Sunday, 29 July dawned very mistily ahead of the Rotary Club of Kenton’s annual Hospice Pigeon Race. Thoughts of lost birds briefly flitted through my mind and were happily dispelled as the sun broke through. The birds were released in Ixopo and were well on their way back to Diaz One Pigeon Loft by the time we race-goers gathered to greet their arrival.The first 6 birds fluttered down at about 1:15 to cheers of encouragement urging them back into the Loft where they are electronically timed in. It doesn’t count if a bird is first back but chooses to sit on the roof checking where its friends are! The winner is announced …. Michaeleen Bates, 2nd was Sue Steenkamp, and 3rd, Jacques de Coning who very kindly donated his winnings back to Rotary. The support from the Diaz Club and from our local community was, as always, wonderful. Thank you all – our Sunshine Hospice is the main winner and there will be a handover of funds raised shortly. Well done and thanks also go to Rotarian Don Thomson for all his hard work as Convenor.
25 July 2018 Our Interacters learning to make pancakes ahead of a fund-raiser planned for later this term. Lots of fun for everyone and learning a very useful skill – we all need to know how to make pancakes. Well done Rotarians Charl and Pam.
24 July 2018: Our club was treated to an excellent talk by Jessica Renaasen from Early Inspiration, which specialises in all aspects of Early Childhood Development. This talk was in line with a Global Grant our club is working on, in order to raise the funds to train the trainers in a number of local creches . Many of the teachers are currently not properly qualified, making it impossible for them to bring the critical stimulation and skills the children in their care so desperately need.
President Sandi also had the happy task of inducting the first new member in her year, Joy de Bruin. Joy has been closely involved with the club for quite a while and we are all delighted that she is now a member. Welcome, Joy, and may you have many happy Rotary years with the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea!
23 July 2018: SANBS came to town and our community did them proud. The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea provides refreshments for the staff and advertises locally to try to encourage more donors. We had 27 donors today, which kept things lively in the 3 hours of “business”. Thank you to those wonderful donors – this is saving lives! And well done Mike Wilmot for representing our Club as some of us are a bit ‘dicky’ age-wise so can’t donate!
18 July 2018: President Sandi, AG Mike and PDG Bruce took loads of blankets to give to the children in 6 of our local creches to celebrate 100 years for Madiba. These were made up by the ladies of the Club and bring something warm and cuddly for the little ones to snuggle into at nap time. The happiness is palpable!
26 June 2018: Congratulations to District Treasurer Tony Swift on your PHF +1!! On behalf of DG Wally (who is in Toronto, complete with red and white regalia, in case you wondered where he was!!) and all members of District 9370, PDG Bruce made this presentation to Tony in recognition of the stirling work he is doing to keep the District finances in immaculate shape. Richly deserved, Tony!
26 June 2018: The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is delighted to welcome Erna Light as our newest member. Welcome, Erna and we hope you find a happy Rotary home with our club! It was great to have DGE Gianna back with us briefly to be part of Erna’s Induction.
23 June 2018: Work is progressing on Phase 3 of our Rotary pavement project. Watch this space opposite Kenton Spar! Thanks and congratulations also go to Nita Pollock and her team who are creating beauty in our town.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea celebrated its 10th Induction Dinner on 19th June. Outgoing President Peter Reed was congratulated on a well-run, fun year which he completed with an impressive full attendance record. President Elect Sandi Peter is all set to live up to the idea of dynamite wrapped in small packages! Congratulations Sandi – the Club wishes you a wonderful year. Congratulations also go to Colin Armstrong on a very well deserved PHF recognition. We were delighted to welcome DGE Gianna Doubell and Cameron Scott amongst our guests. DGE Gianna spoke about RI President Elect Barry Rassin’s theme – Be the Inspiration. Rotarians world-wide are people of Action who try to Connect, Inspire and Transform our communities.The Presidents Elect from the Rotary Clubs of Grahamstown, Grahamstown Sunset and Port Alfred also celebrated with us as did representatives from Probus, Lions and Round Table.We’re all Making a Difference. (See New Gallery on www.rotarykenton.co.za for more photos).
14 June 2018: Our final Combined Board Meeting held at the Reeds’ House. Thanks for a well-run, happy year, President Pete, – and for achieving a 100% attendance in the process of leading us!
12 June 2018: We were delighted to have AG Maddy with us one last time at our meeting this evening. It was an evening of awards and thanks – from our club to Maddy for an outstanding job as AG for the last 3 years, from Maddy to incoming AG Mike Peter, to Pres Peter Reed and to District Treasurer Tony Swift – a frequent traveller with Maddy. Maddy’s words resonated with us all as she spoke of Rotarians as ” a group of ordinary people who do extraordinary things……. (and) … do the right thing above the popular thing”. That’s our Club and that’s what we’ll continue to be and do. We wish Maddy bon voyage to the International Convention in Toronto and all the best in continuing to Be the Inspiration in the 2018 – 19 Rotary year.
8 June 2018: We held our annual Fisherman’s Feast. An event that is fine-tuned a bit more each year, it is now a very slick performance! The auction was very well supported with some beautiful Nguni hides and 2 nights for 2 at Kariega Game Reserve being among the items very generously donated . Grateful thanks to all those wonderful donors of auction items and food contributions: Kariega Park, BUCO, Kenbush,, Dave Howard, Cliff Reynolds, Louis Pedro, Mike Peter, Edgebaston Wines, Chas Everitt, Build-It, Diaz Fishing Club, Nicky White , Andrew de Jager, Eugene & Ruleen de Witt. A raffle for a wheelbarrow of booze was also a success – wonder why?! But overall – very well done to convenor Will, and to Steve for co-ordinating the auction. Auctioneer Rodney Austin was, as always, a star! The food was better than ever – thank you Justin’s team. Rotary works best when it works together – this was FUN!! Funds raised will go to our local community projects – Changing Lives and Making a Difference. And thank you to our ever-generous Friends of Rotary and supporters. Without you, this wouldn’t happen.
(See more photos in New Gallery)
Monday 21 May 2018: SANBS came to town again. Not quite as good a turn out this time so please save the next date – 23 July 2018 – when they come back again. The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea continues to support the good work being done. Remember – it’s not just blood – it’s saving lives – may be yours!
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea makes a huge difference in our community through our Wheelchair Project, run by Rotarian Barrie Brown. We have just taken delivery of 5 brand new chairs in partnership with Dischem who have agreed to provide wheelchairs through Rotary Clubs throughout South Africa at a very favourable rate. These wheelchairs reach those members of the community who would otherwise have no access to such a life changer.This initiative was started by our very own IPDG Bruce Steele-Gray. Contact our club for details.
4- 5 May 2018 Assegaai Weekend away: 16 of our members were able to get together for the week end at Assegaai Trails. It’s a great venue – so close, so reasonable and lots to do. What with AfriKub, Boules, croquet and charades we were kept busy and entertained. Hope we can go back there again. There’s space for more of us!
20 April 2018: The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea got busy at the Kenton Primary School planting trees. Each class took ‘ownership’ of a tree, all of which were planted at the end of the school playing fields. Our Earlyacters will also be playing a role in this project which was inspired by the Rotary International President, Ian Risely, who requested Rotary Clubs throughout the world to plant trees during the course of the 2017 – 2018 Rotary year.Rotary making a difference, Rotary caring for our environment.
17 April 2018: Celebration of the Club’s 9th birthday at our International Dinner. The event expressed the global reach of Rotary International and how its ideals spread peace, tolerance and goodwill. Each table represented a different country, the menu reflected different cultures and the members rose to the occasion by dressing accordingly. Small prizes went to the best dressed lady, June Bell, best man, Eugene de Witt and the most original, Don Thomson. What a fun evening and thank you and well done to all of us!!! The evening was further enhanced by the attendance of AG Maddy who welcomed PP Mike Peter as her successor as AG from 1 July 2018. Mike will look after the Rotary Clubs of Grahamstown, Grahamstown Sunset, Port Alfred and Kenton on Sea.
12 April 2018: Youth Service director, Sandi Peter and Pippa Steele-Gray went to the Alexandria High School to deliver personal hygiene packs for the girls, provided by the Rotary E-Club of SA One Global Grant, with which The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is a partner. This initiative is directed at improving school attendance by keeping girls in school.
20 February 2018: WHERE’S WALLY? in Kenton on Sea of course! A lovely DG visit with Wally and Arlene which included tree planting and a sort of Cinderella shoe fitting – and good fellowship. Safe travels for the rest of your visits.
1 February 2018; President Kayleigh Smith from the Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club presenting a number of Usborne Atlases to principal Mariaan Wessels. Sourced from the UK, these Atlases follow the Usborne Dictionaries. Both publications are an excellent sourse of information and reference links for learners and teachers alike. Well done to our Earlyacters!.
16 January 2018: It with great pleasure that the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea inducted its newest members, Ruleen and Eugene de Witt. Welcome to our wonderful Club!
It is with great sadness that our club paid final tributes to Olive Wilmot and Tjaart Barnard on their passing in the latter part of December. We remember them with gladness for their lives and great respect for their significant contributions to their communities, their dedication to the Rotary way of “Service above Self”.
27 December 2017: The last function of the year and what an evening it was! The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea held its annual Christmas event in a totally different format comprising a fantastic trio of musicians together with our fund raising auction. Kevin Abraham and “Folkify” had the packed audience spellbound by the trio’s skill with guitar, violin and so-called “tomato box” percussion – quite brilliant! We shall definitely be asking them back again for our local audiences to enjoy. Rodney Austin as always did a wonderful job persuading our supporters to part with their cash – thanks Rodney! – and a very worthwhile amount was raised for us to put back into our community service projects. Very many thanks go also to those who sponsored items for the auction – Buco, Shamwari, Royal St Andrew’s, Oceana , The Quarterdeck, PDG Tom McGhee and Convener Steve Tredoux. The “winner” was the most wonderful book, from Steve, called Remembering Rhinos. This item was very hotly contested and deservedly went to Mr Rupapis – enjoy!! And finally – a big thank you to everyone who supported this event, and to all Rotarians who helped make the evening the success it was. Our Club looks forward to the New Year and continuing, with your help, to Make a Difference.
Sunday 26 November 2017: Christmas lunch at Stanley’s new venue. What a lovely spot and what a great team our Club is. Everyone added to the occasion by doing something, bringing something or just being there. We did miss those of our members who couldn’t make it. 5 hampers were there to be won – either by lucky draw or by being particularly skillful at playing Australian Heads and Tails. And then there was the Floating Trophy which shouldn’t be given its full name in such a public forum! Thank you to everyone who was there for making it such fun. (See Galleries on www.rotarykenton.co.za for full pictures)
Tuesday, 21 November 2017: The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosted a very well-attended evening to recognise and congratulate the prize winners in our annual Garden Competition. The competition is open to all members of our community and covers a number of categories which include: best vegetable garden, best pavement garden, best overall garden.
The evening also saw representatives from Sunshine Coast Hospice (Jean van der Riet and Trish Gillies) and Chipembere Rhino Foundation (Brent Cook) receive cheques for R 15 000 and R 21 300 respectively. These funds were raised as a result of the wonderful participation by members of our communities who had fun with us at the Pigeon Race earlier this year, the Rhino Run and also from donations by Clubs in D 9370 who attended PDG Bruce’s conference in Grahamstown in May. Both Hospice and Chipembere do so much more than meets the eye and we are delighted to be able to support such organisations.(see www.rotarykenton.co.za Gallery for more photos)
2 November 2017: Our club hosted a social for the Youth Exchange group with Gussie and Hilary Augustus – part of a tour to show the group a bit more of our country. They come from USA, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and Brazil. Lots of fun and fellowship and a window through which our members got a better idea of the power of the Youth Exchange programme. (For more photos, see our Gallery on www.rotarykenton.co.za)
31 October 2017: It’s a 5th Tuesday! So it’s time for fun and fellowship provided by Rotarians Willem and Marlene van Rensburg we treated us to a Mongolian Braai at their home. Remember the Rotary tag line – Is it FUN? Yes it was! and many thanks to Willem and Marlene for a great evening.
(For more photos see Gallery www.rotarykenton.co.za)
Our dedicated Attendance Officer – Brian Bell
24 October 2017: To recognize World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea held a Speaker Meeting function to which Club members invited friends and family. The event raised funds, designated for the End Polio Now Campaign, from a beautiful hamper raffle and served as a great opportunity to showcase this aspect of Rotary to our community. As a Polio survivor herself, our guest speaker, Mrs Erica Freeme, gave us an insight into how debilitating this virus can be and fully endorsed Rotary’s commitment to eradicating it worldwide. Jo Wilmot was the lucky winner of the hamper!.Pam Gush gave the toast to RI and, being Zambian Independence Day, PDG Bruce Steele-Gray’s weekly toast was to the Rotary Club of Luanshya, which is home to our Rotary Zone Co-ordinator and Foundation Chair, Patrick Coleman. Many thanks to our community for giving our club such great support and thank you to everyone involved in making it such a successful evening.
Wednesday 18th October: Our Interacters have crafty fun at a Club meeting with visitor from Australia, Jessica Wormald, learning to make Origami lilies. They’ve also been making beautiful ‘friendship’ bracelets.
Tuesday, 17 October: The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is delighted to welcome our newest members, Carol and Don Thomson. We look forward to sharing the fun of Rotary with you both, and know you will contribute to making the difference in our community.
16 October2017: What a happy day as nappies were distributed to 5 local preschools and Jehovah Jirah in Alexandria. Many thanks to RC Gately for donating these items to us. Still Making a Difference!
Tuesday 10 October: AG Maddy came to our meeting and was warmly welcomed by Pres Peter. She spoke about her relationship as AG with the presidents in her group and about the qualities she finds in good leaders. She then called on IPP Tony Swift to come forward to receive an award in recognition of his excellent year as President of the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea. Well done, Tony – you deserve this accolade!
Friday, 22 September 2017. Past President Mike Peter presented 2 bicycles to Hi-Tec, Kenton on Sea to assist with their patrols in our communities. The bikes were given to our Club by the Rotary Club of Empangeni at our District Conference in Grahamstown in May. RC Empangeni Rotarian Fulvio Pace has created a partnership with a group in the USA which collects bikes and ships them out here in container loads of around 500 bikes each time. They are then distributed (at the discretion of their Rotary Club) in local communities – as always, making such a huge difference in so many lives. Many thanks to RC Empangeni!
Sunday 24 September 2017: What a fantastic turn-out for the annual Rhino Run at Kenton on Sea. Over 600 entrants took part in either the 5 or 12 km event – considerably more than any of the bigger centres in SA – well done to all of us!!! The weather had cleared and the runners – and strollers – had a great time. Our Rotary Club provided bacon and eggs rolls, hotdogs and hot beverages which all disappeared into hungry bodies. Very many thanks to our sponsors – Feathers Farm for the eggs, Sunshine Spar for the rolls and Friends of Rotary, Carol and Jean for the hotdogs. The funds raised will be put to good use by Rotary: Making a Difference. Thanks also to our Interacters who either ran or helped with the marshalling. And of course to the rhino girl herself – Rotarian Jo Wilmot who worked so hard to make Kenton one of the venues for this event to take place.
Thursday 21 September Saw The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosting their annual Senior’s Tea at the Peter Bennett Centre in Kenton. On a rather mizzly day our guests enjoyed a scrumptious tea and entertainment provided by the Kenton Primary School Earlyacters. The afternoon concluded with guests finding the sticker under their plate to identify the winners of a chocolatey surprise. Seven of our guests came from Dolphin Frail Care, including 99 year old Phyl Lewis. A happy afternoon for us all.
Monday 18 September 2017 A big Rotary thank you to our local community for supporting the SANBS/ Rotary partnership. So many people showed up to donate their pint and make a difference. That pint will save a life
30 July 2017 – what a fun day we had yesterday at the official home of the Diaz One Pigeon Loft, alias the Coorr coorr club! The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea was delighted to partner again with the Pigeon Club as a fund raiser for the Sunshine Coast Hospice. Unlike last year, the day dawned cool and windless and expectations were high that these amazing birds would deliver the goods timeously and that is just what they did.
For this 8th Race of the season, the birds were released from Ixopo at 7:30 am and, I’m told by expert, Luiz Pedro, that it was once again a true example of an ultimate race. The birds had to endure all 4 seasons en route from calm weather to windy patches, cold to warmish weather, open skies to overcast conditions, spots of rain and then the natural conditions of mountains, kloofs, contours and draughts. The distance, according to my trusty Google friend, is 664.2 km via the N2 and would take 8hrs30 driving.
The race tested the birds to the extreme and the first batch of 13 birds arrived at 2:33pm (just about exactly 7 hours!) to great applause and excitement especially on the part of the 120 people attending the charity fundraiser.
To win, a bird has to be the first to be clocked in as it enters one of the three small entrances at the Loft. This can cause some angst as the first arrival may well take time to check out the garden and what might have been happening in its absence thus leaving the way clear for another bird to nip in ahead of it and claim the honours!
The first bird in belonged to Dr Thys Potgieter (bird no. 105 EC DIAZ) who has the knack of producing the goods with at least one win a year. 2nd bird in was Henry Quirk’s bird no. 1831 SRF. 3rd bird home was Poggenpoel en Seuns with bird no. 4932 PSWU. Not very glamourous names for such amazing creatures but perhaps names like “Poppy” and “Rosie” wouldn’t quite fit the bill either…..
Each ticket holder at the day’s event was matched with their “own” bird and the results were as follows:
Hospice Race Winners:
- Trish Gillies
- Greg McFarlane
- Tracy Wilmot
How wonderfully fitting that the winner, Trish Gillies, should be a member of the Hospice team, represented at the event by Zelda Elliott, Jean van der Riet and Terry Harris. Congratulations, Trish!
20 June 2017. What a happy evening as we celebrated President Tony Swift’s year and inducted Peter Reed as our new president for the year 2017 -18. Celebrating with us were Johan and Leonie Grobler from Probus, Nick and Sue Allbrightson from Lions, Alan Malan from Round Table and Presidents and Presidents Elect from the Rotary Clubs of Port Alfred, Grahamstown Sunset and Grahamstown. It’s always a pleasure to have our own Rotarian Glen Craig, who will celebrate 50 years of Service in Rotary shortly – an inspiration to us all! Well done to Sandi Peter who received the President’s Award and our club is proud to have two new Paul Harris Fellowship recipients, Mike Bailey and Mike Peter. And the winner of a Magnum of delicious red wine, donated by Roger Carthew, was Delene Hawkins, President of the RC Port Alfred Anns. The RI presidential theme for this year is Rotary: Making a Difference and that’s just what we shall continue to try to do in our Communities.
12 June SANBS in partnership with Rotary Kenton and District 9370 held a Blood Donation day in the Kenton Town Hall. A successful day was had and the number of donors doubled from the previous few visits. The idea is to grow this even more – we want queues of people waiting to donate!!
11 June 2017 RC Kenton hosted a Discon After Party. A fun day, saddened only by the news from Knysna. So many Kenton folk responded to the Club’s plea for assistance and the District Plea for monetary donations reached a figure well over R 500 000 – still growing. Debbie Smuts related her experience driving a vehicle full of donated goods – horrific to live through. (See more photos in the Gallery)
8 June 2017 KNYSNA FIRE The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is putting out a plea for any items of clothing and bedding and non-perishable foodstuffs to be donated for the Knysna fire disaster. Please drop any items you may have at the Chas Everitt Office in Main Street, Kenton. Our District 9370 will also be working with the Rotary Club in Knysna and the District Governor from D 9350 to assess what we can do as a District to help.
9 – 14 May 2017 The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosted 4 wonderful couples on an RFE from South India, District 2981. Once again, we’ve all learnt a great deal about each other’s countries and cultures and a number of our club members are looking forward to the reciprocal RFE in 2018. The group enjoyed a trip to Addo, a visit to Sibuya Game Reserve and a tour round one of the best dairy farms in the region. They were hosted at various dinner parties and evening fellowship get togethers which stretched their hosts’ knowledge of what it means to be vegetarian! Thank you to those hosts! ( See RFE India Gallery for more photos)
28 April 2017 – the annual Fisherman’s Feast was a huge success with a full house, full tummies and many thanks to all our supporters and sponsors!
27 – 31 March 2017. The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea has just hosted the second Socionext Workshop for young enterpreneurs. Socionext is a Dutch NGO which partners with SAB to reach unemployed young people to give them a chance to learn how to start a business using just the resources available to them. This group of 17 youngsters worked together with consultants Iqbal and Babala to brainstorm ideas regarding possible businesses, research the possibilities, do the market research and then get started. Four main ideas were finally pinpointed – a Mobile Car Wash Service, which comes to you, the customer, Eyethu Tshisa Nyama – a rapidly spreading idea, where they set up a braai ‘shop’ in a suitably researched place in the community, from which they cook to order. This could expand to offering their services to cater a function for you. Guided Bicycle Tours of the area was the next idea – one which has great potential in a country where cycling is so popular – and what a great way to see the neighbourhood! And by no means least, the fourth idea is Ubuhlebendalo (The Beauty of Nature) which makes Xhosa cultural products – beadwork, small jewellery boxes etc. Each of these groups would greatly appreciate any mentorship/ expertise which members of the public may be able to offer. They will be getting together for a follow-up session in May. Please contact our Vocational Service Director, Peter Reed (email@example.com) to find out how to get involved. In a country where youth unemployment is unacceptably high, we are delighted to have been chosen to partner with Socionext and SAB – thank you Bridget Evans ( whose family are all strong Friends of Rotary) of SAB for bringing this initiative to us at Kenton.
One of the presentations The Team Iqbal, DG Bruce, Babala, Peter Reed and President Tony
And lastly but not least, after a very busy few days, our RFE guests met with our Interactors, Education being of considerable interest to all of them
8 Feb 2017 The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is delighted to welcome Sheila White as our newest member
Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosts Rotary Friendship Exchange 3 – 8 Feb 2017
On Friday, 3 Feb a group of 12 Americans arrived at Kenton on Sea for the start of their RFE with our Club. They came from several different clubs in Oregon, USA, District 5110, and what a wonderful group of people! Their programme included a trip up the tidal Bushman’s River, a visit to nearby Sibuya Game reserve, an opportunity to interact with our InterAct Club and some of the pre primary school teachers at a work shop run by the Club’s Youth Service committee, Sandi Peter. American team leader, Camille, gave a most generous $200 gift to Sandi for the Club’s Youth projects. Their five day stay culminated in an evening meeting with members of both our club and RC Port Alfred and RC Grahamstown Sunset, where banners were exchanged and presentations made by each of the RFE visitors. They made every effort to promote their beautiful part of the US to tempt us to take up their offer of a return RFE. This offer is open to all Rotarians in District 9370 and will probably take place in October of this year. The RFE travels on to a night in the Addo Elephant National Park, several nights hosted via PDG Kevin Dersley in Port Elizabeth, a night at Storms River and on to Cape Town where the RC Newlands will host them for the rest of their 3 week stay.
A fun visit to Sali’s tavern followed by supper with Nomawethu’s family – 6 Feb 2017
2 Feb 2017 The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea mentors the Early act Club at Kenton Primary School where they have just indicted their new office bearers, Lexi Pienaar, Kayla Sansom and Juliana Henning, with Rotarian Ginny Reed.
2 Feb 2017 Saw us take possession of a container organised by Mike Peter and Roger Carthew which is now installed at the Dias Angling Club where we are able to use it for storage
2017 January is Vocational Month in the Rotary Calendar
13 December 2017 – Our last meeting of the year took the form a very sociable bring and braai. The suitably colour-co-ordinated winners of the champagne draw were ….. Willem and Marlene. Enjoy!!
Mrs Dee Joiner was the lucky winner of the porcelain doll which was recently raffled by the Kenton on Sea Rotary Earlyact Club of Kenton Primary School. Kylie Croucamp, whose family kindly donated the doll, presents it to Mrs Joiner. An amount of R 1120 was raised and the members decided to donate this to a small school for disabled children in Marselle, and to supporting our Rhino Project. Well done to our Earlyactors!!
7 December 2016 Club member Barrie has just given out our 110th wheelchair to a lovely lady in Alexandria. She is so pleased with her wheelchair which now allows her to get around so much more easily.The couple have no means of transport of any kind so it was quite an emotional visit. A wonderful way for Rotary to Serve Humanity.
Mrs Ronel Haroch of Alexandria.
2 December 2016 What a brilliant evening with the Ian von Memerty Show, hosted by our club! Ian and his wife, Vivienne, brought us an evening of sheer entertainment – so professional and slick that even the vagaries of the sound system ( managed by our very own Tony Wiener!) failed to throw him in any way. What a coup, Roger Carthew, for making this happen – well done!
And guess what ? – The von Memerty Show is booked for our District Conference in Grahamstown – 25 – 27 May 2017
1 December 2016. At last! All but done and dusted, the paved pedestrian way to Middle Beach is complete. Many thanks to Makana Brick, Kwaaihoek Builders and to PP Mike Peter for overseeing the project. Rotary serving the Community.
Sunday 27 November saw almost all the members of our club at Stanley’s for a festive Xmas lunch. Well done, MC Roger as always for the ice breaking games and awards! To Val and her team also – the tables and Xmas tree looked great. The euphemistically named “floating trophy” went to Barry Brown – we won’t broadcast why! Ginny Reed won an aptly named bottle of liquer for the best outfit – a real Christmas wrapping, Ginny! and Jenny Tredoux won the magnum of wine for “correctly” naming a certain 5000 year old artefact. Beautiful hampers were won by Olive, Denise and Mikey B. A lovely day and great food – well done to Stanley’s.
The Marselle Vegetable farmers are working hard with the onset of summer growth and their crops are looking great. Rotarian Tony continues to mentor and encourage the group who sell surplus produce at Build-It – delicious and well priced!
22 November was a busy evening at our Club meeting. Along with inducting a new member and recognising Roy Wilkins, we had a whole lot of winners visiting us to receive acclaim and prizes for the recently held Garden Competition. Many thanks to Jon Houzet from Talk of the Town for coming along and putting it all in print and on the newspaper’s Face Book. The competition was run by Rotarian Kevin Bates, and covered, such categories as Best Overall garden, best in Kenton, best in Bushman’s, best vegetable garden, best street verge etc. It was great to have so many members of the public from all our communities taking part. The intention is to encourage our citizens to be proud of their community and do their bit to enhance our surroundings. Amazing to have 94 year old John Guntwana and his wife from Marselle being a winner in the vegetable garden category. (See album with all photos on our website – www.rotarykenton.co.za)
22 November 2016 The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is delighted to welcome new member Will Braithwaite to our ranks. In DG Bruce’s words, we need new members in order to share the privilege of being Rotarians, and in order to do more good in the community. Welcome, Will!
With Vall Hill, Will Braithwaite and Pres Tony Swift
15 Nov 2016 PRE SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP AWARDS
Fourteen Pre School supervisors and assistants from 5 pre schools in the Kenton and Marselle area, attended the tenth and final meeting for 2016 on 15 November. Rotary President Tony Swift awarded certificates to those who regularly attended meetings throughout the year.
The Rotary Youth Services Committee ran a competition to find the most improved pre-school. President Tony announced the winners: Ekuphumleni Pre School won the first prize of plastic tables, chairs, educational toys and games. Second prize of educational toys and games went to Lukhanyo Pre School.
Second prize winners: Lukhanyo Pre School assistants receive their gift certificate from Rotary President Tony Swift and Youth Services Director Sandi Peter
First prize winners: Ekuphumleni Pre School assistants receive their gift certificate from Rotary President Tony Swift and Youth Services Director Sandi Peter
Staff members from Ekuphumleni, Kamvelihle, Lukhanyo, Masibulele and Vezukhanyo Pre Schools with Rotarians Pam Gush, Marlene van Rensburg and Sandi Peter.
On Monday 26th Sept Ginny and Pete Reed ran a “personal growth/leadership” and “senior school preparation” workshop for the Kenton Primary grade 6 and 7’s, respectively.
As this activity falls within the “aims and objects” of Rotary, they decided to include this as a project under the Rotary Vocation banner- the Vocation committee agreed with this idea. The workshop was conducted during school hours and involved 43 pupils. Much fun and success was enjoyed.
The task they had to do at this personal growth and leadership workship was to build a tower, in groups, using only 10 spaghetti sticks, a piece of string, a length of sellotape and the marshmallow , which had to go on top. The tower had to stand for twenty seconds! Three groups of eight got it right, and the winning group was the one which was tallest.
PRE SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP
The practical workshop held on 6 October was busy and fun in spite of poor attendance. However, a representative from each school was present so knowledge gained will hopefully be passed on. Thank you Marlene v R for your assistance and for the delicious rusks provided for morning coffee. Rotarians be assured, your waste was well recycled!
24 September. Thank you to our amazing club for turning out in such numbers for an evening with District Council and District Finance members who visited us for a meeting on District Affairs. They were all struck by what a good vibe there is – we’re clearly having fun!!
Members of the Club were busy again yesterday, 17th September, with the annual Senior’s Tea. Beautiful sweet and savoury eats arrived on plenty of time to be served up to more than 60 guests, plus 6 senior Seniors from Dolphin Frail Care. The Interact Club from iKhalvalesizwe Combinec School provided musical entertainment and the afternoon finished with a bit of excitement as guests were asked to turn over their plates in search of a pink or green sticker which would win them either the lovely floral table decoration ( provided by our lovely Val! ), or a box of chocolates. Despite somewhat inclement weather, a good time was had by all and Convenor, Caro, thanks everyone for their help and contributions. Another successful event!!
The Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club has finished painting the wall outside St David’s Anglican Church in Bushman’s and attended a simple Dedication service on 16th Sept, delivered by Hon Rotarian, Revd Glen Craig! A work of Art
A Lovely evening was spent at Middle Beach, Kenton when the club members gathered together for the Blessing and installation of a bench in memory of one of Founder members, Dave Slater – a very special man who epitomised Service above Self and served humanity wherever he could..
August 2016. Youth Service has been busy again, this time creating a mural on the wall leading to St David’s Anglican Church at Bushman’s. Artistic director Ginny Reed got the Kenton Primary School EarlyActors into their best painting gear over a number of days. A great bonding project!!
Entrepreneurship workshop (1 – 5 August 2016)
The Rotary Club of Kenton-On-Sea hosted and facilitated an “Entrepreneurship Workshop” conducted by Socionext. Socionext, an NGO based in the Netherlands, is funded by SAB (SA) to conduct workshops around South Africa, particularly in rural and semi-rural environments.
The programme took place over 5 days and proved to be most informative, with a high degree of success. After brainstorming a number of possible business ideas, the twelve participants eliminated those which were less do-able and settled on three worthwhile options with sustainable opportunities, namely cultural catering, production of leather goods and establishing a swimming “academy” for the disadvantaged. Three groups of four participants were exposed to numerous business practice skills and processes to establish their “businesses”. This was conducted by the two highly experienced and enthusiastic presenters. By the end of the week the groups were in a position to present, to members of the public, their business “plans”, ideas and initiatives for the way forward.
An interested party, Mr Pierre Rousseau, offered his time and skill to act as a mentor for the participants in the early stages of their established businesses. Individually these participants gained not only in the business skills but went away enriched with many personal skills. One participant summed it up when he said “I have grown so much this week and am a better person having experienced the workshop!”
Thank you to Mike and Sandi Peter who were the “movers and shakers” behind this project as well as thanks to all Rotarians , in particular the Vocational members, for their support and help during the week.
August 2016 CRAYONS FOR KIDS PROJECT
Staff from pre schools in the Kenton area meet monthly with members of the Youth Services sub committee to share ideas for suitable activities to provide learning opportunities for the children.
The shortage of resources in the 7 preschools in Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein limits the activities staff can offer and thus hampers the development of various skills in the children.
A District Grant was used to purchase jumbo crayons, chubby pencils, the necessary sharpeners and blunt nosed scissors. At a busy workshop, Rotarians covered 180 recycled cans in colourful plastic and filled them with crayons….a can for each child.
Along with pencils and scissors in recycled ice cream containers, the crayons were delivered to the pre schools this week, received with thanks from staff and joyful songs from the excited children.
26 July 2016 DG Bruce is home for long enough to make his club visit to us, his home club. Guardian of attendance Brian Bell recorded a record 93. something %. Thanks everyone for such a great support and for being the club you are. We’re so proud! Thanks also to AG Maddy for being here and to Val ‘s team who, as always provided a fantastic meal.
Congratulations to the recipients of PH’s at our recent Club and DG Induction: Pres Tony Swift, Barbara Matthews and to PDG Tom a sapphire to his PH. Congratulations also to Barrie Brown – our Rotarian of the Year, and to Jo Wilmot for her 100% attendance award. Rob Cross won the “wandelstock” (sp?) and Steve Tredoux, the wooden spoon. We were privileged to have Hilary and Gussie Augustus with us as well, both of whom received Sapphires to their PH’s.
The Rotary Theater Evening and matinee have just come and gone. Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy this wonderful event – what a piece of theatre! What a performer! Thank you to Simon Cooper for making such an excellent choice. Thank you to Marlene, Val and all the wonderful usual suspects who rushed around cooking, decorating etc. El Blanco will be remembered!
18 June 2016 DG and President Inductions. It really was a Gala evening! The hall looked wonderful, the guests glittered and the programme went like clockwork. As nearly DG Bruce said “I have never been so proud to be a Rotarian”! DG Tom gave a most entertaining report back on his year and presented DGE Bruce with a number of items he felt might be helpful in the year ahead – these included a whip – to be used on recalcitrant Clubs? …. Pippa?…. and a carved antelope – the Buck Stops Here! President Mike Peter reported on the Club’s year and handed over the chain of office to nearly President Tony Swift. MC Peter Reed orchestrated the whole evening to perfection.
Awards were made to DG Tom – a sapphire to his PH and also a Certificate of Recognition awarded by DGE Bruce on behalf of District 9370, for an excellent year ; Gussie and Hilary Augustus- sapphires to their PH’s for their dedicated service to both District and Youth Exchange; Barrie Brown – the Club member who has quietly given so much “service above self”; Tony Swift and Barbara Matthews, PH’s for their unflagging service to the Club and to the Community; Jo Wilmot for 100% Attendance; Stirrers’ spoon went to Steve Tredoux.
Thanks go as always to Val and her team for a wonderful evening and to Ceryl and Naartjie Moss for creating a spectacular Hall and great food.
DISCON JUNE 2016. POTCH GOES SCOTCH
A team of 19 from our club set forth for Potch on 8 June. This gave us a day to recover, find our way around and rehearse our presentation for the 2017 Grahamstown Conference. We finally won the Attendance Award! Yay!! We came home with a signed poster for the BATS show, we blew up balloons, we wore our tartan waistcoats, we enjoyed all the speakers, we mostly learnt something, we made lots of new friends – quite a few called Mike! – and we partied – mostly with decorum! The only hitch was the DGE having a flat tyre outside Steynsburg and had to be rescued by the Grahamstown Sunset angels, Mahesh and Luc. Well done to DG Tom and his PotchMooi team – we had a great time and look forward to having Tom back in the fold after all his travels. ( See Gallery for more photos – the true story!)
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea has new friends from Wales! Allison and Meilyr Rowlands, who have been staying with Pres Mike and Sandi Peter, are both committed to education, Allison being a Special Needs teacher at Heronsbridge School, Bridgend,and Meilyr the Queen’s Appointee as Head Inspector of Education in Wales. Our club is the delighted recipient of a donation from the school Staff amounting to around R 2000, and a further donation from Allison and Meilyr personally of R 4000. These most generous “presents” will be used by the Club, as requested, on early childhood learning initiatives in our local community. Our sincerely grateful thanks go to the donors.
KENTON PRIMARY EARLYACT SUPPORTS RHINO CONSERVANCY 2 June 2016
Representatives of the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea were invited to attend the final Assembly of term at The Kenton Primary School where Grade 7 learners, who are members of Rotary Earlyact, had organised a collection of non perishable goods from all Grades at the school, in support of RAGES ( Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species). The collection was done in the form of a competition between the grades and Rotarian Ginny Reed announced the winners – Grade 7, with grades 5 and 6 coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The proceeds of this most successful project, generously supported by staff and parents, were handed over to Rotarian Jo Wilmot, who is closely linked to the Save the Rhino project and the Chipembere Rhino Project, a worldwide organisation campaigning for the protection of rhinos. It was in 2012 that the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea began its Save the Rhino project, as a result of poaching on our doorstep at Kariega and further afield. Rotary is truly proud of the efforts of our young learners at Kenton Primary. The tinned goods will be dispersed to a selection of reserves, whose identity will remain unknown, for the continued protection of this endangered species.
25 May 2016 MOBILE LIBRARY HANDOVER: Rotarians Barbara Matthews, Sandi Peter, President Mike Peter and Charlotte Wormald were present at the handover of the mobile library to Mr Nobandula, the principal of Ikamvaleziswe Combined School in Ekuphumleni. Guidelines for this joint Rotary /ikhamvalesizwe project were also handed over. Keys for the facility will be held by a teacher appointed by the principal and the Rotary Youth Service director who will also manage the library together with the teacher. The library remains Rotary property.
AFRICA DAY: Impromptu dancing, in traditional clothing, on “Africa Day”, by the Learners of Ikamvaleziswe Combined School as a thank you for the Library. (More photos in Gallery)
31 May 2016 Having fun on a 5th Tuesday, with a Cowboys and Indians theme
Kenton on Sea Primary School EarlyAct Club visited the old folk at Dolphin Coast Frail Care, bringing a song or two and some delicious eats for tea. A visit like this immensely brightens up the day for the elderly people, many of whom can’t move around too freely – thank you to all the youngsters and to Stella and Ginny, our Rotary mentors.
10 May 2016. We’ve done it! Or rather, project convenor Barrie, together with Brenda, has delivered the 100th wheelchair to Mr Jan Martens of Alexandria. He suffers from TB of the spine and is highly delighted with his new wheels. This is truly Rotary Changing Lives, being a Gift to the World and Serving Humanity.
Our Club is partnering with Makana Brick and Kwaaihoek Builders to create a safe public walkway down Middle Beach at Kenton. Phase 3 is almost complete and we thank pour partners most sincerely for their contribution to this community project.
11 and 12 May 2016: Our Club is hosting Eye Clinic Days to further the initiative started at the last Rotary Family Health Day in October 2015. The need for eye care was then perceived to be considerable in our area as there are no opticians/ ophthalmologists anywhere nearby. In partnership again with Dr Trevor Davies from Grahamstown, we have hat 2 most successful days, one at Marselle, Riversbend, the other at the Kenton Town Hall. With the capacity to screen 80 patients a day, the Grahamstown team has had a busy time of it. Our grateful thanks go again to the donors of reader glasses, many of which we have been able to give out over these two days. The happiness of the recipients is so obvious and so life changing – for one elderly gentleman in particular. He can now read his Bible again. Other eye conditions, requiring prescription glasses and/ or ophthalmic care, were also picked up and assistance will be given to ensure follow up and further treatment. Thanks go to Barbara for organising the two days – it’s now firmly on the Club’s Community Service programme.
29th April 2016. The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosted a hugely successful fundraiser in the form of its annual Seafood Evening, now re-branded as The Fisherman’s Feast. Every available member of the club did their bit cooking decorating, selling tickets, sourcing auction items etc. Despite really awful weather, friends of Rotary put on their storm weather gear and arrived at the Kenton Town Hall for a stupendous meal and a lots of fun as auctioneer Dave Mullins persuaded money out of pockets for some really great items which included a barrow load of drinks, a stay for 2 people at both Sibuya and Kariega Game reserves, some wonderful wines and rugby Test tickets. The club most sincerely thanks all donors of auction items.
4th April 2016 was the Club’s 8th birthday. This was celebrated on Tuesday 5th, with candles being lit by each of the Presidents, followed by a braai in the very welcome rain, and birthday cake!
27 March 2016 Our Club is devastated by the news of 3 rhino being poached at nearby Sibuya Game Reserve. These were ‘our’ rhinos and we share the grief and outrage of the Sibuya team. Well done to the team of dedicated professionals who were able to capture and relocate two surviving youngsters to a nearby rhino orphanage, and to Dr Will Fowlds and his team for all they tried to do to save their dad, Bingo. In keeping with our pledge to support the anti-poaching initiative, we are talking with both the Sibuya Rhino Foundation and our partner, Chipembere Rhino Foundation, to establish what we can do to help.
20 March 2016 Bridget and Roger Carthew hosted a wonderful lunch for members of the Club to raise funds for our Club to promote District Conference in March 2017.The fun and fellowship, which included the rescue of a drowning lounger and a sharing of hats, was another superb example of Carthew hospitality – thank you both!
17 March 2016 Pres Mike and members of the Club recently attended a promotional evening hosted by the SPCA. Their Chairman, Derek Kleynhans, gave an overview of all SPCA does with very limited funding over a very large area. Their budget is around R 70 000 per month – a lot of money to have to find every month. We were delighted to hand over a surprise cheque for R 10 000.
Our Youth Service Team ( Charl, Stella, Amy, Sandi and Ginny) arranged a visit to our Club meeting on Tuesday 1 March by our ‘children’ – the members of the Kenton Primary School Earlyact Club and the iKhamvalesizwe Combined School Interact Club. Parents and mentoring teachers ( Ms Sweetness Takuta and Mrs Heidi Lamberti) accompanied the children. The main reason for the visit was for these great youngsters to say thank you to us for supporting them in their endeavours. Earlyact President, Amy Veress, started the ball rolling with a very eloquent report on the Club’s activities and all they intend doing during this year. The Interacters then took over and gave a wonderful presentation in verse form which explained their interpretation of the letters making up the word INTERACT. We all said the 4 Way Test together and the visit ended with a resounding “THANK YOU ROTARY!!!” and a photo session. We are very proud of our extended family.
Convenor of the Rotary Cocktail evening, Steve Tredoux, pays tribute to everyone who made the evening such a success. “As usual we were supported by a wonderful group of very generous people who always selflessly support the projects that Rotary is involved in.
Firstly, our amazing sponsors. Without their support we couldn’t even start planning this function. Each year we call on them and they give us auction items without hesitation. We traditionally approach local businesses and they never let us down. Many thanks go to Sibuya, Shamwari, The Islander, Kariega Game reserve, Hi Tec, Buco, BuildIT, Kwandwe, Kenton News Agency and David Stott, Kenton Cruises(BAHFLY), Melvill an Moon, Mike Peter, and our District Governor Tom McGhee. If you get the chance please support their businesses in any way you can.
To our bidders, I know that many of you use this annual event to “give back” a little to Kenton and I can assure you that every cent that we spend will make you proud.
To all the members of our Club – you rock!
And to Rodney Austin, our amazing auctioneer, who pulls the mood together and gets things flying – a very big thank you!”
This auction item from Dave Stott and KNA quadrupled its value!
Some Brass – PDG Greg Cryer and Lindsay, and DG Tom and Mariana
Wednesday 23 December saw Bridget, Pippa, Ginny, Brenda and Denise meeting at Bridget’s house to put together little posies and gifts of home- made biscuits for the folk at Dolphin Coast Frail care. Among the appreciative recipients were Buks and PDG Wynand de Kok. both 91 and Pippa’s mother who is 97. 24 little bowls of flowers and biscuit packages were delivered – a lovely little project which is now in its fifth year. The inclusion of the biscuits was a great success. So much happiness generated by the Rotary spirit of giving.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ROTARY CLUB OF KENTON ON SEA. MAY WE HAVE AN EVEN BETTER YEAR IN 2016
Club members are enjoying the fruits of the Garden Project as the participants have been bringing their surplus produce to the Clubhouse.Well done to Tony Wiener who is doing a great job giving support to our gardeners and to Carol for making them a banner under which they are now selling their vegs at the entrance to Kenton.
Some of our club members attended a wonderful event on Saturday 12 Dec presented by Tanja and Gerard West from Dancing for Rhinos. The idea was born when Tanja asked herself what, as one person, she could do to make a difference in the rhino war. This show has been presented for the last couple of years in Pretoria to raise funds and this year came to Kenton where our amazing Dr Will Fowlds fought so hard to save two iconic rhinos – Thandi and Temba after they and a 3rd rhino had been hacked almost to death for their horns. Though Temba eventually succumbed to his injuries, Thandi survived and now has an 11 month old calf, Thembi. This war can be won!! Will and Ranger Jason Loest from Kariega Game reserve both spoke passionately about the work that is being done, reducing us to tears once again! It was a lovely evening and hopefully Dancing for Rhinos will come to Kenton again.
You know your club is having fun when you see the turn out we had for our Christmas Party on Sunday 6 December. A fantastic well done to everyone for the amazing variety of hats and the ingenuity with which some were put together. Well done to the prize and hamper winners – tho the less said about the ‘floating trophy’ the better – well done Roger on being the recipient of this! Dr Barbara did an excellent job with the presentations! As always Val and her team did a great job and the club’s thanks go to the Tennis Club for allowing us the use of their venue, and to Cheryl and Naartje Moss for a fabulous meal.
The Club, in the form of Roger and Bridget Carthew and their team, have been running a Garden Competition in the last couple of months. Final judging has now taken place and loads of prizes won. These were distributed at the club meting on 24 November.The purpose of the competition was to instill in local residents a desire to improve their immediate environment by cultivating gardens at their homes, on the verges outside their properties, and cultivate sustainable vegetable gardens for home use. What a great initiative and how successful it has been – well done to everyone who took part.
And at the meeting on 1st December, Pres Mike presented Annette Treagus, for Child and Family Welfare, with a cheque for R 5000.
In 2013 the Club was introduced to the LN-4 Give a Hand project. Isaac was the first person to receive a hand and Simon Matthews very kindly followed up on this recently. Isaac is clearly finding this gift helpful. Let’s spread the word to find more people who could benefit from this amazing project.
Our Interactors spent a happy afternoon with the Age in Action Group in Ekuphumleni. Gift parcels were presented, the children sang and everyone enjoyed games and refreshments. The elderly folk who participated were delighted to find youngsters prepared to get involved in reaching out to the community.
Six members of the Club attended the first Rotary Learning Institute course in Grahamstown. This was facilitated by Beth Thomas and DG Tom also played his part. The course was well attended and informative.
The Club has been very busy over the last few weeks and we were delighted to find Dr Barbara is on the cover of Rotary Africa after the RFHD. The photo shows the joy of giving a pair of readers thus enabling this elderly lady to read again.
Tuesday 20 October saw lots of activity at our Club house. Awards were made to Dr Loretta Heunis, Chris Barnard from HiTec Security, Craig Markow representing Makana Brick, Simon van der Merwe, representing Dr Davies Optometrists, Michael Tshukulana from our Blue Flag Beach, and the Dolphin Coast Frail Care team, led by Moira Bayley. These were Vocational Service Awards in recognition of Service Above Self, in this Rotary month of Vocational Service. Our Club salutes all of you for the excellent service you all provide to our community.
We were also delighted to welcome Finnish Exchange Student Luuilia who is being hosted by the Rotary Club Grahamstown Sunset. Luuilia gave us a delightful insight into her life in Finland and what it’s like to make this huge commitment to a completely strange country, new families and a new school. This is a wonderful Rotary initiative which surely provides a life experience both to the young people who take part and to the host families.
Happily both DG Tom and DGE Bruce were here to share the evening with their club, which ended with plenty of fellowship and an excellent supper.
Rotary Family Health Days held at the Kenton and Marselle Town Halls on the 7th and 8th of October. 98 donated readers given out to delighted recipients, with all of 162 people being screened. Follow ups will be done for those with more serious problems and the appropriate treatment will be given – a great two days – well done Barbara under difficult circumstances!
Fun and a trial wine tasting at Middle Beach on a 5th Tuesday! Thank you to Pres Suzette, AG Maddy and Sue for your visit from Grahamstown Sunset – and to George who popped in a little later in between rhino duties!
A very successful Seniors Tea took place again yesterday afternoon at the Peter Bennett Centre. Around 60 Seniors, mainly from Two Rivers Retirement Village and Dolphin Coast Frail Care were invited to join us for an excellent tea, and entertainment in the form of a sing-along with Tony Wiener. Getting everyone home again provided some gentle humour as one dear soul claimed not to live where they were taken back to.
Brenda and Olive
The Rotary Team
Banner Exchange – Caro presented a banner from Turkish Rotarian Caner Yildirim, Fethiye Club, whom she met recently at their club meeting.
The DG’s tasks are many and varied! Many thanks to DG Tom for officating at the Kenton EarlyAct Talent evening!
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea is calling gardeners from all sectors of our community. This is about green fingers and growing things and the competition starts now! Whatever kind of garden you have – anything goes – we are aiming to encourage all residents to improve their immediate environment by cultivating gardens at their homes, on the verges outside their property and in vegetable gardens. Judging will take place in November, so plenty of time to get digging and planting.
The Shebeen Bistro held by the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea on 22 August was a great success. Here DG Tom and Val Hill get into the swing of things!
The Interact Club of iKamvalesizwe Combined School at Kenton on Sea has also been busy with a fund raising project selling perfect pancakes. Funds raised will go towards assisting disadvantaged elderly folk in their own community – a wonderful opportunity to learn the value of service above self and experience the joy of giving.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea assisted their Early Act Cub from Kenton on Sea Primary School when they held a very successful, not to mention delicious, cup cake and cool drink sale. Well done to you all!
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea hosted a most enjoyable Tuesday evening meeting ( 4 August 2015) in order to present cheques to some of our special community projects. First up, Pres. Mike Peter handed over a cheque for R 23 000 to Chipembere Rhino Foundation. This was received by their representative, Conrad Phipps and the star of the show, German Shepherd Sammy whose favourite occupation is “tracking and biting” those on the wrong side of the rhino poaching war! The Club has supported Chipembere for a number of years now, and we know they use every cent wherever it can do the most good, be it collars for the rhinos or equipment for personnel and the technological side of things. Funds for this presentation came from the Rotary Seafood Extreme Evening, held earlier this year.
Then, a cheque for R 15 000 was presented to Zelda Elliott and Jean Blaker from Sunshine Hospice. In thanking Pres Mike Peter and Kenton Rotary, Dr Barbara Matthews, herself a Rotarian, and also committed Hospice protagonist, made mention of previous donations from the Club which have made such a difference in the lives of many Hospice patients. And lastly, Mrs Marianne Wessels, the principal of Kenton Primary School, received a cheque for R 10 000. This will be put to good use improving the school’s IT facilities. Funds for these two presentations were raised from the two Dinner Theatre Shows presented by Rotary at the end of June.
The evening ended with fellowship over a bowl of excellent hot soup provided by members of the Club.
Welcome to our newest member – Ginny Reed. We’re delighted you have joined us, Ginny! ( 4 August 2015)
Special congratulations to Val Hill – our newest Paul Harris Fellow – such a well deserved accolade!!
Induction Dinner 17 June 2015. What a lovely evening full of lots of fun and fellowship. Well done to PP Louis on a full, well run year and good luck to President Mike for your year.
Thanks for being with us and well done to the new Presidents – Tony Palmer from Grahamstown, Ren Mouton from Port Alfred, Mike Peter, Kenton and Suzette Green, Grahamstown Sunset. Have a wonderful year.
Congratulations to the ‘graduates’ of a Rotary Kenton vocational carpentry class just completed in partnership with ChicorySA who very kindly donated the funds for this project. 6 youngsters, between 18 – 25 years old, were chosen to take part in this course which meant a commitment of 5 hours a day, 3 days a week for 3 weeks. Led by a Zimbabwean trainer (say no to xenophobia!!) the participants learnt a great deal and were thrilled to take home the beautiful wardrobe which they had each made. All credit to Pres. Louis Hattingh for this initiative and for providing the trainer, premises and prizes. The top student took home an electrical drill and a circular saw, whist the other 5 were each presented with a drill.
The Rotary Seafood Extreme was once again a huge success. It is a tribute to the Father of the event – Rotarian Keith Wilmot – and his family have kept the tradiition – well done everyone!
The Earlyactors from Kenton Primary School recently visited Dias Old Age Home in Alexandria to bring a bit of happiness and song to the residents. Stella, Charl, Pam and Mary from our Club, accompanied the children .
What an amazing evening we have just had with John Glassford and his lovely wife Sue. John has been the champion who has gained recognition from RI for RAGES ( Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species) His efforts have put the Rotary spotlight firmly on the need for conservation worldwide for the preservation of ‘ all creatures, great and small’. This quietly spoken man who hails originally from Kenya, is a visionary with a missionary zeal to make sure that EVERYONE knows how important it is to look after our environment and everything in it. It’s been a privilege to meet John and he makes us even more proud of our member Jo Wilmot who is the project manager for RAGES in the whole Rotary world. John spent an afternoon at Kariega Park reserve, home to Thandi and her new calf Thembi, with Dr Will Fowlds – yay Will! – whose inspirational talk led our club to espouse the rhino cause.
Our Club has just approved the purchase of a Shelter Box as a measure of support for the dreadful tragedy of Nepal.
Shelter Box is supported by Rotary International and provides in one ‘box’ all the basic necessities for life after a disaster. Please google shelterbox for further info on this fantastic initiative.
Today, 7 May, saw another Teachers’ Workshop being hosted by our Club. These workshops are aimed at providing our local teachers with extra tools and knowledge to help them perform their tasks with the children. Today Mrs Marietjie Bezuidenhout addressed those present on the subject of the many problems children may experience either at home or at school, and how, as teachers, they can be better prepared to help. Problems range from bullying to plain hunger and on to something as severe as domestic and sexual abuse. Marietjie has 23 years of experience as a Social Worker, mainly based at a hospital in nearby Grahamstown. Well done to Rotarians Stella Swanson and Charl Wormald for this well prepared initiative.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea was there in force at the District 9370 Conference in Bloemfontein last week end. 17 of us, including DGE Tom and DGN Bruce, packed our bags and set forth with William the Rhino being towed behind us. The conference was highly successful, held at Kopana Nokeng just out of town, with a number of great speakers and fun evening events. We’ll be going in even larger numbers next year to Potchefstroom to support DGE Tom!
INAUGURATION OF THE NEWEST INTERACT CLUB AT EKAMVALESIZWE COMBINED SCHOOL 22/04/2015
Congratulations! You are now officially part of the wonderful world of Rotary. We are so proud of our latest ‘child’ as we welcome 20 young people to the family of Rotary. Charl Wormald and Sandi Peter have worked hard with Ms Nolu Pasiwe and Principal Ray Ndabeni to bring us to today’s ceremony. DGE Bruce Steele-Gray presented the Certificate of Organisation, and Mr Anthony Zingela from the School Management Team unveiled the Interact banner – to thunderous applause from the newly inducted Interactors! Pres Louis Hattingh donated a tree which was planted this afternoon – something to be cared for and nurtured as members of the new Club intend to care for and nurture their community in the true spirit of Service above Self
VIVA Ekamvalesizwe Interact Club
The Office Bearers
Happy Birthday Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea! We have just turned 6. The event was marked by a Build a Burger evening at our Clubhouse and recollections from each of our 6 presidents, directed by MC Roger Carthew in his jacket of red renown! The evening epitomised the main theme of each of the presidents – our club has fun! And well done to Willem van Rensburg, the winner of the wine draw. Also to Val Hill and her team for organising yet another happy, fun event.
Sunday 19 April saw a number of our members gather for a car rally, wonderfully well organised and planned by Ron and Pam Gush. Happily the rain had finally stopped and drivers, co-drivers and back seat drivers arranged themselves in their duly appointed seats and at 10:30 …. off they went! The route was approximately 2 hours – somewhat longer for some – and wound its way around Kenton, Merry Hill, Bushman’s River – where at least one Kentonian got lost – and on to Boknes and Cannon Rocks, landing up back at the Clubhouse for a braai and fellowship.The floating trophy was won by Doug and Stella Swanson and backseat driver, Pres. Louis. A great day out and many thanks to Pam and Ron – let’s do it again!
The Earlyactors from Kenton Primary School had a fun day on 30 March planting trees which they had grown themselves from seed. Each of the 15 members is responsible for their own tree and each tree represents one of the 15 rhinos killed in the E Cape during 2014
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And a last word on the RFE. We took our guests to the dairy farm of our members Simon and Barbara Matthews – an experience I doubt our big city dwellers would ever otherwise experience – it knocked the sock off most of us as well. A wonderful day on a lovely home with lost more fellowship, twin Friesian calves being born right in front of us and ….Barrie the Nguni bull!
A 5 am start today saw the end of our Turkish RFE as we struggled through the dawn to PE airport. Thank you to every member of our Club who gave them such a heartwarming welcome and who had a hand in arranging the many activities which took place – even down to one of Simon Matthews’ beautiful cows presenting with twins as we watched!. We shall all remember Friday’s beach party as being Kenton’s contribution with the best weather ever.
24 February to 2 March – our Turkish Rotary Friendship Exchange guests are being hosted by our Club. Eight Rotarians from a number of Clubs in Istanbul ( there are 71 clubs altogether in Istanbul!) arrived at PE airport on Tuesday. Their first event was a dinner with all members of Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea – an opportunity for lots of fellowship and we were treated to a presentation by Suleyman Girit on Turkey today and how Rotary fits into it. The group travelled yesterday to Port Alfred, whose Club is co-hosting, to visit several community service projects, and today to meet with the Rotary Clubs of Grahamstown and Grahamstown Sunset. What great people and what a great way of learning more about other cultures and their countries!
Wednesday 14 January saw a group of disadvantaged local youngsters taking part in a RYLA ( Rotary Youth) camp. Led by Josh and his team of young German volunteers, they had the time of their lives!
2 January 2015 – Rotary Cocktail Party – what a super successful evening! Now firmly on the calendar, the cocktail party helps us showcase all we have done in the past year. Thank you to our wonderful supporters for being there, joining in, bidding for the many wonderful items being auctioned and helping us raise money which goes back into our community. Thanks also to Rodney Austin who makes the auction such fun and to local artists, Tess and Gayle Lovemore and Cheryl Castle for exhibiting some of their work. And of course well done to all our members who provided amazing ‘eats’ and worked so hard to make the evening happen.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea sends greetings to all its friends and supporters and wishes them a happy, peaceful and exciting 2015.
27 December 2014
Today the Rotary Clubs of Kenton on Sea and Port Alfred mourn the passing, on 23 December, of our dear fellow Rotarian, Keith Wilmot – a legend in his community and a legend in Rotary, a man whose life is summed up by our motto – “Service above Self”. Rest in Peace, Keith.
Yesterday saw the official opening of the new foot path to Middle Beach. Congratulations to Kwaaihoek Builders on a job well done and to Johan and Fiona van Wyk who landscaped the result, and many thanks again to Makana Brick for donating the materials. Carriage Cove owners David Lawrence and Francois Theron attended the small ceremony presented by Rotarian Roger Carthew whose idea this was originally – well done everyone!
With the year rapidly coming to a close, a reminder that our Club’s final meeting is on Tuesday 16 December, 5 for 5:30 at the Dias Angling Club off Somerset Street. We start again on Tuesday 13 January 2015.
A special evening for our Club last evening, shared with DG Andrew Jaeger, Christine and Daniel, on their DG club visit. The morning was spent in meetings and visits to our Ekuphumleni Soup Kitchen and the Garden Project, followed by our Club meeting at which DG Andrew urged the Club to keep on ‘lighting up Rotary’.With us as well were DGE Tom McGhee, DGN Bruce Steele-Gray and AG George Green – what a lot of Brass! DG Andrew presented Certificates of Merit to Barbara Matthews, Jo Wilmot, Sandi Peter and Pippa Steele-Gray.
Community Project – Middle Beach Paving
A new initiative is reaching completion – the creating of a paved walkway down to Middle Beach at Kenton. This is one of the busiest roads during the fast approaching season and there is a great need for a safe route for pedestrians. Very many thanks go to Makana Brick who donated the pavers.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Rotarian, Jo Wilmot, who was runner-up in the Ndlambe Citizens of the Year. To quote “The Announcer”, Jo is committed to the fight against rhino poaching and has worked with steady dedication to raise awareness, not only with regard to rhino poaching, but the conservation of all wild life”. Well done Jo!!
Tuesday 21 October: We had an action packed meeting today with the induction of two new members – Hugh McCormick and Steve Tredoux – by AG George Green who came down from Grahamstown with his wife Suzette, and Maddy Webber, President of Grahamstown Sunset Club. This was followed by a most interesting update on the activities of Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) delivered by Prof Tony Ribbink. (See this page in Links)
Saturday 19 Oct saw a gathering of Rotarians in Grahamstown for a Training session with Kevin Dersley, Gavin Jepson and Bruce Steele-Gray presenting focus points for membership and Foundation. Pres Louis, John Homewood and Bruce and Pippa Steele-Gray attended from our Club. There was plenty of lively debate, followed by good fellowship at lunch – a good, well run meeting with lots to learn.
Sunday 28th September saw Kenton Rotarians turning out bright and early for the annual Rhino Run. This event raises both funds and awareness for the protection of rhinos, fully supported by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation. Members of the public braved the elements to take part in a number of different activities which included a serious 20km event and a not so serious stroll along the beach with the kids and the dogs. Rotarians made sure everyone was well catered for with bacon and egg rolls, boerie rolls and steak rolls. They also kept participants on the right route in a suitably Sunday morning leisurely fashion. This event takes place country wide in different centres and, for the first time, also took place from one centre is the USA – hopefully this will grow.
The Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea arranged a tea for Senior Citizens of Kenton on Saturday, 13 September 2014. It was held at the Peter Bennett Centre, in the Two Rivers Retirement Village, with attendance of close to 80 Senior Citizens. Tea , coffee and fruit juice was served with cakes, biscuits and savoury snacks provided by the Rotarians and friends. Light entertainment was provided by a number of local singers. Seven elderly folk were also transported from the Dolphin Coast Frail Care centre to enjoy the fun and an afternoon out.
Kenton Rotary Friendship exchange to Istanbul
Four couples from our Club have just returned from an RFE to Istanbul, Turkey. Colin & Alison Armstrong, Barrie & Brenda Brown, Mike & Sheila White and Bruce & Pippa Steele-Gray, and Port Alfred Rotarians Dave and Delene Hawkins & Janet van Schalkwyk , spent 10 days hosted by members of various clubs ( of which there are 70 +!) in Istanbul. What a city in which to be hosted…. With 20 million odd citizens, Istanbul sprawls around the Golden Horn and Bosphorus up to the Black Sea. With its wealth of history and fabulous mosques, museums and palaces, the RFE was packed with action from early morning until late at night. Distances are such that it is nothing to take 1 ½ hours just to get us all together every morning, never mind start the day’s activities. We experienced ferries, sea buses, dolmuz’s, the metro, our ever faithful shuttle bus, hosts’ cars and – loads of Shank’s Pony ( our own feet)! And did these ache…. And ache! The hospitality was second to none with every host doing everything possible to keep us entertained, fed, watered ( not so much of the grape or hop!) and generally cared for. How interesting to learn so much more about another country which is so very different in culture, religion, language etc – and how happily we found ourselves to be so similar as human beings. If Rotary could only run the world ….! Any difficulties in communication, our Turkish being , apart from Bruce, non-existent, were overcome by sheer goodwill and a desire to make ourselves understood somehow. In most instances, though, the Turks spoke pretty good English. Our programme took us to the Blue Mosque, the Cistern, Dolmabace Palace, the Church of Chora, the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, a trip on the Bosphorus, Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace, several Rahmi Koc ( one of the wealthiest families in Turkey) museums, a walk up to Taksim Square and, with our hosts, a number of only marginally lesser places of interest. What a wonderful experience and what friends we have made, many of whom we hope will visit us on a return RFE in 2015.
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The Whites, Armstrongs and Steele-Grays, together with Pippa Swift and Caro Masson also had a wonderful 2 week sailing trip along the south-western coast of Turkey before starting the RFE – another wonderful time of fun and fellowship.