Thank you guest speaker Helen Harrison, Director JUNO Planning & Environmental Ltd, for your detailed and much appreciated presentation on the new Belfast Hub - one of the largest regeneration and investment projects in Northern Ireland - to the Club meeting Monday 15 January. Helen noted that this major project will have a major impact on the economic growth of the region being a £175m redevelopment of the existing rail and bus stations at Great Victoria Street and the subsequent redevelopment of the surrounding area.
Thank you Rev. Alex Wimberley for such an interesting and well presented message to the Club Monday 08 January which was appreciated by all present. He concluded his address with his blessing for 2018 – “May we be courageous, learn and love in 2018”.
Former Club President Elect Claire Savage who moved to Manchester 3 years ago was a radiant bride Saturday 06 January at Mottram Hall when she married Jeff Hocking. Club Hon. Secretary Crawford & Lisa Jane McIlveen, Past President David & Jenny Boyd and Doris & David Houston were delighted to be there and are pleased to report that she has agreed to be President of Formby Rotary Club in 2019/20.
|In 2017 ShelterBox raised over £11m with a combination of UK and affiliate fundraising - nearly £1m of the UK community fundraising came from Rotary. Rotary groups around the world helped them provide vulnerable people with emergency shelter and aid in almost all of the countries they have worked in affected by natural disaster. By the end of 2017, ShelterBox helped 32,000 households or 160,000 people who had lost everything through conflict or natural disaster.|
The citations having being made respectively by Past President's Gordon Millington and Brian Byers, District Governor Garth Arnold presented Bob Skelly (left) and San Wong with their Fellowships.
The Club enjoyed another evening at the Club Christmas Dinner Meeting held for the first time at Malone Golf Club. 73 Club members and guests had a splendid evening of food, entertainment and fellowship. Read more here...
The Club were delighted to again provide on December 18 their traditional Christmas Party for 32 children from Class 2 Mitchell House School. It was another resounding success with Magic George, resplendent in his new Christmas suit, entertaining all with his juggling, wayward monkey puppet whose various tricks were met with huge acclaim from the children. After juice and snacks were served, Past President Courtenay Thompson made a guest appearance as a certain Mr Claus - dispensing presents with a kind word for each and every child.
Showcasing Rotarians' Community Service, some Club members were pleased to help Dementia NI in their bag-packing collection in Tesco on 18 December. £1400.86 was raised and the charity was extremely grateful to all their volunteers. We hope the charity will visit the Club during the year to advise about the work they do locally and how support for them can make a difference to those living with dementia.
Our latest gifts from the Club's Children in Hospital fund were presented to the Beechcroft Children’s Unit at Forster Green Hospital. They were handed over to Jacquie Wilson, the Children's Service Manager, by Past President Brian Ferguson on Friday 15 December. This unit is chosen at Christmas because the children there are from disturbed backgrounds and don't get to know the meaning of a happy family Christmas.