Induction Ceremony of President Paddy Ansell 2017/2018
Hoedspruit K2C Mountain Bike Ride - 2017
Rotarians from Haenertsburg assisting the Hoedspruit Rotary Club with their K2C (Kruger to Canyons) Mountain Bike Ride through the wildlife areas adjacent to Kruger Park to raise funds. Haenertsburg Rotarians served the riders (120 in all) a delicious hot breakfast at their first stop on the route, which is in the Timbavati.
ROTARY HOEDSPRUIT CHARTERED (SPONSOR CLUB ROTARY HAENERTSBURG)
In Rotary the birth of a new club is as much cause for joy as a new baby in the family. 29 years ago, in Pietersburg's centenary year, the Polokwane Rotary Club chartered the Pietersburg 100 Rotary Club; 14 years later on 16th February 2011, Pietersburg 100 chartered the Haenertsburg Rotary Club. On 23rd October 2015 the Haenertsburg Rotary Club in turn chartered the Hoedspruit Rotary Club, the first new Club in the Rotary District 9400 (consisting of most of the old Transvaal, Swaziland, Southern Mozambique and Botswana) in seven years. The official function was held in Hoedspruit on Saturday 5th December 2015. There were representatives from 11 different clubs in the district, including the current District Governor David Grant and two past District Governors Kobla Quashie and Anton Meerkotter.
The process started over a year ago when John Lategan, himself a charter member of Haenertsburg Rotary club moved to Hoedspruit, and identified an opportunity to start a Rotary Club in his new area. The process to establish a new club requires an in-depth knowledge of how Rotary works and credit must go to Maurice and Chrisna Stander, who, as dedicated and experienced Rotarians, along with other members of the Haenertsburg club, have provided John with guidance and encouragement in the establishment of this new club. For Maurice in particular it meant a three hour drive to Hoedspruit and back at least once every two weeks for over a year to guide the process of chartering the new club. But by the time the new club was chartered in October, they had already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their achievements to date include the successful planning and execution of the first Kruger to Canyon (K2C) Cycle Tour, travelling over 90 kms through Big Five Nature Reserves. This event raised over R150 000 towards the club’s local community projects and was well reported in the latest Rotary Africa magazine, published in time to be circulated at the charter dinner. The Hoedspruit Rotary Club was established with 24 new members, consisting of 20 new chartered members, 3 additional inducted new Rotary members and the transfer of an existing Rotarian from the Rotary club of Brits.
The evening included many other highlights. The current Rotary District Governor, David Grant presented the new club with its Charter on behalf of Rotary International, as well as a message from the Rotary International President. The President of the Haenertsburg Club, Maria da Silva, presented John Lategan, first president of the new Hoedspruit Club, with a unique gong and gavel, a symbol of the authority of the Rotary President. It was conceived and made by Haenertsburg Rotarian Michael Holford and his family, and besides being a beautiful piece of sculpture, formed from African hardwood, included an unusual gavel, one side of which is used to strike the gong and the other side, a bottle opener. This symbolises the two foundations of a successful Rotary Club. On the one hand it is about friendship and fun together, known in Rotary as fellowship, and on the other, it is about the more serious business of pooling talents and resources in order to help make the world a better place, living out the Rotary motto of "Service above Self". Speaking to some of the new Rotarians during the evening, it was clear that these two foundations were well and truly laid, for they could not stop talking of the fun they had with their first major fund-raiser, (K2C Cycle Tour) and there is no doubt that this event is going to become an important annual event on the South African Cycling Calendar.