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#MAD No 6 - January 2018 Newsletter

My message
2018 is here! It is now February and I am already snowed under. No - I am not talking about DG commitments. And I am not talking about real snow (I wish!). I am talking about so many stories and projects and events and good work done by our D9350 clubs. Too many to report on; too many to even mention.
 
So my plea to you all is a repeat of my pleas in #MAD5: please surf and connect to the many stories of your Rotary family of D9350 on their fb pages. Start with our own D9350 facebook. C’mon! It is our family album out there. Put on the D9350 website/facebook your pictures and stories – not just on your own website. Let us share in our Rotary family successes; our fellowship events; our fundraising with partners. Let us celebrate. Let us grow our family and our reach and especially our passion for making a difference. Let us get to know each other.
 
Oh yes! I did want to tell you how proud I am. Not of myself. But of you. As I mentioned, I had this pile of MAD stories from our D9350 clubs and just simply did not know how to choose. So what did I do? I procrastinated and started to read the December Rotary Africa. And guess what? Clubs of D9350 feature so many times in Rotary Africa that I think it must be a new record.
 
Go back to your December Rotary Africa issue and check it out – 2 pages by PDG Andrew Jaeger (E-Club); a special report of 5 pages on the horrific Knysna wildfires and the inspiring stories of help, support and courage to rebuild the town and area. The Rotary Club of Knysna worked tirelessly (and still do) to rebuild what was lost and are part of the silent heroes that emerged. Special mention must also be made of D9370 support to Knysna and their fund injection.
 
Then yet another 2-page article on our clubs that accepted and turned the 1:1 challenge into a fun event, to be followed by the “read-to-lead” campaign that all 3 Districts signed with the Department of Basic Education to help promote reading throughout the country in the next two years. On behalf of D9350 I commented on the agreement: ”Working together to inspire our youth to read, Rotary and the Department of Basic Education are creating exceptional future leaders and making an even bigger difference”.
 
A few pages later the entrepreneurial investment that D9350 made to the Learn to Earn Ground UP Barista Academy gets well deserved mention. Well done RC of Wynberg! Then RC of Knysna features again with their poignant cricket game against The Epilepsy SA (Knysna branch). And scattered around are mentions of Newlands; Paarl; Oudtshoorn; Helderberg; Swellendam and Tygerberg. The story that takes the cake is the Rotary cake of Menno and Lizelle – a centerpiece at their recent wedding.
 
Now you understand why I am so proud of our clubs. And I can justly be – as can you. Do enjoy #MAD6 and may you be MAD-der than ever before!
 
Und lassen Sie uns gehen alle für dieses Zitat!
Et allons-y tous pour cette citation!
En laat ons alles gee vir die klub eerbetoon
 
Lynette
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Rosie Mashale - CNN Hero 2017
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The Santa Flights 2017
The Santa Flights 2017
 
GEORGE AIRPORT - Once again we brought ALL the George Service Clubs together to carry out this unique Christmas project to benefit the youth of George. – all the planning, meetings and coordinating was made worthwhile, after seeing the delighted faces and hearing comments such as this one from a child just coming off his flight; “This is the most amazing day of my whole life!” Santa and his band of merry helpers from five service clubs, including Rotary and interactors toiled away in the midday sun at the George airport on Saturday 2nd December, organising the Santa Flights, catering and entertainment for 68 excited youngsters.
 
 
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Outeniqua Primary Learners Share Festive Spirit
Outeniqua Primary Learners Share Festive Spirit
 
 
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One Member, One Tree
I am totally thrilled with our D9350 clubs who not just took up the 1 member 1 tree challenge of our RI Pres Ian Riseley, but also with the creative way they all turned it into a fun and fellowship day.
 
 
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Editable D9350 Brochure
A District 9350 brochure that can be edited to put your club details in. you can customize it with your club details.
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Angola and the uniqueness of our African Rotary Districts
Angola – and the uniqueness of our African Rotary Districts
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Working Together for Red Cross Children's Hospital
Medical Equipment for the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital
The Red Cross Project is a sterling example of “together we can make a bigger difference
 
 
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RC of Sea Point Project
RC of SEA POINT PROJECT:  ILITHA CLASSROOM COMPLETED
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RC of Le Cap des Templates celebrates it's Paul Harris Fellows
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MAD-ly Inspired
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D9370 Visits RC Kynsna
D9370 visits RC of Knysna
 
Dear DG Wally, PDG’s Bruce and Tom, Pippa and Arlene,
 
Thank you all so much for taking the time and trouble to visit us in Knysna on Tuesday. We all really appreciated your presence and your message of goodwill and support.
 
 
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Windhoek Rotaract Club
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DG visit Cape Town and Le Cap des Tempestes
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knowledge that children are voracious learners but the famous cliché suggests that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This simply isn’t true.
As research conducted by my colleagues and I has shown, learning is a lifelong
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DG visit to Oudtshoorn 2017
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The ECD projects of so many of our clubs are especially uplifting: to see the joy at learning in the eyes of the youth; to hear their sweet voices singing with facial expression perfectly mimicking the words; to smile and get a 100 smiles back. Now that is why Rotary is the best gift you can give to yourself.
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We are Rotary. We are people of action.
Ian Riseley, President, Rotary International brings to our attention the value added to our Rotary experience by visiting the Rotary Brand Centre. Tell the story of Rotary and how we are people of action in your community and around the world.
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