Rotary Club of Belfast

Will to Give

TheWillToGive 07.08.17Guest speaker, member Michael Graham, Director CFR Solicitors, addressed the Club on the Will to Give initiative.

will to give logoMichael 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.

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Trends in Employment and Recruitment in NI

AlansPresentation02.08.17Guest 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.

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Rotary Scholars Visit the Club

PresRosemaryAnd ScholarsWe 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.


President Rosemary visits YouthAction Headquarters

IMG 2635Marking 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.

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ShelterBox Help Grenfell Tower Group

Grenfell July 17ShelterBox 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.

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Speaker Novelist Anne Doughty

AnneAndPresRosemaryThank 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.

Welcome President Rosemary

PresRosemary2017 18The Club are delighted to welcome President Rosemary Simpson for the 2017/18 Rotary Year.

Following her late husband Douglas (1988) and father in law Arthur (1952) in holding the office, President Rosemary is the 2nd female President of The Rotary Club of Belfast.

Presidential office is not new to her however as she was President of the Inner Wheel Club of Belfast and went on to become District 16 Chairman and positions at Association and International levels.

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Rotary: Making a Difference

T1718 small tspThe Rotary Club of Belfast welcomes the new Rotary year 2017-18.

Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley has chosen Rotary: Making a Difference as his theme for the year declaring that in 2017-18 we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference

Mitchell House Events

MH Cheque crop 30.06.16In a very special day President Ivan in his last duty as President and accompanied by PP Brian Clements handed over a cheque from the Tesco Christmas collection to Mitchell House Head Mistress Laura Matchett;  they were greeted by all the children at their assembly when they sang a hymn and were infectiously happy. Earlier in the week Past President Brian & Rosie Clements attended the performance of Wizard William by the West Midlands Children's Touring Theatre to over 50 of the school children. The Club assisted the staging of this production and it was a wonderful, engaging live theatrical experience for the children, action packed, funny and full of magic and intrigue thoroughly enjoyed by all and an excellent venture for the Club to have supported.

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