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February 23, 2020

Happy 115th Birthday Rotary

Rotary celebrates 115 years today. Much has changed in the world since 1905. Then, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion. Today, it is 7.7 billion. There were 5 telephones per 100 people in the United States 115 years ago. In 2020, it is estimated that 96 percent of the U.S. population has a cellphone — and both China and India have more than a billion cellphones in use. In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except Rotary values. Rotary began and remains committed to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership following the Service motto…
February 20, 2020

Role of a Charity Trustee

Guest speaker Club member Stephen Cross, Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin in a very interesting address to the Club Monday 17 February spoke on the legal role and duties of Trustees in Charities. Stephen noted that there is an increasing level of regulation now with the introduction of the Charity Commissioners in NI though a Charity Commission has been in existence in England and Wales for a long time. He advised that Trustees have overall control of a Charity and as such are responsible for the control, management and administration of it. They can be Company Directors or a Committee depending…
February 17, 2020

A Busy Year for Shelterbox

2019 has been another incredibly busy year for ShelterBox with the numbers of displaced people at the highest ever recorded. They provided shelter and life-saving items to over 29,000 families robbed of their homes by disaster and conflict across 9 countries, involving 11 different responses: 4 conflicts and 7 natural disasters - more here... Each disaster is different, and so is every community so they spend time making sure they provide the right support at the right time. Their aid is stored in pre-positioned locations around the world so it can get to the families who need it as quickly…
February 10, 2020

Making Polio History

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February 10, 2020

Making Polio History

Bill Gates has announced the extension of Rotary and the Gates Foundation’s partnership to end polio. Rotary International has been at the heart of the fight against polio making this mammoth task its top priority since 1979. Bill Gates announced on 22 January that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were extending their long-term fundraising partnership with Rotary. Under the agreement, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years and each dollar will be matched with an additional 2 dollars by the Gates Foundation. Polio is on the verge of becoming the 2nd human…
February 10, 2020

Caring for the Homeless

Guest speakers Stephen Potter and Rioghnach Murphy, in a very well received and appreciated address, spoke to the Club Monday 10 February about the Salvation Army and the Homelessness Services it provides. Stephen focused on a brief history of the Salvation Army from its formation on the streets of East London in 1865 by the Methodists, William and Catherine Booth with its roots in the abject poverty of the times and determination to fight against social injustice wherever it may be to today’s work with homeless families in NI. The challenges people were facing in the late 19th Century -…
January 27, 2020

Inner Wheel Club of Belfast

Addressing the Club Monday 27 January guest speaker Paddy Glass, President Inner Wheel Club of Belfast 2019-20, highlighted the various fundraising schemes they have used to collect money for their charities namely: coffee mornings, giant teddy bear raffle, filled Smartie tubes and, most recently, a pie & pudding lunch at Secretary Beryl's house raising funds for 2 ShelterBoxes, £250 for Sightsavers, WaterAid and Mary's Meals as well as £1,200 to her chosen charity - Air Ambulance. She pointed out that they work hard for their charities and suggested that perhaps the Clubs could work together on a big project.
January 27, 2020

Visit to Club Award Winners YMCA Belfast

7 Club members led by Eric Rainey - PE Ken, David Boyd, Brian Clements, John McCleery, John O'Carroll and Alan Rundle - visited on Monday 27 January the YMCA Youth Team in Knightsbridge Park. They were the winners the of Club's John Savage Award last year. They were made extremely welcome and were hugely impressed.  The recipient of the John Savage Award was the Youth Section run by Brian Moore ably supported by Peter McNiece and Lydia Brush. Its Programmes include The Connect Project; Duke of Edinburgh Award; NI National Citizenship Scheme; Youth in Government; Volunteer Training; M-Power; Peace lV Schools…
January 27, 2020

Visitors from French Polynesia

President Karen was delighted to welcome and exchange banners with Rotarians Ura Tinorua (left) and Tumoana Teikivaeoho (right) from the Rotary Club of Raiatea-Tahaa in French Polynesia at the Club meeting Monday 27 January.

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It is a great honour for me to be taking on the role of President for the Rotary year 2019/20.

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. 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 appreciate 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 connects the World
and we hope that you will help us to build those connections.

Karen Blair, President 2019/20

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Membership of the Club is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience and we are actively looking for new people to invite to join and breathe new vibrancy and ideas into the Club and take Rotary into its second century in Belfast.

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