Rotary Club of Belfast

"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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Fellowship and Fun

gc123 members and partners spent a most enjoyable Grub Club evening Thursday 06 February 2014 at the Parsons Nose in Hillsborough.

The good food and jovial fellowship was enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to the next venue and hope to see even more members and partners there.

Many thanks to Doris Houston and President Elect Ronnie McLean for organising the event.

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Christmas Dinner 2013

Dinner2The Club enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Dinner Meeting at the Ulster Reform Club Monday night 16 December 2013.

67 members and guests, this year with some Inner Wheel members present, enjoyed this splendid evening of warm fellowship. Following an excellent buffet dinner the 20 ballot prizes were drawn by VP Claire Savage and then PP Maurice Brooks, ably supported by Hon. Treasurer Ivan McMinn, auctioned 5 lots: 2 Antler suitcases, Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Luxury Hastings Hamper and Meal for 2 with wine at the Ulster Reform Club.

Thanks to the generosity of those there, the evening raised an fabulous £700 which will be split between ShelterBox and SOSBus.

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