Claremont Clarion The newsletter of the Rotary Club of Claremont “The Club with the cherry on the top” President: Peter Rogers Editorial email:firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Maurice Bergoff Meetings: Kelvin Grove P.O. Box 23163, Claremont, 7736. Campground Road Editor: Peter Rogers Newlands Assistant Editor: Jimmy Warner Cape Town 7700 Comment Writer: Web page: www.rotary-claremont.org.za Meetings: Tuesdays 18h15 for 18h45 Club email: email@example.com „phone 685 6551 Fax 685 6676 Disclaimer The opinions expressed in the Clarion are purely those of the editors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Rotary Club of Claremont, the Club President, or the Rotary organisation. Volume 35: No 35. Tuesday, 17 March 2009 MARCH IS LITERACY MONTH Please note that our meeting on 24 March 2009 is a Raid to Constantia Rotary Club. Please can you indicate to Frank Muggleston by Monday 23 March 2009 by 12 noon whether you are attending or not as well as if you are attending and not eating? A picture taken by our roving photographer, Peter Trebble, of the finishing team at the Cycle tour looking finished after an extremely busy day. Here are some letters from grateful cyclists. To the True Heroes Okay the Argus has past for another year. We who rode the “Argus of Storms” are all forgetting the pain and planning next year. We have boasted with medals and gruesome stories, been congratulated and praised for our endurance, but have had another amazing ride. But what about all those who cannot boast medals, who don‟t get all the sympathy and praise because they “rode the race”. Those people who stood at the start and on intersections in the howling wind for hours on end to assist us. Most of us too exhausted to even hail a thank you. All the massage and medical people who gently wiped the sand off our limbs so as not to hurt any further and worked patiently and cheerfully all day long. Repair stations who changed tyres, fixed bikes and worked like true soldiers all day. The wonderful folk who held the “Pee and Park” boards that constantly threatened to blow them away, board, bicycle, toilet and all. Coke truck assistants who must have had the best coke shower ever. Not the mention all the organizers who spent many hours fighting for the opening of Chappies and the thousands of other arrangements to make our day so special. I am overwhelmed thinking of you all and I SALUTE you with a grateful heart for all you efforts. Well Done Back Up Team you did an amazing job and are the one‟s who really deserve the medals. Amanda Schroder Ps See you next year for my 21st ************* Dear Sir I was there on Sunday tempting the mother of all wind and experiencing THE TEMPEST!! I finished and am very proud as I am a 58 year old female cyclist form Kimberley [which has very little wind and no hills to speak of] A big THANK YOU to all the marshals and the wonderful jog you were doing in such extreme weather conditions. Your input in the Argus cycling race is surely appreciated and we realize without your help we won‟t have a ride. Please extend my thanks to everyone. You are AMAZING!! Regards from the Northern Cape Irma Terblanche Dear Cycle Tour team A quick email to say a huge thank you for yesterday‟s ride. It was the third time my husband and I have taken part, and every year we‟re blown away (no pun intended) by the incredible organisation of the event. You do a phenomenal job. Thank you Narina *************** Just a note of thanks to you and the entire team for putting up such a good event yet again, but this time, in trying conditions. It is no secret that the wind was a touch strong yesterday which caused for much turmoil and excitement. In spite of all this, the event was another successful Argus Tour. Thanks again. Des Blackhurst ***************** First of all congratulations for the incredible organisation of the Argus cycle tour with all the problems of the route and then the impossible wind conditions on the actual race...well done. Everyone had adventures, I had two punctures and was wiped out in Hout bay as we came off Chappies by some idiot trying to pass on the last corner, sliding out and taking me with him, yet with the help of the wonderful Motor cyclists and spectators, I made it probably in a time that would have allowed walking the whole route.5 hours something to my last years 3;45.I don‟t know how you guys do it but you pulled it off again...well done Peter Anderson. Now that we are back home safely I would like to express my wife and my thanks to the unsung heroes on the day of the tour, these people being the Marshalls, It was bad enough having to cycle in the prevailing conditions but to be a Marshall for the duration of the event and for very little thanks puts those people in a special league, My very deepest and sincerest thank you to all the event marshals and organizers for toughing it out to make the cyclists day possible. Many thanks Stuart Jones ****************** Grace: Liz Rose The President toasted Claremont Rotary, Rotary International, SA and a successful Cape Argus/Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. SPOTS Mark Lancaster informed all that Kelvin Grove has informed of a meal price increase: One course R71.50 Two courses: R81-40 Non-Eaters: R20-00 The meeting indicated that they would be happy with a one course meal. George Viljoen informed of his impending retirement – 13 March is his last day in office. Please direct all email to firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be away overseas and his next meeting will be on 21 April. Brian Bohlmann lost his Rotary jacket on Sunday. Some despicable, thieving, conscienceless Rotarian has his, which is marked with his name. Please Return! Clair Fichardt has had a number of enquiries (and entries) re the Golf Day. Please note that the „introductory letter‟ is deliberately non-specific as the celebrity/celebrities will be determined by the number of entries and sponsors. When entries are confirmed the actual entry forms will be sent out; entries are R2 000 and sponsorship R3 000. He commented that, in his opinion, Sunday‟s tour was the best-organised yet. However he, and everyone he has spoken to, was unhappy with the Boyes Drive detour. Bill Phillips took a spot with the sole intention of informing Jimmy that Wales had won the World Rugby Sevens. Jimmy‟s reply was that no-one was more surprised than the Welsh themselves. Ken Sturgeon thanked everyone who helped, saying that it was the most challenging event ever and was an amazing success. -29600 started (usually about 31000) -A remarkable (in the conditions) 26300 finished -The race was stopped on Chappies at 16h30 when the wind was gusting at over 100km/h (7 to 9 on the Beaufort Scale) -Paul de Groot did the announcing blind, as the shutters of his commentary box had to be closed because of the wind -At the start cyclists ran into a veritable wall of wind and had to push their bikes for a few hundred metres but no casualties were treated -Cyclists had better get used to the idea of Boyes Drive, as it will be a part of the route for a few years more -Despite safety fears, not one accident was reported on Boyes Drive -On the instructions of the Provincial Government straw bales were placed at various parts of Chappies. These proved to be more dangerous than the rocks as they blew all over the place and had to be removed -More than 2500 people had to be taken off the course when it was closed -He paid tribute to Newlands and the other 23 Rotary Clubs for their contribution on the day. Newlands, who manage the course, were particularly outstanding -2009 will be remembered as THE tour – consideration is being given to the production of an “I survived the 2009 Tour‟ t-shirt Eion Brown thanked all those who helped at the start. He told how Mosieu Lekota, wearing COPE colours, was trying to get himself interviewed by the SABC, who were adamant that they were not allowed to interview him, but eventually did so without the camera running! MASTER OF CEREMONIES MC Lionel Morkel took us on a journey back in the history of the RCofC. He bemoaned the lack of a priest (Jim Abdy); a Poet Laureate (Derrick Rowe-Roberts who used to produce the Clarion in verse and was an English teacher of note); Joyce Raubenheimer (an attractive blonde and wife of second President Dexter who used to arrive at meetings wearing a bow tie) who gave new members a warm and wonderful welcome; Roger Handley, a quiet man and Past President, who used to enjoy (and taught Lionel to enjoy) vodka and orange; Robert Thorpe, also a PP and a linguist of note who, incidentally, will be attending the Oudtshoorn Conference. He ended with a hilarious account of the time he was picking up an „Ou Tannie‟ to transport her to the Lighthouse Club. Her ferocious Alsatian was endeavouring to demolish the gate in order to tear Lionel limb from limb when she shouted from her front door: “Don‟t worry, he only bites Blacks and Coloureds”. PRESIDENT’S SPOT President Peter welcomed all present, and thanked Ken in particular, and all those who helped at the cycle tour. He welcomed guests Malcolm Dodd and Lindi van Niekerk. The meeting closed at 19h20 (for committee meetings) with the Four-Way Test, read by Brian Bohlmann. DUTY ROSTER If you are unable to do your duty for unforeseeable circumstances please arrange a stand-in and let the Master of Ceremonies for the meeting know . Frank Muggleston can be contacted on 0823202096 Date March 17 March 24 March 31 April 7 Venue Kelvin Grove Raid on Constantia Kelvin Grove Kelvin Grove 6.15 for Rotary Club: Alphen 7.00 for 7.30pm 6.15 for 6.45pm 6.45pm Hotel 6.30 for (Partners’ Evening) 7.00pm Master of George Muller Debbie Nash Gerhard Kriel Ceremonies Attendance Lionel Bill Phillips/ Clair Clair Fichardt/ Liz Liz Rose/ Paul Overmeyer/ Fichardt Rose Roux Bill Phillips Fellowship Roy Cheek Paul de Groot Jaap Dekker Grace Neil Jeffrey Henry Septoe Jo Maxwell Intro. Speaker John Jacobs Club Forum Raid on Constantia Quinton Martins Committee Speaker Rotary Club (Cape Leopard Meetings (Meal R55.00 per Trust) head) Thank Speaker Ken Sturgeon Four Way Test; Henry Septoe John Burningham Roy Cheek Comment/Editorial Asst. Editor Brian Gill Bohlmann Eion Brown John Burdes Bohlmann Rotaract Clive Valentine/ Attendance George Viljoen Exchange Student Paul Roux Peter Trebble Peter Trebble Eion Brown Lacey 0827383897 FORTHCOMING EVENTS. 31 March 2009. Partners evening. 8 – 10 May 2009. Rotary Conference in Oudtshoorn. BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES. March 20 Bill & Win PHILLIPS Wedding 24 Ted PARLABEAN Birthday Congratulations and have a wonderful day. FOR A LAUGH Men Are Just Happier People: NICKNAMES 1. If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. 2. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes. EATING OUT 1. When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. 2. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators. MONEY 1. A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. 2. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale. BATHROOMS 1. A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel . 2. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items. ARGUMENTS 1. A woman has the last word in any argument. 2. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. FUTURE 1. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. 2. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. SUCCESS 1. A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. 2. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. MARRIAGE 1. A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. 2. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does. DRESSING UP 1. A woman will dress up to go shopping, go to the gym, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. 2. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals. NATURAL 1. Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. 2. Women somehow deteriorate during the night. OFFSPRING 1. Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. 2. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing! Please share the Clarion with your partner in Rotary Have a great day.
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