President Rosemary PP Maurice & Hilary Brooks and Trevor & Elizabeth Dickey enjoyed an outstanding evening at the Rowel Elisio Friers concert Friday 01 September. President Rosemary advises that it was a superb evening and a privilege to hear this charming young man who received standing ovations for his programme. Full report here.
Dr Michael Gordon, Turley Consultants Belfast Office Director, gave a most enlightening address Monday 21 August on how his interest in planning was nurtured and learnt. He revealed his fascination in buildings and how they were put up started in the 80’s when he was growing up in Carmoney with its view of the city. This continued in the 90’s when at QUB he learned about planning and its purpose and how it all started from a concern for public health and living standards. He noted that he grew up in a divided city which had lost most of its form through bombings and demolitions and when in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, he learnt about their different approach to developments with intentional planning of neighbourhoods.
Guest speaker USA Scholar Shaley Moore gave a most accomplished address to the Club on herself and her studies Monday 14 August. She advised that she is here through the Rotary District 6110 Kirchner Scholarship studying for a Master's degree in International Peace and Reconciliation at Magee College. She noted that she hailed from the mid-west Webb City, Missouri - a small town of 10,000 people and is sponsored by Webb City-Carl Junction Rotary Club and hosted by the Rotary Club of Londonderry.
Guest speaker, member Michael Graham, Director CFR Solicitors, addressed the Club on the Will to Give initiative.
Michael advised that it was originally set up by, and subsequently grew out of, NICVA (the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action) in 2011 and is now an Association of 54 charities of every size and scale covering a broad range of causes. Their remit is to encourage people to make a legacy charitable gift in their will.
Guest speaker member Alan Braithwaite, Business Director, Abacus Recruitment gave a most interesting talk on the changes and future trends in Employment and Recruitment in NI and the attitudes of young people to the more traditional ways of recruitment.
We were delighted to welcome to the Club meeting Monday 24 July visiting global scholars Laney Lennox from Louisiana (being hosted by the Club) who is studying for a Masters in Conflict and Social Justice at Queens University; Kristina McLaughlin, the guest speaker who discussed her recent travels and study at Trinity College Dublin of historical memory in post-conflict areas and Shaley Moore from Missouri, USA (sponsored by Webb City-Carl Junction RC) who through the Rotary District 6110 Kirchner Scholarship is studying for a Master's degree in International Peace and Reconciliation at Magee College, University of Ulster.
Marking 10 years of YouthAction being in their city centre hub at College Sq North President Rosemary visited on Monday 24 July meeting CEO June Trimble. The picture on the wall is of Hampton House which was the home of the organisation for almost 40 years. During the visit, she discussed the range of activities currently undertaken by YouthAction and expressed particular interest in the initiatives addressing mental health and well-being.
She invited YouthAction to the Club to update members on the issues being faced by young people at present, together with the experiences of the Alex the Rotary Intern and a practical demonstration of the techniques currently used to support young people. We look forward to that input in September.
ShelterBox reacted swiftly to a request from a therapy group helping the young people and adults traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire by providing five all-weather gazebos with side panels for cover for a range of outdoor activities and counselling sessions.
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.