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And we are off to a flying start for the year: I cannot believe we are in the middle of the second month already, but what an Inspiration it has been!
 
  • 5 Rotary Club Presidential Inductions
  • 2 Rotaract Presidential Inductions
  • 5 Club visits;
  • 1 Club Chartered
  • A Growth through Diversity Seminar
  • A Rotaract Conference.
 
Rotaract in San Diego
 
Congratulations to Dominique Yon from Bellville Rotaract and Rotary Club for being selected to represent D9350 at the International Assembly in January 2019. Only 60 Rotaractors from across the globe have been selected to attend.
 
Future (Membership) 
 
Quite a few new Rotarians on board: 8 in Blouberg, 1 Somerset West, 1 Strand, 20 in Century City (not all new to Rotary) – that's only at the functions I had the honour of being present. I know of a few more at other clubs.  August is Membership and Extension Month, we will have a special edition to welcome all new Rotarians and also remember those we have lost to Higher Service.
 
We eagerly await the feedback on the Growth through Diversity Seminar arranged by Andrew Jaeger, with support from June Webber and Lynette Stassen (as I have mentioned earlier – I am not big on titles and acronyms).
 
With Rotary International Membership Director Brian King in support, we had some serious discussions and it was good to end up with 6 main focus areas – all fitting in different pillars – again reiterating that membership is not the responsibility of one committee, but of every Rotarian.  And the focus areas are all things we need to review and address in existing clubs – to ensure we attract the right people - not one is to go out and get new members. Watch this space…..
 
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Club visits 
 
What has been inspiring during the first few club visits was the passion of our Rotarians.  It was humbling to see the efforts they will go to in order to deliver on Service Above Self.  In Lüderitz, I have seen the various playgrounds set up by Rotary (through partnerships with Bocholt Club in Germany) – some in need of repairs, but that is in progress, others are a feast for the eye – the one at Helene Van Rhijn Pre-primary (Lily’s school) being the shining star.
 
And visiting Rotarians at work – to learn about their vocations. Amazing how people from so many different walks of life come together to serve others.
 
The feedback from clubs during these visits is important and I commit to take them all up with the necessary pillars and/or committees to ensure action is taken.
 
A personal highlight was visiting my hometown Oranjemund 36 years after leaving – reliving some of those memories.  And then driving back from Lüderitz to Upington on a beautiful day and get inspiration from the green Namib – yes, it is green after the rains, and a sight to behold!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CYBER SECURITY ALERT
 
It has been brought to our attention that one of our Rotary Clubs recently almost became a victim of cybercrime. Please take special care when actioning requests for payments sent via email. Spoofing (faking) an email is a relatively simple thing to do and it's easy to get caught out. We suggest that you confirm all EFT/payment requests with the person involved via Whatsapp or a telephone call. Am Kap has a clever system where payment requests are sent to a special confidential email address.
 
Please also remember to keep your member information and directories strictly confidential!
SAVE THE DATE: MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR
The District Future and Marketing Pillars will be co-hosting a Membership and Marketing Seminar on 8 September 2018. Please watch our Facebook Page and email inbox for venue details and how to book your spot!
FULL STEAM AHEAD ON THE DISTRICT DATA PROJECT
43 Rotary Clubs in District 9350 reported on their club projects for the 2016-2017 year from which the PI team were able to design these very powerful infographics illustrating the value that Rotary brings to local communities.
 
Project Head Tony Davidson and DG Casper Kruger are keen to ensure that all 58 clubs in the District are included in the stats for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Club Presidents and Treasurers will shortly be receiving information on how to submit your project information. You have six weeks to do so and you are welcome to contact Tony on tondav@iafrica.com with any questions.
 
This year our goal is to create a press release which we will be sharing with national and local newspapers to highlight the role that Rotary is playing in our 6 areas of focus.
 
Your support for this project is immesly important and very much appreciated!
OLD AND NEW ROTARIANS ATTEND SEMINAR ON REACHING THEIR ROTARY POTENTIAL
 
“How to reach your Rotary potential and add value to your club” was the focus of this interactive seminar held on Saturday, 28 July 2018 at the Intaka Island Eco Activity Centre, Century City, Cape Town.  Well attended by 33 “newbies” and “oldies” from 12 clubs, the seminar appeared to hit the mark. The remark by Tsie Mogiogie of Claremont Rotary made my day - “wish that I could have attended a seminar like this five years ago when I first joined Rotary”. Due to popular demand, another “newbies” seminar is planned for early next calendar year.  Sincere thanks to our team who presented so professionally.
LOCALS BRRRRR ... AVE THE COLD FOR A GEORGE ROTARY FUNDRAISER
Hundreds of people braved the 14-degrees cold water and got "freezin' for a reason" at Victoria Bay on Saturday 28 July. Young and old enjoyed the festivities on the beach at the third annual dotsure.co.za Polar Bear Plunge. Garden Route businesses challenged each other to brave the cold for a chance to win R20 000 for a charity of their choice, and locals offered their support by donating blankets as an entrance fee to partake in the day.
 
George Rotarians were out in force and manned the refreshment tent dispensing 500 hot beverages and biscuits to those brave enough to take the plunge, and for their efforts, Rotary received their share of some 750 blankets which they promptly re-donated to the George child and family welfare clinic.
ROTARY MEMBERS DISCUSS STRENGTH THROUGH DIVERSITY
 
A strategy session facilitated by Peter Thomas, coordinated by Rotary Coordinator (South) Andrew Jaeger held at Kelvin Grove Club on Saturday, 21 July was a resounding success. Attended by a diverse group of 35 Rotarians and Rotaractors from five countries, three districts, it certainly hit the mark in content to achieve an excellent diversity and growth outcome for Zone 20A. DG Casper will share the content of the final report with clubs. We are excited to take these recommendations forward!
 
View more photos from the Seminar here: http://bit.ly/DiversitySeminar
ROTARACTORS HOST A SUCCESSFUL (AND FUN!) CONFERENCE IN CERES
 
Wynberg Rotaract hosted the recent Rotaract Conference and chose to make personalised pencil bags filled with stationery for a local school. Our Rotaract Clubs enjoy hands on service projects and had loads of fun turning plain white pencil cases into unique works of art!  We forget how a simple set of stationery can make all the difference to a child's day at school and he/her ability to truly engage in their schoolwork. The Wynberg Rotaractors look forward to reaching more children in the furture with the assistance of Rotary Clubs across the District.
 
Browse the photos on Facebook here: http://bit.ly/RotaractConference
BELVILLE HOSTS COMMUNITY AWARDS EVENING
On Tuesday 31 July 2018, the Rotary Club of Bellville hosted an awards evening recognizing individuals in our community that have showcased excellent and selfless service.
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WELCOME TO THE NEW CENTURY CITY ROTARY CLUB
 
After a labour of some 14 years, your Future Pillar chair June Webber had the honour of inducting Anthony Martin Lawrence as Charter President at the charter event of the RC of Century City, Cape Town. A stellar event attended by some 150 Rotarians and friends from five countries.  Almost 50% of the clubs in the district attended, including RI Membership Director Brian King who stressed that Rotary “was a membership organization and not a service organization”.  Chartered on 18 July 2018, Nelson Mandela’s birthday – the club will always be blessed with Mandela Magic.
GEORGE
The Rotary Club of George was chartered on October 1951 and is one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the Western Cape. 
 
Led by President Francis Feig, the George Club is 28 members strong and they participate in a range of fundraisers throughout the year including Polar Bear Plunge, Southern Cape Old Car Show, Outinique Wheelchair Challenge, CANSA 'Relay for Life',Quiz evenings and the Take 5 "Keep our Seas Alive" Environmental Beach Awareness Campaign.

They were recently awarded the BEST DISTRICT 9350 Community Service Project 2018 for their work on the Zanele and 7 Passes Project.
 
With the help of a global grant George Rotary have provided 2 after school care facilities in the disadvantaged areas near our club. Each facility now has complete IT setup with the latest technology to assist scholars with Microsoft products and N-Computing. Zenzele Aftercare is primarily an aftercare-centre providing lunch; extra reading and maths activities; supervised homework and care for Primary School children in Blanco, George,South Africa.
 
The curriculum also expands the children’s world by exposing them to music, drama, outings and visits – as well as focusing on issues around health, drug abuse and crime. There is a focus on capacity building of volunteer teachers and ECD practitioners. these facilities were repeated at 7 passes school near Wilderness in the Southern Cape.
 
Another club we can be incredibly proud to have as part of District 9350 and we wish them a wonderfully productive year ahead!
 
 
Cape Town DG Visit
Aug 14, 2018 6:00 PM
 
Fincom Quarterly Meeting
Aug 17, 2018 10:00 AM
 
Entrepreneurship workshop - get involved!
Western Province Cricket Club
Aug 18, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
District Leadership Team Quarterly Meeting
Aug 18, 2018 10:15 AM
 
District Advisory Council Quarterly meeting
Aug 19, 2018 10:00 AM
 
Pinelands DG Visit
Aug 20, 2018 6:15 PM
 
Breede River Winelands DG Visit
Aug 21, 2018 7:00 PM
 
Swellendam DG Visit
Aug 22, 2018 6:30 PM
 
Online ZOOM Class: Facebook Pages 101 for Rotary C
Aug 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Oudtshoorn DG Visit
Aug 23, 2018 1:00 PM
 
Rotaract Blouberg DG Visit
Aug 28, 2018 7:00 PM
 
Waterfront DG Visit
Aug 31, 2018 7:00 PM
 
FUNDRAISER: Rock your socks off to #1 Hits!
Aug 31, 2018 8:00 PM
 
Rotaract Mossel Bay DG Visit
Sep 03, 2018
 
Knysna DG Visit
Sep 04, 2018 1:00 PM
 
George DG Visit
Sep 04, 2018 6:00 PM
 
Plettenberg Bay DG Visit
Sep 06, 2018 6:30 PM
 
If you would like to submit a story for the District Newsletter, wish to feature it on the website or in our social media, kindly email it IN THE BODY of an email with images attached to shelley@handcraftedbrands.co.za
 
 
The Rotary club of Pinelands assisted the Oppie Koppie Crèche with tables and chairs for the learners in 2010. Since then, the Crèche has been oversubscribed for some time and needed to extend the building to cater for more children from this growing community. The Club answered the call for help and has since collaborated with the Rotary Club of Newlands and the Vuya Foundation to supply local children with the educational facilities they need.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On 1 July the Future Pillar team on membership hit the ground running. After a successful strategy planning meeting held early on 7 June, we could kick off the year focused. This year our goal is to turn membership around, building on the 1.6% growth from PDG Lynette Stassen’s year. We can do it!
 
All is quiet on the Foundation front except that RC Claremont has been the first club in D9350 in the new Rotary year 2018/19 whose Global Grant application was accepted by The Rotary Foundation! 
 
 
 
 
The Marketing Team hosted a successful online Zoom meeting in July and planned some exciting initiatives for the year ahead. Bellville Rotaractor Tamlyn Hendricks will be heading up the Editorial Team, Bellville Rotaractor Callie-Jo Bouman fills the role of Youth Liaison and will keep us posted on projects and happenings in our Interact and Rotaract Clubs and Andre du Toit, the Big Positive Guy has agreed to be our great connector - making sure that we have an ear to the ground for great stories from the Rotary community.
 
An important reminder:
 
- If your club is hosting an event for the public, please create a Facebook Event on your page and make the Rotary International 9350 Facebook Page a co-host. This will ensure that it is displayed on our District Facebook Event calendar and we can help you promote it.
 
Rotary Family Health Days: hosted well attended workshop with over 20 clubs already signed up to assist improve community health at RFHDays and a wonderful Claremont Club donation of R40,000 to purchase spectacles to be shared between participating clubs.   
                         
Literacy - preparing for an exciting meeting with WC Dept of Education                                     
 
Environment - Chairman Lew Botha had much enjoyed visit to Cape Town Clubs Glencairn Rotary Youth Camp and the beautiful labyrinth created by Camp Director Koos Burger, who will now bring his environmental expertise and passion onto the District Emvironmental team - welcome aboard Koos!                                     
 
Entrepreneurship - now focusing on three forms of mentoring and will soon be offering a new type of mentor training. Watch this space for dates.                                                
 
Early Childhood Development - progress on our new District ECD Mobile App partnership with Wordworks ( literacy ) and Rmaths ( Numeracy) NGO’s . First “onboarding” workshop held and first community workshop successfully trained 85 excited teachers and parents in Lavender Hills.                                 
 
Shelter Box - delivering in Kenya ! Well done !            
 
 
 
 
The highlight of the Rotaract year is always the District Conference. This year the Conference was hosted by Wynberg Rotaract at Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve from the 27th to 29th of July.  The very full programme included training for the various board positions, panel discussion, gala dinner where Dennis Makofi was Inducted as the next DRR (District Rotaract Representative), a Community project where pencil cases were decorated and filled with goodies for the local community, the amazing race (a team building exercise) and the AGM where it was decided that Windhoek Rotaract will host the conference in 2019.  Having DG Casper and Wilna Kruger attend the whole weekend made it extra special.
 
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