Rotary Club of Belfast

Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to C.T.Hogg

21.PresIvanPresentsPHFtooCTThe Club has awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to CT Hogg recognising his significant contribution to the work of the Club over the last 44 years.

It was presented by President Ivan on his President's Day Monday 26 June. The citation, made by Past President Brian Clements reflected on C.T.'s regular attendance, support and loyalty to the Club and, in particular, his eloquence, intellect and wit as a public speaker particularly if a very special guest needed to be introduced, thanked or entertained. PP Brian pointed out C.T.'s prowess as an after dinner speaker made him one of the country’s finest who was always in great demand; his successful career as a merchant banker; service with the UDR and his extensive service to the wider community including St John’s Ambulance, NI War Memorial, Junior Chamber and Deputy Lieutenant for Belfast concluding that “Clarence Thomas” Hogg MBE, JP, UD, DL, was a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.

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President's Day and Handover 2017

01.TablesGeneralPresident Ivan concluded his year at his President's Dinner held 26 June at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always the highlight of the Club's year and this year's extremely convivial evening proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by the 64 members and guests. After drinks in the bar areas President Ivan welcomed all especially District Governor Elect Garth & Anne Arnold, President Belfast West Rotary Club Des & Jayne McFall President Elect Rosemary's daughter Karen Mbayo and District Assistant Governor Roland Bailie. Full report here....

Crumlin Children's Hospital Refurbished Rooms Opened

IMG 2177President Elect Rosemary (then as President Elect) and Past President Maurice Brooks represented the Club at the official opening of the refurbished Parents' Accommodation Unit at the Children's Hospital Dublin on 24 June. The Club sponsored 1 bedroom for the Rotary Ireland "Be a Gift to Crumlin" Appeal to refurbish the 55 bedrooms used by parents of seriously ill children undergoing prolonged cardiac treatment in the hospital. The rooms have been designated to participating Rotary clubs and there is a piece of art in each room with the name of the sponsoring club inscribed in the frame.

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Rotary Foundation Centenary Lunch

Rotary Dinner in Europa 12210617President Ivan was honoured and delighted to welcome (pictured from left) Eve Conway, RIBI President, Councillor Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kalyan Banerjee, Chairman The Rotary Foundation Trustees, Garth Arnold, District Governor Elect, Gerry Kierans, Rotary Ireland District Governor, as well as the other District Officers, Presidents, Rotarians and guests to the District Rotary Foundation Centenary Lunch at the Europa Hotel Wednesday 21 June. It was attended by over 90 Rotarians and guests from all across Northern Ireland with an excellent Club turnout of over 40. Full report here...

Ruby Paul Harris Fellowship Bestowed

DSC01870The Rotary Club of Belfast has awarded a Ruby Paul Harris Fellowship to Dr. Gordon Millington in appreciation of his 50 years’ service to the Club and Rotary as well as distinguished service to his profession and the community. It was presented to him by Rotary Foundation Trustees Chair Kalyan Banjeree at a Centenary Foundation lunch held in the Europa Hotel, Wednesday 21 June 2017.

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35 Years Recognised

DSC01867President Ivan gave a special thanks at the District Centenary Lunch, Wednesday 21 June to ‘our’ Pauline Hegney, Europa Hotel staff member who, exactly on Wednesday, has completed 35 years attending to the Club's needs over lunch.

She thanks the Club for all the good wishes

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......

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