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.
A highly successful fraternal vist to the Rotary Club of Londonderry was enjoyed Monday 4 March by 17 members with 2 wives Mabel Baird and Norma Millington who set off on the 10.30 bus to Londonderry. President Gavin Killeen welcomed all, expressed how delighted they were by the visit from their parent Club and Presidents Gavin and Alan exchanged banners.
A wonderful evening of good food and warm fellowship crowned by a delightful Christmas concert, which had the whole room singing (and even being penguins!), was enjoyed by Rotarians and guests at the Christmas Dinner Meeting held at the Ulster Reform Club Monday 10 December 2012.
President Alan and Fleur were joined by 5 members and partners - ADG Maurice and Hilary Brooks, Past Presidents Adrian and Margaret Kerr, Brian and Rosie Clements, President Elect (PE) Ronnie & Doreen McLean and Rtn Ronnie & Elma Porter - at the District 1160 Annual Conference held in Galway 05-07 October 2012. We were also delighted to have in attendance our new Ambassadorial Scholar Delia, from the Bahamas.