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Hi there, me again,
 
It may be late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR – may the best of 2018 be the worst of 2019. And I trust you all had a wonderful break to recharge. As we enter into the second half of this Rotary year we need to keep the momentum and not slow down in our SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
 
We lost Drakenstein Club who handed in their charter after 35 years. Thank you to all the members over all these years – you have made us proud for a long time.
 
The good news: there are 49 more Rotarians in D9350 now than on 1 July 2018. We are over the 1200 mark again. We have more hands on deck to serve our communities. We have our first Satelite Club (Franschhoek Valley). Thank you one and all for this drive, but watch this space – PDG June and team have a few aces up their sleeves. We will also start seeing the future when DGE David returns from International Assembly in San Diego, inspired for the next year, bringing home the theme for 2019/20 and new ideas and concepts. All to serve our communities, those close and those not so close.
 
January is Vocational Service Month. It is what Rotary is about – we utilize our vocations to serve our communities. It is the foundation of what we do and why we exist.
 
the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve” – sounds familiar – it’s from The Object of Rotary.
 
Think about it – why are you a Rotarian? To serve others.  How? By using your vocation.
Each vocation or profession is useable in some project somewhere – be it interviewing scholars to prepare them for career interviews later in life (courtesy of Nico Kooij); assisting in engineering projects (architects standing together to rebuild Wuppertal – Alan Hartley); doing eye tests at Rotary Family Health Days (Frederik Jansen, and others); supplying shelter and protection; etc. etc.
You may ask : how can my vocation be used?
  • Talk about your profession (vocation) at your club – not only will other members get to know you better, you will inspire them to use your skills.
  • Volunteer your services to projects within your club, district and community.
  • Become a career coach or mentor for the youth.
  • Join a Rotary action group or start a fellowship around your skill or passion
  • Become part of a Vocational Training Team
We can do so much for so many by utilizing our vocations – we just need to look at our world differently and we will BE THE INSPIRATION.
 
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month.  With the coming elections in South Africa we need to be resilient and not listen to all the “fake news” or messages that will be spread – most of them will be trying to create conflict.  But we need to fight that – we need to be resilient in our efforts to create and facilitate peace – the diversity video shoots over the weekend of 19 & 20 January are testimony to how we can and have overcome and how we can still improve.  Every Rotarian in every club every day – we will make a difference.
 
Cheers
 
Book Your Spot at District Conference 2019 here: www.hsrotary.co.za
ROTARY THEME FOR 2019-2020 UNVEILED
 
President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney unveiled his 2019-2020 Rotary theme "Connecting the World" late last week and our District Govenor-Elect, David Holtzhausen was there to see it. Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
 
You can watch the video of President-elect Maloney online here: https://on.rotary.org/2QT2NJP
ROTARY AM KAP TREAT 90 CHILDREN TO A DAY OUT AT THE AQUARIUM
 
Rotary Am Kap were blessed to invite all kids and all teachers from their Signature Project, the Hangberg Pre-Primary School in Hout Bay, Hangberg Educational Trust to the Cape Town Aquarium for a day visit! It was such a great feeling to see over 90 kids and 15 teachers having such a joyful day - seeing and nearly touching sharks live, exploring the sea life as well as a very well organized kids show at the Two Oceans Aquarium. All kids behaved very very well - thanks to Tania and her amazing team!

See more pictures here.
ARE YOU ATTENDING THE ROTARY LITERACY WORKSHOP?
TALKING DIVERSE PEOPLE OF ACTION
 
A District Diversity Committee was launched at District Conference in 2018 and since then, members of the committee have been hard at work organising and facilitating conversations around the topic of diversity in Rotary. When we talk about diversity, we mean diversity of vocation, skills, gender, interest, ethnicity, religion and much, much more. Our guiding question is "How can we make sure that, whatever your background and context, you feel like there is a place in Rotary for you?"

The team have recently taken the conversation a step further and have started filming a Diverse People of Action video. This video will be distributed to clubs and serve as a tool to start, facilitate and drive discussions around diversity and how we can continue to co-create and organisation that is strong because we are all different. 
 
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to join us for this on-camera discussion and watch this space for more exciting developments!
ROTARY SEA POINT AND CLAREMONT BRING COMFORT TO INCLUDID RESIDENTS
 
Includid Group Homes provides inclusive living for people with intellectual and physical disabilities,” explains Gavin Schachat, President of the Rotary Club of Sea Point. Residents, aged 26 to 60 years, receive basic working and living skills in order to promote equality and raise awareness of their abilities while being respected and treated as part of the community. Sea Point and Claremont Rotary Clubs were asked to assist with making their lives a little more comfortable.
“Last winter we experienced so many challenges with getting residents’ washing dry and having to go to another home to warm or defrost foods,” says Tracy Morris, Assistant General Manager of Includid Group Homes. Soiled mattresses also need to be replaced due to a lack of mattress protectors.
 
Two brand new tumble dryers and microwaves, and ten mattress protectors, were delivered thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Claremont and Sea Point.
 
“This much needed donation has improved the basic living conditions of the people we support,” Morris continues. “Through continued support, donations and interest, we hope to grow the organisation and further support residents by giving them opportunities to speak, choose, and do for themselves. This can only be facilitated by individuals and groups, like the Rotary Club of Claremont and Rotary Club of Sea Point, willing to believe in the extraordinary.” 
DONATIONS POUR IN FOR FIRE VICTIMS

The tiny town of Wuppertal in the Cederberg was devasted by a fire on 30 December 2018, leaving the residents without basic necessities including food, clothing, bedding and toiletries. 
 
Rotarians sprung into action and donations were collected from Stor-age branches across Cape Town. So much was collected that we have been able to split the donated items between Wuppertal, Masiphumele and a creche in Franschoek Valley - with loads more left over to distribute through winter.
 
Various clubs in the District also contributed cash to a Wuppertal fund and to date, R50 000 has been collected. Casper is in the process of chatting to the community to determine how best to disburse the funding.
 
Thank you to Rotarians and Rotaractors who have helped with the sorting process!
 
 
 
Hout Bay DG Visit
Jan 22, 2019 7:00 PM
 
Hermaus DG Visit
Jan 24, 2019 7:00 PM
 
Durbanville DG Visit
Jan 29, 2019 7:00 PM
 
Tygerberg DG Visit
Jan 30, 2019 6:30 PM
 
Hermanus Rotary Camphill Farm Fundraiser
Jan 31, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
Signal Hill DG Visit
Jan 31, 2019 6:30 PM
 
Worcester DG Visit
Feb 01, 2019 6:30 PM
 
E-Club of Greater Cape Town DG Visit
Feb 02, 2019 6:30 PM
 
Paarl Cycle Tour
Feb 03, 2019 6:00 AM
 
Noon Gun DG Visit
Feb 05, 2019 12:30 PM
 
Oostenberg DG Visit
Feb 05, 2019 7:00 PM
 
Le Cap Des Tempêtes DG Visit
Feb 06, 2019 7:00 PM
 
Blouberg DG Visit
Feb 07, 2019 6:30 PM
 
Paarl DG Visit
Feb 12, 2019 1:00 PM
 
Sea Point DG Visit
Feb 13, 2019 1:00 PM
 
Heldeberg DG Visit
Feb 14, 2019 1:00 PM
 
Century City DG Visit
Feb 19, 2019 1:00 PM
 
Rotary Internation 114th Birthday
Feb 23, 2019
 
District Leadership Team Quarterly Meeting
Feb 23, 2019 10:15 PM
 
Rotaract Claremont DG Visit
Feb 26, 2019
 
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OOM PIET'S CHRISTMAS PARTY SHARES IT'S BOUNTY

Last week the Durbanville Inner wheel club and and Rotary Club of Durbanville distributed donated food to several needy Early Childhood Development organizations in the FIsantekraal and Klipheuwel areas.

Oom Piet's Christmas parties are held in early December for children 3-8 yrs and their families. They are a major part of funding for community projects in the following year. The event is run by friends and associates of Rotary Club of Durbanville, who assist on a volunteer basis.

Like their Facebook page here.

 
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