Rotary Club of Belfast

Club night at James St. South

GrubClub4Plenty of fellowship and chat was had by the 27 members, partners and guests, spread over 3 tables, at the latest fine dining 'Grub Club' evening at James Street South Restaurant, Belfast, Tuesday 23 May. A delicious 2 course meal, with glass of wine, was enjoyed by all. A most successful evening and our thanks are extended to PP Alan Rundle and Doris Houston for organising it. more here...

SOS NI Update

JoeHylandUpdatesOnSoSBusJoe Hyland MBE, CEO SOS NI addressed the Club Monday 22 May reflecting on their work over the last 12 months. He pointed out that they have 3 main areas with a 4th in development.

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Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded to Joe Hyland MBE

PHFPresentation3The Rotary Club of Belfast has awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to
Joe Hyland MBE,  Chief Executive SOS NI.

This prestigious award is Rotary's highest honour for individuals who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal efforts and active involvement in helping others.

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AGM 2017

RemainingAudienceThe Club's Annual General Meeting was held Monday 16 May at the lunch meeting in the Europa Hotel and was chaired by President Elect Rosemary.

The Annual Report and Subscription level were unanimously adopted and Honorary Members re-elected.


Fighting Words

SpeakerPatLarragyThe Club were interested to hear about Fighting Words from Speaker Dublin North Club Past President Pat Larragy Monday 08 May. He pointed out that Fighting Words (FW) is a Charity, founded 8/9 years ago in Dublin by teacher and author PHF Roddy Doyle and former director of Amnesty Ireland PHF Sean Love.

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YouthAction NI Intern 2017

IMG 2551The Club is delighted to again offer a Bursary to YouthAction NI to enable the appointment of a further Intern (Alex, pictured who is considering entering full time Youth Work) Picture shows (from left): Eric Rainey, President Ivan, Prof Anne Marie Gray YouthAction NI Chair, Rotary Intern Alex, Maire Campbell YouthAction NI Artistic Director and Pamela Ballentine YouthAction NI Board member.

Club advises at YouthAction GET SET Drop In

GetSetDropIn1Continuing the Club's involvement with the GET SET Programme with YouthAction 2 members provided CV building and interview skills advice at the GET SET Drop In Monday 08 May. The night ended with 3 of the group sitting mock interviews and each were given feed back.

Get Set to Go Day at Ulster University

UUGSTGDay.3In a new venture a Get Set to Go Skills Day was held for 40 Ulster University Social Policy 2nd year students on Tuesday 25 April at Jordanstown Campus. 7 members - Alan Braithwaite, PP Derek Baxter, PP Brian Clements, Alvin McKinley, PP Ken Morrison, Walter Rader and Eric Rainey - ran 4 interview teams and workshops which were hugely successful. Clare Conlon, Team Leader - Training Unit, on behalf of YouthAction and the University, has thanked the Club for the time and support for the first UU skills day, for a great team effort and making the event such a huge success and notes just how important such events are in building confidence, skills and connections with employers.

More details on the Club's participation with YouthAction NI can be seen here...

ShelterBox Update April 2017

ShelterBox are currently reacting to the drought in Somaliland, a self-declared state on the Horn of Africa, which is facing famine as livestock perish after three years of poor pasture. Their team has recently returned having been assessing the suitability of ShelterBox aid and securing a partnership to enable them to distribute shelter throughout the country. Although the rains have recently arrived, families are still vulnerable. Operations Team Lead, James Luxton explains that the need for shelter is still urgent in the short video.     

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