Monday, 25 November 2019

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's Foundation

You can tell how successful a club is by adding up all the little and many not so little things that members do away from the spotlight and away from meetings so that the rest of us don't always hear about it.
     These past weeks have provided numerous examples such as Karlien Kruger's help with Dr. Nobs Motjuwadi and Copessa, Paul Kasango's involvement with the Woodside Sanctuary, Judy Symons' help at 5Cees, Lucille Blumberg's efforts at Hluvekani in Bushbuckridge and the work by Frayne Mathijs, Amina Frense and others at the Humanitarian Centre.

    Another example is that Peta Thomas has been asked to serve as vice chairperson to the District Foundation Subcommittee for Rotary Peace Fellowships, where she'll be instrumental in vetting applicants for Peace and Ambassadorial Scholarships.  

     The club is also measured on major efforts like the Global Grant for The Link Trust and our continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
      In this regard news is just in that the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn was the biggest club contributor to the Rotary Foundation in District 9400 for the Rotary year 2018.
     This is a significant achievement and apart from the clubs' own contributions, is fuelled by three club members: Jankees and Judy Sligcher and David Marshall.
President Judy Sligcher at the meeting last week
     Dave has asked to speak to the club on how he contributes because he sees it as a way in which other members can also give a little back.
     PDG Jankees and President Judy have recently attained Major Donor status, significant because it means they have donated $10000 to the Foundation.
     The club contributed fully to the $100 per member pay year (EREY) last year, as well as $1000 to the Polio Fund.
     This means that out of some 35000 clubs worldwide, we are one of 1550 clubs to be the highest donor on their district. The minimum contribution to come into consideration is $50 per member.
Paul Kasango and Carol Stier getting into the Christmas mood
    New Dawn is also one of only 3400 clubs worldwide to be an Every Rotarian Every Year club, by giving $100 per member.
     We are also one of only 4000 clubs where every dues-paying member has contributed at least $25 per annum to any of the Foundation funds.
     These figures are remarkable not just for how we have maintained that level of giving, but also unfortunately how little the average club worldwide gives back to the Foundation. In D9400 only 5 clubs made any meaningful contributions.
     It also means that we gain extra leverage when applying for global grants.
     We get a special banner and to celebrate the event, DG Maurice Stander is planning to visit New Dawn in the new year for an official handover as well as officially recognising the Sligcher contributions.
New Dawn meets Interact. The National School of the Arts Interact club was inducted on Thursday
     Another significant milestone was the induction o the Interact club at theNational School of the Arts in Braamfontein.
     Seven New Dawn members attended and a wonderful time was had by all.
     The club has thrived due mainly to the mentoring of Graham and Joan Donet and the tireless efforts of Louise Simpson to get the group together and keep them focused on doing good deeds.
     Louise, who has spoken at the club before, is in Matric and therefore not able to become the first president.
President Judy Sligcher accepts a basket of flowers from Makaziwe Makade, the founding president and Louise Simpson
     This honour goes to Makaziwe Makade, who will have the task of looking after about 20 Interacters next year.
     Judging by the enthusiasm last Thursday and the quality of the performances on the night (they are arts students after all) the club will be both vibrant and creative at the same time.
     It's that Christmas festive time of the year again and our thoughts turn to the annual Festive Dinner. There have been 54 acceptances so far so it promises to be a good turnout. Please do RSVP if you've not yet done so.
Audrey Gatawa at the meeting last week
     Amongst the guests will be Paul Channon, who by Wednesday should be our latest member, and Audrey Gatawa, a visitor last week who decided the Festive Dinner sounded too good to be true.
     Audrey originally hails from Zimbabwe and works for Standard Bank. She told the club that she'd met a Rotarian from the Ivory Coast while on a work assignment in Mauritius, who recommended New Dawn to her.
     Remember to bring small gifts for the Pink Elephant raffle at the dinner and to let me know if you plan any contributions for the festive table. Carol Stier is managing the decorations and decor, so speak to her if you can help.
The family recipe book Gem
     There will also be an auction with some wonderful items such as s six-day holiday in St Francis on the Eastern Cape coast and signed copies of Ronnie Kasrils' latest memoirs.  
     Paul Channon is also bringing an armful of copies of the recipe book Gem to give to guests.
Tony Reddy, the president nominee
     It was announced at the meeting last week that, following a board meeting on Tuesday, Tony Reddy's nomination as president to follow Ian Widdop, has been recommended by the board.
     If there are any other nominations, it will be put to the vote. Remember however that you cannot nominate anyone without first asking them if they're prepared to stand.
     The plan is that Tony will be secretary to Ian, where he can learn more about Rotary.
     A Thought for the Week: For of all sad words of tongue and pen/ The saddest are these 'it might have been". - John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)





   

   

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Things Are On the Up in SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa's New Dawn is breaking and there is much to be optimistic about.
     That was the view of the economist Matthew Matthee of PSG Wealth Rosebank in a presentation to the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn at the regular meeting at the Parkview Golf Club last Wednesday.
     Matthee conceded that President Ramaphosa had come in for a lot of impatient criticism recently, culminating in the recent downgrade by ratings agency Moody's. But behind the scenes much is happening, he said.
Matt Matthee giving his presentation
     It's too soon to tell if the efforts of the new regime will bear fruit. After GDP growth averaging 4.5% during the Mandela and Mbeki years, first the economic crisis of 2008/2009 and then 10 years of Jacob Zuma's presidency saw growth flatlining, then recovering to about 2,5% and finally settling at the current 0,9% level, which is catastrophic for the country and unsustainable.
     Zuma started off his presidency with a promise of R800 billion in investment, but that all went into a bloated civil service and state salaries.
President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrating with the Springboks after they won the World Cup
     Ramaphosa inherited a sluggish economy with unemployment at 29%, the highest ever.
     The solution would be to fix education, Matthee said.
     Of the 1.24 million children starting school each year, only 687 000 end up with Matric. Only 17% of children going to university get a degree. That is why the unemployment rate amongst young people from 18 - 24 years old is almost 70%.
     The second part of the solution would be to unlock business confidence and get companies, which have fared quite well in trying times, to start investing money in South Africa. This would also attract more foreign investment.
Listening intently ... against the backdrop of the new club posters Julian Nagy, Paul Kasango and Paul Channon concentrate on the briefing. Paul Channon will be joining New Dawn shortly
     The first steps towards this have already been taken by efforts to reclaim the state from those who plundered it.
     Examples are the Zondo commission into state capture; the Makgoro enquiry into the NPA as well as the appointment of Shamila Batoyi as Director of Public Prosecutions; the Nugent commission into the SA Revenue Services and the Mpati commission into the Public Investment Corporation.
President Judy Sligcher with Matt Matthee after his presentation
     New boards have been appointed at ten state owned enterprises including Denel, Transnet, Eskom, the PIC, NPA, SA Express, SARS, the SABC, Safcol and Alexkor.
     He described the Moody's downgrade as a wake-up call, echoing Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's words that "South Africans must roll up their sleeves".
     All in all, Matthee concluded, there's a lot to be optimistic about.

     Foundation minute: November is Foundation month in Rotary, with the news that the Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, an independent valuator of charities in the USA, for the 12th consecutive year.
    The Foundation earned the recognition - four stars - for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organisations Charity Navigator evaluates, have received twelve consecutive 4-star evaluations.
     PDG Francis Callard, a former district Foundation chair, is the speaker tomorrow and will tell us a bit more about the workings of the Foundation.
Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands last year
     Festive Dinner: Arrangements are in full swing for the annual Christmas/Festive dinner. It's on Wednesday, 4 December this year and coincides with the visit of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa, who traditionally arrives in the Netherlands on 5 December.
     The feast of St Nicholas has been celebrated for at least 700 years in the Netherlands. Many of today's traditions, such as the now controversial Zwarte Piet, date from the 1850s.
     Up until the 1940s children would find a present in their shoe on 6 December, but over time the partying shifter to the night before, according to the website DutchNews.nl.
     This year Dutch television and many Dutch towns have changed Zwarte Piet (originally a Moor from Spain) to Sooty Pete with a slightly dirty face from climbing down chimneys rather than full blackface make-up.
     A Thought for the Week: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. - Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
   
   

Monday, 11 November 2019

Golf Day a Success On and Off the Course

Give yourselves a round of applause for a most exciting and very successful Golf Day 2019. Most members who were available joined at some stage or the other and at best count, 28 of the 34 New Dawn people were there.
     The Golf Day is our biggest fundraiser and seems to be growing each year in all respects; the number of golfers increases annually, as does the number of sponsors and raffle income.
Some of the New Dawn team at the Golf Day at Parkview Golf Club on Friday
     Indications are that the income could be over R120 000, although the green fees and the meals at halfway house and the evening hamburgers will still have to be subtracted from that.
     Well done to Mike MacDonald and Greg Smith for organising such a successful day and to everyone who contributed by bringing in golfers, by sponsoring holes or the halfway house, or by contributing to the Barrow of Booze and in any other way.
Graham Donet, the Master of Ceremonies, congratulates Matt Matthee on winning the Bollerwagen of Booze
     The raffle netted a bit less than in previous years, but the total collected on Friday mainly due to the efforts of Julian Nagy, Adele Dabbs and Amina Frense, was more than on the corresponding day last year.
     Friday's take was in the region of R12 000 compared with R10 600 last year.
Paul-Michael Keichel and Justin Sloane were the runners-up
Mike MacDonald and Greg Smith, the golfing dynamo team, hand out prizes to Russ Smith and her partner, Liz Read (far left) who came 4th overall
          The overall winners were Kayleigh Woodman and Justin Louw. Second were Justin Sloane and Paul-Michael Keichel and third Michael Sardinha and Jayson McGregor.
     Tony Reddy was nearest to the pin on the 3rd, Adriaen Sligcher nearest to the pin on the 15th, and Sean Mills nearest to the pin on the 15th.
     Niamh Klinkenberg hit the longest drive on the 18th for the ladies and Hendrik Wessels the longest drive on the 18th for the men.
Helene Bramwell and Adele Dabbs also contributed a great amount 
     Tim Byrne of Parktown North bought the winning raffle ticket outside the Parkview Spar. We never got to see him, as he fetched his wheelbarrow and nearly four 12-bottle cases of wine and other liquor from the golf club on Saturday morning.
     As mentioned, Matt Matthee won the raffle draw for people there on the day.
     Matt was one of the golfers and has attended New Dawn meetings and functions before.
     He is, coincidentally, also the speaker for Wednesday. Matt, an economist, will be speaking about the world economy and how it impacts South Africa.
David Marshall with his box of balls
     Prominent amongst the sponsors were Jankees Sligcher, who sponsored the halfway house to the tune of R5000 in the name of Royal Pas Reform, his mother company in the Netherlands. Helene Bramwell's business The Mask sponsored a hole, as did Karlien Kruger.
     Outside sponsors of R2000 each were BBM Law, Revamp Rand, Aspire Wealth (Grace van Zyl), Jawitz and Matthew Emanuel, Judy Symons' son who couldn't be there on the day. Ben Kruger gave R10 000 to more than cover the cost of two 4-Balls.
     Prize sponsors included Europcar, City Lodge, Impala Meat, The Mask, pressure hoses from Carol Stier and jewellery from Carl and Jacquie Chemaly.
The two Judy's (President Judy Sligcher, left and Judy Symons, right) during the raffle draw. When Judy Symons drew her son Matthew's winning ticket, she promptly put it back in the bowl. Matthew is a previous winner of the Barrow of Booze
     Grace van Zyl, president of the Rotary Club of Johannesburg, not only sponsored a hole, but sold stationery packs at her hole which she then took to donate  to her projects, but passed the R3 200 thus earned on to the club.
Sam Deverneuil and Joan Donet formed a mother-and-daughter team at the initial registration table along with Frayne Mathijs
     Adele Dabbs sponsored a three-night stay at her home in St Francis Bay on a silent auction. Helene Bramwell ended up getting it for R6000, a bargain if ever there was one.
     Adele also sponsored a 4-ball and has promised to put a three-night stay in St. Francis up for auction at the upcoming Festive Dinner.
Paul Kasango with "his" banner
     The two new club banners, designed by Carol Stier and commissioned by Karlien Kruger, drew a lot of admiring attention. Paul Kasango posed with children from the 5Cees for the banner with the theme: Inspire.
     These banners will help to publicise the club and everything we do.
     Debbie Smith displayed her jewellery at the prize-giving and reported brisk sales. She has pledged 15% of the proceeds to New Dawn.
      A great big thank you once again to everyone involved. I trust I've not left any names out but if I have, know that every effort was welcomed and contributed to the success of the day. Like the Springboks, we're better together.
Carin Holmes and Jenine Coetzer were at the meeting after not being able to attend for a while
     It was also great to report that a number of members who have not been able to attend meetings recently, pitched up again last week. Carin Homes, who has been travelling, was there, as was Jenine Coetzer, who took most of the photos for this blog.
     Carol Stier, who has had a foot operation and has been immobilised, was also there and she also made it to the Golf Day.
Hillary Biller, food editor of the Sunday Times
     A welcome visitor, Hillary Biller, food editor of the Sunday Times, was at the meeting as a guest of Helene Bramwell. Hillary donated three recipe books as Golf Day prizes.
     Please don't forget the Festive Dinner on Wednesday, 4 December at Marks Park.
     A Thought for the Week: A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. - Phyllis Diller (1917-2012)










Monday, 4 November 2019

Gallant Granny Nabbed for Grabbing Wine

This blog was going to be all about Winex, about how hard the work is for relatively little reward, but how much fun it is and what a good team-building exercise it is.
     A bit like the Springboks at the World Cup in Japan, then.
     It is by now common knowledge that we were unceremoniously dumped from Winex and sent home after the first night.
     Exactly the opposite of what happened to the Boks, of course, who went on to score a glorious victory over England on Saturday and united a nation in the process.
The first-night crew at Winex: Linda Vink with Graham Donet, myself, David Marshall, Julian Nagy and Adriaen Sligcher. Karlien Kruger took over Adriaen's shift later in the afternoon
     Everyone in the club knows by now why we were sent packing, as Linda spoke to everyone personally and told the members what had happened and why she decided a bottle of Ernie Els wine would be a good Golf Day prize, so the less we dwell on the matter, the better.
     From a New Dawn point of view we need to limit damage to the club, but we are a part of Rotary and it is in the best interests of Rotary that the connection that the Rotary Club of Benoni Aurora has with Winex, be protected. This also extends to four other wine shows around the country that have similar ties with Rotary clubs.
Myself, Graham Donet and David Marshall worked the full shift on Wednesday
     Benoni Aurora has promised that we will be paid for the work done on Wednesday evening which was, as expected, hard work for relatively little reward, etc!
     And in case the message didn't quite get through, this incident marks the end of the road for New Dawn as regards Winex, something that was likely to have happened in any case.
     The board is dealing with the fallout from the weekend and will see to it that all the i's are dotted and t's crossed and then it will be time to put the matter behind us, allow the dust to settle and carry on celebrating the Springboks for an outstanding performance.
Professor Robutso Murapa having his arm twisted by Mike MacDonald
     The Golf Day was discussed at the meeting last week as we are now in the final stages of the planning. Mike MacDonald, who is organising the event with Ex-member Greg Smith, reported that we already have a bigger field than in past years but still needed contributions in the form of prizes and wine and other drinks for the Barrow of Booze raffle.
     Professor Robutso Murapa, who has joined our meetings before and lives close by to the Parkview Golf Club, had his arm twisted by Mike and has agreed to play.
     Another star of the day is undoubtedly Hannes Dressler, who has already provided ten golfers.
Dianne Stewart of North Carolina with Helene Bramwell
     Another visitor was Dianne Stewart, a friend of Helene Bramwell, whose husband is a Rotarian in Charlottesville, North Carolina. Dianne says she takes part in many Rotary events and functions and passed on a few tips for fundraising.
     She is obviously interested in the Donate a Loo project that Helene is championing, but was also cornered by Ian Widdop with regards to the Meriting training scheme.
     The meeting this week will be a business meeting as the board meets tomorrow. We'll also be discussing the final touches for the Golf Day.
     NB: Remember, November is Foundation month in Rotary.
     A Thought for the Week: A life spent making mistakes is not only honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


   

Monday, 28 October 2019

A Polio Milestone is Reached

Polio and the attempts to eradicate it are making headlines and it was therefore fitting that Lucille Blumberg, our resident expert on all matters microbiology and deputy director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, was the speaker at the meeting last week.
     Thursday was World Polio Day, a day where Rotarians all over the world are asked to redouble their efforts in helping to eradicate the disease from the face of the earth.
Lucille Blumberg speaks and Graham Donet and Julian Nagy listen
     It was fitting therefore that the World Health Organisation could announce on Thursday that wild poliovirus Type 2 has now been permanently eliminated, the second strain to be eliminated after wild poliovirus Type 1 was announced to be eliminated in 2015.
     Lucille sketched the background of the polio eradication campaign and emphasised that Africa is now polio free, after the last remaining country, Nigeria, was declared so three years ago.
     Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two remaining countries where wild poliovirus 3 is still present. There were 88 reported cases last year. In Pakistan the new prime minister, ex-cricketer Imran Khan, has made eradication a top priority of his government and agreed to spearhead the campaign himself.
Lucille with Monica Kiwanuka, Zena Kimaro and Susan Kasango
     The situation is more troubled in Afghanistan, where the Taliban initially banned immunisation campaigns, but has now reneged and allows it in clinics, but not in mosques or door-to-door.
     Lucille said Rotary and partner organisations such as the WHO and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation had already spent more than $2 billion on vaccination and oversight campaigns and that this would continue.
     She said that although South Africa had been declared polio-free after the last case was reported in 1988, the country had temporarily lost its status because of inadequate oversight. This has now been reversed.
The official certificate
    There is significant opposition to vaccination efforts in many parts of the world, especially in more remote areas.
    The polio virus is transmitted from person to person through water and therefore most acute in areas with poor sanitation.
     The most difficult phase for the total eradication of polio is still ahead, but Rotary International along with other organisations are determined to see the battle through.
Susan Kasango talks about her life with polio
     Susan Kasango, a Kenyan by birth, was at the meeting to tell about her life with polio. She was infected as a child of of 5 years old and says she doesn't know of life without polio.
     She has spoken about her experiences all over the world and said her message is invariably that no-one can make you feel inadequate if you don't allow them to.
Morningside Rotarians Denise Cruickshank, Jack Stroucken and Dr Brian Barron with President Judy Sligcher
     New Dawn has consistently contributed to the RI End Polio Now campaign with a donation of at least $1000 a year, one of the few clubs in the district to do so. This year part of that contribution  was made in the form of a donation on behalf of the club by PDG David Grant after his very successful fundraising dinner at the Balalaika Hotel in July. The contents of the polio campaign money boxes will also help.
DG Maurice Stander, President Judy Sligcher and President-elect Ian Widdop
     The meeting was also graced by the presence of a group from the Rotary Club of Morningside, who sponsored the founding of New Dawn 10 years ago.
     Terry Mackey, president of the club, said it was his first ever visit to New Dawn and that he and his members were happy to be a part of the meeting.
     The members who visited were Terry, Jack Stroucken, Les Hudson, Brian Barrow, Richard Clowes and Denise Cruikshank.
Paul Kasango, Karlien Kruger, Terry Mackey, Ian Widdop, Chris Stander and Maurice Stander
     Also present were District Governor Maurice and District Governor Ann Chrisna Stander, who were in town for more meetings with clubs on their rounds of all the clubs in the district. They visited Johannesburg North Central on Monday evening and Monica Kiwanuka, president of that club, also attended our meeting.
Jack Stroucken, Les Hudsonand Denise Cruikshank with PDG Jankees Sligcher
Graham Donet, Frank Odenthal and I at the meeting
     Ian Widdop reported that he and Jenine Coetzer had spent time in Daveyton the previous week for a project for mobile libraries he has become interested in. Tadasaki Hasunuma, a retired Sony executive, has already imported 60 of an allowance of 100 Toyota vans which are used for the books and is servicing township schools. These vans are by law not allowed to be used beyond 60 000 km in Japan and he can then import them into South Africa at a much reduced price.
     It's a project that fits in well with  a number of our efforts and Ian has pledged to pursue it.
     Amongst their "assets" is a group of 38 self-styled Gogos who help kids with reading, making them an ideal vehicle through which The Link can expand into townships.
Karlien Kruger with Dr Nobs Motjuwadi of Copessa
     Karlien Kruger paid a visit to Copessa in Soweto last week after offering to help them sort out logistical problems and HR needs.
     Karlien reports that it became clear to her that Copessa needs help with their strategy, process and structure and has undertaken to write a proposal for what she feels they need to be able to help them help themselves.
     Members will remember that Dr Nobs addressed the club a while ago and made a great impression when she shattered a wine glass to illustrate the effect of abuse on children, homes and society at large.

One of Copessa's projects delivers vegetables to Pick n Pay
     Karlien says she was shown around a number of Copessa projects including beading, embroidery, sewing, a pre-school centre, after school care and a vegetable garden which supplies Pick n Pay.
     They have also established safe playgrounds for children, but are frustrated by vandalism aimed at these amenities.
Quiz maestros Karlien Kruger, Paul Kasango, Joan and Graham Donet and Linda and I at the Rotary Club of Johannesburgs' Quiz Night
     Karlien joined Paul Kasango, the Donets and the Vink's for the Johannesburg Club sponsored inter-club quiz night last Friday. We thought we'd done quite well, but only the name of the winning club, Sandton, was announced and not any of the second, third fourth, etc places.
     The Quiz night was well attended and fun, in true Rotary fashion.
     There will be time to catch our collective breath at the meeting this week and start finalising arrangements for all the upcoming events, chiefly the Golf Day on 8 November and the Christmas dinner on 4 December.
     There's still much work to be done for the Golf Day as Mike MacDonald reminded us last week and we really do need more prizes and bottles of wine, spirits and beer for the barrow(s) of booze.
     In the meanwhile, start thinking of what you can contribute to the Christmas/Festive Season Dinner in the form of d├ęcor, food or worthy items for the traditional auction.
     A Thought for the Week: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)




Monday, 21 October 2019

Pizza Galore on a Night to Remember

The pizza night at Hannes and Katya Dressler’s home in Parktown West turned out to be a great opportunity for fellowship and fun and also a win for the club as our hosts decided to donate the proceedings to New Dawn instead of claiming expenses.
     That has made the club almost R3 500 richer, money that will stand New Dawn in good stead.
Katya and Hannes Dressler were our very generous hosts
     This is a very generous contribution from a new member.
     The pizza evening is part of a process to help those members who for various reasons cannot attend the regular Wednesday morning meetings, to stay in touch and show their commitment to Rotary, in line with a worldwide movement within Rotary to loosen ties with strict attendance rules of yesteryear.
    It is also an opportunity for members to invite friends and contacts to see and hear what the club does.
Viv and Paul Channon were honoured guests
     Amongst the guests were Viv and Paul Channon. Paul is the now retired headmaster of The Ridge School in Westcliffe, a man who is active in many good causes. He is a trustee of The Link.
     The good news is that Paul decided after his retirement that he would like to join Rotary and is now aiming to become a member of New Dawn. He promises that we'll be seeing more of him in the weeks to come.
Helene brought along Peter and Marlene Premich as guests
Peter Premich with llewellyn Leonard, who brought his family along
Carolina Reddy with Karlien Kruger and Jessica Leonard
World Polio Day
     PDG David Grant, who organised a concert at the Balalaika Hotel in aid of Rotary International's Polio Fund in July, has informed us that he has paid over an amount of R5000 in the name of Johannesburg New Dawn as a contribution towards the fund. This falls in neatly with World Polio Day on 24 October.
     Along with our usual annual contribution of $1000 and the contents of the Polio Tins, that adds up to a larger New Dawn contribution than in the past.
The Barrow of Booze is looking full, but there's still place for more contributions
     More money has been coming in for the Golf Day, with the first contributions from the sale of raffle tickets at the weekend netting R7 000.
     The raffle is for the Barrow of Booze, which is looking very full but as always there's room for more bottles, so bring them to the meetings. Any surplus bottles will get added to a second barrow to be raffled to people who are there on the day.
Sam Donet, Linda Vink and Julian Nagy on the pavement in Parkview
     Last year we made R37 000 from the raffle, so there's still quite a way to go. Contact Linda Vink if you can help with the selling, or take a list home to sell to family and friends.
     Julian Nagy brought the new Yoco credit card machine along on Sunday and managed to sell R750 worth of tickets to people who didn't have cash on them.
Ronel Wasserman with her daughter, Lily
     One of the people who bought raffle tickets at the weekend (for R200) was Ronel Wasserman, who did the same last year and won the Barrel of Booze.
     When she was told her ticket was the lucky draw, she promptly and very generously donated the whole wheelbarrow with its contents back to the club, which allowed us to set up a new mini-raffle and sell even more tickets before a second draw.
Judy and Jankees Sligcher (who took this photo) also joined Linda in Parkview
Joan Donet with exchange student Cara Kotze and her dad, Tiaan
     Joan Donet reports that our exchange student, Cara Kotze, is packing her bags for France after attending an orientation course at the weekend.
     Cara will be departing on 27 November for France and she was very excited to receive her green exchange blazer.
     We wish Cara a wonderful trip and look forward to hearing all about her experiences next year.
     Travel safe, Cara and carry good wishes from New Dawn to your French host club of Abbeville.
     A Thought for the Week: Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. - Arnold Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)