A new Ro­tary dawn

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EL­E­GANCE and ca­ma­raderie were in the spot­light at the 32nd in­duc­tion din­ner of Ro­tary Port Al­fred, held at the Port Al­fred River and Ski-boat club last week.

Dave Hawkins was once more in­ducted as the pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Port Al­fred, for his se­cond con­sec­u­tive term. In his speech, Hawkins spoke about all the so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties which were seized by Ro­tary, in­clud­ing a talk re­gard­ing the on­ce­promi­nent Gra­ham­stown to Port Al­fred rail­way line.

He also touched on Alzheimer’s dis­ease, a lo­cal re­cy­cling project, and an an­nual swimathon to raise funds to fight po­lio – most events hav­ing been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sup­ported by Ro­tary mem­bers as well as non-mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.

“Many people came to our talk by Jes­sica Pitch­ford, pro­mot­ing her book

If you re­mem­ber, that talk was very well sup­ported,” Hawkins said.

“Danny Wepener and Hen­nie Marais ad­dressed us on lo­cal is­sues, items of in­ter­est and our Christ­mas din­ner at the Wharf Street was en­joyed by ev­ery­one in a re­laxed at­mos­phere with beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions, and Heather Howard’s magic touch with a spe­cial verse with some fun and games.

“It was such a lovely and re­laxed event.

“Sadly, we lost two mem­bers – Elaine Fitzger­ald, who left for Florida, and Et­ti­enne Mou­ton – whose work keeps him out of town most of the time.

“Our Pure­joy project ini­ti­ated by Martin Al­li­son and Bev Radue ran smoothly thanks to ev­ery mem­ber do­ing their shifts, and I’m sure that team will run it again this year.

“De­lene’s High Tea was a great suc­cess, which brought in a lot of funds, as was our bar­gain hunt, where Ro­tar­i­ans and friends do­nated goods for us to sell at the open day mar­ket; these projects are worth re­peat­ing again in the New Year.”

Hawkins was in­ducted by the gover­nor of Ro­tary district 9370, Bruce Steele-Gray, who is un­der­tak­ing a Ro­tary friend­ship trip to Turkey with his wife Pippa.

The evening was ush­ered along most fash­ion­ably by teacher and Ro­tar­ian Julie Beer, who presided as the em­cee.

After a toast to South Africa, fol­lowed by a toast to Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional and the Ro­tar­ian prayer, those at­tend­ing en­joyed a de­li­cious starter of crunchy fish Gu­jongs, which was fol­lowed by a toast to the Ro­tary Anns and the past pres­i­dents roll-call and toast de­liv­ered by Ro­tary Port Al­fred sec­re­tary Heather Howard.

There was an awards cer­e­mony af­ter­wards, be­fore which Ro­tary of­fi­cially wel­comed Roy and Carol Oliver to the Port Al­fred fam­ily of Ro­tar­i­ans. De­lene Hawkins was awarded the Hon­ours At­ten­dance Award for her un­yield­ing ser­vice to Ro­tary Port Al­fred, and for her un­fail­ing ser­vice to our com­mu­nity.

Heather Howard was awarded the Wan­del­stok Jurie Wes­sels Se­nior Tro­phy for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice for the work she does around the clock for the district’s Ro­tary ini­tia­tive.

Bev Radue was awarded both the Tunny Cow­ley Tro­phy for Ro­tar­ian of the Year as well as the Pres­i­dent’s Award after work­ing ex­tremely hard in get­ting the Ro­tary ac­counts up to date es­pe­cially.

After the awards cer­e­mony, a de­light­ful main course of roast chicken pieces and roast pork were served with crispy pota­toes and an as­sort­ment of veg­eta­bles be­fore Hawkins was once more in­ducted as pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, while wife, De­lene, handed over the Ro­tary Anns pres­i­dent’s medal­lion to Pat Whit­field.

Dessert was served in the form of a de­lec­ta­ble choco­late mousse and cream. The evening ended with the cus­tom­ary Ro­tary’s four-way test, chal­leng­ing each mem­ber to re­mem­ber to never stop be­ing the best that they can be for the com­mu­ni­ties they raise to­gether as a fam­ily group­ing of people.

Ro­tary is an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion of people who work to­wards the bet­ter­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in times of dif­fi­culty.

The District 9370 Ro­tary, which in­cludes mem­bers from Alexan­dria, Ken­ton-on-Sea, Bathurst, Gra­ham­stown and Port Al­fred, re­cently raised R736 000 to­wards gen­er­at­ing aid for those who suf­fered se­vere losses dur­ing the Knysna fires two weeks ago, and this – ac­cord­ing to pres­i­dent Dave Hawkins – was done in only a week.

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