Last Friday night, members, guests and friends of the Rotary Club of Ballycastle celebrated the ‘end of term’ with a 1950s themed dinner.
Assistant Governor, William Cross joined visiting President’s from Larne, Limavady and Coleraine to mark an occasion which served to highlight a most rewarding year under Jim Boylan’s Presidency.
Charitable donations were presented to Sandelford School of Riding for the Disabled, accepted very eloquently by Jim’s daughter, Rosemary, herself an attendee.
Good Morning Ballycastle received monies thanks to the generosity of patrons during our Charity Breakfast and Rotary Foundation – the organisation’s own charity, substantially benefitted from our efforts.
Member Jeanette Nellis whose husband, Brian, is completing the Camino Way – a 500 mile pilgrimage, east to west, across north Spain - accepted a contribution on his behalf. Funds raised through his efforts will support Corrymela and the Children’s Hospice. Once the swelling in his feet has subsided, we hope he can visit us and relate his experience!
Sponsorship of a province-wide cycle ride in aid of Tear Fund completed the list of benefactors for the night although other organisations such as Habitat for Humanity, Team 338 and Bikes for Africa have enjoyed our support throughout the year.
Continuing to acknowledge those who like Brian, go the extra mile, our Spirit of Moyle awards serve to highlight the often unseen work being carried out on a daily basis in our community. This year’s winners were: Young Volunteer – Tamara McErlain (Team 338) for her incredible fund-raising. Young Carer – Eilish Hamilton – for the unstinting family support she provides. Community Hero/Champion – Ballycastle Community Development Group – represented by Paul Kerrigan and Peter Molloy. The voluntary work which they carry out to the betterment of the locality is very much evident and the popularity of their events is testament to the passion of the organisers. The bestowal on Paul of a BEM for services rendered is worthy proof of his commitment although in a quiet moment he revealed that receiving the Rotary Community award was undoubtedly the proudest moment of his life! Thanks to all who sponsored the categories, namely Central Bar Ballycastle, Sheans Horse Farm and Heritage Centre and High Street Dental Practice, Ballymoney.
No President’s Night would be complete without suitable entertainment and the Michael E. Thomas band were superb in recreating the 50s sound. For true entertainment though, one only had to look at the costumes on display to realise how seriously Rotarians take their social events! After much debate, best dressed male went to Malcolm ‘Buddy Holly’ Rankin with the female award presented to Maria .
A word of thanks to David Martin Jewellers, Coleraine for providing the President’s prize and the Red Door Restaurant, Ballintoy and Dunluce Holiday Cottage for additional donations.
To Gemma McHenry and the staff of the Central, we are much indebted for giving us a true Rock ’n’ Roll experience! Elvis would have been proud!