Nicola Hinds, the only Irish member of the ShelterBox Response Teams, gave an excellent update to the Club Monday 12 March on her and ShelterBox’s work in the field and the difficulties that they meet and her illustration of the reality of responding to disasters around the world was extremely well received. She thanked the Club for all the support highlighting the City Hall collection and stressed that ShelterBox will do whatever is needed to get the aid to whoever needs it.
The Club are hosting a Charity Lunch
with Guest Speaker Dame Esther Rantzen DBE
Thursday 10 May, Europa Hotel Belfast
In aid of The Silver Line (the confidential free helpline for older people)
and Rotary Charities
Professor Maeve Rea, Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at Queen's University Belfast spoke to the Club Monday 26 February about her research with 4 study teams from UK and Europe (Belfast, Bologna, Tampere and Warsaw) into Ageing well – Genes or Lifestyle identifying factors that may contribute to 'successful ageing'. Her presentation was very interesting and thought provoking.
It is with great sadness we record the sudden death Friday 23 February of Past President Brian Byers PHF
Brian especially identified with our TABU(Towards a Better Understanding) Exchange Project with Highland Park, Chicago being a founder participant and central to the development of our special relationship with that club recognised by their award to him of a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship in 2009.
He will always be remembered holding aloft the prized TABU banner and relating to the students and as recently as last Tuesday he was developing his unique relationship with the latest 2018 students who will travel to Chicago at Easter.
The Club are delighted to welcome the new Ulster Bank Corporate Members inducted by President Rosemary on Monday 19 February (from left) Girvan Gault, Jayne Foote, Anna Baxter and Richard Donnan, Chief Executive. They were introduced by Past President Maurice Brooks (far right).
President Rosemary in her at times very personal address to the Club, Monday 19 February, noted that it has been her privilege to be involved with and to be amongst so many polio survivors from Belfast, Dublin and Cork in the last few months since the anniversary of the 1957 outbreak of Polio in Belfast in November 2017 and that the courage these men and women have shown has been outstanding. She reflected on her personal memories of the outbreak of Poliomyelitis and the suffering, pain and uncertainty of the future of affected families.
We are almost at the finish line - One Last Push is needed. What a shame it would be if each immunisation costing only a few pence - a sixth of the price of a cup of coffee, was threatened because of our lack of interest and reaching into our pockets just one more time. Polio is no respecter of persons; it can attack where ever it pleases, we have to fight the scourge of polio wherever it exists for however long it takes.
Michael Graham, Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Head of their Private Client Department which specialises in Wills & Trusts and Estate Administration spoke to the Club Monday 12 February, at very short notice, about the importance of financial planning with wills. His informative and interesting talk was very well received by members.
President Rosemary warmly welcomed YouthAction NI's CEO June Trimble MBE as an Honorary Member at the Club meeting Monday 05 February, presenting her with a banner and a copy of the Club's 2nd 50 Years book.