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.
The Amazing Toccata produced the fabulous foot-tapping evening we had hoped for plus a lot more... This memorable concert staged in Bangor Grammar School had the 260 strong audience clapping and singing to a very wide selection of music from Queen to Les Miserables along with Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel and Elvis to mention just a few! The 8 soloists, chorus and orchestra played and sung their hearts out for over 2 hours and during the interval patrons enjoyed a chat over a glass of wine or cordial (for a donation) and bought ballot tickets.
Our thanks to the Club members who attended, brought parties or who supported the event in other ways through donating, selling tickets and being sponsors; to the members of the Donaghadee Club and the members of the public who attended all supporting the event so generously.
10 members, partners and friends spent a most enjoyable afternoon over a delicious lunch following the Ulster Hall Lunchtime Concert Friday 22 April. Our thanks to Doris Houston for organising it.