President Adrian Kerr praised the Club's outstanding 100 years of Service and considered the role of Rotary in the future in his address to the Centenary Dinner, City Hall Belfast. He marked the legacy of the Club's founders and praised the significant milestones in our history of projects undertaken over the years touching the lives of and making a difference to so many people.
Unable to attend the Centenary Dinner, Thursday 15 September 2011, in person, Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee addressed the gathering by video link regretting that he could not on this occasion have been here in person to celebrate this momentous occasion but was hoping to come to Belfast during the Centenary Year.
In a hugely entertaining keynote address at the Centenary Dinner,Thursday 15 September 2011, RIBI President Burman recognized the work done by the Club in the last 100 years both locally and internationally. He thanked the Club on behalf of the 1000's and 1000's of people whose lives the Club had changed and saved and who have never heard of the Belfast Club. Click on image to view.
The Belfast News Letter's edition, Tuesday 2 August, 2011 recorded the Club's "Historic meeting of businessmen recaptured." It gave an account of the "lively and jovial style" re-enactment of the first meeting and further acknowledged the opening of the Jubilee Box and the address by DG Barney Callaghan.
The Belfast News Letter's Allan Preston, in Tuesday 30th November 2010's issue, relates how The Rotary Club of Belfast has had a century of 'service above self' being involved in charity work for a host of good causes.
The Club, as it enters its 100th year, has received the following message from 2010/11 RIBI President Jim Moulson.
As you start of your 100th year of membership of Rotary International, it is my pleasure to send warm greetings and congratulations, and to wish the Club a Happy Anniversary.
Since its earliest days, the Rotary Club of Belfast has played its part in helping our organisation to develop across these islands, and Rotary International is now a major force for good, helping those less fortunate and saving lives wherever poverty, war, disease, hunger and suffering exist on the planet.
Ninety nine years ago, your Club embarked on a journey that still continues today a journey that has sometimes been difficult and exhausting, but undoubtedly one that has given its members over the decades enormous pleasure from the friendships that have been formed and satisfaction gained through the knowledge that others have benefited from their efforts.
The Club had a feature article in the Belfast Telegraph of an interview with PP Courtenay Thompson discussing the Club, its work and the drive for new younger members as the Club reaches its Centenary.