#MAD No 8 - March 2018 Newsletter

My message  
I honestly do not know how to feel about the month that passed. March 2018 was indeed a strange month – both very sad and also very uplifting. Here are a few reasons why I feel a bit disjointed:
In this 8th edition of #MAD you will read about the 70th birthday celebration of the RC of Hermanus. It was a perfect, stylish and glittering event to celebrate a club that did so much for its community and its environment in their small coastal town. Read their article and how much they achieved over the 70 years – and are still achieving.
Yet barely a day later xenophobia raised its ugly head in this same beautiful town. On Tuesday 27 March the club’s secretary Ferdi Marais urgently informed the club members that due to the riot's, families and children have been left homeless. Various locations were used as shelters. There was a cry for help for basically everything. And immediately the Rotarians helped in true spirit of “Service above Self”.
What a tragic event this town has suffered. And what amazing Rotarians this town has. And once again the members of Hermanus – like the past 70 years - rose to the occasion. Thanks goes to the Rotarians of Hermanus. Do read their story on how they just took action and got things done.
From 1-3 March the 4 Rotary Districts of Southern Africa – with 10 countries amongst us – met in Harare Zimbabwe. To be honest, I was quite apprehensive to travel to Zimbabwe after what happened there. But what a find! The country is friendly; lush; safe; has stunning food and above all Rotarians who are so incredibly proud to be Rotarians. I have never seen so many pictures of Paul Harris and recognition of PDGs and projects etc. We do need to arrest our disbelief and travel to learn and respect other countries and cultures.
And the best about COSA: the Districts are excited to work together on many Rotary levels to make our Southern African countries known as making a bigger difference together for Africa.
Rotarians called for higher service
Over the past 3 months I was informed of a number of our Rotarians who passed away – some tragically in accidents. The loss of a beloved one is always very sad.  I am crying inside for so many families and friends who feel that gap in their lives. It is during these times that Rotary is there to support the grieving family; to give a hug and just to be there. Thank you to the many clubs who suffered the loss of a member and who rallied to the side of the family. There are some stories in this #MAD8 on our members who passed away that I received from their clubs. Thank you for these memories you sent.
In Rotary
Lynette Stassen (District Governor 2017 – 2018)
Our Stories
District 9350 In Memory of our Rotarians who have passed away
The District mourns its Rotarians who passed away during our 2017-2018 year.
Below are 4 of these Rotarians stories sent to me. There are more and I invite you to send in their stories so that we all in D9350 can remember the amazing people that touched so many lives.
Christmas Collection
A Community Service Project inspired by the Season of Giving
A Pioneering Venture for Preschools in The Langeberg
Saturday February 10th saw the arrival of 21 excited teachers from Western Cape preschools in Langeberg Municipality, at Kapteintjies Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in Bonnievale. They had come for a brand new training course and were greeted by three equally excited trainers –all either principals or senior staff of 3 ECDCs in Bonnievale.
Zenzele & 7 Passes Project

WIth the help of a global grant from rotary Foundation,the Rotary Club of George have provided TWO ‘After School Care’ facilities in the disadvantaged community areas in the Southern Cape.  
CANSA "Relay for Life"
CANSA ‘Relay for Life’ George 2018

CANSA ‘’Relay For Life’ is a unique event that offers everyone in their community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.
It represents HOPE that those who are fighting cancer will be supported; those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and one day cancer will be eliminated.
From Information to Inspiration
Dr Tony Davidson from the RC of Sea Point, has for the last number of years, run a programme that analyses data on the work of Rotarians across our region. The motivation for the analysis was a desire that Rotarians, our partners and the community at large should see meaningful data on the impact our volunteerism has.  
Rotary Club of Hermanus - 70th Anniversary
Charter 25 March 1948 – Paarl RC – 21 charter members – Business people
Meeting all over Hermanus – Astoria, Windsor, Marine Hotels & Mollergren Hall from May 2001.
Catering! All over – Lynn from Cuckoo Tree the last years – hardly any complaints.
Rotary Anns – Started Sep 1954 – 9 members – Main fundraiser – Bargain Box – Shop moved around a lot & 1997 current shop was built by Rotary.
Anns have many worthy charities – R105,000 was raised last year & funds to 23 charities & organisations in Overstrand Region.
Paul Harris Fellows – 21 persons recognised.
District Conferences – 4 (1951,1971,1977,1993 & 2011)
Let's Interact with Rotary Talks
Rotary Club of Wynberg Rotarian Justin Schonegevel is the new District Interact Chair for 2018-2019.
Justin also started a very interesting and informative series of talks, called Rotary Talks.
In essence Rotary Talks is a new premier Talk Event with Interactors as part of the audience, presenting high quality speakers in an evening of inspiration and interest.
Tree Planting challenge - Report back RC Constantia
The RC of Constantia had a great day planting and then were very blessed with some rain the same afternoon of 24th March. In total they planted 36 plants.
From Despair to Hope
What happened in Hermanus this week of 26 March 2018:
What a tragic event this town has suffered over the last few days and because of it Xenophobia raised is ugly head and a number of people had to seek shelter elsewhere.
Once again the members of our Club did us proud and rose to the occasion, for this I thank you.
D5710 Kansas East visit to D9350 : not a typical RFE but a RCE
Yes -yes! I know. Rotary is way too full of acronyms, but it is quite fun to coin them. And to change them.
Kansas RFE - District 5710
We all enjoyed the visit from District 5710 members during the recent friendship exchange
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