THE Rotary Club of Newtownabbey which was founded in 1962, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
To commemorate this landmark event, Newtownabbey Borough Council has planted a flowerbed depicting the Rotary Club logo which can be enjoyed by passers by at the side of the main road opposite Jordanstown Loughshore Park.
Newtownabbey Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson commented: “We are pleased to be able to help our local Rotary Club celebrate its 50th anniversary. Since its inception in 1962 the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey has supported the borough by living up to its motto ‘Service Above Self’, and we wish them well in their community work in their anniversary year.”
Club President Iain Patterson responded by saying: “Members are delighted that the council have recognised this important milestone in the life of the their Club and look forward to the Mayor joining them at their celebratory ball in November. An exhibition outlining the history and work of the Club will be on show on that occasion.”
Meanwhile, pupils from local schools were hosted by the Rotary Club of Newtownabbey at a recent Annual Awards ceremony held at Corr’s Corner Hotel. According to Paul Hutchinson, Vocational Service Convenor of Newtownabbey Rotary Club, the Student’s Exemplary Conduct project “recognises students’ outstanding personal contribution to others in their communities, schools and families”.
Presenting the students with a personalised certificate and prize, Club President William Wong said: “It is heartening to see young people setting such an excellent example of caring for others and they undoubtedly provide wonderful role models to their peers. Each in their way encapsulates the spirit of the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’ and, ideally, are the Rotarians of the future.”
Among the pupils honoured were Jonathan Craig of Ballyclare High School, Ellen Haveron from Belfast High, Mairtin McCafferty, Edmund Rice College, Caoimhim Osborne and Lisa McAllister of Glengormley High, Paul Field of Hill Croft School, Emma Davey from Jordanstown School, Adman Letson of Monkstown Community School and Connor Reid from Thornfield House School.
Furthermore, the Chair of Newtownabbey Rotary Club’s New Generations Committee, Stephen Clarke, recently revealed the winners of the club’s ‘Young Chef’ and ‘Young Photographer’ competitions.
“Our winner of our Young Chef competition is Beth Shannon, a Year 11 pupil at Ballyclare High School,” said Stephen.
“Beth designed and prepared a delicious healthy three-course meal comprising a starter of pea soup with mint pesto and Parma ham croutons, and a main course of stuffed chicken breast wrapped in pancetta with green bean salad. This was finished off with a dessert of fromage frais mousse with strawberry sauce. Wonderful! Congratulations and well done Beth.
“This is the first year that Newtownabbey Rotary Club has been involved with the Young Photographer competition. The winner was Taylor Mitchell, a P6 pupil at Ballynure Primary School. Our judge, the award winning Newtownabbey Times photographer, Freddie Parkinson, was greatly impressed by Taylor’s creative use of lego figures to represent the Olympics theme. A brilliant idea and well executed, so well done Taylor.
“We hope that both of our winners will enter our competitions again next year and wish them both every success in the future.”