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.
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.