President Ivan McMinn and all Club members wish everyone
a very Happy and Successful 2017
The Club is looking forward to another year
making a difference at home and overseas
The Club were delighted to provide their traditional Christmas Party for some of the children of Mitchell House School. As in previous years it was another resounding success, enjoyed by the children, staff and, not least, by the Club members who attended. The enthusiasm is contagious and even Magic George excelled his wonderful usual hilarious self. Having had the drinks and snacks provided Santa (who again bore a remarkable resemblance to former member Past President Courtenay Thompson) distributed the presents which were described by one staff member as "just what they want"!
The Club enjoyed another excellent evening at the Club Christmas Dinner Meeting held in the Ulster Reform Club Monday 13 December. Over 40 Club members, guests and Inner Wheel Club members had a splendid evening of food and fellowship. Over £685 was raised for Rotary Charities and the evening concluded with YouthAction's Megan McBride singing songs from the shows and all joining in with I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.
A single case of polio anywhere in the world puts children everywhere at risk. This autumn over seven million purple crocus corms have been planted across Britain & Ireland by Rotary in public spaces in local communities as part of the Purple4Polio campaign to raise awareness and funds for Rotary's goal to End Polio Now. The last of the seven million bulbs will be planted in a special event taking place on Friday 9th December at Regent's Park.
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary's worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.
Rotary Global Scholars in the area of focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Catherine Glen (far left) and Laney Lennox gave a presentation to the Club Monday 28 November. Their well received address detailed their backgrounds, current activities and future plans.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognised The Rotary Foundation with its 2016 Award for Outstanding Foundation. The award, to be presented in early 2017 at the AFP's annual conference in San Francisco, honours organisations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. The AFP's Committee of Judges cited Rotary's comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.
President Ivan, in a wonderfully illustrated presentation Monday 21 November advised members, now 5 years on, of his cancer diagnosis and the process. He pointed out the medical danger signals and highlighted the hard facts re Pancreatic Cancer in NI. Stressing that early diagnosis was the key he pointed out the medical danger signals.
100% of the young people at the latest employer-led skills building workshops held Thursday 17 November said it helped them GET SET for Work. YouthAction NI advise they all said that after it:
- they felt more positive about themselves and their skills
- the event helped connect them to employers, careers service and support
- it increased their knowledge of what employers are looking for at interviews and
- it increased their interview skills and how to better present themselves and their skills at interview