Upcoming Events...

GUEST SPEAKER RUSSELL VOLMER

THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2020

Join us in one of our friendly Zoom Meetings, where we will be listening to celebrated paraplegic personality, businessman and champion of the disabled Russell Volmer.  Always a keen sailor, he suffered am accident that left him a paraplegic, but 13 years later was back on the water and in 2000 sailed the Cape to Rio with his father and participated in the SydneyParalympics. He has devoted himself to campaigning for facilities for people with disabilities and to enabling them to live life as fully as possible.

Contact Secretary Leanne on lbayhack@gmail.com if you wish to join us.

Past Events....

CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR

8 MARCH 2020

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 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. As the Coronavirus had begun to influence events this year, the entries were somewhat less than usual.

KROMBOOM ROTARY OPERA LITE CONCERT

2 FEBRUARY 2020

Every year, we support the Kromboom Rotary Club’s Opera Concert fundraiser.  This year we enjoyed a picnic beforehand and then settled down to appreciate the light opera by very talented musicians at St Jospeph’s Marist College.

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 2020, Max Ahmen was awarded a Paul Harris for his generosity and caring work for the community, “Big Positive Guy” Andre du Toit was recognised for his continual promotion of Rotary in different media forums, longstanding member Helène Visser, who has truly devoted her life to Rotary, received a Third Sapphire for her accomplishment in achieving our Tygerberg Global Grant Project, and longstanding member Anton received a Paul Harris for many years of dedicated service.

THEATRE GALA NIGHT IN MILNERTON

12 DECEMBER 2019

This evening we enjoyed a musical revue of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest hits produced by the Milnerton Playhouse. Our Gala Nights are always popular and our generous guests enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to win a tempting array of raffle prizes.  We could not organize this enjoyable start to the festive season without the very kind support of local businesses.

WE CELEBRATE OUR 35TH BIRTHDAY

21 NOVEMBER 2019

We celebrated our birthday in style with a huge cake and fond reminiscences from longer-standing members to inspire the newer members.

MOVIE NIGHT AT KIRSTENBOSCH: SOLD OUT

5 OCTOBER 2019

For the first time, we hosted an outdoor Movie night featuring the hit movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the idyllically beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens.  As the sun set behind Table Mountain, we ran a short presentation on Blouberg Rotary and then 750 of us settled down to enjoy a picnic while watching the iconic portrayal of superstar Freddie Mercury and the unforgettable hits by Queen.  A wonderful evening and a great success.

MARSHALLING CAPE TOWN MARATHON

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

We are delighted to be a part of one of Cape Town’s premier events: the Cape Town Marathon. Our job is to marshal the runners, guide them at turns, assist them if injured and to prevent motorists and pedestrians from impeding the runners.  It is always an exciting day and we end it with lunch at a nearby restaurant.

SOLIDARITY WITH ABUSED WOMEN

5 SEPTEMBER 2019

Our members decided, in answer to a call for all the people of South Africa to stand in solidarity with women abused and murdered in South Africa, to dress in black for the meeting of the 5th September.

ROTARY WOMEN’S DAY

31 AUGUST 2019

In conjunction with Executive Director Margaret Hirsch of Hirsch’s Homestores, we organised our second Rotary Women’s Day, a celebration of the beauty and power of women in South Africa.  As Guest Speakers, Hirsch’s hosted hiking adventurer Remy Kloos and hilarious comedienne Mel Jones. It was an inspiring and very enjoyable event.

WE UPDATE OUR CLUB BANNER

AUGUST 2019

When Rotarians visit each other’s clubs, it is a polite tradition to exchange small fabric club banners which are then hung up on the walls of club meeting venues if possible. Some clubs now use digital displays.  We updated our banner – keeping a similar basic design but refreshing the colours.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the last year or so, we have hosted Professor Pierre Goussard of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital on the use of bronchoscpopes, which save the lives of young children; a representative of Ridgeback Wines on winemaking (followed by a tasting after dinner); environmentalist Hayley McLellan on how to lessen the ocean plastic crisis; Dr. Bill Code on his book ‘Saving the Brain Puzzle’, Carla Lind of Reach for Recovery on breast cancer; our friend President Randell Barclay of Wallingford Rotary, Vermont (USA); and Jeff and Aaron Cullis of Urban Organics on ecological hydrophonic plant cultivation. Here we see Hayley McLellan with Leanne.

MEETING FELLOW ROTARIANS AND ROTARACTORS

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.

Over the last year, Blouberg Rotarians have hosted Rotarian guests at the Women’s Day in August 2019, welcomed over 50 Rotarians and spouses from Varanasi, India, participated in the Blouberg Rotaract Polio Evening in October and enjoyed the visit by Rotarians Dianne and Randell Barclay from Vermont in summer.  Our member Andre was awarded a Vocational Service Award by Waterfront Rotary in November. In 2020 we attended the Charters of Swartland Rotaract (who we sponsor) and Atlantis Rotary, and Am Kap Rotary’s Gartenfest. They raided us in turn.

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.

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.

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.