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. We have just completed our Centenary year full details of which can be found throughout this website.
A short History of the Club, a List of Presidents and Secretaries, Council, Service Chairs and Committees are detailed on this website.
Current Office Bearers are:
Office Bearers 2010-2011
|Immediate Past President||Adrian Kerr|
|President Elect||Ken Morrison|
|Vice President||Ronnie McLean
|Honorary Secretary||Rosemary Simpson|
|Honorary Treasurer||Ivan McMinn|
We are always delighted to welcome guests from the world of Rotary.
The Club meets normally on Mondays, except Public Holidays, at the Europa Hotel, Belfast at 12.45pm for 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
It is now also possible to attend an evening meeting on Thursday nights in the RadissonBLU Hotel, Belfast at 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
All details can be found on the Meetings page.
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!
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Our International President Sakuji Tanaka has given us our theme for the year Peace through Service stating that: "Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary, Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways.
Peace has different meanings for different people, no definition is right, and no definition is wrong, however we use the word, this is what peace means for us. No matter how we use, or understand the word, Rotary can help us to achieve it.
Becoming a Rotarian broadened my understanding of the world. After joining the Rotary Club of Yashio, in 1975, I began to realize his life's purpose was not to make more money, but to be useful to other people. I realized that by helping others, even in the simplest of ways, I could help to build peace.
The Japanese tradition of putting the needs of society above the needs of the individual helped my country rebuild after the tsunami and earthquake in March. This is a lesson that I think the whole world can learn from, in a positive way. When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs -- when we focus our energies on a shared goal that is for the good of all -- this changes everything. It changes our priorities in a completely fundamental way. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace.
In Rotary, our business is not profit. Our business is peace. Our reward is not financial, but the happiness and satisfaction of seeing a better, more peaceful world, one that we have achieved through our own efforts.”
The Rotaract, Inner Wheel and Probus Clubs were initially sponsored by The Rotary Club of Belfast and are now run autonomously. It is hoped to form a new Interact Club. Further details can be seen here.