GET SET to be Hired

Get Set Launch.1The first copy of the unique, specially developed, GET SET to be Hired Resource Pack for young people was presented to Honorary Member The Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at the Club Monday 10 February 2014. The pack aims to help young people apply for a job who may not have the confidence, qualifications or communication skills to access the employment market.

Welcoming the resource the Lord Mayor said: "This new resource pack is a fantastic initiative. It provides a unique opportunity for our young people to improve and build upon their employability skills, that will hopefully lead to exciting prospects for them in the future." He also congratulated the Club on its constant support for the community helping others.

A Major Milestone for Polio

polio free indiaIndia has now gone three years without a new case of Polio, the last reported case being a two-year old girl in West Bengal 13 January 2011.

With a densely-concentrated population of more than one billion people, India was once considered the most challenging place on earth to end polio - in 2009 India was home to almost half of the world's polio cases and would be the last country to eradicate Polio. India's success is a result of remarkable commitment at all levels to eliminate the disease which has included a surveillance network of more than 33,000 sites, 2.3 million vaccinators, including Rotarians from around the world, deployed during national immunisation days and strategies to reach children in the country's hardest to reach areas. For example, in 2011 900 million doses of polio vaccine were given.

What do you mean by peace?

Cathy5-2670Former Rotary Peace Scholar, South African Cathy Bollaert gave a most interesting presentation Monday 27 January 2014 to the Club of her time as a Rotary Peace Fellow, mainly in Bradford, together with a review of her time in South Africa, various parts of the world and her more recent return to NI. She is shown with President Ken Morrison (centre) and Rotarian Alvin McKinley.

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield

RC Sutton in AshfieldThe Club are delighted to have received greetings and best wishes from the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield (District 1200).

They have a tradition to send greetings from their weekly meeting coupled with the Rotary Toast. This Rotary year they are selecting a Club that is connected or associated with a famous invention and chose to send greetings to the Club because the Pneumatic Tyre was invented by John Boyd Dunlop in Belfast in 1887.

Educating the Consumer

PhilippaPresKenClaire-2669Philippa McKeown Brown, Head of Education, Consumer Council gave an interesting and well received presentation to the Club Monday 20 January. She is pictured on the left with President Ken and Vice President Claire Savage.

Special Occupational Therapy Equipment for Tor Bank School

DSCN1973The Club are delighted to have recently donated, through our Montgomery Bowl-Children in Hospital Fund, special equipment to Occupational Therapy Department at Tor Bank School. The staff at Tor Bank passed on their sincere thanks from all the children who benefit every day from the generosity of The Belfast Rotary Club.

As on many previous occasions the requests never cease to surprise us. This time the main item was a Deluxe Steam (body) Roller.

Ring out the Bells

VRevDrHughKennedyAddressesClub-2666The Very Rev. Dr. Hugh Kennedy, Administrator St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, congratulated the Club on its long history of service to the Belfast community and especially its youth when he gave the New Year Address to the Club Monday 06 January 2014. He stated that the heart of professional life is to provide leadership and also service to the weaker members of the community just as the famous Barney Hughes who created his famous Belfast Bap during the Famine to provide affordable bread for the poor.


Interfaith Calendar 2014

TABUInterFaithCalendar2Having given the New Year's address to the Club, Monday 06 January 2014, the Very Rev. Dr. Hugh Kennedy, Administrator St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, was presented by President Ken with copies of the 2014 Inter-Faith Calendar.

The Club is very pleased to acknowledge the generous donation of 130 of these calendars produced by the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago with funding from the Ilene and Michael Shaw Charitable Trust, honouring the memory of Michael Shaw who was instrumental in the start of TABU and our introduction to the Highland Park Club.


Christmas Meeting 2013

dinner1-2664The Club enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Dinner Meeting at the Ulster Reform Club Monday night 16 December.

67 members and guests, this year with some Inner Wheel members present, enjoyed this splendid evening of warm fellowship. Thanks to the generosity of those present £700 was raised from the ballot and auction which will be split between ShelterBox and SOSBus.

A gallery of pictures can be seen here.

Mitchell House Xmas Party 2013

JMC3-2646The Club were delighted to organise its traditional Christmas Party for the Mitchell House Junior School on Thursday 5 December. As in previous years it was another resounding success, enjoyed by the children, staff and volunteer Club members with an hilarious show by 'Magic George', which had all in raptures, some singing and games the drinks and snacks supplied by the Club were enjoyed by all. Santa (who had a remarkable resemblance to Past President Courtenay Thompson) distributed presents. As always, those who were there were left with amazing happy memories.
Full details of the Club's involvement with Mitchell House can be seen here.

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