The Club handover meeting, held on July 2 at the Royal Belfast Golf Club, was an extra special night this year - not only was President Alan installed but also President Adrian presented several special awards:
Paul Harris Fellowships were bestowed on Past Presidents Craig McClelland and John Lowry continuing the recognition in this special Centenary year of Past Presidents of long standing who have continued to significantly contribute to the work of the Club. (Report here)
The Harry Corscadden Award for Outstanding Service to the Club 2012 was awarded to David Brennan and Dick Thornton for their outstanding collection of spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas. (Report here)
The Centenary Presidential Award 2012 was presented to Pauline Hegney. (Report here)
The full Handover report continues.
Celebrating the Centenary of Rotary in Ireland the Club, with the kind permission of the Secretary of State, held Hillsborough Castle’s largest ever Charity Garden Party on Friday 29 June and heralded the next Centenary of Rotary in Ireland.
This was a garden party with a difference… and a remarkable day for Rotary in Ireland. Concluding the Club’s Centenary year it was attended by over 600 people from all of Ireland, GB and USA, raised much needed funds for Charity. It is anticipated that funds raised for the charities will be well in excess of £10,000. It also featured exceptional entertainment.
A full Gallery of pictures can be seen below (click on images to enlarge)
18 Rotarians and partners, led by PP Brian Clements, spent a fantastic fellowship visit over the Jubilee weekend 1-3 June with new and renewed friends from Kingston Rotary Club. Always a weekend to look forward to full of good times and friendship and this one certainly was. Our thanks are particularly due to our hosts and organisers Michael Kingham and PP Brian Clements.
This report includes only a few of the photographs from the visit, all may be viewed and downloaded in the Gallery below.
Many members of the Club were privileged and delighted to attend the Club's House of Lords Dinner on Thursday 31 May 2012 on the eve of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
Nearly 120 gathered at the Palace of Westminster for the Dinner kindly hosted by The Lord Laird of Artigarvan and Kevin Cahill; we were joined by Rotarians from the London and Kingston Rotary Clubs, their Guests and other representatives from North, South America, Australia and Europe.
Following the successful tour last year on Tuesday 17 April another 6 intrepid Rotarians (from left) John McCleery, VP Ken Morrison, PP Gordon Millington, PP Brian Clements, PP Albert Baird and Billy McCoubrey ventured deep into the Salt Mines in Carrickfergus sporting very fetching supplied overalls, helmets and miners lamps. The visit was organised by Rtn Doris Houston who they left on the surface this time and who expected their tour to last about two hours but they found it so interesting it lasted for over three!