Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay awards service to community

2017-07-27 06:00
Attending the 19th induction ceremony of the Rotary Club of Jeffreys Bay are Assistant District Governor Alan Hudson, Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay President Tracy de Jager, Incoming District Governor for District 9370 Gianna Doubell and Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay Secretary Jill Pope.                                              Photo:LYN AITKEN

Attending the 19th induction ceremony of the Rotary Club of Jeffreys Bay are Assistant District Governor Alan Hudson, Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay President Tracy de Jager, Incoming District Governor for District 9370 Gianna Doubell and Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay Secretary Jill Pope. Photo:LYN AITKEN

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THE 19th induction ceremony of the Rotary Club in Jeffreys Bay saw the election of a new president, the awarding of no fewer than six Paul Harris Fellows and the recognition of selfless community work.

At the annual ceremony, that took place at De Viswijf in Jeffreys Bay on July 15, Tracy de Jager was inducted as the new President of the Rotary Club in Jeffreys Bay for the period 2017/ 18, while Ivan Beaumon was elected as Chairman of the Rotary Satellite Club in St Francis Bay.

Six Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to members of the Kouga community in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their outstanding contribution to the community and their selfless dedication to service.

The first of these prestigious Rotary awards was presented to Sister Bertha Strydom for her selfless and dedicated service to the Sea Vista and greater Kouga community through her work running the St Francis Community Clinic in Sea Vista, and in particular for her work in educating her patients on improved family health, child care and HIV and TB treatment.

Next in line for the award was Rotarian Francis Becker, for her outstanding work in establishing the Nomvula’s Knitters Trust and the resulting contribution to poverty alleviation through job creation and skills development in Sea Vista.

Hilton Thorpe and Trudi Malan were both recognised for their dedication to the fight to save Thyspunt from nuclear development through the Thyspunt Alliance and protecting the interests of the greater Kouga community.

Margaret Vena of Shekinah Ministries in Sea Vista received her award for her commitment to the nurturing and feeding of scores of Sea Vista children over the years, ensuring that these children receive a daily breakfast of porridge before school. Margaret is regarded as a mother to so many children and, together with her husband, Honorary Rotarian and Pastor Andrew Vena, cares for the spiritual and physical needs of their community.

Also honoured was Maryke Pretorius of the Jeffreys Bay Trauma Counselling Centre, for her selfless dedication over the past 11 years to the counselling of those suffering any kind of trauma.

Community Service awards were conferred upon Jan Rademeyer and Mias Janse van Rensburg of Jeffreys Bay for their tireless efforts in transporting donated food, water and other emergency supplies to the fire fighting teams and victims during the recent wild fire disaster.

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