Rota Views The Weekly news Bulletin of the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope


                                             We meet every Tuesday evening near the

                                                          tip of the Cape Peninsula

                                                  at the St James Retirement Hotel,

                                                    Main Road, St James, Cape Town


                                            Time:  18:30 for 19:00   –   Visitors are most welcome


President: Bev Frieslich – 082 825 6053                    Email:

Secretary: Susan O’Hagan Ward – 082 964 9698    Email:

Treasurer: Janet Holwill – 082 920 7306                   Email:

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Last week’s Meeting

We had one very special visitor – Lisa Godderis – our long term exchange student from Fletre, France who arrived in SA on Wednesday 2 July. She went away 2 days later with her host family the Carsons to do her ”first safari”  in Addo and also experienced some of the culture of the Grahamstown Festival.

Having met us briefly at the meeting, she will be leaving again this week to join the Youth Exchange students from other Districts on a Mpumalanga tour before returning to start school at Fish Hoek High. What a wonderful start to what we hope will be a happy and fulfilling year for Lisa. We look forward to seeing lots more of her and getting to know her better.

Lisa’s Sponsoring Rotary Club in France is CasselWorhmout en Flandre – D1520  and her Club Youth Officer: Agnes Lefebvre –


The Guest Speaker

Our own Susan O’ Hagan Ward spoke on “My Life” and shared the many ups and downs (some of them most traumatic) of her life. Supported by a presentation of some lovely pictures, she allowed us all to share her life from her birth in Dublin, life in Las Palmas, her move to Durban and Edenvale before she finally settled in Fish Hoek to take care of two of her grandchildren, the premature twins born some 7 years ago. Sadly, this meant that she had to leave her other 2 grandchildren behind in Edenvale. In his thanks, PP Alan complimented Susan her on an excellent and entertaining talk


Projects and Events

–  Mandela Day 67 minutes on Friday 18th July

Sorting the patient’s files at the False Bay hospital was meant to be something for us all at COGH to do, but proved a bridge too far for most of us.

Not to be deterred, PP Hans and Allan Carsons (with the help of 2 of Hans’ labourers)  literally filled the gap and in the true spirit of Madiba day moved, stacked, sorted and secured piles and piles of files.

…. And the bad news is there are still loads more to do!!

Thanks guys – You are STARS!!!


Thanks to Susan for the eats and drinks supplied to keep their energy levels up


– Red Hill feeding Scheme – Ursula reported that, thanks to the continued support of Celtic Thunder, the scheme

started again on Monday

– Club Golf Shirts – Norma showed a template of the embroidery and a list was circulated for those interested in ordering a shirt which will cost in the region of R150 depending on the size of the order. She will bring a sample for sizing. Anyone who has yet to place their order should speak to Norma as soon as possible

PP Alan handed out RI recognition New Member badges and pins to Club members who had introduced new members in the past 2 years:

Sue Swanepoel – Bronze backing for 2 new members

Allan Carson, Janet Holwill and Bev Frieslich for 1 new member each


Fellowship Events


The Breedekloof Soetes & Sop – a “feast for the senses” – on Saturday was enjoyed by

Marge & Fred, Kirti & Nisha, Susan and Pres Bev.

The bus ride was fantastic, the soups delicious and the wine, though appreciation varied from

person to person, was very good overall. We visited 4 Estates which gave us ample time to eat,

drink and enjoy fantastic fellowship.

For Kirti’s birthday on Sunday, we presented him with an early birthday Cup cake with candle

which he blew out as we sang “Happy Birthday” to him

Anyone else for some of my  cake?




As we “Light Up Rotary”this year and look to adding new members to our ranks, our thoughts also turn to the importance of attendance at club meetings.

Everyone should please put in their apologies if they are unable to attend – either by filling in the ‘green file’ or by emailing or sending a message to Jean or Marge . This small courtesy will make the catering arrangements a more exact science and allow for better planning for each meeting.


                                           WEEKLY MEETING PROGRAMMES



July 22nd

July 29th

August  5th

Call to order & Welcome President Bev President Bev IPP Alan Ferguson
Light Up Rotary

& Toast to RI

Thereasa Strano David Catlin Andy Rumbelow
Toast to SA, &  Other R Clubs/ Countries  

Sue Swanepoel


Alan Walters


Bradley Barr

Welcome to Visitors Marge Upfold Marge Upfold Marge Upfold

Make Ups

Marge Upfold Marge Upfold Marge Upfold
Grace Jean Smythe Manu Choudree Mike Heffernan
Secretary – Notices

Birthdays & Anniversaries


Susan O’Hagan Ward


Susan O’Hagan Ward


Susan O’Hagan Ward

Intro Speaker Kirti Patel Marge Upfold n/a
Speaker Elizabeth  Benninger    

Topic of Speaker

Report back on her Research  What it’s like to be a SA resident in Saudi Business meeting
Thank Speaker Mike Walker Tom Rockliffe n/a
LUCKY DRAW Marge Upfold Marge Upfold Marge Upfold
Sergeant at Arms Luise Rouessart Mike Walker Allan Carsons
Closing remarks President Bev President Bev IPP Alan Ferguson
Four Way Test Rob Hughes Gillean Arnott Hans Zwets