The newsletter of the Rotary Club of Claremont
“The Club with the cherry on the top”
President: Rochelle Myers Editorial email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mark Lancaster Meetings: Kelvin Grove
P O Box 23163, Claremont, 7736. Campground Road
Editor Peter Rogers Newlands
Assistant Editor: John Ryall Cape Town 7700
Comment Writer: Web page: www.rotary-claremont.org.za
Meetings: Tuesdays 18h15 for 18h45
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The opinions expressed in the Clarion are purely those of the editors and do not
necessarily reflect the opinion of the Claremont Rotary Club, the Club President, or the
Volume 33. No 43. Tuesday, 5 June 2007
JUNE IS ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH.
THIS WAS A PARTNERS MEETING honouring Paul Harris fellows both past and present.
The evening was opened with a Rotary Grace given by Lionel Morkel followed by the loyal toast
given by our president Rochelle Myers. Sergeant for the evening was John Burdes.
John Burdes announced that there were no Members Spots. He then entertained us with two jokes
that had been suggested to him by his daughter one about old age and memory and the other about
lawyers taking advantage of free offers! This produced some reaction from the lawyers such as
Lawrence Whittaker in the audience who said this was ‘Actionable’. Fines were R2.00 if you laughed
and R10.00 if you did not.
President Rochelle welcomed everyone particularly all the guests.
She expressed the thanks of the Club to Jimmy Warner for a wonderful Outing to Darling on
Sunday the 27th. The Visit to ‘Evita’s se Peron’ was most enjoyable and organised to the last
detail by Jimmy. Well done Jimmy.
Birthdays – Rochelle gave her much appreciated card and gift to Debbie Nash whose birthday was
on the 28th May and Moonyeen and George Muller for their birthdays on the 30th of May and the 3rd
of June respectively.
PP Jimmy Warner – Took the stand and welcomed all the past Paul Harris Fellows of the club that
he had been able to track down and assemble for the evening. Jimmy explained that the Paul Harris
award was Rotary’s highest award in South Africa and was named after Rotary’s founder. For each
Paul Harris award an amount of $1 000 goes to the Rotary Foundation. In America a Rotarian can
buy a ‘Paul Harris’ while in SA, Australia, England and a few other countries these are reserved as
awards for outstanding service to the community.
Apologies were received from ‘Paul Harris’ recipients Raymond Ackerman, Bishop Desmond Tutu,
Martin Kramer, Gordon Oliver and Sister Lucille Wood.
Paul Harris alumni present were:
David Beatty – Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Geoff Bettison – Assistance at Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and other events.
Charles Ford – Long time supporter of the Big Walk and Cycle Tour events.
Brad Geyser – Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour (VOC Chairman) and long term NSRI
Bronnie Harding – Local Government.
Dr Bruce Phillips – Cataract Eye operations for the Community in Fish Hoek.
Leslie Van Minnen – Rail Commuter action Group after losing his son on a Metro Rail Train.
Lawrence Whittaker – Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
PAUL HARRIS AWARDS
PP Mark Lancaster – Before proceeding with the awards, Mark introduced Brad Geyser and
reminded everyone that while most people were paid in one way or an other for their or their service
club’s contribution to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, Brad was one who was not and Brad
had spent more than 20 years contributing to the event. Accordingly the Club had decided to donate
R20 000 to Brad’s NSRI station of Bakoven. Brad accepted the cheque on behalf of the NSRI and
said the he was proud to be associated with the Cycle Tour.
PP Mark Lancaster – Conducted the Paul Harris award ceremony in the manner of the OSCAR
ceremonies drawing the names from individual envelopes.
Dr Margaret Elsworth – A truly remarkable lady. Born in England in 1929 she came to SA at an
early age. She was educated at Mickelfield and Herschel before Graduating from UCT as a Medical
Doctor. She was a Co-founder of Shawco. In 1968 she had the vision to start the ‘African Scholars’
Fund which to date has placed over R10m of donations as bursaries for needy children who showed
the ability but did not have the means to further their education. She was awarded an MBE by the
Queen in 1996. It seemed appropriate that The Rotary Club of Claremont should award her a Paul
Harris. Mark explained that he had been the auditor of the African Scholars Fund since it started
and he had marvelled at Margaret’s dedication and determination over the years.
Margaret replied that she was delighted to accept the award. She hoped to continue to serve the
community via the African Scholars Fund for years to come.
Pat De Groot – Pat is one of the quiet unsung heroines of the Club and Inner Wheel. Her dad was a
member of the Rotary Club of Wynberg and she became a member of the Wynberg ‘Rotors’ club
helping amongst other things at Uncle Paul’s Christmas parties in Constantia. With Mark Pat was
one of the founders of the Radius Club in the days when Rotary did not accept women as members.
Mark knew Pat and her sisters from school days in Plumstead and was not sure which one fancied
him! However a Rondebosch Rotor – Paul De Groot came along and the Rest they say is history.
Pat said she was bowled over by the award and very humbled by it. Not one for public speaking Pat
said that she enjoyed serving the community and supporting Paul.
Rochelle Meyers – Our very own President. Rochelle has been in Rotary for over 12years now,
first with the Pierhead club and then with Claremont. Rochelle has not had the easiest passage
through life however her dedication to the community, Rotary and especially the Rotary Youth
programme have been remarkable. She has been on the District Youth Committee for the last 10
years, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Claremont for 3 years and now el Presidente. Rochelle
always wears her heart on her sleeve but her dedication is without doubt. Rochelle will soon be
leaving to attend the International Rotary Convention in Salt Lake City.
Rochelle said in thanks that it had been hard work but fun.
PP Alain Huchon – After greeting all present, including the ‘Lovely Ladies’, Alain introduced Chris
Whitfield the editor of the Cape Argus. Chris has been in Journalism for 25years starting in Natal
with the Natal Witness and Natal Mercury. For a while he was at the Argus Bureau in London
reporting on such diverse things as boxing and Politics. In 1992 he joined the Star, in 1995 the
Sunday Independent and in 2001 he was appointed Editor of the Cape Times taking over the Cape
Argus in 2006. A keen cyclist he has ridden in 10 Argus Cycle tours and the Cape Epic for the last
Chris Whitfield – He congratulated all the Paul Harris Fellows many of them friends from the Cycle
Tour. He said that one of the reasons he had moved from the Cape Times to the Argus was that a
RCC member Jo Maxwell had inundated him with letters! He was also glad to see an old Colleague
in George Muller as a member of Claremont.
Chris was not sure as to how his speech would turn out as Astrud Meintjes had plied him with drink
from the time he had arrived. Chris spoke to us about the 150 years of the Argus and while some
things had changed many things had not including the position of the Argus in providing objective
reporting to all. He found that Capetonians were passionate about Politics and letters to the editor.
Chris ended by quoting Jerry Seinfeld – ‘Isn’t it amazing that all the news in the world fits exactly
into the newspaper every day’!
Neil Jeffery – He thanked Chris Whitfield for an interesting and amusing talk and presented him
with a Rotary pen as a token of the Club’s appreciation.
If you are unable to do your duty for unforeseeable circumstances please arrange a stand-in and let the
Sergeant for that meeting know and please inform the Master Sergeant, Debbie Nash at
Date June 5 June 12 June 19 June 26
Venue Kelvin Grove Kelvin Grove Kelvin Grove Kelvin Grove
6.15 for 6.45 7 for 7.30pm 6.15 for 6.45 6.15 for 6.45
Sergeant Kornmuller Cheek De Groot
Attendance Maxwell/ Meintjes/Morkel Morkel/Muggleston Muggleston/Muller
Fellowship Nash Muller Overmeyer
Grace Muggleston Nash Phillips
Intro. Speaker Jeffrey
Speaker Fellowship Induction Dinner TBA TBA
Thank Speaker Louw
Four Way Test; Morkel Viljoen Meintjes Warner
Asst. Editor Sturgeon Valentine Ryall
Rotaract Attendance Van der Meer Bohlmann B/
Lighthouse Club lifts Valentine/
Van der Meer
LIGHTHOUSE CLUB LIFTS.
21 JUNE: C. Valentine, M v. d. Meer, L. Morkel
19 JULY: B. Bohlmann, G. Bohlmann, J. Warner.
16 AUGUST: J. Dekker, E. Rose. P.de Groot
20 SEPTEMBER: N. Jeffrey, J. Birmingham, M. Lancaster
If you are unable to do your lift –please arrange for a SWOP and inform Lionel Overmeyer 021 762
DATE CLUB VENUE TIME COST DRESS RSVP
12 June Claremont Kelvin Grove 7pm R90.00 Formal Peter Rogers on
14 June Kirstenbosch Silvertree 7pm R120.00 Semi By 4th June to Adre Smit
Restaurant for Formal on 0216704686
18 June Newlands Wild Fig 7pm R200.00 Black Tie Andy or Liz Ismay on
Restaurant for 0216893836
19 June Gordons Snappers 7pm R100.00 Formal Jofirstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Restaurant for
19 June Cape of St James 7pm R100.00 Black tie By 5 June 2007 to Luise
Good Hope Retirement For or Dark Rouessaart 0822110474
Hotel St 730pm Suit Or email@example.com
3 George Muller Birthday
4 Jeanette Leng Birthday
9 Caroline Ryall Birthday
9 Neil Jeffery Birthday
Congratulations and have a great day.
JOKE OF THE DAY
The Papal Debate
Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert or leave Italy. There was a
huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious
debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy, if the Pope
won, they would have to leave.
The Jewish people met and picked an aged but wise Rabbi Yonni to represent them in the debate.
However, as Yonni spoke no Italian and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they all agreed that it would be
a "silent” debate.
On the chosen day, the Pope and Rabbi Yonni sat opposite each other for a full minute before the
Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.
Rabbi Yonni looked back and raised one finger.
Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
Rabbi Yonni pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope then brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
Rabbi Yonni pulled out an apple.
With that, the Pope stood up and declared that he was beaten, that Rabbi Yonni was too clever, and
that the Jews could stay.
Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, asking what had happened.
The Pope said, "First, I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity.
He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there is still only one God common to both
Then, I waved my finger to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the
ground to show that God was also right here with us.
I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple
to remind me of the original sin.
He had me beaten and I could not continue."
Meanwhile the Jewish community was gathered around Rabbi Yonni. "How did you win the
debate?" they asked.
"I haven't a clue," said Yonni.
"First he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger.
Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I said to him, we're staying
"And then what?" asked a woman.
"Who knows?" said Yonni,
"He took out his lunch, so I took out mine."
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