Rotary Club of Uitenhage celebrates 70th year

2017-09-14 06:00
<Uitenhage Rotary Club’s Past president Terry Ranger (left) congratulates incoming president Rynhardt Fourie. He will be the club’s 70th president. Photos:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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The Rotary Club of Uitenhage this year celebrates its 70th year and its 70th president was inducted last Saturday, nearly on the same date the charter was granted in 1947.

A discussion to form a Rotary Club in Uitenhage was held at the Royal Hotel during 1946. A working committee consisting of Jack Nicholson, Les Watson, Joe Levy, John Gubb and Arthur Edge compiled a report which they sent to Rotary International.

On 8 September 1947 the club was started with Jack Nicholson as the first president. On 9 September 2017, Rynhardt Fourie was inducted as the 70th president of the Rotary Club of Uitenhage. He took over from past president Terry Ranger.

The Club’s annual Youth Merit Award went to Wian Schutte, for his outstanding chess achievements on international level. He is a Grade 9 learner from Despatch High School.

Alexander Phillipson was the recipient of the Community Service Award.

He also is a learner at Despatch High School and is an active member of the first aid team assisting during the school’s rugby matches. He is a qualified emergency oxygen provider and on a voluntary basis assists Guardmed.

Past president Mia Smith was named a Paul Harris Fellow, whilst Rotarian Amanda Rudman was the Stirrer of the Year, Hendrik Louw the Spirit of Rotary. The Rotarian of the Year award was given to all the club members.

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