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Club Bulletin - May 2018

Tuesday 1st

Tonight our speaker was Chris Donaldson, member of Cumnock Round Table but also an ambassador for the charity "Cash for Kids" in Ayrshire.   Chris highlighted the nature of the work the charity does to alleviate the effects of poverty in families - from helping out with basic essentials such as food and clothing, to providing a range of activities and experiences for the children.   The charity enlists the support of West FM and various benefactors and countless volunteers as well as running events throughout the year to raise funds.   

This week's Prize Draw winner - Iain Christie

Tuesday 8th

This was the night of our Annual General Meeting when reports were presented by convenors and suggestions made for future consideration.   Office bearers and convenors for the coming year were nominated and approved.

Prize Draw winner - Jim Liddell

Tuesday 15th

Tonight we had a talk on the Cumnock Action Plan by Bobby Grierson, one of its leading members.   He gave a brief history of the project and described some of its many initiatives to improve the facilities and local services in Cumnock.   He also outlined some of the events promoted by the group in the past 2 or 3 years, such as the highly popular Christmas Festival in the Square, which our own Interact Club took part in with a stall.   For a group that is still in its early years of development it has been successful in establishing itself in the experience of the community.  

The weekly Prize Draw was won by John Swanson.

Tuesday 22nd

We welcomed three visiting Rotarians from Ayr Rotary Club and one from Westport Rotary Club in New Zealand.   This is one of the benefits of Rotary, where members are welcome at meetings of other Rotary Clubs all over the world.   There are over 35000 clubs in more than 200 countries to choose from!   These visits can lead  to a healthy exchange of ideas among members and can often lead to the development of joint initiatives in international relationships.

We heard from Roger Clark that the team of pupils from Greenmill Primary School had performed well in the District Final in Glasgow of our Primary School Quiz Competition, coming 8th out of 22 schools.

This week's Prize Draw was won by Jim Kyle.

Tuesday 29th

Our speaker tonight was Daisy Whytock from the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative.   The CEI sees its role as working with others in the community to enhance, conserve and promote the local environment.   It encourages and enlists volunteers to participate in wild life projects, planting trees, restoring peat bog habitats, wild life surveys and other improvements.   Work is also done with schools and youth groups to foster environmental education.

The Prize Draw winner tonight was Roger Clark.

Club Bulletin - April 2018

Tuesday 3rd

We had a report on the Coffee Morning run by our Interact members last week at Cumnock Academy. They raised about £400 for their chosen charity.

Prize Draw winner tonight - Agnes Cowan.

Tuesday 10th

Our speaker tonight was Elaine Bryson, Project Co-ordinator in Ayrshire for the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). Several Countryside Initiatives throughout Scotland organise projects and events aimed at schools and colleges to develop a better understanding of the role which farming and agriculture play in the food industry. A small team of workers aided by 1000 volunteers arrange visits of pupils and students to farms to experience real life farming conditions. A large number of pupils have no idea how much of the food they eat or drink comes from animals or out of the ground.

Prize Draw winner - Peter Shipton

Tuesday 17th

This evening was focussed mainly on making arrangements for some of our new ventures, still at an early stage of development. We hope to be involved in this year's Cumnock "Highland Games" event if it is revived.

Roger Clark reported that the Rotary "Young Photographer of the Year" competition promoted by our club in Cumnock Academy had been won by a sixth year student, Stephanie Binns. We heard later that she had been chosen to represent Scotland in the UK Rotary Competition.

Prize Draw winner - Jim Kyle.

Thursday 19th

Tonight we held a Coffee Evening in the Royal Hotel for the members of the Interact Club and their parents. We were pleased to see a good turn out for the occasion (more than 30) and it gave a good opportunity for the young members to show their parents what they had been doing since the club was formed, and for the Rotary Club to show how it had set up and supported the development of the club. This is the final year for some of the founding members of Cumnock Interact who will be leaving school in the summer to progress to further or higher education or employment, and we wish them well in their future careers. It is good to see that their places are already about to be filled by new young members.

Tuesday 24th

This evening we had invited a local youngster, Mason Kidd, and his parents Alyson and Gary to join us for a meal and to hear from him how he had been selected as both the Cumnock "Citizen of the Year" and the" Young Citizen of the Year". Mason is now 12 years old and he had decided to perform various simple acts of kindness throughout the area to commemorate his older brother who had died at a young age. His acts had generated a lot of interest and support in the community and on social media, which then developed into collective fund-raising for his good causes. Mason was presented with a trophy and a gift token inrecognition of his generous efforts.

Mason was asked to draw out the winning number in our weekly Prize Draw and this was won by last week's winner, Jim Kyle - who was happy to pass the prize to Mason!

Club Bulletin - March 2018
Gaiety Theatre
A large group of Rotarians and partners had visited the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on Wednesday 28 February to see "Summer Holiday". This was a performance which revived many pleasant memories.

Tuesday 6th
Our speaker tonight was Catherine Cumming from the Royal Society for Protection of Birds who had come to talk about their Hen Harrier Life Project. This is a ground nesting moorland bird whose numbers have dropped drastically in recent years. Catherine showed us some film of the birds in action and explained their feeding, breeding and migratory habits. Because 50% of moorland in Scotland is a managed landscape used for game shooting, there is at times an uneasy relationship between the bird protection bodies and the grouse shooting groups. Catherine felt that there could be room for both where there is a willingness to jointly look for solutions.
Prize Draw winner - Jim Liddell

Monday 12th
This was the night of our Primary Schools Quiz Competition, held in the hall of St Johns Church, Cumnock. Eight schools from the Cumnock and Doon Valley area sent teams of four pupils from Primary 7 classes. Also there were lots of mums and dads and other family members , plus class teachers giving encouragement to the pupils. After six rounds of questions on a variety of subjects (60 questions in all)the winners were Greenmill PS (Cumnock) and the runners up were the pupils from St Patricks PS (Auchinleck). Refreshments were provided for everyone and it was a very enjoyable experience for all. The winning team, who were awarded a trophy, will represent this area at a regional final later this year.

Tuesday 13th
This was a chance to concentrate on club matters. These included our new Community Support Scheme where members were able to assess the applications already received, and our proposed local telephone directory which we are working on. We also had a further report on the latest meeting of our Interact Club at Cumnock Academy.
We were pleased to welcome to our meeting a young student teacher from Belgium who is on a study project at
Greenmill PS. Our Prize Draw winner was Jim Kyle.

Tuesday 20th
We had an outside visit tonight to the East Ayrshire Council HQ, London Road, Kilmarnock at the invitation of the Chief Executive, Fiona Lees. The main purpose was to see the operation of the Risk Management Centre which plays a "vital role in improving community safety, and in keeping people safe in their homes and on the streets".
After a welcome and briefing in the main Council Chamber, we were given a tour of the monitoring and response centre to see and hear from the staff on duty. Teams of operators provide cover 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, and they respond to incidents and situations detected by CCTV cameras, domestic alarms, and out of hours telephone helplines. The service works closely with police, social services, health care and emergency agencies.
This was an interesting and informative visit, rounded off with a meal in the council's own cafeteria.

Tuesday 27th
Tonight's speaker was Tammy Burns from the Vibrant Communities team in East Ayrshire, who told us about their Befriending Service. This is aimed mainly at children and young people who may be going through a difficult period which is affecting their confidence, education, self esteem, relationships etc. The volunteer befrienders receive training to enable them to spend time with the young person and introduce them to new experiences, giving support and encouragement throughout the process.
The winner of our first Community Support grant of £200 was the Netherthird Sewing Group. Tonight's Prize Draw was won by Agnes Cowan. And we heard that our Purple Crocus display at the Cumnock Hospital to support World Polio elimination is now in full bloom.

Club Bulletin - February 2018

Tuesday 6th

This was a club night with no speaker and we used it to receive reports and discuss options for our future programme.

Tuesday 13th

Arrangements were updated for the Primary Schools P7 Quiz - date has been changed to Monday 12 March, and volunteers were enlisted to set questions.   Plans for our proposed Games Night were discussed by a small group after the meeting.

The latest meeting of our Interact Club at Cumnock Academy were given an emotional insight into a difficult family situation.   A coffee morning is being arranged for Friday 30 March and a car wash for Tuesday 12 June to raise funds for their chosen charities.

Dane Love, noted local author, was our speaker and he gave us a brief history of the Scottish Covenanters, with particular reference to the scene in Ayrshire.   For 50 years in the 17th century they challenged the concept of the "Divine Right of Kings" and in consequence they suffered ill-treatment, displacement, imprisonment, banishment, and in many cases death by execution.   They persevered however and finally gained their objective in 1688.   Monuments and memorial stones are dotted all around the country.

Prize Draw winner - Iain Christie.

Tuesday 20th

Our guest speaker was Janice Hendry, Chief Officer of YIPworld based in former school premises in Barrhill Road, Cumnock.   Janice has been involved with the project since  its earliest days, arising from a youth information project.   She gave a brief history of how the project devel-oped and expanded, by making use of grants from a variety of funding agencies.

Now it offers a wide range of facilities, equipment, training and support targetted at children, young people and those who work with the young and covering educational, leisure, care and employment opportunities.   Cumnock and the surrounding area are the main beneficiaries of this well regarded project.

Prize Draw winner - John Swanson

Tuesday 27th

On a cold dark snowy evening all but one of our members managed to make their way to our meeting in the Royal Hotel, Cumnock.   Our guest speaker however used discretion and wisely decided not to try and travel from Kilmarnock in view of the worsening conditions forecast.

We reverted therefore to a much needed club night to discuss present and future plans.   We had a report on the last meeting of our Interact Club in Cumnock Academy at which their speaker was from Medecins Sans Frontieres who gave an impressive insight into their work in various conflict and disaster areas.   The Interact members had raised funds to support the work of the agency.

Other matters covered were:

Our new community support scheme has received several applications.   We will discuss their requests on 13 March

A visit has been arranged to East Ayrshire Council HQ in Kilmarnock to see the operation of the monitoring nerve centre

We then became guinea pigs to test out some of the questions which are being prepared for the P7 quiz.   With teams of 5 "old heads" we reckon we did not too badly!

Prize Draw winner - John Swanson (again).

Club Bulletin - January 2018

Tuesday 9th

Nine members plus three guests made their way to Newmilns Bowling Club to join with Loudoun Rotary's Burns Night.   More than 50 people were gathered to enjoy an excellent three course meal, including "the haggis", followed by biscuits and cheese and tea, coffee and mints.   This was followed by speeches, readings, community singing and the piper's selection of tunes.

Our own Barbara Goudie gave a spirited and well composed reply to the "Toast to the Lasses" and Jim Kyle proposed the comprehensive Vote of Thanks to Loudoun and all the contributors.

Tuesday 16th

This meeting was called off late in the afternoon when it became apparent that weather and road conditions (snow and ice) were getting worse.   Conditions had been bad all day and the forecast was not good. An unusual (perhaps unprecedented) event in the history of the club.

Tuesday 23rd

Ten members were able to attend this meeting, chaired by Iain Christie in the absence of President Arlene McCrorie.

A report of the Burns Night was given and several items of business were introduced.   No firm decisions were taken and matters would be further discussed at the next meeting.

Prize Draw winner - Iain Christie.

Tuesday 30th

Another attendance of 10 with Iain Christie again in the chair.   He gave reports on the Interact Dinner held last week, attended by 5 Rotarians and 8 Interactors.   A possible Parents' Night in March is being considered, together with a Coffee Morning and Car Wash to raise funds for charity.   

Iain also gave a report on a recent Cluster Meeting he attended, at which Ayrshire clubs are considering a joint event to promote later life arrange-ments e.g. wills, powers of attorney, funeral arrangements, care and social packages etc.

Arrangements for the area Primary 7 Quiz are progressing, scheduled for Thursday 1 March in St Johns Hall, Cumnock.   There are already eight schools interested.

This year's Theatre Night is on Wednesday 28 February and the Indoor Games night has been re-scheduled for Friday 23 March.

Prize Draw winner - Jim Wilson.

Club Bulletin - December 2017 

Tuesday 5th

A good turnout (10) for our speaker, Mark Gibson, who gave us an illustrated talk on his home and business at Craigengillan, Dalmellington.   He had taken over a neglected house and dilapidated buildings , and had turned the estate around to become a thriving venture and an asset to the area.

He showed examples of the restoration of buildings and features, including a stables project with over 50 horses and a riding school, cottages having been refurbished and now available for lets and holiday breaks, rock gardens and ponds, fences and paths all restored  and a welcome offered to visitors, ramblers and community groups.   The estate is also the home of the Dark Sky Observatory and the new Planetarium.   Another visit to the area could be on the cards.

Prior to his talk we had a few announcements, including a report of the curling lessons at Ayr Ice Rink attended by 3 of  our members.   Dictionaries for the P7s are now being ordered, at a cost of over £1400.   The club has received a refund (out of the blue) from RBS of more than £200 in respect of some over-charging in the past.

Prize Draw winner - Dave Perriman

Tuesday 12th

Nine members present for a non-speaker night.

We had a further update on the progress of the Interact Club.   Numbers have increased and great enthusiasm is being shown towards community projects.   The new office-bearers are settling in well and the prospect of an influx of new members from Auchinleck Academy is exciting but coping with larger numbers could be daunting.

Prize Draw winner - Agnes Cowan

Tuesday 19th

This was our traditional Christmas themed night and we were very pleased to have in attendance all 12 of our active members, and as guests 3 honorary members, 9 partners, 3 Interactors and 2 Reverends - a total of 29.   Only the partridge in a pear tree was missing!

After Grace delivered by guest Rev Stan Kennon, we enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal and this was followed by some thoughts on the significance of the Christmas Message, delivered by guest Father Philip Kitchen.   He gave us some thoughts to ponder on the theme of the Incarnation - the "Word being made Flesh", life being lived "on the margin" and the "value of poverty".

Returning to more mundane matters, we heard that we had received £580 from RIBI towards the cost of dictionaries for P7 pupils.   We also had an expanded Prize Draw with 4 prizes on offer - all of which were won by our guests.   Our 12 members tried hard not to show their disappointment - even suggesting that it was a good outcome!   Some part of the Christmas message must be sinking in!

Happy New Year!

Club Bulletin - November 2017
Tuesday 7th
Ten members present for an informal club night. There was some general discussion on upcoming meetings with likely attendances being noted.
It was agreed to support the campaign for the homeless by making a donation of £100 to the Edinburgh "rough sleeping" event being held in December.
Prize Draw winner - Iain Christie

Tuesday 14th
Ten members again. It was agreed to cover the cost of a new engraving plate on the TL Murray trophy to accommodate new winners - likely to cost about £60.
We had as our speaker for the night Stephen Kay, Education Officer for Dumfries House. Stephen had been appointed in 2011 and was responsible for introducing and developing learning experiences for a wide variety of the community. He emphasised the value of "learning by doing" and gave examples of projects for school children and young adults. These included food education, farming, engineering, music, arts, hospitality etc. He also gave brief details of new projects in the offing to widen opportunities to adult groups and families. This was an interesting and thought provoking talk.
Prize Draw winner - Dave Perriman

Tuesday 21st
This meeting heralded the return of our President Arlene McCrorie from her extended holiday cruise "down under" - refreshed but not yet back to "stability".
We had a report from those members who had attended the recent Charter Dinner at Loudoun Rotary. Catering and entertainment had been thoroughly enjoyed. It was noticed in passing that our own 60th Charter birthday occurs in March 2018 and some thought will need to be given to it if we wish it to be commemorated in some way.
The Interact Club is running a Bottle Stall again at this year's Christmas Festival in Cumnock Town Square.
Prize Draw winner - Jim Kyle

Tuesday 28th
A disappointing turn out (7) to hear our speaker Fiona Lees, who is Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council. Fiona gave a very good account of the wide range of functions and services of the Council. All councils are facing a challenging time in utilising their budgets to maximum effect, and have struggled for several years to match expectations. Results in East Ayrshire compare favourably with other council areas.
We had a report on the Interact Club's efforts at the Christmas Festival. Despite a very cold but dry day and seemingly reduced attendances, their Bottle Stall made a profit of over £600. Well done! We also heard that a good number of pupils from Auchinleck Academy are keen to join Interact which is an encouraging sign for the future of the group.
Prize Draw winner - Jim Kyle

Club Bulletin - October 2017
Tuesday 3rd
The club welcomed a visit by District Governor Gary Loutit, who spoke on the theme of "Making a Difference". He gave examples of initiatives tried elsewhere and urged us to continue with our own efforts in spite of our lack of numbers. He had been very impressed by the performance of our Interactors at the recent District Conference.
Prior to his address, we had a report from Past President Iain Christie and President Arlene McCrorie on the District Conference. They too commented on the great reception given to the Interactors for their presentation, with many representatives looking for some follow up. The Purple4Polio Crocus distribution went very well and guest speaker Ruth Davidson, MSP, had been well received.
Prize Draw winner - Jim Kyle.

Tuesday 10th
A normal club night with 8 members. General discussion on club matters, including:  
indoor games night, fixed for Friday 10th November
Tesco grants scheme
survey of members' interest in club roles they 'might' undertake
Prize Draw winner - Roger Clark

Tuesday 17th
A better attendance (10) for another club night. Further discussion on:
indoor games night (games, buffet, charges)
crocus planting (fixed for Saturday 28th October)
Interact meetings
schools enterprise scheme (could be 9 schools participating this year)
Tesco grants scheme
Past President Iain Christie gave a report on a recent District Cluster meeting he had attended. Various joint projects are in an early planning stage.
Prize Draw winner - John Swanson

Tuesday 24th
Our speaker tonight was well known local author Dane Love, who gave an illustrated talk on a "Trip Up the Glenmuir", a local but almost forgotten part of the Cumnock and district landscape. His talk was stimulating and greatly appreciated and he was quickly invited to return at a later date to give a talk on the Covenanters.
Prize Draw winner - Jim Kyle.

Tuesday 31st
A small attendance tonight - only 7.  
Stand in chairman, PP Iain Christie, gave a report on a meeting of Head Boys and Head Girls (including Cumnock Academy) at Park Hotel, Kilmarnock to hear a talk given by Ayrshire MSP Brian Whittle which seemed to get a good response from those attending 
A stalwart band of 6 Rotarians ignored the wet and windy conditions to plant the second batch of crocus bulbs at the local hospital grounds on Saturday 28th. Well done!
We heard that the joint Burns Night with Loudoun will be held on 9th January 2018 at Newmilns Bowling Club
It was agreed to postpone the proposed Indoor Games night to Spring 2018 to allow more time for planning and preparation
Prize Draw winner - John Swanson

Club Bulletin - September 2017

Tuesday 5th
A club night with 9 members. An opportunity to report on and discuss various ideas:
Agnes Cowan presented a well received draft letter to be sent to all primary schools to promote the pupils' enterprise scheme
Roger Clark reported on an approach he had made to Tesco to make use of their "blue token" scheme to give funds to local community action groups
Details were circulated of the Troon Rotary local grants scheme to provide funds to a selected community group on a monthly basis
Inviting parents to see their Interactors at work could be a means of promoting Rotary and getting new members
Members to be surveyed to help identify roles within the club which they might be prepared to tackle in the next year or two
Prize Draw won by President Arlene Arlene Mccrorie

Tuesday 12th
Another club night - 11 members this time.
Wendy Pring has requested an extended leave of absence which was agreed unanimously. Her eventual return will be greatly welcomed
Charity Golf Day and Croquet event still dependent on weather conditions and likely attendances
Joint Burns Night with Loudoun may be expanded to include Inner Wheel
Invitation received to participate in Hunterston Rotary Quiz Competition at Saltcoats on October 18
An introduction to Curling has been arranged for December 3
Club will set up local grants scheme (similar to Troon Rotary) probably in November to start early in 2018
In light of worsening conditions on a global scale (earthquakes, hurricanes, war refugees etc), it was agreed to purchase a Shelter Box now from existing funds
An indoor games night to be held in the Royal Hotel is being considered as an alternative fund-raising event to Croquet, or as an extra to widen the appeal to a wider group of people
Prize Draw winner - Jim Wilson

Tuesday 19th
Another club night with 11 members attending.
Convenor Jim Wilson gave a report on the Charity Golf day at Ballochmyle on Thursday 14th. Twelve teams turned up, the weather was dry although the course was damp, and apart from some minor "accidents" everyone enjoyed their day. Catering was excellent and the money-raising activities (auctions, raffles etc) were very well supported. A net profit of about £4500 was made and our two chosen charities' representatives each received cheques for £1500 on the day
The proposed Croquet day has now been dropped and an indoor games night in the Royal Hotel will possibly be planned for November
Draft letters and forms for the Schools Enterprise project and the Community Grants scheme were circulated for information and comment. Members signed up to delivering the school forms by hand
Prize Draw winner - President Arlene Arlene Mccrorie

Tuesday 26th
A club night but also an opportunity to present "officially" a cheque for £1500 to Billy Herd on behalf of the "New MSH" project. Billy gave us some further background to his own involvement in the project.
Agnes Cowan gave a report on the TL Murray Golf Day at Ballochmyle on Monday 25th. There were six competitors including Agnes and Gordon Anderson. The course was wet, the golf was "as expected", the weather was good (until the mist closed in on the last few holes) and the meal in the clubhouse was excellent. A new winner was awarded the trophy - Dave Perriman.  Congratulations!
Stand-in President Iain Christie reported that the purple crocus bulbs have been received for distribution for this year's Polio Day events
He also gave an update on Interact with some new members attending and some changes to school staff 
Members were urged to complete the survey of "offers" to undertake club duties for the next year or two
Envelopes containing details of the enterprise scheme were distributed among members to be hand delivered to Primary School headteachers
Prize Draw winner - Dave Perriman. A winning streak this week.

Photo shows club members with Billy Herd and cheque for the "Buy Malcolm Sargent House" project.

Club Bulletin - August 2017

Tuesday 1st August

A good turn-out (12) for a club night. Disappointment was expressed that the Croquet event had to be postponed again, due to poor weather prospects.   No date yet for another attempt.

Jim Kyle reported on the progress of the fund-raising Calendar - to be ready in a few weeks.

Barbara Goudie and Gerald Alexander gave an indication of the wide range of speakers and outside visits being planned.

Jim Wilson reported on the progress being made on the Charity Golf day at Ballochmyle.

Arrangements made for a Scatter Night next week - with Loudoun, Troon, Strathaven and Kilmarnock as options.

Prize Draw winner - Jimmy McGhee.

Thursday 3rd August

The golfing expeditions continued - this time to Brunston Castle to compete for the Roger Clark "memorial" trophy (he's no deid yet!).   The usual suspects faced a long course - warnings had been given - it took very nearly 6 hours to complete the round.   However it wasn't the length of the course that was the problem - it was the length of the rough, which gobbled up at least 2 dozen golf balls.   Scores therefore were as high as the grass and the sense of frustration.   Through it all the player who performed best and won the trophy was - Roger Clark - for the third consecutive time.   Congratulations!   The trophy will now be known as the Roger Clark "monopoly" trophy.

Tuesday 8th August

This was our annual Scatter Night to other Rotary Clubs in the District.   Four members went to Ayr, three to Troon and two to Loudoun.   All were well received and had a variety of experiences to share - eating arrangements, money raising ideas, support to local groups and individuals etc.   A worthwhile exchange.

Tuesday 15th August

Our proposed speaker, DG Gary Loutit, was unable to attend but we were visited by Margaret Morton, Immediate Past President of Strathaven who told us about her "recruitment" to Rotary. 

We had reports on the golf outing and scatter visits.

Supplies of our new promotional Club Calendar were available for free distribution - a good looking production.

Arrangements for our Charity Golf day at Ballochmyle were finalised.

The Prize Draw winner was Margaret Morton - another lucky visitor!

Tuesday 22nd August

Unfortunately our Charity Golf event had to be cancelled at short notice due to wet ground conditions.   Will try again on Thursday 14th September.

A third attempt to hold a Croquet day will be made on Sunday 3 September

We had a talk this evening on the changes in banking generally and in the RBS in particular from Bobby Watson, Community Manager and Erica Downie, Digital and Mobile Banking Adviser.   Change seems to be inevitable with more branch closures to come, and adapting to the changes will be necessary.   Bobby and Erica outlined the type of help they can offer.

Prize Draw winner was Dave Perriman.

Tuesday 29th August

This was a special night. Six members of the Interact Club had been invited to enable 3 of them to have a trial run of the presentation they are to give at the District Conference at the end of September.   Luke McBlain, Rachel McCrorie and Callum Bain gave a well prepared and well packaged "slide show" supplemented by explanatory comments describing the early years of the club and its activities.
There was general agreement that this was an excellent display produced by three confident and impressive young people.   The District Conference has a treat in store and it will be  great experience for the young Interactors.

Our tribulations continue - our Croquet Day had to be postponed yet again - the new date (hopeful) is 24 September

Prize Draw winner tonight was President Arlene McCrorie.  

Club Bulletin - July 2017

Tuesday 4th

Independence day in the USA - and a fitting day to have 2 Rotarian visitors from Missouri. This was our Handover night and our visitors - Greg and Kathleen Boswell had volunteered to give a brief account of their hometown - Sedalia. Its history dates back to the 1860s when the new railroad town of Sedalia began to take shape. The cowboys who drove cattle to the railhead inspired the "Rawhide" film and TV series featuring a young Clint Eastwood, and Scott Joplin grew up there before starting his musical career in piano ragtime. An unusual and interesting hhistory.

The Handover procedures then took place, with President Iain Christie handing over the chain of office to incoming President Arlene McCrorie, proudly watched by her husband Neil and daughter Rachel. Thanks were given to all the office bearers for their efforts and support over the past year.

Two stalwart members were rewarded for their special efforts for the club. Jim Kyle was awarded the Loudoun Trophy for among other things his recruitment of family and other members for our joint Burns Night with Loudoun and his special support of the revived P7 Quiz competition - and Jimmy McGhee was awarded the Inner Wheel Quaich for his regular supply of snacks at club events and distribution of P7 dictionaries around the schools.

There were 2 prize winners in the expanded raffle (to include guest family members) - John Swanson and Rachel McCrorie.

Tuesday 11th

This was a normal club night with reports and announcements:

  1. Members were reminded that moneys raised in the recent Sponsored Walk on the River Ayr Way should now be passed to Treasurer Agnes

  2. There was also a reminder that club fees for 2017/18 are now due

  3. Further reports of P7 Prizegiving Days were given

  4. It was suggested that all primary schools in the area should be contacted at the start of next term (August/September) to make them aware of our schemes for pupils (P7 dictionaries, enterprise scheme and P7 quiz) to be followed up with reminders and updates throughout the school year

  5. Charges for the upcoming Croquet Day will be £15 for adults and £5 for under 18s

  6. The possibility of holding a "coffee and biscuits" type of information meeting for potential new members was supported, possibly in September/October

Prize Draw winner tonight was Iain Christie - after drawing out his own number!

Tuesday 18th

This was a quiet club night with 8 members present. The weather forecast and attendance forecast for this coming weekend resulted in the decision to postpone the Croquet for another week. The Prize Draw was won by Agnes Cowan.

Friday 21st

The intrepid four (Jim Wilson, Dave Perriman, Roger Clark and John Swanson) took part in another Charity Golf Day, this time run by Thornhill Rotary. The weather was a little kinder (it only rained for part of the time) and the golf was a mixed bag. No prizes were earned (golfing or raffle) but the meal in the clubhouse was very satisfying. Maybe in future we should just go for the meal?

Tuesday 25th

Another club night focussing on recent and upcoming events:

  1. Jim Wilson gave a report on the Thornhill golf outing and tied up arrangements for the postponed Croquet Day

  2. Secretary Dave circulated a calendar of meetings and events already earmarked for the coming year and asked convenors to update and add to the list where appropriate

  3. Past President Iain confirmed that an order for another 5000 crocus corms has been placed, to be added to the site at the local hospital

  4. The possibility of the club producing its own Christmas Card for fundraising purposes is to be explored

  5. The Prize Draw winner this week was Roger Clark

Club Bulletin - June 2017mm

Club Bulletin - June 2017

Tuesday 6th

Only 6 members tonight - 4 members away taking part in a Charity Golf event run by Hunterston Rotary at Largs Golf Club.

Some informal discussion took place on further ideas for activities and events in the new Rotary year. The Prize Draw was won by Jim Liddell.

The 4 intrepid golfing members (Jim Wilson, Roger Clark, Dave Perriman and John Swanson) turned up at Largs Golf Club on a non-stop wet and miserable day hoping the event would be postponed. No such luck! After more than 4 hours of splashing around the golf course, the dripping wet golfers returned to the clubhouse for a well-earned and much appreciated meal. No golfing prizes were earned on this occasion but Roger and John both won bottles of wine in the raffle. And the Charity Appeal earned about £3000 - so well worth it.

Tuesday 13th

A better turnout this week (12) for what should have been our Club Assembly. There were however too many pressing items of business:

  • P7 Dictionaries - arrangements for distribution to the schools were made, and volunteers identified to attend each school's prizegiving day

  • Sponsored Walk - travel arrangements made for 2 groups, one starting at Catrine, the other at Glenbuck, both walking to finish up at Fisherman's Bridge

  • Charity Golf, Ballochmyle - the charities to benefit are to be the Butterfly Trust and the Malcolm Sargeant House replacement scheme

  • Primary School Enterprise - Greenmill PS has conducted a keyrings production business which provided a modest profit but valuable learning experiences

  • Prize Draw - winner was Agnes Cowan

Sunday 18th

Day of Sponsored Walk. A warm dry sunny day provided ideal conditions , and Jimmy McGhee kindly provided refreshments and snacks. The group starting from Catrine enjoyed a pleasant meander to Sorn, and then a challenging obstacle course up and down hills, through shoulder-high vegetation, across the wetlands of Airds Moss and finally a seemingly receding finishing point "just around the next bend". The group from Glenbuck had a relatively uneventful amble to Fisherman's Bridge, arriving before the other group. There were 16 humans (including 4 Interactors) and 3 dogs taking part.

Tuesday 20th

This was the evening for our rescheduled Club Assembly and we had an attendance of 13.

We first heard from Barbara Goudie of her recent exhilarating experience on a Zip Slide over the River Ayr. She thanked members for their sponsorship and had raised over £200 by her efforts for the Malcolm Sargeant replacement project.

Reports from convenors on plans for the coming year were given. These included club night and social activities as well as service projects and fundraising ideas. We were reminded that the annual subscription will be renewable from 1 July.

The Prize Draw winner was Arlene McCrorie.

Tuesday 27th

Another club night and a chance to tie up loose ends for the 2016-17 year.

  •   We started with reports of Prize Giving ceremonies attended by some of our members to hand out dictionaries to P7 pupils
  • Jim Kyle said that work on a club calendar paid for by local adverts is now well under way

  • We also heard about Jimmy McGhee's attendance at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, and his interview with the BBC TV "Landward" programme on the 150th celebration of the Pollock firm

  • We then spent some time in our 2 sub groups preparing a rough calendar of events for the coming year

  • Roger Clark won the Prize Draw money, this time by getting the closest guess to the sum of money collected on club nights (raffle money and loose change) over the last year - over £400.

Club Bulletin - May 2017

Tuesday 2nd

Our speaker tonight was our own Jimmy McGhee who had been asked to talk about his "new" book now in production.
Jimmy explained that it is likely to be the only book he will produce but he felt that it was something he had to do to preserve the history of the Pollock agricultural machinery firm which was celebrating its 150th anniversary
He gave a brief account of its early days and of the wide variety of tools and equipment which had been patented and sold around the world

He also spoke of his own involvement, starting as a young apprentice in 1967, then as an office worker, then a sales rep and finally taking over the firm when former Rotarian John Pollock retired in 1998

Jimmy's tale was greatly appreciated by members and it was probably appropriate that he won the evening's Prize Draw.

Some further arrangements for the P7 Quiz and the River Ayr Walk were announced, and President Iain also drew attention to the upcoming District Assembly.

Tuesday 9th

We had 4 visiting Rotarians from Kilmarnock on a Scatter night exploit but none of them volunteered to be speaker for the night! Instead we focussed on the following:

Report from Jim Wilson and Bruce Harris of their recent participation in a Rotary Golf Competition at Carnoustie. They finished a creditable 5th out of 26 teams. Well done.

AGM fixed for 23 May and Club Assembly for 13 June

Prize Draw winner was Barbara Goudie

Tuesday 16th

This week our speaker was Billy Herd who is a fundraiser for a replacement for the Malcolm Sargeant House in Prestwick recently closed down. He explained that the new building would be designed to provide more attractive and more practical facilities and cater for more than one family at a time. His small voluntary group has organised a variety of fundraising activities (already more than £100,000) and he invited us to participate if possible. One or two members showed an interest in a Zip Slide project over the River Ayr!

The Prize Draw was won by John Swanson.

Tuesday 23rd

This was our Annual General Meeting. We started with 2 reports:

Treasurer Agnes told us about a useful session for Club Treasurers that she had attended at the District Assembly

We also heard about Greenmill P7 team's participation in the District Quiz, in which they performed well (10th out of 21 teams) and had a good time too.

We then proceeded to the formal AGM with reports and recommendations for the future (minutes to be provided separately).

The Prize Draw was won by Bruce Harris.

Tuesday 30th

Only 9 members tonight but we covered quite a lot of business.

President Iain reported on a Community Clean-up in the Townhead Street area of Cumnock which he had taken part in as a Rotary volunteer
It was decided to donate £200 to the recent Manchester bombing appeal (£150 to Isle of Barra community and £50 to the main general appeal)

Croquet Day at Barskimming likely to be on Sunday 23 July

4 charities were identified as possible beneficiaries of this year's Charity Golf Day at Ballochmyle. Other options to be considered.

Prize Draw was won by Gerald Alexander - after it was revealed last week that he was the only member who had never won it since he joined last year! It makes you think!

We then split into our 2 service groupings (Club and Community) to begin process of making plans for 2017/18.

Club Bulletin - APRIL 2017

Tuesday 4th

This was a club night with 11 members present.   Attention was given to the following:

·       Treasurer Agnes presented the accounts for 2015/16 and these were accepted formally.   It was agreed to donate the sum of £200 to the D.E.C. appeal for famine relief in East Africa.

·       It was reported that Interact had held their end of term events as planned and raised £110 from a Bake Sale and £420 from the Dress Down Day.

·       It was agreed that our proposed Sponsored Walk would hopefully raise funds for Purple4Polio campaign.   The route is still to be determined.

·       A previous report that the purple crocuses at the local hospital had been mown down in their prime was corrected by President Iain - they had not been 'decapitated' but had 'expired naturally'!

·       The District Final for the P7 Quiz will be held on 23 May in Pollok Burgh Hall.   A minibus will need to be arranged.

·       Jars of jam (greengage) were distributed at £2 per jar with suggestions for fund-raising ideas for the Purple4Polio campaign.

·       President Elect Arlene gave a brief account of the nature and impact of RBS branch closures in the area

The Prize Draw winner was Roger Clark.

Tuesday 11th

Another club night with 8 members plus 3 guests of Jim Liddell (family members - Martin, Kath and Sophie).

·       Roger Clark announced that the Cumnock Academy entrant in the District Young Photographer competition had been runner-up - well done!

·       Further discussion on the proposed Sponsored Walk.   Likely to be 2 groups walking in to Limmerhaugh (Fisherman's Bridge) from opposite directions.   Sponsoring methods to be considered.

·       Prize Draw winner was Jim Wilson

Tuesday 18th

A good turnout (12) to hear our speaker Judy Ferguson from the local Women's Aid group.   Judy had been invited to our meeting to receive a cheque for £750 being monies raised at our recent Swishing Day.   She gave a brief account of the work of the group and of the nature of the circumstances which can lead to women (and some men) seeking support.   She expressed her gratitude for the financial support offered.

·       Bruce Harris has agreed to be nominated as President Elect for next year.

·       Members hoping to participate in the proposed Sponsored Walk indicated their preferences for the section of walk to be tackled.

·       Interact's meetings are now likely to be curtailed by school exam pressures.

Prize Draw winner was Arlene McCrorie.

Tuesday 25th

A club night again with 8 members plus a visiting Rotarian from our mother club Ayr - Neil Beattie.   Reports as follows:

·       Interact has now decided to split the proceeds of its fund-raising efforts (about £1500) - £1000 to Hillside School and £400 to international charity Medecins sans Frontieres.

·       Greenmill Primary is developing a new approach to its Enterprise Scheme this year - hopefully we can encourage other schools to consider this.

·       President Iain gave an update on Rotary grant procedures.

This week's Prize Draw was won by Jim Wilson - second time this month!



 Club Bulletin - MARCH 2017

Tuesday 7th                                                                                                                                                                                    

Almost a full turnout for a club night, only President Iain apologising for being on holiday again!

·       Roger Clark gave an update on the Young Photographers competition and displayed the Cup Trophy for the Primary 7 Quiz competition duly engraved with the name of the winning team - Greenmill Primary School

·       Agnes Cowan gave an update on the Ladies Swishing Day to be held on Sunday 12th March.   It has been a hectic period for the organising group and they are to be commended for their unstinting efforts

·       The Prize Draw was won by John Swanson

·       Agnes in her role as Treasurer distributed copies of the Financial Accounts for the club for the year ended 30 June 2016

Sunday 12th

The Ladies Swishing Day was held in the Dumfries Arms Hotel.   The attendance was down on previous years, which was disappointing and affected the amount of cash to be raised for charity.   However over £700 was collected and it was agreed to donate this to Women's Aid.   A review of the event will now be held to see what lessons can be learned for future years.

Tuesday 14th

A smaller turnout than usual (8) to hear our speaker, Simon Leitch, recently appointed Head Teacher of Greenmill P S.   He spoke enthusiastically about his new role and of the educational challenges ahead, particularly the Curriculum for Excellence  which has many critics but also many supporters.

The Prize Draw was won this week by Bruce Harris.

Thursday 16th

The winner's trophy for the P7 Quiz was presented to the Greenmill P S team by Roger Clark, Jim Kyle and Dave Perriman.

Tuesday 21st

This was a well attended club night (only President Iain missing) and it was supplemented by 2 student teachers from Belgium as guests of Barbara Goudie.   Madison Robert and Vanessa Simonval gave a brief account of their experiences so far, at Cumnock Academy and on excursions throughout Ayrshire.

Updates were given on the following:

·       Interact     Fund raising efforts have gone well this year with more than £1000 collected.   The bulk of it will go to Hillside School.   Over 8oo spectacles have been collected and passed on to Shaw's Opticians for onward transmission overseas.   Further fundraising includes a Bake Sale and a Dress Down Day at end of term.  

·       Purple for Polio     Supplies of jam and tea for fundraising  purposes will be distributed among members.   It was reported that the crocuses planted at the local hospital have been mown down!

Sponsored Walk     It is proposed to hold this event on Sunday 18 June, probably following the River Ayr from Muirkirk to Sorn.

The Prize Draw was won by Barbara Goudie.

Tuesday 28th

Another poorly attended meeting (only 8 including President Iain back from holiday) to hear our speaker for the night.   This was Debbie Skeoch, Head Teacher of Hillside School.   Using images and charts projected on to a screen, she gave us a good idea of what the school was all about.  

It attempts to serve the educational and support needs of children and young people who suffer from the severer forms of physical and mental disability.   The 25 pupils aged 5-18 are supported through a variety of life and social skills training, often on a one-to-one basis.   Modern technology is now a great help (although expensive) as well as music therapy and pet therapy.

This week's Prize Draw winner was Bruce Harris.

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