President Alan concluded his year by holding by his President's Day on 1st July at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Always an exceptional event in the Club calendar and this year's proved to continue that tradition being greatly enjoyed by all. The Handover to President Ken took place after the dinner.
President Alan joined for a few holes of golf with those members who played the course in the afternoon. The evening dinner was attended by 70 members and partners and President Alan was delighted to welcome Rotaractors Laura and Joseph and thanked them for the special 'Welcome President Ken and Thank You President Alan' Balloons!
Several members and guests had a special visit to Harrisons Garden Centre, Greyabbey, Saturday 15 June 2013. Following a delicious lunch in the restaurant with its panoramic views, albeit unfortunately slightly dulled by the inclement weather, they were treated to an excellent presentation by David Harrison of how to make up a beautiful hanging basket, imparting may tips along the way.
PP Gordon and Norma Milllington set him an unusual challenge of creating a flowering planter out of a strawberry tub – and they are now looking forward to months of colourful blooms.
The Club were delighted to welcome to Belfast 9 members and partners from the Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian 21-24 April 2013. This fraternal visit by President Chris & Mary Smith, Phil & Shirley Baker, Alan & Sue Collinge, Keith & Barbara Hardin, Brian & Christine Jackson, Ken & Violet Jackson, David & Wendy Roberts, Mike & Joan Schnierer and Bob & Anne Shaw was initiated by a wish from some of their members to visit the Titanic Centre following a speaker who had been in the submersible down to the Titanic wreck. Given that Belfast Club's PP Gordon Millington's wife Norma's son is married to East Grinstead Meridian Club's President's daughter (!) the visit was arranged and organised, with thanks, by PP Gordon.
International Women's Day was marked Friday 08 March 2013 by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland by concurrent celebratory breakfasts in Belfast, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to celebrate the diversity, equality and dual gender involvement of Rotary worldwide. International Women's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements and at the breakfast the inaugural Rotary International, Northern Ireland, Woman of the Year Award was presented to Professor Dame Judith Hill.
Held at the picturesque Malone Golf Club overlooking the lake the breakfast was attended by over 100 business and professional women and men across Northern Ireland. Having enjoyed an impressive breakfast they were treated to a humorous and inspirational session of speakers.