Induction of the Club President 2014-2015

The evening of the 19th June saw the induction of our new club president, Jackie James. The event was held at the very tastefully decorated Mowbray Golf Club,

Invitation
Invitation
PP Karen handing over Presidency to Jackie
PP Karen handing over Presidency to Jackie

There were a number of highlights to the evening. DGE Cecil Rose presented two awards to the club – a certificate of appreciation for hosting a successful Rotary Family Health Day in April 2014, and a certificate was presented on behalf of the Board of Directors of RI and signed by RI President Ron Burton for the highest retention rate of membership and membership development in District 9350. Well done to a very vibrant and successful club!

Karen and DGE Cecil Rose with certificates
Karen and DGE Cecil Rose with certificates

The club also awarded a Double Sapphire Paul Harris to Honorary Rotarian John Vivian. John   has been involved in Rotors, then Rotaract, and then became a Rotarian. During his time he has embraced many positions including that of President in 1989/90, but has always been enthusiastic and supportive in all spheres. He has designed and built many a castle
for Uncle Paul’s Christmas Parties even when large trees destroyed the castle. John, ever the
handy-man has been involved in many projects and always willing to help. His close association with Rotors/Rotaract was marked by their presentation of his first Paul Harris award given to him by our Incoming President Jackie when she was Rotors President. We all congratulate him.

President Karen awarding Double Sapphire Paul Harris to John Vivian
President Karen awarding Double Sapphire Paul Harris to John Vivian

In accordance with tradition, the incoming presidents of Wynberg Rotaract and Retreat Rotaract, Lee Bergman and Thasmine Abrahams were inducted as Honorary Members for this coming Rotary year.

We had a number of illustrious guests attending:-

  • DGE Cecil Rose
  • AG Michelle Anders and her husband Bruce
  • Incoming president of RC Sea Point, Tony Davidson
  • RC Sea Point PP Gavin Schachat
  • Incoming president of RC Waterfront, Maryke Vermaak
  • RC Waterfront Chris Fick
  • Incoming president Wynberg Rotaract, Lee Bergman
  • Incoming president Retreat Rotaract, Thasmeen Abrahams
  • Wynberg Rotaract – Jessica de Shmidt, Kerri Connor, Chrisleen Rankin, Daniel Doyle, Zintle Gantsho, Morne Valentyn
  • Friend of Retreat Rotaract – Lucien Willemse
  • Friend of Wynberg Rotary – Simisha Pather-Elias and her husband Imraan
  • Honorary member June Orsmond and her husband Guy
  • Honorary member John Vivian and his wife Mary
  • Partners – Derek Waldman, Jackie Wernberg, Kit Schreiber, Wenche Hovstad, Colin Bird, Janet van Wyk, Valda Todd, Edith Hime, Marietjie van Eerden, Pam Jackson

In her incoming speech Jackie highlighted the need for partnerships in Lighting up Rotary:-

Rotary, both at an organisational level, and at our club level has experienced many changes recently. Over the past two years our club has grown rapidly from 19-29 members. Since July 2013 Rotary International has shifted it’s focus to “larger, higher impact projects” that are sustainable. By sustainable they mean “projects must benefit the targeted community long after the grant fund has been expended.” Together with this they have introduced the New Grants Model, including Global Grants, enabling clubs to access large amounts of funding.
For many years now the Rotary Club of Wynberg have been committed to such long-term projects – Lavender Hill High School, Norwegian-sponsored schools in Grassy Park and Lotus River, the Sailing Programme and Retreat Community Hospital. Funded by a Global Grant we are now supplying much-needed medical equipment to Victoria Hospital, developing a literacy programme and a Baby College programme.
Key to these projects are the partnerships we have developed – with the clubs and colleges in Norway, with our recipient schools and with local Rotary Clubs. We looked forwarded to working closely with RC Sea Point, RC Waterfront and other clubs, not only on project but socially and sharing of ideas.
Incoming RI President Gary C K Huang’s theme for this Rotary year is “Light up Rotary”, and his goal is to “light up the lives of people in need”, emphasising, together with DG Cecil Rose the importance of participation. RC Wynberg’s goal is to keep up our hard work and increase the light we spread in our communities, and to continue to keep the light of fellowship burning brightly in our club.

In accordance with Tradition Jackie finished with a quote, in this case from Leonard Cohen:

“There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in”.

President Jackie with PP Karen
President Jackie with PP Karen

See the Wynpress 25 June 2014 for more information on the evening.

Delivering Blankets to ECD Schools in Mfuleni

What an eye-opener today was.  I have seen plenty in my time but I was not prepared for today.  60 – 80 children being cared for in a wendy house sized shack and no ablutions.  And yet happy children being taught the right stuff.  A good top structure guiding teachers, but nowhere to go.  There is (more) work for us and I only saw the 4 that fall under the Mfuleni ECD Centre of about 40-odd ECD centres in Mfuleni.  The blankets were donated by the Union of Jewish Women.  Thanks to Gavin Schachat of Sea Point Rotary Club for putting us in touch. Continue reading “Delivering Blankets to ECD Schools in Mfuleni”