International rotary conference for Ayr

Seven hundred Rotarians and partners will be visiting Ayr from October 25 - 27 in order to convene their annual conference at Ayr Racecourse.

The conference will include keynote addresses, seminars to further knowledge, an exhibition of charities and also social functions. South Ayrshire Council is hosting a stand in the exhibition hall, to promote the local district to the conference delegates.

Rotary districts are part of Rotary International, a service organisation open to all which has at its heart fellowship and service above self. The global organisation is huge, with more than 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs worldwide. Every year the organisation raises millions of pounds, much of which is disbursed to local charities or used to fund national and international projects run in conjunction with local Rotary clubs. It has been at the very core of the battle to eradicate the world of the scourge of polio and this target is more than 99 per cent achieved. Rotary also supports the work of the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals financially, enabling them to provide a nourishing daily meal to children who attend school. Rotarians further help by donating backpacks containing all a child would need for school.

District conferences are an annual tradition and serve to provide information and motivation for members and their guests. They provide an opportunity for Rotarians to engage with various charities that are seeking support and to learn more about service projects, both national and international. Along with the hard work and inspiration come fun, friendship and networking. A fellowship dinner with after-dinner speaker Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland’s political editor, a visit to the Burns Experience and a Scotch Hop Ceilidh are all planned.

The Rotarians visiting Ayr are delegates from clubs in District 1020 representing the East and South of Scotland. District Governor Kate Keter said: “My conference organising committee has been very impressed with the input and co-operation of the Provost’s Office and South Ayrshire Council, so it is particularly pleasing that Provost Helen Moonie has agreed to formally open our conference.”

Ayr was chosen as an ideal location for the conference due to its easy transport connections, the abundance of accommodation options, and the opportunity for retail therapy and other leisure activities. The local economy will benefit from Rotarians making full use of their time in Ayr.