The rain stayed away and it was all systems go! on Friday afternoon for the New Dawn picnic and end-of-year social gathering at Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia.
This was a last-minute change last Thursday when it seemed that there would almost certainly be rain on Friday afternoon and evening. George Hay Park would not have afforded us any undercover facilities if the forecasters were right.
They weren't, but Marks Park, where we've been having our annual Festive Dinner over the past few years, came to the party and offered us their verandah, bar facilities and lawn free of charge.Picnic in the park. The scene from the lawn, looking towards the main building at Marks Park
We managed to raise R20 000, not bad in a year where significant fundraising has proved almost impossible. This is thanks to some generous donations, even from members who could not make it for various reasons.
The money goes to the Donate-a-Loo's toilet installation at the Reamogetswe Crèche in Diepsloot.Some of the WhatsApp messages after the picnic
The evening was rated a success by everyone and by the time we left shortly after nightfall, the rain had still stayed away. Marks Park will definitely see us again. We numbered almost 40 people including guests and, I'm afraid to say those of you who couldn't make it missed out on a very pleasant and relaxing evening.
|The new loos at the crèche in Soweto|
As has become a habit of New Dawn, a number of guests had their arm twisted to take time over the summer break to think about joining the club.If there had been a competition for the best picnic basket, Carol Stier would've won hands down. She
The raffle prize was won by Errol Burman. Here he is with President Ian Widdop and Joan Donet
The raffle, for the hamper donated by Carol and Linda Vink, and for which most tickets were sold on the day, netted R3600, not bad for these difficult times. The Thrupps hamper proved to be a popular drawcard and we even managed to get some of the bar regulars to have a try at winning it. Errol Burman ended up with the right number.Ronnie Kasrils, Amina Frense and their guests, Faith Isiakpere, Shaaista Bulbulia and her mother, Firdoze,
One of the plus points of the venue was that you felt part of the same group whether you sat on the lawn or stayed at one of the tables on the verandah. Amina Frense, new member Ronnie Kasrils and their guests, the movie personality Firdoze Bulbulia, Shaaista Bulbulia and Faith Isiakpere, were amongst those who stayed upstairs.Robin Widdop with their new dog Duffy, Ian Widdop, Hannah Botha and Dave Marshall enjoyed the lawn
Firdoze is one of those who will be spending the holiday deciding whether to join New Dawn, as were the Nagy guests Nick and Marnie Vujovic, who both stated that they are definitely in, as well as Wendy Challis, Helene's guest.
Helene Bramwell with Wendy Challis, Adele Dabbs and Debbi Burman
Julian announced a new-look board for his year at the helm. Llewellyn Leonard will act as president-elect, Karlien Kruger will be his secretary, with Joan Donet remaining as executive secretary for the website access it grants. Hannes Dressler, a CA and former treasurer of the Rotary Club of Moscow, will be treasurer and Dave Marshall will take over as Foundation officer.
Gavin, a project manager by trade, was inducted into the club as the latest member. The charge was read out by Karlien Kruger, who brought him to New Dawn