Thank you Anne Doughty for a most interesting address to the Club on Monday 03 July about your life and writings. Renowned for her stand-alone novels that make up the Hamilton sequence she is basically an Irish historical novelist and her writings are firmly rooted in the Ireland that she sees daily drawing much of her inspiration from the culture in which she was raised. She wants to show the good things about Ulster and writes about the ordinary people like her grandparents who were blacksmiths and mill workers but all based on historical research. Her latest novel, The Blacksmith's Wife, is set in her native Armagh in 1845 and takes place during the first two years of the Great Famine in Ulster. Having visited the derelict historic manor house of Castledillon in Armagh together with a trip to the uninhabited remains of her great-grandfather's forge on Drumilly Hill she found her inspiration for the home and workplace of its main character, Sarah Hamilton.
Following her late husband Douglas (1988) and father in law Arthur (1952) in holding the office, President Rosemary is the 2nd female President of The Rotary Club of Belfast.
Presidential office is not new to her however as she was President of the Inner Wheel Club of Belfast and went on to become District 16 Chairman and positions at Association and International levels.
The Rotary Club of Belfast welcomes the new Rotary year 2017-18.
Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley has chosen Rotary: Making a Difference as his theme for the year declaring that in 2017-18 we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference
In a very special day President Ivan in his last duty as President and accompanied by PP Brian Clements handed over a cheque from the Tesco Christmas collection to Mitchell House Head Mistress Laura Matchett; they were greeted by all the children at their assembly when they sang a hymn and were infectiously happy. Earlier in the week Past President Brian & Rosie Clements attended the performance of Wizard William by the West Midlands Children's Touring Theatre to over 50 of the school children. The Club assisted the staging of this production and it was a wonderful, engaging live theatrical experience for the children, action packed, funny and full of magic and intrigue thoroughly enjoyed by all and an excellent venture for the Club to have supported.
The Club has awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to CT Hogg recognising his significant contribution to the work of the Club over the last 44 years.
It was presented by President Ivan on his President's Day Monday 26 June. The citation, made by Past President Brian Clements reflected on C.T.'s regular attendance, support and loyalty to the Club and, in particular, his eloquence, intellect and wit as a public speaker particularly if a very special guest needed to be introduced, thanked or entertained. PP Brian pointed out C.T.'s prowess as an after dinner speaker made him one of the country’s finest who was always in great demand; his successful career as a merchant banker; service with the UDR and his extensive service to the wider community including St John’s Ambulance, NI War Memorial, Junior Chamber and Deputy Lieutenant for Belfast concluding that “Clarence Thomas” Hogg MBE, JP, UD, DL, was a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.
President Ivan concluded his year at his President's Dinner held 26 June at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always the highlight of the Club's year and this year's extremely convivial evening proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by the 64 members and guests. After drinks in the bar areas President Ivan welcomed all especially District Governor Elect Garth & Anne Arnold, President Belfast West Rotary Club Des & Jayne McFall President Elect Rosemary's daughter Karen Mbayo and District Assistant Governor Roland Bailie. Full report here....
President Elect Rosemary (then as President Elect) and Past President Maurice Brooks represented the Club at the official opening of the refurbished Parents' Accommodation Unit at the Children's Hospital Dublin on 24 June. The Club sponsored 1 bedroom for the Rotary Ireland "Be a Gift to Crumlin" Appeal to refurbish the 55 bedrooms used by parents of seriously ill children undergoing prolonged cardiac treatment in the hospital. The rooms have been designated to participating Rotary clubs and there is a piece of art in each room with the name of the sponsoring club inscribed in the frame.
President Ivan was honoured and delighted to welcome (pictured from left) Eve Conway, RIBI President, Councillor Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kalyan Banerjee, Chairman The Rotary Foundation Trustees, Garth Arnold, District Governor Elect, Gerry Kierans, Rotary Ireland District Governor, as well as the other District Officers, Presidents, Rotarians and guests to the District Rotary Foundation Centenary Lunch at the Europa Hotel Wednesday 21 June. It was attended by over 90 Rotarians and guests from all across Northern Ireland with an excellent Club turnout of over 40. Full report here...
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.