The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
Paul Harris Fellows (12) at 2 June 2017:
Also . . .
Members at 2 June 2017 (20):
At Christmas 2016, Dan Moriarty organised a Tree of Thanksgiving in the foyer of the Hallmark Hotel, onto which people could hang messages and at the same time put a donation in a box for Macmillan Cancer. Dan not only organised this, but more often than not was the Rotarian on duty at the tree to encourage donations.
In this year, the Club nominated Betty Weir, a founding member of the Broomlands and Bourtreehill Age Concern as a Champion of Change - her nomination was supported by District and the outcome was a visit to London to receive her certificate from William Hague at the House of Lords in May 2017; Central Ayrshire MP Dr Philippa Whitford treated her and her guests to afternoon tea in the House of Commons. Working tirelessly with a group of committed volunteers, Betty devotes her life to supporting older people in the community by running coffee mornings, lunch clubs, fun activities and social outings that bring immeasurable joy to members.
During this year, three club members served at District level:
Andy Slater, District Secretary
Ian Dickson, District International Service Chairman
and Fiona Lee, member of District Foundation Committee
Instead of a Safari Supper, a Shanghai Supper was held chez Donald Menzies.
The 25th anniversary of the Club was celebrated by a BBQ at Bogside Golf Course on 2nd June, 2017. Here Hugh is manning the burger bar.
Ian served as Primary Contact for Global Grant scholar Jordan Koletic from North Carolina - sadly, at the end of her year in Glasgow, she did not keep in touch with Scottish Rotarians.
In August 2016, Ian much enjoyed organising the two-week hospitality and travel for a Rotary Friendship Exchange - a group of ten Rotarians and partners visiting District 1230 from Southern Alberta (District 5360, centred in Calgary). Hosting clubs were Girvan, Lochaber, Helensburgh Garelochside and Loudoun. Ian particularly enjoyed taking one couple on a one-day side visit to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, whence an ancestor had left, via Tobermory, for America in the early 1800s. Sadly, there were too few D1230 Rotarians interested in a return visit to Alberta the following year, though the Canadians enjoyed their visit so much that a return exchange party would have been warmly welcomed.