This was abundantly evident again with the first, very busy, quite hectic, meeting of the month last week.
|DG Maurice and DGA Chrisna Stander were honoured visitors|
They were there to honour PDG Jankees and President Judy Sligcher for becoming Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. They are the first members of New Dawn to be honoured in this way
|DG Maurice Stander with a Major Donor pin for Judy and Jankees Sligcher|
The DG also took the opportunity to hand over a special banner and certificate from Rotary International recognising the club for being the largest donor to The Rotary Foundation in District 9400. This is a record New Dawn has been keeping up for the past few years.
|President Judy Sligcher with the banner and Certificate from the Rotary Foundation|
|PDG Francis Callard and Paul Westcott of the Rotary Club of Northcliff|
It was returned by Janet Callard on Sunday on the stoep for champagne at the Sligcher home, who claims she took it to force New Dawn into a return raid on Northcliff. We're duty bound to do just that, so watch this space.
|President-elect Ian Widdop with Joan Sainsbury|
|Phia van der Spuy addressing the club on the subject of financial trusts|
Ian Widdop and Carol Stier reported that the Rotary E-club of Silicon Valley in California, USA, have reached out to New Dawn with a specific request for information on The Link project. They have expressed an interest in co-funding future expansion. Exciting news, indeed.
Another milestone was that the SA Revenue Service has finally granted the club tax exemption and PBO status after exhaustive work behind the scenes by Julian Nagy, our club treasurer. Word has it that many clubs in the district are very envious.
|The Standers, Carol Stier, Debbie de Vries and her Mom, Petro Swanepoel, listen intently|
So far there are no reported cases in South Africa, although Lucille says it could reach here at any time. Hold thumbs.
The first meeting of the year was followed by the first social occasion on the Sligcher stoep for champagne on Sunday. As you can see from the photographs, a good time was had by all.
|Susan Kasango and Hannah Bartlett in the garden|
|Our host and hostess, Jankees and Judy Sligcher, enjoying lunch. Hats were obviously a feature of the day|
|Julian Nagy and Helene Bramwell enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a chat with Paul Kasango and Lucille Blumberg in the background|
|The braaimeisters of the day were Adriaen Sligcher and Harmon Gongggryp, Judy's brother, and they did a sterling job behind hot fires on a hot day|
|Lucille Blumberg tucking into the trout she brought for the braai while Judy looks on|
|Francis Callard and Ronnie Kasrils deep in conversation|
|Graham Donet pronounces the lovely party on a beautiful Johannesburg summer day a success|
A Thought for the Week: If youth knew; if age could. - Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)