The Rotary Club of Morningside 

To get hold of us, please
contact Denise Cruickshank 
or Richard Clowes on
Bank account details
For the convenience of members and others:
Rotary Club of Morningside Club Account           
Account no 1971 045500
Nedbank Limited
Bryanston Branch Sandton
Branch Code 197-105
Rotary Club of Morningside Project Account
Account no 1971 045497
Nedbank Limited
Bryanston Branch Sandton
Branch Code 197-105

Upcoming Events

  • Discon
    Jun 18, 2015 – Jun 21, 2015

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We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead
Cnr Woodmead Drive and Lincoln Road
Johannesburg, Gauteng  00000
South Africa
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Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...

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The following article appeared in this month’s “Birdie Buzz”, the newsletter of the Ladies Golf Section at the Johannesburg Country Club
“Denise Cruickshank is once again collecting items on behalf of the Morningside Rotary Club for underprivileged matric students so they have something glam to wear for their matric dances. If you have any evening gowns, costume jewellery, shoes (ladies’ and men’s), evening bags, shirts, bow ties, suits, jackets or pants that you no longer use and would like to donate to this worthy cause, please give them to Lesley King before the end of July and Denise will collect them from her and pass them on to the schools their Rotary Club supports.  Your donations have been much appreciated in the past.”

Just a reminder that James Croswell of the Rotary Club of Rosebank will be coming to talk to us on 23 April 2015 about the Palliative Care project of Rotary Clubs from the UK to provide syringe drivers to South African hospitals. 
DG Annie is encouraging cooperation between Clubs in the District and has invited Clubs to participate by making a R5 000 to R20 000 donation.    The meeting is thus important.

The food garden at the Sivilele Primary School in Soweto set up by Willson Mdau, the Manager of the Sandwedge Restaurant at the CCJ, has been recently replanted and our visit to see the project will take place in about three weeks’ time when there will be vegetables ready to be harvested.   Please don’t forget that Willson needs to acquire additional garden tools and a donation of equipment would be greatly appreciated by Willson.  

This last week we received an anonymous donation of R10 000 to help towards the cost of purchasing a colposcope for the Rainbow Clinic at a cost of about R108 000. This instrument will help the police to help rape victims seek justice through scientific evidence.
We are awaiting an answer from the Community Police Forum about the release of the funds which we plan to use to meet most of the balance of the purchase price.  The funds held by the CPF amount to R85 919 before the inclusion of interest and were originally earmarked for the establishment of a Crisis Counselling Centre that we have not been able to get off the ground for various reasons including bureaucracy. Arnold Bell wishes to discuss his draft letter to the Sandton Community Police Forum with members on Thursday 2 April 2015.

Valerie Hirsch
Last week Valerie Hirsch, a Belgian freelance journalist writing for TV5, Radio Television Belge, Deutsche Welle, Le Soir and Le Temps Ouest France talked to us about the Sizanani Mentorship Programme at schools serving pupils living in Alexandra Township of which she is the coordinator.    This is a magnificent project started by St Mary’s School for Girls and currently mentoring Grade 11 and 12 students particularly in Maths and Science.    They have 74 mentors including 20 from ABSA Bank.   The results are encouraging and career guidance is offered through Sci Bono.   Where possible bursaries are awarded for tertiary education but the demand exceeds the available funds.
We offered Sizanani Mentorship Programme students places in the group of pupils going to the RYLA Camp in Magoebaskloof in April and are pleased that five of their students have registered to attend the Camp.  Two have been paid for by their mentors and our Rotary Club has paid for the other three.

Arnold Bell has been in touch with the management of the Bophelong Place of Life Centre in Diepsloot with a view to assisting them formalise the establishment of a township to enable them to get a regular supply of municipal water.   There is also a need to get storm water drainage installed.

The gym equipment ordered for the Golden Harvest Rehabilitation Centre in Northgate at a cost of R97 999.99 has been paid for with the funds donated for this purpose by the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie in Canada and the Rotary Foundation. The editor awaits news from SANCA about its delivery.

There is exciting news about the District 9400 Combined Clubs Blanket Drive.   First National Bank has agreed to partner with our Rotary Clubs by:
  • Placing an  order for 2 000 blankets
  • Offering to deliver all blankets destined for beneficiaries to their premises providing there are at least two members of the Rotary Club present together with two representatives from FNB.
  • Donating R10 to Rotary for every blanket purchased by the public for the beneficiaries nominated by our Rotary Clubs.   Such beneficiaries must be registered/valid charities.
Because of VAT, the price of the blankets has been increased to R60 each.   
The editor has organised St Columba’s Presbyterian Church as a venue for persons to buy blankets on Sunday 19 April 2015 and now awaits details of other venues and dates from Denise Cruickshank.

Neville Paulsen has also been talking to the Jules Verne French School about getting SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) to conduct discussions with each Grade in the School about mental health problems.   Experience elsewhere in the world has shown that teenagers are at risk to suicide and we want the pupils to be aware of the support that is offered.   It is intended to offer the same facilities to Kwena Molapo Senior School and SSB (Sekolo sa Borokgo School).

Neville Paulsen has been in touch with the Jules Verne French School and hopes to send half a dozen pupils to the RYLA camp at Magoebaskloof in April.


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