The Club was delighted to welcome members of the 2017 TABU Exchange - the 6 students, group leader President Cynthia Plouché and Rotarian Phil Lazarus from the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood and Highland Park High School teacher Colette Pretet - to the Club meeting Monday 27 March. Each student impressed by speaking confidently about some feature of the programme so far. Their insight and enthusiasm was inspiring.
The Club congratulates him on his year.
The Rotary Club of Belfast warmly welcomes the TABU 2017 party the members of the 2017 TABU Exchange. The 6 students: Nate Ellis, Felicity Hector-Bruder, Stephanie Lee, Nya Liverpool, Mark Plonsker and Hannah Seinfeld, Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood President Cynthia Plouché and Rtn. Phil Lazarus and Highland Park High School teacher Colette Pretet arrived 22 March for a 10 day busy programme.
PP Bryan Johnston in a fascinating address Monday 20 March highlighted how Alan Turing changed the world and changed the potential outcome of WWII highlighting that in 1999 Times Magazine had listed Alan as one of the top 100 influential people of our time. He indicated that Alan, a keen marksman, skier and marathon runner, was always an outsider and did things his own way, consistently challenging accepted practice and concepts.
Rotary International recently announced an additional $35m in grants to support the global effort to end polio. 4 cases of polio were detected in Nigeria in 2016, which had previously not seen a case since July 2014 and with these cases, funding is needed to support rapid response plans in Nigeria and surrounding countries to stop the outbreak.
Moni Wilson, Co-ordinator Belfast Street Pastors, gave an informative talk to the Club Monday 13 March on her work with Street Pastors in Belfast City area highlighting the difficulties still extant on our streets for teenagers and the dangers attaching to drink and drugs.
The Club are delighted to award the 2016-17 John Savage Trophy and Bursary to the Belfast Activity Centre (BAC) who have over 25 years experience of challenging and inspiring young people and those young at heart, to realise their full potential.
The John A Savage Memorial Trophy and Bursary is awarded by the Club annually to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community. Inaugurated in 2009 the Cup has been specially refurbished and created in memory of former member the late John Savage.
Tori Watson (far left) and Kathryn Polin (2nd left) members of the TABU group who travelled to Chicago in 2010 with Past Presidents David Boyd and Brian Byers were delighted to catch up again with Azza Cohen (TABU Group 2009) recently when she was in Belfast with the other 11 students who have been awarded the US George J. Mitchell Scholarship to study in Ireland for a year. Azza is studying for a Masters Degree in Culture and Colonisation at Galway University.
Today, 23rd February 2017, Rotary is celebrating 112 years
of making a difference in communities across the world.