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.
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.
Fascinating visit to Dáil Éireann on 17/09/14.
President Matt with our guide, Fintan.
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!
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.
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”.
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!
Past president Sheila English hands over to Matt Porter on behalf of Annie Raftis-White, President 2013 - 2014
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:
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.
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!
Come and see what Rotary is all about in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
See photos from the ball by clicking on the link "President Annie's Ball: 2014" under "Photo Albums" on the left.
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).
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!
All welcome, but please RSVP to Matt Porter at email@example.com by Monday 13th January.
We will resume our meetings on the 8th of January 2014. A blessed holiday season to all.
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.
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”.
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
International Chairperson Rotary Ireland
00353 86 2508028
Rotary honors Ireland for leadership on polio eradication
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 14, 2013) — Rotary International recognized the Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Thursday, 14 November with the Polio Eradication Champion Award for the Irish Government’s efforts to support a polio-free world.
Since the mid-1980s, Ireland has contributed more than €15 million for polio eradication, including €12 million since the year 2000. In addition, Ireland pledged a further €5 million over the next five years at the April 2013 Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi. During its Presidency of the European Union during the first half of 2013, Ireland also encouraged the European Commission’s support for polio eradication culminating in its commitment of further funding in April 2013.
“A polio free world is within our grasp thanks to the continued support of Ireland.” said Mike Webb, Member of the Rotary International Board of Directors. “We must continue to work together as a global community to protect the hard won gains in the more than 200 countries which are currently polio free. Children everywhere remain at risk until polio is completely eradicated.”
On receiving the award, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The memory of polio is still with us in Ireland and it is only right and just that we should now join the global effort to eradicate polio completely. Ireland has committed a total of €5 million towards this effort over the period 2013 to 2018. This commitment is in addition to the core support we provide to the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation in its important work of increasing access to life-saving vaccines and strengthening immunisation in poorer countries."
Rotary established the Polio Eradication Champion Award in 1995 to honor heads of state, health agency leaders and others who have made a significant contribution to the global eradication of polio. Other past recipients of Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award include Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India; Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker of Luxembourg, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
When Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, polio struck more than 1000 children around the world every day. Although the disease is at its lowest levels ever—just 223 reported cases in 2012—polio has never been stopped in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Rotary made polio eradication its top philanthropic goal in 1985. As the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary has contributed more than €800 million and countless hours of volunteer service to ending polio. This includes the over €745,000 contributed by the 2,255 members of Rotary clubs in Ireland. To date, more than two billion children have been immunized against the paralyzing and sometimes deadly poliovirus.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative includes the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary’s 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.
Great meeting at which Elaine Bannon of www.lightofmaasai.com (which we as a club support) presented an informative talk on developments in Rombo, Kenya. The meeting was attended by Elaine and distinguished visitors from Rombo and the Kenyan Embassy in Ireland, as well as assistant DG Jack Kinane.
Fascinating presentation on (and tasting of) Irish cheese by Donal Flynn, cheese specialist from Fallon & Byrne. Also wonderful to host Rotarian visitors Berrin Cesur, from Turkey, District. 2430, Rotary Club of Adapazari-Çark, Eduardo Soto and Olga, San José Noreste club in Costa Rica, district 4240, and Michael Hutchinson, of the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club California, USA
A fond farewell to our last Ambassadorial Scholar, Andrew Smith. You'll be missed, Andrew.
Due to renovations under way at our venue, and several people being away for their summer holidays, we have a curtailed meeting schedule in July and August. Please see our Calendar for details.
President Annie with Visiting Rotarian Greg from Eugene, OR, USA.
Thanks Cian and Melanie Timmons for organising our Dublin literary pub crawl on Wednesday 15/05/13. It was great fun, and enhanced by the group of Belgian students with whom we shared the crawl....
Photo album link at left.
The final few days to go to our Presidents Annual Ball and tickets are selling out fast - please contact us today if you are interested in getting the last few... if you can make it you might be interested in one of our fantastic auction prizes!
- an apartment stay for one week in an exclusive complex in Portugal
- two flights to Kenya generously donated by
Maasailand Adventure Safaris in Kenya
Hope to see you on the night...
See some photos from the International Women's Day event hosted by Dublin Central in our photo album; click on link at left of page.
The Neven Maguire Cooking Demo is sold out! Thanks to all who bought tickets. Enjoy!
We hope to have a repeat demo in September/October.
International Service: see also our International Service page What We Do ->International Service->Rombo, Kenya
Believe International Service makes a difference:
Our International work cannot be carried out at the expense of our local and national work, especially at a time when many people on this island are struggling. However, if clubs pool some of their hard-earned funds together, it is amazing what we can still achieve together overseas. A donation to the District Treasurer of circa £500 or €600 per club will enable us to build a Sand Dam in Kenya that will bring much needed water to hundreds of people. The local community will provide the labour free of charge, since the know the value of the Sand Dam to their community. We can provide the expertise and the materials. Call me on +353 86 2508028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Project up dates:
Jole Rider: Trevor Stewart and his team are organising a great day out on the 23rd March to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Jole Rider project. DG Jack and charity founder David Swetenhan will give us an up to date report on the progress within the Gambia, and the impact of our bike/book collection. Come along and hear the wonderful news that James Shivnan ( Athlone RC) has signed up an open prison in Cavan, which is now going to fix all the bikes for free. Check in for this cycle event at Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown at 12.30pm. All event enquires to Trevor’s new email address email@example.com , RC Lisburn.
Shelterbox: is currently responding to disasters in 6 different areas, including floods in Australia, refugees in Syria – Jordan and an earthquake in the Solomon Islands. Shelterbox have also announced they have a new CEO, Alison Wallace who joins them from Amnesty International. We wish Alison every success in the future.
Volunteering: The Rotary club of Monaghan are sending out 12 people (Rotarians and friends) to visit NGO worker Elaine Bannon in Rombo. They will stay in the newly built volunteers house and I am sure they will have a fantastic experience while living and working with the Maasai Tribe in the heart of the Kenyan Bush. For more information on volunteering see here.
Believe you make a difference
District International Chairperson
Meeting 13/03/13: great meeting with talks by David Kane, our Youth Leadership Development Competition Winner back from Strasbourg, and Mary O'Rafferty on Interact.
To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March, Rotarians in Great Britain & Ireland are organising a series of breakfast events in each of our capital cities. Rotarians are working in partnership with UN Women UK and UN Women Ireland to host the events in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin, which will feature key female guest speakers. Similar events are also taking place in Birmingham, Grantham and Cookham, Berks. Speakers on the day include the first British woman to climb Everest and Britain's first woman RAF pilot.
IWD began in 1911 and since then, thousands of events have been held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Activities range from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events, to women's craft markets, theatrical performances and fashion shows.
UN Women UK & UN Women Ireland are the national committees which advocate for UN Women, an inter-governmental organisation which helps formulate policies, global standards and norms to enhance the lives and experiences of women.
Event organiser Amanda Watkin, said: “We are a worldwide organisation of men and women working tirelessly both locally and internationally to bring help and support to those less advantaged than ourselves. Gender inequality is one of our key endeavours, so we are delighted to be working with UN Women UK and UN Women Ireland to help promote gender equality and fairness for women wherever they may be in the world.”
In London the Rotary event will be held at the London Living Room, City Hall. Highlights include a talk by Rebecca Stephens, the first British woman to climb Everest and a choir performance of the UN Women's official song written by Tom Morley
In Cardiff, the event takes place at the Firing Line, Cardiff Castle. Bekezela Nsingo, winner of numerous awards for her work as a role model for girls and women in Africa, is one of the guest speakers. She is joined by Felicity Ladbrooke, Chief Commissioner of Girl Guiding Cymru, who believes that guiding helped make her the person she is today.
In Dublin, the event will be held at St Stephens Green Hibernian Club where the main speaker will be Dr Rhona O’Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital.
In Edinburgh the event is taking place at the Braid Hills Hotel with speakers including Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and Audrey Park, the first female Governor of HMP Glenochil.
In Belfast the event will be held at Malone Golf Club, Dunmurry. Further details to be confirmed.
Additional events taking place around the UK to mark IWD are in Birmingham, Cookham and Grantham, where the speaker will be the RAF’s first woman pilot.
RI Service Above Self Award. Nominated by: district governors, immediate past district governors, RI directors, past RI directors.
As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Awarded to Dublin Central Rotarian Matt Porter on 25/01/2013 for his work at Rombo, Kenya (see Light of Maasai website here).
Photo shows Matt with Dublin Central President Sheila English, Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland Catherine Muigai Mwangi and District 1160 Governor Jack Cunningham.
For more photos, see our photo album here.