Rotary Club gets new members

2019-07-16 06:00
Standing are president Susan O’Hagan Ward, Nisha Patel, Kirtikant Patel and below, Bev Frieslich and Jayati Patel.

Standing are president Susan O’Hagan Ward, Nisha Patel, Kirtikant Patel and below, Bev Frieslich and Jayati Patel.

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Dubbed “Nanna’s Coronation” by her one granddaughter, the induction of Rotary president, Gillian Anderson, of the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope was a ceremony and celebration event to be proud of.

Rotarian, Koos Burger, the master of ceremonies ably conducted the events.

Outgoing president, Susan O’Hagan Ward reported on her inspirational year, at the ceremony, following last year’s theme, “Be the Inspiration”.

She said it was a full and busy year for the club.

Bev Frieslich, the club’s secretary, said: “She listed the many grateful people and organisations that are now better off than they were before thanks to our club projects.”

Past president Marge Upfold gave Service Recognition Awards to Chetna and Jayati Patel for their contribution to the One 2 One events, where they entertained the “special” guests in their comic hero costumes for many years.

Ursula McCabe presented Herbie and Rose Forrester a Community Award for their managing, at no charge, of countless Trivial Pursuit evenings which raised much-needed funds for many non-government organisations.

Frieslich presented Upfold with her Rotary Benefactor Wings and thanked her for her generous personal donation to the Rotary Foundation Endowment fund.

“We now have two Rotary Benefactors in the Club,” said Frieslich.

Kirtikant Patel was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow.

“This deserving and long-serving fellow Rotarian has worked tirelessly ‘under the radar’ for Rotary and in the Community over many years,” said Frieslich.

Following her induction by Susan O’Hagan Ward, Anderson was given the Club Charter and Gavel for her safekeeping, and they then swopped presidential pins.

In her acceptance speech, the new president, Anderson, announced the donation of vital equipment worth over R500 000 to False Bay Hospital by her son, in generous response to a request by lrene Butterworth on behalf of the hospital board.

Past president, Mike Walker was the Sergeant and the “last man to bat”.

According to Frieslich he gave a highly amusing talk centred on cricket which aptly ended a relaxed and enjoyable event which was spiced with the correct amount of tradition and decorum. He presented Anderson with a hat – reminiscent of a “hat trick” in cricket as she became the third in a row of female presidents.

“We thank Susan for an excellent year as president and wish president Gillian all the best for her year ahead as we Connect Rotary with the World,” Frieslich said.

She concluded: “As usual, the quality of the food was over-the-top, with full credit to the professional Johan le Roux and his team, not only for the food, but the effort Johan made with the themed décor, plus the impeccable service of the St James Hotel, a credit to manager David Hartnick and his dedicated waitrons and other staff.”

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