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District Conference 2011, Limerick

on 15 September 2011.

DSC06017-1177President Adrian and Margaret and 10 members and partners attended the District 1160 Annual Conference 15-18 September 2010 held in Limerick.

It was an excellent weekend of stimulating speakers and Rotary business but most of all great fellowship.

The Belfast and Dublin Clubs independently related to Conference on their Centenaries. The Club's Centenary was uniquely presented to the Conference.

  • the establishment of the Club by PP Bryan Johnston, again suitably resplendent in period costume
  • the war years by ADG Maurice Brooks
  • the contents of the Jubilee filled Black Box by PP Arthur Boyd (for description see here)
  • the Club’s experiences during troubles by Rtn Ronnie Porter and
  • the Club today and in the future by President Adrian.
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The entire Conference was a most enjoyable experience, our thanks to President Adrian and Margaret for their hospitality, particularly for the Centenary Champagne Reception. All members should consider participating in future years and experiencing this special fellowship.

P1040575-1191We were delighted to be joined at Conference by Woody Hanson, our recently arrived Ambassadorial Scholar 2011/12. Woody’s sponsor Club is the Minneapolis University Rotary Club, Minnesota, District 5950. Although from Wisconsin he went to University in Minnesota from where he applied for his scholarship. He reports:


District Governor Barney and the Rotary Clubs of Limerick were exceptional hosts during the 85th annual District Conference. We were greeted on the opening night with an event at the Limerick City Hall, which lies amidst an island near the mouth of the mighty Shannon River. Limerick’s proud history and location were charmingly articulated during the event by a local playwright.

Inspirational speakers and presentations regarding numerous Rotary-funded international programs filled the schedule over the remaining few days. A highlight of the event was the animated historical narrative of the proud tradition of the Rotary Club of Belfast. Among others, Rotarian Bryan Johnston with a monocle and a period costume transported us to the very origins of the historic club. I also particularly enjoyed listening to Mr. Gavin Bate’s recount his sixth journey to the summit of Mt. Everest with a Rotary flag.

The District Conference also offered me my first opportunity to meet Rotarians from the all over Ireland as well as my fellow Ambassadorial Scholars. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, which made the event a wonderful introduction to my year with Rotary in Belfast and in Ireland.

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