20 members attended various aspects of the 2017 District Conference held 29-30 September in the La Mon Hotel and we were also delighted to have with us Global Scholar Sarah Markley. Photo shows some of the Club's Friday attendees. Delegates were treated to a varied programme of speakers over the 2 days superbly introduced by Mistress of Ceremonies, our own past member and now a member of Formby Rotary Club, Rtn Claire Savage.
President Rosemary PP Maurice & Hilary Brooks and Trevor & Elizabeth Dickey enjoyed an outstanding evening at the Rowel Elisio Friers concert Friday 01 September at Anna’s House, Lisbane, Comber. President Rosemary advises that it was a superb evening and a privilege to hear this charming young man who received standing ovations for his programme which included amongst others: Polonaise No 1 by Chopin, Fly me to the moon and the Pathetique Sonata 1st Movement by Beethoven.
Several members of the Club had a most enjoyable visit to the award winning garden of Old Barrack House, Hillsborough on a special Club Open morning Friday 30 June. On a lovely, if chilly, morning they had a talk on the history of the house and its restoration before exploring the gardens.
President Ivan concluded his year at his President's Dinner held 26 June at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always the highlight of the Club's year and this year's extremely convivial evening proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by the 63 members and guests. After drinks in the bar areas President Ivan welcomed all especially District Governor Elect Garth & Anne Arnold, President Belfast West Rotary Club Des & Jayne McFall President Elect Rosemary's daughter Karen Mbayo and District Assistant Governor Roland Bailie.
President Ivan was honoured and delighted to welcome (pictured from left) Eve Conway, RIBI President, Councillor Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kalyan Banerjee, Chairman The Rotary Foundation Trustees, Garth Arnold, District Governor Elect, Gerry Kierans, Rotary Ireland District Governor, as well as the other District Officers, Presidents, Rotarians and guests to the District Rotary Foundation Centenary Lunch at the Europa Hotel Wednesday 21 June. It was attended by over 90 Rotarians and guests from all across Northern Ireland with an excellent Club turnout of over 40.