Rotary Club of Belfast

Past President Brian Byers PHF RIP

Brian4.jpgIt is with great sadness we record the sudden death Friday 23 February of Past President Brian Byers PHF

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Olive, his daughters Lucy and Helen and all the family circle at this very sad time

He will be greatly missed by all his friends especially those in the Rotary Clubs of Belfast and Highland Park/Highwood, Chicago

Brian especially identified with our TABU(Towards a Better Understanding) Exchange Project with Highland Park, Chicago being a founder participant and central to the development of our special relationship with that club recognised by their award to him of a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship in 2009.

He will always be remembered holding aloft the prized TABU banner and relating to the students and as recently as last Tuesday he was developing his unique relationship with the latest 2018 students who will travel to Chicago at Easter.

New Corporate Members


The Club are delighted to welcome the new Ulster Bank Corporate Members inducted by President Rosemary on Monday 19 February (from left) Girvan Gault, Jayne Foote, Anna Baxter and Richard Donnan, Chief Executive. They were introduced by Past President Maurice Brooks (far right).

Polio Outbreak Remembered

PresRosemaryPresentationOneLastPushPresident Rosemary in her at times very personal address to the Club, Monday 19 February, noted that it has been her privilege to be involved with and to be amongst so many polio survivors from Belfast, Dublin and Cork in the last few months since the anniversary of the 1957 outbreak of Polio in Belfast in November 2017 and that the courage these men and women have shown has been outstanding. She reflected on her personal memories of the outbreak of Poliomyelitis and the suffering, pain and uncertainty of the future of affected families.

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One Last Push


We are almost at the finish line - One Last Push is needed. What a shame it would be if each immunisation costing only a few pence - a sixth of the price of a cup of coffee, was threatened because of our lack of interest and reaching into our pockets just one more time. Polio is no respecter of persons; it can attack where ever it pleases, we have to fight the scourge of polio wherever it exists for however long it takes.

The Importance of Making a Will

PresRosemaryAndMichaelMichael Graham, Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Head of their Private Client Department which specialises in Wills & Trusts and Estate Administration spoke to the Club Monday 12 February, at very short notice, about the importance of financial planning with wills. His informative and interesting talk was very well received by members.

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Lending With Care

lwcThe Club are actively supporting 6 entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Equador and Vietnam with loans to expand their business through lendwithcare. 

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Hospitality Ulster

QandATime.29.01.18Guest 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.

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