New man for Girvan rotary

Outgoing Rotary President Andrew Ballantine (L), New president John Barr (middle) and new Vice President Eric MacKinnon (r)
Outgoing Rotary President Andrew Ballantine (L), New president John Barr (middle) and new Vice President Eric MacKinnon (r)

Turnberry based John Barr has taken up the role of President of Girvan Rotary Club for the 2014/15 session.

He takes over from outgoing President Andrew Ballantine of Maidens who was at the helm for the 2013/14 session.

Andrew was thanked for his year of hard work which included attending every event and encouraging club members when the going got tough. He was given a selection of plants for his garden as a show of appreciation.

New President John Barr was born in Barrhill and lived there for the first 57 years of his life.

He attended Girvan High School before starting work in his father’s business, W and J Barr and Sons at the age of 15.

The company grew and grew thanks to the involvement of John and his two brothers and it embraced more than five companies under the name of Barr Holdings.

John only retired a couple of years ago but very quickly took over as chairman of Solway Precast.

John and his wife Moira enjoy gardening, sailing and the odd holiday or two.

John is also a family man with two daughters and a son as well as two grandchildren.

The Girvan Rotary club have acknowledged his experience in industry and his knowledge of the local community and know that he will be of great benefit to the club over the next twelve months whilst he serves his term as President.

Also elected on the same night was Eric Mackinnon who will take up the role of Vice President before taking on the Presidential role in July 2015.

Eric is very well known in the town of Girvan having only just retired as a dentist from the Dalrymple Street practice.

The Rotary Club are once again committed to running a number of events in Girvan this year.

They will be carrying out the ‘Christmas Songs of Praise’, the ‘Santa Sleigh’ collection around the towns of Girvan and Dailly as well as their annual Spring beach clean at Girvan. If you would like to join the Girvan Rotary Club you can talk to any member or simply pop along to The Royal Hotel on Tuesday nights where the rotary club meet at 6pm.

Rotary International boasts over 1.2m members worldwide. They have the aim of bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and help build peace and goodwill across the world.