She thanks for the continued support to Shelterbox enabling them to have deployed 127,000 boxes since its inception in 2000 working on every continent, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and conflicts.
A team of Rotaractors, which included Club Vice President Elect Claire Savage (pictured in the centre), completed the Belfast Relay Marathon. They are raising funds in aid of a local, independent homeless shelter, Homeplus N.I which has in recent months seen a huge influx of residents due to the ill-effects of the economic recession.
She described the company history and highlighted the company's core values: personal commitment, go the extra mile and no ego! She combines all this with also being a mother.
A unique evening meeting featured 2 leading economists Alan Bridle, Chief Economist Bank of Ireland UK and Professor Mike Smyth holding an economic forum Thursday 9 May.
Both gave excellent and interesting presentations - Alan Bridle examined the key themes, trends and myths of the current economic situation while PP Michael looked at the future policy choices for Northern Ireland.
Following the presentations there was a lively and at times controversial discussion covering many topics from the members and guests present. President Alan closed off the spirited discussion at 8.00pm thanking Alan Bridle for coming and PP Michael for organising such an excellent evening.
Dame Mary is the first woman to receive the civic honour previous recipients of the honour include the poet John Hewitt, the merchant navy and Winston Churchill.
Orthopaedic surgeon Gavin McLean gave an excellent presentation Monday 29 April on his visit in January 2013 to Africa with the Kenya Orthopaedic Project where he lectured, taught and operated in the foothills of Mount Kenya on the equator.
He was known there as the Great White Gorilla and he pointed out that there was no health service and patients were delighted to see them. One man had waited for 3 weeks for their arrival with a broken arm.
He is PE Ronnie and Doreen McLean's son and is pictured left with them and President Alan.
Formally welcomed by President Alan, President Chris introduced their members and partners and gave an insight into their Club which comprises of 34 members and was formed 27 years ago (on St George's Day) as an evening meeting Club. He related several interesting details about East Grinstead including that their name derives from the fact that they are located on the Meridian Line. He presented President Alan with a banner and received a Club Centenary tie and history book. The full details of their visit and picture gallery can be seen here.
It is now hoped that by 2018, with continued vaccination in affected countries, no child ever again will suffer this terrible disease.
At the final event kindly hosted by President Alan and Fleur, presentations were made to each participant and they each spoke eloquently, albeit at times tearfully, in turn giving warm thanks and appreciation to their host families and the Club. The students, teacher and Rotarians all articulated about the wealth of experience, the hospitality received and their admiration for the programme.