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#MAD No 7 - Feb 2018 Newsletter

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February is the month to feel good in. To feel blessed. To feel loved. To be grateful. To celebrate!
 
On 23 February we celebrated our 113th birthday. In D9350 we kicked off on 23 February with a month-long District data series on social media where we as a District show our gratitude to our clubs for making such a difference to the community. Please check out our D9350 facebook giving you the headline themes where we lead the way in a number of key sectors contributing to the betterment of our community. An excellent campaign put together by three of our Rotarians PI Chair Janey Ball, data administrator Tony Davidson and IT guru Lee.
 
February is also our Rotary peace and reconciliation month. It is good to be a member of an organization that develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. The world needs our Rotarian peacemakers.
 
And February is known to be the month of love and for love. Yes, it is over-commercialised, but Valentine’s day does allow us to reflect on the value of being loved and of giving love. Let us never forget the power of love and the difference we can make to be there for someone that is in need of love.
 
The last celebration of February for me is the completion of my DG visits. This one I am not sure whether I want to celebrate it. I so enjoyed meeting all of you and getting to know you better. I was in awe of the good that clubs do in their community – and sometimes in tears when I saw the desperate need of our communities. You shared with me experiences I will treasure forever. For that I feel blessed. Thank you.
 
Enjoy this celebratory #MAD7 and let us strengthen our bonds of service and friendship through Rotary: Making a Difference.
 
I really do love Rotary - and D9350 - and all its members
Rotary is deel van dit wat ek liefhet – en D9350 – en al ons lede.
Ich liebe wirklich Rotary – und D9350 – und alle seine Mitglieder.
Eu realmente amo o Rotary-e D9350-e todos os seus membros
 
Lynette
Our Stories
Paarl Cycling Race
Good turnout for Paarl Cycling Race
About 1500 riders took part in the Bouckaert-Soenen Paarl Road Cycling Challenge on Sunday, starting at De Poort in Paarl South. Cyclists enjoyed excellent cycling weather over three distances around Paarl Mountain: 123 km, 72 km and 46 km.
 
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DG's Last Visit of 2017/2018
February 14 2018 marked a special occasion for Rotary Club Helderberg Sunrise.
It was the official DG visit which happened to coincide with the birthday of both President DGE Casper and DG Lynette.
 
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Kleinmond Christmas Lights
An interesting article about Rotarian Schalk Boonzaaier of Rotary Club Kleinmond.
 
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Vocational Service Awards
VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS
Each year the Rotary Club of George holds a Vocational Service Award evening where they recognize people in the local community who have shown that they give outstanding service in their personnel capacity or vocation.  A number of candidates are nominated and between 6-10 awardees who qualify were recognized at a Special Award evening held at the George Golf Club, where their colleagues and families helped celebrate their achievements with members of the George Rotary Club members, their partners and friends.
 
 
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George Old Car Show 2018
GEORGE OLD CAR SHOW FEBRUARY 2018
The 22nd annual George Old Car Show took place on 10 and 11 February 2018. This event is hosted annually by the Southern Cape Old Car Club and the funds raised are donated to various local organizations. George Rotary Club members, partners and friends of rotary, host and run a very busy Refreshment and Beer tent for thirsty visitors and exhibitors, the profit from the proceeds from two days of bar duties, are donated to a selected local charity. A unique exhibition of classic and everyday vehicles from years gone by includes; a large number of other veteran and vintage vehicles, veteran tractors and farming implements, static engines, more than 5 000 miniature model cars, motorcycles, and vehicles displayed by new car dealers.
of British manufactured vehicles.
 
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Fire Project 
A Rotary Club of Hout Bay Initiative.
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Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge 2018
Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OWC) SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2018
A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes! The City of George annually welcomes more than 1500 of national and international participants and with the cumulative monetary and logistical support of ACSA George and George Municipality an event of international standards is put forward.
 
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EnviroComm - Water Management _D9350
Whilst the focus of attention on the diminishing access to water during the current drought conditions has been
on Cape Town, it must be recognised that similar drought conditions are being experienced on a much wider
scale in South Africa. In fact, similar conditions are also being experienced in other parts of the World: there
must be few, if any, countries or populations that have not recently been affected by extremes of climate - hot
and cold - which are characteristics of the phenomenon known as Climate Change.
In terms of the local focus, preparations for Day Zero for Cape Town are ongoing with the actual date having
been moved out several times and currently sitting on 09 July 2018.
What follows is an overview of what Rotary District D9350 has been involved in and what has happened ‘water-
wise’ in the District in recent times. Some suggestions for water management projects, mostly with a longer
term and more sustainable vision, are also mentioned.
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Allison Furniss
Allison Furniss 
 
Allison, our Global Scholar, proved once again that modern travel and getting things done is not for the older generation. What she managed to achieve in one month when I was her age beggars description. 
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An Appealling Banner Story
An appealing banner story
The RC of Signal Hill recently had a visit from a  Rotarian from Vermont. When they exchanged banners, Rtn Randell Barclay gave Signal Hill the banner shown.
The Rotary Club of Wallingford Vermont meets in Paul Harris‘ home town and in the little school where he was educated.
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The Real Rotary Family Health Day Story
The Real Rotary Family Health Day Story
Rotary’s Family Health days were held at 145 locations across South Africa over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October.
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1:1 Tree Planting Challenge
Remember the 1:1 Challenge? D-day is only two months away on 22 April 2018, so please take up the challenge!
 
I want to thank the Clubs that have already planted trees or made arrangements to do so. There are many of you – great growing!
 
While the drought and water restrictions has made the challenge more difficult for many Clubs in D9350, the District Environmental Sustainability Committee, under Chair Lew Botha, can help. They have made arrangements that Clubs with these challenges can have its trees planted by sponsoring the required number of trees at a Rotary support site where they will be looked after and reported on.
 
Planting is done by the Club or other Rotarians on Rotary sites. The result is low cost per tree; dedicated care and continuous growth.
 
If your Club is interested in this option to rise to the 1:1 Challenge, please contact the Secretary of the Environmental Committee Rtn Koos Stassen at  koos@stassen.co.za
 
Let us add the Environment as part of achieving the Rotary Citation!
 
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Club Innovation
Club Innovation: A club built from scratch focuses on service
The Rotary Club of Seaford, Australia emphasizes service to the community, with only two meetings per month. The venue for meetings rotates, sometimes in a Rotarian’s home and sometimes in a local restaurant, hotel, bookstore, or coffee shop. The meetings are informal.
The Rotary Club of Seaford was unusual from its inception. While most new clubs are sponsored by another club nearby, Seaford was built from scratch by District 9520.
 
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LitRAG
As we begin 2018 the Board of the Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) and I trust you will continue to have a wonderful time in Rotary as the District Governor and that your service makes a difference to others. Thank you for the work you are doing and I am confident this issue of the Newsletter will be useful to you and your voluntary work.
 
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