Rotary Club of Belfast

Rotarians asked to light up the world

Theme14 15longRotary International President 2014-15 Gary C.K. Huang asks Rotarians during his year to Light Up Rotary and, through Rotarians' commitment and service in more than 34,000 communities, to light up the world - by sharing service, strengthening clubs, and letting Rotarian light shine in communities.

Inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious, who said It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness, President Huang says: "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark.

The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world".


Welcome Club President 2014-15



 Welcome President Ronnie and Doreen Mclean


 President Ronnie McLean received his Chain of Office at the handover meeting held at the Royal Belfast Golf Club.

He hopes to lead the Club forward and increase membership.



Handover 2014

PresKenStartsTheEveningThe Club Handover Meeting was held on June 30 at the Royal Belfast Golf Club at the dinner on President Ken's President's Day.

Before handing over the Chain of Office to President Elect Ronnie McLean, President Ken welcomed all members and guests, reflected on his year and thanked all Club members who had given their support during the year.

The full Handover report and presentations can be seen here.

3 Paul Harris Fellowships Bestowed

3PHFsJune14President Ken Morrisson, on behalf of the Club, awarded 3 Paul Harris Fellowships at the Handover Meeting, President's Day June 30 to (from left) members Mark Davidson and Eric Rainey and a Sapphire Award to Hon. Member Dame Mary Peters.



Supporting Communities

charities1314Thanks to the generosity of Club members during the 2013/14 Club year, the Club has donated funds to these charities as well as to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, the Club's Children in Hospital Fund and the Club's TABU programme.

Founder Member's Grandson Visits Club

HarfordPresident Ken was delighted to welcome to the Club Monday 16 June John Montgomery (pictured right), the grandson of founder member Harford Montgomery, the Club's 2nd President, whose family presented the Montgomery Silver Rose Bowl in 1934 to the Club as his memorial. The bowl, which is being held, is a feature of Club meetings and always has particular interest for any visitors.

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Congratulations to Joe Hyland MBE

joeMBECongratulations to member Joe Hyland who has been awarded an MBE for Voluntary Service to the Community in NI in this year's Birthday Honours List. Joe has worked with a number of community and voluntary organisations for 14 years in particular SOS Bus NI (more here). Joe has also helped in the setting up and supporting of other programmes including Outreach NI, Night Time Volunteer Steering Group and The Smiles Foundation.

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Club Assembly 2014

SummaryPresident Elect Ronnie McLean led a detailed presentation of the service programmes for the forthcoming year 2014/15 at the Club Assembly Monday 2 June 2014. He wished to emphasise during his year the basic ethics of Rotary membership and the 4 Way Test and highlighted the handy yellow card that is available to members to simply explain Rotary to others.

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AGM 2014

AGM14Members2The Club's Annual General Meeting was held Monday 19 May at the lunch meeting in the Europa Hotel and was chaired by President Ken.

The Annual Report, Officers and Subscription level were unanimously adopted; Honorary Members were re-elected and it was unanimously agreed that, in recognition, Jenny Boyd (wife of Past President David) should be elected as an Honorary Member.

Council Members for 2014/15 will be: Arthur Boyd, Brian Gillespie, Brian Ferguson, Bryan Johnston, Crawford McIlveen and Rosemary Simpson.

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Membership of the Club is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience and we are actively looking for new people to invite to join and breathe new vibrancy and ideas into the Club and take Rotary into its second century in Belfast.

If you think Rotary may be for you, or for further information, please contact us.

Getting involved with Rotary could be the most important thing you ever do.

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