Many members and their families enjoyed another wonderful evening on Monday 14th March 2011 touring the BBC Studios, Ormeau Avenue, ‘getting a peek behind the scenes-Take 2’.
Following a warm welcome from our BBC guides we enjoyed an excellent supper in the staff canteen, a visit to the make up studio, a tour of the News studio, hosted by Donna Traynor and the floor manager and, finally, the sound studios.
Here we ended up actually making a live radio play with the actors all coming from the Club, our TABU students and family members. It was very professional and our guides were most impressed and confirmed that this was the best production they had made!
Our thanks to all at the BBC and to our social convenor with this the Club’s second successful tour of the BBC studios.
Full report can be seen here.
On Monday 14th March our Guest Speaker was Tom Mallon from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern Ireland. Pictured left with President Brian he gave an interesting talk on the work of MSS in NI.
He was then presented with a cheque from PP John Lowry (far right) representing the proceeds from the recent car ballot.
The car ballot was very successful and the donation to Multiple Sclerosis was £1,041.
Thanks to all involved - and the winner of the car? - none other than one of our own members - lucky Brian Mooney!
After the severe winter the crocus blooms planted last October, by members joined by staff and pupils form Mitchell House School, were late to flower. Due to be in bloom on Rotary day, 23rd February, the bulbs were finally able to be viewed by them on 9th March 2011.
Further information can be seen here.
President Brian with Cieran McAuley, Chief Executive, The Lyric Theatre who outlined the progress with work on the new Lyric at Ridgeway Street, Belfast
PP Michael Smyth who gave an interesting 'state of the nation' address, with a good degree of humour, to the Club on Monday 28th February 2011.
Walter Rader was inducted into the Club on Monday 28th February 2011, pictured here with President Brian and Sponsor PP Trevor Hinds.
Rotarian Ken Morrison has just spent 2 weeks working in Rombo, Kenya with his wife Gilly. He sent the following by text to the Club.
Finally arrived in Tanzania after a long and very exciting mini-taxi and bus trip which started at 5am. Hotel is quaint African but appears a dream Hilton after the "prison cell" we have had for last 2 weeks due to the Volunteers’ house not yet ready. We have had a fascinating time learning about the Maasai people. We have visited clinics, a hospital, given talks at a number of schools, long trek in the bush to visit an indigenous Maasai village and worked at a number of projects (i.e. dug many wells!) Made some great friends amongst the people of Rombo and some good sessions in the Tsunami Pub - Which is a far cry from Balloo.
Off tomorrow for 3 nights safari and back to this hotel on Sun Night when we may be able to pick up e-mails. Otherwise on text. Then Mon fly to Zanzibar - we won’t know what to do with ourselves! Hope you’re all well and weather OK. Temp has been very hot here but rains are starting and much cooler and pleasanter.
Ken and his wife took with them the Club’s donation of £500 for wood for the school desks that he was making and 20kg of clinical material donated by Limerick Hospital.
We look forward to his report on his return.
The Club expresses our grateful thanks to President Ann Ferguson and the Belfast Inner Wheel Club members for their purchase of an Aquabox.
Such was the response and generosity of the Club that we have been able to send not only one, but two Aquaboxes which have been delivered to MMS Ireland who distribute them on behalf of Rotary.
They were recently collected from President Ann by Club International Convener, Eric Rainey.
If any members would like to donate an Aquabox, you can do so by purchasing one to be filled for £50 or an Aquabox already filled for £85 which will be distributed immediately to the point of need.
Please see here for further information on Aquabox.
The Rotary Club of Belfast, in conjunction with Tesco, supported the ‘Thank you for Life’ campaign, which we hoped would capture the essence of the Christmas spirit.
Thanks to the generosity of the Northern Ireland shoppers, who dug deep into their pockets despite freezing temperatures and atrocious travelling conditions, together with the very hard work of members, over £28,340 was collected.
President Brian distributed the funds to the nominated charities CLIC Sargent, Help for Heroes, SOSBus, Spina Bifida, Walkaway Community Association, Bothar, Cystic Fibrosis and St John’s Ambulance at the Club meeting 21 February 2011.
The full report, including video on how the trees were erected, can be seen here.
The John A Savage Memorial Trophy for 2010 was presented to the Belfast Rotaract Club on 21st February 2011.
Inaugurated in 2009 the Trophy is awarded by the Club to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community.
Presenting the award, President Brian stated he was personally delighted to present this award given his long-standing association with John Savage and the connection with the Rotaract Club.
The award was collected, on behalf of the Rotaract Club by President Tom Eisenhart and founder member Laura Garland.