Rotary Club of Belfast

Real Adventure Waits...

Youth ExchangeReal adventure awaits a Rotary Exchange Student with incredible opportunities to see the world, experience a different way of life, maybe learn another language and make international friends. The Rotary Youth Exchange is widely regarded as one of the best youth exchange programmes in the world.

Rotary has been organising youth exchanges for over 60 years and each year worldwide over 7000 young people enjoy this experience. Opportunities can vary from a two week camp or tour, through short term home stays, with or without vocational experiences or academic study, to a full year living and studying in another country. Rotary's Youth Exchange programmes are available to all young people regardless of whether they are related to a Rotarian or not.

For full details and online applications click here – closing date 31 January 2018.


Calling Young Writers and Photographers

YW YP Posters The Club is currently inviting applications to the RIBI Young Writer and Rotary Ireland Young Photographer competitions.

This year's topics are: A Different Perspective and My Best Friend respectively

Creative writing and photography are talents to be celebrated; there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop, these talents and Rotary in these islands wishes to to give them a chance to demonstrate and display just what they can produce through these RIBI Young Writer and Photographer competitions.

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The role of the SEUPB

GinaMcIntyrePresentationSpecial EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) Chief Executive Gina Mcintyre, in a very detailed presentation to the Club Monday 13 November, advised that SEUPB is a cross-border body (one of the 6 established after the 1998 Belfast Agreement) which co-ordinates projects funded by the EU Structural Funds implemented in Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland and Western Scotland. It receives and disburses funds under EU programmes and reports to the European Commission and the North-South Ministerial Council.

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Joy for the children

Tor Bank 17The Club have recently presented to Tor Bank School's Occupational Therapy Department over £500 from the Club’s Children in Hospital Fund which members contribute to at every meeting. Suzanne Mee, Tor Bank’s Occupational Therapist, displays the funded selection of special 'toys' and equipment specially chosen by them to Club Past President Brian Ferguson. The toys are special remote control ones for disabled children and facilitate children, who cannot ordinarily do so, play with a toy and the steps in the foreground help teach children to climb and descend stairs and when upended become a see saw rocker!

Thanking the Club for the donation, which they are delighted with, Suzanne stressed how important the purchased items would be to the development and enjoyment of the disabled children.

Thank You from ShelterBox

SBA02The Club collected outside Belfast City Hall Wednesday 01 November for ShelterBox and thank all passers by who contributed raising over £700. The Lord Mayor, who is an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Belfast came to see the ShelterBox and meet members and stayed for half an hour.

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Making New Dreams a Reality

Group1The Club were delighted to welcome to the Club meeting Monday 30 October guest speakers Hon. Member Dame Mary Peters and Gillian Heatherington, Executive Manager, The Mary Peters Trust which supports financially, advisory and medically with sporting injuries talented young NI sportsmen and women, able-bodied and disabled, from all recognised sports. They are pictured here with member Ken Nixon.

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World Polio Day 2017

endpolionow newWorld 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.

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Club visit the Belfast Activity Centre

P1090048President 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.

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Rotary Summer Camp 2017 Report

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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.

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Membership of the Club is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience and we are actively looking for new people to invite to join and breathe new vibrancy and ideas into the Club and take Rotary into its second century in Belfast.

If you think Rotary may be for you, or for further information, please contact us.

Getting involved with Rotary could be the most important thing you ever do.

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