The 2018 TABU party departed at 6:00am Wednesday 28 March for Dublin en route for their 10 day exchange in Chicago led by Chris Warnock with Alan and Fleur Rundle; PP Bryan Johnston will join up with them in Highland Park. The students (from left) are: Theo Burton, Belfast Boys' Model School; Mathew Black, Carrickfergus Grammar School; Grace Stanley, St. Dominic's Grammar School for Girls; Lucy Hamilton, Grosvenor Grammar School; Sarah Hand, Victoria College and Martyna Eron, Wellington College. PP David Boyd this morning wished them a successful and enjoyable trip and posted on the Blog: The Rotary Club of Belfast wishes the TABU 2018 team “bon voyage” and a very successful and rewarding trip. We are looking forward to following your experiences over the next 10 days.
Bring our best wishes to all our friends in our partner Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood and enjoy the experience!
Past President Bryan Johnston updated the Club Monday 26 March on the progress he has made following up from his first visit to the Rotary Club of Belfast Kaiapoi, Christchurch, NZ on 2014 advising that the quest for information on one NZ war grave has turned to 'finding' 26 war dead from NZ buried in NI Cemeteries. He advised that he has now discovered that actually 26 NZ airmen are buried across NI. He has visited every grave and photographed every headstone and created and framed a montage of them all.
The Club were delighted to welcome back to the Club Monday 26 March (2nd left) former Ambassadorial Scholar (2007) Phillip Londeree (now a busy Attorney with his own firm) with 3 fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Petal, Mississippi: (from left) Daryl-Gayle Jenson, Charity Whaley and Barry Bruckner.
from those aged 7-11 or 12-17 years.
The article can be read online here
Nicola Hinds, the only Irish member of the ShelterBox Response Teams, gave an excellent update to the Club Monday 12 March on her and ShelterBox’s work in the field and the difficulties that they meet and her illustration of the reality of responding to disasters around the world was extremely well received. She thanked the Club for all the support highlighting the City Hall collection and stressed that ShelterBox will do whatever is needed to get the aid to whoever needs it.
The Club are hosting a Charity Lunch
with Guest Speaker Dame Esther Rantzen DBE
Thursday 10 May, Europa Hotel Belfast
In aid of The Silver Line (the confidential free helpline for older people)
and Rotary Charities
Professor Maeve Rea, Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at Queen's University Belfast spoke to the Club Monday 26 February about her research with 4 study teams from UK and Europe (Belfast, Bologna, Tampere and Warsaw) into Ageing well – Genes or Lifestyle identifying factors that may contribute to 'successful ageing'. Her presentation was very interesting and thought provoking.