â€œWe worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.â€?
International Youth Day August 12th
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Club Minutes Rio Pictures Target Back-to-School Shopping Spree Memoriam International Youth Day (Cover Story) Mail Box Beth Anne in New Zealand Justin in Spain The ABC‟s of Rotary Daly Thoughts Born to be Wild Tundra Comics Timmy the Squirrel & Tears of Joy Miscellaneous Foolishness Display Ads
Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club President Corey Bruggeman Immediate Past President Patrick de Haan Vice President James Greene Secretary Jack Buckles Treasurer Bobbi de Haan Sergeant at Arms PDG Ben Eubank Environmental Services Chair Jim Lemmon Gift of Life Chair Ron Freeman Greeter Kent Hendricks Guiding Rotarian PDG Ben Eubank Health Services Chair PDG Ben Eubank International Service Chair Dona Eubank Leadership Committee Chair Bobbi de Haan Marketing Committee Chair Greg Searfoss Membership Committee Co-Chairs PDG Ben Eubank & Patrick de Haan Official Mascot Rio Macaw Pathway to Reading Committee Chair Jack Buckles Photographer/Writer Bobbi De Haan PolioPlus Committee PDG Ben Eubank & Brad Dowden Progetto Salvamamme – Salvabebè James Greene & Bobbi de Haan Public Relations & Media Management Patrick de Haan River Rally, Octoberfest, Picnic in the Park Jim Lemmon Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Ben Eubank Service Committee Chair Lynsie Scharpf Trainers Kent Hendricks Geoff Pashkowski Ambassadorial Scholars Justin Randall (Spain) Laura Kalb (Middle East) Beth Anne Martin (2011 Nominee-Latin America) Service Above Self Award Recipients Jim Lemmon (2001) PDG Ben Eubank (2007)
Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club Lynsie Scharpf –Target Back-to-School Shopping Spree
August 12, 2010 PRESENT: Corey Bruggeman, Jack Buckles, Sandi Daly, Bobbi de Haan, Patrick de Haan, Ben Eubank, Dona Eubank, Ron Freeman, Kent Hendricks, Geoff Pashkowski, and Lynsie Scharpf. GUEST: Jim Vandeventer.
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President Corey called the meeting to order promptly at 7:05AM. Invocation – Ron Pledge & Four Way Test – Lynsie Introduction of Guest – Kent Jim Vandeventer – Tempe South Rotary Club 5) Get Food – GOOD as usual – BACON! 6) Rio‟s Macaw – BAD jokes as usual. BAD PARROT! a. Q – What city has no people? A – “Electri-city!” b. Q – What grows down as it grows up? A – A goose! 7) Ben collected Happy Dollars and any other cash that wasn‟t nailed down.
We missed you BRAD, JAMES, DENNIS, BRIAN, JIM, ANITA, GREG, TIM, and LINDA!
8) We watched a ten-minute video of this year‟s Target Back to School Shopping Spree, which we once more funded and at which our members volunteered. Attending were one hundred children from two Tempe Boys and Girls Clubs; The North Tempe Branch and the Ladmo Branch. Other service organizations participating with us were the Tempe South Rotary Club, The Kiwanis Club of Tempe, and the Encanto-Skyline Kiwanis Club. Lynsie provided narration and commentary on the video. She felt the event was a tremendous success. It went off very smoothly without a hitch. Pat said the Kiwanis volunteers he had spoken with all were impressed with how well coordinated it was and how much fun it was for them. Pat and Bobbi were pleased with the pictures. The setup for the photography was different this year. Pat took individual pictures of each volunteer with their child as they entered the store. Then, Bobbi roamed the store, taking candid shots of everyone shopping. Next, Pat took individual pictures of each volunteer with their child as they checked out at the cashier. Finally, Bobbi took candid shots of everyone relaxing over breakfast in the coffee shop area. 9) Cory was out of town last week attending a wedding in Colorado and ran across a fund raiser, Frisbee Golf. He thought it would be a way to raise money and have some fun. He brought in a couple different Golf Frisbees. Several members were aware of the game and Lynsie said there is a park in town that is set up as a Frisbee Golf Course, complete with the nets. Pat suggested we also look into a bowling tournament as a fund raiser. We will cover fundraising in more depth at a future work meeting. 10) Cory asked who would like to attend the Tempe South Rotary meeting next Friday to listen to Michael Crow, the President of ASU, speak. 11) There was no further business. Meeting was adjourned at 8:20AM.
Ben Eubank, Corey Bruggeman, & Rio Macaw
“The Three Amigos”
Photos by Rio
Patrick de Haan & Jim Vandeventer
BEN’S NEW SOCKS Anticipating that Dennis Gregory would be at today‟s meeting; Ben wore his brand new University of Texas socks and his favorite white loafers (autographed by Pat Boone). Unfortunately, Dennis wasn‟t there, so Ben looked spiffy for nothing.
EDITORIAL COMMENT ON BEN’S NEW SOCKS
TODAYâ€™S PRESENTATION TARGET BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING SPREE
Special Thanks to Lynsie Scharpf for once again doing an outstanding job coordinating this annual event. Lynsie, you are AWESOME!
In Memoriam Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley A Navy sailor who was killed after he and a fellow sailor disappeared in a dangerous area of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban is being remembered by his family as a devoted father and a hard worker who always volunteered for the most challenging assignments. Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley was one of two sailors killed in late July in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. The two were in an armored SUV, traveling in Logar province, about 60 miles from their base on the western edge of Kabul. The family of released a statement that included a collection of memories and thoughts they wanted to share. "To really remember Justin, it is important that you know what made Justin unique and special to his family and friends," the statement reads. It goes on to talk about his love for his two boys, ages 5 and 9, and his sense of humor. McNeley was the first one to lighten a conversation by cracking a joke, he enjoyed making unannounced visits to surprise his family, and he would supply the food whenever there was a family gathering, his family said. They also said he was a thinker with a strategic mind and he liked to look people in the eye when he talked to them. McNeley and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, who was from the Seattle area, disappeared in the Logar province July 23. Their bodies were recovered a few days later. McNeley, who moved to Kingman in 2004 from Colorado, joined the Navy in 2001 and deployed to Afghanistan last year. He was classified as a hull technician. The job entails skilled metal work to maintain ships. McNeley's family said they are proud of his service to his country. They said he'll be missed "more than words can describe." Friends, family and hundreds of servicemen and women gathered Friday afternoon to pay homage to the life and service of Petty Officer 2nd Class McNeley, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. The chapel was filled with friends and family mourning the loss of the sailor. No seat in the chapel was left empty; people spilled into the foyer, where there was standing room only. Others stood outdoors and waited for the uniformed pallbearers to bring the flag-covered casket to the grave. "Not grieving, but commemorating that you still live within, still we stand, through you, for you and with you," said Air Force Capt. Gary Coburn, who officiated at the service. The father of two was described as a man who enjoyed showing up unannounced to surprise his loved ones. The 30-yearold, a father, son, brother and uncle, was dedicated, sincere and family-oriented, mourners said. "He loved his kids, talked about his kids constantly, and worked a second job so they would be well-off," said Chief Sergio Fabian, one of McNeley's shipmates. "He was always the best that he could be." Friday, people remembered the things that they will miss the most about McNeley. "Justin always looked you in the eyes when he talked to you, but was the first one to lighten up a conversation by cracking a joke," Coburn said. "If you were his friend, you knew you would be his friend forever." "He was an excellent worker; (I was) thoroughly impressed with his work ethic and he meant a lot to the HT (Hull Technician) shop," shipmate HT1 William Hoffner said after the ceremony. Another shipmate, HT1 Harry Herradora, said what he remembers most about McNeley was a certain smile he would get when talking to people. "You could just see it; it was his smile," Herradora said.
Brothers Christopher Plambeck and Jacob McNeley hurry to their grandfather, George McNeley, after the burial services of theirfather.
Navy Cmdr. Nick Holman hands a flag to Christopher Plambeck during burial services Friday for his father, Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
COVER STORY INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY History of International Youth Day International Youth Day is the best time to commemorate the power and strength of the youth all around the globe. International Youth Day is celebrating every year on 12th August since 1999. United Nations defined an event for highlighted awareness on the requirements of young people in the middle of 10 to 24 years. On the other hand, the youth send some affectionate mails to extend this day with their darling, friends, esteemed ones on this day. The Aim of International Youth Day The aim of International Youth Day is to endorse consciousness, particularly among youth. The World Programme of Action for Youth is started before 2000. The World Programme of Action wants to achievement in 10 main fields. Starvation Poverty Education Employment Health Drug exploitation Childhood felony Recreation events Child and young women Environment The International Youth Day suggests that programs are implemented regional, countrywide and worldwide. The Activities of International Youth Day The United Nations marked out the youth, the age between 15 to 24 years. This is one sixth of the global populace. The youth will develop the countries to increase preciously in 21st century in all sides. Many activities and events that take place around the world on International Youth Day promote the benefits that young people bring into the world. Many countries participate in this global event, which may include youth conferences on issues such as education and employment. Other activities include concerts promoting the world‟s youth, as well as various sporting events, parades and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people‟s achievements. The Ideas of International Youth Day The Vienna and Austria youth established World Youth Form. The Form was proposed the idea for International Youth Day in 1991. The World Youth Forum recommended that to be declared an International Youth Day for fund-raising and promotional purposes. The Form supports the „United Nations Youth Fund‟ in affiliation with youth associations. In 12th August 1998, The Government of Portugal, acknowledged that as the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth was adopted International Youth Day, collaboration with the United Nations. This is the 54th symposium of the General Assembly. In 17the Dec 1999, The Government gives the right "Policies and programms involving youth".
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Pukekos, Potatoes, and Plants My main responsibilities on the farm this week revolved around pukekos, potatoes, and plants. The pukekos are enemy number one on the farm. Their favorite activity is to dig up plants, young trees, bulbs, etc. and eat the roots and foliage. As you can imagine, this creates quite an issue. In the last week, they ate up quite a few of the flower bulbs I had planted and, additionally, I found several of the new, native plants dug up and munched. I started putting up more guards around the plants and replanting the plants that will hopefully survive. The birds seem to multiply on a daily basis (okay maybe they arenâ€&#x;t quite that bad but they are the biggest issue we have here). Eventually, we might get a dog on the farm to help with the birds but until then the battle continues. I also planted potatoes in tires this week. I found that the idea of planting potatoes in tires is actually quite popular. As the potatoes grow, you stack more tires on top of each other. This makes growing and harvesting the potatoes easier. Most of the potatoes I planted were either from the organic store or leftover potatoes from last yearâ€&#x;s planting. We are recycling old tires for the planting areas and, hopefully, the potatoes will be ready in a couple of months. The first week I was on the farm I seeded some plants, mainly brassicas, in the greenhouse. This week, they were finally ready to plant. So, I prepared one of our rock beds and planted the little plants. Planting something I had grown from a seed was very rewarding. As I dug the holes and placed the vegetable plants, I was super excited when I realized how much they had grown in a couple short weeks and also how much food they would produce in the winter. When I was done planting in the rock bed, I cover the whole bed with a netting to keep the pukekos and rabbits from eating the new plants. So far, they have not been able to breech the guard on the bed! Today, we also had our first rainstorm in about a week and a half. The timing of the rain for the new plants could not have been better. This week I also made carrot soup using carrots and lemons from the garden. I greatly enjoy being a part of the seed to sow process and the farm to fork process. Cheers!
Journey The summer and my internship are coming to a close. So, I wanted to take a little time and reflect. One of the reasons I wanted to do this internship was, in part, due to Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I started reading Thoreau at the beginning of this year; his ideas and willingness to live on the edge inspired me. I also took a class on food systems last semester and wanted to be closer to food production and understand, firsthand, how production actually works. Around the middle of the semester, I began to wonder if I could live in a setting very different from what I am use to being in, namely the urban environment. Additionally, mainly due to Thoreau, I was curios what it would be like to live, be, and breathe in a simpler state. One quote in particular I find continually moving: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. Through my time on Waiheke Island and my experience on Uma Rapiti, I experienced an evolution like what Thoreau describes. The two aspects of my internship I am most grateful for are living more in tune with the natural world and simplifying my life. I am learning about different types of trees, warding off animals, planting new seedlings, creating projects, digging in the soil but, what surprised me the most, is the ways I have changed. Although I will be ready to be in Arizona soon and see familiar faces and places, I know leaving here is not the end of this journey but simply the next step. No matter what journey you are on, I hope you advance in the direction of your dreams. So that, together, we can create a better, more sustainable, harmonious world.
Beth Anne Martin is Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Clubâ€™s nominee for the 2011 Ambassadorial Scholarship. She is in New Zealand this summer working as an intern on a self-sufficient, organic farm.
TRAVELS WITH BIG JAY AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLAR Justin Randall, our man in Madrid, is in Spain studying for his International MBA. This is an excerpt from his blog journal of his adventures in Europe.
The Rest of Berlin Before meeting up with Dave at Mustafa‟s Kebab in Berlin, I bought a ticket to a town of which I don‟t remember the name, where I would then need to purchase another ticket to get to Krakow. Dave and his traveling companion were to fly out the next morning.
As we stand in line for a kebab, he tells me that the tickets they bought were never really purchased (confusing for me too) and asked if I would walk him through the process and that they would join me. We eat our delicious kebabs then go to the reisezentrum (travel center) to buy him some tickets. Of course the lady didn‟t speak English and sort of rolled her eyes at us when we asked for two additional tickets, same as mine. He plops down the money, grabs the tickets, and we‟re on our way. We run some errands then go our separate ways, planning to meet up at Mustafa‟s at 4.00 to make our train on time at 5.30. I‟m 15 minutes late, of course, but with plenty of time to make the train. Plenty. By the time they finish up, it‟s a couple minutes before five. We grab a bite from Mustafa‟s and are about to roll out when Dave mentions something about a hole in his pocket. The girl he‟s with runs across the street to a seamstress and calls him over to get it fixed. They‟re for awhile. Too long – getting back at 5.11 when the train left at 5.28 – we had five stops on one line, a change, and one stop on another. Oh, and a four-minute wait to kick it all off. It didn‟t help when his friend told us to jump off a stop early by accident. We hop out and get a cab. at this point, it‟s hopeless, but we go to the platform anyhow. Empty. Now comes the fun part: getting the tickets we originally wanted so we‟d arrive the next morning. No luck. And the tickets we already had? As it turns out, they weren‟t good for another two days. Luckily, she finagled a refund of the tickets. We couldn‟t leave until 6.29 the next morning, but we got our tickets. We rent a locker there to drop off the bags, they go back to the hostel to check back in, but I‟m cheap and don‟t. Then we head back out to get some eats: kegel koenig, for sure. Part way there, Dave‟s friend decides that she‟d rather sleep before the long travel day ahead so rolls back to the hostel. We don‟t let that deter us and carry on. I told Dave about the best German eats, “Agent Orange,” and I had been there when we hit Germany before: smoky, filled with locals playing cards, and a dog for good measure. We walk in, and, sure enough, there were people playing games in the back room and…a dog wandering the restaurant. No joke. Luckily, smoking indoors has been banned since 2006, so that element was lacking. The eats were just as good as before: full delicious portions of schnitzel, tasty little German salads, and a bowl of fried potatoes. We have some beer then some beam and coke, pay our tab, and start to wander the city. What does Berlin have to offer on a Monday night? Answer: not much. We start at the Menninger Hostel near the Haupbahnhof because of its rooftop bar and alleged coolness, both of which rendered useless because of the rain. The view was still beautiful, though. Then we go to Potsdamer Platz, which is always fantastic. Coming up the steps, we find around six teenagers blocking the path laughing about something. at the top of the stairs, we see the object of their laughter: a couple decked in general darkness, her in a corset and flowing black dress wearing huge black boots to finish it off, him in skinny leather pants, a chest plate, and a mask of some sort to finish it out. They were locked in an unmoving gaze. The kids were taking pictures and teasing them in the background. After the lights go dark we head across the street to an American bar (the only place seemingly open at 1.00) where we‟re served by a super-cute girl and catch up on stuff and things from the last year. We walk back to the hostel a little after 4.00 where I sit in the lobby on Dave‟s computer, while he naps for the next hour. A little after 5.00, we head to the station, waiting for that train and me for sleep.
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31. WORLD COMMUNITY SERVICE World Community Service is the Rotary program by which a club or district in one country provides humanitarian assistance to a club in another country. Typically the aid goes to a developing community where the Rotary project will help raise the standard of living and the quality of life. The ultimate object of World Community Service is to build goodwill and understanding among peoples of the world. One important way to find a club in some other part of the world which needs help on a worthy project is to use the WCS Projects Exchange, a list of dozens of worthy activities in developing areas. The exchange list is maintained in the RI Secretariat in Evanston and is readily available upon request. It outlines projects, provides estimated costs and gives names of the appropriate contacts. Clubs which need assistance, or are seeking another club to help with a humanitarian project, such as building a clinic, school, hospital, community water well, library or other beneficial activity, may register their needs. Clubs seeking a desirable World Community Service project may easily review the list of needs registered in the Projects Exchange. Thus, the exchange provides a practical way to link needs with resources. Every Rotary club is urged to undertake a new World Community Service project each year. The WCS Projects Exchange list is an excellent tool to find a real need, a project description and cooperating club in a developing area. The job then is to "go to work" to complete the project, and at the same time build bridges of friendship and world understanding. 32. FUNCTIONAL LITERACY PROGRAM It has been estimated that a billion people-one-fourth of the world's population-are unable to read. Illiteracy of adults and children is a global concern in both highly industrialized nations and in developing countries. The number of adult illiterates in the world is increasing by 25 million each year! In the United States, one quarter of the entire population is considered functionally illiterate. The tragedy of illiteracy is that those who cannot read lose personal independence and become victims of unscrupulous manipulation, poverty and the loss of human feelings which give meaning to life. Illiteracy is demeaning. It is a major obstacle for economic, political, social and personal development. Illiteracy is a barrier to international understanding, cooperation and peace in the world. Literacy education was considered a program priority by Rotary's original Health, Hunger and Humanity Committee in 1978. An early 3-H grant led to the preparation of an excellent source book on the issues of literacy in the world. The Rotary-sponsored publication, The Right to Read, was edited by Rotarian Eve Malmquist, a past district governor from Linkoping, Sweden, and a recognized authority on reading and educational research. The book was the forerunner of a major Rotary program emphasis on literacy promotion. In 1985 the RI Planning and Research Committee proposed, and the RI board approved, that the Rotary clubs of the world conduct a ten-year emphasis on literacy education. Many Rotary clubs are thoughtfully surveying the needs of their community for literacy training. Some clubs provide basic books for teaching reading. Others establish and support reading and language clinics, provide volunteer tutorial assistance and purchase reading materials. Rotarians can play a vitally important part in their community and in developing countries by promoting projects to open opportunities which come from the ability to read.
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I Choose PERCEPTION It's week three of this great seven-week series... How much practice did you get last week with paying attention to what you were doing with your imagination? How many times did you find yourself picturing something that you would NOT want to be true? As you have probably figured out, my husband is a stilt entertainer. Last weekend we were at an event in which he was on his stilts for extended periods of time, AND there were lots of small children in the building who happened to be fascinated with him. Now, I know very well how good he is on those things, but I find that I have to be VERY aware of what I'm doing with my imagination when there are children around. If I'm not careful, "standing guard at the portal of my mind," my imagination has him stepping on kids, tripping over them and falling, dropping them on their heads when he picks them up, etc. (Click this link to see a two-minute video that will show you exactly what I mean. And know that Rick is eight feet tall on his stilts, so the little girl he raises above his head is at about nine feet up.) Sometimes it amazes me what my mind will come up with if I don't stay aware of what it's doing, and last weekend I had to be very vigilant!
Rather than spend the whole weekend making myself miserable about what COULD happen, I chose to pay attention to what I was picturing in my mind, and when my imagination tried to go to something that would cause me to worry, I would catch it and shift my attention to the truth. And every single time, the truth was that everything was awesome, we were all having fun, and no one was getting hurt. How often do we create a feeling of anxiety or misery in ourselves just by thinking about something? How many of us live our whole lives that way, at the mercy of an undisciplined and unruly mind? This brings us to the next mental faculty, and the next verse in the poem... The Workings of the Human Mind How do we travel the road to our Dream To arrive at the life we want? By using our mental faculties And keeping our Dream out front "What's a mental faculty?" you ask Allow me to explain them They are separate and individual But they must be used in tandem
Here is what I know - my circumstances have NOTHING invested in how I feel or what I think about them. Circumstances are just circumstances ("Circumstances" = "that which stands around me"). My circumstances are completely neutral, which means that they have no power to cause me to feel one way or another about them. This is HUGE, and it can be a life-changing realization if you want it to be. Have you ever heard the following quote? (I am not sure where it came from originally - sorry.)
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Try deliberately changing your perception of something this week and watch what happens.
In my book, Pop Your Paradigm, I wrote of my experience of coming to this realization for myself as I was leaving the green and gorgeous Imagination is the first of six Pacific Northwest and running - to save my own life - to the brown, hot, And it's useful in creation and ugly Arizona. That was exactly how I was looking at it and I was As we firmly picture in our thought angry, upset, and very depressed. Meanwhile, the young woman sitting in What will be our destination the seat next to me on the bus was practically bouncing up and down in her seat and saying, "I can't WAIT to get away from all this green!!!" I'm Next is our Perception not going to tell the whole story here, except to say that after spending A powerful thing to use! considerable time with a desire to strangle her, I finally decided to look As we look at the scenery around us for the lesson in that whole annoying thing. What showed up for me was this: We were both looking out the same exact window, seeing the exact same things. However, what I was seeing was "making me" miserable... What we see is what we choose as I was watching the green going away, seeing more and more brown showing up, I became more and more angry and depressed. As that young woman watched the green go away, she became happier and happier the more brown she saw outside that window.
I knew right then that if I was ever going to change my life I was going to have to change the way I SAW my life. If I was ever going to change my life, I was going to have to change my perception of my life... So I asked myself, "What would happen for me if I just made a decision to look for beauty in everything I see?" My current and awesome life - ten years later - came to be because of that question and my willingness to practice asking it and applying it to everything.
I Choose PERCEPTION This week I choose to pay attention to how I am looking at things. As I notice how I'm perceiving things, I ask myself, with the deliberate intention of shifting my experience, "What's another way I could look at this? M," And I notice that no matter what I am perceiving, I can choose how I feel about it, and I can ALWAYS choose another way to see it. "As I look at the scenery around me, what I see is what I choose." Please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or comments - I always love to hear from you! In Gratitude,
Sandra Anne Daly Author and Certified Life Mastery Consultant www.chooseyouruniverse.com
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Born to be Wild Celebrating the Care and Husbandry of Exotic and Endangered Wildlife
SAN WILD SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE In 1989, a South African based conservation organization, the Rhino & Elephant Foundation, launched a fundraising campaign for black rhinos under the name of Project Rhino. The campaign received considerable media coverage and it caught the imagination and attention of Louise Joubert, an account executive for a major advertising agency in Cape Town. She contacted the Rhino & Elephant Foundation and suggested that they run a telethon to raise funds. This was an entirely new concept in fundraising at the time, but Louise‟s initiative and dedication resulted in National Rhino Pledge Day on 29 October 1989. The telethon, which was televised throughout the day, raised R1.78 million and much of the funding was used to buy land to extend the Addo Elephant National Park, which has a significant population of black rhino. Funds were also used to purchase much needed anti-poaching equipment and to translocate black rhinos from danger zones. Louise's brush with wildlife conservation and its personalities throughout the run-up to Pledge Day changed her life and in 1990, she decided to leave Cape Town and leave her career behind and went to live in the Limpopo Province in order to work with wild animals. However, she inadvertently found herself involved in a component of a then fledgling wildlife industry - game capture. Over the ten years that followed, Louise saw many things that did not sit well with her, but the game-and-wildlife trade industry has a persuasive way of justifying its activities and as Louise herself says, “If you silence your conscience for long enough, it eventually stops speaking to you”. It was especially the young un-weaned animals suffering as a result of mass game relocation that prompted her into action and she began taking in orphaned and injured animals for hand raising - particularly plains game species such as zebra, kudu and blue wildebeest. This one on one close contact with young wild animals and the success of her efforts to rehabilitate them to become independent, free-ranging wild animals awoke her silenced conscience. Louise became increasingly empathetic to the animals caught up in South Africa‟s wildlife industry and more and more she became an outspoken critic of the industry‟s unethical and inhumane operators. While still working for a game relocation company, she started taking in orphaned and injured animals for hand raising and veterinary care for which she paid privately. Rescued animals were treated and hand raised on a small 21-hectare property. The intake of animals slowly increased and also diversified to include all species of wild animals: birds, small mammals, reptiles and smaller predators. There was a great need for a formal rehabilitation centre and emergency response when wild animals found themselves in trouble. One of the biggest challenges facing the small centre was a desperate need for a safe and protected release area. National Parks and Provincial Game Reserves were simply not interested in taking in rehabilitated or hand raised animals for release. This left Louise with only one option: privately owned game farms. Sadly, many of the privately owned game farms are being used a hunting farms and this most definitely did not present a safe option as a release site.
In a bold attempt in 1998 to secure the animals‟ future that she had already saved, Louise signed a lease contract for a 960-hectare piece of land with the option to purchase it at a later stage. The small property on which the rehabilitation centre started was sold and the funds used to establish a small rehab centre on the larger property. In 2000, she founded the SanWild Wildlife Trust, a non-profit organization whose main objective would be to raise funds to pay for the land, rescue injured and orphaned wild animals and to secure the animals‟ long-term welfare and safety. For the first time in South African history, a wildlife reserve was being established that belonged to the wild animals themselves. Although the new property, named the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary, could accommodate many more wild animals, it was acknowledged by the SanWild trustees that it was too small to be viable in the long term. Louise continued her efforts to increase the size of the sanctuary while being supported by the Board of Trustees. Despite many failed efforts, perseverance finally paid off and on the 1st July 2002 the deposit to purchase a terribly neglected adjoining tomato farm was paid with a substantial donation received from France in memory of Mr. Claude Detave. Bulldozers moved in and the old cattle fences were removed. Work to fence in the new land started within days. Once all fencing was completed the fences between the two pieces of Louise Joubert land could be taken down and wild animals started traversing on both sections. However before the animals could be allowed to move onto the new land a professional team of environmentalists were contracted to do relevant impact assessments and prepare full EIA‟s in order to assist the SanWild‟s management team to address the bush encroachment and soil erosion problems caused by previous overgrazing with cattle and the agricultural farming activities. Truckloads of rubbish consisting on old tomato wire, plastic piping, discarded glass bottles, beer cans, and open pit latrines had to be cleaned up and removed. More than 389 snares were removed from a 20-hectare area adjoining the old tomato fields. It was evident that this piece of land was particularly abused and neglected and that the plants and animals had very little protection indeed. Continued efforts to restore the land to its original state are progressing well. Early in 2006, the trust was asked to help save a small herd of African elephants from an imminent culling operation when the reserve in which the elephants lived reverted back to farm land as a result of a number of successful land claims. The elephants were no longer welcome here. To read about this rescue click here. At the time SanWild the Murry Foundation (UK) had purchased an adjoining property that was incorporated into the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary. When Adam Murry defaulted on his bond installment with ABSA BANK, the SanWild trustees who had signed personal surety for Mr. Murry‟s bond had to meet the yearly installment and the shares in the company that purchased the land was transferred to SanWild. The SanWild Wildlife Trust has no other beneficiaries other than the wild animals themselves and ensure protection of the land and the animals in perpetuity.
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