The Rotary Club of Belfast has awarded a Ruby Paul Harris Fellowship to Dr. Gordon Millington in appreciation of his 50 years’ service to the Club and Rotary as well as distinguished service to his profession and the community. It was presented to him by Rotary Foundation Trustees Chair Kalyan Banjeree at a Centenary Foundation lunch held in the Europa Hotel, Wednesday 21 June 2017.
President Ivan gave a special thanks at the District Centenary Lunch, Wednesday 21 June to ‘our’ Pauline Hegney, Europa Hotel staff member who, exactly on Wednesday, has completed 35 years attending to the Club's needs over lunch.
She thanks the Club for all the good wishes
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released this video (click image left to view) thanking Rotary that for more than 30 years Rotary International has been a leader in the fight to #endpolio and today we're closer than ever to wiping polio off the map.
Rotary and the Gates Foundation announced, at the 2017 RI Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 12 June, that they have agreed to extend their financial commitment to polio eradication. RI President John Germ said that Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985 and now starting 1 July commits to raising $50m pa for the Global effort to end Polio; the Gates Foundation, in turn, will extend it 2 to 1 matching funds for each of the next 3 years. This produces $150m pa which will add up to $450m to the fight.
|ShelterBox have published the video right to highlight the vital part Rotary plays in ShelterBox operations. They say: “By working together with Rotary, we are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that we can support more communities in desperate need of shelter. Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support us in a variety of ways, from raising funds to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster.|
A great time was had by the 8 members who travelled to Dublin Friday 16 June to celebrate Bloomsday with the Rotary Club of Dublin enjoying good company, good food and wine, great sunny hot weather and spectacular costumes worn by Dublin Club members. The Bloomsday Celebration commemorates James Joyce and has been held internationally since 1954. Sandycove is the site of Joyce’s Tower (an old Martello Tower, one of the Napoleonic defences) and the Bloom in Bloomsday refers to the surname of a lady whom Joyce had invited to meet him during his 6 night stay.. She did not turn up so the period was called Bloomsday. (Picture left shows Dublin President Pamela O’Loughlin (2nd left) with the Mayor of Sandycove and other Dublin ladies at Joyce’s Tower). Full report here......
Congratulations Malcolm Boyd on completing “100 miles for dad” in the Cotswold Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Brain Tumour Research. He completed the run one day after the anniversary of his father's (The Rotary Club of Belfast’s Past President Arthur Boyd) death having lost his battle with brain tumour cancer. To date he has raised over 19,000 (over 20k with Gift Aid) and is still collecting (see here). He thanks everyone for the donations, support and sponsorship stating that together “we have made a difference”. He asks that if his run has inspired then get out and do something good for someone else – make a difference together”.
In a poignant tribute as he finished Malcolm said: “we lost a great man, a dad, rock and mentor to many – he is missed”. His painful run was for his dad and that “maybe someone, somewhere, one day, will have more time with their loved one than we had with Dad”.
President Ivan was delighted to welcome Monday 12 June Club nominee Hannah Beattie (Victoria College) who was selected as one of the 28 Rotary Ireland students to go to Strasbourg to discuss real issues and policies in the European Parliament. She thanked the Club for the tremendous opportunity to learn policies and present in front of peers noting that she had been delighted to be chosen and that it had been a lifetime experience. Her impressive and fluent report of the very successful Irish group was very well received.
For this year's Rotary 'Kids Out Day' the Club again organised for 25 Mitchell House Special School children to visit the W5 Science and Discovery Centre at the Odyssey complex on Friday 09 June which was a great hit with the children (and the adults!).
PE Rosemary led a presentation of the Service Programmes for the 2017-18 year highlighting the 3 men who will be leading the way for Rotary across the world: RI President Ian Risely, RIBI President Denis Spiller and Rotary Ireland District Governor Garth Arnold. She introduced the Club Executive: PE Mark Davidson, VP Karen Blair, IPP Ivan McMinn, Hon. Secretary Crawford McIlveen and Hon. Treasurer David Warnock and Council members: David Boyd, Tim Browne, Brian Clements, Philip Donnan, Doris Houston,Lorna McGill,Gordon Millington and Walter Rader. She also advised that the Service Chairs will be: David Allister, VP Karen Blair, David Boyd, PP Maurice Brooks, William Cross, Doris Houston and Eric Rainey.