Rotary Club of Belfast

Rotary Meets Everywhere!

cruisemeeting14Club Member Hilary Gault reports that two Rotary Meetings were held during her holiday on board the cruise ship Golden Princess over the last few weeks.

Rotarians present included members from the Rotary Clubs of: Belfast; Harrow; Ilheus, Brazil; Juneau, Alaska; Lambton, NSW Australia; Northfleet and Ebbsfleet, Kent; Palos Verdes Sunrise, California; Santa Clarita, California; Taiwan, China and Vancouver, Canada. She presented a banner to the Club from Tsawwassen Club, Vancouver at the Club meeting Monday 07 April. (click on images to enlarge)

World Rotaract Week 2014

Rotaract WeekCongratulations to all Rotaractors! It's World Rotaract Week 2014 from March 10 to 16!

Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs themselves decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out. Started 46 years ago in North Carolina, USA, it now boasts more than 200,000 members in over 180 countries.

The Club is pleased to sponsor the very active Belfast Rotaract Club under the steerage of President Andrew Smith and Laura Garland.

Rotary Ireland NI's Woman of the Year Award 2014

IWD14.4International Woman's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements and at a celebratory breakfast, held at Malone Golf Club Friday March 7, attended by over 100 business and professional men and women Rotarians and guests, Rotary Ireland's NI Woman of the Year 2014 Award was presented to the inspirational Pretty 'n' Pink Charity founder Noleen Adair.

Sandra McCabe PP Lisburn Rotary Club, introducing the Award, stated that it had been a unanimous decision to award it to Noleen who, unknown to many, has given inspiration to hundreds of women across the province who have been affected by cancer.

The Award was presented by Rotary Ireland's District Governor Verity Swan, herself the first female District Governor in Rotary In Ireland's 100 year history.

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Inspirational Address on International Woman's Day

IWD14.5Key guest speaker Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie inspired the 100 business and professional men and women Rotarians and guests at the Rotary Ireland Woman's Day Celebratory Breakfast 2014 Friday March 7, Malone Golf Club with a very personal insight into her experiences of policing both in the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross and the Police Service of Northern Ireland during her 32 years of service.

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The World's Greatest Meal comes to Belfast

TopTableGroup'The world's greatest meal to help end Polio' came to Belfast on Tuesday 25 February at the Europa Hotel when The Rotary Club of Belfast hosted a Charity Breakfast attended by Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Dame Mary Peters, 150 business men and women, Rotarians and guests.

The Chief Constable Matt Baggot was the keynote speaker who commended the Club for raising the profile of this fantastic cause. Picture shows from left President Ken Morrison, Chief Constable Matt Baggot, Hon. Member Dame Mary Peters and Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

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The Lord Mayor of Belfast addresses the Club

PresAlanRosemaryLordMayorRobinsonHonorary member Alderman Gavin Robinson, Lord Mayor of Belfast, at Monday's meeting 11 February 2013 gave an excellent account of the events of his year in office and his hopes for the future.

He was roundly applauded by all there, answered several questions from members and received a presentation from President Alan. He is pictured here with President Alan and Secretary Rosemary.

GET SET to be Hired

Get Set LaunchThe first copy of the unique, specially developed, GET SET to be Hired Resource Pack for young people was presented to Honorary Member The Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at the Club Monday 10 February 2014. The pack aims to help young people apply for a job who may not have the confidence, qualifications or communication skills to access the employment market.

Welcoming the resource the Lord Mayor said: "This new resource pack is a fantastic initiative. It provides a unique opportunity for our young people to improve and build upon their employability skills, that will hopefully lead to exciting prospects for them in the future." He also congratulated the Club on its constant support for the community helping others.

The pack is a joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Belfast, YouthAction NI and the Ulster Bank supported by the Department of Employment and Learning's Collaboration and learning Fund. Full details of the launch and pack can be seen here.

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield

RC Sutton in AshfieldThe Club are delighted to have received greetings and best wishes from the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield (District 1200). They have a tradition to send greetings from their weekly meeting coupled with the Rotary Toast. This Rotary year they are selecting Clubs that are connected or associated with a famous invention. They chose to send greetings to the Club because the Pneumatic Tyre was invented by John Boyd Dunlop in Belfast in 1887.

Junior VP John Kirkland writes: I trust you (President Ken) will accept our greetings from President John Bates and members of the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield to mark this historic event and invention. Our best wishes go to you and your members and trust you have a wonderful Rotary Year.

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Club Responding to the Phillipines Disaster

phillipines2.14The Club is to respond to the disaster in the Phillipines with members being asked to donate to ShelterBox and AquaBox (2 Rotary-supported survival box charities) so that they can provide critically needed aid following the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan Friday 8 November. Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm recorded to ever hit land, has caused utter devastation and unimaginable suffering in the Philippines with sustained winds of 235km/h (147mph), gusts of 275 km/h (170 mph) and waves as high as 15m (45ft); in some places, as much as 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain fell. Coastal towns across the central Philippines have been left devastated.

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