The new Rotary year starting July 2013 heralds a new Club Team:
Immediate Past President - Alan Rundle
Vice President - Claire Savage
President - Ken Morrison
President Elect - Ronnie McLean
Hon Secretary - Rosemary Simpson
Hon Treasurer - Ivan McMinn
The Club handover meeting was held on July 1 2013 at the Royal Belfast Golf Club at the dinner on President Alan's President's Day.
Before handing over the Chain of Office President Alan welcomed all especially Rotaractors Laura and Joseph. He thanked the Club Council, Convenors, Vice President Ronnie McLean, Hon. Secretary Rosemary Simpson, Hon. Treasurer Ivan McMinn and all Club members who had given their support during the year. He bestowed 2 Paul Harris Fellowships to Past Presidents Courtenay Thompson and Arthur Boyd and presented the Harry Corscadden Award to Hon Sec Ivan McMinn. The full Handover report and Awards presented can be seen here...
1 July 2013 sees the beginning of a new Rotary year with Club, District and International Presidents and Officers beginning their terms following the RI President's theme Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
Club President Ken Morrison received his Chain of Office at the handover meeting held at the Royal Belfast Golf Club (more here) and he hopes to lead the Club forward and increase membership.
For the first time ever there is a lady District 1160 Governor – Verity Swann - and a lady President Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland with Nan McCreadie.
Rotary International President is Ron Burton who sets the challenge in his theme for 2013-14 urges every Rotarian to get involved, to get engaged, and to change lives.
President Elect Ken Morrison led a full and detailed presentation of the service programmes for the forthcoming year 2013/14 at the Club Assembly Thursday 6 June 2013. He announced the theme for the year would be Engage Rotary-Change Lives and that the Rotary RI and RIBI Presidents would be Ron Burton and Nan McCreadie respectively; the District 1160 Governor would be Verity Swann. This is the first time ladies have held these offices.
The Rotary Club of Belfast is delighted to join in the congratulations to Honorary Member Dame Mary Peters on being conferred the Freedom of the City of Belfast at a ceremony at the City Hall Wednesday 8 May.
Dame Mary is the first woman to receive the civic honour previous recipients of the honour include the poet John Hewitt, the merchant navy and Winston Churchill.
The Club were delighted to welcome to Belfast 9 members and partners from the Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian 21-24 April 2013. This fraternal visit was initiated by a wish from some of their members to visit the Titanic Centre following a speaker who had been in the submersible down to the Titanic wreck.
The Club were delighted to welcome to Belfast members from the Rotary Club of St Neots who were visiting over St Patrick's weekend.
Unfortunately, due to the Bank Holiday there was no Club meeting on that Monday 18 March but Past President Gordon Millington, Secretary Rosemary Simpson and Club members Hilary Gault and Eileen Kennedy met up with their party of 28. They were given greetings and kindest regards from the St Neots Club joint Presidents Rev. Roger Hawthorne and Wing Commander Robert Murray and members of the Rotary Club of St Neots and presented with a banner by Rtn. Val Corrigan. PP Gordon was delighted, in return, to present them with a copy of the Club history and banner.
The inaugural Rotary International NI, Woman of the Year Award was presented, on International Women's Day March 8, to the "unique and inspiring" Professor Dame Judith Hill, Chief Executive NI Hospice, in recognition of her outstanding services to palliative care services.