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DUTIES FOR JUNE 2014 Day

Reception & Welcome

MC

Grace

Rotary Minute

Fines Sergeant

4 Way Test & Thought

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Doug Wills Jacco Wolters Liezel Haarhoff Aurélien d Chappotin

Kas Kasongo

John Sharwood

Doug Wills

Phil Gutsche

Templeton Sipamla

Marieke Robers

Mike Cawse

Pat Catherine Aurélien de Chappotin

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Speaker @ Lunch

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INSIDE ISSUE Speaker @ Lunch

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PE West wine Auction

2

Thought for the Day

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Notes / Thanks

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GUEST SPEAKERS 19 Members’ Fellowship 26 Michael Gooden The other side of Iron Man 3/7 No Lunch 4/7 President’s Induction

BIRTHDAYS 4 4 5 6 8 19 26 28

Doug Wills Tony Moors Mike Stapp Piet Nell Grace Mzamane Margaret MacPherson John Sharwood Regina Kasongo

SPOUSE’S BIRTHDAYS 2 13 25 25

Tim Hewitt-Coleman Sally Potgieter Olivia Jooste Wynand Deyzel

Chanté Write

John Lemon told us the history of the VW Beetle, - his passion. Ferdinand Porsche, born in 1875 in Bohemia, was interested in two new innovations, electricity and the motor car. He left home in 1894 to work in Vienna and while there he sneaked into lectures at Vienna University, but was found out and expelled. Between 1902 and 1929 Porsche worked for various companies where he designed two notable cars, including a petrol/electric vehicle. In 1906 he joined Austro Daimler and then Daimler Motoren, now known as Mercedes Benz, where he designed many classics including the Mercedes SS and SSK Kompressor models. After a stormy time at Mercedes he left and formed his own company in 1930. This was a brave move for the then 55 year old Porsche, as the world was in the grip of the worst recession in history. Two projects for a small car fell through, but eventually after a meeting with Hitler, his dream of a People’s Car became a reality. Three sets of prototypes were built - the final ones being extensively tested over a distance of 2 million kilometers, and in 1938 the final definitive shape we have come to know as the Beetle was born. However war was declared and although a factory had already been built, only a few Beetles emerged. The factory was converted to produce the wartime versions of the Beetle, the most famous of which was the Kubelwagen. This factory was extensively bombed as it also produced parts for the V-1 flying bomb and the JU 88 bomber and at war’s end was 65% destroyed. The future of the factory hung in the balance as British, American, French and the Russians turned down offers of the factory. Lord Rootes of the Rootes Group in England was particularly scathing in his condemnation, stating that the Beetle was outdated, ugly, noisy, did not meet the fundamental requirements of a motor vehicle, and had no commercial future whatsoever! Despite this condemnation some enthusiastic British Officers started to assemble a few Beetles for the Control Commission of Germany after an order for 20 000 was received. Heinz Nordhoff was appointed MD in ‘48, and he set the scene for the Beetle to become the biggest selling single model in the history of the motor vehicle, with 21 529 464 sold! How those British, American, French and Russian delegations must have eaten their words!


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Notes Pres. Andrew thanked all those who helped in any manner on the PSG Golf Day - whether it was by donating prizes or by helping on the day. He gave special thanks to Leigh Deyzel for organising the prize of 4 x season tickets - it was auctioned for R12 000! He also thanked Pat Catherine, as he had to generate between 70 and 80 invoices for the golf day. ooOoo There will be no Rotary lunch on the 3rd July, as the new President’s induction will take place at a gala function on Friday, 4th July, to be held at the City hall. ooOoo The new Rotary dues will be R1650 if paid in July, or R150 p/m on stop order.

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the photos of the different stages of the VW Beetle on slides. Bertie Kommel gave us a whole story as the Thought for the Day: This projector must be nearly as old as There was a father who left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the the first Beetle!

Thought of the Day

father passed away, his sons opened up the Will, which stated that the eldest son should get 1/2 of the camels, while the middle son should get 1/3, and the youngest son should get 1/9 of the camels. As it is not possible to divide 17 camels by these numbers, the sons started fighting with each other. Eventually they went to a wise man for help. He read the will carefully, brought one of his own camels, and added it to the other 17. This meant the 18 camels could now be divided by giving the eldest son 9 (= 1/2), the middle son got 6 camels (=1/3) and the youngest son go 2 camels, being 1/9 of the total. As 9 + 6 + 2 added up to 17 camels, the wise man took back the camel he had brought, and the sons were all happy!

Contact Detail President: Andrew Binning: Andrew@inkanyezi.co.za Secretary: Leigh Deyzel: leighd@cricket.co.za Editor: Denise Pudney: denisepudneyproperties@gmail.com General Enquiries: info@rotaryportelizabeth.co.za Website: www.rotaryportelizabeth.co.za Twin Club: Rotary Club of Singer Island, Florida, USA www.singerislandrotary.org

Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Meetings Venue: Port Elizabeth Club, Bird Street І Tel: 041 585 1919 Day: Thursday І Time: 13.00—14.00 І Website:

www.rotaryportelizabeth.co.za

Bank Details Bank Name: Standard Bank Account Name: PE Rotary Club Account Number: 080 280 870 Branch Code: 050417 Branch Name: Rink Street Reference: Project Initial and your name In Partnership with


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