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20/06/2022

Vol 28 Issue:39

Frank Bannister

Editor

President's Announcements

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Thought for the Day

This was given by PP Bernadette on the themes of high standards and service.

Apologies

Apologies were received from from Derek Griffith, Brian O’Boyce, Tony McCourt and Alan Davidson.

Visitors

Last week we had three Rotarian visitors, ADG Mike Connolly, Rear Admiral Clint Webber and Nasir Barakzai. There were three guests, Brian Gormley and Darren Robinson, introduced by Clint, and Marie Carroll, wife of PP Michael Carroll.

Hon Club Secretary Announcements

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Club News & Activities

PP Bernadette said that the Greenore/Rostrevor centre has recently had a re-launch that a few of our members had attended. The centre is having a religious service on Bloomsday (Thursday 16th) in St Andrew’s church Westland row at which there will be special music. This will be preceded by a breakfast in the centre at 8.00 a.m. All members of the club are welcome to attend. The Club Assembly was chaired by incoming president David Booth. David said that like all incoming presidents, he had certain ambitions including increasing the size of the club and having several great projects during his year. However, we need to make a number of changes in the way the club operates. One aspect that we need to re-think is the Monday lunch. David said that there are potential members knocking at the door, but who are put off by the idea of having to attend a luncheon every Monday or even any luncheon meetings at all. He would like to go back to having at least one evening meeting each month and maybe even two. He then invited committee chairs to speak. • Roger Owens spoke for Foundation and, on behalf of Pat Fannin, for International. The club had comfortably exceeded its targets for the year for contributions to both Foundation and PolioPlus. We were by far the largest contributor in Ireland (the next largest being the Enniskillen club). We were helped this year by two anonymous donations of €1000 each. Pat Fannin is working on international projects. District has a fund of €33,000 available for grants. This is for all clubs, though last year only 13 clubs made grant applications. We will be pursuing opportunities and members will be updated as things develop. • Frank Bannister spoke briefly about The Dubliner which, he said, would shortly be moving fully on-line. A QR code would be available for guest to download the current edition. More details would follow in due course. • Vice president Delma spoke about membership. The membership committee have been revisiting the visioning document. They are planning to reach out to lapsed members and they too are looking at reviving evening meetings as well as at a better organised mentoring system. They would welcome ideas. • Mary O spoke about the Peace initiative. This had only started last year and the committee so far is just Delma and herself. They have been developing connections with other Rotary clubs including Bonn and the Leonardo clubs and they are keen to develop links with English clubs. They plan to get the Interact group involved and would like all members of the club to complete the on-line training module on peace. They expect to put forward a candidate for a peace scholarship in the coming year. They are connecting with Ukrainian clubs. Finally she noted that the will be a “peace pole” in Linn Dara. • PP Ted spoke on Services, drew some analogies with cooking chickens and the new project approval process and said that a number of projects in the pipeline would be presented during the year. Responding, ADG Mike said that the incoming DG, Sean Fitzgerald is a former ship’s captain and used to being listened to! His main message was that Rotary needs to be seen to be out there doing things. We need to attract in people in their 40s and 50s. Whether is it planting trees or shaking buckets, we need to be visible. Mike said that many clubs were struggling to get going again after Covid and any visits to such clubs would be much valued. There were two District projects in the coming year: Community Treats, which may not be that suitable for the Dublin club and Family Carers. At the international level, bikes for Africa was going well with a consignment from McGilligan prison about to be shipped out. Finally he thanked the club for meeting its Foundation and PolioPlus targets.

Club Projects Updates

Kenneth Carroll said that the recent culinary award event had raised €420 which had been sent to District. Two students from St. Michael’s representing supported by our club.

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