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4/25/2022

Volume 1 Issue 5

Alan Harrison

Editor

President's word

PE David reminded members of the President’s (Alexander Kopf) Night at the UCD Club, Belfield on Saturday 28th May. Members have already paid for their ticket through the annual fee.

Thought for the Day

The 'Thought for the Day' was given by PP Mariandy Lennon, who spoke of the plight of Ukraine

Apologies

Apologies were received from PP Ethna Fitzgerald, PP Derek Griffith, Padraig O’Fainin, Mary O’Rafferty, PP Kevin McAnallen, Cormac Trant, Patrick White,

Visitors

We had four visitors on 11th April : Nazir Barakzai and Súschka Soyka and online we had Ivanov Hannadi, charter President of RC Kharkiv New Level in Ulkraine, and his wife Irina, who are now living in Bettystown.

Hon Club Secretary Announcements

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Members' Corner

VP Delma Sweeney reminded members that the RCD book club is meeting on the third Monday of every month. Contact Delma for further details. PP Tony Keegan asks that any photos of past attendances at the Leonardo da Vinci should be sent to Rotarian Eamonn Allen please for inclusion as part of our contribution to a book about the 100 greatest Rotary Clubs.

Project Updates

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Guest speaker

Our speaker on 11th April was Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham, who was introduced by PP Tom O’Neill. Commissioned in 1971, Paul rose to GO Commanding the 1st Southern Brigade and retired in 2012.

Paul Pakenham thanked our club for inviting him. He noted that Rotary Foundation is supporting relief work in Ukraine and of course other charitable causes. Paul said that ‘they profit most, who serve best’. He recalled a speech in 1961 by JFK which stated that diplomacy and defence are interchangeable. And Paul’s talk was about the Defence Diplomacy.

Defence Diplomacy is the cooperation of nations in peaceful intent, excluding offensive and Defensive operations. It is a branch of international relations developed after WW11. Europe was then the area with the largest density of armed forces in world history. Arms control and disarmament became the political and military objectives. Proposals launched in Helsinki and followed up in Stockholm provided for observers and inspections and agreements not to engage in military actions near borders with neighbouring countries. PFP launched in 1994.

In 1995 Ireland was given observer status to the Western European Union with two representatives in Brussells for our Chief of Staff.

Questions from PP Ted Corcoran asked, like the hotel waiter who brought the champagne to George best, where did it all go wrong in relation to Ukraine ? Paul replied that there were active negotiations with Moscow, but could not explain why Defence Diplomacy failed on this occasion.
And in reply to a question from PP Brian George as to what would happen if an EU member was invaded, Paul reminded that the EU Treaty obliges all members to come to the assistance of any member invaded by a non-member. Ireland has special position due to neutrality. Any discussion on neutrality should be by way at a technical level rather than a citizen’s assembly.

The vote of thanks was given by pp Tony Keegan.

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