Bert, an architect, was a member of New Dawn from June 2009 until June 2010.
Both hail from Delft in the Netherlands and are members of clubs there.
|Marja van Leeuwen, Judy and Jankees Sligcher and Bert Ettekoven|
Bert reported that he and Marja had contacted Oliver Quambusch of Hotel Hope during their visit and had discussed further ways of helping him.
|President Judy Sligcher welcoming Bert and Marja and the other guests|
When Marja noticed his Rotary pin she introduced herself and Bert and said that she was also a Rotarian in Delft.
Jankees invited her and Bert to visit New Dawn, which they did, and Bert subsequently joined as a member. Unfortunately the funds for his project for social housing dried up and the project was terminated, after which the couple relocated back to the Netherlands.
|President-elect Ian Widdop addressing the club|
Both are very good contacts for future Global Grant applications by the club and expressed keen interest to help.
The couple last visited New Dawn six years ago and made sure they would be able to attend the meeting last Wednesday before flying home later in the evening.
|Chibesa Chitangala of Zambia|
He's in South Africa to support his brother, who had a heart attack and was recovering in the Milpark Hospital.
Chibesa said their club, like New Dawn, was chartered in 2009. The club started with 36 members but dwindled to only 6 members before they started a process of renewal, which includes their hosting their Discon in May for Rotarians from four countries. They now stand at 19 members and are growing.
He says their chief project at the moment is to rebuild a derelict school in the area.
Audrey has already submitted her CV to the board and if all goes well, should be conducted in the coming's weeks.
Audrey is involved in the Campaign for Financial Independence in Africa. Their aim is to have basic financial literacy and saving to be embedded in school curriculums all over Africa within the next ten years.
Kenneth Kaunda, former Zambian president, is the honorary patron of the project.
|Peter James-Smith, Ag to New Dawn and a former club president,|
came to say hello to Bert and Marja
|Ian Widdop reporting|
A Thought for the Week: Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. - H. Jackson Browne, Jr. (1941 - )