The year started with a bang with a braai under the trees on the front lawn of Tower Lodge, one of our guest houses in Auckland Park.
|Peter James Smith sparkled on Sunday|
Graham Donet toasted the club and reminisced about the early days in the months leading up to 20 January 2009 when he, Peter, Don Lindsay, Arthur Begley and Paul Kasango met at the then Wellington's Restaurant in Parkview before the formal induction with 19 members.
|The gathered guests at the long table at Tower Lodge were treated to perfect weather, perfect food and lots of wine and other drinks|
|A smiling trio of Kasangos; Susan, Paul and Felicity enjoying the sunshine|
|Amina Frense with husband Ronnie Kasrils and Julian Nagy|
|Carl Chemaly brought wife Jacquie and their two sons, Dan and Joe along|
|PDGA Margie and PDG David Grant and Brenda McCallum were amongst the guests|
|Adriaen Sligcher and Abi Barrell were guests this time, but both have pledged to become members. They're having a baby and getting married in this year.|
|Julian and Debbie Nagy were also there|
|Graham and Joan Donet enjoying the lunch|
|Nick and Carol Stier enjoying the company|
Now that the festivities are over, it is time to start looking forward to the second half of the Rotary year, one that promises to be as busy as the previous six months.
We started off with a seminar on our NPO/PBO/CSI status given by PDG Grant Daly in Midrand and attended by Jankees Sligcher, Linda and me and Julian Nagy.
We gained valuable insights into the process and, as Julian reported to the meeting last week, have ascertained that our next step is to apply for PBO status. To do this, we have to accept amended club bylaws, which will be done at the first meeting in February, a business meeting that will double up as a Club Assembly. The amendments must be passed with a two thirds majority of club members, so please try to be there.
|Helene Bramwell of The Mask Skin and Body Clinic in Parkview|
Julian and I will submit the application once the amendments for the bylaws have been approved.
|The band of brothers (and one sister) at the seminar, from left to right are PDG Anton Meerkotter, Julian and myself and in the back are PDG David Grant, Jankees Sligcher and President Linda Vink|
The first meeting of the year was a business meeting, lightened up by the presence of Helene Bramwell, owner of The Mask Skin and Body Clinic in Parkview. Helene has expressed interest in the goings on at the club and who knows, we might be able to persuade her to become a member.
|Simona Flavio is thinking of joining|
|Carol Stier with the Rotary International logo for next year|
|Steve and Jenine donating books at Paternoster|
Money in the Bank
The fundraising events at the end of last year were highly successful and we were able to bank R70000 from the Golf Day, R25000 from the Christmas dinner and almost R11000 from our efforts at Winex.
Next up is the Bridge Drive on Thursday, 14th March, which could bring us close to a total of R150000.
We're also looking forward to a busy speaker schedule in the coming months and many ideas were tossed around at the lunch on Sunday, the ideal setting for some creative thinking.
|Yvonne Chaka Chaka has offered to speak at a meeting|
Yvonne is well known for her charity work and has been a good friend to Rotary and more specifically to New Dawn, over the years.
|Please sir, can I have some more ... of Graham Donet's delicious trifle, says Peter James Smith|
A Thought for the Year Ahead: Many people die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five. - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)