Paul Channon, a member of the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn and director of the AEC, told the remarkable story of Alexandra for the benefit of the virtual visitors.
|The sprawling township of Alexandra|
He also told of the stay of Nelson Mandela in Alexandra as a young law clerk.
|Nelson Mandela's Alexandra home where he lived as a young law clerk before moving to Soweto|
|Rotarians from all over the world joined the meeting|
First up was the Rotary Club of Lindau-Westallgäu in southern Germany and the home club of new New Dawn member Christoff Plate of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
|The workings of the AEC as explained by Paul Channon|
Strini Reddy represented the Rotary Club of Winnipeg in Canada and Dirk Otto joined in from Barcelona where he now lives with his South African born wife, Andrea.
|President Robert Gierer|
|President Greg Cooper|
Genevieve Jamieson (Sligcher) also joined the meeting from the UK.
Also at the meeting was Val Hackett of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Beach in Florida, USA, who said their club had not been meeting during lockdown, but had resumed meeting every second week now that the lockdown has been lifted in the state.
Candice Harrison-Train of Forest Town, who had been a Rotary exchange student with the Rotary Club of St Catherines in Ontario, Canada, also joined.
|President Judy Sligcher with Mlungisi Mvelase, centre manager of Rena le Lona|
The centre had to close during lockdown, which means that the children were not getting the cooked meal every day that is provided.
The Community Corps of the now disbanded Soweto Rotary Club has been helping the centre to distribute food to the children and their families.
|IPDG Maurice Stander at his computer during the Zoom Discon|
|District Governor for 2020-2021 Annemarie Mostert|
It was the 10th anniversary of District 9400 and obviously marked the beginning of Annemarie Mostert's year as DG. There are exciting times ahead!
|Memorable times in the Kruger National Park|
PDG Jankees was one of the contributors to the 10 year celebration presentation prepared by PDG Francis Callard and wrote mainly about his Discon in the Kruger National Park two years ago.
Jankees was also thanked for his term as District Membership chair and that he and Judy are now Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.
New Dawn also received accolades for having applied for and receiving a Covid-19 grant from the Rotary Foundation of $25 000.
A Thought for the Week: A hungry man is not a free man. - Adlai Stevenson (1900 - 1965)