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ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

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19 AUGUST 2017 One of the most heart-warming of our projects is to participate in Cape Town’s annual One to One, which brings together many d...
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WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

We were proud to hold the first ever Rotary Women’s Day in District 9350. Our distinguished Guest Speaker was dynamic businesswoman Margaret Hirsch,...
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ONE TO ONE IN CAPE TOWN

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We helped at the annual One to One for people with disabilities, in which many social and religious organisations participate. Here we see Rotarians, ...
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WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY

9 AUGUST 2018
WOMENS DAY FOR ROTARY
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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 on how, through her own growth as a business mogul, she has empowered many women and continues to fight for women’s upliftment. DG Casper gave interesting information about women in Rotary and our District. Gifted musician Frank sang us a song about the first lady Rotarian, Sylvia Whitlock. We look forward to next year’s event! Here we see Margaret Hirsch and President Lizelle.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
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THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER
Theatre Gala Night of the play ‘The Christmas Spirit’ at the Milnerton Playhouse (see Home Page)

We were forced to cancel our December Bingo Night due to load shedding, but it is rescheduled for
TUESDAY11 DECEMBER
Blouberg Rotary's Bingo Evening Fund-raiser at the Italian Club, starting 19.15 for 19.30. A fun evening for all! To find out more, go to www.bingocapetown.co.za . Lucky winner Laetitia le Roux won our Snowball of R6 200 on May 1st 2018.
THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER
Our fun end-of-year ‘Chinese Auction’ Social, where we swap and trade presents and enjoy the surprises.
THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER
Fellowship meeting: our last meeting of 2018



CHARTER OF RCCCCT

21 JULY 2018
CHARTER OF RCCCCT
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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 and advisors from District have also been most supportive in getting the new club onto its feet. It chartered with 19 members, some with previous Rotary experience, and also includes two Rotaractors in its ranks. Dignitaries Rotary International Membership Director Brian King and Rotary Coordinator Zone 20A South Andrew Jaeger and 27 Rotary Clubs supported the event. This new club was welcomed warmly into District 9350 and Rotary International. A special cartoon of the founder members was drawn up.

PRESIDENT LIZELLE’S INDUCTION

6 JULY 2018
PRESIDENT LIZELLE’S INDUCTION
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Our glamorous evening Induction was celebrated by many, most noteworthy perhaps being Premier Helen Zille. The MC was ‘Big Positive Guy’ Andre du Toit. We were very happy that 11 Rotary Clubs, Rotaract, Interact, Lions, Masons and Round Table shared the celebration, although of course our families and friends were closest to our hearts. The venue was beautifully decorated with the bright colours of our Theme Logo. We honoured Alexis Simonis with a Paul Harris work for his pioneering design of a yacht for the disabled. Rotarian Bruce received a Paul Harris Sapphire for many years of dedicated service, while Rotarian Lynne received the annual Rainmaker award for the work she does on the club bulletin, website, brochures and posters. We warmly welcomed eight new members to our club – an auspicious start to the Rotary Year. Here are new Rotarians Jannie, Phillip, Ron, Peter, Martin, Anzelle, Leanne and Chantel.

ROTARY CONVENTION IN TORONTO

JUNE 2018
ROTARY CONVENTION IN TORONTO
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Rotarian Helène, who is very active on Club, District and International levels, attended the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, which ushered in RI President Barry Rassin. En route to the Convention, Helène met with several Rotarians in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. At the Convention, she linked up with our District Governor Elect, Casper Kruger, and other Rotarians from our District. The Convention showcased the work Rotary does worldwide and this year drew attention to indigenous peoples, youth in Rotary and gender equality. Amongst the guest speakers were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former First Lady of the US Laura Bush. We were encouraged to embrace this year’s Theme ‘Be the Inspiration.’

ARABIAN NIGHTS SOCIAL

26 MAY 2018
ARABIAN NIGHTS SOCIAL
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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.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE AT LUDERITZ

3 – 5 MAY 2018
DISTRICT CONFERENCE AT LUDERITZ
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Helène, Lizelle & Menno, Pat, President Carl and his wife Leanne, and honorary members Hal & Bettye represented us at this year’s District 9350 Conference. The road trip up to Namibia was enjoyed by all and the hospitality at Lüderitz was amazing. Many who were there said it was one of the best Conferences ever. DG Lynette Stassen handed over to DG Casper Kruger. Our Club was awarded the RI Presidential Citation and an award for contributing $26.50 per member to RI in the Foundation’s Centenary Year. Bettye was asked to do the Conference Invocation. Hal amazed everybody with his impromptu guitar and singing at an evening social. Here we see (back) Bettye, Pat and Helène and (front) Hal, Menno, Lizelle, Leanne and Carl.

RAID BY CENTURY CITY

3 MAY 2018
RAID BY CENTURY CITY
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We were raided by members of the (then) Provisional Rotary Club of Century City Cape Town, which we are proud to sponsor into Rotary. President Elect Anthony Lawrence addressed us on his hopes for the club’s future and stressed that they will focus on the environment as a main priority. Here we see Anthony with Century City Secretary Elect Deidre and our Past President Les.

TALK BY PROF. TIM NOAKES

12 APRIL 2018
TALK BY PROF. TIM NOAKES
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We hosted Professor Tim Noakes, the founder of the popular and sometimes controversial Banting diet / lifestyle. He expounded the philosophy behind the diet and explained the reasons for his own conversion to a carb-free diet. We hosted over 130 guests. After his very interesting talk, Professor Noakes signed copies of his new book ‘Lore of Nutrition.’ Here we see Professor Noakes, Lizelle and President Carl.

COMMUNITY AWARDS EVENING

29 MARCH 2018
COMMUNITY AWARDS EVENING
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Following the successful initiative we began last year of recognising 5 members of the local community for outstanding service to their community, we were privileged to recognise 5 very special individuals: Warrant Officer Josias Gouws of the Table View Police was recognised for his initiative in apprehending a notorious criminal who had preyed on women in the local area. Alfred Welemtsha, vice principal of Sinenjongo High School, has shown an outstanding commitment to education through the evolution of Sinenjongo High from a community school housed in containers to a fully recognised high school. Karen Oliviera, founder & CEO of Mothers That Care, began with a small group of mothers who made sandwiches for needy learners who have become an organisation of 100 volunteers who not only continue to provide school meals but also facilitate groceries, blankets and clothing to go to many needy people. Cheryl Lynn Potgieter spent 3 months living in the bush to gain the trust of one mistreated dog, and has since founded the Daisy Animal Rescue Trust. Sandra McConnachie has spent her whole life helping others: creating jobs for the disabled, volunteering for Neighbourhood Watch and paramedic duties, and organising food and goods for the needy over Christmas and after a local fire disaster. Here are WO Josias Gouws, Alfred Welemtsha, Karen Oliveira, Sandra McConnachie and Cheryl Lynn Potgieter.

YOUTH CELEBRATION EVENING

22 MARCH 2018
YOUTH CELEBRATION EVENING
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We held a very enjoyable evening, at which the members of Blouberg Rotaract and learners and mentors from the 7 Interact clubs we sponsor (one soon to be chartered) were invited: Bosmansdam, Buren, Curro, Milnerton, Parklands, Sinenjongo and Blouberg International high schools. The aim was to celebrate the enthusiasm and many activities of our Rotaractors and Interactors. Each club gave a presentation on their current activities and future plans and impressed us with their dedication. We were also very proud to be able to present the Interact Clubs of Curro and Parklands with their RI Presidential Citations for the last year.

CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR

11 MARCH 2018
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR
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As we do every year, 39 members, partners and friends got up BEFORE dawn to be in place at our posts around Kalk Bay to marshal the Cycle Tour, armed with sandwiches and fresh coffee. After enjoying the sunrise, we saw the first cyclists coming through. Altogether, 35 000 cyclists participated this year. The weather was good and some cyclists wore colourful hats and costumes, sometimes to draw attention to the charities they were supporting. This year, some cyclists also towed disabled children in trolleys – very touching to see. In our sector, apart from the horse and rider that appeared on the route, all went well. Our condolences, however, to the Rotary Club of Helderberg Sunrise on the loss of Rotarian Jeremy Glover, who was marshalling and was killed in an accident. Here we see James assisting a cyclist.

OUTING TO WINELANDS

10 FEBRUARY 2018
OUTING TO WINELANDS
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Some members, families and friends enjoyed a lovely day out touring 2 of our local wine farms: the atmospheric Fairview wine estate, with its famous goat tower and home-made deli foods; and the beautiful Ridgeback estate, with its own spring water pond with ducks and swans and delicious lunches. We first enjoyed a wine and cheese pairing at Fairview, then retired to Ridgeback for a leisurely lunch. Here we are enjoying our lunches.

CONCERT IN A CONVENT GARDEN

4 FEBRUARY 2018
CONCERT IN A CONVENT GARDEN
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Every year, some of our members and family attend the musical concert hosted by Kromboom Rotary in the beautiful Springfield Convent garden. It showcases local artists who perform a selection of classical, opera and popular musical pieces. This year, Albert Combrink directed artists Louise Howlet, Bongani Kubekha, Sally Minter & Nombulelo Yende together with the Igugu le Kapa Choir. Amongst the selection were pieces from the operas Don Giovanni & Carmen, musicals South Pacific & Les Miserables and some traditional African pieces. We all enjoyed our picnics in the shade under the trees. This concert supports local community projects.

END OF YEAR SOCIAL

21 DECEMBER 2017
END OF YEAR SOCIAL
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We always celebrate the last meeting of the calendar year by holding a ‘Chinese Auction’ social. Each member & guest brings a wrapped gift of equal value. Each person draws a number. No. 1 unwraps the first gift. No. 2 can either open a second gift or ‘steal’ No. 1’s gift. And so it continues until all the gifts are unwrapped. Favourite gifts may only be taken 3 times. This is the one day of the year that Rotarians allow themselves to forego their ethical standards and engage in plotting, scheming and outright deception.

GALA NIGHT IN MILNERTON

6 DECEMBER 2017
GALA NIGHT IN MILNERTON
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Our annual Gala Night at the Milnerton Playhouse is a relaxing way to raise funds and to kick off the Festive Season. This year, we filled 100 seats to watch the musical ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ by John Di Pietro and Jimmy Roberts. It is a witty revue covering life’s path through falling in love, dating, marriage and children. The direction, acting & backstage work was flawless and our audience praised it highly. Friends and generous donors helped us put an excellent raffle together. We raised over R11 000 for our charity fund.

WINE-TASTING SOCIAL MEETING

30 NOVEMBER 2017
WINE-TASTING SOCIAL MEETING
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For some reason, this meeting was particularly well-attended. Peter Straaten, of Ridgeback Wines, hosted a wine-tasting for us that showcased the excellence of Ridgeback wines. His talk was informative and entertaining. They export 90 percent of their wines, but some can be found locally. All business was concluded before the tasting began. Alan, Yvonne and Fran are working hard on their wine appreciation skills.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISIT

9 NOVEMBER 2017
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISIT
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It is always a highlight of our Rotary year when we are ‘officially’ visited by the Rotary Governor of District 9350. This year, we were honoured to be visited by DG Lynette Stassen. Her talk to us, focusing on all the things Rotary is NOT, and expanding on RI President Ian Riseley’s theme ‘Making a Difference’, was particularly eloquent and thought-inspiring.
Here she is with President Carl.

SUPPORT FOR CHARITIES

OCTOBER 2017
SUPPORT FOR CHARITIES
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OCTOBER 2017
We are always happy to support events hosted by charities, organisations and NGOs which we are associated with. This month, we attended the HIGH Spring Tea fundraiser held by the Cape Town Society for the Blind, and also the Birthday Celebration held by Meals for Wheels, Brooklyn branch. Here we see the CTSB Tea with MC Solly Philander & CEO (and Blouberg member) Lizelle; and the happy luncheon at Meals on Wheels.

VISIT BY RI PRESIDENT

19 SEPTEMBER 2017
VISIT BY RI PRESIDENT
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Eleven members and associates, plus members of Blouberg Rotaract, attended the District 9350 cocktail function to welcome Rotary International President Ian Riseley during his short visit to Cape Town. He explained that his Theme ‘Rotary: Making a Difference’ does not only apply to those whose lives we benefit, but also to Rotarians themselves. Four very lucky new Rotarians were inducted into Rotary by President Ian. The next day, two of our members attended a special tree planting where President Ian planted a tree in the Cape Town Company Gardens, next to the site of a tree planted by Rotary founder Paul Harris many years ago.

THE CAPE TOWN MARATHON

17 SEPTEMBER 2017
THE CAPE TOWN MARATHON
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Thirty two Blouberg Rotarians, family and friends got up at the crack of dawn to marshal the Cape Town Marathon, a 42.2 km race around the city. We marshalled the last 3 km of the race, stationed in various positions on the streets. Our job was to keep motorists on the few open roads from interfering with the route, to direct runners and to assist them where needed. There were one or two moments with motorists, but no serious incidents. We raised R19 200 for our Charity Fund. Here we see Jessie with her son Jerard.

SOP ‘N DOP SOCIAL

22 JULY 2017
SOP ‘N DOP SOCIAL
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We like to hold a ‘Soup ‘n Sherry’ social to welcome in our new President. Basically, it is an excuse to get together, enjoy the delicious food brought in by our members, toast the new President & enjoy each other’s company. This year, we enjoyed 5 exquisite soups: a popular onion soup, a delicious sweet potato & carrot soup, an exotic mildly spicy Gulyas soup, a tasty tomato soup & a yummy spicy butternut soup. We also enjoyed hearty breads, cheeses & other snacks & rounded off with chocolates. We may also have consumed a sherry or two.

LUNCH AT WILDERER DISTILLERY

7 MAY 2017
LUNCH AT WILDERER DISTILLERY
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Member Stephan organised a lunch outing and Grappa brandy tasting at the Wilderer Distillery near Paarl. This was well-supported by our members, who will enjoy good food and beverages at the drop of a hat. The lunch was delicious – thoroughly to be recommended – while the Grappa tasting came with a very interesting tale of the history of the distillery. Here, Stephan is flanked by our Wilderer Distillery hosts.

IMPROMPTU FUN AT MEETING

19 JANUARY 2017
IMPROMPTU FUN AT MEETING
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A few members planned a special surprise for us – after the meeting was closed, members Stephan & Pat performed a play-reading of the great classic ‘Dinner for One’, playing butler James & Miss Sophie. They were helped with props by our venue, the Italian Club, & members thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment.

BLOUBERG’S 30TH BIRTHDAY

17 NOVEMBER 2016
BLOUBERG’S 30TH BIRTHDAY
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We celebrated 30 years since the Charter of our club with a wonderful evening of celebration & reminiscences. Many past members & Anns (including some founders) & friends from the past were there – but we were also heartened by the presence of so many current family members & friends, & representatives from our Rotaract, Interact & EarlyAct clubs, representatives from District 9350 & Rotarians from neighboring clubs. DG Ian Pursch congratulated us. The Interact & Rotaract presentations gave us an inspiring preview of our future in service. After this, there were many fond reminiscences from the club’s past, which were often enlightening to current members. We also received thanks from various charities & institutions who we have helped over the years. With such a history of dedication & good fellowship, we can look forward to many years of service with enjoyment in the community.

SPEAKERS AT OUR MEETINGS

SPEAKERS AT OUR MEETINGS
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Speakers from 2017 / 2018 include Conn Bertish, founder of Cancer Dojo, on his revolutionary use of psychological tools to boost the immune system in fighting cancer; Professors Pierre Goussard & Ronald van Toorn of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital on the ground-breaking surgery they do to save the lives of babies and young children; and Greg Player of Clean C, a Cape Town-based environmental organisation which focuses on beach-cleanups and providing recycling services. Here is President Carl, his wife Leanne and Conn Bertish.

MEETING OTHER ROTARIANS

MEETING OTHER ROTARIANS
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We enjoy meeting other Rotarians from neighbouring clubs and from further afield too. We also make sure to visit other Rotary clubs whenever we are away from home.
In recent months, some members attended the Charter of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Cape Town and the Charter of the Rotary Club of Century City Cape Town, we have been raided by Am Kap Rotary, received visitors from Germany who have donated towards our Zusakhe Creche project, and been visited by a member of Wimberley Rotary in Texas, whose club has contributed to a Global Grant in Cape Town. We Member James recently visited the Rotary Club of Hong Kong, and the Rotary Club of Seminyak (Bali). Here is James in Hong Kong with District Governor Ho.

PAUL HARRIS RECOGNITION AWARDS

PAUL HARRIS RECOGNITION AWARDS
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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 2017, the principal of a local high school, Sylvia Steyn of Parklands Secondary Faculty, was awarded one for dedicated service to the community through school programmes and the Parklands Interact club. Member Helène was awarded a Second Sapphire for her exceptionally hard work and dedication on Club, District and international levels. Milnerton High learner Shannon-Lee Levin was awarded a Paul Harris for her outstanding charity initiatives and work in Interact. In 2018, yacht architect Alex Simonis was awarded a Paul Harris award for his hard work designing a yacht which can be sailed by people with disabilities. Member Bruce Lewis was awarded Paul Harris Sapphire for his many years of unstinting service in Rotary. There are many other Paul Harris Fellows in Blouberg Rotary. Here we see Rotarian Ivar and Judy at the back, and Alex on the right with daughter Ashleigh and wife Laura.

BINGO FUNDRAISERS

BINGO FUNDRAISERS
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Two talented Bingo callers – Carl & Richard, will each take successive months. The Bingo nights take place the first Tuesday of every month at our meeting venue, the Italian Club, Donegal Street, Rugby. To find out more, go to www.bingocapetown.co.za

TALK ON MOON LANDING

11 FEBRUARY 2016
TALK ON MOON LANDING
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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 ( & who is also a member of Inglewood Rotary, LA) 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
PAUL HARRIS PLAQUES RESTORED
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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.
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