MAY 2022 UPDATE: Some meetings are in-person; others are on Zoom. Please check the calendar below for details.
Reminder: please confirm your attendance at the in-person meetings with Sue. Catering needs to know if you'll be there!
Request an invitation to the Zoom meetings: email Sue Truter
Capt June has had a busy year.
Read about some of the highlights here...
Have a look at the strat plan and projects update, and have a look at what the Rotaracters have been up to.
More from the previous business meeting...
Congratulations to our DG Ian Robertson - an excellent DISCON! With 72 programmed events from 3 countries, it was an inspiration to all 200 attendees.
The address by the Ukrainian Ambassador, Ms Liubov Abravitova, brought home the reality that the war might be in Ukraine, but the effects will wash up in Africa.
WRC has a long and fascinating connection with Salesians and Don Bosco Hostel who are quietly working to prepare destitute boys for adulthood beyond the streets... An enlightening read!
Contact Sue Truter.
She will send you an invitation link to the virtual meetings. Also please confirm attendance of the in-person meetings with Sue.
Fri 2 July 2022
Sat 2 July 2022 - The Avenue, Waterfront
09:30 for 10:00 Induction PE Johann Gerber.
Fri 8 July 2022
Metropolitan Golf Club
"Club Assembly to discuss and vote on future meeting format and venue".
Fri 15 July 2022
Zoom Meeting - Maryke Musson
The "Yellowtail Farming Project".
Fri 22 July 2022
Zoom Meeting - Leendert Wijnbij
"My heart transplant at 32."
Fri 29 July 2022
New members Robert Magotsi and Mymoena Ismail.
Fri 5 Aug 2022 - in person meeting - venue TBC
Brandon Beack - Paralympic Cyclist
Fri 5 Aug 2022
Albert Glass, Chairman of the ONE to ONE DAY FAIR for the intellectually disabled is calling for donations latest 15 July by way of "bare necessities" - caps, beanies, scarves, packets of soup, rice, instant mielie meal porridge, soft toys - so much more, also cash donations. The One to One will again, not take place in person this year.
Contact Pieter Swart 0834507565 for drop-off details.
4-8 June 2022
Rotary International Convention - Houston, USA
District 9350, is needing assistance with the launching of the NEW GENERATIONS SERVICE EXCHANGE program - an exceptional opportunity for young people!
We warmly welcomed Robert Magotsi on board as a full crew member on Friday. Robert, our 10th new member this year, is a Mechanical Engineer (studied at UCT) and works at the City of Cape Town as a Project Manager.
We look forward enormously to working with Robert and to meeting his family.
Dirk Hoffman congratulates newly inducted crew member - Nikki Behr - who now follows in her much admired mother's foot steps, becoming a Rotarian.
"Imagine, a world that deserves our best. Where we get up each day, knowing that we can make a difference".
This was the inspiring message that Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones shared with incoming Governors when she asked them to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.
It was with great sadness that everyone at CRCH said goodbye to Arlene who has been their manager for the last 3 years.
Piet, as chairman of the Management Committee, issues Arlene with a Certificate of Appreciation for her strong will, strength and dedication ensuring the success of the Home
The super energetic, absolutely amazing, clean-up crew.
Some problems are just a little too wide for a rubbish collection bag!
Sibanda 108 Construction owner Neelesh Bhagattjee seen with Piet above, after the de-snag. Congratulations to Piet and team on a job very well done!
PDG Carl-Heinz Duisberg and DGE Tracey Wilson having a stellar time in Houston! Looking forward to a lot more convention inspirations in the coming weeks.
Let it not be said that the determined Rotary Potjiekos makers are put off by torrential rain and icy wind...
WRC may not have won (not even a consolation prize!) - but we had the 'sunniest' table and so much fun was had by all!
What fun to gather our teams: the "Sexy Seals" and "Barkling Seals" for a quiz event in a tent..
Since 2013 Ann Barr of Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, has very kindly made it possible for a number of seniors to enjoy the event - BI thanks Ann!
Huge thanks also to Janice - for organisation, Maryka, Vic for support, and Vaughan for the goodie bags.
What a historic, fun celebration it was - in a magnificent setting with so many interested and interesting people from 12 Rotary clubs, the local community and Rotary friends.
RC Langebaan's brand new President Jolene Butler-Wicht with DG Ian Robertson and the all important charter certificate.
Charter member group with the Mayor of Saldanha Andre Truter left, Deputy Mayor Charmaine Laubscher extreme right, with DG Ian Robertson and PDG David Holtzhausen (Membership).
In the picture: David Bradley, Father Francois, June Webber, Jo da Silva, Denise Orgill and Jonathan Yach. Piet Postema was the photographer.
On Thursday, our team met with the SIYP team (Salesians Institute Youth Projects): Father Francois Dufour (CEO); Chris Vietri (Board member) Denise Orgill (CFO); Jo da Silva (Fundraising Manager) Lynn Stevens (Vice Chair of the Board) on line for part of the meeting, to strengthen the relationship and identify project opportunities.
We are identifying a number of areas where we can add value working with Salesians which Piet will share with us at the business meeting on Friday. We have identified Salesians as Waterfront's 30th legacy project focus.
Siham Boda from WRC is leading 4 sessions of conflict resolution and management training with Lungiswa Gwaai and Barbara Miller, to a number of principals of the ECD Forum.
David Bradley, Centennial Past President of Waterfront Rotary, was recognised for 40 years of Rotary service (and another 10 of Rotary involvement). Captain June honours David with a Four Sapphire Pin for exemplary "Service Above Self" that has touched many lives. He continues to work tireless at the Rotary Youth Camp in Glencairs.
`Do What You Do, Do Well’ was one of David's guiding principles, so he committed himself to Rotary setting a goal to maintain a 100% Attendance record, which he did! Congratulations David - an exceptional role model for Waterfront Rotary!
"So this is what a real river feels like..." Some of the children from CRCH enjoyed an outing to a farm - for most, their first 'wild' experience ever.
A real treat to have our DG on hand to welcome our ninth new member this year.
Myoema Ismail whose classification is Digital Transformation: Advisory, will add huge value to our club.
DG Ian Robertson also had some wise words for the club - Rotary should be enjoyable. Food for thought indeed!
Once again the Rotary Clubs (and a whole lot of local service organistions) rose to the challenge to make the Cycle Tour count for all the community projects we support. BIG thanks to the WRC crew, as well as the Rotaracters and the Interacters - we could not have done it without you!
And it was wet... Super-organiser Dirk Hoffman with Maryka Vermaak at the entrance to the Fort Wynyard.
Janet Kriseman and Gary Kantor, and Jonathan and Tracy Yach in full 'foul-weather' gear - thanks guys!
What a priviledge it was to wish Captain June a happy 80th birthday this week! We are indeed thankful for her endless energy and dedication to our Rotary family...
Mazeeda Allie (Chairperson of the School Governing Body). Mr Gabriels (Headmaster) and Neelesh Bhagattjee (contractor)
And suddenly - after months of dedicated effort, the money fell into place, the contract could be signed and construction is set to start in a week or two - BIG congratuations Piet!
Liyema Klaas, a matric learner at LEAP, who was awarded best speaker in the debate vs Cannon's Creek.
The competition kicked off with first round debates between Edgemead and Bloubergrant, Parklands and St Cyprian's, Westerford and Pinelands as well as Cannon's Creek and LEAP.
Winners were Bloubergrant juniors, Edgemead seniors, St Cyprian's juniors and seniors, Westerford juniors, Pinelands seniors and Cannon's Creek juniors and seniors.
Thanks to a generous human who sponsored the entrance tickets and lunch, some of the little people enjoyed a wonderful outing to Athlone pool.
In the heat of January and February, the turf at Glencairn Youth Camp was deteriorating rapidly without irrigation. Thankfully David Bradley and the crew could help with the installation and commissioning of the new, large irrigation pump, and the mission to restore the turf can begin... Expect green shoots soon!
The new Somerset Hospital held its first ‘in person’ board meeting since Covid in the pavilion. The inauguration of this outdoor facility is on Thursday, 24 February at 10:30.
"What If" - the unthinkable happens and your loved ones have to unexpectedly wind up your affairs?
Love each other enough to get your admin in order before a ‘What If’ moment strikes. You have no idea how much time, energy, anxiety, anger and frustration you will avoid if you do!
A fascinating insight into a part of Cape Town we seldom stop to consider in a historical context...
Thanks to June for writing up the talk in the Bark - it is so worth the read!
Dr John Rogers, a retired Retired Senior Lecturer in Geology at University of Cape Town, has written numerous books.
He provided valuable insights into "Disastrous earthquakes and creaks in the Earth's ancient joints" during his 30 minute presentation. Volcanoes erupt when molten rock called magma rises to the surface. Magma is formed when the earth's mantle melts...
Herland Cerveaux (just call me "H") is a proud Islander, from Mauritius, originally from Reunion, is the Operations manager at OceanHub Africa. He intruduced us to "The Development and Adoption of New Sustainable Ocean Solutions across Africa". What refreshing and fascinating angle on our oceans and what a sustainable ocean solution is all about.
Jeremy's talk on Friday gave us an opportunity to look at Rotary and disability with new eyes!
It was such a pleasure to share the address of Ms Abravitova with so many Rotary friends, members of other clubs and news reporters.
We also had the opportunity to once again, express our support for the people of Ukraine.
Ok... so who knew that a little Galjoentjie (only slightly bigger than a man's hand) could stay more or less in the same place, get 'caught and tagged', 'caught and released' and 'caught again' over 21 years...
Thank you Michael for a fascinating talk!
The Balloon method of construction has great potential...
The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and also the most diverse of the six worldwide floral Kingdoms. We are the most threatened due to the proliferate invasive species. The Sunbird Trust uses volunteers and employed workers to eradicate Port Jackson, Hakea, Wattle, Pines and other invasive species.
Maya Naumann and Sandy Van Hoogstraten gave an inspiring talk about the NGO Sunbird Trust.
Ever wondered who grows and tests and evaluates all the new varieties of canola, wheat, legumes, forage grains and cover crops? That's exactly what Lisa Smorenberg does... Read more in the Bark.
Barbara participated in the African Community Mediation (ARCoM) training initiative which was set up as a legacy project to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Africa in April 2021.
Barbara is a passionate pursuer of peace: "conflict is a costly and inefficient use of resources, it is wasteful and that should be motivation enough to find peaceful solutions to conflict".
She shared that the parallel influences in her life of being the child of a parent who escaped the holocaust and living in apartheid South Africa led her to find her purpose in preventing racist systems.
The ARCom initiative is an inspiration to all of us. Read more in the Bark...
A tale of two sons - one died, the other survived and their moms, who became best friends...
Danny shared the heart-warming story of Ladles of Love...
Most of us have - over the last 22 months peeled vegies, wrestled butternuts or packed cans - all to lend a helping hand to Ladles of Love who serve up dignity and hope with every bowl of soup...
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.
Our first official in person meeting in a long, long time was a perfect opportunity to induct new members and present some long overdue awards.
Matthew Andrews and Curtis Rooibaatjie from V&A Waterfront Company joined the crew...
PDG Carl-Heinz presented Siham Boda with a Sapphire pin for the outstanding contribution made by her in the field of Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation - in our District and on the continent of Africa.
PP Janet Kriseman received her Sapphire pin for - in spite of all the constraints of lockdowns and restrictions - piloting the club through some significant challenges and noteable achievements.
PP Derek Pead received his Sapphire pin for his superb captaincy and his outstanding efforts in mentorship - both inside the club and in the district.
This merry group assembled for a strategic planning session for the Glencairn Youth Camp.