Thursday, 25 November 2021

Classical Music No Trivial Matter

Having to read CS Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as an eight-year-old because the teacher was too busy to continue with the book, gave her a lifelong love of the spoken word, admitted the radio presenter, actress, director and singer Shireen Hollier, our speaker at the meeting this week.

Shireen presented the Afternoon Drive show on Classic 1027 until the radio station was summarily closed down in June of this year, leaving a gaping hole in the lives of lovers of classical music.

                                 Shireen Hollier

Shireen told how she'd joined Classic 1027 about three years ago to become part of a settled and very knowledgeable team of presenters. Although she had been steeped in music of all kinds from an early age, she said, she still had to learn to pronounce the likes of Joaquim Rodriguez's Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre with a proper Spanish lisp. Not an obviously easy task, no doubt.

                     The Cute Gals ensemble, with Shireen bottom left

Shireen was a founding member of the a cappella group Cutt Glas, but as the only one who was married and had a child,  touring, as they did incessantly all over the country, became impossible for her and she left. The ensemble still exists.

Working alongside people like Maestro Richard Cock has its challenges and to differentiate herself, she turned an old love of trivia into a broadcasting "hook".

To illustrate this, she said Wednesday is the 24th of November; there are 24 hours in a day; 24 carats in gold; 24 letters in the ancient and modern Greek alphabet; 24 spikes on a backgammon board; and an object with 24 sides is called an icositetragon or 24-sided polygon. Furthermore avocados, rice and coffee all have 24 pairs of chromosomes.

And speaking of coffee: Johann Sebastian Bach was a coffee lover who drank 8 very strong cups of coffee a day, as was Beethoven, who counted out 16 coffee beans for every cup he drank.

And as for the contention of the new "owner" of the 1027 radio frequency that classical music is dead or dying, she pointed to a concert in Boston, USA in 1872 conducted by Johann Strauss which featured 2000 musicians, 20000 choristers, 200 conductors and an audience of 100000.

                                 The violinist David Garrett                    

The crossover violinist David Garrett and the Croatian duo Two Cellos sell in the hundreds of thousands and pack in audiences all over the world, she said.

The realisation that the station was in financial trouble hit soon after she joined three years ago, and then Covid came to give the final push into eventual oblivion.

Shireen ended her talk by playing the beautiful Abendlied by Joseph Rheinberger, as performed by the Drakensberg Boys' Choir to emphasise that no matter what, classical music will never die; nor will it ever fade away.

            Carol Stier showing off her End Polio Now t-shirt

And in other news ... Lucille Blumberg started the meeting off with a Covid update, saying the latest increase started off in Pretoria at the Tshwane University of Technology and that the extent and severity of the fourth wave that is now upon us, is still an unknown factor. She also advised people to get vaccinated now, rather than at the height of the new wave.

Prior to the subsequent announcement of a new variation fuelling the fourth wave, she said people can go ahead with their Christmas plans, but must keep wearing masks and following all the Covid protocols strictly.

Carol Stier showed off her End Polio Now t-shirt that she got from the Rotary shop. R10 from every sale of a t-shirt goes directly to Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. The t-shirts are a great branding instrument for Rotary.

Breakfast: The club was contacted by the Parkview Golf Club management last week after only two people of those present ordered breakfast the previous week. Parkview have waived a venue fee and put up with quite a bit of Rotary intrusion and shenanigans over the years because serving breakfast has been worth their while. It has been worth it for them to bring in staff early to get the kitchen going for us on Wednesday mornings, but clearly not so if only two people order it.

We managed to get quite a few more orders in this week, but it isn't really an incentive for Parkview  anymore unless things change quite drastically.

This coming Wednesday is the last formal meeting of the year and it would be great if as many members as possible join us there and have a great breakfast at the same time. After all, it was the quality of the breakfasts and the reasonable prices that drew us there in the first place.

It doesn't make things easier for New Dawn fellowship if we're faced by a screen full of blank boxes or photographs of members tuning in on Zoom. As much as hybrid meetings work in some regards, they don't in others and whether in person or on Zoom, Rotary only works with proper participation and two-way communication (see the Shaw quote below).

Only three of the seventeen boxes on Zoom last week were actually active, the others faceless or with a photograph so that there is no way to know if someone is listening, has gone to make tea, is feeding the dog or children, or has gone for an early-morning swim.

Above is a graphic presented to the Rotary International conference by Dr Michael Angelo Caruso last year that sums up basic Zoom etiquette. These are handy tips. Please take them to heart.

Christmas picnic: Please pay your R100 entrance fee into the club account (FNB 62217422609) and start looking out for pink elephant gifts to wrap and put under the tree, start planning your picnic hamper and deciding which guests to invite, we want to make 8 December a jolly send-off for the sometimes un-jolly year 2021.

A Thought for the Week: The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Babies and Their Amazing Moms

Working from home has led to a new spate of bone and muscle problems, Dr Tony Karpelowsky told the club at the meeting this week.

Most people work at a kitchen chair, for example, at a dining room table, or slouched over a laptop on the couch, but for your health it is better to have proper chair, desk, a big computer screen at the correct height. Get up every so often and walk around a bit, even if it's for only 2 minutes at a time and incorporate exercise into your routine any way you can.

He gets up at 4 am every morning and hits the road by 4.30 to start his day, said Dr Tony.

                             Dr Tony Karpelowski, a specialist paedriatic chiropractor

Dr Tony, a specialist paedriatic chiropractor, said his passion is children and helping children.

He said the chiropractic profession started 126 years ago and is the third largest medical field after physicians and dentists. He has been practising for the past almost 20 years. 

Dr Tony practises in Illovo, Johannesburg and is a founding member of Paedriatric Chiropractic South Africa. He is also the founder of Dudes to Dads, a training workshop to teach new and expecting dads the information and practical tools needed to be a confident hands-on father.

He spoke about how amazing moms are in instinctively knowing whether their children are well or whether there are niggles along the way.

He told the club of the possible bio-mechanical constraints some Caesarian birth children pick up because they didn't have the corrective pressure on bones and muscle from emerging into the world through the birth canal and said he has treated 94% of colic babies successfully using techniques he started learning with his masters dissertation on the subject.

                            Patient and practitioner ... PDG Jankees Sligcher and Dr Tony Karpelowsky

Dr Tony came to the club through PDG Jankees Sligcher, who has had back problems and used his time on the chiropractic bench to invite him to speak at the club.

The modern habit of hunching over a screen of some sort leads to all sorts of posture problems, and this has worsened during the Covid lockdown periods, especially with children, he said. He spends a lot of time with parents teaching them why it is so important to limit screen time.

PDG Jankees is of course regional Foundation representative, and this is his month as stand-in president, fittingly as November is Foundation month for the Rotary Foundation.

He reminded the club of the importance of giving as the Rotary Foundation depends in large part on donations from clubs and individuals for funds to carry out its good works, amongst others for funding global grants.

                                              David Marshall talking about toilets

The Donate a Loo team is working on a global grant and David Marshall reported on a very promising meeting they'd had in Pretoria with an organisation that manufactures a whole range of different types of toilets at a much lower cost that previously quoted by other manufacturers.

David and the team said Eldocrete were very willing to listen to their proposals and thoughts and they're very upbeat about prospects.

Next Week: The speaker next week is Shireen Hollier, who presented the Classic Drive on weekday afternoons on the sadly departed Classic FM 1027 radio station amongst her many other accomplishments.

In Closing: The  grace that Helene Bramwell used for the meeting on Wednesday bears repeating:

May each Rotarian worldwide be showered with an ability to serve selflessly and collectively towards a common goal

- making a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate – remembering always – one random act of kindness

could make the world of difference in the life of the recipient.

As we discover these abilities may it open our eyes to the possibility of what can be achieved together, in service to those in need.

May we be blessed with enhancing this passion, using the strength and patience within us to give back, to hold hands,

walking side by side towards a better future for all - one building brick at a time

A Thought for the Week: Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. - Japanese proverb

Thursday, 11 November 2021

The Election in a Nutshell

In introducing Barnard Beukman, editor of Beeld, as speaker at the meeting this week, I laid down a challenge: what was the result of the local government election on 1 November?

That is of course an almost impossible question to answer beyond the cold, hard figures of both the main parties, the ANC and the DA, shedding votes left, right and centre (excuse the political pun).

Barnard is known as a very informed and very level headed political commentator and he replied by analysing those cold, hard figures and then describing possible party political trends for the near future as well as more long-term future of the country.

                                   Barnard Beukman, editor of Beeld

The ANC, he said, is gutted by the election results, having for the first time ever been pushed below 50% of the total votes. The voter turnout of a mere 46% did them no favours.  Polls before the election showed them what's coming their way, but the final result still came as a huge shock to them.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has a high personal rating (of about 63%) and the ANC was hoping that would translate into support and voters for the party if he campaigned intensely for them, as he did in the last two weeks before the election. It didn't happen.

Interestingly enough, 57% of white voters also think he's doing a good job, not good news for the DA.

Both the ANC and the DA, despite still being the two biggest parties, were the biggest losers.

                     Herman Mashaba of Action SA seeking votes at a previous by-election

Herman Mashaba's Action SA was the only party that could take black votes from the ANC, most notably in Soweto and other townships in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. The problem for the party is that it is dominated by one person and not much is known about the quality of the people around him. Mashaba will have to show that he has competent people around him if he wants to grow. Word from the boardrooms and meeting places where negotiations about coalitions is ongoing, is that this is definitely not the case yet.

ANC voters stayed away in droves to punish the party, said Beukman and will do so again if they don't get the country out of the present mess before the general elections in two years' time.

"They need to deliver, they can't do it with endless conferences, talk shows and so on. They need competent people with the right qualifications."

"Service delivery has been a blight in outlying areas for many years, but in the last two years the lack of delivery has moved to the cities. That was the main theme of the election. A secondary issue is ongoing corruption. If the ANC doesn't have a proper clean-out within the next few months, they'll fail."

                   The DA's John Steenhuisen

The DA sort of survived, but their message got blurred and word has it that infighting amongst factions, notably the English speaking whites, the Afrikaans speaking coloureds and whites and the black component, is becoming a big problem. Their culture of attacking everyone and everything all the time, appeals to some, but puts many potential voters off.

The DA leader, John Steenhuisen, lacks the X-factor, according to leading political commentator Tim du Plessis. The DA desperately needs a message that appeals to the majority of voters.

There is a worldwide tendency towards governments with elements of the centre, right of centre and a bit left of centre and the DA should be able to capitalise on this. It is telling that the ANC and EFF together couldn't muster 50% of the votes.

               Judy Sligcher and Janice Angove at the meeting

As for the coalition talks at the moment, he predicted that the DA, with Action SA, VF+ and smaller parties, would be able to form a governing coalition in Tshwane. The situation in Johannesburg is more complex and neither the DA nor the ANC/EFF would easily be able to form a coalition.

The options are a minority government by the ANC that would have to negotiate with smaller parties for every decision they try to make; that coalition talks stall and another election is called within 90 days, where the ANC could do even worse; or where a shared executive committee, with the mayor as a member and not an executive mayor, is formed. The parties govern together, in other words.

Regulations around executive mayors would have to be changed in the big metropolitan areas for this to happen.

               I welcomed Barnard and President Ian Widdop thanked him for a remarkable talk

He pointed out that this is the third time that voters have rejected the EFF as a viable alternative, a sure sign that South African voters are, socially speaking, more conservative than previously realised. This could also be seen in the eventual lack of mass support for the looting and attempted uprising in July.

There is a growing realisation worldwide that governments cannot deliver all services any more and that citizens should be getting more involved through organisations such as Outa, Solidariteit and, yes, Rotary.

Recruiting for the Power of Pennies fundraising initiative, aimed mainly at helping the club pay our voluntary contributions to the Rotary Foundation every year (EREY, $100 from every Rotarian every year) has intensified and the first 20 people have already signed up.

The amount is R100 a month which can either be paid monthly, every four months, or annually. There will be a draw every four months and for the first draw, the prize has been guaranteed at R5000. You forfeit 10% of the winnings if you're not there in person for the draw.

The draw will be held towards the end of the evening at the annual Rotary New Dawn picnic on Wednesday, 8 December at Marks Park, the last meeting of the year, to allow more time to sign up new contributors.

The picnic is being held as a fundraising event (we netted about R20 000 for the club coffers last year) and entrance fee has been set at R100 per person, the same as last year. Those attending should preferably prepay the amount into the club account because you'll need your cash to buy raffle tickets for a first prize of a luxury Thrupps hamper.

                   Errol Burman won the hamper last year. Here he is with Ian Widdop and Joan Donet

Each person must bring a wrapped gift worth no more than R100 for the pink elephant draw. All the gifts go under the Christmas tree and then every person attending can go and choose a gift for themselves. You're not allowed to choose the gift you brought!

Guests are allowed to bring their own food, but nothing liquid. The arrangement with Marks Park is that all soft drinks and alcohol must be obtained at their bar.

Go the extra mile in packing your hamper, because there will be a special prize for the best hamper. The judges will be looking at presentation, the array of picnic foods and of course the taste.

We'll try to get the musician from last year again, as he proved to be a great hit.

There'll also be an auction if we can find the right items for it.

A Thought for the Week: Lower your voice and strengthen your argument. - Lebanese proverb

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Three Member Introductions

Three members from very different backgrounds introduced themselves to the club in our ongoing series which aims at members getting to know each other a bit better, something that has been much needed during the Covid times of the past almost two years and the enforced isolation it brought.

This series of short talks has proved to be very popular and clearly serves a positive purpose.

                             Sarah de La Pasture

Sarah de La Pasture told how she had left her country of birth, Uganda, with her parents after the then dictator-clown, Idi Amin, started to expropriate the Indian section of the Ugandan economy and kicked Indian citizens out of the country.

"Experiencing the breakdown and living in fear had a profound effect on me," she said.

The family moved to South Africa where she attended Rhodes University in what was then Grahamstown, graduating in 1985.

She said she could see South Africa going the same way as many other African countries and moved to England, but came back with her then husband after 20 years.

She then did a BA degree in neuropsychology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

About two years ago she met Karlien Kruger who told her all about Rotary and persuaded her to visit New Dawn. She joined in April 2000.

"It was the fellowship and the quiet power of Rotary with not a lot of self-aggrandisement that attracted me to the organisation," she said.

                                 Janice Angove at the meeting

Janice Angove grew up on the East Rand where her mother is still a Rotary Ann at the Rotary Club of Boksburg Lake. Both her parents joined Rotary when she was only 6 years old.

She studied psychology at Wits University before completing a teaching diploma. She taught in London for a spell before returning to South Africa, where she went back to Wits for a degree in actuarial science. She lectures there now and does consulting work and is involved in training.

Janice says she loves wildlife and has her own Big 5 wish list of animals and birds she wants to see: Gorillas (which she has seen), a polar bear, a flock of flamingoes, a puffin and an orca.

She joined Rotary because "there are lots of people out there who are looking for a place to give back and for me that place is Rotary".

                       PDG Jankees and Judy Sligcher

Jankees Sligcher is a founding member of the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn. He was the first member to serve two terms as president and so far the only member to become District Governor.

Jankees says he was born and grew up in Holland and is a proud Dutchman. His father was a farmer and sent him to an agricultural college, where he ended up with a degree in intensive animal husbandry. He says agriculture and nature have always been close to his heart.

His first job was in Hillcrest in Natal, where he gained an interest in chicken hatcheries, followed by a spell in the Middle East where, amongst other things, he built a hatchery for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

In 1984 he returned to South Africa working with the sale and supply of products for poultry farming. He and his son, Adriaen, work together all over Africa and both travel extensively to many countries on the continent.

Jankees uses the opportunity to visit Rotary clubs wherever he goes to network in true Rotary fashion.

"Besides being a Dutchman, I am an African in my heart," he said.

Jankees is passionate about the Rotary Foundation and about membership. "I want to help create true Rotarians, not just members," he told the club.

After the talks President Ian Widdop announced that he had asked Sarah to be interim president for December/January and Karen Harkema for February. Both have agreed to run the meetings during those months.

There'll only be one meeting in December, on Wednesday, 1 December. The meeting on 8 December will be replaced by the picnic at Marks Park, which we've scheduled to start at 4pm.

Meetings will resume on Wednesday, 12 January in the new year.

A Thought for the Week: An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. - Spanish proverb

Thursday, 28 October 2021

A Visit to Copessa in Soweto

New Dawn outings are always fun and the visit to Copessa on Wednesday was no exception. A group of about 20 Rotarians and friends braved the trip to Protea Glen in Soweto to experience at first hand the work being done there.

As with Donate a Loo, the focus is now fully on applying for global grants for these two worthy causes, before the end of the year if at all possible.

                           The visiting group in front of the Copessa offices

A committee is being set up for each of the projects and Carol Stier will oversee the writing of the global grant application for Copessa, with Julian Nagy in the same role for Donate a Loo. The champions of the two causes, chiefly Helene Bramwell and Adele Dabbs for Donate a Loo and Karlien Kruger and Gavin Atkins for Copessa, will also be involved.

There's a Foundation committee meeting tomorrow to map out the way forward. Exciting developments indeed.

The purpose of the visit to Soweto was to try to get to grips with what exactly the global grant application should be aimed at. What do Copessa need funding for most of all and why?

                            Dr Nobs Mwanda of Copessa

Dr Nobs Mwanda, CEO of Copessa, motivated a skateboard park, built by the community as a place to attract young people, especially young boys, where they can be engaged on the ills of child abuse and gender based violence on their own level and where they can be taught useful skills in the construction of the park. And hopefully where future Olympian skateboarders are fostered.

The skateboard park would be on a part of a piece of land over the road from the Copessa offices in Protea Glen, one of the more modern suburbs of Soweto. The whole piece of land could also be developed further for the community, Dr Nobs said.

           Ian Widdop with Gavin and Stefania Atkins in Soweto

This land is also close to the Protea Glen Primary School, where Copessa already runs a successful vegetable garden.

Dr Nobs said there is a lack of safe places for kids to play and teenage boys with whom Copessa is in contact are very keen on getting involved in building a skateboard park. Skateboarding featured in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in July for the first time and is gaining in popularity all over the world. She pointed out that skateboard parks have been used successfully in many parts of the world such as India and the USA in poverty stricken areas.

            Dr Nobs Mwanda with Rotarians Paul Kasango and Jankees Sligcher

A similar project was recently undertaken by the Rotary Club of Hout Bay in the shanty town there.

Dr Nobs said a skateboard park would be a vehicle they could use to change behaviour (including drugs and alcohol abuse) by involving the community.

"We're asking you to plant a seed. They (the children) will help it to germinate and grow," she said.

             Graham Donet and me at the Coppessa offices

She emphasised throughout that Copessa is not looking for a handout to build the facility, but a partner to join them in the process of establishing a viable safe place for victims and potential victims of abuse and family based violence; and a teaching place where such behaviour can be prevented and the cycle of violence broken.

                The picnic last year at Marks Park

The visit marked the last of the October meetings over which I presided and PDG Jankees Sligcher will take over in running the meetings in November. 

That means that the year is now rapidly drawing to a close, with only one meeting scheduled for December.

The second Wednesday in December is on 8 December and Marks Park has agreed to host us for a Christmas picnic on that date, as we did last year.

They will allow us to bring our own picnic baskets and use the verandah and the lawn in front of it, but all drinks must be bought from the bar. We had a raffle and auction last year and no doubt there'll be more of the same this year, but please come with more ideas to make it a fun afternoon/evening and a fitting end to a great Rotary year.

Meetings will start again on 12 January 2022.

A Thought for the Week: Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it. - Italian proverb

Saturday, 23 October 2021

A Club Meeting With the DG

How many Past District Governors does it take to introduce one District Governor? Well, we had two at the meeting on Wednesday in the form of PDG Eric Kimani (D9200) from Kenya and our very own PDG Jankees Sligcher (D9400).

PDG Eric apparently had a hand in persuading our District Governor, Dr Stella Anyangwe, to make herself available for the position to serve District 9400 this year, as did PDG Jankees, who in his introduction revealed that DG Stella had been up as 2.30 that morning to address a school in New York on Tutu desks, amongst other things.

In his introductory remarks PDG Eric, of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga North and a Rotarian for 33 years, said Rotary is for him a passion. It is also a school of discipline in work and in life; it is enlightenment, a community of friends, amongst whom he counts DG Stella and PDG Jankees and many others. It is an opportunity to be a citizen of any country in the world, a network like no other, a retirement package, a school of leadership and of public speaking.

Most of all, it has taught him the value of service above self, he said.

      District Governor Stella Anyangwe addressing the club on Zoom

In her address to the club, DG Stella quoted RI President Shekhar Mehta's theme for the year: Serve to Change Lives. This doesn't only mean to change the lives of others, she said, but of ours as well.

RI President Shekhar, a Rotarian for the past 36 years and from the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar,  has stated his three main aims for his year and has a pithy slogan for each one.

The first is to grow Rotary, pointing out that when he was a young Rotarian, Rotary had 1,2 million members. DG Stella said when she joined Rotary ten years later, Rotary still had 1,2 million members. The current membership is also about 1,2 million.

                                   RI President Shekhar Mehta, a man of many slogans

Rotary is like a revolving door, DG Stella said; many join, but many also leave for various reasons such as attrition, death and often disenchantment.

"We're told people only hear about dues after they've joined a club. How is that possible?" she said, adding that a thorough fireside chat is a very important part of the recruitment process.

RI President Shekhar's slogan of Each One Bring One would double the Rotary membership, but perhaps more realistically D9400 asks of each club to grow by just 2 members this year. D9400 membership was less than 1200 in June, but has since grown by 80, so that a membership of over 1300 by June next year looks like a real possibility.

           PDG Eric Kimani on screen

The second aim of the RI President is Giving to the Rotary Foundation and DG Stella emphasised that money for the Rotary Foundation comes from Rotarians; Rotary doesn't have mines or factories to generate income.

His slogan of Give More to Do More to Grow More should resonate with every Rotarian. "The more money we give, the more we will get done," DG Stella said, pointing out that there are more than 20 clubs in D9400 with fewer than 10 members.

"The more people see us doing things, the more they would like to join Rotary," she said.

"People seem to freak out when they hear the D-word; Dollars, but the expectation of the Every Rotarian Every Year plan where each Rotarian contributes $100 to the Foundation each year, is not a very onerous one. Fundraising funds can be used for this (as New Dawn does), clubs can hold special fundraising events for their contribution, or ask members to pay it themselves."

"If you don't have $100, then at least give something. We don't want non-giving clubs in D9400," she said.

                      Adele Dabbs, Helene Bramwell and Jankees Sligcher with a Tutu desk

"The third aim is to increase the impact of service projects across the world and the slogan is: Dream Big. This has led to the introduction of Projects of Scale (with a grant of $2 million) that will potentially affect thousand of people or, as in the case of the D9210 with their malaria campaign, millions. Only one of these is available per year" DG Stella said.

In echoing PDG Eric, DG Stella said it is up to clubs to make Rotary a fun experience with the slogan: Enjoy Rotary.

Added to his 3 aims are 3 initiatives that the RI President is passionate about, DG Stella said. The first of these is to empower girls; the second is a series of 6 presidential conferences all over the world and the third is to showcase Rotary by setting aside 23 February next year where clubs can go out and tell the world about Rotary.

One of the Presidential conferences will be in Maputo, Mozambique on 4 and 5 March next year. RI President Shekhar will attend personally. 

She said her District Conference is planned for 16 - 19 June next year at Bela Bela.

Meeting next week: Please follow the messages on WhatsApp to find out about the visit to Copessa in Soweto next Wednesday (27 October). We will meet at Parkview at 10h15 on Wednesday to travel to Protea Glen, Soweto, together. This takes the place of the normal meeting, so THERE WILL BE NO MEETING EITHER IN PERSON OR ON ZOOM AT 7AM.

A Thought for the Week: Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. - Serbian proverb

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Sweet Success for the Golf Day

It was records all round at the Johannesburg New Dawn Golf Day at the Wanderers on Friday and no doubt quite a few headaches the following morning too.

Yes, there were a few hiccups, but overall it was the most successful Golf Day New Dawn has ever had, not bad for a club without an overabundance of corporate contacts.

A full costing still has to be done, but total income was more than R150 000 and total payment to the Wanderers (for green fees, the halfway house meals and pizza supper) less than R50 000, in other words across the board about R30 000 more than our previous best Golf Day at the end of 2019, before Covid.

    Adele Dabbs with the raffle winner, Hanlie Jacobs, who won a week at Adele's fabulous beach house in St Francis

There were many winners on the day, not the least of them Hanlie Jacobs, who won the raffle prize of a week for eight people in Adele Dabbs's beach house in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape, worth R24 000. Lucky her, it is a truly wonderful house in a truly wonderful village.

The raffle netted more than R50 000 thanks to great efforts by a number of people, like Adele Dabbs, Helene Bramwell,  Linda Vink, Sarah de La Pasture, who sold for well over R6 000, and Nola Ostle, who netted more than R3 000.

More than a dozen club members helped with selling raffle tickets by taking lists home and selling to friends, family and contacts. 

    Helene Bramwell, Adele Dabbs and Linda Vink with a very happy Paul Channon

The second raffle prize, the wheelbarrow of booze, was won by a very chuffed Paul Channon, who said he never wins anything at all. He did this time and will no doubt have a very merry Christmas this year. Paul had eyes only for the booze in the barrow and has donated the wheelbarrow itself to the club to be used at the next Golf Day, no doubt in March next year.

The aim with the Golf Day was to collect the equivalent of at least $5000, or about R75 000 to help with applying for a global grant for Donate a Loo and that we've definitely achieved.

                                           As easy as 1-2-3; Dave Marshall with the bucket of balls

There were many Herculean efforts on the day. Dave Marshall raised almost R2 500 out on the course with his umbrella and bucket of balls, where golfers had to guess how many balls there were in the bucket. Two people guessed correctly: 123.

A number of members helped on the day: Helene Bramwell, Adele Dabbs, Judy Sligcher, Carol Stier,  Linda Vink, Karlien Kruger, Wendy Challis, Nola Ostle, Jennie Lobel and Sarah de La Pasture were tireless, organising and cajoling and making sure things went smoothly while Mike MacDonald organised his 27 four balls, also a record number of golfers (108) after one or two dropped out at the last minute.

Helene and Adele also contributed the lion's share of the about R25 000 we had in hole sponsorships, far more than we've ever had before.

    A winning team ... Sarah de La Pasture and Karlien Kruger manning the registration/raffle ticket desk
      Dave Marshall relaxing after his day in the sun with myself and Hannes Dressler
                                PDG Jankees Sligcher at the presentation
                                 Karlien Kruger with our mutual granddaughter, Julia Kruger, who came for
                              a visit with her parents, with PDG Jankees Sligcher

There were many compliments on the quality and sheer volume of prizes, something that should lure many of the golfers back to our future Golf Days. Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously.

By the way,  Hannes Dressler arrived at the Wanderers with good news; he and his family will be staying in South Africa for another year at least, to allow for time to plan his next posting properly.

Speaker: District Governor Stella Anyangwe will be the speaker at the meeting bright and early tomorrow morning after meeting with the council/board last week.

Next week: There'll be a site meeting with Copessa in Protea Glen in Soweto at 11.30 am next Wednesday, 27 October. There will be no ordinary meeting at 7am that morning.

Friday, 10 December will be set aside for the Christmas/Festive function which will probably be in the form of an outdoor picnic at Marks Park again as we did so successfully last year. That will mark the closing of the Rotary year and the first meeting in the new year will be on Wednesday, 12 January.

A Thought for the Week: A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)