The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
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The Club continued its assistance to Ayrshire SANDS by running a bottle stall at their Eglinton Park Duck Race.
The annual Primary School Quiz was enjoyed by competitors.
The October 2018 Safari Supper was revived in its traditional format, ending with the party in the organiser's home (chez Ian & Louise).
The new project in this year was the 'Caring Trees at the Portal', when the Club encouraged 24 local organisations and businesses to sponsor (for £100 each) and decorate a festive tree. The project engaged a wide variety of groups, from primary schools to High St shops, and filled the Portal foyer with colour and imaginative ideas (who can forget the optician's eyeball-covered tree?!). The funds raised were divided between Irvine & Troon Cancer Care and North Ayrshire Young Carers.
The Club again nominated a Champion of Change and Donna Fitzpatrick, of Fullarton Hub, was supported by District. A mainstay of the Fullarton Community Association for over 30 years, supported by many fantastic volunteers, Donn was presented with her award by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Liaqat Ali, at the stunning Nottingham Council House as part of Rotary’s annual Conference and Showcase taking place in the city.
At the end of the Rotary year, in June 2019, Seagate Rotary was awarded the 'District 1230 Club of the Year' trophy by outgoing District Governor Jim Ross.
At Christmas, the Club assisted Barnardo's with presents for children.
During this year, three club members served at District level:
Andy Slater, District Secretary
Fiona Lee, Assistant Governor
and Ian Dickson, District International Service Chairman
Ian revived the Weekend Away, enjoyed in years gone by, and a large cohort of members made their way to Dunbar in March 2019. Staying at the Dunmuir Hotel, the programme included dinner there on the Friday, a special tour of Dunbar on the Saturday morning (with a mini-bus shuttle quickly arranged to transport the group through the surprise snow from hotel to the old Town House), and a buffet meal (from a superb outside caterer) in the Dickson home, attended by several members of Dunbar Rotary Club.
The Club held an Open Evening in April to attract residents of the homes being built next to the Riverside Hotel. However, in spite of personal calls and reminders, only one resident attended - in the hope of meeting his new neighbours, and not considering joining Rotary!
A small satellite group, of three people interested in Rotary-style volunteering, enjoyed fortnightly Coffee (sometimes: 'n' Cake) at the Gro coffee shop, but this did not develop into to a larger or a permanent group. Seagate representatives enjoyed their company.
Seagate Rotary participated in the harbour clean-up, choosing to tidy the water's edge along the quayside - lots of rubbish of various sizes and types was removed in one busy morning.
Ian & Louise represented the Club at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg in June 2019.