Club Welcomes TABU Team 2018
The Rotary Club of Belfast was delighted to welcome back to the Club, Monday 11 June, the 6 TABU 2018 students who reported back to the Club with their reflections on the programme organised by the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood, Illinois last April. Picture shows from left - back row: Sarah Hand (Victoria College), Lucy Hamilton (Grosvenor High School), Fleur and Alan Rundle, President Rosemary, Chris Warnock and Martyna Eron (Wellington College) - front row: Matthew Black (Carrickfergus Grammar School), Grace Stanley (St. Dominics) and Theo Burton (Belfast Boys Model).
Each spoke for a few minutes about one of the days giving a good idea of the range of activity undertaken and explaining how they had benefited personally from the trip. All the students revealed that they had found the trip tremendously rewarding from a personal point of view – it had been a great life experience, given them greater confidence and they had made many new friends both with fellow students on the trip and with those that they met in Highland Park. All were very grateful for the opportunity provided by Rotary and based on their experience they were keen to work with Alan Rundle in developing a community based Interact Club.
On behalf of the group Sarah concluded the presentations by thanking President Yesim Sonmez of Highland Park/Highwood Rotary Club and her team of Phil Lazarus, Cynthia Plouché and Martha Gray for making all the arrangements and for hosting them so generously. Sarah also thanked the Belfast Club, especially David Boyd for all his organisation and group leaders Chris Warnock, Alan & Fleur Rundle and Bryan Johnston for their contribution to such a successful trip. Sarah also paid tribute to the late Brian Byers ("Banner Brian!") for his dedication to the project over so many years.
Fleur Rundle presented each student with a specially printed TABU mug and President Rosemary thanking the students for their presentations and for being such wonderful ambassadors for the Club and Northern Ireland presented each of them with a TABU participation Certificate.