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February 10, 2020

Making Polio History

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February 10, 2020

Making Polio History

Bill Gates has announced the extension of Rotary and the Gates Foundation’s partnership to end polio. Rotary International has been at the heart of the fight against polio making this mammoth task its top priority since 1979. Bill Gates announced on 22 January that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were extending their long-term fundraising partnership with Rotary. Under the agreement, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years and each dollar will be matched with an additional 2 dollars by the Gates Foundation. Polio is on the verge of becoming the 2nd human…
January 27, 2020

Inner Wheel Club of Belfast

Addressing the Club Monday 27 January guest speaker Paddy Glass, President Inner Wheel Club of Belfast 2019-20, highlighted the various fundraising schemes they have used to collect money for their charities namely: coffee mornings, giant teddy bear raffle, filled Smartie tubes and, most recently, a pie & pudding lunch at Secretary Beryl's house raising funds for 2 ShelterBoxes, £250 for Sightsavers, WaterAid and Mary's Meals as well as £1,200 to her chosen charity - Air Ambulance. She pointed out that they work hard for their charities and suggested that perhaps the Clubs could work together on a big project.
January 27, 2020

Visit to Club Award Winners YMCA Belfast

7 Club members led by Eric Rainey - PE Ken, David Boyd, Brian Clements, John McCleery, John O'Carroll and Alan Rundle - visited on Monday 27 January the YMCA Youth Team in Knightsbridge Park. They were the winners the of Club's John Savage Award last year. They were made extremely welcome and were hugely impressed.  The recipient of the John Savage Award was the Youth Section run by Brian Moore ably supported by Peter McNiece and Lydia Brush. Its Programmes include The Connect Project; Duke of Edinburgh Award; NI National Citizenship Scheme; Youth in Government; Volunteer Training; M-Power; Peace lV Schools…
January 27, 2020

Visitors from French Polynesia

President Karen was delighted to welcome and exchange banners with Rotarians Ura Tinorua (left) and Tumoana Teikivaeoho (right) from the Rotary Club of Raiatea-Tahaa in French Polynesia at the Club meeting Monday 27 January.
January 20, 2020

Business and Sport Human Rights

Zara Potter from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in an interesting and well-received address to the Club Monday 20 January spoke on the theme of Business and Sport Human Rights highlighting the general position of the Human Rights legislation in NI and majoring on her specialism of Business and Sport. She outlined their current engagement with Businesses and Sporting Organisations within NI getting them to sign-up to the Human Rights involved in each area. Zara stressed that they aim to keep all meetings positive, have no investigative aspect but encourage good practice and facilitate sharing of knowledge in particular…
January 13, 2020

Ulstermen Pivotal in the USA

In an extremely interesting and well-crafted address to the Club Monday 13 January Past President Bryan Johnston discussed the remarkable influence of Ulstermen in their pivotal role in American Independence and the growth of the emerging development of the USA as well as their involvement and roles in the War of Independence. This tour de force presentation was very well received by a riveted audience. PP Bryan reflected that the Plantation, together the Huguenots arrival in NI, meant that by 1700 the majority of the population in Ulster was of non-Anglican protestant stock most of whom being Presbyterian. In Ireland…
January 11, 2020

Paul Harris Fellowship Award

The Club is delighted to congratulate Past President Ivan McMinn on being presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award with 2 Sapphires. Awarded by 6 Rotary Clubs (Amstel, Leuven, Berlin (2) Milan and Paris(2)), the Fellowship was made due to the success of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Seminar held in March 2019 in Belfast organised by the Club. It was presented to him recently at a Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2020 planning meeting in Paris by the President of the Rotary Club Paris Quai d’Orsay. PP Ivan records: “I was absolutely delighted to accept this honour which is also…
January 06, 2020

New Year’s Message 2020

Club member Rev. Lawrence in a very well received address gave this year's New Year's Message majoring on the Rotary movement and its importance as a Non Governmental Body in promoting peace, health, education and economic development throughout the world, because as Rotarians we reach out to and support our community, our city, our country and the wider world. Noting that the New Year brings a new future he urged everyone to keep up the good work making the most of the year ahead honouring the mission of Rotary, weekly and monthly and wished everybody involved a successful, healthy and…

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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.

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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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