Sapphire anniversary for Rotary Kby

2015-12-16 06:00
THE celebration cake. Photos: Supplied

THE celebration cake. Photos: Supplied

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AN amazing cake was displayed at the Rotary Club of Kimberley South’s 45-year sapphire anniversary celebration on Friday, 4 December.

Tom McGee, the club’s district governor, attended the event.

This organisation was established by Paul P. Harris in 1905, but only got the name Rotary International in 1922. It eventually adopted the motto, Service Above Self.

According to Dorothy-Anne Howitson, board member and public relations person, Harris had fond memories of being raised in a small town and wanted to bring the camaraderie of that setting to his big-city life in Chicago. He and three professional friends started meeting weekly. The venue for the meetings rotated from one member’s office to the other. This rotation system gave the Rotary Club its name.

The club boasts a membership of 1,2 million.

Rotary faithfully carried out its mission throughout major events in world history.

“Members worked through World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The focus shifted towards working on modern issues, such as environmental degradation, world hunger, and illiteracy,” said Howitson.

“The first president (of the Kimberley club) was Dr Norman Dold, who matriculated from the Kimberley Boys’ High School in 1945. Other past presidents include Clive Holloway and Pierre Hugo.”

The current president is Meldrick Booysen.

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