Clive is new Rotary President

Dessie Blackadder


Dessie Blackadder

THE new President for the 75th Anniversary Year of Ballymena Rotary Club has been unveiled.

Outgoing President Rotarian Chris Selwood handed over the official chains to new President Mr.Clive Kyle.

Clive has been a member of Ballymena Rotary for the past few years and has always taken a very proactive role in all the activities/projects/fundraising in that time.

Clive worked for a number of years in the Local Council championing and driving forward social, economic and environmental issues.

During that time he built good relationships with local businesses and communities.

Although now retired, Clive is very much involved with the local area and is looking forward to taking on this role.

“I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of President of Ballymena Rotary Club this incoming year..

“ I hope to work with all the members and together do our best to make a difference, both in our local area and further afield,” he said.

Clive will bring many skills and experience to Ballymena Rotary and all members were delighted that he accepted the role of President.

In addition to formally electing the new President, there were lots of events/activities which took place throughout the month of June including the following:-

Gloonan House Planting 4th June – Rotarians went out to Ahoghill on a sunny evening and assisted with planting and other activities in the grounds of Gloonan House. The residents were extremely grateful and Rotarians enjoyed fantastic hospitality with the residents afterwards.

Kids Day Out 14th June - A group of 51 staff and children from Castle Towers were taken out by Rotarians on their annual outing to the cinema followed by lunch at Monroe’s. A great time was had by all – adults and children alike!

Clay Pigeon Shooting / BBQ 22nd June – Rotarians enjoyed a social day/evening starting with some clay pigeon shooting at Carnview Farm.

This was followed by a BBQ at the Rugby Club in Ballymena. This was a fantastic opportunity to get talking to others and enjoy a great day out!

Also at this event President Chris Selwood took the opportunity to present the Endeavour Cup to Past President Rotarian Leslie Crawford for his commitment, effort and money raised for various charities in his role of Rotarian.

Big Bang Technology Event Thursday 28th June – Ballymena Rotary have been working with schools in Ballymena and took 6 teams from Ballymena up to Belfast to compete in this competition.

They were joined by 3 teams from Dungannon and 2 teams from Limavady.

Each team had to build a bridge using various materials provided. The Ballymena teams were assisted by Rotarians Jim Briggs, Clive Kyle, John Adams, William McKean and Jonny Reilly.

At the end of a busy day Dunclug College, Ballymena took first place which was a fantastic achievement for all.

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