Long standing member Barry Cleveland reminisced about his time as a member as Wynberg Rotary celebrated their 70th anniversary on 30 November 2019 at Palm House Wynberg.
Rotary Club officially chartered 12 December 1949 celebrated it’s 70th year in service with sparkling wine, jazz and lawns games. Palm House set the seen for a anyone who celebrates 70 years.
While we looked back through our history and recognize the amazing years the club has had, we are also looking forward to our future. Our club celebrates its youngest President this year with a younger board that is ready to take the club forward for the next 10 years. Below you can read Barry’s speech to the club.
WYNBERG ROTARY CLUB OVER THE YEARS
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE by Barry Cleveland)
I joined the club in 1989, with the incomparable John Vivian as President. The week before the formality I said to Val, “I am being induced next Thursday, and you’re invited to attend.” Val replied that nothing on earth would keep her away….
Every year learners from two schools – Haugaland Vidergående Skole in Haugesund and Oddemarka Junior School in Kristiansand ,Norway raise funds by working one day of the year and donating these funds to a project called Action South Africa.
The funds raised are managed by a committee of Wynberg Rotary led by PP Are Hovstad for the benefit of 5 primary schools and 2 secondary schools in the Grassy Park, Lotus River and Zeekoevlei communities. In this year alone the Norwegian Committee gave out bursaries to the value of R940 000!
In this age of moral uncertainty – as exemplified in the large by Lance Armstrong, the Nkandla saga, the Syrian war (or rebellion), the Marikana shootings – there is a need for guidance for the ‘common man’. We can no longer look and accept politicians, business leaders, even sports stars as icons. We need to to determine a common cause guiding our actions.
Rotary has such a guide, called the ‘4 way test’. It takes out the ‘I’ or ‘you’, and replaces with us, the common good. It works both in the large (as above) and small scales, when the man in the street, the Rotarian, has to make a stand.
One such case exemplifies this. Many airways world-wide claim to be wheelchair friendly, with toilet facilities suitable for passengers on wheelchairs. More often than not, these claims are misleading. A Wynberg Rotarian – Are Hovstad – took it upon himself to change this, and contacted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with these charges.The nett result is that IATA will start ensuring that all airlines upgrade their practices and offer the correct facilities.
It is by these small measures by individuals that our common good advances.