The Rotary Club of Belfast was founded in 1911 and Chartered No.67 in 1913 - we were the first club to have been formed in the UK. Our first meeting was held on 24 July 1911 and a vibrant club has been in continuous existence since.
A short History of the Club, our Centenary and a List of Presidents and Secretaries, current Council, Service Chairs and Committees are detailed on this website (see menu right).
Office Bearers 2018-19
|Immediate Past President||Rosemary Simpson|
|President Elect||Karen Blair|
|Vice President||Ken Nixon|
|Honorary Secretary||Lorna Magill|
|Honorary Treasurer||David Warnock|
When we Meet
We are always delighted to welcome visitors from the world of Rotary. The Club meets on Mondays, except Public Holidays, at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, over lunch from 1.00pm to 2:00pm. All details can be found on the Meetings pages.
We have Fun!
We are a dynamic Club of male and female members with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. We are members of Rotary because we enjoy being members of Rotary giving Service above Self whilst having fun!
The enormous sense of achievement we experience doing something really worthwhile, even if it is in just one of the many areas we are involved in. is matched only by the enormous amount of fun we have!
Detailed information on Rotary, the Club and our service and social activities can be seen throughout this website.
Rotary Theme 2018/9 - Be the Inspiration
July sees the beginning of a new Rotary year with Club, District and International Presidents and Officers beginning their terms. Every year the Rotary International President introduces his theme for his year urging Rotarians to follow it.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin has chosen Be the Inspiration as his theme for 2018-19
"Since Rotary was founded 113 years ago, its role in the world and in the lives of its members has been in a state of continuous evolution. In its earliest days, Rotary offered its members a way to find fellowship and friendship and to build connections within their communities. Soon after, service found a place in Rotary, and as our organization expanded, so did its influence. In time, Rotary’s service, supported by our Rotary Foundation, would change the lives of families and communities across the world. We formed partnerships and focused our service to increase our impact. We launched the world’s largest public-private health initiative, partnering with governments, international organizations, and countless local and regional health agencies to eradicate polio. More and more, our members came to us seeking not just friendship but a way to take action for good.
Rotary still is, and always will be, the organization Paul Harris envisioned: a place where people from every corner of the earth can come together to become something greater than themselves. Yet Rotary today offers something of singular and enduring value: the chance to be part of a global network of people who have the talent and the drive to change the world. We are men and women who believe in the power of community action to make a global impact — and together, we have the capacity and the resources to achieve almost anything.
Globally, Rotary is more relevant than ever before, and its potential for good is vast. Unfortunately, not enough people fully understand what Rotary is and does. Even within our clubs, many Rotarians don’t know enough about Rotary to take full advantage of what Rotary membership offers.
Rotary service transforms lives and communities. To achieve even more of that truly transformational service, we need to think differently about our role in Rotary, and Rotary’s role in the world. We need to put more emphasis on our public image, using social media to build our membership and attract the partners that can help us scale up our service. We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office. Most important of all, we need to Be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
As Paul Harris put it, “Rotary is a microcosm of a world at peace, a model which nations will do well to follow.” To me, Rotary is not only a model but an inspiration. It shows us what is possible, inspires us to reach for it, and gives us a path to act — and to Be the Inspiration to our world.""
President, Rotary International 2018-19
The Rotaract, Inner Wheel and Probus Clubs were initially sponsored by The Rotary Club of Belfast and are now run autonomously. Further details can be seen here.