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October 07, 2019

The Remarkable Story of Belfast's Plane Makers

Guest speaker Guy Warner gave Monday 07 October a very well received account of aircraft and aerospace manufacturing in NI over 100 years noting that although Shorts is generally considered to be the main plane makers there have been many others such as: Arthur Blake who in 1909 built/designed an early monoplane, Harry Ferguson (later of tractor fame)who in the same year was the 1st to fly an aircraft designed and built to his own specification, at Hillsborough, County Down, later that year Joseph Cordner from Lurgan who moved to Londonderry and built a mono plane and did short hops…
September 30, 2019

Football for All

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September 30, 2019

Football for All

Guest Speaker Michael Boyd, Director of Football Development, IFA, in a detailed and well received presentation to the Club Monday 30 September spoke about “Football for All” and the work of the IFA Foundation - he is pictured with President Elect Ken Nixon. He advised how the IFA had strived, with ideas from fans, to make attending international matches ‘family friendly’ and particularly highlighted the work of the Foundation set up in 2015 revealing that it was not greatly known about as they haven’t been good at promoting it! The Foundation’s programmes are financed 50% from grants and 50% from…
September 25, 2019

A Story of 'Home'

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September 25, 2019

A Story of 'Home'

Six months ago Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, washing away entire villages like Mwalija in Malawi. ShelterBox have provided emergency shelter for 2,000 families and they have begun rebuilding their lives by creating a space where their families can return to everyday life, coming together as a community to support each other physically and emotionally and by returning to work and making plans for the future. After the Cyclone the village were housed in a collective camp but with tools and emergency shelter from ShelterBox the Mwalija community were able to move from focusing on immediate problems like where to…
September 25, 2019

The Role of the Appeal Courts

The Club were delighted to welcome Monday 23 September guest speaker Sir Ronnie Weatherup, Retired Lord Justice, NI Court of Appeal who gave a fascinating and well-received address about the Appeal Courts. Sir Ronnie advised that he had spent 2 years sitting on the NI Court of Appeal hearing about 100 cases around half civil and half criminal. He noted that it is the highest court of appeal in NI and is ruled by 4 judges and the Chief Justice, appeal from it lies with the Supreme Court of the UK. He noted that Justice Brian Kerr (former Chief Justice)…
September 23, 2019

Welcome Rotary Scholar 2019/20

The Club is delighted to welcome this year’s Global Scholar Anna DeWitt from Wisconsin, USA, sponsored by Appleton Rotary Club. She will be studying for a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Social Justice at QUB. She is pictured with President Karen and Past President Bryan Johnston at her first visit to the Club Monday 23 September. We look forward to seeing her at Club meetings and wish her a happy and successful year.
September 16, 2019

President of the Law Society NI

The Club were delighted to welcome Monday 16 September guest speaker Suzanne Rice, President of the Law Society NI. She gave a most entertaining and enjoyable talk to the Club, with only 2 months left of her term as the 9th female President of the Law Society, on her year to date. Speaking about herself she revealed that her speciality is in family and children’s law and that she has been a “younger than usual President”. The NI Law Society she noted actually had in the 1970s the 1st female President in the UK and still lead the field in…
September 02, 2019

Thanks to the Club

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September 02, 2019

Thanks to the Club

President Karen was delighted to welcome to the Club meeting 02 September guest speaker Honorary Member Councillor John Finucane, Lord Mayor of Belfast and 2018 TABU participant and Interact Club of Belfast President Sarah Hand. The Lord Mayor in a very well received address reflected on the huge amount of unseen and unnoticed work done in the city by volunteers and thanked the Club for its contribution to the city.  Sarah thanked the Club for all her fantastic Rotary experiences including being a 2018 TABU participant and Belfast Club Interact President 2018/19. She is going to study medicine in Edinburgh and we…
August 29, 2019

Club attend Amber Rudd's visit to YouthAction NI

Amber Rudd MP, the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, visiting Youth Action NI on the morning of Thursday 29 August, met and discussed with young people from Strabane, Derry, Londonderry, Newry, Banbridge & Belfast YouthAction’s GET SET for Work project. The Rotary Club of Belfast is one of the key business partners of the Programme and, representing the Club, Immediate Past President Mark Davidson highlighted Rotary’s involvement with interview skills and CV preparation as well as the Club’s financial sponsorship of Interns. Youth Action NI’s CEO June Trimble and GET SET Project Manager Clare Conlon stressed the positive…

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It is a great honour for me to be taking on the role of President for the Rotary year 2019/20.

Being a Club based in Belfast city centre enables us to connect with the local Community, through service with YouthAction, Mitchell House and the Tree of Remembrance. Worldwide we support the fight to ‘End Polio Now’ and help some of the world’s poorest people work their own way out of poverty with dignity by investment in small business via the Lendwithcare scheme in many countries including Ecuador, Malawi and Cambodia.

We appreciate the tremendous amount of service already given by members but are looking forward to encouraging new members to join. Any prospective member is most welcome at any of our Monday meetings.

This year’s Rotary theme is Rotary connects the World
and we hope that you will help us to build those connections.

Karen Blair, President 2019/20

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