Rotary Club of Belfast

Spring Away Day

Monday 22 March 23, in lieu of a Club meeting,  members, partners and family members had a most enjoyable experience at the Coca Cola plant in Knockmore, Lisburn hosted by Customer Sustainability Partnership Manager Gillian Shields. We were also delighted to welcome visitor Heather Shiell and 4 members of the Lisburn Club.

Opening the visit President Steven thanked Coca Cola HBC for their hospitality hosting the visit. Eric Rainey highlighted the Club's close relationship with Coca Cola and, in particular, Gillian with YouthAction NI's GetSet programme and complimented her on Coca Cola's work with YouthAction NI.

coca cola visit 01In their Robinson Heritage Theatre, having been refreshed with soft drinks in iconic shaped mini bottles, Gillian played a short video introducing their history and how they came to NI. This history is particularly notable as the company was founded and subsequently run by a former member of the Club - Terrance Robinson. Her very informative and interesting presentation also highlighted the company's environment and sustainability policies and social investment.

Following this presentation, which was very well received with many interested questions, the party enjoyed a delicious light lunch of sandwiches, hot bites and traybakes with tea/coffee before walking along the production floor gallery seeing bottles being made then flying along the rails cooling before being filled and the closed environment of the Deep RiverRock water bottling where even the caps were closed in; but perhaps the most intriguing element was the lack of obvious people on the floor!



International Peace Awards

Award recipents 18.07.22The Rotary Club of Belfast were delighted to host the presentation of the inaugural San Antonio International Peace Awards bestowed by the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Texas to 4 local charities: Mary Peters Trust, R-City Belfast, Harmony Community Trust and PeacePlayers NI at the Belfast Club meeting Monday 18 July. 

Photo from left: Ken Nixon, Immediate Past President Rotary Club of Belfast; Jack Maguire, Rotary Club of San Antonio; Will Doggart, Mary Peters Trust; JC Clapsaddle, San Antonio Club; Lady Mary Peters, Mary Peters Trust; Donovan Evit, R-City Belfast; Steven Costello, President, The Rotary Club of Belfast and David Boyd, Harmony Community Trust.

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Presidents' Day 2022

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President Ken was delighted to welcome 40 members and guests to the celebration held at the Royal Belfast Golf Club, Monday 27 June. This was a unique occasion as not only was it the first to be held since 2019 but it was also a celebration for 2 Presidents! - PP Karen who, with the lockdown, had been unable to hold one at the end of her year and President Ken after his 2 years in office.

Always an exceptional event in the Club calendar, this year's relaxed and convivial evening proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by the members and guests attending.

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North Coast Adventure

Some 22 intrepid Rotarians and partners made their way to the Marine Hotel Ballycastle on Tuesday 17 May to gather together for the first time since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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Ballycastle 12Led by President Ken, PP Maurice & Hilary Brooks, PP Brian & Rosie Clements, PE Steven Costello, Eileen Kennedy, PP Adrian and Margaret Kerr, PP Craig & Orla McClelland, PP Gordon & Norma Millington, John & Hester O’Carroll, Ronnie & Elma Porter, Eric & June Rainey and Denis & Betty Wilson received a very warm welcome from the hotel and, as the photos show, having all arrived safely thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company with lots of Craic over a very good dinner culminating with a hearty north coast breakfast! 

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