Rotary Club of Belfast

Club Visit and Award to Corrymeela

Corrymeela07The Club are delighted to award the 2022-23 John Savage Award and Bursary to Corrymeela for the Seeds of Hope project. This is awarded by the Club annually to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community (more about the Award can be seen here). Following an outline of the history of the Award and the Club member it is in memory of, by Eric Rainey and Past President Brian Clements respectively, the Trophy was presented to Sylvia Gordon, Head of Programme by Past President Brian during a joint Rotary Club visit to Corrymeela, Tuesday 14 May 2024.

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Away in Ballycastle

Ballycastle 24.5Club members and partners were delighted to gather for a second time at the Marine Hotel Ballycastle on Monday 13 May and this year the Club was pleased that members and partners from the Rotary Club of Dublin joined the group as well as, from Oslo, Thomas Dorg, Director of the Coretta and Martin Luther King Institute for Peace and Alaa Alshaham, Director of Special Projects at The Pursuit of Harmony who is working with Thomas at the King Institute.

The group received a very warm welcome from the hotel, and all thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company with lots of craic over a very good dinner culminating with a hearty north coast breakfast! This was an excellent event, when even the inclement weather didn't dampen spirits! Very many thanks are extended to Hester O’Carroll (who unfortunately is in Musgrave Park Hospital and was unable to be there) and PP Brian Clements for their organisational skills.

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Welcomed in Dublin

Dublin 06The Club was delighted to attend the Rotary Club of Dublin meeting in the Grand Hotel on Monday 08 April both in person and by zoom. Led by President Steven, 12 members and partners travelled and received warm welcomes and fellowship.

The travellers by train from Belfast were met at Connolly Station by some Dublin Club members and escorted to Trinity College via a LUAS and a bus! A welcome coffee was offered in the Buttery where the group met up Dublin Club President Delma Sweeney and the others who had travelled by car before joining our most informative tour guide for the Book of Kells Exhibition and new audio-visual Experience. A quick DART journey was undertaken before meeting for the Club Lunch at the Grand Canal Hotel.

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Club Christmas Lunch 2023

xmas lunch 639 Club members and guests enjoyed an excellent Christmas Lunch meeting at the Europa Monday 11 December. The great buzz in the room highlighted the fellowship of all enjoying a delicious meal and excellent comradery.

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 President Steven was delighted to welcome members' partners and guests Inner Wheel Club of Belfast President Paddy Glass and 2 widows of former members Anne Houston and Sheila Rader. 

 

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District Conference 2023

01.conferencePresident Steven and several Club members attended a stimulating Annual District Conference held this year 29 September-01 October in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

It was an excellent event with very interesting and inspiring speakers and entertainment. Speaker topics included the National Trust, ShelterBox, the Environment, Purple Community Fund, District Youth, Corrymeela Peace Project, District Nepal Project and many more. At the Fellowship Evening on Friday night the entertainment included the unusual sight of Scottish and Irish Dancers dancing together and listening to the harmonious tones of the Silver Tones Male Voice Choir; Bello Duo had everybody singing and on their feet at the District Governor's Ball on Saturday night at which the Club was particularly pleased to again be able to share fellowship with members of the Rotary Club of Dublin.

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