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 recently celebrated 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 (see menu left).
Current Office Bearers are:
Office Bearers 2013-2014
|Immediate Past President||Alan Rundle|
|President Elect||Ronnie McLean|
|Vice President||Claire Savage
|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 also occasionally 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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1 July 2013 sees the beginning of a new Rotary year with Club, District and International Presidents and Officers beginning their terms. Rotary International President 2013/14, Ron Burton, urges every Rotarian "to get involved, to get engaged, and to change lives".
"The Rotary club meeting you walk into today might, at first glance, seem very different from the weekly meetings of 50 years ago. And if you could pay a visit to every one of Rotary's 34,000 clubs, you'd see men and women from all different backgrounds, speaking just about every one of the world's languages, involved in service projects from the local to the global. You'd see clubs that are getting together to repair a neighbourhood playground this weekend, while working in partnership with other clubs to install sanitary facilities in a school thousands of miles away. And you'd see a group of people who are absolutely committed to making the world a better place, in ways large and small.
There's a lot that's different about Rotary today. But the foundation that Rotary is built on hasn't changed. Rotary is based, as it's always been, on our core values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These are the values that define us as Rotarians: they're the values we live by, and the values we strive to bring to the communities we serve.
Every one of us in Rotary is here because we were invited, and because we made a choice to accept that invitation. Every day since then, we've been faced with another choice: whether to just be a member of a Rotary club, or to truly be a Rotarian.
Being a Rotarian is a commitment that goes far beyond just showing up at meetings once a week. It means seeing the world, and our role in it, in a unique way. It means accepting our communities as our responsibility, and acting accordingly: taking the initiative, making the effort, and doing what's right, not what's easy.
All of us came to Rotary to get involved, and to make a difference. And in Rotary service, as in just about everything else in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you only put in a token effort, you won't accomplish very much, and you won't find very much satisfaction in what you do accomplish. But when you make the decision to truly engage Rotary — to bring Rotary service and Rotary values into every day of your life — that is when you start to see the incredible impact that you can have. That's when you find the inspiration, the excitement, and the power to truly change lives. And no one's life will be changed more than your own.
In the 2013-14 Rotary year, our theme, and my challenge to you, will be Engage Rotary, Change Lives."
Detailed information on Rotary, the Club and our service and social activities can be seen throughout this website.
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.