Ambassadorial Scholar Sarah Yousuf

Hello from Chicago, Illinois!  I am the 2012-2013 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from District 6450, Rotary Chicago Far North, and I am currently staying here in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.  I want to thank Rotary Wynberg for hosting me and showing me around their lovely city.


Touring the Cape: The Swartberg Pass and the Cango Caves.

Just a little about me, I originally come from a family of immigrants who settled in the States from Pakistan.  I grew up in Chicago and obtained my license to practice law as an attorney in 2008.  Currently, I am in South Africa obtaining my Masters of Law at the University of Cape Town.  In addition, I spend my free time doing volunteer work and practicing martial arts.


A little bit of home: The WIllis Tower in Chicago, and Sarah with her brother and sister.

More fun cleaning up Uncle Pauls

A workteam met at Uncle Paul’s castle on 21st October to spruce the place up:- at least until some invaders came to chase them away!


The invaders watching us watching them,






So the end result was a team looking on:- 




and the castle is not quite finished:

As far as we got painting today.  Also no ladders to do the top bits and ran out of paint.  Far left is where we need to do some work.



Having been chased away from the castle we could only stand and watch the antics of up to 8 baboons who obviously think the castle is a great jungle gym.  Wish they would choose another day of the week.  Even with the farm workers and their paint guns all around us we had no peace.  The Rotaractors are thinking of buying their own devices.

Busy weekends with Wynberg Rotaract

Painting Playgrounds at Isiphiwo Pre-School: 29 September.

Rotaract brought paint and all had a funfilled day helping brighten up the playgrounds:

it included hop scotch  and the snake




The team + two Grade R teachers + Mr Tabata (Principal) + caretaker.

 Rotaract PotjieKos competition: Saturday 6 October

The 3 judges with the winning Rotaract Club – Bellville

(see no bias remembering the 4 way test!!!)


Judging the competition








The winning potjie and cook






<:–The road was so bad that most folk elected to walk up.

Interesting bringing some stuff down!!! –>


The farm have started eradicating alien trees.  This has left Rotary Walk and the left of the castle (as you look at it from the arena) a “little” exposed.  The chain saw came out and we did a lot of cleaning up.  A long way to go still.  Took 2 tractor loads away and then it just became to muddy for the tractor to move.  New walls/screens have to be built to hide Rotary Walk now.  Going to be lots more work parties before the start of Uncle Paul’s.

Meetings in October.

The Rotary Club of Wynberg meets on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of every month at The Palms Guest House, Oxford Road, Wynberg ( GPS co-ordinates: 33° 59′ 59.57″ S 18° 27′ 54.77″ E. If there is a 5th Thursday in the month, then we have a social.

View the full calendar. 

Highlights for the next month are:

4 October: Business meeting.

11 October: Normal meeting:  Speaker Ras Naidoo, Durbanville Club on Durban Youth Council

17 October (no meeting on 18th):  Meeting with Wynberg Rotaractors at their hall in Wetton road (under the bridge)

23 October: Interact Presidents meeting

25 October: Board meeting.