Club Meetings

Meeting time: Tuesdays 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Location: Atlantic Boat Club, Hout Bay Harbour Tel: 021 790 2930 [next to and above the LookOut Deck Restaurant]
Attendance officer: Denise Hopkins
Cell: 074 189 9969


President : Hans Kuhn  072 404 8811
Secretary: Alison Rice   083 633 5694
District 9350 office:      021 686 4499
District 9350 Website:

Rotary Club of Hout Bay – Bay Breezes

by Feb 2, 2017

Edition 158 – 27 January 2017



As a club we should be rightly proud of inducting not one, but three new members last Tuesday. We are now 31 members. New members are Mhinti Pato, Monique Norman and Gill Seibert. We welcomed them with true Hout Bay Rotary hospitality and look forward to enjoying fellowship and club involvement with them.

Don Peters, as her sponsor, introduced Mhinti while Monique was presented to the club by Christine Paterson and Gill by her sponsor, Ali Rice. Their induction was witnessed by visiting DG Ian Pursch and ADG Jackie James who had also very kindly attended an earlier meeting with us to discuss and provide guidance on our Eyethu Skatepark project.

These new members are the result of President Elect Joelle Searle’s initiative to simply have each of us identify friends and members of the public who might like to know more about Rotary and Hout Bay Rotary. So we held one very low key but nonetheless informative evening with these invitees and clearly this sparked the interest of these three ladies to the point of commitment. The members of the club subsequently invited them to become members and “voilà”.

Visitors to the club were Gavin Michelmore (resident of Kronendal Retirement Home, guest of Colin Sutherland); Libby Lloyd (guest of Joelle Searle); John Connor (guest of Allan Walker); John Burdes (Rotarian) and Sylvia Simelane (friend of Mhinti)

The next “get to know Rotary” meeting is to be held on 14th March.

A small selection of the photos from the evening is below. The full set can be accessed at :





Don Peters confirmed the dates of the Argus Cycle Tour [Sunday 12th March] and the Two Oceans Marathon [Saturday 7th April]. It is the usual case of “all hands on deck” and Don will assume that resident members will be marshalling. So if you are unable to do so please advise Don now.

Keith Bull confirmed that our meeting on Tuesday 31st January will NOT be held at the Atlantic Boat Club but at the Hout Bay Museum owing to the numbers present for the “bursary students evening”. Here we shall have the opportunity to meet the six new students and the others already enrolled. We shall be meeting at 6.30pm for 7.00pm as usual. Catering by Zoe as usual but bring your own drinks.

Denise announced that the attendance was 84%


Meeting: Tuesday, 31st January 2017:

update on RCHB Bursary Scheme with students and mentors

Dear members and friends

Next Tuesday is another very special partner evening. Keith and Alison Bull will provide a summary of the Rotary Bursary scheme year 2016 including a one line summary on the remaining students. There are too many students for everyone to speak so it has been decided that the 6 students who have completed their 1st year as Rotary Bursary Students (Andrea, Amy, Lungile, Siphe, Pozisa and Aphendule) will speak.

You not only will meet the students you already know but also the new comers. In addition the mentors will also attend. Thank you Alison and Keith, the donors and also the mentors for all the effort you put into this exciting project – it is amazing. This Rotary Bursary Student Meeting will be at The Museum Hall opposite Kronendal Primary School.

And as always, there is always a programme until end of March available for members.

Kind regards




How often do any of us make it a regular habit to go on to the District website? Go to and all sorts of news and information awaits you. What other clubs are doing, invitations to events, stories and a calendar of events. A click away

Rotary Youth Service extra benefits

An article in the Daily Telegraph recently has identified that Scouts and Guides have better mental health in later life, in fact children who participate in organisations that have the aim to develop qualities such as self-reliance, resolve and a desire for self-learning are likely to build up resilience and skills that help them through tough times.

So yes, we are including Interact with Scouts and Guides and they are less likely on average to have developed
mental illness or depression by middle age, even those from poorer backgrounds, whose initial risk was higher.

Scientists found that those who had belonged to an organisation identified above tended to have better mental health at age 50. The researchers believed it was quite startling that this benefit is found in people so many years after they have attended these organisations.

Not included in the research was how to identify individuals so ‘blessed’ and of course it is unlikely that any of our generation will be around when the current members of Interact in Hout Bay become 50 years old. But is it not for us all to encourage young people to join Interact and indeed Rotaract.

Don Peters

A Short History of Rotary

In 1905, a 37 year old attorney, Paul Harris, changed the world.

Paul Harris, who was raised by his New England grandparents with values of tolerance toward all, gained his law degree in 1891. In his senior year, a former graduate told his class that they should “Go to a small town for five years make a fool of themselves, then go to the big city!” Paul decided to hit the road for the entire world.

He worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, 1891; manual laborer on a fruit ranch, then at a raisin packing plant, teacher at the L.A. Business College in 1892. Denver, Colorado, 1892: Actor in a stock company, reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, cowboy, reporter for The Republican. Jacksonville, Florida: St. James Hotel night clerk, traveling granite/marble salesman 1892/93, reporter on the Washington Star, cattleman on a ship 1893, haymaker and cannery worker 1893, sub-foreman of the gang of cattlemen 1893, (where he wrote that, on his first voyage, he experienced sub-human conditions); orange picker in Florida 1893, back to Jacksonville selling marble granite.

His territory included the southern states, Cuba, the Bahamas and Europe. When he announced that he was going to Chicago to practice law his employer said, “Whatever the advantages of settling in Chicago may be, I am satisfied you will make more money if you remain with me.” To the Paul replied: “I am sure you are right but I am not going to Chicago for the purpose of making money; I am going to the purpose of living a life.”

In 1896, he did go to Chicago to practice law. One evening, in the early 1900’s, Paul went with a professional friend to his suburban home. After dinner, as they strolled through the neighborhood, Paul’s friend introduced him to tradesmen in their stores. This reminded Paul of his grandparent’s home in New England. “Why not have a fellowship composed of businessmen from different occupations, without restrictions of politics or religion?” he thought.

On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris had dinner with his closest friend, Chicago coal dealer Silvester Schiele. Afterwards they walked up to Room 711 of the Unity Building where they met their host, Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer; and another friend, Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor. Harris proposed that they form a club.

No name was chosen for the group. But they agreed to meet next at the offices of Silvester Schiele. The second meeting was March 9th. Three other men, Harry Ruggles, William Jenson, and A. L. White joined them. Ruggles was a printer, and created the “name badge” version of the Rotary “wheel” and also started singing in Rotary. In fact his singing kept the group from disbanding more than once. It was also decided that “rotating” the meetings made “Rotary” the most logical name. Two weeks later the group gathered at the office of Silvester Schiele, in his coal yard at Twelfth and State Streets. Six of the previous seven were present along with Charles Newton and Arthur B. Irwin.

Who was the first Rotary president? Silvester Schiele. When it came time for the meeting to be held at A. L. White’s place of business (at Englewood), the location was “inconvenient” and thus was the first Rotary meeting in hotel. As with many new ventures, some new members didn’t remain. Shorey and Loehr, half of the original four were not active after the first few meetings. When did weekly meetings begin? According to the general secretary in 1948, it was Oakland in 1909.

Paul was very interested in starting Rotary in other cities. The second Rotary club was founded by Homer Wood in San Francisco in 1908. Wood then quickly organized Oakland as no 3, Seattle no 4 and Los Angeles no 5. The activity caused by San Francisco created the first major conflict within the Rotary Club of Chicago. Too much of the meeting time was being taken up with reports of “new clubs.” Harris also had a vision of “Around the World Rotary” which was also opposed by many of his fellow Rotarians. It was not until he won the loyalty of the man who was to be Rotary’s secretary from 1910 – 1942 that Rotary became organized and international. That man was Chesley Perry, whom Paul called the “Builder of Rotary.”

3&7 By August 1910 there were sixteen clubs and the National Association of Rotary Clubs was organized and held its first convention that year, in Chicago. At the 1911 Portland Convention, “Service, Not Self” was introduced by Frank Collins of Minneapolis. It later became “Service Above Self.” The slogan “He profits most who serves best,” was also read there. It had been written by Arthur Sheldon and delivered by him at the first convention the previous year in Chicago. Both were approved by RI in 1950. Learn what Sheldon really meant by his well thought phrase. You can study all of Rotary’s conventions from 1910 on and learn about each of our presidents from Paul Harris to the present as well as their clubs from our website dedicated to presidents of Rotary. (some pages are under construction)

When clubs were formed in Canada and Great Britain in 1912, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and was later shortened to Rotary International in 1922. Paul Harris was the first president of the National Association of Rotary Clubs, serving two terms. He was named President Emeritus of the International Association in 1912 and served until his death in 1947. Harris suffered a near fatal heart attack in his final year as president of the National Association and required a full year to recover. Yet, over the next 35 years, he and his wife Jean Thomson Harris made numerous exhausting trips to nearly every continent, visiting hundreds of cities, planting friendship trees and attending Rotary conferences.

As Rotary spanned the globe, branch offices were opened in Europe, South America, South Asia, Southwest Pacific. In the UK British Rotary had its own office. When Rotary International President Emeritus, world traveler, author and prominent Chicago attorney Paul Harris passed away on January 27, 1947, his dream had grown from one group of four to 6,000 clubs in 75 countries with 300,000 members brought together through the service and fellowship of Rotary

Two world wars changed the face of Rotary – parts of the Far East and Eastern Europe were closed to Rotary. Eventually, clubs were re-established in Japan, Germany, Poland and Hungary. In 1990 the first club was opened in the former Soviet Union and negotiations are currently underway to re-establish Rotary in China. In 1987, Rotary membership was opened to women, and in 1989 the RI Council on Legislation standardized all Rotary documents and rules.

There are over 31,000 Rotary clubs, in 164 countries, whose members carry on club, vocational, community and international service. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International annually spends some $105 million on international education and humanitarian programs, providing grants which save lives and improve conditions throughout the world.

Rotary also sponsors international ambassadors of good will through educational awards to university students and teachers, and through international exchange of business and professional people. Today the Rotary Foundation scholarship program is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program. Approximately 1,100 scholarships are awarded annually. Rotarians have raised some 438 million dollars for the PolioPlus program alone as well as provided thousands of volunteers to administer the vaccine around the world.

This short history was produced by Rotary’s Global History Project: Sources and applicable copyrights are listed at the website links found on this page. Contributors to this project are members of Inspired by RC of Peoria, IL, USA #76 District 6460


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THE BOARD 2016/2017
President: Hans Kuhn; President elect: Joelle Searle; Past President: Peter Dutton; Secretary: Alison Rice; Treasurers: Colin Sutherland & Denise Hopkins;
Club Services: Harriet Purser; Vocational/Educational: Keith Bull; International: Colin Sutherland; Community Services: Peter Dutton; Youth Services: Christine Paterson
Membership & Development: Strategic Committee;  Public Relations: Christine Paterson; Foundation: Don Peters