The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay recognises Rotary International for their 112 years of dedicated service above self on this day, 23rd February 2017.
Rotary began in 1905 when Paul Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, United States, in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.
Here’s to many more years of doing good in the community!
Dr Jeff Ilsley greeted the interactors and introduced me, Rtn Dane Doubell, to the class as the new Rotary liaison for 2017. He gave a brief talk about the Rotary Club’s involvement with Interact and commended Mrs. Robertha Nazer’s effort in keeping up the activity of a thriving club.
After Jeff Ilsley left, I greeted the students and explained that I would like to observe the meeting as it would normally happen. I enquired about the current activity, which was crocheting. I learned that a target of 50 small blankets had been set and that these would be donated to the less fortunate for a winter donation, providing ample time to meet the goal.
Mrs. Nazer continued to explain the process of crocheting, presumably leading on from the previous meeting. I observed groups of learners assist one another in a relaxed environment, which would certainly have a positive effect on memory retention of the skill.
I went from group to group to discuss the Interact’s activities.
Meetings are held every Monday at 2:30pm to 4:00pm. The Interact president for this current year is Kim Fry. The club has 67 members (24 were present – 36% attendance). Students in attendance change depending on other extramural activities. Sometimes treats are planned for the following meeting; This week, orders were placed for Muffins at the next meeting, noting that learners who order must bring R5.
Mrs. Nazer is an excellent teacher, displaying patience when trying to impart a tricky technical skill. It is also encouraging to see learners taking her lead in assisting fellow Interactors.
I was pleased to see the Interact in action at Lawson Brown. It will require a few more visits to gain more insight into the club, but today was a good step in the right direction. I thanked Mrs. Nazer for the hour she had allowed for spectatorship. The next visit will be the 6th March and subsequently each month on the first Monday for half an hour.
After a request from Early Inspiration, the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay donated Wonderboxes to the project. Wonderbox are heat retention cookers which provides an low-energy solution to cooking. This can be especially useful when preparing traditionally long-cooking food such as beans and pulses. The Wonderboxes were acquired by the club at the Rotary Family Health days.
Wonderboxes hand over
The Rotary Club, already a supporter of the Early Inspiration Project, handed over the five Wonderboxes last week. Early Inspiration is an organization with a vision to see children’s lives in South Africa changed. A vision to see the children of today developed into ambitious, confident, knowledgeable, dynamic leaders through teacher training and home visit and parent programmes in underprivileged communities.
2016 BIG DRAW cash prize winners:
R2 000 won by Dickey Elliott ticket number 620;
R5 000 won by Francois Vienings ticket no 243;
and R18 000 won by Independent Property Consultants ticket no 635.
This week the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay received a thank you letter from the Heatherbank Pre-Primary School. We contributed to their purchase of stationery for for 2016. Below are some pictures sent to us and their ‘thank yous’.
“Thank you for your very generous donation of stationery to us today. I was unpacking it after the meeting, and am very appreciative”.
“The Grade 3’s are very excited that they will be getting their own packs of koki pens next year and won’t have to share! “
“Thank you, for allowing me to bring such joy to the learners this year. The programme has been such a success that the school is continuing with it in 2017”