The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg was Chartered on 16 February 2001 under the sponsorship of the Pietersburg 100 Club. There were 25 Charter members and over the years this number has fluctuated up and down, but now stands at 25 active and 1 Honorary Member. Three of the original Charter members – Maurice & Chrisna Stander and Deneys Barry are still serving Rotarians in Haenertsburg. Of the 25 active members, 18 are based in Haenertsburg/Magoebaskloof and the other 7 comprise the Haenertsburg Rotary Satellite Club who are based in Tzaneen. There are 14 women and 11 men in the Club. The current President is Amy Taylor (youngest President of our Club!) whose year in office runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
The club members come from a wide range of professions, from lawyer to civil engineer, teacher to financial and insurance managers, some retired professionals, marketing professionals, NGO administrators and a restaurant owner. With the relaxing of Covid restrictions on numbers at indoor gatherings, a restricted number of Club members meet in the Club House every Wednesday at 18h00 for 18h30 and the rest join for a hybrid meeting on Zoom. The Rotary Club House is the Rotary Moth Hall situated behind the Village Hall on Rissik Street, which is the main business street in this quaint little village. Fellowship is after the meeting when members socialise and enjoy a meal together. The Moth Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Haenertsburg, having originally been the Magistrate’s Court and later used by the MOTHS organisation in the area.
- President Amy handing over a Certificate of Appreciation for tireless and dedicated work in the community (for food and other hand outs) to Michel Hughes. Other similar awards for outstanding service to the community (done virtually) were to Hans van Schalkwyk, past head and founder of the Haenertsburg Neighbourhood Watch group, and Quentin Hagens for his first response actions to road accidents in the area and mobilising required assistance and logistics at all hours of the day and night.
INDUCTION AMY TAYLOR - PRESIDENT 2021-2022
NEW MEMBER JOINS THE RANKS IN HAENERTSBURG
Jeanne Rae Trusler was inducted by Past President Deneys Barry in February 2022. She becomes the youngest member in the Club with masses of enthusiasm and energy to offer. She is an IT specialist, recently moved to Haenertsburg with her husband Geoff.
HONORARY MEMBER TITO MBOWENI PRESENTED WITH A PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP RECOGNITION
On Wednesday, 29 September the Haenertsburg Rotary Club Past President, Deneys Barry, presented Honorary member, Tito Mboweni, with a Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition. This was awarded virtually at the District 9400 Africa Conference in June for his contributions to the Conference which celebrated 100 years of Rotary in Africa. The Certificate and Paul Harris Pin were presented at a happy gathering of members and guests.
FOUR NEW LADIES JOIN ROTARY HAENERTSBURG!
At a special evening held at the Warriors Boma (in Magoebaskloof) 4 new lady members, 3 from Tzaneen, and 1 from Haenertsburg, were welcomed into the Haenertsburg Club by President Deneys Barry. The evening belonged to Pinkie Maponya, Betty Maselela, Shaun Mhlongo and Antoinette Ramaphoko.There were not only about 10 members physically present, but we were joined on Zoom by several other Haenertsburg members, our Honorary Member Mr Tito Mboweni, our DG Annemarie Mostert, DGE Stella and DGN Koekie, and other District office bearers. Thanks to all for the wonderful and much appreciated support for our exciting Induction Ceremony!