Rotary Club of Dublin Central

District 1160

Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self

Meetings: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Stephen's Green Hibernian Club
9 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
Ireland

We meet over a glass of wine (no meal).
Dress: smart casual. No jeans.
Gents: jacket required but tie not.

 

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Our Activities

Meeting 25/02/15: visit by Peter King, President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) , and DG Phillip Beggs.

Our newest member, Subir Mukherjee, is inducted.

 

 

 

 
 

We wish all members of the extended Rotarian family a peaceful and prosperous 2015. Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday the 7th of January.

 

 
 

On Wednesday 26/11/14, at the Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, we will be holding a very special event. There will be an exhibition and silent auction of works by artists Michael Gemmell and Anne McNulty. The artists have kindly offered a significant portion of the silent auction proceeds to Rotary charities. In addition, there will be a raffle for a painting worth ca. €7000.....
To top it all, Michael Gemmell will be painting a brand new work on the night. Watch an artist at work!
Entrance to auction is €25, but of course all Rotarians and guests are welcome to come along to our meeting for fellowship and to observe free of charge.
For more details, see our special website: https://rotaryauction2014.azurewebsites.net

 

 
 

Very special meeting today! We inducted 2 new members, Eamon Porter and Joni Wyckoff, and listened to a very moving story by Seraphine Habimana, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide (her story here: http://www.edition.ie/features/rwanda-my-story-6961). We also announced the winner of our Youth Leadership competition, Aine Hogan Fellenz.

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Great off-site meeting at Mary Bleahene's office; Mary gave a fascinating talk on intellectual property law which generated much discussion (and whingeing from certain photographers.....).
At the meeting we inducted our newest member, Tamami.

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Fascinating visit to Dáil Éireann on 17/09/14.
President Matt with our guide, Fintan.

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Central Remedial Clinic – CRC Dublin:
On Thursday, 28th of August 2014 members from our Rotary Club Dublin Central visited the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf  to view the outcome of a joint project of 4 Rotary Clubs working together.

In 2012 our Club decided to support the transformation of an unsightly concrete courtyard into a nice, wheelchair accessible garden for the disabled children in the CRC Clinic.

It was really a great pleasure to see the result !  
It has become - not only a bright and colourful place where the children can relax - but also a place where they can grow their own potatoes and strawberries, to mention just a few advantages. 
This provides an excellent opportunity to be more active and dedicated and to intensify their identification with their school.

This is a good example of what can be achieved, having a good cooperation between Rotary Clubs.

We hope to see more joint projects in future!

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Matt Porter, International Chairperson Rotary Ireland D1160 and President Rotary Club of Dublin Central (www.dublincentral.org) receives an award from Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister UK.

Twelve previously unsung Rotarian heroes were personally thanked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Whitehall last week. Presenting the first ever Champions of Change Awards, Mr. Clegg spoke of the “extraordinary things” which the award winners had done.

“It was an honour to meet and be able to congratulate them,” he said. “They have all given so much time, so selflessly, and with so much passion to help others and make our society stronger and fairer. From Sidcup to Sumatra, Crewkerne to Kenya, they are helping people deal with some of the biggest challenges possible. And, every step of the way, they are inspiring others to get involved and help out.”

Nominations for the awards were in two categories, domestic and international, and invited from across Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland’s (RIBI) 29 districts, which takes in over 1,800 clubs and more than 50,000 members. Nan mccreadie, head of Rotary UK and Ireland said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise Rotarians who give their time and talents to help communities at a time when they need it most. Rotarians come from all walks of life, they are men and women who want to make a difference.  We were delighted to receive support from Nick Clegg, who kindly offered his time to recognise the excellent work that the worthy volunteers undertake everyday; much of which is funded solely by the individuals, who work neither for money nor for recognition but to help causes that they are passionate about and believe in wholeheartedly.”

The event at the Scotland Office (by kind permission of the Secretary of State for Scotland) was hosted by the Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace of Tankerness. Attendees included the Under Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, MP Michael Moore, as well as the awardees respective MPs and the district governors.

Matt Porter said “I accept this award on behalf of all the people that have helped me (and continue to help me) to help others in less well-off areas. In particular, I would like to thank the Rotarians in Ireland and the UK and Elaine Bannon based in Kenya, for their fantastic support over the years. When obstacles appear, as they always do with this kind of work, it is amazing to see how people emerge out of the darkness to help. We have been so privileged to be able to help so many and I hope that our work continues on and on for many years to come via the visitors that travel to see Rotary’s great work in Kenya”.

Check out how to visit this area of Kenya on www.rotary.ie and www.lightofmaasai.com .

 

 
 

During our meeting on 30/07/14 we were privileged to welcome 4 new members, as well as being visited by DG Phillip Beggs and Marjorie.
Welcome to our new members Anne, Katherine, Justin and Thomas!

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Inspirational talk by the Rotary Woman of the Year, Jane McKenna, founder of the LauraLynn Children's Hospice .

It was also great to meet several visitors from Denver, Colorado. Photo by Craig McNeil .

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Past president Sheila English hands over to Matt Porter on behalf of Annie Raftis-White, President 2013 - 2014

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Rotarians are frequently asked these questions. Information about who we are and what we do is available by clicking on the links in the menu bar above, but they say "a picture is worth a thousand words". Maybe videos are worth even more, so if you want to know more about what we do please take a few moments to watch these video links:

Bono:  Click here
The biggest rock star in the world saying great things about Rotary. He says “everywhere I go about my work in Africa, the Rotarians have been there before me”.
 

Health Clinic: Click here
The health clinic in Rombo, Kenya, that Rotary clubs helped to fit out with medical equipment. 600 women used this clinic in the first 30 days of its opening
 

Sand Dam: Click here

Our Sand Dam project in Rombo, Kenya that Rotary clubs helped to build. It brings water to 1,000 people

 

Visitors House: Click here
This is the house we built in Kenya that Rotary members can visit to see the projects we have successfully completed

 

 
 

John Lowe, the Money Doctor, will be speaking at our meeting on Wednesday the 14th, 18:30, at the Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

All welcome!

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A group of us went to the theatre on Wednesday April 30th instead of our usual Wednesday meeting... the Gaiety to see "Ross O'Carroll Kelly: Breaking Dad". Great time had by all.
Highly recommended for an evening of comedic escapism! 

http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/index.php/whats-on-buy-tickets/calendar/ross-ocarroll-kelly-breaking-dad/528
 

 

 
 

Come and see what Rotary is all about in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

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See photos from the ball by clicking on the link "President Annie's Ball: 2014" under "Photo Albums" on the left.


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See link at left.

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Rotary International President for 2014 - 2015, Gary C.K. Huang of Taipei, and his wife Corinna Yao (centre), at the recent conference of Rotary in Britain and Ireland. With them are Rotary in Ireland Foundation Chair Patricia Lindsay (left) and Matt Porter, Dublin Central President-elect and Rotary in Ireland International Chair (right).

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Rotary International President for 2014 - 2015, Gary C.K. Huang of Taipei, and his wife Corinna Yao, at the recent conference of Rotary in Britain and Ireland. Taking it easy after a long day's work, along with the district 1160 (Ireland) Foundation Chair, International Chair, Membership Chair, Youth Chair, Community Chair, DG elect, to name but a few!

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All welcome, but please RSVP to Matt Porter at matt.porter@kedington.ie by Monday 13th January.

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We will resume our meetings on the 8th of January 2014. A blessed holiday season to all.

 

 
 

Matt Porter, Dublin Central Rotarian and District International Chair, speaking about our Rombo project and other Rotary projects: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/41127480

 

 

 
 

Rotary clubs give a dam! Water to 500,000 people!

Rotary clubs from all over the island of Ireland got together to build a ‘Sand Dam’.

This is part of an initiative by Rotary Clubs in the UK and Ireland to bring water to half a million people in Kenya over the next 2 years.

An ingenious idea: the Sand Dam concept is thousands of years old and a simple low cost way to bring water to millions of people.  Water is the catalyst for everything.  Water helps to grow crops which can be sold for money that can be used for education.  Water is the first step to poverty relief.

Sand Dams are reinforced concrete walls built across seasonally dry rivers.  Walls trap the sand that the rains wash down river.  The sand backs up against the wall and millions of litres of water are trapped in the sand. The sand prevents the water from evaporating and filers the water so that it can be drunk straight out of the sand by digging a shallow hole.

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Africa bush lady from Ireland. 
Elaine Bannon from Ireland started the Light of Maasai charity www.lightofmaasai.com .  For the last 10 years, she has lived and worked with the Maasai community.  She has received a very prestigious award from the Kenyan Government for her work.  Elaine knows the benefit of water “without Rotary, the people of my village would continue to suffer difficult lives, while they work long hours in the fields praying for rain for their crops.  Now, thanks to Rotary clubs in Ireland, they have water security.  Rotary has breathed life into these people and this area.  From this helping hand, the people here will be able to support themselves now.  Millions of people go blind every year because they have no clean water to wash their face.  Crops die and families go hungry.  Food is the most basic of human needs and it all starts with access to water.  Thank you Rotary, you have truly changed lives in my village”.

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Maasai warriors and their womenfolk work together.  Rotary will only fund a dam if the local community get behind the project.  The whole community must provide the labour free of charge as their commitment to the dam.  Rotary then partners with two fabulous agencies, Excellent from the UK and ASDF from Kenya to provide all the materials, the design engineering and the building specialists, but the community involvement is the key to the long term sustainability of the project.  Dams take 29 days to build and change lives forever. 

Come to one of our local Rotary meetings to see our other local, national and International projects or visit http://www.rotary.ie/international.php

Matt Porter
International Chairperson Rotary Ireland
Matt.porter@kedington.ie
00353 86 2508028


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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