#MAD No 2 - August 2017 Newsletter



The past month was “the worst of times and the best of times”. The worst came when we all – in the words of Nigerian 2018-2020 RI Director J. Olayinka "Yinka" Babalola  -  had to join hands in giving our friend, mentor, father, brother and RI President 2018-2019 Sam Owari a sad farewell. Sam touched the lives of millions of people around the world through Rotary service. The best came when I started my DG visits to our beloved District and saw how we as Rotarians join hands and touch the lives of so many in our district through our projects – changing lives forever and making a difference.
My message is a thank you to the clubs visited so far that made me feel extra special; that are living the “service above self” in spite of their own hectic schedules and demands placed on them. I have seen the passion in our clubs and the energy put into their projects; I have heard the changes to be made and the challenges to overcome; I have listened to the sound reasoning and the creative thinking of clubs on how to grow; I have experienced the Rotary experience of friendship and fellowship and I have realized: we are an awesome District with awesome clubs!
Enjoy this 2nd #MAD and go out and carry on being MAD – it is what makes life worth living and what makes your life so extra special.
Our Stories
Membership - A New Approach
Ian H.S. Riseley, 2017-18 Rotary President, speaks to members about how flexibility is key in making Rotary more welcoming.
Siham Boda Nails 567 Cape Talk Interview
"When I have a mental picture of the President of a Rotary Club, that person doesn't look like you." How's that for a nerve-wracking opening statement from a major talk-show host?   But that's just what Siham Boda, President of Waterfront Rotary, heard as her 'live-on-air' discussion began this afternoon with 567 Cape Talk's John Maythem. Siham elegantly engaged with John's statement and the 12 minute conversation that followed makes for inspiring listening.  In fact, the conversation went so well, even the news started late!  Thanks and very well done, Siham, and thanks President Stephan of Oostenberg for making this happen.
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Mark Daniel Maloney selected to be 2019-20 Rotary president
Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
More Members Mean More Meaningful Success
August is Membership and New Club Development Month. How does this connect to The Rotary Foundation? The more Rotarians we have the more resources we have for TRF funding and the more we can do to Make A Difference in our world.
Ground Up Cheque Presentation
Breaking News!!!
The Rotary Foundation has approved our Global Grant!
Your Global Grant for funding to provide vocational training to 26 young people in Cape Town, South Africa, submitted by RC Wynberg (D-9350) and RC Tavistock (D-1175) has been approved by the Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Clubs of Wynberg and Tavistock will be partnering with Learn to Earn's Ground Up academy to train 26 Baristas while increasing the centre's capacity to train more Baristas in the future.
Club Visit to The Breede Centre McGregor
Our Rotary club serves the 5 towns and villages of the Breede River Winelands area
(Montagu, Ashton, Robertson, Bonnievale,McGregor) and has members from all of them.
Montagu Murder Mystery - Breede River Winelands Club Fundraiser
Who says Fundraisers are "all work and no play?!"
We had as much fun as did our visitors who attended our 3rd 'Who Dunnit?' Fundraiser on Friday 21st July at the Montagu Country Hotel.
The cast of 8, the narrator and scriptwriter (all Breede River Winelands Rotary Members) gave it their all to entertain and keep the audience guessing right  up to the end to determine who the guilty party among the suspects was.
Go For Green - Take up the 1:1 challenge
The newly created Environmental Sustainability Committee of D9350, chaired by Lew Botha from the Newlands Club, is there to communicate and interact with clubs.
All clubs are keen to get their citation and planting 1 tree for every 1 member in the club as challenged by our RI Pres Ian Riseley will achieve a goal towards humanitarian service and the environment will thank you.
Polar Bear Plunge
Polar Bear Plunge in George - Its winter again and that means freezing cold
Knysna Fire relief
The hard work of giving relief to the Knysna fire victims is ongoing and D9350 is blessed to have President Doug Emanuel; Chair Fire Relief Committee – PP Mick Furman  and Admin Fire Relief Committee – PP Sharon Richards taking up this challenge.
Thank you! The response to our appeal for funding has been very encouraging and the disbursement of the funds is being handled with the utmost confidentiality and discernment.
Actual funds received from donors is R 1 804 622 with more pledged.
A gift to RFHD
Women’s Day was made extra special by the Claremont Rotary Club with a most generous donation of R20 000 towards readers for our RFHD 2017 sites.
President Liz Rose wrote that the club recognises the desperate need for this valuable service to communities and hopes that with this donation more people will be able to receive eye testing and be issued with readers.
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DG Club Visits July/August 2017
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