World Polio Day 2017 was on Tuesday 24 October and the 5th annual World Polio Day event was co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, USA and streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters, bringing together more than 100,000 viewers around the world. A video featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing Rotary progress on the road to polio eradication can be viewed here.
President Rosemary led a group of members to the BAC - Belfast Activity Centre Monday 23 October. They spent a fascinating morning experiencing several activities including exploring the unique ‘above ground’ man-made caves and having a go at archery.
They came away amazed that such a comprehensive outdoor educational facility was on the doorstep and were very impressed that not only over 20,000 young people every year already make use of this excellent facility but also the emergency services use it for training purposes.
The Club were delighted to welcome to the Club meeting Monday 23 October guest speaker Sarah Hand and her mother. An A-Level student at Victoria College, Belfast, Sarah gave an interesting talk on her experiences at the recent Rotary Summer Camp held at Karlshann, Sweden. Thanking Rotary for the wonderful opportunity, she indicated that this was the 20th anniversary of the Camp and that she had thoroughly enjoyed what was an action packed 10 days.
The Club were delighted to welcome back former member and Past President Derek Forshaw with his son-in-law David Currie to the Club meeting Monday 02 October and he regaled the Club with his French experiences.
The Club congratulate and are pleased to support a Rotary Young Citizen Award 2017 winner Molly Comish (nominated by Bray Rotary Club, Co Wicklow) who having seen many homeless people living and sleeping on the streets of her hometown of Bray and in the wider area of Dublin in 2015 felt she had to help them. The 18-year-old came up with the idea of 'dignity packs' - packages of essential personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, deodorants and warm hats – which she would distribute before Christmas 2016. Saving all her tips from her part-time job.
20 members attended various aspects of the 2017 District Conference held 29-30 September in the La Mon Hotel and we were also delighted to have with us Global Scholar Sarah Markley. Photo shows some of the Club's Friday attendees. Delegates were treated to a varied programme of speakers over the 2 days superbly introduced by Mistress of Ceremonies, our own past member and now a member of Formby Rotary Club, Rtn Claire Savage. We were delighted to renew friendships with Dublin Club members at the dinner and fellowship evening on Friday night and at the Gala Ball.
The Club are delighted to welcome Sarah Markley, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who will be studying violence, terrorism and security. She presented President Rosemary with her District Banner on her 1st visit to the Club September 18. We look forward to seeing her at Club meetings and wish her a happy and successful year.
Rotary Global Scholar 2016/17 Laney Lennox was delighted to report to the Club 18 September 2017 that she had completed her dissertation for her Masters in Conflict Resolution at the George Mitchell Institute, Queens University. She stressed that her involvement with Rotary had given her great experiences attending the Conference and speaking to Clubs and she attended a USA election party last November. She thanked the Club for the support and presented a banner of her sponsoring Rotary Club of South Shreveport.
Walter Rader OBE, the Northern Ireland Representative of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) & Eric Rainey CVO MBE DL one of the local Award Assessors, addressed the Club on the Award which is now 15 years in existence - having been introduced in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Part of the UK Honours System, it is the highest form of civic recognition which can be granted to an organisation in acknowledgement of the work of volunteers and acknowledges in a wonderful way the dedication and significant (frequently unknown) work undertaken by volunteers at local community level.