Rotary Global Scholars in the area of focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Catherine Glen (far left) and Laney Lennox gave a presentation to the Club Monday 28 November. Their well received address detailed their backgrounds, current activities and future plans.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognised The Rotary Foundation with its 2016 Award for Outstanding Foundation. The award, to be presented in early 2017 at the AFP's annual conference in San Francisco, honours organisations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. The AFP's Committee of Judges cited Rotary's comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.
President Ivan, in a wonderfully illustrated presentation Monday 21 November advised members, now 5 years on, of his cancer diagnosis and the process. He pointed out the medical danger signals and highlighted the hard facts re Pancreatic Cancer in NI. Stressing that early diagnosis was the key he pointed out the medical danger signals.
100% of the young people at the latest employer-led skills building workshops held Thursday 17 November said it helped them GET SET for Work. YouthAction NI advise they all said that after it:
- they felt more positive about themselves and their skills
- the event helped connect them to employers, careers service and support
- it increased their knowledge of what employers are looking for at interviews and
- it increased their interview skills and how to better present themselves and their skills at interview
Congratulations to Club nominee for the Youth Leadership Development Competition 2017 Hannah Beattie, Victoria College, who at the Regional Final, hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangor Wednesday 16 November, won a place on the 24 member all-Ireland group to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg early next year. The other Regional Finalists are Bradley Crooks, Wellington College, and Sam Crooks, Regent House.
Many congratulations to Hannah and to her school Victoria College - we wish her well.
More details on the competition can be seen here.
Rotary Ireland have handed over the 2,000th refurbished bike to be sent to children in Gambia which will make a huge difference to their lives as children living in rural Africa can have as much as a 20 mile round trip walk to attend their closest school but, with two wheels, they can arrive fresh and ready to learn, rather than being totally exhausted. This wonderful achievement was highlighted on RTE news bulletins on Tuesday 15 November 2016.
Thank you Dr. Howard Hastings OBE, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels and Chair of Visit Belfast for your a well received address to the Club Monday 14 November. His address highlighted NI Food and Drink Year 2016 which aimed to showcase and develop the best of NI food and drink and the people and passion that goes into rearing, making, cooking and serving it.
President Ivan was interviewed by Belfast 89FM's Lisa Johnston on 03 October during their Thursday Morning Talk-In for the first in a brand new series that they are having to highlight the community and charitable work undertaken by Rotary Clubs across the Province. The wide-ranging interview covered the rich history of the Club; why President Ivan joined Rotary and how being the President enables him to facilitate the delivery, into the community, of the Club's service projects and give members the opportunity to be involved with them.