Upcoming Events...

KIRSTENBOSCH MOVIE NIGHT - 5 OCTOBER 2019

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019

Each year Rotary Club of Blouberg embarks on fund raising events to raise much needed funds to support our communities.

We try and create an event whereby it can be enjoyed by families, friends and corporate fellowship evenings.

We have booked an open air movie night for Saturday the 5th October 2019.
Gates will open at 5:15pm.
Movie will start at 7:15pm.
Food and drinks will not be available at the venue, we recommend bring your own picnic baskets and drinks.

The movie that will be aired is Bohemian Rhapsody, which was a sensational hit worldwide.

Funds raised will go to the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Ward, as they are in much need of funding and we are essentially trying to raise in excess of R3 000 000.00.

We also look forward to hosting yourselves on the evening.

 

Past Events....

PINELANDS ROTARY POTJIEKOS COMPETITION

26 MAY 2019

The Rotary Club of Pinelands hosted a Potjiekos ‘pot food’ competition for the Rotary clubs around Cape Town.  Potjiekos is a traditional South African dish of meat, flavourings and vegetables cooked ina pot over s slow fire – but unlike a stew, it may not be stirred.  Our two intrepid chefs Carl and Tommy and their teams created delicious dishes.  Sadly, we did not win this year – but we did win a prize for Best Club Spirit.  We deserved it.

DISTRICT 9350 CONFERENCE

3 – 4 MAY 2019

Blouberg Rotary won Best Attendance at Conference this year – our enthusiasm is well known. This conference (in Somerset West) was distinguished by excellent speakers, insightful Rotary information sessions and lots of fun at District Governor David Holtzhausen’s Induction Dinner.  Meeting Rotarians from other places is the most enjoyable part of Conference.  Our club won both the District Membership Growth awards for 2018 / 2020, while the Interact Club of Blouberg International High School won Best Youth Services Project for the Vaatjie Literacy Project (see our Projects Page).

CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR

10 MARCH 2019

Every year, we get up before dawn to marshal the Cape Town Cycle Tour – the world’s largest timed cycle race - our spot being the very scenic Kalk Bay.  Our job is to prevent pedestrians and motorists from obstructing the (up to 35 000) cyclists and to aid any people injured in an accident. We are inspired by the sight of the professional athletes, the riders for charities, the amateurs who dress up and especially the cyclists who pull people with disabilities in trailers.

CAPE TOWN SPACE SOCIETY LAUNCH

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Honorary members Hal and Bettye Walker have worked hard to further education in science and technology since Hal’s involvement with the Laser Ranging Experiment during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Their work in South Africa, inspired by a meeting with Nelson Mandela, culminated in the charter of the Cape Town Space Society, the first African chapter of the National Space Society in the USA. It consists of professionals and gifted learners, three of whom participated in the International Space Development Conference in LA in 2018.

VALENTINE’S DAY MEETING

14 FEBRUARY 2019

As a meeting this year fell upon the 14th February, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by ending the business early so that we could enjoy a special meal in the general restaurant, complete with special cocktails and a romantic accordionist. Many of us dressed in red or had heart shaped accessories, and we were very happy that DG Casper chose to celebrate his birthday with us too.

OPERA LITE AT ST JOSEPH’S

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Some of us, every year, support the Rotary Club of Kromboom by attending their major fundraiser, a light opera and popular music concert which showcases local musical talent.  This year, despite the challenges of a new venue and electrical power cuts, we enjoyed a wonderful concert which was a testament to Kromboom’s hard work and the dedication of the artists.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR CLUB VISIT

7 FEBRUARY 2019

We are always happy to welcome our DG on his / her official visit to our club.  This year, we very much enjoyed receiving DG Casper and Wilna.  He updated us on what is happening in District 9350 & stressed that, as members, the more we put into Rotary, the more we benefit.  It was also a special evening because we inducted five new members.  Here is DG Casper with President Lizelle, and new members (L to R) Kay, Henri, Lauren, Sharné & Andre.

LAUNCH OF BOAT FOR THE DISABLED

2 FEBRUARY 2019

In July 2018 we awarded a Paul Harris Fellow Award to naval architect Alex Simonis for his long efforts to build and market the S\V14 boat, which can be sailed by people with physical disabilities. With the partnership and sponsorship of boat companies, businesses and individuals from around the world, the S\V14 is available to people who previously could never have dreamed of sailing  a boat. As the Milnerton Aquatic Club will be the hub of this initiative here, we were invited to the launch.

YEAR END SOCIAL

13 DECEMBER 2018

We all look forward to our last ‘Rotary party’, whereby, during a long evening of festive fun, we each bring a wrapped present of the same value.  Each participant draws a number, which determines the order in which we can choose & unwrap a present.  The next person can either choose a new present or ‘steal’ the unwrapped present – in which case, the first person will unwrap a new present. Before the evening is over, Rotarians have the opportunity, this one time in the year, to act with a complete absence of integrity, truthfulness and maturity.

THEATRE NIGHT IN MILNERTON

6 DECEMBER 2018

One of our most relaxed fund-raisers is our annual December Gala Night at our local theatre, Milnerton Players.  We enjoy a night of peerless theatre, home-made refreshments and a generous array of raffle prizes. The show this year was the off-beat Christmas production ‘The Christmas Spirit’ in which Death himself is invited to join a family for a traditional Christmas dinner.  Rotarian Richard and former member Brigitte both graced the stage, while Rotarian Veronica worked backstage.  We thank the generous sponsors without whom this evening would not be possible.

MARGARET HIRSCH: HONORARY MEMBER

8 NOVEMBER 2018

At a glitzy dinner hosted by a local branch of Hirsch’s, we inducted Hirsch’s CEO & prominent South African entrepreneur Margaret Hirsch as an honorary member.  She has created various organisations & initiatives to uplift the community, focusing particularly on women & children e.g. the  ‘Girls With Dignity Project’, which helps girls who are missing days at school through insufficient sanitary resources, & the ‘Margaret Hirsch Women In Business Achiever of the Year Award’. Here we see Lizelle, Margaret and her husband Allan

SPEAKER MATTHEW WILLMAN

25 OCTOBER 2018

We were very fortunate to host renowned photographer Matthew Willman, who has travelled the world and photographed Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, amongst many others.  We were joined by members of 7 neighbouring clubs.  Matthew gave us a fascinating insight into his life as a world famous photographer, whose odyssey was inspired by a wish to meet Nelson Mandela, whose official photographer he eventually became.

MINI CONFERENCE MOSSEL BAY

13 OCTOBER 2018

Twelve of us attended the District 9350 Mini Conference in Mossel Bay.  Mossel Bay Rotary treated the delegates really well, with bubbly accompanying the morning snack, to celebrate the club birthday, and a delicious lunch. We were very proud to be awarded the RI President’s Citation, plus a District Citation for the planting of trees.  Here is Past President Carl with our 2 Citations.

MARSHALLING CAPE TOWN MARATHON

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Marshalling the marathon is a good fundraiser for us as well as being an opportunity to be part of an important event in Cape Town. Our day begins when we get up in the dark to be in place and, after a very necessary round of coffees, position ourselves to protect the cyclists from interference by drivers and pedestrians.  It was particularly moving to see runners assisting people with disabilities to participate.  Our warmest admiration for two members of Blouberg Rotaract (since inducted into our club) who participated.   Here we see Tommy helping a runner.

WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

9 AUGUST 2018

We were proud to hold the first ever Rotary Women’s Day in District 9350. Our distinguished Guest Speaker was dynamic businesswoman Margaret Hirsch, while ‘Big Positive Guy’ Andre du Toit was our MC.  Three lady Past District Governors were present. The ladies – and the men supporting us, including District Governor Casper Kruger ­– enjoyed a riveting talk by Margaret Hirsch.  Gifted musician Frank sang us a song about the first lady Rotarian, Sylvia Whitlock.  Here we see President Lizelle, DG Casper and Margaret Hirsch.

CHARTER OF RCCCCT

21 JULY 2018

This July, a long-held dream was fulfilled when the Rotary Club of Century City Cape Town was chartered. Blouberg Rotary is the official sponsor club, but the clubs of Bellville and Goodwood have also been most supportive. It chartered with 19 members, some with previous Rotary experience, and also includes two Rotaractors in its ranks. Rotary International Membership Director Brian King and Rotary Coordinator Zone 20A South Andrew Jaeger and 27 Rotary Clubs supported the event.

ARABIAN NIGHTS SOCIAL

26 MAY 2018

What better way to raise funds for our Youth activities than to dress up in costume and consume lots of delicious food and refreshments while enjoying a party?  We organised our own Arabian Nights theme event and cooked delicious food, dressed up in exotic costumes, paid a modest fee and had a ball.  Our Rotaract friends also joined us for the evening.  Martin the Mummy won the Best Dressed award.

Weekend Comedy - 8 August 2019

The Rotary Club of Blouberg is hosting a Theatre Gala Night at the Milnerton Playhouse in order to raise funds for its many community projects.  Milnerton Players consistently produce excellent theatre on their stage, and ‘Weekend Comedy’ is their latest offering:

 WEEKEND COMEDY is a scintillating contemporary comedy by Jeanne and Sam Bobrick. Two couples discover that, due to a booking error, they've rented the same one bedroom, one-bathroom cottage for a romantic weekend. One couple, Frank and Peggy, are sedate and middle aged. The other, Tony and Jill, are free-wheeling and young. They decide to share the cabin. Before long, the comedic clash between the generations begins!

DATE: 8 AUGUST

VENUE:  MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE, PIENAAR ROAD (BEHIND THE LIBRARY)

TIME: 19:00 FOR 19:30

COST: R120 pp (snacks and Cash Bar)

RSVP: LYNNE   © 073 919 3269   lynnewade@mweb.co.za

BOOK ONLINE AT www.bloubergrotary.co.za  or contact Lynne