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It is with much regret that Cookstown Rotary Club notes the death of Past District Governor Gussie Hynes.
Gussie was President of the Rotary Club of Omagh in 1982/83 and District Governor 1994/95. He is best known for his work with the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, and was a trustee of the project. He was said to be responsible for over 10,000 people receiving limbs.
Gussie will be missed and fondly remembered by Rotarians in Cookstown and further afield. Members send their sympathy to Gussie’s wife Colette.
Mervyn Glover one of the founding members of Cookstown Rotary Club reached the impressive age of 97 on the 7th June 2019. Mervyn has been a member of the Club for some 49 years. All members pass on their best wishes to Mervyn.
John Smyth pictured celebrating with Mervyn on his birthday!
There will be no Rotary luncheon on Easter Tuesday (23rd April). Thanks to Tony for notifying the hotel. Our next luncheon will be on the 30th April with Tom Jebb in the chair. Enjoy Easter with your families.
We were pleased to meet the current District Governor Monica Robertson on Tuesday the 26th March. DG Monica is the 101st District Governor of Rotary in Ireland and believes that Rotary can "Be The Inspiration". Monica's visit was part of a programme to find out what Rotary Clubs across the Island of Ireland were doing and to provide inspiration. Club members provided feedback on the current Rotary Public Relations programme and on the IT system. Monica reminded members of the 5 Ps that provide the underpinning foundation for all Rotarians: People - Projects - Public Image - Polio and Peace.
Alistair Laird, Michael Mullan, Philip Orr and Tony McMinn (L-R) pictured with DG Monica
Breige Mulholland, Head of Operations and Finance, Air Ambulance-NI Ltd, gave a presentation to Cookstown Rotary Club and guests on Tuesday the 19th March. Breige explained the role of the Air Ambulance and its successes in saving life and reducing the potential horrific after effects of accidents. The Air Ambulance service costs about £2m a year to run. This cost is just for the helicopter, pilots and servicing. The doctors and paramedics are volunteers and are provided by the NHS.
Breige Mulholland pictured with Cookstown Rotarians (picture courtesy of Norman Bell)
President Philip Orr presented a cheque for £500 on behalf of the Club.
Northern Ireland has a new emergency service the Air Ambulance-NI Ltd.
Breige Mulholland, Head of Operations and Finance, Air Ambulance-NI Ltd, will discuss the emergency air ambulance service, its successes to date and the challenges facing the new service to Cookstown Rotarians and guests on the 19th March.
Rotarians and guests should assemble in the Foyer of the Hotel at 6 PM next Tuesday for the presentation which will commence at 6.15 PM. After the presentation President Philip will present a cheque on behalf of the Club. Then, Jack Moore, representing a local church bowling club will also make a presentation. Following the presentations there will photographs followed by refreshments.
Please let the secretary know ASAP if you can attend so that refreshments can be ordered.
Note there will be no luncheon meeting on Tuesday the 19th March.
South West College are running a breakfast meeting on the 19th November at 10.30 am at their Dungannon Campus to help with doing business in China. For more information please see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breakfast-event-doing-business-in-china-tickets-51582343177 .
President Philip Orr, Secretary Michael Mullan and Treasurer Jack Moore joined Area Ranger Sophie Atkinson and her volunteers at Springhill Moneymore on the 1st November to plant the crocus corms leftover from the planting event on World Polio Day 2018.
President Philip receives his spade and corms from Becky
After 30 years of bold action, historic achievements, and sometimes discouraging setbacks, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have nearly brought polio to an end.
This ground-breaking public-private partnership and its innovative strategies were celebrated Wednesday during Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Hundreds of people attended in person, including representatives of all five GPEI partners, and thousands more worldwide watched it live online.
Cookstown Rotarians visited Team Aspie at their Molesworth Street Headquarters on Tuesday the 23rd October.
Team Aspie is a group for teenagers with Asperger's syndrome. It provides a safe forum for young people to socialise, have fun, learn skills and to help spread awareness and acceptance of this autistic spectrum disorder. The group was founded by a young teenager, Richard Collins, in 2014 to fill a need for young people with Asperger's to come together and meet others like them.
We met three very enthusiastic members of Team Aspies' Management Committee, Tracy Collins, Lorraine Heatherington and Gail Watt Dunseath. The challenges of intelligent, often exceptionally gifted, young people with limited empathy for others was explained. The need for sympathy and understanding of the condition so that these young people can develop their potential was explained passionately. Young people with Asperger's if not supported, are particularly vulnerable to anxiety, depression, self harm and exclusion from school. However, with support many young people can go on to achieve well. Tracy provided an update on the successes of very well known people who have the condition.
Today Cookstown Rotary Club is joining thousands of other Rotary clubs around the world in supporting World Polio Day 2018.
Rotary members throughout Great Britain and Ireland are holding Purple4Polio events to raise awareness and donations for the Rotary campaign to End Polio Now and forever.
In Mid Ulster the club working with the National Trust at Springhill in Moneymore, Cookstown Wildlife Trust and Mid Ulster Stroke Survivors Club will plant 5,000 purple crocus corms.
We have accepted an invitation to visit Team. Aspie on Tuesday the 23rd October at 6.45 pm.
They are located in Molesworth Street, Cookstown. This group provides support to families who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome. It will be an opportunity to learn about their work and to provide much needed encouragement and thanks to the staff who do all the hard work.
After the event we will travel to the Braeside for an evening meal at around 7.45 to 8 pm.
Spouses, partners and friends are encouraged to attend!
Please let the secretary know who intends to go so that we can let Team.Aspie know and make the booking with the Braeside.
Note. There will be no luncheon meeting at the Glenavon House Hotel on the 23rd October.
Sharon Loughrin has notified us that Midnight Run, a Tennessee Bluegrass Band will be playing at Lissan House this Thursday night (27th September) at 8.30 PM. Tickets are £15,available from Lissan House (tel 02886763312) or pay at the door on the night.
The video below is of the band playing Kentucky Girl at Gatlinburg in the US.
The Club visited the National Trust property at Springhill, Moneymore on Tuesday the 28th August. Our guide was Area Ranger Sophie Atkinson.
Sophie explained her role at Springhill and the wide range of projects she and her team worked on. Sophie's energy, enthusiasm and dedication to Springhill were evident.
The importance of links with schools and the local community through nest fests, allotments, bird box projects, bat nights, trails for primary students were discussed.
Overall some 20 Rotarians and guests attended the event. We were delighted to meet up with Mervyn Glover and John Smyth and discuss old times.
Selection of Rotarians and guests at event at Springhill
John Smyth and Mervyn Glover enjoyed the presentation.
Sophie Atkinson Area Ranger at NT Springhill
It was agreed at the luncheon meeting today that we would have a short break in meetings over the peak July summer period.
There will be no Rotary luncheon meetings at the Glenavon House Hotel on the 10th and 17th July. Meetings will resume on the 24th July.
Enjoy the summer weather!
Cookstown Rotary Club has a new President, Philip Orr.
Ricky Butler presents the Rotary Chain of Office to Philip Orr
Philip, a retired solicitor, is one of Cookstown's most experienced Rotarians and will be our 2018 to 2019 President.
During the handover, presided over by Joint Presidents Ricky and Tony, Tony recognised Philip's professional and Rotary knowledge and wished him well and hoped that he would enjoy his year guiding the club.
Philip thanked Ricky and Tony for accepting their roles of joint presidents at short notice and recognised their determination and commitment to the Rotary ethos and their work in guiding the club through a challenging period.
Ricky Butler, Alistair Laird, John Smyth, Tony McMinn, Jimmy McCabe, Philip Orr, Jack Moore, Nigel Stratton, Colin Thompson, Steve Wilson and Tom Jebb (L to R) pictured after the handover.
Thanks to the Hub, Cookstown had another excellent Summer Carnival on the 29th June. The many floats demonstrating great business and community support for the carnival were well received by a large crowd of interested locals and visitors. The unseasonal weather, 26°C, contributed to a memorable evening.
Two of Cookstown's Rotarians helping to keep the large crowd safe!
Cookstown Rotary Club were delighted to provide stewards. Thanks to Steve Wilson of CFC for the high visibility vests.
The Rotary Ireland Tree Garden located within the Colebrooke Estate, situated just off the A4 Enniskillen to Belfast Road at Brookeborough, was opened on World Earth Day on the 22nd April, 2018.
This Rotary Garden will form part of an extensive wooded estate containing a wide variety of trees that have been well managed over many years.
The project will help all Clubs in Ireland address a goal set by Rotary International President Ian Riseley when he challenged every Rotary Club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members on World Earth Day 22 April 2018.
To achieve this objective, the Rotary Club of Enniskillen has worked with interested parties to create the Rotary Ireland Tree Garden in Fermanagh.
Balcas (NI) will oversee the planting and cover the cost of providing an interpretative panel and ceremonial tree in an appropriate location visible from the public road that will tell the story of all partners and list the names of all participating Clubs.
The names of all participating Clubs are included on the signage on the site.
The project was supported by the above named Rotary Clubs.
Superstars is a charity whose purpose is to provide life enhancing opportunities for people with learning disabilities which are not available elsewhere. Based in Cookstown, membership comes from throughout the whole of Mid-Ulster.
Details of the work of the charity are given on their website.
A proposal from the charity for funding for a "Multi Sports for Multi Abilities project" has reached the final 5 of the Big Lottery People’s Projects. This is a project deserving of support and you can vote On Line by clicking the link below:
A vote from you could make a big difference to these young people
Among the diverse aims of Rotary is to support the local community, and to improve the personal development and skills of individuals. These skills and qualities are often badly needed by industry, which requires innovative employees.
Considering the importance of the engineering industry in the Mid-Ulster area, the members of Dungannon and Cookstown Rotary Clubs held a Technology Tournament in South West College in Dungannon on the 8th March 2018.
The event was attended by eleven teams from Secondary schools from the Dungannon area. The teams had to tackle a task, about which they, and their teachers, know nothing about until the day. They were required to design, develop, build and then test a specified model from the very limited resources supplied, such as strip wood, dowel, paper clips, tape, wire, cardboard, glue, elastic bands and so on. The results were judged by a panel consisting of an Engineer from AES Global, Shirley Patterson, STEM Centre Co-ordinator and a judge from Sentius.
This year the task required the teams to design, construct and test a launching device, complete with a remotely operated trigger mechanism. This should enable the capsule to rise vertically above 3m. In addition, the capsule needed to carry a parachute that opened to allow descent as close as possible to the point of lift off.
Dean Maguirc College students pictured receiving their award.
The tournament was a challenge, but an enjoyable and rewarding experience for those taking part. An interesting and fun day out was guaranteed for all students, which also tested their knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, application, manual skills and their ability to work in a team. This year’s winners were from Dean Maguirc College.
The day was possible thanks to sponsorship from a number of sources including South West College, Sentinus, and Quinn Fresh as well as the involvement of schools and their students, and the Rotarians who took part in the running of the event.
You can get an idea of the 'buzz' at the competition from the video below!
Past District Governor Alistair Laird has organised a quiz at Killymoon Golf Club this Friday, the 23th March at 8.30 PM. The proceeds of the quiz will be donated to Newry Hospice and CHARIS. Please bring a friend and support the work of both organisations.
Stroke can have a lasting effect on some survivors and their families.
Past District Governor Alistair Laird has arranged a Charity Breakfast in aid of the Mid Ulster Stroke Survivors Club on Friday April 13 2018 from 7 am – 11am at Killymoon Golf Club.
The cost is £10 per person and all the proceeds are going to the charity.
Past District Governor Alistair Laird has organised a quiz at Killymoon Golf Club this Friday, the 26th January at 8.30 PM. The proceeds of the quiz will be donated to Newry Hospice and CHARIS. Please bring a friend and support the work of both organisations.
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