Guest speaker Monday 27 November Brendan O'Neill, St Vincent de Paul's new Regional President with Regional Manager Pauline Brown gave a stimulating address on the work of the Society in Ireland and the problems it faces particularly at Christmas time. He highlighted the launch of this year's Christmas Joint Appeal with the Salvation Army which the Club always supports (see here).
We were particularly delighted to be able to meet up with and welcome Rotarian Pierre-Yves Samson, from the Rotary Club of Paris Quai d'Orsay to the Club's Grub Club meal at the Scullery, Belfast Metopolitan College, Thursday 23 November. We hope he continues to enjoy his stay in Belfast. More here...
President Rosemary was interviewed by Belfast 89FM's Lisa Johnston on 23 November during her Thursday afternoon Talk-In Show. The wide-ranging interview covered the Club’s fundraising campaign for ShelterBox particularly recently outside the City Hall, the benefits of being a member of the Club. All information on the Club, Rotary and how to join can be found on the Club website.
Congratulations to Club nominee for the Youth Leadership Development Competition 2018 Olivia Copeland, Methodist College Belfast, who at the Regional Final, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast East Tuesday 21 November, won a place on the 24 member all-Ireland group to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg and take part in the Euroscola Debate, March 2018. Many congratulations to Olivia and to her school - we wish her well.
In his address Sean acknowledged the input of the Club and thanked for the support for projects over the years.
Real adventure awaits a Rotary Exchange Student with incredible opportunities to see the world, experience a different way of life, maybe learn another language and make international friends. The Rotary Youth Exchange is widely regarded as one of the best youth exchange programmes in the world.
Rotary has been organising youth exchanges for over 60 years and each year worldwide over 7000 young people enjoy this experience. Opportunities can vary from a two week camp or tour, through short term home stays, with or without vocational experiences or academic study, to a full year living and studying in another country. Rotary's Youth Exchange programmes are available to all young people regardless of whether they are related to a Rotarian or not.
For full details and online applications click here – closing date 31 January 2018.
This year's topics are: A Different Perspective and My Best Friend respectively
Creative writing and photography are talents to be celebrated; there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop, these talents and Rotary in these islands wishes to to give them a chance to demonstrate and display just what they can produce through these RIBI Young Writer and Photographer competitions.
Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) Chief Executive Gina Mcintyre, in a very detailed presentation to the Club Monday 13 November, advised that SEUPB is a cross-border body (one of the 6 established after the 1998 Belfast Agreement) which co-ordinates projects funded by the EU Structural Funds implemented in Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland and Western Scotland. It receives and disburses funds under EU programmes and reports to the European Commission and the North-South Ministerial Council.
The Club have recently presented to Tor Bank School's Occupational Therapy Department over £500 from the Club’s Children in Hospital Fund which members contribute to at every meeting. Suzanne Mee, Tor Bank’s Occupational Therapist, displays the funded selection of special 'toys' and equipment specially chosen by them to Club Past President Brian Ferguson. The toys are special remote control ones for disabled children and facilitate children, who cannot ordinarily do so, play with a toy and the steps in the foreground help teach children to climb and descend stairs and when upended become a see saw rocker!
Thanking the Club for the donation, which they are delighted with, Suzanne stressed how important the purchased items would be to the development and enjoyment of the disabled children.