It was a fantastic occasion enjoyed by some 70 guests, all happy for the opportunity to share quality fellowship with fellow members and guests.
This was by far the biggest end-of-year party yet with 25 members attending, outnumbered by the guests!
|Audrey Gatawa and Zena Kimaro enjoying the party. Audrey is planning to join New Dawn|
Thanks must go to Carol Stier and Joan Donet for decorating the normally rather soulless hall and transforming it into a festive wonderland.
|Joan Donet at the Christmas tree surrounded by gifts for the Pink Elephant raffle|
|Paula Nagy, John Vink, Rudi and Peet Kruger and Rob and Sam Deverneuil enjoying the party|
|Guests at the food table with the roasted carrot salad in the foreground|
|The enormous bowl of delicious trifle|
|Dave Marshall tackles his turkey with the other carvers in the background|
|Dave won a beautiful set of crystal whisky tumblers donated by Helene Bramwell. Here he's with Amina Frense, his partner Hannah Bartlett, Hillary Biller, who judged the contrition and Jankees Sligcher|
Judy Symons provided Vichyssoise soup as a starter and there was plenty to go round despite one of her batches not coming out well. Everybody agreed that it was delicious.
|President Judy Sligcher inducting Paul Channon as the latest member of New Dawn|
|Mike and Frances MacDonald getting into the Christmas spirit with Mike's mom, Heather MacDonald|
|Nic Stier belting out a Sinatra song|
|Richard Jones added to the atmosphere against the odds|
|Carol and Nic Stier in festive mood|
Once all the money is in, we should be looking at clearing just over R35 000 for the evening, money that has been raised for The Link Trust as part of our ongoing support for their laudable efforts in one-on-one extra literacy and numeracy teaching for young children.
|Megan Maynard at the dinner|
She also told the story of a child found soon after birth in a dustbin who was taken up in a children's home and sent to school. Her path crossed that of a volunteer from The Link and she is now also a star at school despite all the hardships.
That's truly helping to change lives.
|The five turkeys lined up for carving|
|Rob Deverneuil tackles his turkey with obvious glee|
She also said one could see he's an engineer by how neatly his carved turkey was displayed on the plate.
|Judy and Jankees Sligcher enjoying the dinner|
|Ronnie Kasrils signing the book that Nic Stier bought at the auction|
|Lucille Blumberg got good news|
|Jacana Media's Desmond with Peta Thomas and Amina Frense and Bridget Impey, joint owner of the publishing house|
|Peta Thomas with the bakkie full of books donated by Jacana Media to the|
|Breaking bread with Ronnie Kasrils|
|Ronnie Kasrils with Jankees Sligcher at his book launch at Love Books on Tuesday evening|
Amina and Peta took a huge consignment of donated books to the Rotary Humanitarian Distribution Centre in Bedfordview, from where they will be distributed to schools and many other institutions. It is a massive contribution.
|Carin Holmes and Karlien Kruger celebrate Christmas. My thanks to Jenine Coetzer for taking most of the lovely photos|
They are all keen to contribute and could very easily form the beginning of either a new Soweto club, or a satellite club to New Dawn until they can get a club going.
|Rick and Caryll Ackroyd were guests at the dinner and asked if we would|
publicise their club (Northcliff) Wine Tasting and Dinner Fundraiser
A Thought for the Weeks Ahead: It is impossible to live pleasurably without living prudently, honourably and justly; or to live prudently, honourably and justly without living pleasurably. - Epicurus (c. 341-270BCE)