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Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives
Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...

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Last week Michael Thoresson shared with us the news that together with 8 of his friends he

had summited Mount Kilimanjaro in the Christmas holidays.  


Rotary International President-elect K.R. Ravindran asks Rotary members to “Be a Gift to the World” as the theme of his 2015-2016 presidential year. Meet K.R. Ravindran:

“In Rotary, we give of our resources—but more importantly, we give of ourselves. Because there is such a difference, between a handout, and an outstretched hand—especially when the outstretched hand, is warmed by a caring heart.




Former Club member Evelyn Archery


Congratulations to our students from President Greta.




This month Rotarian Alef Meulenberg and his Babuyile Community Development project proudly opened the Hope IT Centre, a skills development centre at the Bophelong community centre in Diepsloot.

Alef said that he realised one of the main issues affecting disadvantaged communities is the huge unemployment of the youth.



Before and after: Previously the centre was a "library" with collapsed shelves and a miscellaneous selection of books. Now it has first world computers and professionally trained IT facilitators.

Click for the full story...




President Elect Greta du Bois, Kristi Hansen (or Kirsty as she was called much to her annoyance) and Richard Clowes attended the 4th Annual District Conference held at the Protea Ranch Hotel south of Polokwane over the weekend of 13/16 June 2014.   The event was attended by 307 delegates who were well looked after by the hotel (which has grown enormously since I first stayed there 40 odd years ago, when the owner’s daughter was my secretary who had invited Jennifer and me to stay for a weekend.)  It is definitely worth a visit.

Whether 'Cub-wrangling' or 'Club-wrangling', Incoming President Great Du Bois is seldom deterred.

(Get the full scoop after the jump... a huge thanks to Richard for this comprehensive write up. If there was a DISCON pop quiz, you'll pass with flying colours if you simply read this.)


On June 7, members from our club joined various other community organisations from the Joburg North community to take positive environmental action by taking part in the biggest the Braamfontein Spruit clean-up to date. President Salman Khan and his two daughters, Dr Brian Barrow, Geoff Verschoor and Kristi Hansen and her son Max turned up to pull rubbish from the river.

We met at the Rivonia Equestrian Club and worked on the intersec tion between the Sandspruit and Juskei rivers, a really beautiful spot, but ours was only a drop in the bucket compared to the toal contribution by all the groups involved.


The day was a combined clean-up effort of concerned citizens who live along and around the spruit, driven by the local Residents Association, with the support of Spruit interest groups, youth representatives such as the Cubs and Scouts, and the City of Joburg. People turned up on the day with the simple desire to make the spruit a beautiful place to live. The River Rangers & Rivonia Riding Club have arranged that if children under 7 years fill a bag full of litter, they got a free pony ride. City Parks, Region A assisted with pruning and removing the large tree branches from near Witkoppen road and the highway.

Altogether a very uplifting initiative and a chance to meet the nieghbours, and also find new access points to the Braamfontein Spruit, a truly beautiful natural feature in Johannesburg, if we look after it.



"On average in South Africa  there are ten shack fires a day with someone dying in a shack fire every other day."[2]

Our SSB Interact Club led by their President, Arlene Magwaza, supports the Lighthouse Baby Shelter in Sundowner which cares for 22 babies.   Three of the Shelter staff live in a shack in Zandspruit that was totally gutted by fire over the weekend of 31 May/1 June with the loss of life of one inhabitant.   The others managed to get out in their pyjamas but lost everything else.   The Interact Club immediately set about collecting goods and food to assist the surviving inhabitants and informed our Rotary Club of their actions.   We felt it important to support our Interact Club and took 8 Interactors to the shack on Friday 6 June with goods collected by them together with food, blankets, duvets, linen, clothing and other items procured by our Rotary Club.    These goods were sourced from St Columba’s Presbyterian Church, the Humanitarian Centre, our Anns, Greta Du Bois, Richard Clowes and Ann Townsend with some items being purchased.


Once there, it became apparent that the living conditions are ghastly and that, although the shack had been temporarily rebuilt through the goodwill of the local community, more permanent work needed to be done urgently.   With the financial support of a friend of Mrs Lizbe Pieters, the Deputy Head Academics of the Sekolo sa Borokgo school, our Rotary Club ordered building materials to the value of R9 000 that were delivered to the shack on Tuesday 10 June.


Our financial cost at this stage, which has been met out of our Project Account, is in excess of R7 000, but it is felt by the Board that it would be nice to buy goods to make the lives of the inhabitants of the shack less dreary and that members might like to contribute.  It is therefore planned to hold a fund-raising appeal at breakfast on Thursday 12 June.   If you are not coming to breakfast this Thursday and would like to contribute to this appeal please credit your donations to our Project Account:


Rotary Club of Morningside Project Account

Account No 1971 045497

Nedbank Limited

Bryanston Branch

Code 197-105

Ref: Name/Zandspruit

Under advice to Richard Clowes.




President Salman Khan, with Rotarians Alef Meulenberg and Nuska Zwane at the opening of the new IT centre in Diepsloot.
Our newest member Alef Meulenberg sent in this report:
Project Hope Diepsloot is a collaboration between the Rivers Foundation (Rotarian Mama Nuska) and Babuyile Community Development as part of Rhiza International (Rotarian Alef). President Salman Kahn has showed me (Alef) the former library of the SANCA centre in Diepsloot that was built by Rotary Morningside in 2007. He asked me if I could donate some computers towards this centre. After some considerations we decided to include this facility in Project Hope and transform it into a training centre where we will train youth from Diepsloot in Career Readiness, Fashion & Design, Enterprise Development and IT soft/hardware.
It was exciting to see several Rotary Morningside members at the launch of this project. Thanks Mama Nuska, Les, Arnold and Greta for making it to this wonderful occasion where three Rotarians were able to give a short speech about the project.
This however is only the start! Now the real fun begins as we start to impact the community!



Previous beneficaries of the blanket drive demonstrate how happy simply being warm can make one

On Sunday 18 May our Rotary Club launched its blanket drive at St Columba’s Presbyterian Church in Parkview.   It was a highly successful day’s work that resulted in 332 blankets being purchased for distribution to indigent and homeless individuals.  Congratulations to Denise on her idea of holding a blanket sale at a church which has a great need for blankets for their outreach programme.  Hopefully the drive at the Rivers Church in Morningside will produce even better results given the size of their congregation.  Denise has got other ideas to extend our blanket drive which we look forward to hearing about.




Here is the presentation incoming president Greta Du Bois made at the recent Assembly in case you missed it.

Challenge to members!
Greta has asked to club members to come up with our new mission statement. Submit answers to me at to enter and stand a chance to win a bottle of the Townsend's finest booze. You have two weeks to submit your response.




Rotary Morningside step in to finish what Madiba started!


As you are probably aware, the Rotary Club of Morningside has signed an agreement of understanding with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust. The aim is to raise the remaining funds required to make Nelson Mandela’s dream of making world-class healthcare available to the children of Southern Africa through a state-of-the-art facility possible.

So far R570 million of the R1 billion needed to build and equip the hospital has been raised.

Below are photographs from the recent Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital ground-breaking ceremony President Salman Khan of the Rotary Club of Morningside appears beside the Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.






The Rotary Club of Morningside has agreed to participate with FreeMe, the River Rangers, the Friends of Rietfontein and the Friends of Sandspruit as well as the other organisations listed on the attached flyer in the clean-up of the Braamfontein Spruit on Saturday 7 June 2014.   We would be delighted if you could join us in the worthy and fun-filled initiative.


Check out the Facebook page and let President Salman Khan know at if you are interested in getting your hand dirty with the rest of the neighbourhood to help clean up the river.








Rotary Club of Morningside, under the leadership of President Salman Khan is on a rather ambitious fundraising drive towards the completion of the the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.

To do so, we are promoting a couple of digital tools to help people donate more easily.

Now interested benefactors may help in two ways:

1. To donate R20, send a SMS to 40301 with the word " Gift" and the funds will go directly to the NMCH project fund.

2. All who want to donate a larger amount may log onto the website GivenGain which now has a project specifically devoted to the Rotary Club of Morningside's fundraising efforts for the NMCH.

About this project:

Rotary Club of Morningside, Johannesburg is partnering with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust to help raise the remaining funds required to make Nelson Mandela’s dream of making world-class healthcare available to the children of Southern Africa through a state-of-the-art facility possible.

So far R570 mil of the R1 billion needed to build and equip the hospital has been raised. We are stepping in to do our bit to cover the shortfall.





“For many years now the Rotary Club of Morningside has contributed the Rand equivalent of $100 per member to the Rotary Foundation and in recent years has paid these donations out of Project Funds. The donations are paid to the Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation in response to the ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’ appeal.  Owing to the exchange rate which has increased the cost of the contribution this year in Rand terms by more than 25% and the fact that we have done little fund-raising this Rotary Year (and that which we have done is earmarked for specific projects), we have decided that we cannot make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund this year from either Project or Club Account funds.   We will, however make a contribution out of Project Funds equal to the Rand equivalent of $2 000 to the Polio Plus Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  


The Rotary Foundation organises many things such as the Polio Plus campaign, the grants that help clubs to complete large projects and Peace Scholarships.   South Africa receives grants from the Rotary Foundation to a much greater extent than it makes donations and we are therefore keen that our club is seen to contribute something to the Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.   We are hereby inviting members to contribute funds (which can be any amount and does not have to be the Rand equivalent of $100) to Morningside’s Project Account by the end of May which we will then collate and pay over to the Rotary Foundation for the credit of their Annual Programs Fund.   This request must be seen as a voluntary contribution and is certainly not compulsory”


The funds should be paid into the following account:

Rotary Club of Morningside Project Account

Account No 1971 045497

Nedbank Limited

Bryanston Sandton Branch

Branch Code 197-105

Ref: Surname/TRF



Ann Townsend (Rotary Foundation Committee Chair)



If you arrive at the Country Club tomorrow morning for breakfast you will be eating with the golfers...   Fortunately Labour Day applies to volunteers too!

Now that we have your attention, please take note of these important upcoming Club dates:

·        Sunday 11 May: Club Assembly

·        Thursday 15 May: Visit to the Eskom National Control Centre

·        Saturday 24 May: District Assembly which it is important to attend particularly if you are not going to Discon

·        Thursday 29 May: Wine Tasting evening hopefully to be arranged by Arnold Bell

·        Saturday 7 June: Spruit Cleaning Day

·        The early evening of Friday 13 until after breakfast on Monday 16 June: DISCON

·        Friday 18 July: Mandela Day Project

·        Sunday 3 August: Presidential Induction

·        Thursday 11 December: Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers for 2015/2016

See y'all soon!




In case you missed it, our brush with fame.


Thanks to local community radio station, Mix FM 93.8 and singer songwriters, Josie Field and Laurie Levine for this great collaboration, celebrating the #RFHD in Diepsloot.

JOBURG TV insert from the Diepsloot site for the #RFHD 2014

Fantastic Marion Bunch interview on Expresso Breakfast Show on SABC 3 on Friday 4 April.






Dear Rotary Leaders, Steering Committee Heads and Rotarians of South Africa,

On behalf of Marion Bunch and Anton Meerkotter, I would like to express our sincere and deepest appreciation for the extraordinary roll out of the 2014 Rotary Family Health Days throughout South Africa during the last three days in over 140 sites.

It is too early to have a clear indication of our impact and reach but there have been some phenomenal stories that have been shared across the country and literally thousands of people have been served. We will share the final figures with you once all reconciliations have been done.

I urge you to go on to our Facebook page and Twitter to see some of the beautiful stories and pictures and to please add YOUR story.  Thank you to those who have telephoned, tweeted and kept the communication and encouraging stories going.

We have been fortunate to have visited sites in all three of the Rotary Districts over the last four days and have been overwhelmed at what we have witnessed.  The commitment from Rotarians has been, unsurprisingly, outstanding and you have once again “come through” true to form and lived by the Rotary value of Service Above Self. 

The Rotary Family Health Days simply would NOT have happened in South Africa without your dedicated input and responsive Call to Action from our District Governors.

For this, we thank and applaud you all!

Most sincerely

Sue Paget

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Paul Runge has been in turbo mode recently, trying to get our club and the community of Diepsloot all ready for the Rotary Family Health Days next week.


And now some background on Paul for the newer Rotarians who may not be aware of Paul’s long association with Rotary.
Over the years Paul has been involved in various Rotary projects and was presented with a Paul Harris award for his work on the SANCA project. The project involved building a half-million Rand Drug Rehabilitation Centre at the Bophelong Estate in Diepsloot. Paul continues to represent Rotary on the management committee of this centre.
Paul was also the project leader of the Rotary Morningside Disaster Relief project in which hundreds of disaster-relief boxes were packed with much-needed living equipment and forwarded to the Rotary Humanitarian Centre for distribution in times of need.

As the Champion of the Rotary Family Health Days in 2014 for the Rotary Club of Morningside, Paul Runge is an experienced hand at staking out and successfully executing projects in Africa.

Not only did Paul act as deputy site champ and Africa Agent during last year's RFHD campaign, smoothing out relations with all community stakeholders, even when things got a bit hairy with the community policing forum, he is also the author of "Potholes and Profits" now in its second edition, based on his adventures and misadventures in Africa.

Fluent in English, French and German, Paul has been travelling in Africa for many years as consultant for his company, Africa Project Access and as a writer and tracker of projects. He has visited 32 African countries, has led numerous business delegations and has even lived in a few, such as Gabon and the Cape Verde Islands.
As the leader of this year's health service activities in Diepsloot, Paul typically has a firm grip on the reins, corralling all the Rotarians into their committees and putting everyone to work with as little fuss  as possible.

Paul has been a lynchpin in all our past dealings with SANCA, who have helped with the RFHD last year in giving us a venue and manpower support, and this year is no exception, with Paul's relationship with SANCA making it far easier to get all the community stakeholders in Diepsloot on board with out plans. Drug-related issues are close to Paul's heart and it is his dream and a major item on his bucket list to write a semi fiction, semi reality book on the ordeals of a parent of a drugs victim. His intention is to be quite hard-hitting and bring home some realities that will help the anti drugs cause.  Watch this space!
In business Paul endeavours to assist his client companies with the gathering of in-market intelligence to afford them the "unfair advantage" in their business dealings on the continent. As Rotarians, Paul affords us the same unfair advantage when engaging with the Diepsloot community. His impeccable organisational skills, experience, great humanity and humility make him a welcome visitor to Diepsloot, and a priceless member of our club.

"Hours and hours of work have gone into RFHD and now Paul needs every Rotarian's help to achieve our goal of servicing 2000 people at our site. The stage has been set by Paul and his committeed and now we all must play our role." encourages President Salman Khan.
Find out more about Paul and Africa Project Access here
Follow Paul on Twitter



The Rotary Family Health Days are just 20 days away! The RFHD website is now up and running. Check it out here.

Our club is gearing up for a bigger event this year. Our site is at God's Will faith Church in Diepsloot.

In recent weeks several meetings have been held to get all the stakeholders in Diepsloot on board, and we look forward to much support from both our own members, the Diepsloot community, and NGOs working in the area. Together we hope to be of service to over 1000 patients over 3 days between 2 and 4 April.

Please help us put our club's efforts in the spotlight by submitting pictures via the user-story uploader on the website, or on the Facebook page or on Twitter  @RFHD_ZA.

 Check out the TV commercial here.







President Salman Khan has put forward an idea for a significant fundraising event.

Please see this proposal in the slideshow below.


 Christopher Paul "Chris" Gardner, the proposed keynote speaker is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist probably most famous for being the "true story" behind the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith which depicts his personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness. As of 2012, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, based in Chicago, Illinois, where he resides when he is not living in Toronto. Gardner credits his tenacity and success to the "spiritual genetics" handed down to him by his mother, Bettye Jean Triplett, née Gardner, and to the high expectations placed on him by his children, son Chris Jr. (born 1981) and daughter Jacintha (born 1985).

To date, we have had communication with Tito Mboweni and Chris Gardner. All looks positive so far, but much will depend on sponsorships for the venue, artist, catering, lightning and decor et al. And, of course, Fundraiser Committee, Board and Club approval.

Separately, my RCM's U2's Bono three country concert is also in pipeline, but as a major international project there is a lot more that has to goes into it before Pres. Salman can give some indication and outlines of the intended project.

The proposed dates for these projects are July and, in the case of the U2 concert, perhaps in September or October

Please feel free to offer your constructive input.


A few of our members including Greta, Deni, Neville and Kristi joined the Clowes' family for lunch and the Johannesburg Ballet Company's "Coppelia"on Saturday 22 March at the Johannesburg Theatre.

Jealousy, intrigue and a huge dollop of comedy make Coppélia one of the best loved ballets in the world, a story of an old toymaker who believes he’s breathed life into his beautiful mechanical doll. Brimming with famous melodies and spectacular classical ballet, Joburg Ballet lit up the stage with the company’s endearing, heart-warming production.


Thanks to PP Richard Clowes and his wife, Rotary Ann Jennifer Clowes for arranging a club trip to the ballet.



Welcome to another edition of your newsletter.


Dr Neville Paulsen to get us all on the road to health

At this week's meeting we have new Rotarian, Dr. Neville Paulsen addressing us on how to manage our health more effectively. His talk is titled, Medical Screening for the Modern Man. It should be a valuable reminder to us all, even the women!


Your thought for the week:





According to President Salman, he had a successful meeting with Century Properties with regard to this year’s Spring Charity Walk again being held at the Waterfall Estate.


There were a number of issues that needed to be resolved. Although Century Marketing agreed to the walk taking place at Waterfall, the  RCM will also need to acquire a “No Objection Certificate” from the Waterfall Home-Owners Association as well as from Waterval’s managing agent, Trafalgar Properties.


According to Salman, the Waterfall Club House will not be available unless permission is granted by the Home Owners Association.


Salman presented the idea that the Waterfall Home Owners Association adopt the Rotary Spring Charity Walk as its annual Resident Fun Day as a joint Rotary/HOA charity project. Century will present the idea to the Home Owners Association for consideration. Clearly, if the Waterfall HOA is interested, the Club would also need to consider and vote on the proposal.


Century Properties will set up a further meeting with the RCM, the Waterfall HOA and the Trafalgar Properties.


Sponsorships – In the past various companies have sponsored the Spring Charity Walk in return for advertising coverage. To raise meaningful funds, sponsorship is essential.


Members are asked to assist in raising sponsorship. There are three categories of sponsorship that can be offered:


·         Full naming Right R250,000

·         Partial Sponsorship R125, 000

·         Sponsor an item or items from the wish list, e.g. Port-a-Loo, Water Point, Registration Marquee, etc.

For full sponsorship proposal details, contact President Salman.





Thursday morning after the breakfast meeting, several members of the club joined Rotarian Nuska Zwane at the Rivers Foundation HQ in Kelvin, and proceeded from there to the new and improved premises of Nomzamo Creche in Alexandra.

Rivers Foundation Director and Rotarian Nuska Zwane, potential Rotarian Alef from Rizah foundation and President Salman have worked persistently for over year-and-half on this project.

President Salman Khan reports:

The situation at Nomzamo Creche has been particularly dire, with 85 toddlers cramped into 30 sqm of classroom, made of wood and zinc sheets with no proper toilets or kitchen, and situated on a dusty island at a main traffic intersection in Alexandra with nothing besides some barb wire to protect the children from the pollution or the traffic.

It has taken 18 months to turn things around and now that we are almost done, the total investment into the creche is around R300 000. The breakdown is as follows:

A fence was donated by Rhiza at the cost of R43,000, a kitchen container valued at R27,000 was also donated by Rhiza and customized classrooms and a prefab container were donated by Rivers Church to the value of R150, 000.
The curriculum is costing R3,500 and teacher training will be about R20,000 per year, donated by Babuyile (Alef's Meulenberg's NGO). The astrotruf was organised by Nuska. Just yesterday 25 brand new foam mattresses were donated to Nomzamo from the Interact French school.


The children literally fell over when they saw their new mattresses.

At present we are short 10 cubes of concrete mix to level the 120 sqm ground outside the classrooms before we can lay down the astrotruf. There is also some electrical and plumbing work outstanding and we are looking for help to complete the task.

Nomzamo caters for 85 toddlers and the majority of them are orphans, some are HIV-positive. Their daily food is being supplied by Rivers Foundation and the Marlboro mosque.

We appeal to all Rotarians to come forward and assist us.

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Before and after: the new facility at Nomzamo Creche should make all the benefactors very proud.







 Photo of baby and mother from Africa Geographic

Prince Charles and Prince William were on the news in this last week promoting the ”Save the Elephant and Rhino” project. Evidently, things are getting worse in Africa with up to 100 Elephant being killed daily. It’s becoming a war. 

Rotary International is also mobilising.

Save the Rhino

To harness the networking capacity, power and influence of the Rotary World and the World Wild Life

To harness the networking capacity, power and influence of the Rotary World and the WWF to save the rhinocerus from extinction and to preserve the future of the species. The project was unanimously approved at the Sept 2012 District 9320 Conference in East london. Over 600 rhinos were lost to poaching in Souther Africa alone last year. This has turned many areas into virtual war zones as the forces of law and order battle it out with the poachers. Rhino horn is now worth more per kilogram than gold. This is causing the terrible destabilzation of many areas in southern and east Africa. The project is set in terms of the "Save the whale " campaign which has been so successful because it won the support of the vast majority of the worls'd people. We have secured a booth in the House of Friendship at the Lisbon Rotary International conference in order to spread the word amongst our more than 34000 Clubs. We also have the support of the Investec Rhino Life line project.

Click here to read more.




Just last week RFHA (Rotarians for Family Health and Aids prevention) partnered with MXIT,

and now there's this story online.

MXIT is making some big moves in India, rolling out in 11 languages and catering to India's lower income populations. India happens to be just where the Rotary Family Health Days plan to head in 2015.

I think we could have quite a big, international story here, once RFHA and MXIT really get going with putting the simple mobile handset to the task of getting disadvantaged people to health services when and when they are available.


See more images and background about India's healthcare crisis in the Washington Post.



The Rotary Club of Morningside is looking forward to participating in this year's Rotary Family Health days, to be taking place on 2 to 4 April.


The launch site for #RFHD 2014 will be in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape.
Here AG Lionel Health, DG Greg Cryer and Dr Alex Govender (Rotary Launch site organiser) meet with Temba, the Manager of LoveLife Centre, KwaNobhule, Uitenhage to discuss the site logistics in preparation for the three-day health event in April.

The Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD’s) is a Health Programme running in South African in all 9 Provinces over three days to bring free, comprehensive and holistic health care service to people in disadvantaged communities in both rural and urban areas.

The RFHD Programme is a multi-partner programme initiated by the Rotary Action Group RFHA (Rotarians for Family Health and Aids Prevention).  Primary partners include 3 Rotary Districts and 225 Rotary clubs in South Africa, The Coca Cola Africa Foundation, Coca Cola South Africa, The South African National Department of Health, with the SABC and Caxton as our primary media partners.  Support partners also include the US Government through the PEPFAR funded agenices CDC/USAID, various NGO’s, YFM, Primedia, ETv, Media 24 News, Independent Newspapers and many others.

The pilot year in 2013, saw the RFHD Programme having 68 000 people move through our sites with an estimated ¼ million health interventions over the 3 days.

Rotary Clubs set up temporary clinics in various areas close to squatter camps and townships within easy reach of the community.

In partnership with the Department of Health and NGO’s we offer many services including testing and counselling and screening for HIV Aids, TB, Diabetes, Hypertension and many other diseases as well as immunising children against POLIO and measles, deworming and Vitamin A administration. (Rotary worldwide has almost eliminated Polio worldwide through a dedicated on-going project with the help of major sponsors)  Rotary clubs also contribute by bringing “add on” services unique to each site such as optometrist, dentists, chiropractors, distribution of wheelchairs, hand washing education etc 




Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 1st 2014

It was fun, food and fancy-dress at the Fung Mei restaurant in Rivonia last Saturday evening. Rotary Morningside took up three tables for 29 members and guests attending the Chinese New Year celebration. Jack, Lily and KG were involved in organising this delightful event.

A total of eleven courses were served and the food ranged from Peking Duck to sweet-and-sour fish.

The fancy-dress competition was judged by all. Ian and Denni Cruickshank were voted as the best-dressed. Jack Stroucken and Adele Thomas came in a close second. The prize for the best-dressed was a red Chinese tea-set donated by Jack Chen.

John and Linda Thornhill made a good impression with John dressed as a Chinese gangster while Linda dressed more upmarket in a green jacket and specially embroidered red slippers. KG’s wife looked splendid in a black Chinese jacket with red handmade buttons. Greta du Bois looked stunning in a kimono. According to Lily, all the guests were really smartly dressed.

Read on for the photos of the winning couples...



A Big Win for RFHA Advertising Programme

MXIT, a cellphone advertising network comes on board


Kristi Hansen bravely asked MXIT, a mobile-content network to come on board with RFHA and tackle HIV and AIDS head-on.  Much to Kristi’s delight, MXIT responded positively and enthusiastically.

Mxit is a South African-created mobile social network. It has 7.4 million monthly active users, of which 6.5 million are in South Africa. It works on over 8,000 different handsets and mobile devices, including tablets. By acting as a gateway to functions not otherwise available on feature phones, Mxit affordably bridges the gap between feature and smart phones.

In simple language, MXIT can reach our target market via cellphones and promote the Rotary Family Health Days (RFHA) project.

The “Rotary Family Health Days 2014” will be taking place on 2 to 4 April.

With MXIT will now adding its massive 6,5 million-user support to promote the cause.

ImageMXIT spokesman, Jonathan Nicholls wrote “I believe that we can build an effective presence on the Mxit platform with the correct planning. This is just the start of the of a very exciting project with various possibilities."

MXIT website -






D9400 Charters an e-Club in only four months.



Some of the eClub Charter members with the President of the RC of Northcliff’s Hans Mostert and DG Anneas in the middle.

On 29 January 2014, D9400 celebrated an historic moment. The first e-Club in D9400 was chartered with 31 members. There were 17 current Rotarians who transferred their membership and 14 new members.
The new Rotary E-Club of Southern Africa 9400 was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northcliff. Members who have joined come from Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Letaba, Swaziland, Gaborone, Swaziland, Mafikeng, Nelspruit, Swellendam, the Vaal area, Pretoria and Johannesburg.
D9400 Membership Chair, PP Annemarie Mostert took only four months to investigate, organize and manage the paperwork to get the e-Club registered in record time. 



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Results of the

“Guess Who”




PP John Thornhill


The winner of the “Les Hudson Wine Cellars” bottle of wine was:

Rotarian Geoff Verschoor


The clues as to who the Rotarian was were:


  • The expression has not much changed
  • The photograph was taken some time before the person qualified to become a Rotarian.

·         The person is an outstanding Rotarian, despite the expression


Thanks to all who participated!



Farewell to PP Paul Vallet, an honorary member, who has now joined the Hermanus Rotary Club. Paul will be remembered for his significant contribution to the club in his role as president and the number of portfolio positions he held. His cheerful disposition and positive approach will be missed.


Past President Paul Vallet




Laura Byl from the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

Rotary Club of Morningside to work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

We have guests from the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust visiting this week's meeting to brief members on the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital project.

The project was initiated by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and already R260 million of the R1 billion target has been raised.

Graca Machel is the chairperson of the Children’s Hospital Trust.

The RCM has signed a strategic alliance agreement with the Hospital Trust in pursuing its fundraising initiative. Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the NMCH Trust will be able to access Rotary’s  intellectual capital base in order to mobilise local and international Rotary clubs in supporting this high-profile project.

Professor Keith Bolton, NMCH's lead clinician, will speak for the Hospital and Laura Byl, Capital fundraiser, will be accompanying him.

Ed's note: A huge thanks to PP Roger Wellsted for his great contribution to this week's newsletter.



Taking children off the streets of Diepsloot and introducing them to the wonders of cricket has been one of RCM’s successful projects.

With the assistance of the Grassroots Cricket Initiative, the Diepsloot Cricket Club has been successfully launched. The club has now been registered with the Gauteng Cricket Board and its Provincial League for the current season.

Cricketing gear worth R15 000 was donated by De Flos Cricket Club where Faisel Salie, who is the acting President of the Gauteng Cricket Board, is a founding member.

According to President Salman, the DCC boys are in mid-season and doing very well, especially taking into account that this is their first exposure to formal cricket.


David Mabusela Of Bophelong Sports Club, President Salman Khan and Darryl Cullinanat the opening of the Grassroots Cricket Club last year

This new club has received additional funding from the Bophelong Sports Club and President Salman in his personal capacity. To save costs, President Salman persuaded the Gauteng Cricket Board to waive the last GCB affiliation fees. But now the second term fees have become due for payment.

In addition,  transport fees are needed and funds to buy whites and cricketing spikes. The transport fees amount to R900 every second week for away games.

President Salman is well aware the RCM does not have funds to meet Diepsloot’s Cricket Club’s ongoing costs. But, he has some ideas for both short and long-term fundraising projects.

In the meantime, a few RCM members have dug deeply into their pockets and made very generous financial donations to the DCC. But, more is needed to keep this new and worthwhile project running well.

To date, besides President Salman, Rotarian Brian Barrow, PP Belinda Alport, PP John Thornhill and PP Richard Clowes have actively supported this initiative which is operating fully under the RCM banner.


1910-12 Paul P. Harris (Founder of Rotary) (law), Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Rotary vision:


To harness the great power of friendship to help do the world’s work


“Man has affinity for his fellowman, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the

greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company.”



Club Appointments – Congratulations to Rotarian Mariam Dymond, who has been appointed as an Alternative Board Member to the Foundation portfolio headed by PP Ann Townsend and to Rotarian Michael Thoresson, appointed as an alternative to the Service portfolio headed by PP Arnold Bell.

Rotarian Paul Runge’s responsibilities were clarified as covering the SANCA and Rotary Family Health Days projects both falling within the Service Projects portfolio.

Treasurer’s report – it was agreed to pay for student Dumisani Tshabalala’s registration and first semester tuition fee. PP Belinda Alport will be asked to arrange for Dumisani to meet members of the club.

Speaker programme

30 January       Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital – an opportunity for a cooperative agreement with RCM

6 February       Trevor Mulaudzi on the dire state of the toilets in some of our schools

20 February     Neville Paulsen

6 March          Not to be filled as CCJ not available

20 March        Nikki Wulf on Shidoshi Sensei and the art of Ninjutsu and Archery on horseback (subject to confirmation)

It was announced this week that RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang has chosen Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

Read more at Rotary Internernational


Hi readers, especially our readers who are not Rotarians, (yet!)

Listen up. We would like to meet you.

Lee Den Hon will be addressing us tomorrow morning at our club meeting. (JCC in Woodmead tomorrow at the crazy hour of 7am, yes, that's right.)

This is one guest speaker breakfast you do not want to miss. She is also one of the keynote speakers at Discon this year, so if you won't be making it to the district conference in June, then this is your chance to be inspired.


Lee den Hond outs her belief that "nothing is impossible" into action in the wildest ways imaginable. A business woman, an athlete, an adventurer and an optimist, Lee has completed three ironman endurance events, a number of two oceans marathons, the Comrades and many of South Africa's toughest races.

On the 19th of May 2013, Lee became the 3rd South African Woman to summit Mt. Everest.

Her motivation for doing so was to raise money to build a child-care facility to assist child headed-households in the Schaumburg community near Hartebeespoort.

We'll hear how she does it on Thursday.

See you there!





President Salman Khan and Rotarian Nuska Zwane had a meeting under a tree at a site in Cosmo City this week.

The site is being reserved for a clinic and community centre for this growing new neighborhood.

The Rotary Club Of Morningside will possibly be assisting with the donation of a container to house the interim clinic.

The site is managed by Perfect Start Ministries, lead by NPO chairperson Muzi Nkos, who contacted the club last year requesting support.

The "office" was even equipped with a land-line phone, it seems. Great working in Africa!






Discon for District 9400 takes place this year at the Ranch on 13 to 16 June.

Shirley Downie will have mailed you a registration form. Book early to avoid disappointment.


DG Anneas and DGA Valery and the Discon 2014 Committee wish you all the very best for a wonderful 2014.



We are pleased to announce that PRID Tom Branum from the USA and his wife, Linda, will be representing Rotary International’s President, Ron Burton at our district conference. They are both well known to our district and they are a wonderful couple and excellent Rotarians. PDG Beth Thomas and her husband, PP Cobus have been appointed as their Special Aides.



We have received quite a number of registrations for the annual conference to be held at The Ranch 13-16 June. The accommodation at The Ranch caters for just over 220 pax – so if you book too late, you will need to book at the nearby B & Bs. So we encourage you to book as soon as possible










RI President Ron D. Burton is extending the early registration deadline. Rotarians now have until 15 January to complete discounted early registration for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, saving $100 off the onsite registration fee.  The 15 January deadline will remain firm, so act soon to take advantage of the discount.       

Register today online or by returning the downloadable registration form and make this a convention to remember.

You can take advantage of special travel discounts to make it easier to get to - and enjoy - Sydney, which is packed with family-friendly activities.  Save on international and domestic travel to Sydney offered by our official airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways.  The New South Wales Government is offering convention-goers free transit passes for travel on ferries, buses, and trains in the greater Sydney metropolitan area from 29 May through 5 June.  Learn more about the discounts and the other details for this year's event at



The Morningside Rotary CNY Dinner:

Theme: China, New Year, Oriental, Horse,  the Chinese Zodiac Animal (MOST Appropriately Dressed Individual/Couple will be voted and rewarded!)

Venue: Fung Mei Restaurant. 363 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia

Date/Time: 1st February 2014, 19:00 onwards

Cost: ZAR 138.00, please order drinks on your own

Note: Please advise if you need special dietary requirement


 To make the most of the new year celebrations, don't miss the Chinese New Year Cultural Festival

at Nan Hua Temple, the largest Buddhist temple complex in Southern hemisphere.

The address is: 27 Nan Hua Road, Cultura Park, Bronkhorstspruit (Coordinates: 25°48′18″S 28°44′47″E ).

It's on Sunday 2 Feb, the day after our Chinese Dinner in Rivonia, so maybe we can try get a crew together.





If you are an active member of a Rotary Club but find it difficult to regularly attend the meetings and/or participate in your current club projects, rather join the E-Club and stay active and involved. The Rotary E-Club of Southern Africa D9400 will launch on 29 January 2014.  See the website here, and submit an application.

The areas for our District 9400 are Gauteng, Gauteng North, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique ....but the E-Club members can be from inside our District or any other place in SA, Africa or the world!

E-Club members are full Rotary Members and are part of Rotary International. Members have great fellowship, projects and exchanges.

They will become part of a bigger Rotary Family of 1 200 000 members and will be welcomed at any club around the world.  The membership of the E-Club will comprise of at least 25 members, 13 current Rotarians and 12 non-Rotarians.

The deadline to become a charter member is 21 Jan 2014



Due to changing circumstances, the former District Governor nominee, Mgezi Mazibuko will not be able to take up the position of DG in the year 2015/16, having filed a notice requesting to be relieved from their expected duties effective 31 December 2013. Mgezi has been incorporated in the proposed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT - broadcasting of terrestrial television in digital format ) competing company team to steer its broader strategic direction and market presence between now and end of 2015 when the project is expected to be completed.


Mgezi and wife Fikile.

The good news is that Mgezi will complete his roles as Special Aide to the DG until June 2014 and will continue to serve as RFHD Steering Committee Chair until end of April 2014 with more support structures to be made. The executive committee has accepted that he terminates his other District involvement duties such as PR deputy chair; Discon 2014 member; Foundation member, Admin Services and Club Runner chair with immediate effect.

We wish Mgezi and Fikile best of luck and thank them for what they have done and are still doing for the community as Rotarians.

But we now find ourselves with a District Governor Nominee (DGN) vacancy and therefore a call is made for nominations. On behalf of the nominating chairperson, Martin Forsyth-Thompson, nominations for this position will close on the 7th February 2014 and interviews will be conducted on 27 February 2014.

Thanks and regards,

Anneas Balt

District Governor



Graduation from pre-primary school is a big deal in the life of a kid, just ask Max.

So off we trotted, Max, his dad and I to Khanyisa Day Care Centre on Saturday morning to celebrate with the 6 year old kids from Diepsloot.



And what a party it was! The day was extremely hot but the Principal Olga Mbikwana had arranged a small marquee for the parents. The children were all dressed in their best, as were the parents, and the mood was very festive, especially when the local sound guys rocked up with some big speakers and started pumping Ghetto beats at a thousand decibels.

We were there for 2 and a half hours when finally the show began. The local pastor, a formidable woman of supreme elegance opened in a rousing prayer that shook the very foundations. The kids danced and sang and recited poetry. The parents started to boogie.

The school is very well equipped with brick and brightly painted classrooms, decent ablutions and a fully-kitted out kitchen, where some local ladies were preparing a feast for everyone, courtesy of Rotary Club of Morningside. Thanks to everyone who dug into their pockets to make this a real celebration for these families.

 It seemed the party was going to go on all day, and we were sorry when we had to leave but Max was melting his face off. We don't have the stamina for such a jol in the middle of the day.








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On Thursday Chris and Ann Thompson from the Randburg Club distributed 170 Christmas presents at Leratong orphanage.





Rotary members in the Philippines pack relief goods for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of Rotary clubs around the world, including our own, have been contributing to emergency aid packages for hard-hit communities.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Rotary District 3860, Phillippines

Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.

The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.

Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.

"I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses," says Burton. "We are in the business of helping people in need."


It was a bright and blisteringly hot Saturday when the Grassroot cricket initiative conducted its first on-the-field Leadership Development Programme for Diepsloot youths and young cricketers at Bophelong Centre.


Andy Kawa from Kwanele Enuf and Ngekare from the President’s Awards presented on HIV AIDS and Youth Development opportunities from their respective organisations and awarded the youngsters with certificates of attendance at the end of the event.

The presentations were followed by a fiercely contested cricket match between home team Diepsloot's Bophelong "Grassroot" cricket club, set up by President Salman Khan, and the Delfos cricket club. The home team just lost with two runs. The visitors scored 99 runs and the home team managed 98 runs with one player to spare in the 20-over match.
During the break a plaque in memory of Sanca heroine, Monica Adolph was unveiled. As all of you might remember, Monica Adolph, CEO of Sanca Diepsloot, tragically passed away in an car accident earlier this year. She had devoted her life in excellent and selfless service to the hopeless and downtrodden who come to seek help at Sanca.

RC Morningside's involvement with Sanca is long-standing and has been the love-child of Paul Runge, who has done a remarkable job at Sanca on behalf of RCM.

The Sanca volunteers planted trees and flowers in the Sanca garden in her memory and the action-packed, bitter-sweet event ended with a braai and fellowship.


Rotarian Paul Runge and Sance Chief, Terrence Makhubela and other members from Sanca unveil the plaque for Monica Adolph



The South African launch of the book titled “Thank You, Madiba” that took place at Liliesleaf Farm on Thursday was a real treat, with everything from French Champagne to a line up of pretty "Mandela's Girls".

The book was written by President Abilio Soeiro of the Rotary Club of Maputo, a Mozambican businessman whose life was transformed by former President, Nelson Mandela.



President Salman Khan is interviewed by the Mozambiquan press


 Madiba's Maidens

Honoured guests include Mr Tito Mboweni, who said he was hoping to leave "with bags of money" in his capacity as Chairman of the Fund-Raising Committee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust as 50% of the sales proceeds of the book go to the Hospital Trust. The author handed over several large checks on the night to various causes.

The Hospital Trust is reportedly impressed with the work that we are doing and Salman is hoping to get both Mr Mboweni to talk at a Breakfast or Dinner fund-raiser of the Club in the New Year. 


Dear Richard and Rotary,
Please see a photo of the blankets you so kindly donated to St. Columba's Presbyterian Church. We have decided that this gift is urgently required by Gift of the Givers, for whom we are a drop off point.  They will collect the blankets this afternoon and include them in their next consignment fo the Philippines


Rev. Dr Chunky Young


  Canadians visit RC Morningside and District 9400Image

On Sunday 3 November 11 Rotarians from Western Canada arrived in Johannesburg for a two week visit of District 9400 , Johannesburg , White River, Swaziland and Pretoria.

They were all first time visitors to South Africa and their first host club was RC Morningside.

The District Friendship Exchange team and RC Morningside hosts welcomed them in the early morning at OR Tambo airport. Their programme included sight-seeing, project visits and fellowship.


Get the full story behind the impressive American lady founder of the Rotary Family Health Days




Monday Mar 04, 2013

Durban loses massive Rotary convention over accomodation

The lack of sufficient high-end accommodation in Durban has cost the city the massive Rotary International convention, planned for 2019.

"We just did not cut it as far as accommodation is concerned," said Nick Phillips, the co-chairman of the host organising committee, who was involved in trying to bring the convention to Africa for the first time in more than 100 years of staging the event.Image

The convention would have attracted 19 000 Rotarians from across the world, and it would have had a huge economic impact on the region.

Phillips said because of the high profile and affluence of most of the delegates, Rotarians had come to expect high standards of accommodation and services. "Durban can provide these requirements but not in sufficient quantity."

read more at The Independent on Saturday


Posted at 08:29AM Mar 04, 2013 by Editor in Durban  |



Established 1986, this club has tipped the 40 member-mark, having just experienced the greatest net membership growth of all clubs in the district last year.


As you can see from this picture, we’re a bag of allsorts, all types, shapes, sizes and hues, with cultural norms and beliefs often oceans apart. We have an age-range that span some 60 years, from our youngest, YFM and e-TV presenter Faith Mangope at just 26, to the veterans like his highness, Viscount Adam Chetwynd at 78 and the mighty Don Devereux at 88.


At our best, we are a league of extraordinary men and women able to bring hope into the world and change the lives of those in need.

At our worst, we’re a squabbling, close to brawling, bunch of bananas.

And yet something keeps us coming back for more...


DG Balt asked every member to consider why they were Rotarians, what was in it for them? And to turn that into an insight when approaching others to consider joining.

 On Saturday 26 October a dinner for the District Governor was arranged for the members of five of the Rotary Clubs in Region 2 of D9400 at the Wanderers Club as part of his Club visit programme. 


 Left to right: Jennifer Clowes, Trevor and Sue Paget, Roger and Mariam Dymond at the DG dinner at Wanderers on Saturday.


 Left to right: Greta Du Bois, PDG Shirley Downie and partner Manfred Paulmann, Salman Khan and PP Richard Clowes.

The District Governor had asked each of the five Clubs to make an eight minute presentation aimed at non-Rotarians telling them why they should become Rotarians and, in particular, why they should join their Club.  Kristi was charged with making the presentation which I have asked her to incorporate in this e-bulletin.  I think that it is very informative and she was complimented by the District Governor.


Richard Clowes

Club Admin Director


Read the next story for the presentation and the speech.



Greetings Rotarians and friends,

We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Canadian guests, and on Monday 4 November, to welcome them, we’re having cocktail snacks in the Townsends’ garden (17 Dion Road Strathavon).

The following night there is a glamourous dinner at Coco Bongo in Monte Casino for club members and the Canadians. Please do try to make one of these evenings.

On Monday you are also all welcome to accompany Salman Khan and the Canadians at 1pm to inspect our flagship project, Kwena Molapo School. Please let Salman know if you are able to be there.

On Sunday, a bunch of us we went to Stonehaven on Vaal for lunch and a boat ride. The Ratarians from the Vanderbijpark Club really went out of their way to give us a delightful afternoon.

They also showed off their recent World record attempt, a washing line project which saw over 6000 school shirts hung up on over 5kms of washing line over the Vaal River.

 Watch this video for more on how this world record attempt went down. It's stunts like these that really catch the media's attention. Could we pull of something like this?


Dear Friends ,

Our Canadian Rotarian friends are arriving in South Africa on Sunday 3 November.
They are staying with us till Thursday morning 7 November, leaving after Morningside's meeting for the other regions: White River, Swaziland, Pretoria.

Read more for the full programme...


Saturday evening saw the club’s cinephiles treated to a very special viewing of Akin Omotoso’s film Man on Ground (see for a synopsis and video trailer) in the spacious viewing room at YFM radio station, in Dunkeld, Johannesburg.


Denise Freislich from BCG Recruitment and Training with actor-director Akin Omotosa

Man on Ground was invited to show at the very prestigious Toronto Film Festival in 2011, and has, since then, won a host of awards. Starring the familiar Hakeem Kae-Kazim in an unusually restrained but still passionate role, the film tells a very personal story set amid the xenophobic violence in Johannesburg in 2008. The title of the film is a colloquial expression referring to your contact in a new place – who is your “man on ground”? ie. who is going to help you out if you need it?


While it may not be easy subject matter, there are images of grace and elegance throughout the film. It is also not a typical Hollywood movie, but rather an episodic, round-the-campfire storytelling which allows the viewer an intimate and emotional relationship with the characters and their journeys throughout the story.


The high production values of the film reflect the care with which it has been crafted and, together with its excellent cinematography is testament to the burgeoning film industry we have in this country – and destined for greatness.


YFM CEO Kanthan Pillay, with his usual flair and eloquence, introduced the film and its director, Akin Omotoso (check his extensive credentials out here :, reminding us that art is beauty formed out of chaos (indeed!). After the film viewing, Akin Omotoso articulately communicated his vision for the film, as well as the process, answering questions in a thorough and spontaneous manner, both during the official Q & A session, and afterwards.


The logistics for the evening were kindly organised by YFM, and thanks to PP Kanthan Pillay, Mervyn Sigamoney and Itumeleng Mosunkutu in this regard, while cheerful and hard-working volunteers arrived from Business Capital Group to sell tickets and man the bar. Thank you to Rtn Clive Chetty for volunteering his staff and organising the tickets, and thanks also to PDG Shirley Downie for the ticket design and of course, to Akin Omotoso himself, for offering his film and time for fundraising purposes.


Attendees were fed with yummy Fournos platters and plied with drink courtesy of Bootleggers in Fourways – the dessert platter was particularly popular (and an excellent way of prolonging the evening….) The event raised funds for the club’s projects, and it is anticipated that future events of this nature will be very successful.” 






Our Rotary Anns are holding a Jumble Sale at the Clowes' home on Thursday morning 17 October. If you have any jumble please let Richard Clowes know on

They will either collect, or you can deliver to 82 Waterfall Avenue, Craighall or bring it to the Rotary Club meeting on Thursday morning.



Hi Rotarians and friends.

Please share our proposal below as far and wide as you can. We need many partners, both big and small, public and private, educators and concerned citizens alike to start clamouring for a creative solution to our education woes. This may not be the final solution but it is a good start and should inspire further thought, and action!





The preliminary rounds of the Rotary Club of Sandton School Public Speaking Competition will take place on Thu 10th October at the Pavilion at the Bryanston High School. The finals will be staged at Rotary Sandton's  club meeting on Tue 15th.

If you have never attended one of these speech competitions, be sure to be there to see first-hand what talent there is in our young school kids.

 It will cost you the meal. The event will take place Tuesday 15 at 18:30 to 19:00 at the Bryanston Country Club




SMS the ROTARY BEEPER on 082 699 9595 with your name and cellphone number to RSVP.



AUCKLAND PARK - The Rotary Club of Johannesburg urged members and visitors attending the Achiever of the Year Gala Dinner to stand up and make a difference in South Africa.

 Wayne Duvenage

Rotary Club of Johannesburg president Robert Stone presents an Achiever of the Year certificate to Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

The gala dinner was held at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park on 2 October.

A special citation was presented to Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage for his perseverance and leadership in the pursuit of citizens rights regarding mobilising opposition to the proposed urban tolling.


(The above video from OUTA explains the issues at stake very well).

Professor Jonathan Jansen of the University of the Free State sympathised with Duvenage and thanked him for the tremendous sacrifice he had made for the country. Jansen was at the event to receive the Achiever of the Year award for his uncompromising approach to education in South Africa, his fearless criticism of unworkable education policies and his outstanding achievements as Rector of the University of the Free State. 


Denise Cruickshank and Kristi Hansen from our club were there, and Kristi put the education project into Professor Jansen's hands, and he was very positive about it, even mentioning it in his speech.


Professor Jonathan Jansen spoke with compassion and good humour about the crisis in education, and called on more young people to come forward with solutions.






On 19 September, the sports court at Kwena Molapo Farm School in Lanseria was officially opened in front of a congregation of excited, but extremely well disciplined students.  Image

The event was attended by Procon management, Rotary Club of Morningside representatives, Jack Strouchen and the entire school body.

It was a lovely spring day – sun shining and the choir treated the crowd to beautiful singing. Speeches were said by all, and there was the official cutting-of-red-ribbon ceremony.  Children from neighbouring schools arrived to open the court with the first match. The attendees enjoyed great refreshments. 

Shirley Downie, KG Govender, Trevor Paget, Jack Strouchen and Sue Paget attended.  KG Govender spoke on behalf of Rotary.  The school thanked Rotary emphatically for all their support. 




RC Johannesburg are holding their annual achiever of the year dinner tonight at the Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park.

Jonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand and Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation. Jansen also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Advtech Limited and is the Chairman at the School Evaluation and Teacher Appraisal.





Cost per person: R350 (Proceeds to go to the Educational Facilities Project)

Dress: Smart

RSVP Tony Hampson-Tindale –



JHB Main Reef Rotary Club are trying to help the “Operation Smile”  organisation.

They have managed to get tickets for the Sunset Boulevard Show at R150.00 per ticket.

Please see below.

 Sunset Boulevard at MTN Festival 2013, Montecasino


If you have seen the show, or cannot make that afternoon, please would you consider sponsoring an underprivileged senior?   We have a number of seniors at Gerald Fitzpatrick House, who don’t get out too often and cannot afford the price of the ticket.
Your assistance is truly appreciated.
Yours in Rotary,
Brenda McCallum
JHB Main Reef Rotary Club


Enjoy a load of love and huge hugs from the Church Family, former members of our club, now in Oz.


Dear Family and Friends

Spring has sprung in Sydney with lovely warm sunny days. You can feel the energy in the air as everyone comes out of hibernation and starts to enjoy the many outdoor activities on offer...

We also wanted to be able to share our biggest and most exciting news - we have a baby on the way!! We are so happy to be growing our little family and I have always hoped Ben would have a sibling... (click for more)

"Jo, Larry, Ben and the bump" (See more pictures in the image gallery.)



Please RSVP to to join our dancing duo, Megan and David at Cantare, Monte Casino on  Sunday 20 October for a delightful evening of dancing and live music. Entrance is R100. This show is brought to you in association with the Rotary Club of Morningside.


We are delighted that the sportsground at Kwena Molapo school is complete! That this pilot project is a success should open the doors to our rolling out sportsgrounds with the Department of Sports and Recreation in under-resourced schools throughout Gauteng.


Deney Van Royen from Protech and President Salman Khan visit the school for an inspection.  (16 August)


Job completed August 26!

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place with the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula on the morning of Thursday 19 September.



Kwena Malopo Comprehensive Farm School


One School One Sportsfield (OSOS) Project – Hand over Ceremony


Thursday 19th September @ 10h00


22 Cnr Malibongwe & Fourways Rd Randburg (Bultfontein City)


Telephone: 0114601765








The "Rotary member that could", Evelyn Archery, seems to be settling in well into her new abode in Mannheim, Germany while waving the Morningside banner proudly.

She sent this note:

So, I attended a dinner meeting. I hopped onto the train from Mannheim to Worms. Worms has an amazing Rotary  club with 50 members. I was given a tour by car of Worms due to the short period. Rotarians fetched me and took me back after the meeting.On Saturday they even arranged a lift for me from the airport to Mannheim!

I was given a slot to speak, where I gave a brief introduction to our club, the projects we are involved in and how they can support us. In principal I got their approval to partner with us on: One School One Sportsfield, education, feeding projects, etc.

They asked me to do a speaker meeting soon. I will use the opportunity for our projects so please compile a list and send to me with priorities.

Hope you well!
Me, I am settling in well.

A few class mates that I met want to join Rotary in their home countries and will join me at Rotary meetings here.

Guess, we will be increasing global membership.

Keep you updated!
Warm wishes from Mannheim





Hello Rotarians and friends,

The Africa Calling Campaign has been running since the middle of August, and so far we've had 1099 supporters register to back the bid to bring the Rotary International Convention to Africa in 2019.

We call on you now to be number 1110!

Go to to join our database for ongoing information and offers for 2019.

Since the founding of our organisation in 1905 a Rotary International Convention has never been hosted on the African continent. As the Rotarians of Africa, representing 54 countries, we invite you to show your support for the proposed Rotary International Convention 2019, and to offer your voice as we strive to bring the convention to Durban, South Africa.


Africa is calling...

Warm regards,

Nick Phillips
Host organising committee chair

Here he is, the first one in, number 3596.

This young chap (pity we didn't catch his name) was the first of thousands of people to cross the finish line and receive medals at the Rotary Spring Walk. All proceeds will go to the One School, One Sportsground project.

Don't miss the grand opening of the pilot sportsground at Kwena Molapo School in Lanseria this Thursday morning.



3 September 2013

Dear President Salman Khan
[RC of Morningside]

Herewith our club’s utmost appreciation for the donation of a wheelchair.

We handed it over to an old lady who was in desperate need of the chair and could not get any help.

At least we as Rotarians could put a smile back onto her face.

Your involvement and participation in this project of ours, cannot be described in words!

Our gratitude to all your club members as well.

We wish you all well!


Wilma Lötter



You are invited to join Evelyn Archery for one final toast before she heads off to Germany for a year (or three!)

Venue: San Deck, Sandton Sun,

Date: 7pm on Tuesday, 3 September.




Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile, Pushing Tin) has a go at the often-filmed Great Expectations, adapted from the book by Charles Dickens, and quite successfully, by all accounts.

With the always fantastic Helena Bonham Carter (Room with a View, Fight Club, Big Fish, Alice in Wonderland, The King’s Speech, the upcoming Burton and Taylor), and the great Shakespearean actor (I didn’t know that, did you?) Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, In Bruges, The Reader, The Hurt Locker), this is sure to be a wonderful experience.

The movie starts at 17h00, so meet us there between 16h45 and 17h00, SMS me on 083 286 0784 if you need a ticket and are only going to arrive close to 17h00 (include any numbers for rewards or discount cards). As always, dinner after the movie will be an ad hoc affair – we will choose a venue on the spur of the moment and depending on how many people would like to share a meal.




Here is Gayle Edmunds’ lucid review, giving this movie an 8 out of 10 :
Dear Greta & The Rotary Club
Hope all is well.
We attach the photo’s we took so than you can see how much the kids at Dellies are appreciating the huge donation an difference that Willie and The Rotary Club make in their lives. 
It is a honor and privilege for Dellies to be associated with people like Willie and The Rotary Club, the work and community service you are doing, do not go unnoticed.
We pray that our Heavenly Father will be with all of you for the rest of your lives.
Thinking of you
Lots of Love
Mnr  Peet Badenhorst
HOOF : Laerskool Genl De la Rey
Tel nr. 011  6731259/5019
Faks    011  673 1766


See the image gallery for more pics from the Willy Du Bois donation to the De La Rey Primary School.



CDC Collaboration Reaches 275,000 Africans



A trained HIV volunteer counselor conducts a rapid HIV test on a teenage girl in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Olufemi Oloke

Palmgrove Estate residents wait for HIV counseling and testing services in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Olufemi Oloke


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Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses Rotarians during the third plenary session Tuesday via a prerecorded video message.

An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication.  

“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a prerecorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”  

The joint effort, called End Polio Now – Make History Today, comes during a critical phase for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative . The estimated cost of the initiative’s 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. Funding commitments , announced at the Global Vaccine Summit in April, total $4 billion. Unless the $1.5 billion funding gap is met, immunization levels in polio-affected countries will decrease. And if polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade, more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralyzed every year. 

Rotary and the Gates Foundation are determined not to let polio make a comeback.




Saturday 7 September, please make yourself available to help John Thornhill set up the facilities at Waterfall Valley for our Rotary Spring Charity Walk, taking place the following day on Sunday 8 September.

All hands are needed on deck to manage our Rotary Spring Charity Walk, our major fundraiser of the year.




Lewis Lee attends to the hounds at last year's Spring walk.

Click for a map to Waterfall Estate.


The Rotary Club of Johannesburg North Central cordially invite you to their event "Jazz in the Garden" on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM at Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Ticket price is R150.00.

German food and drinks plus coffee and cake will be on sale.

View Map

47 Oxford Road
Cnr. Waltham Road
Forest Town, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2011
South Africa

 Register Online

Please also let KG Govender or Greta du Bois know that you will be there in order for us to organise a "Morningside" table. Email or




To join the group of Rotarians and friends at this splendid affair in the penthouse room at the Johannesburg Theatre from 14:00 until 17:00 this Saturday, please advise Richard Clowes on soonest.

This is the most exciting and important Fundraising event Friends of the Ballet have planned for 2013: In addition to being there and enjoying a wonderful ballet afternoon, YOU will be playing a critical part in funding new ballet mats for both of the SAMB studios – Thanks to you, a legacy that our dancers will be able use for the next 10 years!





Wilson is one of the Managers in the “Sandwedge” – where we queue for our breakfast, and has been employed by CCJ since 1985.


He lives about a block away from the Sivelile Primary School in Meadowlands and although he has no children at the school has taken it upon himself to help the school in whatever way he can.  He has, with the help of some parents whom he managed to rally together, started a vegetable garden which he has planted and maintains himself.


He managed to convince Golf Data who have the contract for maintaining the CCJ courses, to install an irrigation system at the school and the MD of Golf Data has since agreed to send in some ground digging/earthmoving equipment to clear more ground to expand the size of the vegetable garden and install further irrigation.


He sells the vegetables to the staff at CCJ and others near the school and gives the money to the school to help pay the  transport of the children, some of whom come from great distances.  Of course the Dept. of Education contribute nothing towards this.


He was instrumental in us finding out about this school and our having given 54 blankets to the orphans and child headed households at the school.


When Ian and I went to give the blankets to the school they had arranged a full programme of entertainment for us and we were treated to singing, dancing, “public speaking” et al and attached are a few of the photographs which Ian took.


The purpose of this diatribe is to ask if the Club could present Wilson with some acknowledgement of his “Service Above Self” – nothing as prestigious as a Paul Harris but something along the lines of a “Certificate of Excellence”.  I thought it would be great to be able to present this to him at the Induction Dinner (or perhaps another occasion).


Unfortunately with our leaving for Europe tomorrow I have not been able to do anything myself but perhaps Richard or anyone else who has a relationship with Lesley King at CCJ could chat to her about it.  He has his own car so there would be no transport difficulties for him.


I would also like to add this school to our list of “One School, One Sport Court”.  The Principle is a very dynamic lady and the school appears to be  very well run and kept.  She tells me that although they have no Netball Field that their Netball Team is the top team in their League.  They used to have Netball posts on a flat sandy patch where the girls practiced but the metal poles have since been stolen!!


I have not discussed this matter with anyone other than Ian and a brief mention to Shirley.   




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The Rotary Club of Orange Grove has a number of top speakers with exciting topics for the month of August.

8/8    Rotarian Thomas Wheeler, a member of SA Institute of International Affairs, is talking on “Egypt in Turmoil".

15/8  Past District Governor Beth Thomas is talking on the latest updates on the “Council on Legislation”, a video recording from DISCON 2013 in Swaziland.

22/8  Robert Grunwald, Sasol’s Petroleum, Exploration Manager talking on the subject “The Arab Spring” 

29/8  Rotary International past President Cliff Dochtemans speaking at the RI Assembly 2013/2014 in San Diego, California USA on the subject “Leadership”. (VIDEO)

         And in September:

12/9  Past District Governor Shirley Downie is talking  on “Public Relations”, a very important subject for the growth of Rotary, a video recording from DISCON 2013 in Swaziland.

Please e-mail or call President Ray Dyker at (011) 640 3513 in advance.

    The Orange Grove club meet every Thursday.

        Venue: Old Edwardian Sports Club. 4th Street, off 11th Avenue, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg.

        Time: 12h45 for 13h00  (Meeting is closing 14h00.)

        Entrance: R 20 plus the cost of your pub lunch. 




As Rotary clubs continue to promote diversity in their membership, Rotary is marking a milestone. Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International.


“Women have contributed significantly to Rotary initiatives, and will continue to do so,” says Matthews, who is also the first woman to serve as both a Rotary Foundation trustee and an RI director. “No doubt, the unfortunate and sometimes misleading image of ‘an old boys’ club’ will be buried for good.

News courtesy of Rotary International


Induction and Awards Dinner

You and your partner are cordially invited

to the induction dinner for:

Salman Khan

as President of our Club


Jennifer Clowes

as President of our Anns Club


The Presentation of Awards

Saturday 24 August 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel (Rosebank Hotel),

Corner of Sturdee and Tyrwhitt Avenues,


Time: 19:00 for 19:30

Dress: Smart (Dark Suit for Men)

Cost: R185 per head with a cash bar

RSVP by 15 August 2013 to PP Richard Clowes

011 787 8144 or 082 770 9722



Northcliff Rotary Club have approximately 90 "Moon Boots" available as part of a shipment of wheelchairs which we received from the UK.


If you would like them, or some of them, to distribute to needy people, non-governmental organisations, clinics etc, please contact us to arrange collection/delivery. 


Any contribution towards our costs of importation would be welcome.


Please call Dave Woodhouse 082 459 6105  (email or myself Paul Westcott 082 772 8863  (email 


Past President Kanthan Pillay is not resting now that he is (almost) out of office.

He is now part of the District Membership committee and is sure to see to it that we have some interesting media types paying us a visit. Kanthan is seen here giving an address at a recent membership training seminar.



John Thornhill would like to thank everybody who assisted on Sunday at the BreakThru Fun Run at Waterfall, especially Belinda, Geoff and Nicole for the extra effort they put in with the marshals, water point and handing out the entry forms for our Spring Walk.

For the 5km Fun Run, of which proceeds went to the Club's project account, we had a total of 466 entries, less than we were hoping for, but double the number that Breakthru had last year.

There were over 2500 entries overall, also double last year. All who helped out had a jolly time despite the early morning chill.Image


eClubs are becoming a hot topic in the Rotary world.

An eClub works just like any other Rotary Club, except members meet online via live conference call using one of the videoconferencing tools available, Skype, Google+ Hangouts and GoToWebinar.

The benefits seem to be that members have 24/7 access to do Rotary work, they can collaborate with members around the world and reach communities in need. The use of new tech allows for flexible, low cost meetings, which accommodates members with changing circumstances or busy schedules. eClubs are also bridging the generation divide, attracting younger members with busy lives who want to do Rotary work but dont have time to meet face to face.

check out for an example, or




Greetings Rotarians and friends,


We are thrilled to host Patricia Glyn as our guest speaker. Patricia will be sharing her experiences with the Khomani Bushmen at our normal one hour breakfast meeting on Thursday 25 July 2013 at 06:45 for 07:00.  She made the presentation at Discon and it is certainly worth seeing. Please make every effort to attend and bring family and friends. If you do intend to being guests please drop Richard Clowes ( a note so we can accommodate them.



Once again, Patricia has been trekking through the African wilderness in pursuit of a ghost.  In 2005 she walked from Durban to the Victoria Falls in the footsteps of her long-dead ancestor Sir Richard Glyn.  In 2011 she set off for the Kalahari, to find traces of a long-dead Bushman by the name of Makai Kruiper – a legendary mystic, hunter and healer who roamed ‘The Thirst Land’ a century ago.  And by her side was Makai’s grandson, Dawid, a man as legendary as his forebear. Dawid was 76 years old and easily the most famous Bushman in South Africa, having featured in numerous films, documentaries, books and academic studies. 




AG Belinda with PP David Grant at the RC of Northcliff’s presidential induction. Their new president is Hans Mostert. 

At a glamorous occasion held at the Rand Park Golf Club on Saturday, 13 July 2013, Hans Mostert was inducted as the 41th President of the Rotary Club of Northcliff.  Rotarians and Anns from various Clubs in South Africa attended this special annual event.  Executives from Companies and NGO’s together with Ms Patricia Glyn, who received Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Club, were some of the guests.

Hans Mostert an accountant, describes himself as ...

Fellowship Director, KG Govender arranged a visit to the Turkish Mosque last Saturday. It certainly is a magnificent building with a wonderful picture gallery. 


Pictured from left to right: Trevor Paget, KG Govender, Devika Naik (KG's wife), Geoff Verschoor, Silia Verschoor, Sue Paget, Shirley Downie, Linda Thornhill, Salman's daughter, Shirley's granddaughter, Manfred Paulmann, Jennifer Clowes, Richard Clowes and Salman Khan.

John Thornhill, Evelyn Archery and Deni Cruickshank joined those who stayed for lunch and visited the mosque in the afternoon.


Nelson Mandela Day Meal-packing Marathon

Sandton ICC

On 18th July, our club joined Stop Hunger Now SA for a marathon meal-packing event in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day at Sandton Convention Centre.

The event saw over 4000 volunteers from various organisations packing 37 tons of raw material into 400 000 meal packs, which will be distributed to hundreds of early childhood development centres across the country.

Rotarians from various clubs including Morningside, Rosebank, Bedfordview and Main Reef along with their Rotaract clubs joined hands to help register volunteers. The event was also visited by DG Anneas Balts and AG Ferdi with his wife, Filippa. The energy levels were high and the music set the tone for a fun-filled 67 minutes

See the image gallery for more images of our members in action.



The Club was responsible for funding Tebogo Mokoena's education, and it is clearly paying dividends.

Take a look at her new car,  The promotion she received at work enabled her to fund the repayments on a car, a Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente. She is now the training officer for the company she works for.



Join Kwanele Enuf founder and Rotarian Andy Kawa for a fundraising concert on 

25 August 2013 at 16:00 featuring YouTube singing sensation Terra Naomi.

University of Johannesburg Arts Centre Theatre
Johannesburg, GP

 After creating a global Internet-hit from an acoustic live recording of her song ‘Say It’s Possible,’ and winning the first YouTube Award for Best Music Video, Naomi garnered international attention with her stand-out solo performance at ‘Live Earth’ (Wembley Stadium) and signed with Universal Island Records to release her debut album ‘Under the influence’.

Date Jul 17, 2013 at 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Location Modderfontein Golf Club
View Map Johannesburg
South Africa

In accordance with Georg's wishes, a memorial celebration will be held and Gwen and family have requested that this celebration be a gathering of family and friends, but also anyone who knew Georg personally throughout his life.

While the passing of Georg is a sad moment for all, Georg will be remembered as a man who enjoyed life to the fullest and they would like this occasion to take the form of rememberances, both sincere and light-hearted, where Georg has had an impact on our lives.

Refreshments will be available and those attending are asked to take this opportunity to renew friendships with the family and each other... in the common bond that was, and will continue to be, Georg.

Andy Stevenson (082 389 0256) is happy to receive and respond to any queries, rather than Gwen and family be disturbed.

Gwen's No is 083 635 8404 so you could send her a condolenses sms if you wish.


On 20 July, Saturday, let's get down to Diepsloot, during the day, for some Lokshun Kulcha!

In celebration of Mandela Day our friends at Diepsloot Arts and Culture Network, (the chaps who did the sound at our Health Days) are throwing a festival of music, arts and performance.

The event attracts hundreds of local Diepsloot residents and is a spectacular expression of vibrant colours, innovative costume design, skillful dancing, singing and creative collaborations. Contact Dan Mauane for directions.


Rotary Club of Morningside 

Dear Salman Khan,

I would like to inform the Presidents and Rotarians of District 9400 that on my recent trip in April to attend the Rotary International of Britain and Ireland Convention in Leeds U.K.

In my mission to elicit sponsorship towards funds for the great need for wheelchairs in our district, I was successful in obtaining the following:

Due to the generosity of a group of Canadian Rotarians and the very good friend of our District PDG Milton Frary of the Wheelchair Foundation U.K., I am able to offer 280 of the red heavy duty fold up type wheelchairs to the Rotary Clubs for distribution throughout our Southern African district.

Due to this generosity, the wheelchairs are offered at R480.00 per chair. This is to cover shipping and transport costs.

These wheelchairs are priced in US dollars ($135 per chair). Fortunately I managed to confirm this price before the current Rand exchange rate going through the roof. They will be available towards the end of November 2013.

As was done previously, I invite clubs to contact me with the numbers required by their clubs -- and I will then try to allocate fairly according to numbers received.

I  attach an order form, please fill this in and return to me at ernie.hendriks@global  (Please note that there is no “c” in my surname).   (cell) 082 888 9479.

The group of Canadian Rotarians will be visiting our district in January 2014 and will be present at some handovers to recipients. Please let me know if you are willing to participate in any of these handovers, thereby showing our appreciation.

Yours in Rotary Service

PDG Ernie Hendriks. 


Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams – and they’re not even acting the title role. The underrated but superb Henry Cavill takes on one of the most iconic roles in popular culture history, and seems to have done it very well, by all accounts.


With music by Hans Zimmer (orchestral, militaristic, adrenaline-pumping – all at the same time), and written by Christopher Nolan, who has been responsible for the recent and highly successful Batman reboot trilogy, this film promises to be great entertainment.

The movie starts at 16h45, so meet us there between 16h30 and 16h45, SMS me on 083 286 0784 if you need a ticket and are only going to arrive close to 16h45 (include any numbers for rewards or discount cards). As always, dinner after the movie will be an ad hoc affair – we will choose a venue on the spur of the moment and depending on how many people would like to share a meal.




(PS Interesting factoid : Superman and my dad are the same age J Who knew!)


Barry Ronge’s review follows, giving this movie an 8 out of 10 :

The RYLA program is certainly one of the most exciting Rotary programs for any club to be involved in. The RYLA program gives clubs the opportunity to directly influence and develop the youth. Sponsoring young leaders of the community to take part in this new advanced RYLA program is an opportunity to introduce Rotary to prospective new members. We urge you to support the District RYLA programs.



Just over a month after Grassroot Cricket was conceived by Incoming President Salman Khan, he has already managed to organise a One Day Cricket tournament at Bophelong Sports Club in Diepsloot.

The match was held this past Saturday and the Gauteng Cricket Board President Faisal Saleh was there to oversee the matches and also brought a donation of cricket equipment over R10 000 worth of cricket equipment to Coach Brian at Bophelong.

Grassroot Cricket will have regular fixtures and coaching clinics in the incoming cricket season.
 See more inspiring pictures in the photo gallery.







On Sunday 3 November we look forward to the arrival of a Canadian group of Rotarians from Edmonton under the leadership of PDG Kevin Hilgers (District 5370). Our club has been selected as the Host Club for the Johannesburg region.

Thirteen visitors are expected, of which 10 are couples, one single male, one single female and one interactor ( girl - 17 years old).

The group will stay in a hotel on their first night and be hosted by RC Morningside from Monday morning, 4 November to Thursday morning 7 November 2013, leaving after attending our breakfast meeting.

Should you wish to get involved either by hosting (several members have already indicated their wish to host) or by organising visits to projects, sightseeing or fellowship events please contact any of the following RC Morningside members who are on the FEX committee: Greta Du Bois (Chair) Nicole Norval (Legal Advisor) Denise Cruickshank (Secretary),  Ian Cruickshank (Treasurer) and from RC Johannesburg North Central: Tom Wheeler  (Gauteng Representative) .

The FEX has representatives in the other regions of the District as well. Any Rotarian willing to participate is most welcome.

For more on how the Friendship Exchange works, click here.


First it was William Smith of South Africa (1994) suggesting that we introduce pre-recorded lessons into our education system.

Then Sal Khan of the Khan Academy in the USA proceeded to make over 4 000 lessons which he has made available free-of-charge on the internet. Sal Khan stresses that pre-recorded lessons from the best teachers is the future of education.


Now  Professor Anant Agarwal, on BBC News Technology, is saying the same thing; the old way of teaching is out – technology is the future.

Extract of speech:  

He started the non-profit website because he believed it was time for a radical shake-up of education.

"Education has not changed in 500 years - we still herd children like cats into classrooms at 9am."

Such a model might work to a certain extent in the developed world but for many parts of the world, another way of doing things is needed.

The edX platform now has 27 university partners, all offering online courses in a wide range of subjects.

Bill Gates was on CNN a few weeks ago saying the same thing.

Sal Khan from the Khan Academy says that teachers are still important and that pre-recorded lessons will give teachers more time to give one-on-one lessons where needed.

President Zuma has just said in his speech to the Nation: ”Remember, education, education, education!”.

A good Reality Education programme screened on TV will move South Africa into the lead in terms of school education. It will quickly make teachers want to be recognised as the best.

Let’s hope Rotarian Kristi Hansen, with the help of a few others and the support of the Club, will make it happen soon.

It would be wonderful to live in a country that becomes a world leader in the field of education! And, it can happen in South Africa overnight – or in just eighteen months!


By Sue Paget – National Lead on the RFHD Project

(at an address to D9350 District conference a week after the Health Days in May)

About six weeks before the launch of the Health Days I was daunted by the realisation of the scale of what we were attempting to do! I am relieved and delighted to report that the Health Days have been deemed the most outstanding success across the country.


Dear Richard,


Thank you for your mail and I hope that my belated reply finds both Jenny and you in good health and spirits.  We have indeed settled very well in Hermanus but we have not yet moved into our new house, which I only started with construction in mid January.  The house is by now pretty advanced with the shell being complete as well as the driveway, and we should finish painting by next week or so.  Then it is tiling, shopfitting and sanitary units, followed by flooring and moving in.  Heather will be responsible for the garden; my fingers are not green enough!  We are not rushing things though since we have leased our temporary abode until end September.



Hello Rotarians and friends,

If I was ever unsure of why I was a Rotarian before, having just come back from an awe-inspiring District Conference in Swaziland, I do know now. It was a great privilege to meet the Rotarians who are doing extraordinary work across our region, which stretches from Botswana, through to Mozambique, Swaziland and central and northern South Africa.

The Swazi Prime Minister was very complimentary to Rotary and added that His Majesty’s Government is aware of, and is much impressed with, the work of Rotary in [his] Country.


"On the bus to Lushoto near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" 

I had a snoop around the RI website for stories for this week's edition and came across this delightful album of the best pictures sent in from Rotarians around the world in 2013. The above is the winning photo.  Check them all out here. They are fantastic!

Be inspired and see you Thursday!




RI President Sakuji Tanaka (center) joined Rotary leaders in placing wreaths in Hiroshima Memorial Park during the third Rotary Global Peace Forum in Japan. Participants adopted a declaration, “Peace Begins With You.”


Prime minister praises International Rotary

EZULWINI – The Prime minister sung praises for the International Rotary in its endeavour to restore peace, alleviate poverty and change people’s lives for the better.

This was during the first day of the International Rotary District 9400 Conference held at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre yesterday.

Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini said the Rotary Club had lived up to its theme, which was ‘Peace through service’.




The year in which the inestimable Kanthan Pillay was President of the Rotary Morningside is in its final month. What a year it has been. The club grew tremendously with brilliant new members adding their skills and enthusiasm to our projects.

At this week’s meeting we are honoured to host PDG and RFHA Board member Mark Doyle and his wife Lyn, who will be bringing William Asiko, Chairman of the Coca Cola Africa Foundation.

As you know, TCCAF are the founding funding partners of the Rotary Family Health Days and RFHA for over a decade.

William Asiko has expressed an interest in joining Rotary, so let’s all do our best to show off our good sides. J

PE Salman Khan will show a video recording of his interview with Marion Bunch around the Health Days.  I will give a brief overview of Morningside’s experience.  And William will no doubt add value from his perspective as well.

To those going off to Swaziland for Discon, see you there!



President Kanthan Pillay exchanging flags with President Vlado Ogorevc of Domzale, Slovenia on Thursday night. Club 50948, District 1912. "Great hospitality!" says Kanthan.




The Blanket Drive this past weekend across the country was a great triumph.

Denise Cruikshank who led our Club's efforts at the Randridge Mall was pleased with the results. Over the weekend we sold 329 blankets for a consideration of R16 450.

Thanks from Denise go to everyone who participated, but particularly to:

"Richard – Who worked all day on both days, held my hand and handled all the financial matters in his usual calm manner.

Jennifer Clowes – Who worked all day on Sunday and did such a sterling job.

KG – Who worked the whole of Saturday and proved to be a great salesman.

Ian – Worked the whole of Sunday and has had to put up with my short temper over the past week.

Michael Thoresson – Our potential new member, who was a first class sales person. Be warned, you will not escape the clutches of the RC of Morningside!"



Geoff Verschoor and Belinda Alport sent through this picture from the successful Careers Day held by the Club at Sekolo sa Borokga school on May 18. For a Saturday that's a pretty good turnout!




I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember a decent musical film out of Australia since Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – and that was far too long ago…

Barry Ronge calls this movie “near-perfect”, which is high praise, and who doesn’t love Motown music from the '60s?

The movie starts at 17h30 on Wednesday 5 June, so meet us there between 17h15 and 17h30, SMS me (Nicole Norval) on 083 286 0784 if you need a ticket and are only going to arrive close to 17h30 (include any numbers for rewards or discount cards). As always, dinner after the movie will be an ad hoc affair – we will choose a venue on the spur of the moment and depending on how many people would like to share a meal.

Barry Ronge’s gives this movie an 8 out of 10. His review follows after the jump...

At our last Club Assembly, we conducted an exercise in which we defined the club's visionImage.

Click for the result and let us know your thoughts ...



On Saturday, 25 May, President Elect Salman Khan and David and Cricketing legend, Daryll Cullinan visited the Bophelong Centre to set up a cricket clinic for youngsters in Diepsloot.

Inspired after a day's cricket at the club's recent Health Days event, Salman is working on a concept paper for "Grassroots Cricket" to be launched at Bophelong. Bophelong is also where our SANCA building is located and the move to start the Cricket club further entrenches our commitment to the community of Diepsloot.Image

David Mabusela from Bophelong Sports Club, with President Elect Salman Khan, and Daryl Cullinan who may become a benefactor of the proposed Cricket club.



It is with a sad heart that we bid fair well to Willy Du Bois. Image

Belinda Alport wrote:

Willy has been a Rotarian for many years and a member of Morningside for four years.

Over the years he has contributed significantly to various projects and play an important mentor role to me in my year as President were I got to know him.

Willy had been unwell for several months but seemed to be recovering and even attended a recent meeting on 25 April 13 where he introduced our speaker.

We extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to Greta and their family during this difficult and sad time. 



For our newer and prospective members, Richard Clowes has put together a handy wrap-up of our recent projects, and what we get up to as a club ...



It is difficult to report on the Rotary Family Health Days. For those of you who were there, how awesome!? I am overwhelmed.

For HIV we tested 201 people over the three days, of which 33 were HIV positive.

Vital sign checks and diabetes tests were performed on 433 patients.

TB screenings were done on 227 patients.

18 adults and 59 children received Vitamin A supplements.

89 adults received deworming tablets.

700 people received 700 donated pairs of shoes.

800 packs of sanitary towels from Nampak were distributed.

Approximately 150 high school students learnt about nutrition, CPR and HIV and received Soul City information packs.

Approximately 300 young children had their faces painted, jumped on the jumping castles or received temporary tattoos.

The EPI results (Measles and Polio) are still pending, and it is possible that the figures were larger and I haven't been able to collect all the tally forms yet.


We witnessed hundreds of people equipped with information about their own health and a sense that they are valuable and worthy of the excellent service that Rotarians offer. We lived out our motto of service above self and proved that we can make a real difference right now.

Look out for more pics in next week's newsletter.


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Dear Rotarians of South Africa


Marion Bunch, Mark Doyle and I would like to express our sincere thank you to you all (through your wonderful respective Steering Committee Heads) for the extraordinary work that has been done over the last few months, culminating in the roll out of the first Rotary Family Health Days in South Africa.


We have heard  the most inspiring stories and testimonials over the last three days from all over the country from the 169 sites managed by yourselves to make this campaign the most phenomenal success.


Conservatively, it is estimated that over  32 000 people were reached on just Day 1! 


All Rotarians in South Africa and beyond are looking forward to hearing about the huge impact that you have made on thousands of lives.


It has not been easy!  There have been great lessons to learn.  As Marion has always reminded us:  This will happen in a pilot programme. 

We will take these lessons and turn them into developmental opportunities for the years going forward.


Welcome to Diepsloot, Marion Bunch! (Founder and dreamer).


We are pleased to announce that the Steve Biko Foundation, in partnership with the University of Fort Hare and the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust, will host the 7th Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture on May 23, 2013. Kindly click for an invitation with the full details of the event.


Date: Thursday 23 May, 2013

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: The Auditorium at the Steve Biko Centre

One Zotshie Street


King William’s Town



Rotary Family Health Days bring Free Health Services to Communities across South Africa.

Johannesburg, 23 April 2013 – Civil society, big business and the South African Government are teaming up next month from 9 – 11 May 2013 to promote family health and create awareness around polio, HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Non-Communicable Diseases.

Rotarians For Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA), Rotary’s mobilising and implementing partner in the area of disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS, has received an unprecedented commitment from the Department of Health (DoH), corporate giant Coca-Cola South Africa and SABC -national broadcaster - to support the implementation of the Rotary Family Health Days (RFHDs) programme across the country.  RFHDs are a comprehensive, holistic offering of free healthcare for parents, children, grandparents, friends and all family members in over 160 sites across the country.  Approximately 4,000 Rotarians from 225 Rotary Clubs will be managing and working the sites to assist the medical staff and deliver the services to South Africans.

To find out more about the RFHDs and the sites in your area visit: or dial *120*7343# 


About Rotary

Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service.  Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Building on its successful collaborations for polio eradication, Rotary is forging partnerships with other established organizations to achieve common humanitarian goals in the following six areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development. The grants support major international projects with sustainable, high impact outcomes. South Africa has 225 Rotary clubs with a total of 5 000 Rotary members To access broadcast quality video footage and still photos go to: Media Center.






Dear Rotary South Africa,


When I think back to the January 2012 Johannesburg meeting I held with the Rotary leaders in South Africa, I simply had no idea how massive and significant your Rotary Family Health Days campaign would become! So much has happened in the past 15 months since RFHA began planning to do this event, in partnership with many, including all of you! As June Webber so aptly put it recently, the hard work now is going on ‘in the trenches’ where you Rotarians are going to execute on the plan we designed together with our partners. But make no mistake about it: this is a Rotary-led event, and you are doing what all Rotarians do best: service above self in your communities!


There are many brilliant things about RFHDays, but probably one of the most significant things is that it is a ground-swell movement in Rotary, with Clubs and Districts wanting to become engaged because it gives us a platform by which we can make a difference. It also is so high profile that it will certainly attract prospective members to Rotary – so keep your eyes open for people you’ll want to invite to your own club to learn about Rotary. In addition, I know you are going after getting the Rotary International convention in the future, and this will certainly show the decision makers how well you can pull off large scale events.



If there is one speaker meeting you'll not want to miss it is this week's (25 April) where we host Professor Ho Hai Quang (known as Quang) from Vietnam for a presentation on AGENT ORANGE- A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

If the topic doesn't grab your attention then the person of the speaker should. Economist, musician and Founder-President of ORANGE DIHOXYN, Quang has a formidable CV.



Born in Vietnam, Quang emigrated to France when he was 8. He now lives in Reunion Island (France).

Together with his brother Thanh (Sonny), Quang has performed in numerous concerts in France.
His song Choir for Vietnam was awarded the best International Song about Agent Orange at a competition organised by the Association of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange held at Hanoi on 25 June 2011.

Quang's presentation will include a short 15 minute movie ( in English) about Vietnam and the victims. 


Is there a funky smell in the air?

Could it be that today is "One Day Without Shoes"?

Check out as the day unfolds on Twitter.

One Day Without Shoes is a global event initiated by TOMs shoes that aims to brings awareness to children's health and education by asking people to go without shoes for a day. To see what is going down around the world, check out their website (




On Friday Morning, 12 April, a delegation from the US Council visited Kwena Molapo to present the students with opportunities to study in the States. Yfm was there and broadcasting live from the event.

Says Incoming President and Rotary champion of Kwena Molapo School, Salman Khan, " It was magical as on a chilly morning 950 students lined up in assembly to listen to the US educational councilor in such reverent silence you could hear a pin drop.


The officials then attended an one-on-one Q&A session with the Grade 12s. The US PR officer, Melissa Clegg-Tripps and educational councilor, Claire Powell were extremely impressed by the results of the school and also by Rotary's commitment to and involvement in school upliftment.

The door is now open for students to seek scholarships in the US whereby the US will pay Visa fees, ticket and subsistence allowance for successful candidates.

"There was a great sense of motivation and encouragement in the air as students sang prayers and hymns", says Khan.

The event was a great treat for the students with three DJs from Yfm also making motivational speeches.


Talk about swimming in the Diep end!

People have been asking me a lot recently, why should they even bother trying to do good, and make a difference, when the problems are too big to fix, and the little that you can do is so overwhelmed by the amount that needs to be done.

It's simply because every little bit helps.

At Rotary, the reason we bother is because we know that we can do more together, and we love to see what happens when good people get motivated.


I hope you all will be inspired to pick up your weapons and join us, first as we enter Diepsloot with the desire to make some difference over the 3 days of the Rotary Family Health Days, and later in June when we head to Sandton City to sell blankets to give to the needy in Winter.

There is only one way to get away with biting off more than you can chew and that is getting your friends and colleagues to chow down with you.

Come everyone, let's munch.


 "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead







Last calls to get involved with the RFHD:


Rotary in South Africa, along with the Department of Health and various other partners (including USAID, the Coca Cola Foundation and PEPFAR) are running a series of Family Health Days in Diesploot over a period of 3 days in May (9, 10 and 11 May, Thursday Friday, Saturday) across 180 sites in South Africa.

This event follows on a successful model that has been implemented elsewhere in Africa over the past three years and is making it's debut in SA next month. SABC have thrown their weight behind it with mass media support across the country.

The DOH will be offering HIV and TB screening and innoculations.
Rotary have been tasked with providing the support services  (set up and equipment, marshalling, entertaining the children, monitoring and evaluation, a soccer clinic, and any other services they think they might offer, such as an eye testing clinic and the dispensing of spectacles, a health education exhibition, performance crew,  photographic exhibition, whatever can be pulled together quite quickly.

But the Rotary approach is to get more done with less, by involving partners who have done something similar before, and who have a model/programme of sorts that has already been tested, that they can set up and pull down fairly easily. Partners who have done edutainment and exhibitions with a health message are our best bet.


How can you help?

 You could help with sourcing giveaways from shampoo and hygene to basic medicines and ointments, no food or drink allowed unfortunately. But there is significant opportunity to distribute health and hygene product samples. And we would also like to leave some equipment donations behind at the clinic.


You could volunteer your time: please contact Evelyn Archery with your times: email:
Thank you for your ideas and support.










Denise Cruickshank has requested that we nominate beneficiary organisations for the blanket drive. Image





2013 "kicked" off to a great start for thousands of children thanks to the generosity of Toms Shoes and Morningside Rotary.

Toms shoes were distributed to over 600 children at the three Vuleka Preschools, three Primary schools and Special Needs school in Randburg.Image

This Sunday, join us at Waterfall estate at 6 am to assist with the registration of runners at the BreakThru run.

As part of our training for our annual Spring Walk, we will be working with Breakthru Midrand Striders, John Thornhill's running club, to run their fun run which is held at the same time as their annual 15 Km race. This year the beneficiary of the 5km fun run will be the Rotary Club.

Details of the race are :

Date                            21/07/2013
Time                            8:15 for the fun run, the main race starts at 8:00am
Distance                      5km
Venue                          Waterfall estate Midrand.

Please make yourself available to help with the following functions:

Registration, on the day and pre-registration.           6 volunteers
Marshalls                                                              8 volunteers
Water Point                                                           8 volunteers

Please get in touch with John if you are able to help.


A letter from the President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka

As we enter our final days of Lisbon Convention promotion, I am excited to announce the 23,000 Attendee Challenge!





A new month, a new focus.

Education and literacy is one of our Club's key focus areas, with our Education Fund providing the means for several under-privileged students to reach for their dreamst. We also collaborate at a district level to get books and dictionaries to needy schools whenever there is supply of such available.

District Governor Martin Forsyth Thomspon writes in his newsletter: "District 9400 is proud to continue to support literacy as one of the Focus Areas of Rotary International through books obtained from the Second Wind Foundation of PDG Charlie and Barbs Clemmons, the Usbourne Illustrated Dictionary project through PDG Mike Johnston of D9350, as well as Books at Home projects of the Rotary Club of White River, among many others are also included. I encourage you to continue your good work in this endeavour during March and don’t forget we have loads of books for collection from the Humanitarian Centre in Bedfordview."

Look out for our next speaker, Ken Stonestreet on 28 March, who will introduce us to ways to make the most of the resources available to us as Rotarians to help others. Click here for more.

"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back."

— Chinese proverb




Is Evelyn Archery, our club's tiny yet terrific Foundation Director on a lucky streak, or what? Seems like every entry she touches turns to Win!

Not only did she win a date with Mr South Africa for Valentine's Day, (check out the photos here) she also won tickets to the South African Success Summit, where she rubbed shoulders with some sensational people.


Read on for some of the lessons Evelyn came home with.

And also how she plans to connect with some of these dynamic people.

Steve Banergyi's daughter Shari-Claire is involved in an art project to beautify informal dwellings in Mamelodi.

The Viva Township Art Project and Mams Art Festival are initiatives that call on the assistance of artists in aesthetically transforming the informal settlements by painting works of art on shack dwellings.



Discon 2013

6 - 8 June


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Rotary D9400 Riverside's most adventurous couple, Past President Patrick Van Den Bon and his wife Goedele have had several very unusual holidays, but the last one, to Antarctica, needs to be on
everybody's bucket list.  On the 26th February 2013 Patrick gave a  presentation on their adventure to his Rotary Club and their sister club Vanderbijlpark, which was much enjoyed by all the envious listeners. In the first of Patrick's pictures are Goedele (left) and Patrick in their landing gear at the Antarctic Peninsula with their ship behind them. One needs to
remember that it was summer in Antarctica at the time. The second picture
shows some of the entertaining penquins who live in Antarctica.
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The first training for club champions of those clubs participating in the Rotary Family Health Days to take effect from 09 to 11 May 2013 took place two weekends ago on 16 February 2013. The venue was the Krugersdorp Rotary Club house at the Golden Age Village Hall in Krugersdorp. Club champions from many of the districts clubs tattended this event.


To date, 67 sites fitting the DoH requirements have been qualified. D9400 is running short of only three sites to make the 70 sites expected from district. The RFHD Steering Committee is thankful to all the clubs in district that are participating in this multi-partneship event that is geared to take the country by storm. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation are the main sponsors and other partners are Rotarians for Family Health and Aids prevention (RFFA); USAID; Centres for Disease Control & Prevention CDC); the national Department of Health (DoH) and all the Rotary clubs affiliated to district in South Africa.

The training was well attended and club champions were grateful for a clear presentation of the structure of the initiative given by Project lead Sue Paget and District Governor Elect Annaes Balt.



Rotary Morningside got behind Andy Kawa and the one Billion Rising initiative, but it seems, in the horror that followed the death of Reeva Steinkamp, Black Friday was the real event in SA.
Every 2 days in South Africa, someone dies as a result of burn injuries in an informal settlement. This daily disasters are normally called "shack fires" and the statistics don't take into account the human misery and enormous cost to the health system as a result of treating burn injuries. Shack fires are generally caused by paraffin or candles, both of which are have naked flames and can quickly set fire to the 'stuff' normally contained within an informal dwelling.

Read on to find out how our newest member-nominee, Steve Banhegyi is addressing this situation through 



On 18 January the Interactors delivered 10 beds  to a creche in Orange farm (see picture) Those beds were paid for partially by funds collected by the Interact Club.

"Interact Jules Verne is going well, doing fundraising through their different happenings." Says Yolande Adjovi, a teacher at the school and champion of Interact.




Research Insights


Thank you to the tens of thousands who participated in surveys in 2012. Key research findings from 2012 surveys include the following:

  • Why do Rotarians and Rotaractors join Rotary? Why do they stay? According to the research, the top two reasons are (1) local community service and (2) friendship and fellowship. Further, these are the top two reasons cited by every age group.
  • The vast majority (90%) of district leaders (governors, committee chairs, and so forth) from nonpilot districts say they support the Future Vision Plan.
  • Strategic plans make a difference. Compared with clubs that don’t have strategic plans, clubs with strategic plans are more likely to report significant improvement in the past three years in recruiting and retaining members, using social media, and maintaining a positive public image.
  • New Generations participants are very interested in joining Rotary in the future. They say so at a rate of 80%!
  • Clubs that are participating in the 2011-14 pilot programs (Associate Membership, Corporate Membership, Innovation and Flexibility, and Satellite Club) had greater overall membership growth in 2011-12 than they did the year before the pilot, 2010-11. Their growth was also far above RI’s 2011-12 overall membership growth rate.


Read more for the February-March Surveys



As Rotarians we are familiar with putting in a little extra, and this is possibly why we are such super people to know.:)

With the increasing number of our members (Frances, Faith, Belinda, Shirley) representing Rotary at a district-level, and our PR and projects setting an example, the Rotary Club of Morningside has been extraordinary at every level recently.

Speaking about extraordinary, check out the glamorous gallery from the recent New Generations Seminar at the end of this newsletter. See if you can spot some familiar faces.


Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovers.  May it be truly extraordinary!




Rotary Post-Rape Counselling Centre - Morningside Police Station

 Dear Kristi,

There has been considerable media focus on the high incidence of rape in South Africa as a result of our worsening situation.

As you know, the proposed Rotary Morningside Crisis Centre was intended to provide both post-rape medical attention and trauma counselling.

Sadly, the centre could not be established.

It is unfortunate that there will not be a specialised counselling facility for rape victims. But, there are alternative counselling facilities including the Community Police Forum’s Victims’ Support Unit.

What is tragic, however, is that the post-rape medical attention facility was not established in partnership with the Sandton Police ...




One Billion Rising is a global campaign by women, for women. The movement calls for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.

Tomorrow, February 14, 2013, a one-day event will be held, a call for one billion women around the world to walk away from their homes, businesses, and jobs, and join together to dance in a show of collective strength. The event will be held on the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement The word "billion" refers to the one billion women who are survivors of abuse.


An appeal from the Organ Donor Foundation

Did you know that in South Africa we have less than 0.1% registered organ donors? When we look at countries that have similar ethical and regulatory practices, we must admit that this is quite a shocking statistic. 

In the USA 37% of their population are registered organ donors. Australia has 24% of their population as registered organ donors.  The UK reportedly has an astounding 66% registered organ donors.  As a result, thousands more transplants are taking place as compared to South Africa.  

In 5 years' time, our wish is to have 500,000 registered organ donors on our database – this will translate to a full 1% of our population. I'm sure you can tell that there is an overwhelming amount of work to be done and today the only person we can ask to help us is someone as kind as you.   




February is also the month of LOVE.

“Fear and Hate Must Go! And they will go when nations have goodwill based on understanding” - the world’s first Rotarian, Paul P. Harris, Founder and President Emeritus of Rotary International.

WHEN a certain distinguished scientist was asked what coming invention would mean most to mankind, he answered, "I don't think that any invention will mean so much to mankind as the discovery of a better way to get along together."

He was gravely disturbed by a world gone war‑mad. He had asked himself - as we all should-this question: What profiteth it that industry produce great wealth if all must be dissipated in a few hysterical months?

How can we find a better way to get along together?

Read more for the Golden Rule ...


In light of World Understanding Month, let's have a look at how Rotary is helping out in the Sudan, one of the toughest places in the world today.

War has sent over 22,000 displaced Sudanese to Australia. More than 70 percent are younger than 30. A program created by Rotary Peace Centers alumni uses soccer to help displaced youth make a new life. Your contributions to the Annual Fund enable The Rotary Foundation to strengthen local peace efforts and train peace-builders worldwide.


Watch a video to learn more about this program.


Faith Mangope, Director of New Generations, pulled together a spectacular show at the Rotary New Generations Seminar held on Saturday at the Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch.

Packed with special guest appearances including Miss Earth, Shaka Sisulu (Grandson of Walter and Albertina) and many others offering valuable tips for life, the event saw the youth fired up about Rotary and about their own potential to impact the world for good through service.

Pictures of the event will be in next week's newsletter.

The tweets say it all, click here to see what the youngsters had to say.


The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. 

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.




MAY 9 – 11,  2013  –  SOUTH AFRICA

Great progress is being made by Rotary in South Africa leading up to the RFHD’s in May!

As you know, the South African Government, through the Department of Health, has entered into a formal partnership with RFHA and all 4 Rotary districts in South Africa to offer specific free health services into our communities.

Our challenge towards the end of last year was for the Rotary clubs to identify 180 sites throughout South Africa in all 9 provinces.  We achieved this!  In fact the response from Rotary clubs was so enthusiastic, that we had to have a cut-off point.  The sites were submitted to the Department of Health and all partners on the 30th November as per deadline.



A Group from the Club including Greta Du Bois, and Denise Cruickshank went shopping this past week to buy supplies for De La Rey School, as was promised them last year. Christmas lasts more than 12 days when Rotary is involved.

Thanks to the folks who took time out to push trolleys. This is real "getting your hand dirty" stuff.



The RFHD (Rotary Family Health Day) is the brainchild of Rotarian Stephen Mwanje from Uganda with the aim of providing 3 days of Free Health Care to disadvantaged communities. The project is driven by RFHA and Rotary Clubs in South Africa at 180 sites in all 9 Provinces in conjunction with partners The DOH (Department of Health), Coca Cola and USAID.


Annaes Balt will be training District 9400 on their responsibilities on 16 Feb, and identify project champions. The RFHD will be a great opportunity to impress government and the various other stakeholders, and build up Rotary's reputation.There will be a need for many hands on deck on the day at our site at SANCA, so all support is very welcome. Please read on for more on what services will be on offer to the community at the RFHD and also what our role as Rotarians will be on site.


A club member must attend or make up at least 50 percent of regular club meetings in each half of the year (though some clubs may have more stringent requirements). Any missed meetings must be made up within 14 days of a regular meeting. To download a make up from from our site, look to the right of the home page under Download.


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It is with sadness that we report of the death of honorary member, Sam Poletsi who passed away on the early hours of Saturday morning after suffering a convulsion and stroke. Sam was one of the early black members who joined our Three Rivers Rotary Club in the early 2000. He leaves behind his loving and distraught wife, Rosaline, sons and daughters in law. Our heartfelt condolences to the Poletsi family. - Frank Allies - Rotary Club of Three Rivers...

Thanks to so many folks who sent wishes to Jane Senneck and her family. Some more district member news....



The new theme for 2013 has been announced and we think it is simple and powerful.

Click to read the official News Release from Rotary International or watch:

IA13 Ron Burton theme speech from Rotary International on Vimeo.

IA13 Ron Burton theme speech from Rotary International on Vimeo.

President-elect Ron D. Burton announcing his theme message at the Rotary International Assembly.


The Rotary District 9400 New Generations Seminar


Join Y-FM's Faith Mangope as she engages with the youth during a one of a kind D9400 New Generations Seminar. The theme of the morning is "The Ripple Effect", outlining the consequences of an individual's decision to make a difference. We believe that this seminar will inspire South Africa’s young people to take an active role in the betterment of their communities.

We are pleased to have Mr Shaka Sisulu, Businessman and the founder of one of the country’s largest Social Development programs “Cheese Kids” as our keynote speaker of the morning.

Please invite your Interacts, Rotaracts, Youth Exchange Alumni and potential ready to make a difference.

RSVP to Faith at before 25 January 2013 for a day of vibrancy, vigour and youthfulness.


Do you know of any individual who gives totally to the cause everyday?
Do you know of any individual who dedicates to the improvement of mankind?
Do you know of any individual who works for highest stand of good?
Do you know of any individual who acts with compassion and kindness?

To support their humanitarian cause, Nominate them for THE ONE 2013 now!

PP Belinda Alport and her dance partner of five years, Lucky Mhlanga took to the floor at the National Social Latin and Ballroom competition which took place last year 8 Dec 12.

They competed at Gold Final level and won both the Latin and the ballroom section


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