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                        The newsletter of the Rotary Club of Claremont
                     “The Club with the cherry on the top”

       President: Rochelle Myers                    Editorial email:
       Secretary: Mark Lancaster                               Meetings: Kelvin Grove
       P O Box 23163, Claremont, 7736.                         Campground Road
       Editor Peter Rogers                                     Newlands
       Assistant Editor Paul Roux                              Cape Town 7700
       Comment Writer: Debbie Nash                  Web page:

                     Meetings: Tuesdays 18h15 for 18h45

       Club email:             ‘phone 685 6551       Fax 685 6676

       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
       Rotary organisation.

                    Volume 33. No 31.                         Tuesday, 6 March 2007


 As Rotarians we are by nature busy people and constantly on the go. As we try to juggle our time
between our professions and Rotary commitments I sometimes have a sense that life is flying by,
leaving me no time to water my roses let alone smell them.
I received this from a friend the other day, just when my mind was over loaded with cycle tour start
gates. These things are sent to make us stop and think.

Chocolate Sings

 One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old lady about 80 years old, came
along with them--All in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered

salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops,

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie,"
Mae added, completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all
the time. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine. I couldn't take my eyes
off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their
lunches silently and frowned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She
ordered a parfait. I smiled. She asked if she amused me. I answered, "Yes, you do, but also
you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?

She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that's Possible. I try to eat the food I
need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on
something good. This year I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't been this old

"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven't smelled all
the flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf
down and kites to be flown overhead. There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not
laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country
church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my
morning toast. I want UN-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried
at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to
fall in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die
before night fall, I'd say
I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final
chocolate mousse before my life expired."

With that, I called the waitress over. "I've changed my mind," I said. "I want what she is
having, only add some more whipped cream!"

Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy!!!!!!

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on
relationships with people we love and respect. Remember that while money talks chocolate

Rochelle Myers presenting Raymond Jones with a vocational award for the roadside medical
assistance he gave to Rob Wallace who suffered a heart attack.

PDG Peter Hugo addresses the Club after receiving Claremont’s contribution to Rotary Foundation

Ken Sturgeon informed the Club about events happening behind the scenes in the run-up to the
Cycle Tour. We can be grateful that we have such a strong and calm team representing us in
negotiations with the City of Cape Town. What Ken described cannot be good for anyone’s blood

Master Sergeant Debbie Nash reminded her team of ladies who handle the starting chutes for the
Tour that they would be having a briefing meeting.

Sergeant-for-the-evening John Ryall took a ‘pre-spot’ to announce the President’s Challenge finally
closed. All but 4 members had taken up the challenge. Unused funds would revert to the
Community Service account.

A special Vocational Award was made to Raymond Jones. Mr Jones was in just the right at the right
time to resuscitate Rob Wallace had fallen ill at the wheel of his car. Had Mr Jones not been around
to practice his skills as a paramedic, Rob might well not have been with us for the evening.

                                    SERGEANTS SPOT
John Ryall told a long and complicated joke which involved Boyles Law, Hell, and Hope springing
eternal in a young man’s breast. As far as one could follow from his story, there is circumstantial
evidence that Hell has finally frozen over. A lot of us are soon going to get extraordinarily lucky.

                                     PRESIDENTS SPOT
President Rochelle welcomed guests Rob Wallace and his sister. A cheque was presented to
Professor Minette Coetzee, the Director of Nursing Education at the Red Cross War Memorial
Children’s Hospital. Professor Coetzee thanked the Club – and Ted Parlabean in particular - for the
donation. Funds would be used to purchase teaching materials for nursing education.

President Rochelle also welcomed PDG Peter Hugo and presented him with a cheque for R 110
000, which is the Club’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

President also welcomed Jennifer Hotsko, our ambassadorial scholar and also the evening’s


Jennifer Hotsko, our speaker for the evening told us about Panama, which is where she hails from
and about Beijing, where she has been studying while waiting to come to UCT, where she will be
working in the department of African Studies. One came away form her talk with the impression that
she is a person with whom one could enjoy really interesting conversation.

                      Ambassadorial Students week end
On the week end of 23rd, 24th and 25th Feb. the incoming and outbound Ambassadorial Students
were entertained, lectured to. Orientated and informed as to all aspects of their stay in South Africa.
The event had been organised by Trevor Wilkins, the District 9350 Co-ordinator for these students.
Though primarily for our own students, Trevor had invited Ambassadorial students from all over the
Republic to attend. He had arranged for them all to stay over at the Mountain Guest House in Breda
Street and the conference was held at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. There were 26 students
attending in addition to a young chap, Brent Drage, the TRF Representative who had come out
especially from Evanston to address the young students who hailed from all over the world. They
were a lively, enthusiastic, voluble bunch of youngsters, who will all do credit to Rotary, their
countries of origin and South Africa.

    They had opportunities to meet Mayor Helen Zille, have talks ranging from Xhosa culture, Legal
    Matters, insurance, RI Foundation and Student alumni. Our own past member of Claremont Rotary,
    Karin Webber spoke to them on Our Young Folk, an extremely interesting and informative
    interactive talk on the youth sub-culture of dangerous living and drugs, especially TIK.
    Jill and I were the only councillors to attend and we hope were able to give some personal insight to
    the group discussions.
    The picture is of our student Jennifer Hotsko at the Yacht Club with her Councillors.

                                                        DUTY ROSTER
         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                 March 6                  March 13                  March 20              March 27
         Venue               Kelvin Grove              Kelvin Grove                  ?                 Kelvin Grove
                             6.15 for 6.45             6.15 for 6.45                                   6.15 for 6.45
      Sergeant                Overmeyer                   Phillips                 Septoe                Sturgeon
     Attendance             Brown E/Burdes          Burdes/Burningham        Burningham/Cheek         Cheek/De Groot
     Fellowship               Burningham                  Cheek                   De Groot                Dekker
        Grace                   Dekker                  Du Plessis                                        Himely
   Intro. Speaker
      Speaker                   Cycle Tour         Committee Meetings            Cycle Tour          To be announced
                                Preparation                                        Party
  Thank Speaker
  Four Way Test;                  Phillips             Ranier-Pope                                          Rose
    Asst. Editor                Maxwell                  Meintjies
Rotaract Attendance           Ranier-Pope/                                       Roux/Ryall
 Exchange Student
Lighthouse Club lifts                                                        Overmeyer/Phillips/
                                                                               Ranier-Pope *

    * March 15 B Phillips Burdes and M Berghof.

                                             FORTHCOMING EVENTS

             11 March 2007 - Cape Argus/Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour
             18 March 2007 – Bring and Braai at Marty & Alois’s in Betty’s Bay


     3               Berenice                         LOUW                    Birthday

                                        Congratulations and have a great day.

                  JOKE OF THE DAY.

A 90-year-old man was having his annual check-up.

 The doctor asked him how he was feeling.
 The old man replied:
    "I've never been better”.
    "I've got an eighteen-year- old bride who's pregnant &
delivered a
    "What is your opinion about that, Doc?"
The doctor thought for a moment, and then said:
"Well, let me tell you a story. I know a guy who is a hunter. He
misses a season for hunting. But, one day he's in a bit of a
hurry and he
accidentally grabs his umbrella instead of his gun. The doctor
continued, So
he's walking in the woods near a creek, and suddenly he
spots a lion in some
brush in front of him. He raises up his umbrella, points it at
the lion and
squeezes the handle. BAM! The lion drops dead in front of

"That's impossible!" said the old man in disbelief. Someone
else must have
shot that lion."

"Exactly"... Said the Doc.


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