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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Induction of President Andre Brandmuller

The Hall at the Midway Inn was properly decorated with Rotary in mind!
The Middelburg Rotary Club had its annual induction dinner on Saturday 27 July 2013. It was an auspicious occasion at which it awarded a certificate of appreciation to Philemon Raphuti, and Educator of many years for his wonderful assistance to AG Charles Deiner in distributing books, desks, musical instruments and many other donations received from the Rotarians in Canada.

AG Charles Deiner handing a certificate of appreciation over to Philly Raphuti
In addition the club awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to PP Albert Myburgh and Rotarian Clifford Bernitz for their efforts in the Club and the community.

PP Anna Mart Ott with new Paul Harris Fellows PP Albert Myburgh and Rotarian Clifford Bernitz
PP Anna Mart Ott reported on her year as President of the Club, which caused a former Rotarian, Henry Bernitz (Member of Middelburg Rotary Club 1984-1999) to comment that he was extremely impressed to see the number and quality of projects that the club is involved in.

Henry Bernitz thanking the club on behalf of the guests
Pres Andre Brandmuller was then inducted for his 2nd term, after serving as President in the Centenary year of Rotary. He used RI President Ron Burton as inspiration to the club to Rethink Rotary within the club, because times have changed. He challenged the club to put the F's into Rotary while expanding on the good work that they are doing - Family, Fun and Fellowship!!!!!!

Ann President Ronel Vismer Reported on the work of the Ann's Club before inducting Rotarian Colleen Deiner as Ann President.

It was wonderful to hear the mayor of Middelburg express a greater understanding of what the role of Rotary is in the community, and also indicating that he would like the Middelburg Rotary Club to be more visible to the members of the Town Council.

Mayor Mike Masina enjoying the evening
President Owen Maroleni and his team from Witbank Rotary club enjoyed the evening with us, and the team spirit that exists as a result of the relationship between Middelburg Rotary Club and Witbank Rotary Club, is sure to reach new levels in the next year.

Pres Owen Maroleni of Witbank serenading his wife to the tunes of Rod Stewart at the end of the evening

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interacter Help to Sort Books

One of the biggest challenges currently faced by the Middelburg Rotary Club is to sort the thousands of books that have been donated by Canadian Rotarians in the many Containers that have been sent to us from Canada. The books must be sorted to enable schools who wish to make use of the donation to select books which will be applicable to them. Some members of the Middelburg Interact Club gave up their Saturday morning to help. THANK YOU!!!!!