Upcoming Events...

FUN BINGO EVENING

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2019

Our monthly Bingo Evening, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, is a local event of note enjoyed by many in the community.  Come and join us, enjoy delicious Italian food if you want, and walk away a winner!

VENUE:            The Italian Club, Donegal Street, Rugby

TIME:                19.00 for 19.30

ENTRANCE:      R90

SNOWBALL :    R2 800.00 this month

 

Past Events....

THEATRE GALA NIGHT

8 AUGUST 2019

We returned to our local theatre to hold a fundraising Gala Night watching the farce ‘Weekend Comedy’ which details everything that can go wrong – and right – when two couples book a romantic weekend away at the same holiday cabin over the same weekend.  Everyone enjoyed the excellent production put on by Milnerton Players. Our Rotarians provided delicious snacks, and we were able to run a very rewarding raffle thanks to the generosity of local businesses which support the community work which we do.  We thank our generous sponsors and are proud that we raised R10 300.00

VISIT TO TYGERBERG CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

29 JULY 2019

It was a pleasure to take friends and sponsors AG Randell Barclay (RC Wallington) and Dianne Barclay (RC Fair Haven), from the USA, on a tour of the Children’s Ward for which our Global Grant project will provide a much-needed bronchoscope, which will save many lives.

COMMUNITY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

20 JULY 2019

We supported the magnificent performance of the Community Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Cape Town City Hall, of ‘Classics from the Movies.’  The Community Orchestra exists to give gifted children from deprived areas an opportunity to follow their musical dreams.  We were very impressed by the hard work and talent of the musicians and enjoyed the youth ballet which accompanied some of the music.

BEST BURGER COMPETITION

27 JUNE 2019

Our final fun event of the 2018 / 2019 Rotary Year was the Best Burger Competition, in which Master (Rotary) Chefs Menno, Max & Pam, Tommy, Carl, Peter T. & Olivia competed furiously to create the Best Burger (from scratch). Presentation of the burger and a detailed but lyrical description of the ingredients and processes were vitally important.  There were three strong contenders, but South Africa Master Chef Kevin Abbott nominated Olivia’s ‘Balkan Flatliner’ burger, with ginger, garlic & coriander, and a tomato & paprika relish, to be the winner.  Here are Finalists Carl, Menno and Olivia with Chef Kevin.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2019

1 – 5 JUNE 2019

Six Blouberg Rotarians attended the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. It was immensely exciting to see 30 000 Rotarians from all over the world in one place. We met up with old Rotary friends from all over and made many new friends. Apart from attending many enthralling and informative sessions on Rotary, we took the opportunity to explore Hamburg and Germany.  We thank the local Rotarians for their warm welcome and hospitality. This Conference was noteworthy for the emphasis placed on Rotaract, our youthful partners aged 18 – 30. President Lizelle, as CEO for the Cape Town Society for the Blind, sold the beautiful Rotary bags which they weave.  Here we see, in this group, members Helène, Richard, Lizelle (kneeling), Lynne, Max, Martin, and our District Governor Casper Kruger with his wife Wilna.

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.

SPEAKERS AT OUR MEETINGS

We are proud to have a very active speaker programme under which speakers in diverse fields are invited to address us on many topics.

Speakers in the last year or two include Professors Pierre Goussard & Ronald van Toorn of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital on their ground-breaking surgery which save the lives of young children; Jeremy Opperman, a visually challenged inspirational speaker who mentors people with disabilities; Cape Town Space Society members, learners Dene Castle, Skylar Martin & Chantal Mbala, who attended a Space Convention in LA; Colonel Alan Nelson on training young people from deprived areas for fulfilling careers in the Air Force; and lastly, ‘Rethink the Bag’ environmentalist Hayley McLellan on measures we can take to lessen the ocean plastic crisis.  Here we see Colonel Alan Nelson (R) with honorary members Hal and Bettye Walker.

MEETING FELLOW ROTARIANS

We enjoy meeting other Rotarians from neighbouring clubs and from further afield, and also make sure to visit other Rotary clubs whenever we are away from home.

In recent times, some members attended the Charter of the Rotary Club of Century City Cape Town, visited clubs in Germany, Hong Kong, the Maldives and the UK, attended District Conferences and the Rotary International Convention, and hosted fellow Rotarians at a Speaker Evening with author Matt Willman, a Rotary Women’s Day and an outdoor Film Event.  Here is Malcolm in the Maldives with President Ranesh of the Rotary Club of Malé.

PAUL HARRIS RECOGNITION AWARDS

Over many years, we have awarded Paul Harris Fellowships, or additional Sapphires, to deserving members or other heroes who have gone the extra mile in service to our club, Rotary and the community. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International and it is a special honour here to receive an award.

In 2018, Yacht architect Alex Simonis was awarded a Paul Harris award for designing a yacht which can be sailed by people with disabilities.  Member Bruce Lewis was awarded a Sapphire for his many years of unstinting service in Rotary.      In 2019, Judy Parr, the mentor of the very exciting Curro Century City Interact Club, was awarded a Paul Harris for the enthusiastic work she has done for various youth projects.  Longstanding Rotarian Ann-Marie Rossouw was happily recognised for her many years of selfless service in the Rotary Clubs of Milnerton and then Blouberg.

BINGO FUNDRAISERS

Our talented caller (and founder of Blouberg Bingo Nights) Marius will host our Bingo Nights, which take place the first Tuesday of every month at our meeting venue, the Italian Club, Donegal Street, Rugby.

TALK ON MOON LANDING

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Our friend & benefactor Professor Hal Walker, a pioneer in the field of laser research who was instrumental in the design & operation of the laser-ranging project that was part of Apollo 11’s “Man on the moon” mission enabled us to hold a fund-raising talk by sharing his fascinating story with us. An enthralled audience of 330 enjoyed his fascinating anecdotes & speculations on the future of space exploration. South Africans Nomathemba Kontyo, who worked at NASA, & Mandla Maseko (who hopes to be the 1st black South African in space) were also present. Many neighbouring Rotary clubs also supported us.  Here we see Hal & Mandla.

PAUL HARRIS PLAQUES RESTORED

12 DECEMBER 2015

At some time unknown to us, 2 plaques on a rock in Cape Town’s botanical gardens to commemorate the visit of Rotary International founder Paul Harris in 1934, during which he planted a tree, went missing. Our club has rectified this by placing 2 new plaques at exactly the same spot.