Rotary Club of Belfast

President's Day and Handover 2014

01.TerracePresident Ken concluded his year at his President's Day held 30 June at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always an exceptional event in the Club calendar, this year's proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by all. The Handover to President Ronnie McLean followed the dinner.

4 members played golf on the sun-baked course during the afternoon and 80 members and guests enjoyed chatting on the terrace before moving inside for dinner when President Ken welcomed back as a member San Wong and inducted Arlene Gormley as a new member.

Before the handover 3 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.

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Fun had at President's Golf Outing

1.Ready to go13 members had a most enjoyable time at President Ken's Fun Golf Outing, Helen's Bay Golf Club, Thursday 29 May.

Top prize went to Eric Rainey who bent his club on the 4th hole and hit the machinery shed on the 5th! However, Past President Derek Baxter won first prize with 43 points with Past President Campbell Morton runner up at 38 points.

Other special prizes went to Past Presidents Brian Clements for his score on the 9th and Trevor Hinds for being nearest the pin on the 4th just pipping Past President David Boyd.

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"Went to the Dogs" at Drumbo Park

1.Rotary Party23 Members, partners and friends spent an excellent evening 'at the dogs!', Friday 2 May.

Having enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal, with plenty of choice the racing of the evening began - and there was plenty with 11 "live" races at the Stadium and 12 shown on the TV's from Harold's Cross Stadium, Dublin. With the betting explained by the patient Tote staff we tried our luck but unfortunately for some Courtenays Icon or Courtenays Impact brought no joy; nor did any runners in the Rotary President Ken Morrison Stakes!

However great fun and fellowship was had by all added to by singing, the cake and bubbly to celebrate Lord Laird wife's birthday. Thank you Doris for organising such a fun night.

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Rotary Ireland Celebrates International Women's Day 2014

IWD14.1International Woman's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements. In recognition of International Women's Day 2014 Rotary Ireland held a breakfast Friday 7 March attended by over 100 business and professional men and women Rotarians and guests. The celebratory breakfast was held in Malone Golf Club and, for the 2nd year, was one of 5 concurrent events held in Belfast, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Cardiff organised by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, in partnership with UN Women. Reflecting the 2014 international Women's Day theme Equality for women is progress for all, the Belfast breakfast acknowledged the accomplishments of women in business, in their profession, personal lives, volunteering and those at home.

International Woman's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements and at the breakfast Rotary Ireland's NI Woman of the Year 2014 Award was presented to the inspirational Pretty 'n' Pink Charity founder Noleen Adair. Picture shows organizer Belfast West Rotary Club Past President (PP) Mary Graham, Belfast West Rotary Club; Award winner Noleen Adair; Rotary Ireland District Governor Verity Swan and Dame Mary Peters, Honorary member The Rotary Club of Belfast.

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Charity Breakfast 2014

ALargeAudiencePresident Ken was delighted to welcome members and guests to the Charity Breakfast held on Tuesday 25 February at the Europa Hotel attended by Belfast Lord Mayor Honorary Member Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Honorary Member Dame Mary Peters, 150 business men & women, Rotarians and guests; Chief Constable Matt Baggot was the keynote speaker.

Held in aid of Club Rotary Charities the breakfast was registered as part of the "World's greatest meal in aid of End Polio Now" where Rotarians all over the world are making history by taking part in honour of Rotary's 109th anniversary and donating the funds raised for the fight against Polio and thus hoping to eradicate it forever by 2018.

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