All About Rotary Club Hout Bay

Rotary Club of Hout Bay meets Tuesday evenings – 6.30pm for 7.00pm – at Atlantic Boat Club, Hout Bay Harbour.

Here is the view from the clubhouse in summertime and this, coupled with good Rotary friendship, always guarantees an enjoyable evening and worthwhile fellowship.   Whilst club rules are relatively informal since Hout Bay is a seaside town, please however avoid jeans or slip slop shoes.

You will always be made welcome when you arrive but the best plan is to telephone or e-mail the Club Secretary in advance at the South African address in your Rotary Handbook.   Whilst contact with this website page is effective, messages are only checked fortnightly.    Members meet each other in the bar lounge on the first floor from 6.30pm, the Seargent calling the meeting to order in our club meeting room above at 7.00pm.

There is plenty of parking in the Harbour area, the club house being in the A-shaped building at the water’s edge housing the Lookout Restaurant.

View from the Club House


The club was chartered in 1986 as part of District 9350 under the auspices of Cape Town’s Rotary Club of Signal Hill, which acted as “mother” club during those initial years.  Still serving is past president Don Peters, one of the original charter members. The club owes much to Theo Vith who was largely instrumental in forming the club and past district governor Ralph Harris, who was the appointed Rotary extension officer at the time of the chartering of Hout Bay to see through the birth of the new club.

Some of the Original Team

The club was originally twinned with Rotary Club of Port St Louis of Mauritius but this has fallen away and the club has now most successfully twinned with Rotary Club of Coolamon in New South Wales in Australia, who have assisted enormously with current projects.

The Early Years

During the formative years, when numbers stood at about 20 members, the club was a staunch supporter of Rotary International’s “Polio Plus” campaign, Rotary Hout Bay being the first club in the Western Cape province to answer the international call for polio funding. Since then, Rotary Hout Bay has continued to respond to many international calls for help, such as the Haiti disaster, but now tends to focus on the upliftment of its many varied and different poorer communities in the Hout Bay area and the immediate social needs of the town itself and its environment.


Rotary Club of Hout Bay is unusual in that it has a large number of members who are “swallows” – members that spend some of the time as residents of other countries, but Rotary Club of Hout Bay enjoys their membership for six months of the year during the European cold weather.

Members have responsibilities in their chosen or allocated areas or avenues of service and each year a board is selected with a new president who serves one year.

Thirty Presidents Later

Thirty presidents later, the club is as strong as ever and recently won District 9350’s “Best Project” prize, continuing its long tradition of “service above self” to the Hout Bay community and surrounding areas.

 Membership is largely drawn from Hout Bay with a number of members coming from nearby suburbs to attend meetings.    Meetings are usually well attended and feature a weekly speaker.

Five Ways to Help the Community

The club follows the five standard Rotary “Avenues of Service” in providing an outlet for its members and for providing guidance on how they may best serve both the club and the community at large.  The club follows the new administrative principles encouraged by Rotary International. The club welcomes new members and lays strong emphasis on the creation of good fellowship, strong ties with the community it serves and youth development, particularly from disadvantaged families or orphans. Contact us through our Contact Page for membership information.

Educational and Vocational Youth Services Club Services International

Rotary Club of Hout Bay has developed its own strategic plan for the forthcoming year in order to serve best its own community and also follows worldwide the same credo that all 33,000 Rotary clubs follow: The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of an occupation as an opportunity to serve society
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world-fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideals of Rotary