John McIlroy joined the Rotary Club of Lisburn in 2003 proposed by another dedicated Rotarian,sadly no longer with us,PP Brian Burke. John immediately became an enthusiastic Rotarian and was soon Chairman of the International Committee. He travelled to Guatemala with a group from Habitat for Humanity to help building homes for under priviliged locals.
In 2007 he became Second Vice President leading up to his year as President in 2009/10.He lead a very successful year culminating in a wonderful Presidents at Home in his beautiful house hosted by his wife Hazel.
He also later travelled to Uganda with Fields of Life again helping build a school for local children.
John was a keen and comptetive golfer and many times took part in the RIBI Golf at St Andrews, gaining selection to the Irish team on several occasions. He was also involved in the first years of Rotary Club of Lisburn Invitational Golf Day which is now in its 8th year,having raised large amounts for charities.He could always be relied upon to produce a number of fourballs and sponsors for this event .John was always generous in his support golf events,all you needed to do was ask.
He had battled Cancer bravely over two years and in June this year he organised a superb Golf Day and Gala Dinner at Malone Golf Club (his home club) raising a large amount of money for Cancer Charities.
The Club was delighted to honour him making a Paul Harris fellow in June this year 2016. He was delighted with this honour.
John was an Architect and a successful property developer but the most important thing to him was his family.Hazel his wife,Gareth his son and Andrea his daughter however had to take a back seat when it came to his grandchildren.
John will be terribly missed in Rotary where he did so much and was never afraid to speak his mind.The club members extend their sympathy to Hazel, Gareth,Andrea and all the family
The 8th Rotary Club of Lisburn Invitational Golf Day,raising fund for Charities we support,took place in fine weather on Thursday 8th September. The event was again well supported with some 22 fourballs competing over 18 holes after a shotgun start.Players were treated to coffee and bacon rolls before setting off with goody bags supplied by PRM to provide sustenance during the round.
After the golf the Lisburn Golf Club Caterer provided an excellent meal. Gene Fitzpatrick was again our superb host for the evening. Firstly we had a short talk from the representatives of the Charites we were donating to,The Cancer Fund for Children and the Stroke Association. Gene then conducted the auction,in his usual encouraging and humourous style.this was followed by the presentation of prizes.
The smooth running of the day was a credit to Alan Moore and his team and other Rotarians who helped on the day.Thanks are also due to all our sponsors and teams who together allowed the club to raise over £20000 for the Charities.
Helen Coulter Treasurer of The Rotary Club of Lisburn has returned after successfully ascending Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in August 2016
Helen travelled firstly to Uganda to view Fields of Life project swhich the club had sponsored a few years ago. She then travelled to Tanzania and succesfully completed the ascent to the peak of Kilimanjaro .Many hours of practising climbimg Slieve Donard were spent in training for the climb
The Club is very pleased to have been able to support her and Fields of Life and very proud of her achievement
President Donald presented certifcates to members of the Rotary Club of Lisburn who have been members for 30,35 and 40 Years, at the Club Meeting on Friday 25th August.
PP Liam McCartney(30 years) ,President Donald,RobinHolliday(30 Years),Finny O’Sullivan(40 Years),Brian Huey(40 Years),PP Stephen Gilbert(30 Years),PP David McMeekin(35 Years),
Seated PP Sam Creighton(40 Years) Newest Rotarian Gill Totten
Not present PP Robin Kirk(40 years) and AlanHall(40years)
Thanks to Trevor and Janice Stewart for hosting a coffee morning with scones,tray bakes with coffee freshly brewed in Johnsons caravan. Aorund £500 was raised by donations from those who enjoyed great hospitality.
On Sunday 15th May Lisburn Rotarians and their partners and guests enjoyed a pre lunch drinks reception in Oasis travel in Holywood and then moved on to Fontana Restaurant for Lunch with musical entertainment provided by Finbar Keaveney.some
It was a superbly organised bu PP Sandra and her social committee with good food and the singing of Finbar even manged to get this not so young group joining in enthusiastically.
It was a delight that Edith Burke, Ethna Brogan and Cherry Guy , widows of three wonderful Rotarians were able to join us.
Photos of the Lunch can be viewed on Gallery or on Rotary Club of Lisburn facebook page availible through link on menu on right side of the website page.