It is with great sadness we record the death on 5th January 2011 of our highly esteemed member Past President Fred Rogan, an Honorary Member of many years standing.
Our thoughts are the family circle at this time.
Funeral service: Roselawn Crematorium,
It was great to see such a turn out on Monday 13th December at the Ulster Reform Club when 92 Rotarians and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of food and fellowship crowned by a delightful Christmas concert sung from the Minstrel's Gallery by President Brian’s own choir, Cadenza, which even had the whole room singing! Here it in the video gallery here. We were especially pleased to welcome some widows of former Members.
Full report can be seen here
At the Christmas Dinner held on Monday 13th December 2010, Ulster Reform Club, Honorary Member PP Bill Donaldson was recognised for his 50 years membership of the Club.
President Brian presented him with a gift to mark this wonderful achievement following a tribute from CT Hogg.
PP Bill replied giving his thanks together with some reminiscences of his 50 years of membership
Report, including video, can be seen here.
Inner Wheel President Ann thanked President Brian for accompanying soloist Winston Irvine when he entertained those attending the recent Inner Wheel Christmas Dinner held at Malone Golf Club on Wednesday 8th December by presenting him with a suitable ‘Santa’.
President Brian with Ken Morrison (centre) and Rotarian Matt Porter, Rotary Club of Dublin Central, who has a close personal involvement with the Light of Maasai Charity, which is responsible for the projects in Rombo.
Matt gave a very interesting powerpoint presentation 6th December 2010 on the work covered by Project Rombo in Kenya.
Ken Morrison and his wife Gilly have volunteered to go to Kenya in February 2011 and assist with this project.
Back in splendour...
President Brian wearing the
Chain of Office
The Rotary Jaipur Limb Project (RJLP) have recently announced an initiative to build a limb camp to help the 5,000 victims in Haiti requiring artificial limbs, many of them emergency chainsaw amputees, following the earthquake January 2010. To these amputees hope and expectation is often no more than a metal crutch.
Mackendy Francois (left), whose left leg was cut off to free him from earthquake rubble in the T-shirt factory where he worked, has a dream to return to the factory if he had an artificial limb.
This Christmas The Rotary Club of Belfast, in conjunction with Tesco, is supporting a ‘Thank you for Life’ campaign, which it is hoped will capture the essence of the Christmas spirit. 25’ Christmas Trees have been erected outside a number of Tesco stores across the province, including the Tesco Extra Knocknagoney and Newtownbreda stores, from December 8th to 22nd. While Christmas trees are usually purely decorative, these are trees with a purpose. They provide a simple, yet poignant, way of remembering, acknowledging and celebrating the lives of loved ones amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
Shoppers are invited to write a private personal message on ribbons which will then be attached to the Tree. Whilst there is no charge, we ask for a donation to the local and international charities chosen by The Rotary Club and Tesco, including: CLIC Sargent, Help our Heroes, SOSBus, Spina Bifida, Walkaway Community Association, Bothar, Cystic Fibrosis and St John’s Ambulance.
New Member Kieran McGarrigle with President Brian and Sponsor PP Arthur Boyd having been inducted as a member of the Club 29th November 2010.