Rotary International recently announced an additional $35m in grants to support the global effort to end polio. 4 cases of polio were detected in Nigeria in 2016, which had previously not seen a case since July 2014 and with these cases, funding is needed to support rapid response plans in Nigeria and surrounding countries to stop the outbreak.
Moni Wilson, Co-ordinator Belfast Street Pastors, gave an informative talk to the Club Monday 13 March on her work with Street Pastors in Belfast City area highlighting the difficulties still extant on our streets for teenagers and the dangers attaching to drink and drugs.
The Club are delighted to award the 2016-17 John Savage Trophy and Bursary to the Belfast Activity Centre (BAC) who have over 25 years experience of challenging and inspiring young people and those young at heart, to realise their full potential.
The John A Savage Memorial Trophy and Bursary is awarded by the Club annually to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community. Inaugurated in 2009 the Cup has been specially refurbished and created in memory of former member the late John Savage.
Tori Watson (far left) and Kathryn Polin (2nd left) members of the TABU group who travelled to Chicago in 2010 with Past Presidents David Boyd and Brian Byers were delighted to catch up again with Azza Cohen (TABU Group 2009) recently when she was in Belfast with the other 11 students who have been awarded the US George J. Mitchell Scholarship to study in Ireland for a year. Azza is studying for a Masters Degree in Culture and Colonisation at Galway University.
Today, 23rd February 2017, Rotary is celebrating 112 years
of making a difference in communities across the world.
|A silent video recording was made when the Lord Mayor Hon. Member Alderman Brian Kingston spoke to the Club. This footage is part of the Lord Mayor's Weekly Video Blog and can be viewed in the video from 1m40s.|
The Lord Mayor Hon. Member Alderman Brian Kingston pictured centre left with President Ivan and President Elect Rosemary Simpson addressed the Club Monday 20 February 2017 noting that he had been born and reared in Belfast and that it was his greatest honour to be Lord Mayor after 7 years on Council, particularly at these great times for Belfast city with the economy, employment and tourism growing and the creative industries and new economies flourishing.
Congratulations to Rotary Global Scholar Kjelsie Hass 2015/16 who has '"excitedly" advised that not only has she graduated with distinction, but has also been awarded the James Haire Prize for Best Dissertation of 2015-16 for her MPhil program in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation In Trinity College, Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast. She stressed that she couldn't have done this without the support of The Belfast Rotary Club during her time here.
Former member Sir Des Rea speaking to the Club Monday 13 February said he was delighted to be back and appreciated the chance to address the Club. He noted that his book published in September 2016 and co written by Sir Hugh OrdeBear in mind these dead was an examination of the role of policing immediately before and subsequent to the Omagh Bombing in 1998 and in an intense and thought provoking address he described some of the key points from each of the chapters within the book.