.
Members in June 2013 (26):
Visit to Orléans: Following an early Club Handover on Monday June 18th, President Fiona began her year in office by leading the Seagate party of five Rotarians plus spouses to the Handover Dinner of our French twin club on Friday 22nd, at which Christophe Demorgny succeeded Robert Beaujean. Staying that night with our Orléans Beauce Sologne hosts, we were then transported (in both senses) for a wonderful two days with a night at Saumur, visiting the Chambord Game Fair, the Caves of Bouvet-Ladubay and Fontevraud Abbey, before returning to Orléans hosts for one day centred on Paris and another centred on a four-hour lunch. The visit was special, as it celebrated a 20-year-long friendship (see under 1993).
The autumn had Rotarians from both clubs out gardening again - the back section of the Memorial Garden had become a mass of thistles, with a few brambles, so the result was a trip to the coup with several builders' bags of thistles.
This year the Sportsmen's Dinner moved its date from November to March - a change which is likely to be permanent. Speakers were Brian McGinlay (former Grade One Referee) and John Gilligan, Managing Director of Tennants Caledonian Breweries. President Fiona was the only lady present!
Christmas Hamper numbers were increased to 127 this year; an ASDA trolley collection had helped boost funds for the hampers. For the younger on another continent, VP Allan's helpers had achieved a total of 50 backpacks for Mary's Meals.
The Burns evening featured Rtn Hugh H.'s Immortal Memory, followed by a number of more informal items.
Two members this year started moustaches for Movember - to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. One gave up before the middle of the month, claiming he needed to look clean-shaven for a business meeting. The other, Rtn Adam, kept growing for a month - though we don't seem to have a photo. Perhaps again next year?
President Fiona, in her AGM Review of the Year, mentioned the trip to Orléans as a highlight, also the Pitlochry Conference where she wore two hats (Ed.: unfortunately only figuratively) being President one day and GSE leader the other. She congratulated Rtns Roddie and Allan for successfully rescheduling the Sportsmen's Dinner to March, and referred to the award of the club's Community Service Award to Rev Hugh Adamson of the Mure Church. At the same meeting, Rtn Donald's sports & fellowship review mentioned walks, cycle runs, ten-pin bowling and golf, saying that "the club that plays together stays together" - quite a motto for good fellowship!
At District Conference in October, Ian Dickson led a presentation highlighting the work done by various clubs involved in projects in Malawi during his three years as District International Service Chairman - Ian introduced representatives from Ayr, Glasgow North & Bishibriggs, Mid Argyll, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Helensburgh Garelochside, Irvine Seagate and Largs, each speaking of their involvement. The projects were implemented by trusted NGOs in remote areas of northern Malawi, they have for the most part proved sustainable, and they have boosted the confidence of the small communities.