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

      President: Peter Rogers                     Editorial
      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:
                                                   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 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
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

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
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.

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 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
                       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)
    Master of         George Muller                               Debbie Nash          Gerhard Kriel
   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)
 Thank Speaker                                                    Ken Sturgeon
 Four Way Test;       Henry Septoe                              John Burningham         Roy Cheek
  Asst. Editor            Brian           Gill Bohlmann            Eion Brown          John Burdes
    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.
20            Bill & Win                    PHILLIPS              Wedding
24            Ted                           PARLABEAN             Birthday

                           Congratulations and have a wonderful day.

                                    FOR A LAUGH
Men Are Just Happier People:


   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.


   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.


   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.


   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.


   1. A woman has the last word in any argument.
   2. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


   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.


   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.

   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.


   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.


   1. Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
   2. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


   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..

A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same

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                                       Have a great day.

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