International Women's Day was marked by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland by concurrent celebratory breakfasts in Belfast, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to celebrate the diversity, equality and dual gender involvement of Rotary worldwide. International Women's Day provides the opportunity to globally recognise and applaud achievements and at the breakfast the inaugural Rotary International, Northern Ireland, Woman of the Year Award was presented.
The Belfast breakfast was co-ordinated by Past President Marnette Lyons (Belfast Club) who says this outstanding event happened because of a great team effort and is an excellent example of what Rotary is about. Others members of the team were: Past Presidents Mary Graham (Belfast West Club), Sandra McCabe (Lisburn Club) and Liz Doherty (Belfast East Club).
Picture shows: Belfast Club Honorary Member Dame Mary Peters, PP Mary Graham, PP Liz Doherty, Anne McReynolds,The MAC, Rotary Ireland District Governor Elect Verity Swann, VP Elect Claire Savage, Professor Dame Judith Hill,NI Hospice, Belfast Club member Carmel Owens and PP Marnette Lyons. (click on images to enlarge)
President Gavin Killeen welcomed all, expressed how delighted they were by the visit from their parent Club and Presidents Gavin and Alan exchanged banners.
A wonderful evening of fellowship crowned by a delightful Christmas concert, which had the whole room singing (and even being penguins!), was enjoyed by Rotarians and guests at the Ulster Reform Club Monday 10 December 2012.
All present were delighted to sing Happy Birthday and celebrate PP Bill Donaldson’s recent 95th birthday as he blew out the candles on his cake.
President Alan and Fleur were joined by 5 members and partners -ADG Maurice and Hilary Brooks, PPs Adrian & Margaret Kerr, Brian & Rosie Clements, PE Ronnie & Doreen McLean and Rtn Ronnie & Elma Porter- at the District 1160 Annual Conference held in Galway 05-07 October 2012. We were also delighted to have in attendance our new Ambassadorial Scholar Delia, from the Bahamas.
It was an excellent weekend of speakers, Rotary business and Club Awards but most of all, great fellowship.