The Club enjoyed another excellent evening at the Club Christmas Dinner Meeting held in the Ulster Reform Club Monday 13 December. Over 40 Club members, guests and Inner Wheel Club members had a splendid evening of food and fellowship.
President Ivan welcomed all members and guests and, in particular, Una Donaldson, Inner Wheel Club of Belfast President Hilary Brooks and Rotary Club of Newtownabbey President Jim Fitzsimons.
A very enjoyable evening with good food and good company was had by 28 members who participated in this month's social event and dined at Holohan's on the Barge, Thursday 27 October. We were also delighted to have the company of Lord and Lady Laird who joined us after returning home from London – a good evening was had by all.
President Ivan was joined by President Elect Rosemary, Past President Bryan & Helen Johnston, Maryam Sholevar and Global Scholars Laney Lennox and Catherine Glen at the District Conference held in Newbridge 30 September – 1 October. All enjoyed the excellent speakers and the opportunity to spend time with other Rotarians.
The Club were honoured to receive 2 Awards at the Conference: The Edward Leighton Memorial Cup for Youth Exchange citing TABU as the most outstanding District Youth Project and the Foundation Roule Salver for the Club's work with Ambassadorial students noting that the Club also received it last year.
President Ronnie concluded his year at his President's Dinner held 29 June at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always a highlight of the Club's year and this year's again relaxed and convivial evening was greatly enjoyed by the 74 members and guests. After drinks in the bar areas President Ronnie welcomed all introducing Roger & Alison Flack from Cork, guests of David & Jenny Boyd; Rotary Club of Donaghadee President Robert & Dawn McIlveen, PP Alistair & Eileen Johnston (PP James Kennedy was unable to attend) and his own personal guests Joan & Ted Boyd who were present at his installation last year.