Induction Ceremony of President Paddy Ansell 2017/2018

Paddy Ansell taking the Oath from Past President Stuart Miller


Paddy Ansell was inducted as the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Haenertsburg for the 2017/18 year at a luncheon held in the Village Hall in Haenertsburg on Saturday, 17 June 2017








PP Bernard van den Dool received the Rotarian of the Year Award for Haenertsburg for his tireless dedication to Rotary and particularly for his leadership role in the very successful Ebenezer Mile Swim fund-raiser.












The Incoming Board for 2017/18 for the Rotary theme for the year "Making a Difference" is left to right : PP Ann Luther (Secretary), Amy Taylor (IT), Deneys Barry (Projects), Peter Stuart-Thompson (Rotary Foundation), Charl Naudé (President Elect) and President Paddy Ansell. Absent was PP and AG Maria da Silva (Treasurer).



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 Club of Haenertsburg celebrates The Rotary Foundation centennial

 The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg attended the official Gala Dinner in the Mopani Camp, in the Kruger park this past Saturday 25th March 2017 to celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation.

Almost 100 Rotarians from all over Limpopo, attended with representations from Louis Trichardt, Giyani, Tzaneen, Phalaborwa, Hoedspruit, Haenertsburg,  Pietersburg 100,and  Polokwane.

The Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for service in communities around the world.

The Rotary Club of Haenertburg has pledged since its inception in February 2001, to contribute $100/Rotarian to the Annual Fund. In this current year we have contributed $2200.00

In this centennial year, the club was the only club in its region of 6 clubs, to have a 100% contribution of $26.50 from each member to the Polio Plus Fund.  This equals $556.50 from club members. This in turn will be matched 2:1 by Bill and Melinda Gates.

Each club has also been challenged to make a club contribution of $536 to Foundation, which equates to the original contribution of $26.50 Paul Harris made at the 1917 convention in Atlanta. He eloquently promoted the idea of “endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.”

The Rotary Foundation is dedicated to advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Through grants and other resources, Rotary members develop sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to eradicate polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35 million a year. Since the initiative began, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 71 confirmed in 2015.

I participate in the Rotary Foundation because I care. These contributions demonstrate our commitment to serve others. By giving from our hearts each and every year, we support families and change lives. Our generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

 CONTACT: Ann Luther, +27 82 808 2539

TEL: +27 82 771 2655

President Stuart Miller 2016/2017





Tito Mboweni - Honorary Member

On Wednesday, 18 January 2017, Rotary Haenertsburg was honoured by the attendance of former Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni to its weekly meeting. Tito Mboweni has a smallholding near Magoebaskloof Hotel and spends most of his time there now that he is retired. He was made an Honorary member of Haenertsburg Rotary at this meeting, having been invited to the Club by his neighbour, PE Paddy Ansell. As an Honorary member, he promised to attend meetings whenever he was able. The Club members welcomed him.

President Stuart Miller with Tito Mboweni
President Stuart Miller with Tito Mboweni




Visitors from Rotary Clubs

On Wednesday, 19 October, Rotary Haenertsburg welcomed 'drop in' visitors who saw our signboard on the main street in the Village advising of place and time of our weekly meetings, and came to check us all out!

Seen below are (left to right) : Gordon Dowsett of Newcastle Majuba Club, President Stuart Miller, and from the Rotary Club of Kirriemuir in Scotland - Jim Strathearn.


Social evenings


 A busy meeting on Wednesday, 19 October 2016. Volunteers from Segwashe local  village who are helping with community education and development (through the Thusanang Organisation) and visitors from two other clubs who just 'dropped in'




July 2015  A Membership Month social evening in the Rotary Moth Hall clubhouse


Induction Ceremony - Linda Miller


Induction of Linda Miller (left) - 30 March 2016. Anne Harman (middle) & President Maria da Silva
Induction of Linda Miller (left) - 30 March 2016. Anne Harman (middle) & President Maria da Silva

Induction of new Member - Michele Zuckerman


President Maria da Silva attaching the Rotary pin to Michele Zuckerman inducted on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 as the 22nd member of Rotary Haenertsburg. Right is Rotarian Anne Harman, who sponsored Michele into the Club.




Induction Ceremony - Anne Harman


Anne Harman inducted 26 August 2015 – L to R: President Maria da Silva, new member Anne Harman, and her introducing sponsor member, Ruth Stuart-Thompson


Rotarian Paddy Ansell is visiting the UK and attended a meeting of the Skipton Rotary Club in Yorkshire at the end of October 2015. She is seen here exchanging Club banners with the Skipton President.




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.

President of Rotary Hoedspruit, John Lategan, being congratulated by District Governor, David Grant on becoming the Charter President

Pietersburg 100 Club's Past President, Klaus Rabiega, adding his voice to the congratulations to John Lategan and the newly Chartered Club.

The newly Chartered Members of Hoedspruit Rotary






Induction Ceremony - Laurie Railton



Rotary Haenertsburg inducted a new member - Laurie Railton - on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Laurie is a well known local resident who several years ago was a past member and President of the Phalaborwa Rotary club before moving to Haenertsburg.  President Stuart Miller on the left and Rodney Harman on the right performed the Induction Honours.

Induction Ceremony - Jeneane Hayter


At an Induction Ceremony held on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, Rotary Haenertsburg welcomed another new member, Jeneane Hayter. This brings membership numbers to 22. Jeneane was introduced by Linda Miller and President Stuart Miller formally inducted her.

Induction Ceremony - Amy Taylor


Amy Taylor inducted 25 November 2015 – President Maria de Silva and Amy Taylor

Induction Ceremony - Peter and Ruth Stuart-Thompson




Inducting two new members. PP Jack Holloway with Peter and Ruth Stuart Thompson

Visiting guest from Chile

July 2015 - Visiting guest from Chile - Rancagua RotaryClub


July 2015 - Visiting guest from Chile - Rancagua Rotary Club