President Rosemary warmly welcomed YouthAction NI's CEO June Trimble MBE as an Honorary Member at the Club meeting Monday 05 February, presenting her with a banner and a copy of the Club's 2nd 50 Years book.
Thank you Catherine Glen, Club 2016/7 Global Scholar, for your address to the Club Monday 05 February updating the Club on your work to date and plans for the future.
The Club are actively supporting 6 entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Equador and Vietnam with loans to expand their business through lendwithcare.
Guest Speaker Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster, which represents the hospitality industry: pubs, bars, restaurants & hotels, gave a most interesting address to the Club, Monday 29 January, on its role, the importance of the industry (with a higher GDP than agriculture) to the economy and jobs, the growth of tourism in NI, the need to update licensing laws and staffing issues both now and after Brexit. Colin’s talk was extremely well received and he answered several questions.
On his visit to the Club Thursday 25 January District Governor Garth Arnold, on behalf of the District team, thanked the Club for its Foundation support and presented a Rotary Foundation 2016-17 Certificate of Appreciation signed by Kaylan Banerjee, Chairman The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI President John Germ. Belfast have again been the greatest contributor in District.
The citation reads:
Belfast is presented a certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now. Make History Today Campaign. Together we will fulfil our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio.
The Club were honoured to welcome Rotary GB&I President Denis Spiller accompanied by District Governor Garth Arnold to the Club Thursday 25 January 2018. We were also delighted to welcome to the well attended special meeting 15 Rotarians from other clubs.
Thank you guest speaker Helen Harrison, Director JUNO Planning & Environmental Ltd, for your detailed and much appreciated presentation on the new Belfast Hub - one of the largest regeneration and investment projects in Northern Ireland - to the Club meeting Monday 15 January. Helen noted that this major project will have a major impact on the economic growth of the region being a £175m redevelopment of the existing rail and bus stations at Great Victoria Street and the subsequent redevelopment of the surrounding area.
Thank you Rev. Alex Wimberley for such an interesting and well presented message to the Club Monday 08 January which was appreciated by all present. He concluded his address with his blessing for 2018 – “May we be courageous, learn and love in 2018”.
Former Club President Elect Claire Savage who moved to Manchester 3 years ago was a radiant bride Saturday 06 January at Mottram Hall when she married Jeff Hocking. Club Hon. Secretary Crawford & Lisa Jane McIlveen, Past President David & Jenny Boyd and Doris & David Houston were delighted to be there and are pleased to report that she has agreed to be President of Formby Rotary Club in 2019/20.