Until further notice, the regular Friday 7am Zoom meetings continue.
The major up-side is that you don't even have to be in the same country to attend - so do invite Rotary friends from other countries to join us!
Request an invitation: email Sue Truter
Contact Sue Truter.
She will send you an invitation link.
Fri 14 Jan 2022
Danny Diliberto of "Ladles of Love"
Fri 21 Jan 2022
Andries van der Merwe (Recipient) "The story of a successful lung transplant"
Fri 28 Jan 2022
Barbara Miller - "My Experience at ARCoM"
21 - 23 Jan 2022
LANGEBAAN FIESTA - more details in the BARK.
13 Mar 2022
Cape Town Cycle Tour
19 Mar 2022 (TBC)
Rotary Club of Langebaan Charter
6-7 May 2022
D9350 VIRTUAL District Conference
June 2022 (date TBC)
The plan is to build a new Grade R classroom at Chapel ST Primary so that the existing classroom can be converted into a beautiful library for the whole school.
It was such a pleasure to welcome 2 new crew from our corporate member, 2 Oceans' Aquarium. Kirshia and Jacinta have been attending our virtual meetings for some time and we welcome their commitment to add value to our club.
The WRC troops gathered to chop, peel and generaly lend a hand to help Hope Exchange keep their promise to feed 5000...
"Breathe in; hold your breath; masks off; SMILE; Snap; Mask on" - and now you can breathe (gasp)!
Piet Postema delivers brownies (donated by EAT OUT THE BOX) and a tub of ice cream for Christmas Lunch...
Waterfront Rotary recently donated some R13,000 worth of paints to the Garlandale Primary School for the make-over of their library over the school holidays.
The theme was "Festive" - and Captain June certainly came to the party!
What a pleasure to reconnect, remember, give some recognition and celebrate the induction of Matthew Booth.
Loads of pictures and tributes in the newsletter... (Seal's Bark)
Christine Revell Children's Home's Market day was well supported by the local community (a BIG thank you!) and in spite of the CoViD restrictions, it was great fun.
Some of the twenty odd charter members of the Langebaan Rotary club. Ralph Roseman, together with the Langebaan core group comprising Lluwellyn Diedericks, Jolene Butler and Les Geater, have been superstars to get the club off the ground. Official charter event and venue will be confirmed in Jan 2022.
Staff at New Somerset Hospital celebrating the launch of their 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence campaign.
Yes folks, the shiny stuff you see on the road was rain... Cape Town lived up to its reputation: both marathon days started cold, rainy and windy... and just in time to rescue its reputation, both days turned bright and beautiful.
Members of WRC, with the enthusiastic participation of a number of Rotoractors, rose to the challenge of marshalling and point managing 2 marathons in 2 days under CoViD event resrictions... and did we mention the weather?
Our hero of the day: Barry Schwartz at the finish line, having just completed the marathon - and that was after doing the first, 4am shift as a point manager volunteer!
Maeesha Innocent and Emily O'Ryan - Waterfront Rotaractors - provided invaluable support.
Rain, Sue and Pieter. As coordinator of the marshalls and point managers, on both marathon days, Pieter's step counter recorded a full half marathon, so by the end of Sunday, he might as well have walked the full marathon distance!
Brand new table/bench combos for the staff rest area at New Somerset Hospital. Piet Postema, Janet Kriseman, Beven Mashedi and Dr Anthony Reed enjoying the moment.
Marshalls Asleigh and Maryka, and Natalie and Derek.
Cape Town Cycle Tour day arrived bright, mild, windless - perfect! As one rider put it: "Cape Town is showing off shamelessly!"
With a couple of weeks since the 'all clear' to mobilise the troups, Dirk and Sue did a heroic job to organise the rosters, sell all the parking tickets and make everything run like clockwork on the day - we could not be prouder!
Janet Kriseman from WRC joined a group of Waterfront Rotaractors who visited the Cape Town Community College on Strand Street, an adult eduction centre dedicated to helping learners "over the finish line", to get matric results that will enable them to enrol for further eduction.
The Rotaractors are partnering with the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, who approached them through the Rotary E-Club. Together, the clubs will design, run and fund a South African education project.
That is the thing with "Flower-Time" on the West Coast: from all over, people gather to enjoy the sheer miracle of watching a harsh, inhospitable landscape transform (literally overnight) into a wonderous garden of the most delicate blooms (some only flower for a single day).
On Sep 1st, some fortunate WRC members took the time to go out there and 'smell the flowers'.
Thank you Piet Postema - your pics are gorgeous!
The 6,7km line of food cans should have happened on Mandela day, but we went into one of our CoViD lockdowns... Thankfully, the delay brought us to a glorious (almost) Spring Sunday at the end of August and the people of Cape Town rose to the occasion like heroes. In a little over 2 hours they packed the line into a new world record.
WRC was there, Waterfront Rotaract was there and so were many willing hands from almost every service organisation near Cape Town. Well done Ladles of Love - the organisation of the event was superb!
The pallets of donated food cans were impressive, but most touching were the 'line-packers' - most arrived with a few more cans to add to the line.
Winning DF Malan team: Tala Wiese, Renke Lorio and Frans Vergeest who successfully opposed the proposition that humans in the armed forces should be replaced by strong artificial intelligence.
Although the space was only finished on Friday, over the weekend already the staff at NSH could be seen enjoying a little bit of 'outside' during their breaks - and that was exactly what it was built for.
Well Done Piet, Maryka and Sue - and Gary (Janet's husband) for liaison with Somerset Hospital.
Good news in from Piet Postema: “Work has started on the New Somerset Hospital outdoor breakaway area for health care workers. We are hoping the works will be completed by the weekend.”
Dani has a goal of teaching 1 million people in disadvantaged communities to read and write over the next 10 years. She plans to do this by scaling a tried and tested "train the trainer" literacy program developed over 80 years ago by her Aunt in South Africa. "Reading is a foundational skill that opens up possibilities for each and every one of us" Dani said.
Some fascinating insights... Read more in the Bark!
Gary Dawyduk from RC Winnipeg, with Robert Campbell and Brigitt Turner from RC Hillcrest introduced us to the 1000 Survival Gardens Project - and the famous Hippo Roller.
A fascinating insight into this 'hand-up' project. Read more in the Bark...
June Webber, Dennis Figov and Johann Gerber shared some enlightening and amusing stories.
PDG Johann Gerber has been involved with the Inter-Schools Debating competition over many years. The competition has been running for over 30 years and is seen as the premier schools debating competition in the greater Cape Town area.
This year was the first time an Afrikaans-medium school won the senior competition and Bishops ended their 11 year drought by taking the junior title last won by them in 2010.
It is the stuff that dreams are made of - the kind of dreams that take super-human grit and determination to make it a reality.
Both Michelle Weber and Ryan Stramrood have registered for the event and have agreed to come aboard as our Waterfront Canal Ambassadors again this year!
Such a pleasure to welcome Maryka Musson (previously from 2 Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town), who is now the General Manager at the Kingfish Company in Zeeland in the Netherlands. Thank you Maryka for the fascinating insights into the world of commercial fish farming... and some nuggets of what it takes to settle into and work in a completely new country.
The pleasure of immersing yourself in a book, is something you only learn when you have a book to 'get lost' in... and if your world does not contain many books, it might be a pleasure you never get to experience.
Louis provided some fascinating insights into the current state of affairs and future plans of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
The impact of the pandemic has been profound - it is time for radical re-imagination...
If a 'gram of prevention is worth a ton of cure' it is certainly true for detecting fraud early. Siham and George presented their fascinating new process that is most certainly the start of a whole new era.
What a fascinating glimpse into a "Rotary in Action" initiative called "Rivers to the Sea"...
Read more in the Bark... and look out for the movie "A Plastic Ocean" on Netflix and YouTube.
"On Sunday, 12 September we celebrate the launch of Ship Waterfront on its 29 year voyage. Having played a vital role in the formation of RC Waterfront, have asked our Centennial Captain, David Bradley, to provide this week's guest log. Many thanks David for archiving our history since our maiden voyage, for prosperity!"
Captain June Webber
The members of the Innerwheel Club of Waterfront visited the Atlantis RC on 8 July to hand over comfort packs, cuddly toys, baby packs and educational toys to the Thuthuzela Clinic and the Atlantis State Hospital, above.
L->R Atlantis RC (ARC) member Karin, Sister Esterhuizen from the Paediatric Ward Wesfleur Hospital staff member, Nathalie Brandt Social Worker, ARC, Hospital team staff, Anne (Waterfront Inner Wheel), team staff, Jeannine Nel Hospital Dietician and Danny Petersen (ARC).
CAPTAIN (President), Membership & Public Image
PDG June Webber
IPP & FOUNDATION
PRESIDENT ELECT & Entrepreneurship
Jessica Sloan was recognised with a Vocational Service Award.
At the Board Meeting on 12 July, the Board took the decision to bestow Honorary Membership on the following people for the 2021/2022 - Thom and Bianca Mittag, Henry Mathys, Rain Morgan, Vaughan Pierce, Vic Hamaty and Glynis Jennings (President of Inner Wheel Club Waterfront). A special warm welcome to Henry Mathys of the V&A Waterfront!
Highlights from earlier in this Rotary year as well as highlights previous years can be found in the links below:
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urges members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people's lives, but also our own.