Supporting Rethink the Bag

Supporting Rethink the Bag

The 3rd of July 2017 was the International No Plastic Bag Day. Our Club is very supportive of the "Rethink the Bag" initiative in Montagu . We spent the day helping to man a table at the entrance to...
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Gift to Hospice

Gift to Hospice

David and Sue Hall of Breede River Winelands Rotary Club hand over to Sister Myrtle of Breede River Hospice, a donation from the UK of 6 syringe drive...
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Bridge Day 2017

Bridge Day 2017

This year marks our 7th Bridge Day Fundraiser! As usual we are grateful and very appreciative of the tremendous support we receive each year - not only from all the players...
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Gift to Hospice

09/21/2017
Gift to Hospice
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David and Sue Hall of Breede River Winelands Rotary Club hand over to Sister Myrtle of Breede River Hospice, a donation from the UK of 6 syringe drivers. These devices, essential in the management of pain in terminally ill patients, cost R7000 each. One of the syringe drivers will go to the new Hospice in Barrydale, the remainder will be used locally

Visit of District Governor

08/16/2017
Visit of District Governor
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District Governor Lynette Stassen and her husband Koos visited the club on August 16th. They were taken to see some of the club’s projects including the Breede Centre in McGregor and the new kitchen at the Hospice Bram Centre. There was a formal dinner at Kloof Padstal in Montagu attended by members and guests including Assistant Governor Steven Stocks and Jane Phillips, Director of the Breede Hospice, and her husband. Padstal provided a delicious meal and in her speech the DG remarked that the visit was the most relaxed and enjoyable of their “tour”. A new member, Patrick Dickson, was inducted into the club and Keith Poole was honoured as a Paul Harris Sapphire Fellow, in recognition of his long and devoted service to our club and to Rotary.

Supporting young learners

07/25/2017
Supporting young learners
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BRW Rotary is a very active partner in Rotary's Youth development programmes. In the July school holidays we sponsored a Grade 11 learner from neighbouring Zolani, Ursula Bukwana (pictured right) on a one-week 'Adventures into Citizenship and Service' Camp in Cape Town. Camp excursions included visits to Parliament, The High Court, two tertiary institutions (CPUT & UWC), the SA Navy, the Civic Centre, a trip up Table Mountain, plus fun activities such as ten-pin bowling, art jamming, drumming, & line dancing. Talks by two motivational speakers also encouraged the camp participants to be prepared for life's challenges and to set goals throughout their lives.

Pictured on the left is Shalom'e Neethling, a Grade 10 learner from Montagu High School, who has set her own goal of participating in Rotary's short-term exchange programme, which will see her spending 6 weeks with a host family in either Europe or Japan. Both learners addressed the local Rotarians at a dinner on 25 July and impressed the audience with their maturity, confidence, & determination. Also pictured with these two outstanding young ladies is Cas Groot, the Club's current President.

[photo by EVE]

Donation to Breede Centre

07/11/2017
Donation to Breede Centre
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On July 11th the club visited the Breede Centre in McGregor, because it had recently obtained a Rotary District Grant of R20600 to support some of the work at the Centre. The funds will be spent on 2 industrial sewing machines, 2 scroll saws and a variety of tools for making beds and cupboards. They will empower 6 individuals, who will have mentorship support, to set up their own home industries in Needlework, Toy making and Woodwork while developing craft and entrepreneurship skills. All equipment will become their property through a process of repayment while producing saleable products.

Pieter Holloway, a retired industrial trainer and maths teacher, started the Breede Centre in 2012. He and his team saw the need for income generating and general upliftment in the local community. Over the last five years, the Centre has established a track record of success in a variety of practical training initiatives. These have led to the sales of products from wood-working and screen printing, social enterprises, providing work for several local people. Through the sales of their products, income is generated and a percentage goes back into the Centre for on-going training and support.

Currently, training includes woodwork, computer skills and needle work. Training in other fields such as hairdressing, cooking, welding etc. is also provided. A range of shorter courses are offered : --- entrepreneurship, gardening, and conversational Afrikaans and English. Youth activities include afternoon and holiday activities for the village children, homework support and extra Maths, English and Afrikaans lessons.

The Centre has a special area where children can play safely during the school holiday period; a vegetable garden; a workshop where youngsters can repair bicycles having had a tutorial at the cycle shop in Robertson. The visitors also saw young people making draadkarretjies (the very popular toy wire cars), under the tutorship of an older person. They were delighted to see that all the children worked conscientiously, joking and talking with each other. Lots of laughing faces!

They then viewed the area where Heidi is in charge of the production of aprons, bags etc. and saw an example of the industrial sewing machine that will be purchased by the Rotary Grant. They took some items for sale on the proposed monthly Rotary stand at the Montagu Village market. Lastly they visited the training kitchen where the lady in charge had four students who had made them an excellent three course lunch. These students are developing skills that can be used in a small catering business or as a step into the hospitality industry.

Induction of Cas Groot

05/30/2017
Induction of Cas Groot
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At the Club’s meeting on May 30th , Cas Groot was inducted as the next president, Cas, a Montagu resident, is a professional tour guide. The event was held at Spaces in Robertson. Members and guests were treated to an excellent three course meal at this beautifully transformed warehouse space (http://www.spacesr62.co.za/ )

One new member, Polly Haas, was welcomed to the club. Three guests were honoured as Paul Harris Fellows - Jane Philips, manager of the Breede River Hospice, Petro Macdonald, for her long service to the Bonnievale NPO “Mountains and Valleys”, and Christopher Powell, for his devoted support of Rotary and his tireless work for the Montagu Nature Garden. (Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary in Chicago in 1905).

I have a dream

05/16/2017
I have a dream
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Philip Jonker, the owner of Weltevrede Wine Farm in Bonnievale, “woke one morning with a dream” - to build a new high school with a technical curriculum to match employment opportunities and job vacancies in the area. He recruited an engineer and a financial expert, and began to plan.

On May 16th our club visited the site of the new school–the Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurskool. It’s a school with a difference - a public- private partnership. Philip donated 12 hectares of land, and local people - the architect, land surveyor, engineers, attorneys and an earth-moving company - have all worked pro bono. To read more about the project, click on the links below or copy and paste into your browser

http://www.jgeskool.co.za/



Photos by Ronel Preston

Fundraising at Eroica

03/18/2017
Fundraising at Eroica
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Our Rotarians and Inner Wheel ladies "hard at work" doing their bit at the EROICA Vintage Cycling Event on the 18th March.

Amid lots of fun, they raised a tidy sum of R7,000+ for towards our Projects!

Tree Planting at Rietvlei 1

11/11/2016
Tree Planting at Rietvlei 1
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In October last year, our Club assisted Rietvlei 1 Farm School by starting a 'Tree Planting / Propagation Project' at the school.
The trees in the nursery have now reached an adequate size and 25 were planted in and around the school in order to beautify and green the area, provide shade in summer, give added play-and-development opportunities to the children

For more photos of the event please visit our facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Breede-River-Winelands-Rotary-Club-587320544624919/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1389590057731293

Annual Bridge Drive

08/19/2016
Annual Bridge Drive
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Our Annual Bridge Day Fundraiser attracted 60 players this year!
The bumper attendance plus the generosity of the many sponsors, contributed to the record amount of R 8,400 raised.
Our grateful thanks to the Montagu Country Hotel too - we could not have wished for a better venue or service provided throughout the day !

For more photos of this event, please visit our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Breede-River-Winelands-Rotary-Club-587320544624919/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1306175096072790

RYLA Camp, Franschhoek

12/04/2015
RYLA Camp, Franschhoek
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In September, our local BRW Rotary Club sponsored two Grade 11 pupils on Rotary's Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp, held in Franschhoek.

This 4 day/3 night event hosted over 70 young people who were exposed to a range of physical, mental, cultural and social activities designed to promote leadership skills, facilitation expertise, problem-solving and decision-making abilities, co-operation and collaboration techniques, and creative approaches to life's typical challenges and opportunities.

The 2 youngsters sponsored by BRW Rotary - Henrico de Koker of Montagu High School and Roche Booysen of Langeberg Secondary - loved every minute of the camp and will enter Grade 12 with heightened intra-/inter-personal awareness, deeper insights, enhanced skills and a strong motivation to participate in their own and others' successes.

Rotary will follow their further progress with interest.

PHOTO: Henrico de Koker (left) and Roche Booysen (Right) seen here with Rotarian Eve Layton (centre), who was instrumental in enrolling them in the RYLA Camp.

Montagu Quiz

05/11/2016
Montagu Quiz
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The Breede River Winelands Rotary Club hosted the popular 'Montagu Quiz' in partnership with the Inner Wheel and raised around R11,000

Rotary Family Health Days

10/07/2015
Rotary Family Health Days
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Our BRW Club assisted at 2 Rotary Family Health Day Clinics this year. One in Robertson and one McGregor.

Both were very well attended (236 people in total).

Rotary's Family Health Days offer families free health services over a period of 3 days, testing for:
TB screening and testing, HIV Counselling & testing, Vitamin A supplementation and healthy lifestyle information, Immunisation, Health Screening (Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol and others).

For more photos, please visit our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Breede-River-Winelands-Rotary-Club-587320544624919/timeline/

Donation of 2-way Radios

10/01/2015
Donation of 2-way Radios
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The 'Observers Project' in Ashbury is making a valuable contribution to safety and security in Ashbury.
Under the umbrella of the Montagu Community Police Forum and the Ashbury Neighbourhood Watch, the Observers Project was started last year to protect school children, women and elderly residents from the unruly elements on the streets in Ashbury.
The Observers are all volunteers giving freely of their time in the interests of the safety and welfare of their community. They are given professional training, wear distinctive jackets and carry 2-way radios when on patrol. They swing into action when the schools close, follow the scholars to the safety of their homes; play a watchful role at the sports fields and public places. They also maintain a visible presence around Ashbury in the early evenings, especially over weekends.
The 2-way radios were donated by Breede River Winelands Rotary Club. They are used to report unlawful or threatening situations to the Controller based at the Ashbury Community Centre, who in turn will contact the Montagu SAPS for assistance. The SAPS is very supportive of the Project and the additional “eyes and ears” it gives them on the streets of Asbury.

Mime Time - Fundraiser

09/25/2015
Mime Time - Fundraiser
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We did amazingly well this year by raising almost double the amount compared to previous years (R35,000 !), thanks to our truly generous sponsors, the support of our community and of course each one who took part in the show !

A Container for Hospice

07/24/2015
A Container for Hospice
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We were in the fortunate position to be able to assist our Breede River Hospice with this container which now provides them with much needed extra storage space as well as a workshop!
Hospice in the Langeberg region does such brilliant work that we are not only proud to have them in our community, we just love to assist them whenever they have an urgent need and we are in the fortunate position to help.


For more photos taken at this event, please see our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1066430496713919.1073741845.587320544624919&type=3

2nd Entrepreneurs Course

07/13/2015
2nd Entrepreneurs Course
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The 2nd of the Entrepreneurs Courses offered by the Breede Centre Skills Centre, McGregor - in collaboration with the BRW Rotary Club's Skills Development Project - kicked off again on the 13th July for 4 full days.

The course is presented by Pieter Holloway (an ex-school teacher) who is proving to be extremely popular.
Not only his ability, but his enthusiam is contageous and always extremely well received!

Montagu A Cappella Fundraiser

05/27/2015
Montagu A Cappella Fundraiser
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Our Rotary Members did us proud on Wednesday 27th May at the performance of the Montagu A Cappella choir at the Montagu Museum. No less than 5 Rotarians are part of this very talented choir.
Rotary was co-beneficiary and shared the proceeds of the event with the Bram Centre in Ashton.

2015 WordWorks Courses underway

04/17/2015
2015 WordWorks Courses underway
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On April 17th the two Cape Town based trainers from WordWorks returned to Montagu to start the 2015 series of workshops on their Home School Partnership Programme for crèche and primary school teachers working in Montagu and Bonnievale. They also conducted a short refresher for some of those who trained in 2014. This is a Breede River Winelands Rotary Club project funded by a Matching Grant from the Rotary Foundation.

These courses are clearly growing in demand as there were considerably more delegates this year compared to last year.

This was a comment from one participant: “Thank you for putting this whole concept together and sharing it with us. The growing empowerment feels like the tip of the iceberg and I am excited to go out and share it with parents in our community. The obvious is so often overlooked, and stimulating the ability to teach kids so much at home in a creative way, is a lovely challenge.
I look forward to facilitating this process with our school staff to reach needy families. The world awaits them and their children. Thank you Brigid, Cathy and Rotary!”

The teachers will be helped and supported in their sessions with the parents by the project’s two mentors –Marianna Holmes from Bonnievale and Yvette Hanekom from Montagu. The next training session will be on May 23rd.

Spreading Cheer

04/13/2015
Spreading Cheer
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Our Club received a generous donation of Roscherrs Jam (a local factory in Montagu) to distribute among some of the creches, schools or care centres in our community.

We were able to give each of the following institutions a crate of delicious jams to help stock their pantries:

Nqubela Old Age Home, Robertson
Rietvlei 1 Primary School (Farm School)
Kabouterland Creche, Ashbury (Creche)
Community Centre, Ashbury
Sakhikamva (Early Childhood Development Centre)
BRAM Care Centre, Ashton
Bonnie People School, Bonnievale

Young Dancers meet CT Ballet Co

03/14/2015
Young Dancers meet CT Ballet Co
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The Breede River Winelands Rotary Club and Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association sponsored a group of aspiring dancers from Dance for All to attend the Cape Town City Ballet's "Open Day" on Saturday, 14th March.

The students are being prepared to be of a standard to audition for UCT and the Dance for All bridging program once they have matriculated. It is of utmost importance that they get opportunities like this as an insight into to what is expected of them to follow their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

Hats off to their amazing teacher, Fiona Sargeant for her dedication and inspiration ! (Fiona is a Paul Harris Fellow - in recognition of the amazing work she does to develop the youth in our region.)

2014 Mini Conference - Swellendam

10/18/2014
2014 Mini Conference - Swellendam
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Our Breede River Winelands Club was well represented at the recent Swellendam Mini Conference. No less that 72% of our members attended the conference!

Wordworks Graduation Day

09/24/2014
Wordworks Graduation Day
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Breede River Winelands Rotary Club sponsored a Heritage Day celebration with a difference at the Civic Hall in Montagu. 102 parents and 27 teachers from 2 Montagu schools, 3 farm schools and two Bonnievale creches came to celebrate their Graduation Day, after completing a seven week course called the Home School Partnership Programme. This is run by Wordworks, an NGO based in Cape Town that aims to improve literacy by showing parents and caregivers how to help young children learn. One parent from each school gave a short but impassioned talk, saying how much they had benefited from and enjoyed the programme.

The Graduation Ceremony was honoured by the presence of the Director of the Cape Winelands District department of Education, Mr Juan Benjamin, the Chairman of the Rotary District Literacy Committee, Mr Vyv Deacon and the President of the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club, Mr Willem Scott. The visitors were obviously impressed by the proceedings and Mr Benjamin promised the schools that he would visit them soon.

When the formal proceedings were over, the participants were served with lunch. Planned and prepared by caterers from the local community, assisted by a team of Rotarians. Huge smiles and enthusiastic chatter confirmed that the event - and food - had been a big success.

Oriental Carpet Show & Auction

07/25/2014
Oriental Carpet Show & Auction
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Deryl Barlow Weilbach, a Montagu resident who has amassed a vast bank of knowledge and experience when it comes to Oriental carpets, as well as Clive Jefthas who has 2 carpet shops - in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek - and who has been in the industry for over 20 years, gave the audience in attendance a most fascinating and informative talk on Oriental and Persian carpets.

It was followed by an auction which raised money for the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club's "Rethink the Bag" project. Rotary would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who braved the wet and blustery weather to support this fundraiser!

Rotary supports Sozo Ambulance

06/20/2014
Rotary supports Sozo Ambulance
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The provincial ambulance service has to cover a huge area and in 2010 Steve Thomas decided to launch a medical rescue service as a first emergency response to critical illness or accidents. Since then the Sozo vehicle has become a familiar sight around Montagu and last year the business was taken over by husband and wife team George and Shaheeda Janse.

George explains: “I was trained to Intermediate Life Support level and worked for Government Emergency Medical services for 13 years; my wife Shaheeda worked at the Bram Care Centre and then studied Office Administration - she now runs the office and does the accounts”

They are working hard to develop the service. Sozo also provides first aid training and now has an ambulance as well as the rescue vehicle. They provide emergency rescue and care for subscribers in Montagu and Ashton, and often respond to emergencies further afield. Corporate clients include factories, hotels, shops, guesthouses and farms.

George has a dream that “Sozo will grow to be a big company with more ambulances to provide a better service to our communities in the Langeberg Region, as well as skills training and new job opportunities. We would love to have a ambulance in each town”. But new licensing and equipment requirements by the Department of Health are putting a strain on the business.

The members of the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club decided that supporting this service would be in the interests of all the residents of Montagu and Ashton and on June 20th they presented George and Shaheeda with a substantial cheque.

Sozo has a number of regular subscribers in Montagu, Ashbury and Ashton, and also serves farms within a radius of 40 km. The monthly subscription is remarkably reasonable and covers all members of a household, the guests of hotels or guesthouses, and the workers on farms or in factories. Contact George on 023 614 2628 or cell: 076 401 7066 email: info@sozomedrescue.co.za

IN THE PHOTO:

Left to Right: George Janse, Nelda Wiese (Immediate Past President, BRW Rotary Club) and David Hall

4 New Members Inducted

04/29/2014
4 New Members Inducted
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Four new Members were inducted to our club on April 29th, bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge in their respective fields.
The new Associate Membership Category continues to draw interest and is proving a popular option among people in the community who are unable to commit to Full Membership initially.
We welcome these four highly enthusiatic new members to our club!

IN THE PHOTO: (L to R) Eve Layton, Caroline Paley, Club President Nelda Wiese, Margaret and Stephen Atkins

Wordworks Project launch

03/01/2014
Wordworks Project launch
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Exciting news: In Montagu (Cape Winelands), Wordworks and Rotary have partnered to launch the Home-School Partnership programme.
Last weekend, almost forty fabulous teachers and their project managers attended the training and are all set to get going with the HSP in their schools.

Oxygen for BRAM

01/14/2014
Oxygen for BRAM
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The BRAM Centre in Ashton, an Intermediate Care Facility, cares for people of all ages suffering life-threatening conditions and diseases. Treatments should include using oxygen to aid breathing and circulation problems.

A generous gift from the Rotary Club of Gallenneukirchen-Gusental in Austria D1920 enabled Breede River Winelands Rotary Club to compile a R15 000 District Grant to buy an oxygen concentrator for the Centre.

The gift resulted from the friendship established by Rotarian Christa Sanford-Hall, of BRWRC, who spends her summers visiting her homeland.

The handing over of the much-needed apparatus took place on the 14th January at the BRAM Centre in Ashton.

IN THE PHOTO (From L to R):

Sister Francis Eksteen (Sen Professional Nurse), Nelda Wiese (BRW Rotary President), Christa Sanford-Hall (BRWRC Member) Pam Verrall (BRAM Administrator) and Keith Poole (BRWRC Member)

District 9350 Mini Conference

09/12/2013
District 9350 Mini Conference
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D.G. Vyv Deacon and the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club invite all Rotarians in our District to make a special effort to attend this event.
You have not experience hospitality and fellowship until you have vistited us in Montagu!
Don't come for the day only - why not make a weekend of it?

DATE: 12 October 2013
VENUE : NGK Church Hall, 2 Piet Retief Street, Montagu

For more information please contact :
President : Nelda Wiese
023 614 3279 or 083 303 9400
nelda.wiese@everitt.co.za







Makiti Mime Time Show

09/20/2013
Makiti Mime Time Show
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FRIDAY 20th September 2013:

We had a good giggle and cheered on some very familiar faces in our community as they "acted up a storm" to entertain us. From the feedback received, it was a HUGE success, enjoyed by the capacity crowd who came to support us.

Our heartfelt thanks to all involved!

ALL proceeds in aid of our local charities

Annual Bridge Day 2013

08/23/2013
Annual Bridge Day 2013
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Our Club's Annual Bridge Drive, held at the Montagu Country Hotel, attracted 48 players this year.

Our grateful thanks to all who supported this event, not only the 'Bridgers' (many who came from far away, eg. Villiersdorp), but also the many kindhearted and generous sponsors - donating both Prizes, the large hamper from Montagu Dried Fruit which was our Raffle, as well as some really delicious dishes to provide a stunning spread on our hot buffet lunch table.

Our Sponsors were:
Montagu Country Hotel, Montagu Dried Fruit, Montagu Pharmacy, SPAR Supermarket, Kloof Kwekery, Illusions Hair Salon (Robertson), How Bazaar (McGegor), Faye’s Hair Salon, Complete Health & Body, Christopher Powell, Molly Smit, Wilma Weinard, Helen Gooderson, Nelda Wiese, Willem Scott, Kloof Padstal & Restaurant, Rambling Rose, Wheat & Berry Deli and Coffee Shop, Die Boord Restaurant, Preston’s Restaurant, Die Stal Restaurant, The Printshop
Please help us to support them where you can, they are THE BEST!

The proceeds of this event will go to our "Skills Development Project"

Induction of our new President

07/23/2013
Induction of our new President
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Our Club's 9th President, Nelda Wiese, was inducted at a highly successful dinner event, held at the Montagu Country Hotel on the 23rd July 2013.

For a gallery of photos of this event, see Photo Galleries on this website:

http://www.rotarybreederiver.co.za/gallery/new-club-president-for-201314/

Welsh Choir sings for BRW Rotary

06/29/2013
Welsh Choir sings for BRW Rotary
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On the 29 June 2013, the MORRISTON ORPHEUS CHOIR gave a special performance in St Mary's Church, Swansea in Wales, in aid of BRW Rotary Club's 'Bonniepeople Project'.

Two years ago, the International Rotary Caravan Fellowship Group (IRCFG) visited Montagu as part of their tour of South Africa. They enjoyed a spit-braai evening hosted by our local BRW Rotary Club at the Montagu Caravan Park.

One particular IRCFG member, John Lomax, who is Chair of the International Committee of Swansea Rotary Club, was especially taken with the work the local club has done at 'Bonniepeople' (the crèche serving the squatter camp at Bonnievale). He hinted that Swansea might be interested in supporting any future Bonniepeople projects by partnering our club in a matching grant. The caravanners were also very impressed by the number of projects our young BRW Rotary Club had undertaken! David Hall was BRWRC President at the time and he kept in touch with John over the next two years.

During this time a matching grant proposal was developed by BRW RC to fund a literacy project among children in their first 3 years at school. It was to be undertaken in collaboration with the Cape Town based NGO “WordWorks” and had the approval of the Department of Education. The project would include children and their parents from the Bonnievale squatter camp as well as children from other areas in our valley. The Swansea club agreed to be a matching grant partner for this project and announced that they would organise a concert as part of the fundraising.

The concert took place on June 29th 2013 at St Mary’s, the parish church of Swansea, situated in the city centre. It was a choral performance by the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the Ariosa Singers.

Among the 400 strong audience were many Swansea Rotarians and their families, members of the IRCFG who were attending a caravan rally that weekend and, representing BRW Rotary Club, David and Sue Hall and David and Diana Bain.

Wales is noted for its male voice choirs but none is so famous as the Morriston Orpheus. It was formed in 1935 and undertakes national and international engagements as well as many TV appearances.

The concert was superb, both choirs gave brilliant performances. The programme provided music for all tastes. It included songs from the musicals, religious favourites such as Panis Angelicus and The Holy City, operatic arias and the Grand Finale was a selection from Jesus Christ Superstar with a resounding accompaniment form the magnificent church organ.

For the BRW Rotarians who attended, the favourite though was undoubtedly the 'African Trilogy', included especially for the occasion by the Morriston Orpheus Choir. It included Shosholoza and Nkosi Sikelele. "It brought tears to the eyes – we gave them a standing ovation!", says David and Sue Hall

The whole weekend was a marvellous example of Rotary collaboration and friendship

HIV-AIDS Breaking the Silence

05/28/2013
HIV-AIDS Breaking the Silence
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On the 28th May 2013, the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club hosted some special guests: the Africa Centre for HIV and AIDS Management at a special event at Platform 62 in Ashton.

The Africa Centre promotes HIV/Aids community interaction initiatives and have developed a fresh approach through their educational theatre productions.
Filled with humour and popular music these theatre models are proving to be powerful intervention vehicles. Research done on farms in the Boland have revealed that HIV/AIDS-related awareness and knowledge levels are alarmingly low.

The shows create a general awareness, increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS and importantly they promote HIV testing.
They also promote responsible and safer sexual and moral behaviour aimed at preventing infection and tackle discrimination and stigma issues as well.

The feedback after performances shows that audiences are better informed, more motivated to change behavioural patterns with regards safer sex, being faithful and treating people with compassion and respect.

These concerts have been enthusuastically received on farms, schools, churches and businesses alike.

If any Employer, Farmer, School, Church, etc. would like to invite the Africa Centre and their travelling concerts to come and present a concert for their staff / learners at their premises (there is NO charge involved), they can contact:

Burt Davis or Jane Abrahams
Tel: (021) 808 3006
email: burt@sun.ac.za or janea@sun.ac.za

Rotary Family Health Days

05/09/2013
Rotary Family Health Days
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9th - 11th May 2013

The Montagu clinic contribution to the Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) was a Dental outreach project organised in partnership with the University of the Western Cape Faculty of Dentistry, led by senior lecturer Dr Rob Barrie, together with the provincial health department, and the Friends of Montagu Hospital Trust.

The RFHD at the club's other site, the Breede River Hospice, will be reported separately in due course by Dr Shane Cornelius.

Rotarians David and Sue Hall helped by organising accommodation in Montagu catering for all 27 dentists and dental students on one site (de Bos) and be within the university’s budget. They also brought breakfast to the team from the local supermarket and lunches from Burgundy Gherkin and the Vic Hotel. Thus no time was wasted between patients! The Avalon Springs Hotel provided generously discounted evening meals.

The Montagu Clinic was a focused intervention and no other activities were included.

The clients were almost exclusively members of the Coloured community of Montagu, Ashbury and the surrounding farms.

Although Montagu has relatively low unemployment, many families live on low incomes and cannot afford private dental treatment. There is only one dentist and one oral hygienist for the five towns in the Langeberg Municipality (which is also the area incorporated in our Rotary Club.)

The dental team arrived on Friday 10th May to set up equipment; they saw patients all day Saturday 11th and most of Sunday 12th.

The team treated 219 patients, extracted 716 teeth, filled 12 teeth and scaled and polished 11 patients.
Also, 15 preschoolers had extractions under General Anaesthesia.

The project was considered to be very successful but it highlighted the desperate need for an improved public and affordable dental service, and for more investment in the prevention of dental disease, much of which is caused by bad dietary habits, lack of fluoride in the water, and failure to establish sound tooth brushing habits in childhood.

Professor David Hall

Bonnie People on the move!

11/08/2012
Bonnie People on the move!
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Rotary brings the power to help communities in our Langeberg Valley once more!

Our Club (Breede River Winelands) recently donated a Toyota Avanza 7-seater vehicle to the Bonnie people Creche in Bonnievale. The big handover ceremony took place on the 8th November 2012 (see accompanying photo)

Rotarian Heidi vd Merwe, a long-time Bonnievale resident, started the Bonnie People Centre roughly 12 years ago, initially to help the highly disadvantaged people living on the notorious "Plakkerskamp", an informal settlement just outside Bonnievale.
Transport of children and teachers to and from the Centre, and to formal schools around Bonnievale, has become a major issue. Our "people-mover" can now help to alleviate this problem.
Funds have been obtained by engaging partner Rotary Clubs overseas (two in Germany and one in the Seychelles) to help in obtaining a Matching Grant from the Rotary Foundation in America.
In addition to this vehicle, the Grant Money will be used to upgrade the vegetable garden irrigation system on the premises and to provide electrification and sewerage services for some new containerised buildings. These buildings will be provided by the "Bonnievale Project asbl", a trust based in Luxembourg, which is a long-term benefactor of the Centre.
The Centre provides creche facilities, early child development teaching, art classes and a refuge for learners of all ages. Their extensive vegetable garden supplies all their own needs and the surplus goes to other nursery schools in the area.

DG Mike Ochse visits

10/09/2012
DG Mike Ochse visits
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The Breede River Winelands Rotary Club was privileged to host visiting Rotary District 9350 Governor, Mike Ochse and his wife Freda, as well as the Assistant Governor Geraldine Nicol, at its meeting on the 9th October.

Rotary in the Western Cape as well as our BRW Club have some exciting projects in the pipeline. This year has seen the launch of our BRW Club's Skills Development Project (a joint intiative with our local Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association). The focus of this project is on the teaching basic sills (entry level) to some of our many unemployed in the Langeberg community. Part of the Skills Development project is to also research the possibility of the further development and expansion of Food Security Gardens in our community.

Since the introduction of the Club's newest 'Associate Membership' category, the BRW Rotary Club has seen a remarkably rapid growth in membership this past year. Club Membership now stands on 28 members.

The BRW Club meets on Tuesdays every week. Members of the public who are interested in the work that Rotary does, can attend any of the Club's meetings by contacting the Club Secretary.
Please visit the Rotary Website: http://www.rotarybreederiver.co.za/ , then click on the "Meeting Schedule" link on the Homepage to find out where each week's meeting is scheduled to be held.


IN THE PHOTO (from L to R):
Geraldine Nicol (Assistant Governor, Rotary District 9350), N elda Wiese (President Elect - Breede River Winelands Rotary Club), Gert Lubbe (President - Breede River Winelands Rotary Club) Mike Ochse (District 9350 Governor) and his wife Freda Ochse

Bridge Day

08/17/2012
Bridge Day
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Our Bridge Day Fundraiser, held at the Montagu Country Hotel again, attracted no less than 54 players this year. Our grateful thanks to all who assisted to make this year's event so successful:

Montagu Dried Fruit, Chas Everitt Estates, Oude Kombuis Restaurant, Montagu Chemist, Christopher Powell, David & Sue Hall, Willem Scott, Provenance, Piccolo Tessoro, Faye's Hair Salon, Montagu Country Hotel, Dragonfly Studio, Route 62/Kloof Padstal, Die Boord, Cafe Maude, Preston's Restaurant, Rambling Rose, SPAR, Krausse Butchery, Food Zone, Sonneblom Gardens.

The funds generated at this event will go towards our "Skills Development Project"

Murder Mystery Party

06/23/2012
Murder Mystery Party
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Our club's 2nd Whodunnit was held at the Montagu Country Hotel on the 23rd June 2012.
It was a cold winter's evening with fires burning in the grates, a cosy candle-lit glow on all the tables and food fit for a king... ! The evening was enjoyed by all, but this year, nobody guessed correctly that it was the evil Brad responsible for not one, but TWO murders...

Our club would like to thank all (especially those who came from far away) for supporting our event and helping to make it a success.

Rotary spreads cheer

03/13/2012
Rotary spreads cheer
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The residents of the retirement home in Montagu, Huis Uitvlucht, received a big treat on Wednesday 13th March when our club joined them for their usual afternoon tea at 2pm armed with tray loads of "designer cupcakes" to accompany their tea.

Seen in the photo below is Rotarian Cas Groot receiving some big smiles as he did the rounds handing out some of the cupcakes.

Kits for Kids

Tuesday, 5 April, 2011
Kits for Kids
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Kits for Kids, Challenges for Children & Tools for Teachers... !
Rotarian Bill Allen, from St Albans U.K., while visiting relatives in McGregor a few years ago, saw a pre-primary school struggling to look after dozens of small children. Dedicated teachers were handicapped by poor facilities and by an acute shortage of teaching materials and play equipment.

Using the network of Rotary International, Bill linked up with Breede River Winelands Rotary Club and the Frankental Club in Germany. Taking a wider look at the problem of under-funded education in the McGregor area, they identified the Byekorf Creche, the Weltevrede [Takkap] and Uitnood farm schools, and the Waldorf School, who all needed more resources. Together they raised funds and then applied to the Rotary Foundation for a "matching grant".

Byekorf has been supplied with a wide range of teaching aids and equipment, as well as outdoor play equipment, a jungle gym and a shaded play area. Both farm schools chose their own needs lists, which were also covered by the grant. The Waldorf School has an enthusiastic new science teacher, children with the talent to tackle matric chemistry, physics and biology, but very little science laboratory equipment. The Rotary grant covered that need too.

An extended meeting of the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club, in the McGregor Town Hall on Tuesday April 5, gathered together fifty of the staff, parents and children from all four of the beneficiaries of this project. Speeches of thanks were made by Shaun Van Niekerk of Waldorf, Heinrich Vermeulen of Takkap, Christeline Davids of Byekorf and Marie Veldsman of Uitnood.

Ray's Rotary Reunion

Thursday, 3 February, 2011
Ray's Rotary Reunion
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Rotary International District 9350 proudly hosted Rotarians and Foundation Alumni attending three reunions designed by Ray Klinginsmith, 2010 /11 RI President. This prestigious event took place in Cape Town from the 3rd - 5th February 2011.

The reunions were intended to reconnect Foundation alumni and to facilitate additional international service projects in Africa, where President Ray lived and traveled as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1961.

Rotarians from the fourteen districts of Africa gathered at the Pavilion Auditorium at the heart of Cape Town's V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Our Club was well represented and also participated in the Projects Expo which was was held on Day 2 and 3.

PHOTO: Our President Elect, David Hall, is seen chatting to Rotary International's President, Ray Klinginsmith.

2010 District Conference

14th May 2010
2010 District Conference
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The conference was held at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West on the weekend of the 14th May 2010. It was organised by the Helderberg Sunrise club and ran like clockwork. Talks were on a wide variety of topics, mainly related to Rotary activities, but non-Rotarian delegates (partners) were well catered for at separate sessions.

Probably the most exciting and enlightening talk was John Diksa's on SHELTERBOX AND HAITI, detailing how Shelterbox came about, what it does and what these boxes contain. To illustrate this he used the vital role they had played in alleviating the distress of those caught up in the tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti. John is a leading member of the ShelterBox UK team.

On the entertainment side we were treated to a performance by a college brass band as well as Indian dancing by a GSE team from India to South Africa which included brief talks on the experiences by GSE Team members who had been from South Africa to India

Despite a number of very good club dispalys, ours was chosen as the Best In at the Conference!

There was so much more to the conference but perhaps the most valuable aspect of such a gathering is the meeting of members from a wide and diverse range of clubs and countries.
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