A quarter of the year has come and gone, but during these last 3 months I have experienced the marvel of Rotary.  I can honestly say that it has been one of the periods of my life where I have constantly been learning - from each and every one within Rotary I had the honour of meeting.  And there is 9 months to come – wow.
1-7 October was Rotary Reconnect Week – a time when we ask clubs to “reconnect” with not only official alumni, but with ex-members of your clubs – perhaps one of the biggest untapped databases we have.  Please see the article here from Jean Wilke who is heading up this for our District.
ALUMNI: The Thai saying “same, same, but different” comes to mind.  I have been with 22 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to date and although we are all different, we are all the same as well.  We have one common goal, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, and we give meaning to this goal in different ways.  It is my goal to utilize this at next year’s conference – to use Rotarians from within D9350 to share their success stories with the rest – so we all be inspired and learn from each other.
EDUCATION: One of the key learnings we are taking forward relates to Education (literacy and numeracy); our District is in the process of concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Basic Education – with plenty of spin-offs for clubs, but more importantly, a joint effort to do more – the equation of “ the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is what we are talking about.  Watch this space – Geraldine will enlighten us.
MEMBERSHIP:  The latest numbers we have from the official Rotary database shows we are currently at 1196 members, compared to 1158 on 1 July, a nett growth of 38.  Apart from Century City Cape Town  that has chartered in July , Blouberg Club is showing us how to be the inspiration with a nett growth of 9 members to date. Well done.
PUBLIC IMAGE: During the July Diversity workshop we identified 2 topics that are closely related: demystifying Rotary and building our Public Image. To this effect we need your support – one of the best ways to help us help you is to submit your club project data for2017/18 – the so called “Tony Davidson File” – this database gives us insight into our clubs and the ammunition needed to demystify and promote Rotary to the general public. If you need more information – please let me know.
CLUB AND MEMBER INFORMATION and Rotary Club Central: During my visits we discuss the number of members per club that has actually gone onto My Rotary and created their own Rotary account.  Doing this will give you access to quite a bit of information – with plenty of questions being answered.  It is actually very simple to do and there is a “how to” document (as there are for many more topics) – use this link if needed:
MINI-CONFERENCE MOSSEL BAY: 13 October is upon us; we plan to use this opportunity to build on the fellowships between clubs, give feedback and guidance on Foundation, assist with membership amongst others, but all of it will be done whilst we have FUN. 
Regards in Rotary and keep being the inspiration.
The Waterfront Canal Challenge takes place this Saturday 13 October and is set to become Waterfront Rotary's flagship fundraising project. The event is centered around a 1-mile and half-mile Open Water swim through the V&A Waterfront Canal which will start in its newly opened Battery Park Precinct. Swimmers and non-swimmers alike can enjoy food stalls, refreshments, SUP demonstrations and much more! 
The Hawston Cadet Group, supported by an R.I. District Grant, had the honour of leading the Vintage Car procession through the streets of Hermanus on 29 September during the Hermanus Whale Festival. Their T-shirts were sponsored by the E-Club of Greater Cape Town and these learners did their cause proud during this march!
Rotary Clubs from across the city once again showed Capetonians what incredibly skilled, fun and enthusiastic organisers we are. Thank you to all the clubs who participated in various capacities. You did Rotary proud and you kept runners and spectators safe. What a spectacular day at Africa's ONLY IAAF GOLD Marathon!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire team, WOW what can one say, that was one superb effort!
What a day, we have had such great feedback so far, all the runners loved the new route, the new finish, the gees, the record times and everything else associated with the event.  ALL GOOD.
To you as a team, you were fantastic, your passion and commitment was noticeable (and commented on), your dedication to ensuring we present the event at world class level was evident and it was quite apparent that each of you went the extra mile to make this Africa’s GOLD.
THANK YOU, thank you and thank you.  Please extend our thanks to your teams - they were superb.
Take a rest, have a break and we will reconvene to celebrate the successes during the next 6 weeks or so.
Kind Regards
Janet Welham
Cape Town Marathon Organiser
Congratulations to Joke Young and team, who received an award for 300% increase in our numbers for STEP Exchanges at EEMA Deauville 2018.
The Rotary Club of Melbos recently hosted a Health and Eye Care Day held at Emmanuel Care center Atlantis. The club, along with local healthcare workers saw 400 clients and as you can see from the pics they were all exhausted! We often take our access to services like eye tests, blood pressure tests for granted. Thank you Melbos for a great local community project! Browse their picture gallery here:
We recently featured a project partnership between the Rotary clubs of Pinelands and Newlands based in Prince Albert Hamlet. The clubs have taken on the massive task of expanding the facility to meet the demand for great childcare and early childhood development in what is a rural and low-income area. Below are pictures of the project from the end of September. Despite wet and rainy weather, building is ahead of schedule and the facility is set to open on 16 November 2018. Another incredible project to be proud of!
Mini-Conference & Foundation Seminar: Mossel Bay
Oct 13, 2018
District 9350 Mini Conference - 2018 - Mossel Bay
Oct 13, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Wine 2 Whales Cycle Race (Chardonnay)
Oct 26, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018
Team Building - Sharing Success
Intaka Island
Oct 27, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wine 2 Whales Cycle Race (Pinotage)
Oct 29, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018
Wines 2 Whales Cycle Race (Shiraz)
Nov 02, 2018 – Nov 04, 2018
Rotary Wine Festival
Nov 02, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Entrepreneurship workshop
TBC - southern suburbs
Nov 07, 2018
6:25 PM – 9:25 PM
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The Worcester Rotary club recently found themselves in the local news thanks to their “Blankets for Old Bones” Project.

Together the club distributed 100 care packages for the elderly in their community. Each cafe package contained a blanket, beanie, towel, facecloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, body lotion and a sweet treat. This project was a success both on the social impact front but the club gained some wonderful awareness through their local newspaper!

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