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Good Wishes

PE HandoverThe Christmas Dinner Meeting Monday 15 December 2014 sadly marked the farewell of Claire Savage from the Club as she handed over the President Elect Jewel to recently elected Ronnie Porter.

President Ronnie, Council and all members wish her every happiness in her new future.



Fun and Fellowship at Christmas

Dinner 01The Club enjoyed another evening of excellent fun and fellowship at the Club Christmas Dinner Meeting held in the Ulster Reform Club Monday night 15 December. A taxing "Name the Photos" Quiz was great fun and raised £170 for the Club Charities. Global Scholar Kate Quinby beautifully sang 2 of her own songs and had everyone dreaming of a white Christmas. 

Club helps at Christmas

Family Appeal Handover 2014President Ronnie McLean was delighted to handover the Club's donation of £700 to the Salvation Army Family Appeal Thursday 11 December. The Club has promoted and supported this annual Appeal from its inception in 1983. more here...

The John Lunn Story

JohnLunnClub speaker Monday 08 December, John Lunn, spoke about the history of his family jewellers which started in Queens Arcade, Belfast and 3 generations later is proudly celebrating 60 years as a company. He noted that in 1954 his grandfather John opened a store in Queens Arcade. It was a much smaller store consisting of the first two pillars of the present shop. In 1955 John Lunn was asked to design and manufacture the silver freedom casket which w

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The TABU Effect

Tori Watson VisitThe Club was delighted to welcome back Tori Watson as a guest of Doris Houston to the meeting Monday 08 December. Tori was a student on the 2010 TABU visit to Chicago. She noted that she last addressed the Club in September 2010 on her 18th birthday and was terribly nervous. However she now was privileged to address members again and look back at the last 4-5 years and scarily realise just how much TABU has influenced what has happened to her.

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Speaker Scholar Katie Scrantom

SpeakerKatieScrantomSpeakerKatieScrantom.3Katie Scrantom, our Rotary Global Peace Scholar spoke to the Club Monday 24 November on her earlier work with children and how it led her to study for her MSc Psychology of Childhood Adversity at QUB. Noting that she was being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago Far North, she thanked Rotary for the support which has enabled her to undertake this study - a pilot one year programme. Her father is a now a farmer and mother a photographer (thoug

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RIBI Technology Tournament 2014

The RIBI Technology Tournament was held, thanks to Robin Swann MLA, in the Long Gallery,RIBI Technology Tournament Nov 14 Stormont Buildings on Tuesday 18 November. 15 teams from the Belfast area of students interested in engineering and science competed in this one day event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task, their solutions then being tested and judged against competing teams. All Belfast Rotary Clubs were represented and experienced this competition "

The importance of Youth Service

Grainne BagnallGuest Speaker Grainne Bagnall, District Youth Services Chair, spoke enthusiastically to the Club Monday 17 November about the importance of Youth Service in Rotary highlighting what Rotary is doing for youth and how they are doing in their communities.

She would like all Rotary clubs to engage with young people on some level with programmes aimed not just at the privileged but at those who need help. She stressed the importance of what the young

Club supports Youth Action

YouthA Nov 1411 Club members took part in Youth Action's successful Get Set to Go Day held on Thursday 13 November and 5 participated Thursday 23 October in training interviews for 11 members of the Youth Action Youth Workers Apprentice Scheme. Youth Action NI are very grateful for the Club's involvement and extremely appreciative of the help given by Club members.

Youth Action NI's Work Placement Mentor, Amy Gillen, says: I would just like to say a big than

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Thank You Belfast New Zealand!

TheBelfastRugbyDuoPP Bryan Johnston on his return from a 5 week holiday in Australia and NZ handed over to President Ronnie gifts from the Rotary Club of Belfast Koapi Christchurch, New Zealand which had been presented to him for the Club when he attended one of their meetings. Suitably modelled by President Ronnie and PP Brian they were: a Belfast Kaipoi Baseball Cap, Belfast Rugby Club player's jersey and tie. The Club meet at their Belfast Rugby Club.

Sea Cadets Training and Development

NeilSommervilleNeal Somerville, Sea Cadets Training and Development worker from the Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) spoke to tha Club Monday 3 November. The Sea Cadets are a recognised youth organisation for 10-18 year olds with 400 units in the UK training 14,000 young people with 9000 adult volunteers. There are 11 units in NI.

In his most interesting address he advised that the MSCC is the country's largest maritime charity. The Marine Society gives supp

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Club Centenary FASA Project Working Well

Halloween 2014Honorary Member Dame Mary Peters and Past President Courtenay Thompson recently visited the setting up for the FASA Halloween party at their Eden project at Millisle. Two members of the families of the bereaved by suicide who had set up the 'spooks photo booth' for the party accompanied them.

After the visit Dame Mary and PP Courtenay visited the new FASA Nightingale house on the Newtownards Road which will provide a 24hr drop in and call centre

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A Unique Story

PeterJackPresentation1Peter Jack BookThe unique Limavady solicitor and Rotary Club Past President Peter Jack gave a light-hearted address on some of his amazing journeys and feats over the last 15 years including climbing up to 4,500 metres on Mount Everest and mountains in Borneo, Morocco and Mt Kilimanjaro together with competing in 14 Ironman Triathlon races (long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced i

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Rotarian Visitors Welcomed

ExchangingBanners2Dale Singleton Lagan Valley Club VisitorThe Club were delighted to welcome to the October 27 Club meeting 2 visitors - Rotarian Dale Singleton, Lagan Valley Club and Dietrich Bilger, Immediate Past District Governor (District 7950) Rotary Club of Scituate, MA. Rtn Dale (pictured left) explained that the Lagan Valley Club were having "Break Out Week" when they have no Club meeting and members each visit different Clubs. IPDG Dietrich Bilger advised he was in Belfast to attend the 5th an

World Polio Day 2014 Hails the End of Polio

Polio Day 2014On World Polio Day 24 October, Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and highlighted the 30 year fight to end polio which is now uncontrolled in only the three countries where transmission has never been st

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Welcome to the website of The Rotary Club of Belfast. Please explore and get a flavour of how volunteer Rotarians use their skills and vocations throughout our various projects to improve life for people less fortunate than ourselves at home and abroad and the fun and fellowship we enjoy being members of the family of Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Belfast is a vibrant club, welcoming and friendly and we welcome visitors from the World of Rotary at any time.

I am honoured to be President of The Rotary Club of Belfast in our 104th year, we were the first club to be formed In the U.K. and the Club has played a prominent part in the Rotary movement in Ireland over many years.

In 2014-15 Rotarians, reflecting the theme set by Rotary International President Gary C.K.Huang, will Light Up Rotary and - through commitment and by sharing service, strengthening clubs and letting Rotarian light shine in more than 34,000 communities - will light up the world.

We are involved in charitable work both at home and overseas, raising money in many interesting and inventive ways. It is important to the members that they have fun and fellowship in all the activities that we take part in. We are also involved in a number of youth projects using our business and professional skills to help young people who have had all sorts of difficulties in their early years.

We are always keen to welcome new members who could associate themselves with Rotary ideals. If you would like to find out more about us please make contact, we would love to hear from you.

Ronnie McLean, President 2014/15

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