The Club is currently inviting applications to the RIBI Young Writer’s competition.
This year’s topic is Light up the Community.
500 words (suggested) to be submitted on a story on a project in the applicant's community or a suggested project in that community which will help others and improve the community, including how it has/will Light up the Community.
Aimed at writers from junior to senior years in school it is designed to support and encourage students to use their writing skills, creativity and imagination. Starting with club level competitions, winners progress to district events and, ultimately, a national final with the winning work subsequently published in Rotary magazines. The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding no less is expected this year. Last year the winner of the Intermediate Section (ages 11-13) Aoife Heverin came from the Rotary Ireland District.
Creative writing is a talent to be celebrated and to be able to write is a special gift. In Great Britain and Ireland there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop, this talent and Rotary in these islands wishes to promote writing through this RIBI Young Writer competition.
Full details here.
Club President 2014-15
1 July 2014 sees the beginning of a new Rotary year with Club, District and International Presidents and Officers beginning their terms following the RI President's theme to Light Up the World.
Club President Ronnie McLean received his Chain of Office at the handover meeting held at the Royal Belfast Golf Club (more here) and he hopes to lead the Club forward and increase membership.
Rotary Ireland's District Governor Phillip Beggs (shown left) received his Chain of Office from Past DG Verity Swan in Dublin.
President Huang said he was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness".
he says: "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark.
The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world".
On behalf of the Club, President Ken awarded 3 Paul Harris Fellowships at the Handover Meeting, President's Day June 30 to (from left) members Mark Davidson and Eric Rainey and a Sapphire Award to Hon. Member Dame Mary Peters.
Before handing over the Chain of Office to President Elect Ronnie McLean, President Ken welcomed all members and guests, reflected on his year and thanked all Club members who had given their support during the year.
The full Handover report and presentations can be seen here
Thanks to the generosity of Club members during the 2013/14 Club year, the Club has donated funds to these charities as well as to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, the Club's Children in Hospital Fund and the Club's TABU programme.
He covered their various types, styles, design and construction with numerous stories!
The Club have bestowed a Paul Harris Fellowship to June Trimble MBE, CEO YouthAction NI in recognition of her service to the community.
President Ken presented her with the Award at the YouthAction Annual Charity Lunch, Sunday 22 June, at Deanes at Queens.
She says: "Most sincere thanks to you and your Rotary colleagues for the wonderful tribute on Sunday. It was such a surprise and a very thoughtful gesture. I’m sure you could tell I was totally taken unawares, which added to my delight!
I feel honoured and humbled, and I know it is in recognition of all the work of all the staff and volunteers at YouthAction. We raised over £4000 on Sunday towards much needed resources to continue our life changing work with young people."
The messages written on yellow ribbons by members of the public during the Christmas Charity collections, Park Centre 2012 & 13 were blessed by Father Michael Murtagh during mass on Sunday 15 June at the beautiful Clonard Monastery.
The ribbons were presented by President Ken with his wife Gilly and Past President Brian Clements in attendance.
Further information on the Charity collections and the ribbons can be seen here.