The Rotary Club of Belfast was founded in 1911 and Chartered No.67 in 1913 -we were the first club to have been formed in the UK. Our first meeting was held on 24 July 1911 and a vibrant club has been in continuous existence since.
A short History of the Club, our Centenary and a List of Presidents and Secretaries, current Council, Service Chairs and Committees are detailed on this website (see menu right).
Office Bearers 2017-18
|Immediate Past President||Ivan McMinn|
|President Elect||Mark Davidson|
|Vice President||Karen Blair|
|Honorary Secretary||Crawford McIlveen|
|Honorary Treasurer||David Warnock|
When we Meet
We are always delighted to welcome visitors from the world of Rotary. The Club meets normally on Mondays, except Public Holidays, at the Europa Hotel, Belfast over lunch at 1.00pm to 2:00pm. It is also possible occasionally to attend an evening meeting on Thursday nights in the Radisson BLU Hotel, Belfast at 6:00pm to 7:00pm. All details can be found on the Meetings pages.
We have Fun!
We are a dynamic Club of male and female members with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. We are members of Rotary because we enjoy being members of Rotary giving Service above Self whilst having fun!
The enormous sense of achievement we experience doing something really worthwhile, even if it is in just one of the many areas we are involved in. is matched only by the enormous amount of fun we have!
Detailed information on Rotary, the Club and our service and social activities can be seen throughout this website.
Rotary Theme 2017/8 Rotary: Making a Difference
July sees the beginning of a new Rotary year with Club, District and International Presidents and Officers beginning their terms. Every year the Rotary International President introduces his theme for his year urging Rotarians to follow it.
Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley has chosen Rotary: Making a Difference as his theme for 2017-18
"Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple question: “What is Rotary?”...
We are a member-based organization, a club-based organization, and a service based organization; we are local, regional, and international; we are community members, businesspeople and professionals, working and retired, active in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and priorities; every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.
... Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do — by the potential that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potential in meaningful and lasting service. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. In some ways, we’ve changed tremendously, as we’ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organization of people with the desire — and through Rotary, the ability — to make a difference in our communities, and the world.
We answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better."
Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International 2017-18
The Rotaract, Inner Wheel and Probus Clubs were initially sponsored by The Rotary Club of Belfast and are now run autonomously. Further details can be seen here.