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Thanks Rotary - The World

Thank you the worldThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released this video (click image left to view) thanking Rotary that for more than 30 years Rotary International has been a leader in the fight to #endpolio and today we're closer than ever to wiping polio off the map. 

Rotary and the Gates Foundation announced, at the 2017 RI Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 12 June, that they have agreed to extend their financial commitment to polio eradication. RI President John Germ said that Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985 and now starting 1 July commits to raising $50m pa for the Global effort to end Polio; the Gates Foundation, in turn, will extend it 2 to 1 matching funds for each of the next 3 years. This produces $150m pa which will add up to $450m to the fight.

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ShelterBox Working Together with Rotary

ShelterBox have published the video right to highlight the vital part Rotary plays in ShelterBox operations. They say: “By working together with Rotary, we are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that we can support more communities in desperate need of shelter. Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support us in a variety of ways, from raising funds to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster.       

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Celebrating Bloomsday with Dublin Club

bloomsday 17.1A great time was had by the 8 members who travelled to Dublin Friday 16 June to celebrate Bloomsday with the Rotary Club of Dublin enjoying good company, good food and wine, great sunny hot weather and spectacular costumes worn by Dublin Club members. The Bloomsday Celebration commemorates James Joyce and has been held internationally since 1954. Sandycove is the site of Joyce’s Tower (an old Martello Tower, one of the Napoleonic defences) and the Bloom in Bloomsday refers to the surname of a lady whom Joyce had invited to meet him during his 6 night stay.. She did not turn up so the period was called Bloomsday. (Picture left shows Dublin President Pamela O’Loughlin (2nd left) with the Mayor of Sandycove and other Dublin ladies at Joyce’s Tower). Full report here......

Congratulations Malcolm - Making a Difference Together


Congratulations Malcolm Boyd on completing “100 miles for dad” in the Cotswold Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Brain Tumour Research. He completed the run one day after the anniversary of his father's (The Rotary Club of Belfast’s Past President Arthur Boyd) death having lost his battle with brain tumour cancer. To date he has raised over 19,000 (over 20k with Gift Aid) and is still collecting (see here). He thanks everyone for the donations, support and sponsorship stating that together “we have made a difference”. He asks that if his run has inspired then get out and do something good for someone else – make a difference together”.

In a poignant tribute as he finished Malcolm said: “we lost a great man, a dad, rock and mentor to many – he is missed”. His painful run was for his dad and that “maybe someone, somewhere, one day, will have more time with their loved one than we had with Dad”. 

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Youth Leadership Competition 2017 Report

HannahAndIvanPresident Ivan was delighted to welcome Monday 12 June Club nominee Hannah Beattie (Victoria College) who was selected as one of the 28 Rotary Ireland students to go to Strasbourg to discuss real issues and policies in the European Parliament. She thanked the Club for the tremendous opportunity to learn policies and present in front of peers noting that she had been delighted to be chosen and that it had been a lifetime experience. Her impressive and fluent report of the very successful Irish group was very well received.

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KidsOut Day 2017

W5 2017For this year's Rotary 'Kids Out Day' the Club again organised for 25 Mitchell House Special School children to visit the W5 Science and Discovery Centre at the Odyssey complex on Friday 09 June which was a great hit with the children (and the adults!).

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Club Assembly 2017

Assembly 17PE Rosemary led a presentation of the Service Programmes for the 2017-18 year highlighting the 3 men who will be leading the way for Rotary across the world: RI President Ian Risely, RIBI President Denis Spiller and Rotary Ireland District Governor Garth Arnold. She introduced the Club Executive: PE Mark Davidson, VP Karen Blair, IPP Ivan McMinn, Hon. Secretary Crawford McIlveen and Hon. Treasurer David Warnock and Council members: David Boyd, Tim Browne, Brian Clements, Philip Donnan, Doris Houston,Lorna McGill,Gordon Millington and Walter Rader. She also advised that the Service Chairs will be: David Allister, VP Karen Blair, David Boyd, PP Maurice Brooks, William Cross, Doris Houston and Eric Rainey.

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ShelterBox Update May 2017

Peru may 17ShelterBox are currently responding in Peru after extreme flooding; they are also continuing to support families folowing more flash flooding and landslides in Colombia; fleeing from Boko Haram in Cameroon, Niger and Chad; drought in Somaliland; a cyclone in Mozambique and the Mosul offensive in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Syria (details below). Other areas of concern currently being monitored are: flooding in Kenya and Sri Lanka, Yemen (was) and Bangladesh (cyclone).

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Charity Golf Day 2017

IMG 1527A highly successful and enjoyable Charity Golf Day was held at the Temple Golf Club Friday 26 May. Eight 4 balls played the course on a glorious sunny and hot day. At the meal afterwards in the sun drenched Clubhouse, golf and ballot prizes were presented by President Elect Rosemary and Doris Houston. All present enjoyed the golf and fellowship and the event raised over £2,000 for Rotary Charities.

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