The Seagate Rotary Story
serving Irvine since 1992

Seagate Rotary - 1992 to 2022

This web feature, set up by Seagate Rotary member Ian Dickson (PHF) to celebrate the Club's 25th anniversary in 2017, now continues (at no cost) as an important local history resource curated within the website of Irvine Burns Club. Further updating depends on what extra information members send to Ian for addition.

The selection of photos and stories seeks to celebrate the role of Seagate Rotary in Irvine life and its involvement in good causes both locally and internationally.

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This summary of Irvine Seagate Rotary activities is complementary to the Irvine Seagate Rotary website.

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Hugh & Andy, two of our resident photographers. * Most of the photos on these pages can be clicked for a larger image. *

Some members, particularly Sandy and Donald, have preserved excellent archives which have helped greatly in this task. Others have given guidance on events and incidents worthy of inclusion. Several have shared memories in their own way, as Rotarians do, and as described in a press report of 2003:
"The President invited the peripatetic plumber and charabanc comedian, member Bill Carson, to examine the long history of the Club which was founded in the last century. Instead, in a meticulously prepared ad lib presentation, Bill gently exposed the foibles and failings of those present, in his inimitable style and to the mild embarassment of the victims." [The 'charabanc' reference: Bill would keep everyone laughing as he drove one of the coaches on the annual pensioners outing.]
This "Seagate Story" aims to strike a fair balance of the historical and the anecdotal.

Members are usually named only by forename but full names are in the lists of founder members (see 1992) and current members (see 2020).

Charity Funds

Since its formation, Seagate Rotary has raised and distributed about £100,000 in charitable funds. The following list gives a selection of recipient groups of the first 21 years (to 2013) - many individuals have also received grants, as have many other organisations in more recent years.

Scottish Motor Neurone - Gardening Leave - Cancer Research - Hospital Broadcasting - Primary Schools Quiz - Irvine Royal Academy - Primary Schools Green Project - Irvine Incorporated Trades - Haiti Earthquake Appeal - Rotary Foundation - Children First - West of Scotland Deaf Children - Macmillan Cancer Care - Haysholm School - Boreholes in Malawi - Guide Dogs for the Blind - Irvine Cancer Care - Lighthouse Foundation - Shelterbox Emergency Relief - Memorial Garden - Irvine Rugby Club - Ayrshire Hospice - Woodcraft - Age Concern - Childrens Hospice Association Scotland - Ayrshire Deaf Youth Club - Cot Death Society - Sea Cadets - BookAid - Crimestoppers - Abacus - British Heart Foundation - Head Injury Support - Christmas Hampers - RNLI - Childline - Zimbabwe Rotary Emergency Trust - Friday Night Club - Martin Chambers Ecuador Trust - Boys Brigade - British Legion - Greenwood Academy - West of Scotland Blind Golf - Leonard Cheshire Schools 4 Africa - Friends of Dundonald Castle - Polio Eradication - Poppy Scotland - Victim Support - Yorkhill Childrens Hospital - Stanecastle School - St Peter's Secondary Mzuzu - RNIB Listening Books - North Ayrshire Womens Aid - Aquabox Emergency Relief - Hollybush House - Diabetes UK - Asian Tsunami - Leukemia Research - Paralympics - CLIC - Lanfine Playgroup - Dreghorn Football Club - LEPRA - Deaf Swimmers - Action Research - Ayrshire Central Hospital - Tenovus - Pensioners Bus Trips - Ayrshire Scouts

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On behalf of all members (past, present and future), the editor of this hypertext history thanks all those who have assisted in its compilation and all those who have maintained archives over the years, and apologises for any offers of help not taken up due to lack of time. The editor takes full responsibility for errors and omissions - if you wish something added or corrected, contact
The Club thanks President Fiona for proposing that this be prepared for the Club's 21st anniversary. Pages have been added in following years.