The Club is delighted to welcome Global Scholar Katie Scrantom. Katie is from the USA sponsored by the Far North Rotary Club, Chicago, and is studying at QUB for an MSc in Psychology of Childhood Adversity and we will be delighted to see her during her studies here.
Speakers Gavin Clarke and Paul Henry, Osborne King, gave a fascinating insight into the current property market covering loan sales, retail, offices, investment and housing and the impact of the recent financial crisis.
They highlighted that currently banks are following NAMA by restructuring and divesting their loans to US Funds. This is resulting in a large weight of money coming into Ireland and NI which is not necessarily to Nl's benefit depending on how the Funds act.
At the District Council meeting following the District Conference held in Titanic Quarter the Club was presented with the Edward Lieghton Memorial Trophy for Youth Exchange for its flagship TABU Exchange Programme with the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood. The Programme has been successfully running running for over 20 years. More details on the programme can be seen here.
Also, Past President David Boyd was presented with the District Perpetual Scratch Trophy, having won the Best Gross in the District Golf Competition held Thursday 25 September at Royal Belfast Golf Club.
Belfast was lit up by Rotary this week when the City Hall was beautifully bedecked Friday 26 September night in Rotary’s blue and yellow colours saluting the 450 Rotarians who were meeting in the Titanic Centre for their 89th Rotary Ireland District Conference which was last held in Belfast 11 years ago.
Full Conference Report can be seen here.
The Club welcomed Monday 22 September speaker Susan Cooke founder of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund NI accompanied by Alana Irvine, a work colleague at Four Seasons Heathcare.
Cancer Research NI is the national charity dedicated exclusively to supporting research to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer and was a major recipient from the funds raised by Club Vice President Ivan's marathons over the last two years.
The Club was very privileged to have as speaker Monday 15 September Honorary Member The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon.
The Lord Mayor thanked the Club for its contribution to the City and referred to many of the Club programmes individually. She particularly thanked the Club for the TABU programme noting that she had last week attended a Prize Giving at St Dominic's for Extra Curricular activities and was impressed by the TABU students Jennifer Devine and Aine Crossan who had put on a slideshow of photographs explaining their trip and had spoken so confidently. She pointed out that Rotary's theme 'Service Above Self' - which politicians could learn from! - was similar to her key focus areas: forgotten citizens and un-sung heroes who quietly work away in the background.
The Club Charity BBQ was a splendid afternoon held Sunday 14 September in the ambient surroundings of CIYMS Sports Complex. It was greatly enjoyed by over 60 members, family and friends and we were delighted to also welcome some Inner Wheel Club members including President Beryl Crawford.
Although the weather did not encourage many onto the terrace it did not dampen the enjoyment of another of PP Brian Clements' fabulous BBQs - delicious lamb roasts and chicken accompanied by potatoes, roasted vegetables and salad topped off with mouth-watering BBQ'd bananas, dressed with marshmallows and liquor sauce.
It was so delicious seconds were the order of the day! Full Report here.
FASA recently marked the end of World Suicide Prevention Week with a Mad Hatters Tea Party which was a very moving but uplifting.
Picture shows far left Dave from the SAFE family support group (Suicide Aftercare for Everyone), FASA's Roberta Coates who organised the party and Club Past President Courtenay who gave the vote of thanks and helped with a collection up the Shankill Road. Our Hon. Member Dame Mary Peters gave a very uplifting and inspiring talk on the fantastic comfort and HOPE that the SAFE support group gives to the families that have lost a loved one. Hope 4 Youth,A group of young people affected directly by suicide, each day of the Suicide prevention week walked to all the areas of the city where there is a bereaved families' support group; they covered at least 100 miles in total from the City Hall, East Belfast, Newtownards the Falls Road and West Belfast.
Ann Bill MBE, Chief Executive FASA congratulated the Club for the gift of the Rotary trailer, which is in permanent use and does really get to those young people who could so easily get caught up in under age drinking, substance abuse and liable to suicide.