Welcome to the World of Rotary. Rotary Year 2008-2009 President: Niels Swellengrebel Secretary: PP Winfried Löffler PHF Treasurer: Ian Forbes Past President: PP Ron Vader PHF President-elect : David Good Standing Committees Membership: Ian Rutter
President: Niels Swellengrebel
Secretary: PP Winfried Löffler PHF
Treasurer: Ian Forbes
Past President: PP Ron Vader PHF
President-elect: David Good
Membership: Ian Rutter
Club Public Relations: Henry Laubscher PHF
Club Administration: PP Andre Boonzaier PHF
Service Projects: PP Hannes van Tonder PHF
The Rotary Foundation: Pierre Ytier
twenty onwards. Rotary is colour and gender
blind and is looking for open-minded caring
people to join. Why join Rotary?
Here are some of the reasons.
In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the
most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellow-
ship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began.
Personal Growth & Development:
Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and
education in human relations and personal
Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people.
Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better
community citizen. The average Rotary club consists
of the most active citizens of any community.
Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The
club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The
service is fun.
Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary
International”. There are few places on the globe
that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is
welcome, even encouraged, to attend any of the
32.176 clubs in 168 nations worldwide. This means
instant friends in both one’s own community and in
the world community.
The Development of Social Skills:
Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills, and
people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
Rotarians practise a 4-Way Test that governs one’s
ethical standards both at home and in the workplace.
Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and
The Four Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1.) Is it the truth? 2.) Is it fair
to all concerned? 3.) Will it build goodwill and better
friendship? 4.) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Every child deserves the chance at a healthy life. Unfortunately, every day, some 30,000 children under the age of five die from preventable causes. When I first learned this statistic, I thought that surely there had been a mistake, and the number was an error. Unfortunately, it was not. Every day, around the world,
children die needlessly of pneumonia, measles, and malaria. Thousands die every day from the lack of a most basic resource: clean water. And many more die from a combination of factors, in which malnutrition and poverty play major roles.
I would like to see reducing the child mortality rate become
a key goal of club and district service projects in the year
ahead. This is why the RI theme for 2008-09 is Make Dreams Real. Food and water, health care and schooling, the chance at a long and full life — this is the unrealized dream of too many children. In 2008-09, I ask you to Make Dreams Real for these children and their families, and to work with me toward the Rotary dream of a happier, healthier, and more peaceful world.
Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee
President, Rotary International, 2008-09
Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product
is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local
and international communities. This is perhaps the best
reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something
for somebody else; to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in
the process. It is richly rewarding.
If you feel you are that kind of person, who enjoys
other people and who wants to improve the
quality of life in our community, why not join Rotary?