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November 09, 2020

Postal Services and Transport

The Club was delighted to welcome Belfast West Club President Karen McShane to speak to the zoom meeting Monday 09 November. A keen local historian and philatelist, she enjoys the study of postage stamps and postal history and is a civil engineer involved mostly in transportation projects. Her detailed talk on the history of routes for communication and how it has defined the modern road was well illustrated, highly interesting and informative and extremely well received. She revealed changes over the centuries have seen a large shift from pedestrian walkways, to horse drawn coaches; the introduction of toll roads paying…
October 26, 2020

Secrets of a Special Advisor

The Club was delighted to welcome to the zoom meeting Monday 26 October Peter Cardwell, who kindly spared the time on the very busy launch day of his book – Secrets of a Special Advisor. Peter regaled members with a fascinating insight into the role of a SpAd, some of his highlights in his 3½years as a special adviser to 4 Cabinet Ministers in 4 departments and the perks and pitfalls of the job. His extremely well-received address, followed by a lively Q&A, whetted everybody’s appetite to buy his book! Peter also stated he was delighted to speak to the…
October 24, 2020

World Polio Day 2020

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October 24, 2020

World Polio Day 2020

The Club proudly marks World Polio Day recognising the work of Rotary and our partners and the millions of people involved in so many ways in the fight for a polio free world. In August, Rotary and the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organization certified the Africa region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio. An achievement recognised in Parliament by the Prime Minister. This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth…
October 19, 2020

Caring for the Carers

The Club was delighted to welcome Clare-Anne Magee Head of Carers NI to the meeting Monday 19 October to detail the Rotary – Carers UK Partnership. Her well received address revealed that there are 20,000 carers in NI and they try to get as much information and support information to them. She pointed out that caring is daunting and the Covid pandemic had wreaked havoc among carers; a recent survey finding that 80% of carers have to give more care than before and 50% saying their mental health has suffered. She stressed that the loneliness aspect of carers cannot be…
October 12, 2020

The Polio Fellowship

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October 12, 2020

The Polio Fellowship

Speaker Eddie McCrory gave a most interesting and informative address to the Club Monday 12 October, which was extremely well received. He spoke about the impact of his getting Polio aged 7 and the symptoms he and others now have in previously unaffected limbs from the syndrome known as Post or Long Polio. He advised that he joined the NI Polio Fellowship in 1958 and is now its acting Chairman and they not only provide fellowship for fellow survivors but also are actively involved in highlighting the problems now being encountered by them. He stressed that the Fellowship have been…
September 28, 2020

The Role of PeacePlayers

In a most interesting address to the Club zoom meeting Monday 28 September, which was extremely well-received, guest speaker Gareth Harper began by highlighting the PeacePlayers' very powerful message that: “Children who play together can learn to live together”. He advised that PeacePlayers is an international organisation which originated in the USA but now also works in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Middle East and South Africa and he became their 1st indigenous MD 11 years ago. He pointed out that they use the power of sport, specifically basketball, to unite, educate and inspire young people to create a more peaceful…
September 21, 2020

Build Back Better

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September 21, 2020

Build Back Better

Past Rotary International Director Gordon McInally at the Club meeting 21 September considered what the role of Rotary is during this Covid crisis and what it will be when we come through it. He noted there is little doubt we are in challenging times and though things will never be the same again a lot of positives can, and must, be taken out of the current situation. In particular it allows us to take stock and consider our own place in society, how we operate in Rotary at every level locally to internationally and local support to each other and…
September 14, 2020

Greetings from Dublin Club

The Club were delighted to welcome Alan Davidson, the President of the Rotary Club of Dublin, to the zoom meeting Monday 14 September. President Alan stressed it was an honour to attend and that he had wanted to visit in person but that is not possible at the moment. He advised that he had met President Ken at a District PEPS meeting and recognising the two Clubs had had a long relationship both were very keen to "resuscitate" the relationship and he hoped something could be arranged in the near future. He passed on greetings from their members and noted…

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It is a great honour for me to be taking on the role of President for the Rotary year 2020/21.

Being a Club based in Belfast city centre enables us to connect with the local Community, through service with YouthAction, Mitchell House and the Tree of Remembrance and we also support key efforts to end Homelessness. Worldwide we support the fight to ‘End Polio Now’ and help some of the world’s poorest people work their own way out of poverty with dignity by investment in small business via the Lendwithcare scheme in many countries including Ecuador, Malawi and Cambodia.

We recognise the tremendous amount of service already given by members but are looking forward to encouraging new members to join. Any prospective member is most welcome at any of our Monday meetings.

This year’s Rotary theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities
and we hope that you will help us to expand those opportunities.

Ken Nixon, President 2020/21

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