The lockdown to contain CoVid19 that started on Mar 26th, has been eased to Level 3, but it is still no possible to hold a physical meeting with all our club members.
From Fri 20 Mar 2020 an online meeting will replace our regular breakfast meetings.
The major up-side is that you dont even have to be in the same country to attend - so do invite Rotary friends from other countries to join us!
On June 12th, WRC made 'Zoom' history: we managed to get 80% of our members online and hosted visitors from 5 continents!
Until the global pandemic made so many of WRC's community and social activities impossible, there were loads of pictures to enjoy. Take a look back at the highlights of previous years:
Enquiries: email Sue Truter
Immediate PP and Vice Captain: Sue Truter, Secretary & President-elect: Alex Fotoh, Treasurer: Debby Daniel, Public Image & Membership: Vaughan Pierce, Captain: Derek Pead, Rotary Foundation: Janet Kriseman, Club Admin: Janice Halliford, Fundraising: Siham Boda, Master Bosun: Spiro Mitchell. Not in picture: Piet Postema (Service Projects), Alex Schubert (Entrepreneurship) and Phephelapi Dube (Youth Service).
Sue hands over the 'chain of office' to Derek Pead. The 'chain' is getting heavier every year...
Sue pinning the badge of office on Derek - the pins are getting blunter every year!
Lorna Bradley from Inner Wheel, welcomes Natalie Pead with a bunch of red roses - the internatinal symbol of friendship of Inner Wheel.
Derek and Sue - the official induction picture.
Alex Fotoh, Vaughan Pierce, June Webber, AG Menno de Wet (Blouberg) - behind June - Terry Lancaster (Newlands), Chris Beech (Newlands), PDG Geraldine Nicol (Newlands), Lenora Saul from Raymond Ackerman Foundation, Janet Kriseman, Siham Boda, JJ (Claremont), David Bradley.
Visitors from Newlands RC: Terry Lancaster & Chris Beech.
Rob Wolffs, Gordon Miller and Theoniel Potgieter enjoying a joke...
And the "best dressed man of the day" goes to George Mua! Glynis Jennings and David Bradley lent moral support.
David Bradley, Hannarie Wenholdt and Johann Gerber.
Mike Goldman and Sue Truter
Siham Boda and Vaughan Pierce
2018/2019 Board with their 'appreciation' books.
George Mua, Walter Liccata, Alfons Genseberger, Margie Licata, Alex Fotoh and Lisette Genseberger.
Sue Truter with her mom.
Sue's mom chatting with Siham.
Glynis, Joe Hansen and Sue.
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Need a "feel good" boost?
Watch these little videos:
They will warm your heart: YES - Rotary IS making a difference!
The early, early morning crew prepare to help get everyone to the right place at the right time...
Another successful Sanlam Cape Town Marathon done and dusted - well done everyone!
Top Left: Maeesha Innocent and Shaniece Hendricks volunteered to help on the day. They are both ex-Interact members from Trafalgar High School.
Top Right: Anja Schwartz hands a well deserved medal to super-runner husband Barry - Mighty congratulations Barry!
BottomLeft: At the 10km finish line, Glynis Jennings, Aex Fotoh, Siham Boda and George Mua.
Bottom Right: WRC members and Interacters handing out medals at the finish line of the marathon.
Rob the Seal - the furry mascot on the table with Siham and Glynis - moved twice in one week (surely a club record!)
Glynis and Siham had a meet up at Marcels for frozen yoghurt at Mojo market in Seapoint on Saturday 8 February where Siham took custody of Rob. Rob then spent a few days with Siham until today 11 February. He celebrated the birthdays of Spiro (10Feb), Janet (11Feb), Denis (11Feb) and Siham (16Feb) at Lily's in Mouille Point. He has now moved on and is languishing with Spiro.
Learners from Rahmaniyah School Early Act Club, participated in the Art from Trash competition in October last year. They won entrance tickets to the Aquarium. They were able to visit this week when Early Act teacher Rushda Kamaldien accompanied them with the class excursion.
The participants are Lukhanyo Zimba, Inam Vellem, Aisha Dieng who produced "Absolutely buggable", Nkosinathi Toketoke who produced "Plastic Garden" and Thalitha Ngalwa who produced "Like a Bird".
JUNE is ROTARY FELLOWSHIP month.
What an amazing experience - friends zoomed in from the USA, the UK, Switzerland and Kenya to join us for JP Smith's informative chat - thank you JP for spending time with us - you must be one of the busiest people in Cape Town at the moment!
The Club's Covid-19 Relief donation of R7000 went to Michelle Koerevaar who is an online media and marketing strategist and has many years of experience in serving both local and international business organisations, boards and non-profit organisations.
ChangeMakersHub is what she believes is her legacy work, a way she can use the gifts she has been given, the expertise, the network, to build something that will connect and inspire those who want to help with ways they can, for real.
Michelle and her little army of willing hands deliver cooked food and food parcels to the destitute people of Joe Slovo, Dunoon, Fisantekraal and Lavender Hill settlements. She expressed her gratitude for our generous donation. - Spiro Mitchell -
As part of the Langa ECD upgrade project with RC Newands, RI was asked if we could aportion part of the Global Grant contingency to the Covid-19 Feeding Scheme as we were told that only registered ECDs would receive their usual allowance of food. This left 15 unregistered ECDs with nothing and we covered this gap to the value of over R200k. There are food parcels for 770 children which will feed a family of 5 for 6 weeks. Leeanne, the principal of Siyahanyisa Centre was delighted with the contributions.
In spite of the lockdown, the caring staff of Christine Revell Childrens' Home are making heroic efforts to entertain their small charges... Here they are all showing off their masks.
At 7am on Fri 20 Mar 2020 the members of WRC assembled for a notable 'first': a virtual meeting and an opportunity for Cindy Mkaza-Siboto from Emagqabini Education Academy to share their wonderful story.
A record number of members attended and this format of meetings will continue for at least until the CoVid19 countrywide lockdown ends.
Blouberg Rotary Club member Jean Freeborough thanking WRC Siham Boda and fellow speaker incoming Claremont Rotary Club President Tsie Mogoje for talking about their Rotary experience.
Siham with Rex Omameh current Blouberg Roteract Club President and who will be incoming District Roteract President. Rex Omameh is on the far right with newly inducted Rotaract members. Also in photo is Blouberg Honourary member Dr Bettie Walker.
The weekly meeting was held at the beautiful Two Oceans Aquarium, in front of the Predator Tank. Guest speaker was Maryke Musson who is the former Curator of the Aquarium and now heads up the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Trust. She spoke about what the Trust is doing and told us where Yoshi the turtle has been swimming since he was released from the Aquarium.
Janice Halliford and Maryka Vermaak were ready to welcome members and guests at the beautifu venue.
Sue Truter and regular visitor Kai Howie took time out to pose in front of the coral.
Glynis Jennings and Vaughan Pierce chatting while a ragged tooth shark circles around. We were shown the teaching classrooms where school children are exposed to all aspects of the ocean.
And before we knew it, it was Cape Town Cycle Tour day again and what a gorgeous day it turned out to be for the 30,000 odd cyclists who came out to enjoy a perfect day for cycling in Cape Town.
Florencia, Vic and Janice huddle for a 'selfie'.
Once again the WRC crew - and a bunch of interacters - rose to the 'marshalling challenge'. Thank you one and all. The reward is enormous - we get the chance to contribute to the amazing atmosphere in a gorgeous setting.
Joe Hansen takes a 'groupie' with Glynis, Maryka and Vaughan.
Siham visited Rahamaniyah Early Act Club today.
The Eco Brick project is progressing well. Taking inspiration from Noordhoek, they are thinking of building a bench out of ecobricks.
Early Act board members are looking for ways to encourage more school learners to participate in activities and they are looking forward to the District Early Act Camp at the end of March.
Conflict resolution was discussed and a peer mediation session will be held in the new term.
Well done Ms Kamaldien for your support and leadership!
Just wondering - is there any other club anywhere else in the world with a view as fine as this to greet them at their weekly meeting?
Visiting charter-member Paulette Colman popped in for breakfast with Vaughan Pierce and old friend Theoniel Potgieter.
A group of Golden Oldies from Haven Homes in Woodstock were treated to coffee and cake at Mugg & Bean in the Waterfront. Janice Halliford convenes this project, known as Wally's Golden Oldies.
Congratulations to Francina Coetzee who celebrated her 83rd birthday on the day and George Atkins who turned 80 years old on Saturday!
Thank you Janice for driving this very worthwhile project with so much love and energy!
On Monday evening PDG June Webber and Captain Derek Pead attended the charter event of the Atlantis Rotary Club. It was a festive event, well attended by DG’s and Presidents past and present. Under the leadership of new Rotarian, and simultaneously new club President, Danny Pietersen, we expect them to get off to a flying start. They, and PDG June, who played a pivotal role in getting the club to this milestone, extend their heartfelt thanks for the donation of R5000 from Waterfront RC. By the way, it needs to be said that June’s speech included a significant Afrikaans component, to the delight and amazement of the crowd!
Maryka Vermaak visited Trafalgar High School to join the Interact Club planning meeting for 2020. With them is their Interact teacher, Mr Alvin Haupt. We wish you all the best with your projects this year!
A very interesting read by Evan Burrel.
Graduation Day at Siyakhanyisa is a tremendously exciting event for the little people who have spent months preparing for this big day.
The next step for the graduates is 'real school' in January 2020...
But first there was a lot of singing and dancing and performing to the delight of the proud parents and their guests.
It was a night of high excitement... Grace Fabe welcomed the guests and then santa and the elves took over, sharing the magic with all the little people.
A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers and Santa and the elves and all the helpers and everyone who helped to - once again - make it a magical evening for all!
The members who made it all happen are Siham Boda, June Webber, Shelley Finch (Newands), Spiro Mitchell and Phephelaphi Dube.
Left: Rotarian Andre Du Toit (Blouberg) was presented with a Vocational Service Award for his contribution to the success of the Challenge. Right: Siham Boda presented Henry Mathys from the V & A Waterfront with an award for Community Service for their part in the event.
The Inner Wheel Newbie Bowls fundraiser was a great success. Thank you to the Waterfront Rotary teams who took part. Vic Hamaty, Vaughan Pierce and Janice Halliford made a formidable team, though not the winning team. Janice had some lessons from Vic on "how its done". A fabulous day of great fun.
Florencia Lopez Tobias visited the Rotary Club of Chicago while travelling in the USA. She attended a networking event which was organized by Rotary called Passport to the World. She is seen here with Club President Marshall Schmitt.
WRC sponsored a group of Interacters from Trafalgar High School to attend the Soetwater Environmental Camp at Kommetjie on the weekend of the 25th - 27th of October.
The camp was a three day leadership and youth development course including sessions on leadership and communication skills as well as some fun activities like hiking and the snake and bird show.
On the 18th of October 2019 Greg Bertish from the charity, Little Optimist, hosted 10 Trafalgar Interact learners for sailing lessons at the V&A Waterfront as part of the Cape Town Boat Show and an extra treat was free entrance to the Aquarium. Mr Alvin Haupt the Interact teacher joined them.
Thank you Siham and Pepsi for arranging this outing and Chris Fick for helping with transport to the V&A Waterfront
Learners from our 2 inner city Early Act Clubs attended an Environmental Camp at the Rotary Glencairn Camp.
Top: Phephelaphi Dube and Siham Boda with the group from Rahmaniyeh School.
Above: Phephelaphi Dube with the group from St Mary's School.
Today we signed the contract to upgrade 14 ECD centres in Langa. This project of just over R1m will be completed by 30 November 2019. L->R: Trevor Green from RICTS (Contractor), Graeme Hyde from Breadline RSA (Principal Contractor), Chris Beech of Newlands Rotary Club and Piet Postema of Waterfront Rotary Club.
The second annual Waterfront Canal Challenge was held at the Waterfront Battery Park on Saturday19th October. Athough there were several water events on at the same time, we had a very successful turnout. The inaugural Theodore Yach Elite Mile Memorial Race was held and the winner is seen here with Michelle Yach and her sons David and Daniel. In addition, a new Swim Run Race was introduced this year. Again The Big Positive Guy , Andre du Toit was MC for the day.
The Management Committee of Christine Revell Children’s Home welcome Grace Fabe as our new General Manager as of 1 October 2019. She will be taking over from Alicia Rhoda who has served the Home with pride for the past 22 years and during this time has grown the home from near collapse to the solid efficient facility we have today. Grace was the Office Manager for Salesian Life Choices for the past 2 years and has a background in accounting. We look forward to working with Grace.
As Pieter Swart from WRC was about to leave Lima, he bumped into Roberto Fontanella who is the Rotary Coordinator Zone 23B. His home club is Rotary Club de Bella Vista in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he was on his way home after attending meetings in Peru.
Captain Derek Pead held a training session with other Rotary mentors from District 9400. Rotary trains its volunteer members to act as mentors to entrepreneurs. District 9400 is holding a symposium for 200 entrepreneurs next week, and they would like to offer mentoring to these entrepreneurs. They haven’t had any mentor training before, and as Derek is the most erxperienced, he volunteered to assist them.