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 30 active and 2 Honorary Members. Four of the original Charter members – Maurice and Chrisna Stander, Bernard van den Dool and Deneys Barry are still serving Rotarians in Haenertsburg. Of the 30 active members, 21 are based in Haenertsburg and the other 9 comprise the newly formed Haenertsburg Rotary Satellite Club members who are based in Tzaneen. There are 17 women and 13 men presently in the club. The current President is Anne Harman, whose year in office runs from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.
The club members come from a wide range of professions, from lawyer to civil engineer, medical doctors to teacher to financial and insurance managers and some retired professionals. The club members meet once a week on a Wednesday at 18h00 for 18h30 in their own clubhouse – the Rotary Moth Hall situated behind the Village Hall on Rissik Street, which is the main business street in this quaint little village. There is Fellowship time 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. The Satellite Club meets on Thursdays at 18h00, currently at Monya's Restaurant.
Rotary Haenertsburg, through linking with other clubs, has grown in strength through the years.
In October 2019 we had a visit from 5 members of the Marburg Rotary Club in Germany who joined with us to be awarded a Global Grant for Early Childhood Development. Please find the full story under Projects - Global Grants. Local NGO, Thusanang Trust managed the practitioner training. The two Marburg Rotarians on the left, with Ann Luther and Heinz Haas from Rotary Haenertsburg holding the banner.
Our club applied for and was given a District Grant of $1000. Together with another 3 clubs in our Region (Region 6 - Limpopo) this grant was combined with their contributions and used to buy wheelchairs through the Wheelchair Foundation in the UK.An order of 110 wheelchairs arrived from the Wheelchair Foundation in October 2019.