THE LINK PAGE 4 THE LINK WEEKLY CLUB NEWS E L I NK TH Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Durban North MEETING ON 22 JULY Hilary Augustus announced District 9270, President Gussie opened the the evening’s attendance as South Africa 93.75% Due to lack of time, meeting, Lionel Wybrow pre- P O Box 20209, Durban North, 4016 sented an Invocation appropri- there was no Sergeant, but the ROTARY CLUB OF DURBAN NORTH ate to the evening’s speaker fines box found its way round Web Site www.rotary9270.org.za and Nicole Bollman had to the meeting. Gussie closed the WEEKLY NEWS LETTER stand on tip-toe to read the meeting with the following: President 2010-2011 Issue No 6 — 29 July 2010 Neill Augustus Fourway Test. Rotarians : Tel: (031) 579-2850 Hilary Augustus introduced Service is a privilege - let’s Cell: 082 5560 299 assume it JUSTIN FOXTON : STOP CRIME SAY HELLO and welcomed Honorary Rotar- Fax (031) 579 2853 Service is a challenge - ian Michael Pan, Ambassado- Secretary: rial Scholar Jenny Albon, and let’s meet it Laura Donet introduced Justin Foxton who proved to Brenda Swanepoel guests Genevieve Moore, Service is a gift - let’s ac- be one of the most outstanding speakers to address Tel (031) 569 1617 cept it Veronica Hayes, Alan and our Club with a message of dignity and peace toward Cell: 083 301 2692 Rose MacDonald, Peter Service is a promise - let’s our fellow South Africans which, without doubt, had all Fax: (031) 569 1621 E-mail: Coutts and Amanda Risi. fulfill it present rethinking our approach to crime in South Af- brenda@boilerindustrialpl Service is the future - let’s rica. Hilary Augustus announced build it ant.co.za that our first inbound student, Justin opened his address with a series of statistics Editor: Thiebud Stevens would arrive FAMILY OF ROTARY which suggested that crime in South Africa is not as Clive Raaff from Belgium on Monday. Ja- Nary a birthday or wedding bad as we imagine and that our negative thoughts do Tel: (031) 562-1940 son Stevens will be his Club Cell: 08204967 705 anniversary in the week ahead. not help the situation. The stats included the following: Councillor. E-mail: email@example.com Dave Flitton celebrates 17 • since 2002 overall crime in SA is down by 20% Mike Neale reminded all that years with the Club on 29 July; • since 1994 murder is down by 30% Assistant Editor: this Thursday, as the fifth in the Nicole Bollman celebrates the • of the 18 500 murders committed last year, less Justin Foxton Gerard De Broglio month will be an “Anns” eve- first anniversary of her return to than 3% related to hijacking or robberies 083 4077 163 ning with dinner after the meet- the Club on 31 July, and on the • 89% of assault,82% of murders and 76% of rapes involved people who know each other Lay Out: ing at the China Plate in same day, Laura Donet chalks Justin then went on to explain that Stop Crime Say Hello is a campaign aimed at all Mike Hartley Browns Drift Road. The up the second anniversary of South Africans. The message is simple: by actively respecting and dignifying one another 082 2922 108 speaker, Grant Bashford, the her induction. Congratulations and our environment, each of us can help create a society in which crime does not flour- Hilary Augustus assistant Sharks coach, should to all three. (031)579 2850 ish. be of interest to the Anns who The Club meets at cock- are encouraged to attend the Our deepest condolences go Societies that regularly promote and uphold the value of respect can live relatively free of tail hour every Thursday meeting. out to Shirley Piek whose crime. South Africa’s history is characterised by lack of respect at : brother died suddenly in Cape for one another, and this is often acknowledged as a significant DHS Old Boys Club, President Gussie read an Town. Chic Steele came contributing factor to our high levels of crime and violence. Gainsborough Drive, email inviting the Club to run a through his hip replacement Durban North at 5.15 for food stall on the beachfront operation successfully but is in Small, positive actions repeated often create big change. We 5.30 pm each weekend to the end of a lot of pain, more so than the can begin simply by looking one another in the eyes, smiling September. Mike Neale sup- previous op. Mike Hartley was and saying hello. We can begin by cleaning up our street or Visitors are most local park. We can begin by obeying the law ourselves; not ported the proposal. Gussie admitted to hospital last week welcome. talking on the cell phone whilst driving, not speeding or travel- will discuss with Rob Thomp- with a heart problem. We wish son and revert to the club. The Chic and Mike speedy recov- ling unnecessarily in the emergency lane, not committing petty possibility of involving another eries. theft from our company. Club / Clubs will be considered. We also encourage people to take the idea further and find their own personal ‘hello’. Using your unique talents and gifts you can help to create a safe, peaceful South Africa. For some THE LINK PAGE 2 THE LINK PAGE 3 JUSTIN FOXTON : STOP CRIME SAY HELLO (Continued) ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB NEWS this has meant taking on an apprentice or teaching their staff about the value of respect. Teachers have used their classrooms, business owners have used staff meetings and par- FROM THE PRESIDENT....... ents have opened their homes to mentor orphaned teenagers. Gussie reported at the last meeting that Ikhaya Lobomi is still sitting empty, some two years after the Club spent the R170 000 matching grant on furniture and equipment. It is about a shift of mindset away from fighting crime towards creating peace. It is about empowering each of us to work together in the creation of a safe South Africa. The Sunday Tribune featured an article on this sad state of affairs which, apart from a waste of a much needed facility, is now an embarrassment to Rotary. John Steen- It is about not pointing fingers and taking responsibility. It is about each of us doing small, practical things daily that can prick the bubble of anger huizen has been contacted and asked to assist in trying to resolve the impasse. and create peace. VIRGINIA AIR SHOW In order to combat crime we must urgently move towards respecting one another no matter our Peter Gooderson reported on the finances of the Air Show - South Park with a turnover differences, each working daily to prick the bubble of anger that exists in so many. Our words and of R12 007, out performed the main tent and the net income from parking was R8500. actions must convey respect and dignity and this begins with a simple hello Overall, the project resulted in a very satisfactory net profit of R34 000. President Gus- Mike Neale thanked Justin on behalf of all present for his outstanding address. sie thanked Adriaan Verhagen, Peter Gooderson, Rob Thompson and Brenda Swanepoel for their contribution to the organisation of the event and all the Rotarians and Partners, and the non-Rotarian family including children, Exchange Students and tea ladies for making the project the success it was. It made Gusssie proud to be part WELCOME THIBAUD of Durban North Rotary Club. We welcome our Exchange student from Belgium VOCATIONAL SERVICE Thibaud Stevens and wish him a great year in South Jason Stevens reported on the Committee meeting held on 20 July. Goals have been Africa. Jason Stevens is his counselor and he will move to the Roux family at the weekend. Thibaud set for the year for which the criteria for a Presidential Citation have been used as a will be attending Northwood. All Rotarians are re- checklist. The Inanda Special School will be reappraised, possibly utilizing the Robus minded to remember Thibaud when doing anything Fund. Paving will be provided at the Golden Hours School and the Committee is pro- exciting and include him in your activities. ceeding with the planning for the Centre of Excellence at Northcrest for which Mike Hartley has prepared architectural plans and Barry Garland has obtained sponsorship Pictured on Right—Thibaud with Counselor Jason through the Victor Deitz Foundation. This is an exciting project which will benefit chil- Stevens, Gus & Hilary and Host Parents Dirk & dren and their families by providing adult literacy, life skills and computer training. Annette Roux—(Brenda was behind the camera) Jason reminded the meeting that October is Vocational Service Month during which Vocational Awards will be made for which nominations from our members are invited. It is also intended to present the Club Wheel of Service Award for the promotion of good- will within the community in accordance with the objects of Rotary. Again, nominations CLUB DIARY are needed for this award. CLUB MEETINGS 29 July Grant Bashford : The Sharks FUTURE VISION PLAN : CLUB ACCREDITATION 05 August Peter Gooderson : Thailand and Other Travels Lionel Wybrow has been advised by PDG Colleen Pieterse that Durban North has 12 August Debra Bower : Kilimanjaro Blind Climbers received full accreditation and that we are fully qualified for the Rotary year 2010/2011 19 August DG Visit DUTIES 29 July 5 August INTERESTING YEARS Door Duty Laura Donet Peter McDermott Interesting Year 1981 Interesting Year 2005 Look after Visitors Brian Sanders Dave Flitton 1. Prince Charles got married 1. Prince Charles got married Invocation Barry Garland Themba Sokhabase 2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of 2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Fourway Test Sam Reddy Mike Mylrea Europe Europe Introduce Speaker Mike Hartley Hilary Augustus 3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament. 3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament Thank Speaker Jason Stevens Rob Thompson 4. The pope died 4. The pope died Sergeant Mike Thomson Norman Newberry Lesson to be learned: The next time Charles gets married, someone should warn the Pope!