With great freedom, comes great responsibility…. I know that’s not exactly how it goes but it feels very relevant for the times we are in now. For the last 5 months we have been restricted in our movement and activities by government regulations and it has hampered they way we live. How we spend our free time, where we go, what we do and ultimately how we Table. The first 5 months of this table year has flown by!!!
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8As from August the restrictions have slowly been lifted. A little more freedom. A little less regulations. We are allowed to go out some more and buy cigarettes and alcohol. Some of our freedom has been given back. And there comes the responsibility. During August some physical meetings have been able to take place and we have gone out to see each other again for the first time in months. Hungering for that fellowship we have missed. Getting together to chat all things table and not-so-table. Just to be in the presence of our friends has brought about a change in attitude and our moods. And it’s not only about Table. Going to visit family that you haven’t been able to connect with because they live in another province or being able to have a braai without hiding it. But there is the risk of overindulging in this freedom. Going overboard and getting into situations that can cause more harm than good. The risk of getting infected and the infecting others has grown because of the lifting some regulations. To foster responsible citizenship and loyalty to our country. That is what we tell each other at every meeting and conference. And part of that responsible citizenship is now being tested. To stay in control when less people are watching. To stay within regulations that has been put there to try and protect. Even if we do not necessarily agree with them. There might be people around us that do agree with them and that have different views about how to handle this. Always keep others in mind and act in such a way that your actions do not place someone else in harm. Wear your mask when asked to do so. Wash your hands, keep sanitizing and be responsible by staying away from others when you have symptoms or don’t feel well. As we slowly beat this pandemic together always remember that you are in control of your actions. Yit
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Pretoria 87 – SANBS Blood Donation Nahoon 160 – Boys Weekend Hunting Kenton 210 – Alan’s Advice Welkom 40 – Table Brandy is Back MPU Area Council Visits all Tables Pretoria 136 – PharmaValu Swakopmund 145 – Handover to the Major Middelburg 126 – Reach Out to Family in Need Sandown 150 – Stopping the Spread of Covid-19 MPU Area Winter Knights Pretoria 87 – President Kruger Children’s Homes Kloof 190 – Fastest Project Ever Middelburg 126 – Secunda Raid Kenton 210 - Alan’s Advice Barberton 67 - Looking after the Community Pretoria 136 – What Round Table Means to my as a Pipeliner Welkom 40 – Kudu & Moetjie tie the Knot Potchefstroom 47 – Winter Knights Swakopmund 145 – Who we are? Sandown 150 – Womans Month Tribute Kloof 190 – Husky Rescue Middelburg 126 – Winter Knights Pretoria 87 – Hunger Heroes Walvis Bay 36 – Stephan Social Trophy Sasolburg 40 – Winter Knights White River 64 – What is Impactful Change? Kenton 210 – Alan’s Advice Welkom 40 – Whistler Auction Pretoria 136 – Waldi Penzorn Welwitschia 213 – Who we are ? Sabie Tube Race from way back then Pretoria 87 – Winter Food Donation Windhoek 34 – Bonzai Mad Max Xtreme Make over Durbanville 165 – Lockdown Food For Good Project TrunkTales 3|Page
-To develop fellowship among young men through the medium of their professional and business occupations; -To emphasise the fact that one’s calling offers an excellent medium of service to the community; -To cultivate the highest ideals in business, professional and civic traditions; -To recognize the worthiness of all legitimate occupations and to dignify each his own by precept and example; -To foster responsible citizenship and loyalty to their Country; -To further the establishment of peace and goodwill in international relationships; -To further these objects by meetings, lectures, discussions and other activities
PRETORIA 87 SANBS Blood Donation At Round Table Pretoria 87 we strive to donate blood as often as we can. On two separate occasions this year various members, Pipeliners, guests and immediate family members of Round Table Pretoria 87 contributed to the much needed blood supply of the SANBS. The donations took place at the SANBS bloodbank branch in Atterbury Pretoria We continue to be actively involved in this project and remain fully committed to continue the tradition. This initiative also forms part of our ongoing commitment to the Bushveld Area alliance area project. Adopt-Adapt-Improve 4|Page
COVID lockdown regulations forced us to think out of the box with regards to the Nahoon 160 Boys Weekend this year! Due to level 3 lockdown regulations, the only way we could all legally go away was if we went hunting… so we did! After being locked up for 4 months, the boys were desperate to get out for a break, so this was very welcome and essential for maintaining our mental health!!! The entire Table and a few 41ers attended, as well as 2 tablers from Queenstown 16, Dylan Thompson and Morne Potgieter, who were fantastic hosts at the Aloe Grove game farm near Queenstown. The weather wasn’t really on our side, with freezing temperatures (fortunately we were well stocked with Old Brown Sherry to keep us warm), and strong winds - wind being the worst possible hunting weather! Despite the weather, we managed to bag a few decent animals and everyone is enjoying plenty of biltong etc as a result! The branded camo regalia added a unique touch, complete with matching camo face masks to keep us safe from COVID A great time was had by all and I’m confident that this could become an annual event. It was a pleasure for me to organise this event – thanks again to Dylan for all the assistance and to 41er Theo Weber for keeping us very well fed all weekend! Lance Weyer Project Convenor
ANNUAL INDUCTION DINNER It is customary for all Tables, shortly after their Annual General Meeting, to hold their Annual Induction Dinner, at which the new Chairman is inducted into office. There is no necessity for this to be a formal Dinner, but this form has found most favour over the years. All the Table Members and their wives or girlfriends attend but after this, opinions differ considerably. There are Tablers who consider this a purely domestic affair, and invite nobody else; there are others who include only their 41'ers, while others invite their Area Chairman, and still others who invite the Chairman and Members of all nearby Tables, and finally those who invite local dignitaries such as Rotary and Lion’s Club Chairman, the Mayor etc. Any such invitations are purely the business of the Table concerned but one matter which is clear is that all those who are invited to attend, should be given complimentary tickets, unless it is made quite clear that they shall be expected to pay, as is often the case with the 41'ers. If local dignitaries are invited, it is most advisable that a responsible Tabler be invited to look after each guest. The recommended programme for these Dinners is: • Welcome • Aims and Objectives of Round Table • Toast to the Ladies • Toast to our Country • Table Grace Starter Course • Address by the Outgoing Chairman • Presentation of Club Trophies and Awards • Address by the Incoming Chairman Main Course • Farewell to the 41’ers • Response on behalf of the 41’ers • Toast to RTSA and RTI Dessert Course Should Clubs combine their Induction Dinner with other Clubs, then the same programme can apply, but the Address by Outgoing Chairman shall be preferred in each case, with the Address by Incoming Chairman limited to introducing his Council and congratulating the Outgoing Chairman. Another suggestion is that alternate Club representatives propose the toasts. It is recommended that a Master of Ceremonies be asked to oversee the evening, and his duties would include welcoming all the attendees, as well as introducing the speakers and keeping the flow of the evening pleasant. As a guideline, an exploded programme can be prepared, detailing time allocations, duties, and recommended actions.
A table is symbolic of where friends and family meet and so is Table Brandy. An all African produced three year matured brandy that unites people from around the world. Table Brandy is a Welkom 40 inspired concept to help raise money for our community. Let the spirit of UBUNTU unit us to give back to the community. All profits made by Table Brandy will go back to the only Round Table Community Centre in South Africa. Let us as tablers unite to preserve a table landmark and build on RTSA project that can build the RTSA brand that work for the community. All orders can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org #Alloutcompassion #ImpactfulChange
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As Lockdown Level 2 cracked down and everything seems to be getting back to the New Normal, Mpumalangaâ€™s Area Council made it a point to attend all the Tablesâ€™ Meetings ASAP to revive a fire for Tabling. Mpumalanga Area Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary attended their first Table meeting with Middelburg 126 hosting the 3 men. It was an absolute blast seeing all the men again and getting down to business. This young Table is really setting the Benchmark for what Tabling should be in Mpumalanga, with 2 Guests attending as well. With the curfue of 22:00 in the back of our minds the table managed to get through a lot of points just before the lockdown blues kicked in and everyone rushed home. Second visit was Barberton 67 and this was definitely one meeting we were proud to attend with Barberton still going strong and managing to get a Guest into the Meeting as well. The rich knowledge of the Table really assisted the us in changing the way we think of taking on the future of Table. Next Meeting was Secunda 231 and the Whole Mpumalanga Area Council managed to attend this meeting with the Secunda Men attending in full force. This Meeting was definitely the Meeting where we learned the definition of Fellowship and Gees. The men from Secunda have a lot of plans in the pipeline and even during Lockdown they managed to help a lot of people in Secunda and truly strive to make an Impactful change. Last stop was White River 64 and the Table where the definition of Passion for Table came to light. It was an absolute honor to see how passionate these men are about Tabling. The Table also managed to bring 2 Guests to their Meeting which is absolutely great to see the potential growth in All Tables. With a successful Mission from Area and a lot more Insights on what is happening we can definitely understand what the vision is for MPU Table.
There comes a time in any Tabler’s life where he’s not exactly sure where to begin, being overwhelmed by the input received on a project that started from the idea the size of a seed. Our journey started when Round Table Pretoria 136 called the owner of Pharma Value, Hannes Strydom, for a possible donation towards our Digital Project. We were a nation treading on unknown territory. We were facing a pandemic with more questions than answers & more pleas for help than we could keep up with. Our call for a donation was declined but in return we received a better proposal from the man himself. Hannes asked Round Table Pretoria 136 to join hands in the PharmaValu Project. The project was quite simple, help our community. How to do the project was quite easy. Get the general public to put their hands together & donate. We at Round Table Pretoria 136 had to promote and spread the word. We urged the public to donate basic necessities & nonperishable food items. This could be collected at any of the Pharma Value pharmacies. Inside the shop was a big box where the general public could generously drop a view items for those in need. Whoever needed something could come take directly from the box with no questions asked. Once a week the content would be distribute to those in dire need. With this said we are glad to say that we could accumulate a total of R50,000 worth of products with which we could help our community. To us this project means more than just helping those in need but it has taught us how to think outside of the “box. Round Table Pretoria 136 would like to thank all the concerned citizens that helped us make this project a success by helping the less fortunate.
#136MADE Tiaan Schoeman Chairman
Last week Round Table Swakopmund 145 received a call for assistance from the Mayor of Swakopmund - The community in Swakopmund need food and clothing, especially in the cold weather we are currently facing. The Mayor has identified a number of families in the community who is suffering due to job losses and large pay cuts that require assistance. In an ideal situation we would like to help and support each and every person currently struggling under the lockdown, but having limited resources ourselves, this unfortunately is not possible. We have not been able to arrange a single community project this year to generate funds to distribute, which really makes it tough to keep on giving donations. Luckily, we do have some reserves and was able to arrange a handover with the Mayor of Swakopmund. On Friday, 14 August 2020 we met with the Mayor and the Fire Chief of Swakopmund to handover various items of food, clothing and blankets to be distributed at their discretion. As mentioned, the Mayor already identified needy families. Among the people benefitting from the donations are victims of shack fires that occurred throughout the year. We have been assured by the Fire Chief that every single piece of item handed out is recorded as well as its recipient, to ensure no wastage and that the identified people are receiving the goods. The 30x 30x 30x 30x 30x 30x
food items donated were: 10kg Maize Meal 2.5kg Vetkoek Wheat Flour 2kg Brown Rice 1kg Spaghetti 2kg Brown Sugar 3kg Elbow Macaroni
Lastly, thank you to Walvis Bay 36 for assisting with the donations.
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Middelburg 126 received a Facebook message from a Family in need and the Family requested food and possibly a Gas Stove. In true Middelburg 126 Fashion they organized a brand New gas stove as well as giving money from their own pockets to buy the Family Food. This is truly the embodiment of what a Table should look like, when people sit down and watch while people struggle, Middelburg 126 stands up and they don’t just talk, they do! Middelburg 126 is a Beacon of hope for Middelburg and they are creeping into the hearts of their local community with all of the hard work they are doing to give back where they can. The men are bringing the Rondal back in good style. This is truly World Class from Middelburg 126 and they are the definition of “Watch this Space”
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The Coronavirus Pandemic and subsequent lockdown not only affected Tabling to a mammoth degree. While out for essential travel and duties, it became necessary to wear face masks to protect ourselves and those around us. With this responsibility in mind and our pride for our organization, Sandown 150 designed and made Round Table Southern Africa branded face masks to protect members and their families. This campaign was focused solely on limiting the spread of the Coronavirus while offering brand exposure by proudly wearing our face masks. The masks were manufactured in a limited-edition run, and all masks manufactured were sold at cost price to Tablers who wanted it. Sandown distributed a total of 200 of the limited-edition face masks. Hopefully in the near future it will serve as a positive memento in a truly difficult time for all.
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Mpumalanga Area Council had the second leg of their Winter Knights in partnership with FNB. The gift of giving all started at Shoprite in White River where Stephen de Witt and Brian Rossouw walked into the store and requested a bit of assistance from the Manager on duty to get certain products on our list of Buckets that need to be filled. The positivity emanating from the Manager was contagious after we informed her of our plans to put buckets together to give away to the less fortunate. Before we could blink there was so much assistance from all staff in Shoprite, I am sure there was a clean up in aisle 7 that was not attended to. It was truly inspiring to see how people can come together. The next part was to transport this Bakkie and half a Volvo load to Ermelo where we can pack and distribute. After hard labor of 30 minutes we managed to get all of the buckets filled and packed into the vehicles to take it to Ellerdines where the true definition of Impactful Change was imprinted into my head. After packing 38 Food parcels to the value of R12 500 we distributed to a very grateful bunch of women who could not say thank you enough. It was the build up to that moment that made me realize that this is why we do what we do. Truly making an Impactful Change
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Pretoria Round Table 87 received donations externally and generated funds internally as well, all with the goal of supporting the President Kruger Kinderhuis. R5000 in total was generated and I was entrusted with the responsibility of purchasing as many essential products as I can. As a Pipeliner I saw this as an opportunity to show my fellow Tablers that I am willing to do whatever I can to prove that I want to be a part of 87 and so far I am very proud to be. I received funds on Tuesday the 11th August in the form of a voucher to be used at Brooklyn mall with a value of R2000 and a further R3000 was added by our very own chairman Willie Breedt and a 41er Marius Meiring. Wednesday the 12th of August I grabbed my Bushveld RT shirt and wore it as proudly as a member of a sports team representing our country, only I didn’t have to do much running, nevertheless I was determined to buy as much product as I can. I left for Makro first and bought food in bulk packs for the value of R2904.60. I arrived at Checkers and and spent a total of R1952.14, loaded everything into the car and saw the suspension dropping like it’s hot. Total items purchased: Maize Meal - 20kg Suiker - 20 kg Spekko Rice - 20kg Macoroni - 8kg Spagetti - 3kg Peanut Butter - 6kg Stroop - 3.5kg Jam - 7.5kg
Tomato and Onion mix - 6kg Baked Beans - 6kg Mixed Veg - 11kg Coffee - 3kg Tea - 320 bags Sunflower Seed Oil - 4 liters Bovril - 1.5 kg Brown Onion Gravy - 800g (Makes 8 liters) 10 Tubes of Mint Toothpaste
Mushroom Sauce - 800g (Makes 8 liters) Bean Soup Mix - 3kg Spagetti and Vianna tins - 5.5 kg Spagetti Meatballs tins - 5.5kg Corned Meat – 6kg Salt – 2kg Fusion Concentrate assorted flavours – 15 liters (makes 120 liters) Washing Powder – 15kg (140 loads of washing)
Conclusion After keeping in contact with the kitchen manager of President Kruger Kinderhuis, Ida. I arranged for the products to be dropped off at 10:30 am Saturday morning 15th of August. My fellow Pipeliner Marko van Rensburg and I set sail at about 10 am after he kindly offered to drive me and the goods to complete the mission. Jokes and good music all the way. We linked with fellow Tablers Wikus Venter and Christoff Timmer to do the handover, Ms Ida was visibly pleased and appreciative of our donation. We took some photos with big smiles under our masks and received thanks from them on Monday 17th of August. Thank you to my Chairman and fellow Tablers for making me a part of this and I am extremely happy to be a part of 87.
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One of the fun parts of my job is I get to spend a lot of time at the ports, Many things fall off containers but this one happened to land in my bakkie. I was offered 1 ton of Grapefruit quickly jumping at the chance I grabbed them and notified Kloof 190 of my find. Not wanting to keep this in my bakkie for very long I quickly drove to Flame Lilly Old age home and donated the lot. The residents were ecstatic and very grateful for the donation on behalf of Kloof 190. Total man Hours equated to about 1 hour, donating 1 ton of grapefruit minus a couple I ate on the way lol
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Secunda 231 had their first Physical Meeting after Lockdown and the Men from Middelburg 126 did not let this opportunity slip to get a quick raid in and they jumped at the opportunity. Middelburg 126 is really pushing the bar to the extreme from Projects, Meetings and Fellowship. They really have a Fire in their hearts for tabling and they are also hosting BMG this year. These young men have set the standard for the Area and this was truly reflected during the meeting. The Meeting with Secunda 231 had a lot of guests with our Area Chairman, Area-Vice Chairman, Area Secretary, Area Treasurer and our very own RTSA Branding Manager and Strategic Planner as well Middelburg 126â€™s Chairman. This was truly a benchmark meeting for Mpumalanga and the Fellowship was one for the books as well. There was a ton of insight and assistance from all around the Table to assist Secunda on certain projects and this is genuinely a true reflection that we are stronger together and that we can only achieve great things when we open ourselves up for insights from everyone around us.
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ASSCO MEETINGS What is the ASSCO? : It is an abbreviation of Association Council (Ass…Co…), and is the Council made up of the RTSA Exec Members and the 14 Area Chairmen. Meetings: To enable the Association Council to function properly, the Council usually meets four (4) times during the year, the quorum being fifty percent (50%) of its membership. The first of these meetings takes place immediately after the Annual General Meeting of the Association. This meeting is largely devoted to matters of an administrative nature, which include the following: • Ratify the appointment of Association Secretary, Treasurer and ARTSA Convenor • Ratify the appointment of the Executive Committee • Appointment of Conveners to Standing Committees • Appointment of Ad-Hoc Committees • Appointment of Delegates to: The Round Table International AGM The AMI Region AGM Meetings of other Associations to which we may be invited to send Delegates (e.g. ARTCA, ARTEA, Round Table Germany and Netherlands AGM (usually the Vice President), European Region AGM (usually the Vice President)) • Appointment of Auditors and Bankers • The methods whereby decisions of the Annual General Meeting shall be implemented Further Association Council Meetings are held at the discretion of the Association President. It has become customary to hold a meeting in August and another in November. At these ASSCO Meetings the following is attended to: • Reports from every Sub-Committee and Officers of the Association are considered • The main policy decisions of the Association are made • The progress over the year is weighed up and the pattern set for the remainder of the year • Strategic Planning is and remains an area of focus for Council (including issues such as re-delimitation, Membership, projects, and themes, etc.) The final meeting of Association Council is usually held immediately before the Annual General Meeting for the purpose mainly of: • Confirming the final reports of Officers and Sub-Committees in terms of the Constitution • For final discussions on any relevant AGM Agenda items • For making any policy decisions which might be necessary Both Incoming and Outgoing Association Councillors are expected to attend the first and last Association Council Meetings.
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Since COVID lockdown has started in March 2020 Tabling has not been easy, Zoom meetings are being held and discussing Projects has been difficult. Barberton Round Table did not let Lockdown get them down despite the difficult time. Barberton 67 has had numerous Food and blanket distributing projects in our community. Barberton has their own old age home where 15 people are staying at the moment and has no financial income or help from the Government. The old age home simply relies on food donations and their pension fund. Most of the people living in the old age home are working as car guards to be able to pay their necessities and poverty is becoming a problem in our area. Barberton Round Table has inspected the old age home and the conditions that they are living in is truly unbelievable. Our table has had numerous people from the old age home asking for assistance and that is exactly why we decided to make an effort from our Tableâ€™s side to assist in ways that we can. For our Winter knightâ€™s projects this year we could not do much during the lockdown situation that we are in, so we decided to do a blanket and food distributing project in our community to the less fortunate. Blankets and food parcels were donated Bobs our old age home for the winter, every car guard and family in town that were needy received a blanket and a food parcel that will keep them warm and full for a while. There is no better feeling then knowing that you have helped someone and they can keep warm and fed for the night and that is why Round Table is such and Awesome Organization. Barberton 67 has had a lot of people phoning and asking for help and I as our Vice Chairman can say with pride that we have been able to assist everyone in need. Barberton 67 is a wonderful Table and we are humbled to be part of this great organization that is worldwide and always there to assist when there is a need. #Impactfulchange YIT, Andre Visser Barberton 67 Vice Chairman
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What Round Table Means to me as a Pipeliner Dear Brother’s, I want to first off thank you for being my second family. I have grown up the only child and walked the lonely road alone until I found the brotherhood in 2019. I made some bad and some good discussions in my 33 years on this earth, but the best decision I made was to join Round Table. You become my role models, my go to team and my best friends. With all the years I have discovered that my hero’s does not wear a fancy cape but carries a heart of gold that I hold so dearly. You've held my hand when I've fallen with my dad’s passing in March this year and provided me a safe place when I was at the worst stage in my life. Thank you for setting great expectations. You've given me a sense of pride to call you my brother’s with all your achievements and drive to out do the limits that those set in front of you. We have seen this life with all its violence, sorrow and hate and still you give back so much every day. This is why I take each wise word and lesson you give to heart. I sit back in amazement at your ability to give so much in life, without taking. You've set such great examples of what a person should be and for that I will always be forever grateful. Without your guidance through my last years in this hateful world, I’m afraid I would not be who I am today. For this I thank you. Thank you for reminding me always that I matter. You've always been able to tell if there is something wrong and bring me back into my happiest place. Whether it be from teasing me till I pee or making funny jokes till I crack a smile, you've always found a way. You bring me back down a level of understanding when I do not see things clearly. You've also reminded me in times, that I am not the only one that matters. you've kept me straight and given me a reality check when I needed it most. You've given me hope in your goofy ways, when I feel that there is no hope left. You've always seen the bigger picture. You've taught me that with everything I do, there is a consequence whether I know it or not. For this I have become more grounded in my choices and appreciated your judgment even though I didn't understand it at the time. I appreciate you, I'm proud of you and most importantly I love you with all my heart. Thank you for being my big brother’s and holding me in both your hands with the up most love. While people may come and go, you will be in my heart for a lifetime. "A brother is a friend God gave to you, a friend is a brother your heart chose for you. Other than a parents love, I feel that there is no greater bond in love than there is between brothers.”
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WELKOM 40 Kudu & Moetjie Ties the Knot
Nobody in the whole of South Africa moreover the world was prepared for what 2020 presented us. The national lockdown did not give us the opportunity to have fellowship with our fellow tablers, however Kudu van der Westhuizen en Moetjie Roodt were not going to be held back. Kudu and Moetjie planned in 2019 to displayed the world of their love but did not expected this ‘movie-like’ reality we live in now to pop-up. The two love birds planned to tie the knot on the 24 July 2020 but had to cancel due to the national lock down. But when The President decided to open up South African they were overwhelmed with join to proceed. The joy was short-lived with the re-tracking of the certain freedoms we South Africans so freely enjoy. Determined to ‘forever’ their love at Home Affairs which was also temporarily stopped because of desanitation and had to postpone. However the love that Kudu and Moetjie have for each other could not stop them from having a fairytale lovecelebration in the garden of Welkom 40’s chairman ON 24 July as PLANNED. The night was meant to make memories of and we know that their love willwithhold the test of time. #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange
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Potch 47, The Flagship of STNOFS goes BIG!! This year our Winter Knights â€“ Maize Meal Project was bigger than ever! Due to the obvious need that the Pandemic has created, we at Potch 47 pulled off an exceptional Rabbit out a hat!! Raising a mammoth R54 000 through, Raffles, Auctions, Sponsors and General public donations. With the money raised we bought a Massive 8000kgs of Maize Meal that equates to approximately 150-000 meals for the hungry!!!! And what #IMPACTFULCHANGE did this do to the Potch Community!?! WOW!! We proceeded to do handouts to the needy people, homes, organization and groups that required the help the most. Making a huge difference, giving hope again, feeding hungry stomachs and putting smiles on faces again! This is why I Table. #ImpactfulChange Mike Menezes
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Round Table in Swakopmund has very deep roots and in the last 50 years has gone through a lot. Philip Weakley and his tabler’s started the journey of forming the SWK table in 1967. We received our charter in October 1969, with Mike Mcdonald as the chairman. These gents then started to grow a strong table that would change the lives of all who joined this great organization and the Swakopmund community. A definite highlight of our club would be our 50 th Birthday celebration. SWK 145 did not have a smooth ride to get to where we are and this day and celebration just again proved the true RT spirit that still lives on in this table. We are not considered a big table, but we boast with significant tabler’s that really make a mark in their table careers, SWK 145 has also delivered a few Executive Council members with Antonie van Wyk serving as the Area Chairman in 2012/13. Currently we have 4 members: Chairman – Harry Rencs – Senior Sales Consultant – Alexander Forbes Insurance, Vice Chairman – Willie Venter – Sales Consultant– Synapse Business Solutions,Treasurer – Hanro du Plessis – Financial Accountant – Protea Chemicals, IRO/PRO – Bertus Venter – Marine Surveyor – RN Bramwell & Associates, Dirkie Baard – Baard Group & Goanikontes Oasis (PIPELINER) One of our strengths spring from the fact that we inherited a strong RT culture from the previous Swakopmund members, this coupled with our own ambitions to take this table to new heights makes our strength - Passion for Tabling! The dynamic at the coast works a little different compared to central clubs, most of the tablers stay in Walvis Bay, but opted to join SWK145. This is not a weakness but it hampers us slightly. Swakopmund 145 joined the coastal food markets by setting up a stall at the annual Nedbank Food Festival. We sold Oysters and champagne to the public to raise clubhouse funds and get in the public eye then the pandemic hit! We had a whole host of projects lined up but due to national lockdown our country and region is currently under we had to cancel all. This also put a lot of strain on our clubhouse finances and most importantly our ability to assist our community. We however are a part of the greatest young men’s organization, so we never lose hope. We have a few ideas lined up, eg, CoolBox Party, we are exploring a raffle option and if time allows a potjie kos competition.
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South Africa commemorates Women's Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. The Government of South Africa declared August women's month and 9 August is celebrated annually as Women's Day. To celebrate Womenâ€™s Month and the importance of the women in our lives, Sandown paid tribute to our incredible wives and girlfriends. To highlight the value of the roles our partners and family play in our lives and Table careers, each week we featured one of our ladies on our weekly #Rondelfriday Womenâ€™s Month feature. The feature tells a story of our ladies, giving a deeper understanding into their unique experiences as the partner of a Tabler, and all the fun that comes with it. To read these articles, please visit the Round Table Sandown 150 Facebook page or website, Rtsandown150.co.za.
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Well Kloof 190 were at it again this time proving that not only helping humans can make a difference but helping man’s best friend too. A few weeks ago our IRO/PRO Stephen Hunt and the rest of Kloof 190 were invited up to the Husky Rescue Centre situated in Cato Ridge to lend a helping hand. Well little did we know what we were in for? After a very short drive up the hill the team arrived, to be greeted by what could only be summarized as a symphony of howling. 50 huskies all eagerly waiting to be loved. The crowds arrived and we all signed in. A very short brief was given by owner (Charnel) of Husky rescue KZN and we were handed our leads then off to collect our fellow inmates. Finally after a short wait 50 dogs were out and off we went. One would think walking a dog is simple well not this energetic lot. A 2 km loop was done in a very short time with some being dragged behind their husky and some eagers going for round 2 and round 3 yet a lot of fun was had by all. After all the hype died down IRO/PRO Stephen Hunt was sent on what seemed to be an easy chase (not) 1 eager husky by the name of ‘Charlie’ Managed to escape well it sent me on a 20 minute cycle over some challenging terrain covering about 5km of ground. A total of 20 Man hours went into this project, and a hefty donation of 18kgs of dog food was delivered. Husky rescue have graciously thanked us for all our help and cannot wait for our next appearance.
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Middelburg 126 had their Annual Winter Knights project where they did a R10 Project at Kanonkop Spar. They took R1000 in R10 notes and they gave all of the customers that walked past the R10 and then asked them to buy anything with the R10 and they managed to get R12 500 worth of groceries during their afternoon at the Spar. The men from Middelburg then proceeded to take all of the groceries to Wondershoek Kinderhuis just outside of Middelburg. The Handover itself was truly an inspiring moment for the men of Round Table and it is moments like these that pull you back down to earth and make you realize how blessed you are. It is also truly inspiring that these men came together during a worldwide pandemic and made the statement of â€œWe will not sit when we can standâ€?. This is where the Snowball effect comes into play where assisting people in dire times drive you to push for a bigger Impactful change.
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Hunger Heroes is a collection project where we post flyers on our various social media platforms. These funds are then used to assist those worst affected by the covid-19 pandemic My 1 st project – No it’s not a macaroni diorama. My Journey with Round Table 87 has not been a long one, but it has been a fulfilling one thus far – well at least under the circumstances we face. It all started when the Mr Chair invited me to a business meeting. 27'th of February 2020. I didn’t know it yet – but I chose the worst year ever to try join the prestigious Round Table… It was an interesting 1st business meeting – seeing a bunch of grown men acting like boy scouts. As the meeting progressed - I soon came to realise that the RTSA was about more than having a Joll every now and then. When it came to charity – everyone had input, be it member or guest. The traditions were nothing short of comical but respectable. That night – when I got home – I decided – I WANT TO BE PART OF THE RTSA. A few meetings flew by and I was unsure how I could contribute to this awe-inspiring organization. Ideas came and ideas went. Then COVID-19 Hit – mass panic and all of the sudden – South Africa fell prey to the pandemic. A need for urgent assistance arose as many people / companies suffered financially. Hunger Heroes was born. We collected some funds internally and eventually got word out to fellow tablers both locally and Internationally Myself – not being in the whole charitable business long enough - did not know whom to assist – thus I turned to my co convenor – Mr Chair Himself – Willie Tier Breedt. He noted that Joan Mary Care Centre needed food – I then contacted them and they were overwhelmed with the news. As COVID had us all in lockdown – we purchased Checkers vouchers so that they could go and purchase the much-needed groceries they needed. When we got the images of the food they purchased – my heart was swollen with pride and I teared up – being so proud of what we had done! Something so small made such a big difference to so many! I knew we needed to do more – though we are still on the journey, I know that Hunger Heroes can and will make a difference. I would just like to give a personal thanks to all members and Pipeliners of Pretoria 87 for their support. Also a hat tip to honourable member – Frankie van Zyl, for assisting in getting safety gates for the Waltloo SPCA when they needed it. To all Tablers possibly reading this Pipey’s letter – Thanks for being an inspiration and thanks for leading by example.
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They say the best things take time. Four months is how long it took to move the Stephan trophy from the Degele family to Steven Peake and his fiancé Amalia Boshoff. There are valid reasons for such a long transition time and the reason is a big “c” word. Covid 19. Ever since Steven’s name was pulled out of a hat the pandemic has been putting the brakes on our ability to get together for a dinner. Be it stage 1 lockdown, stage 2 lockdown, further stage 1 lockdown or even self-isolation due to contact with confirmed Covid 19 infected people… it just never happened. And then we put our foot down and said next Friday we’re meeting up, come hell or high water. Even if we run so short of time that the meal is a toasted sandwich we must cross this bridge! To which our government replied with a curfew. From 8pm until 5am nobody was to be out in the public. Not an issue we thought as two hours from 6pm to 8pm would be enough and the trip home would literally take less than a minute. Great stuff! We met at Steven’s house just after 6, only a couple minutes late. It’s what one would call “fashionably late”. We enjoyed good company, delicious lasagne with a tasty avocado salad and a bacon-and-cheese loaf. We shared stories of how we had met our respective partners and then looked at the clock. 8pm. Dun dun duuuuuuun. I’m sure there’s still time for pudding we thought. We puddinged. It was good pudding. Granadilla fridge tart. At that point we decided that we should probably make our way home in case the police began enforcing the curfew. We walked out and were greeted by a parade of flashing blue lights, NDF vehicles and more flashing blue lights. Ummm. Adopt, Adapt and Improve. We discussed routes home, we discussed consequences of being caught. We adapted and called on a 41’er who lived down the street from the entrance to Meersig and he confirmed that he could see no blue lights. We waited. We waited some more. We called the 41’er and got his wife, she agreed to go check again and went out onto the pavement in pyjamas only to have blue lights flashed at her in a warning that she should go back indoors. No worries, the kuier continued and we didn’t have a deadline anymore. We continued and finished the evening by watching Bayern thrash Barcelona 8-2. Good times.
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It was that time of year again, where we as Tablers take on the chilly winter weather and try and make the burning cold burden of winter lighter on those that need it most. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we couldn’t do it the way we did it every year, with a donation drive at a shopping complex and a Winter Knights bowls evening. But as Tablers do, we adapted, adopted and improved. Our campaign took me back to high school, where you take your “borgvorm” and ask your mom for fifty R5 coins because you don’t want to go form door to door pestering the neighbours with your “borgvorm” and “win a sheep” raffle tickets. In any case, we printed sponsorship letters and did what we did best, went to our moms for donations because we didn’t want to pest the neighbours. In all seriousness, we did quite well and decided to support a lady called Wilmien. She feeds hundreds of people weekly. With our first bunch of donations, we bought her a car full of soup ingredients, so that she can feed the people in Sasolburg. That was round 1. For round 2, we took the sponsorship money and bought brand new blankets and went to donate those, along with warm clothing to the people of Coalbrook. Coalbrook is a small settlement outside of Sasolburg with mostly elderly, unemployed people, although the number of youngsters has grown quite considerably. The numbers were overwhelming and we didn’t have enough for all of the needy, so we printed some more borgvorms and went back for Round 3. This time we bought more soup ingredients, seeing as Wilmien also feeds the people in Coalbrook, more blankets as well as clothing that was donated to us. So, ja, that is Round Table Sasolburg’s Winter Knights in a nutshell.
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I had the opportunity to have a Private sit down for about 3 hours with our current Branding Manager and Strategic Planner for RTSA and Vice President Candidate for RTSA. My core question was, What is Impactful Change? We all have different ideas behind it or we may just use the Hashtag to stay relevant towards what is happening in Round Table. We might have a major understanding behind it or we may have questions of what is Impactful change. What I took away from what Impactful change is, is that it is not just in Round Table. Impactful Change is a lifestyle. It is a daily Routine and it is a Mindset. Impactful Change starts with you waking up and looking in the mirror and saying “I will take this day with both hands and shape it full of Impactful Change” Impactful change differs from moment to moment in your daily life. May it be looking at the Cashier at your local grocery store and saying “Thank you Ntokozo, may you have one blessed day” even to the moment you give away R260 000 to Charitable organizations and people in need. Everything you do on a daily basis adds up towards the bigger Impactful change picture. Putting a pack of sugar into a bucket destined for an orphanage? – Impactful Change Changing Negative discussions to positive outlooks? – Impactful Change Giving back to the community? – Impactful Change Radiating Positivity everywhere you go? – Impactful Change Reassuring a Business Partner it will be the right move? – Impactful change Greeting people by name and smiling? – Impactful change Making sure that you only spread joy and motivation with solutions on a daily basis? – Impactful change Impactful change is not jus the moment you see the change happening. It is the build up, it is the small moments that added up to that bigger Impactful change. In closing I realized that Impactful Change is not just a Hashtag or Campaign from an Exco Member. It is truly a way of life and a way of living.
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Preferential Electoral System This system of voting is used in all Tables where there is an election for office and where there are more than two (2) nominations. It is based on the sound principle that an office bearer should be elected with more than a fifty percent (50%) majority, and is put into effect as follows: • The Councillors shall appoint three (3) scrutineers at the Annual General Meeting for the purpose of checking ballot papers. These scrutineers shall be neither Councillors nor candidates for office, and except to the Presiding Officer of the meeting shall not reveal the results of the ballot • Voting shall be by secret ballot • A ballot paper for each office shall be provided for each Councillor which shall contain the title of the office and the names of all candidates for that office in alphabetical order, but shall contain no other material • Each Councillor shall record his vote for each candidate in order of preference. He shall place the figure one (1) by the name of the candidate who is his first (1st) choice, shall place the figure two (2) by the name of the candidate who is his second (2nd) choice and shall place the figure three (3), four (4) or five (5) (and so on as the case requires) by the names of all remaining candidates to indicate his order of preference • A ballot paper shall be treated as spoiled by reason only of the fact that the voter has failed to record successive preferences for all candidates • The scrutineers shall count the number of first preference votes cast in favour of each candidate. If more than fifty percent (50%) of first (1st) preference votes cast shall be cast in favour of one (1) candidate, he shall be declared elected • If no candidate has been declared elected under the preceding subparagraph the candidate in whose favour the least number of first (1st) preference votes shall have been cast shall be excluded from the poll and the ballot papers recording that candidate as first (1st) preference shall be allocated to the remaining candidates in accordance with the second (2nd) preferences recorded thereon. If more than fifty percent (50%) of votes shall have been cast or allocated in favour of one (1) candidate, he shall be declared elected • If no candidate may be declared elected under either of the two (2) preceding sub-paragraphs the procedure outlined in the previous sub-paragraph shall be repeated as often as may be necessary excluding from the poll on each repetition the candidate with the lowest number of votes and allocating those votes and ballot papers in accordance with the next preference recorded thereon until more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes shall have been cast and/or allocated to one (1) candidate who shall be declared elected • If at any time two (2) or more candidates have the same number of cast and allocated votes and are together lowest on the poll the candidate in whose favour the least number of first (1st) preference votes shall have been cast shall be excluded. If equality of preference votes shall be found the number of second (2nd) and subsequent preference votes shall be considered and treated in like manner until one (1) candidate may be excluded under this sub-paragraph. If the scrutineers shall find equality of number of totals, first (1st) and all subsequent preference votes shall exclude all the candidates being considered under this sub-paragraph • If at any time the scrutineers shall find that all candidates then remaining in the ballot shall have an equal number of totals, first (1st) and all subsequent preference votes the Presiding Officer shall have a casting vote
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Whister Rum has taken hands with Welkom 40 to give back to the community by auctioning off the last of their priced Boplaas Barrel Exchange. So are you still hoping to own the product of the barrel exchange between Whistler African Style Rum and Boplaas? This is your last chance. Whistler and Welkom 40 invite you to a 24-hour Facebook auction in aid of Welkom 40 community service. On auction, a set of the last ten bottles of Boplaas Barrel Exchange. This is also the first ten bottles ever produced. Bidding for the set starts at R3 600.00. Each bottle is individually boxed and certified. To bid, visit Whistler Facebook page at the time of the auction 30 September 14:00 â€“ 1 October 14:00 and place your bid in the comments section to the auction picture. #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange
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Waldi Penzorn - Reflections on my Table Career with Pretoria 136 Who is Waldi Penzhorn?
Born & bred in Pretoria and fluent in German, English & Afrikaans. Matriculated from Pretoria Boys High School, a proud school prefect and a member of our successful Bugle Band. National Service in the SA Navy and became a Sweep-deck Officer on the SAS Walvisbaai minesweeper. Studied at the University of Pretoria, achieving my B Sc (Computer Science) degree and spent forty-five diverse, challenging and successful years in the Information Technology Industry. My daughter Kim & Peter and their family live in Winnipeg Canada and my son Dain & Heather and their family live in Nashville USA. Gramps is blessed with three gorgeous grand-daughters – Jayde (9), Ashley (7) in Winnipeg and Harlyn (3) in Nashville. Played competitive club squash and inter-provincial Master’s Squash for many years.
My Table Career:
Joined Round Table Pretoria 136 in 1980 & enjoyed ten very active years of tabling. Pretoria 136 Tabler of the Year awards in 1985, 1987 & 1988. I proudly held the Yard of Ale record for many years, eventually beaten by Tom McCabe. Participated in many diverse projects such as the Wine Festival, Gaiety Theatre, Charity Golf Events, Fishing Weekends and 5th Friday’s. Served as Minute Secretary on Pierre Ferreira’s National Council in 1990 in Cape Town. Visited Lahr 136 in Switzerland in 1994.
Why join Round Table? My response to this question, is a counter-question: Why Not Round Table? Round Table positively touches the lives of People in Need, which is a humbling and very satisfying experience. Round Table’s unique approach and interaction with the community at large provides growth as a person, as a businessman plus as a father. Round Table furthermore relies on healthy family interaction and broadening the circle of friendships with like-minded people. Adherence to the strict Meeting Protocol within Round Table, I also effectively applied to my working career.
Three Projects that deeply touched me: A Kite Flying Day would be organized on one Saturday during August/September, for young orphans from the Louis Botha Home. A work-party would be arranged to build the kites, attended by Tablers, wives or partners. On the day a fully stocked Tuck-shop would be setup on the sports fields at Clapham High School. Tablers would be entrusted to take individual care of one child from the Louis Botha Home for the duration of the afternoon. After collection, seeing the child’s initial apprehension & distrust change into trust and utter enjoyment, was indeed a humbling and enriching experience. Money was provided to the children to be able to buy from our Tuck-shop. A magical first experience for many of our guests. The fun and euphoria shared was followed at the end of the day by the very sad and emotional goodbye’s, which triggered time for introspection & reflection amongst Tablers and their families… Louis Botha Home Kite Flying Day at Clapham High School in Queenswood Pretoria
Tin Can collection Day for Christmas Hampers: Tablers with families would approach shoppers to request donations of non-perishable goods, at the entrance to participating super-markets. Post the collection, the tins would be sorted and packed into hampers for distribution by Tablers to bring some Christmas Cheer. Distribution of Christmas Hampers to the Needy was very traumatic, yet also satisfying.
Annual Remembrance Golf Day:
The Annual Pretoria Round Table Remembrance Golf Day epitomizes the intended Fun & Fellowship amongst Tablers & Families. It is a great opportunity to catch-up, to recall memories and to rekindle Friendships. More importantly though…, it is also Time to remember those Tablers who have passed and to honour their memory.
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Welwitschia 213 is the smallest table currently in Namibia area with only 2 tablers. Wel213 has a rich history being 42 years in existence. The table has fluctuated from 13 members in the golden years to 2 tablers currently. Welwitschia was founded in 1978 and chartered by Windhoek 34 in 1979 with our 1st Chairman being John Beerwinkel in 1979 to Amize Adams the current chairman in 2020. Welwitschia as can be seen on our club logo and regalia is derived from the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant that grows in the Namib Desert in the harshest conditions. So too is the 213 club and members resilient and adaptive to harsh conditions. The Welwitschia 213 as all other clubs have a rich history and a lot of pride in wearing the rondel. Traditions have been accumulated throughout the years and some have been adjusted to keep with the modern era and some not practiced but neatly stored away in memory banks. Wel213 even though being the smallest club in Namibia Area has delivered in its largest numbers and smallest some of the most hands on approaches in charity work. Tablers and club visions have changed over the years but the one constant has always been to have a “hands-on” approach when dealing with charity and community assistance. This has at times made what we do seem like a job but it has always delivered the most satisfying feeling to know that our physical work and efforts went into completing a task. During the generational changes it is evident that ideas also change with the times and this can be seen the variance of projects. From older generation who had hosted movie nights at the clubhouse and hospitals for the elderly and children to the newer generation hosting soccer tournaments and Men’s (motivational) breakfasts. So to in the newest generation of would be tablers, i.e. pipeliners, with ideas that we would like to capitalize on that are more modern in its approach for the entertainment of the youth. We as Welwitschia 213 has made strides within our own club in promoting Round Table and Inter Table relations, from joining other clubs in their projects to hosting events for all tables in Namibia to ensure a platform is created to bolster inter table relations. With generations in between tablers histories and traditions are assured to be passed on because of our 41’ers presence and commitment still to Welwitschia. Their support and guidance have helped to ensure that Welwitschia stays true to its roots and also where we might be able to improve. One of our biggest achievement in our generation of tablers must be that Wel213 with 5-2 members had done a Winter Knights distribution in all corners of Namibia. With a 4 year plan that started in 2015 and successfully ended in 2018. Welwitschia 213 had used the Winter Knights platform to promote WK and RT in places that have never heard of Round Table while distributing blankets and food throughout Namibia. What made this special was the fact that once again we had a hands-on approach and drove an excess of 6000km for the physical distribution and promotions. These trips, made by tablers and some with their families, have
We have gone down from 4 members to 2 active members in the 2019-2020 table year. Wel213 looks towards the 2020/2021 table year with a positive outlook having 2 pipeliners and 3 guests. Wel213 has done its best to be visible throughout the year and with one active member Amize Adams still fulfilling his role as Namibia Area Chairman and our 41’ers Wel213 still managed to complete tasks and goals we had set for ourselves in the 2019 table year. Wel213 has had done our best to promote the Winter Knights project of RTSA by having 6 pre winter knights distributions before the 2019 Winter Knights started. This was made possible with the huge food donation obtained by Walvisbay 36 and allowed us as a club to do numerous distributions to promote the upcoming event and also after. The Winter Knights distributions where done and Wel213 utilized all funds before the October Area. Wel213 had done winter knights distributions from Rehoboth in the south to Ruacana in the North for the 2019 year. The North bound Ruacana distribution was our main WK2019 distribution. Welwitschia 213 had distributed on this trip 680 blankets valued at N$ 47593.20 and food to the value of N$ 13773.80 of which we were able to give 50 food parcels to 50 families of at least 4 people apart from the distributions made to the institutions mentioned. Welwitschia 213 had done a total distribution of Winter Knights Funds valued at N$ 61367.00 in the northern regions of Namibia with a total of 166 man hours spent on the distributions driving 1830 km from Windhoek to Ruacana and back visiting 8 places in between. Welwitschia 213 has done this to show that Round Table Namibia Area is just as it reads Namibia Area and we are not confined to where our club houses are situated and its immediate surroundings. The main distribution was supplemented with smaller distribution from individual orphan’s old age homes and taking to the street for those with nowhere to go. Winter Knights was not the only projects that Wel213 took on for the year as we took the time to look at the facilities of the Pioneers Park Senior Citizens Home and it was not to our liking and this become one of our most rewarding projects. Apart from taken the time to fix the taps and ablution facilities of the elderly which was out of order for 8 months the 33 real| P award a g ewas being able to speak to the elderly and seeing the appreciation on their faces…time well spent. Wel213 also took to the street to celebrate the life of the African Icon Mandela on Mandela day allowing us to again see how fortunate we are. These projects where the most significant for Wel213 and looking back at all that has been done with raiding and visiting for the year, projects and socials of our and other clubs and hosting and being hosted with international travel also sneaking in ,it’s difficult to fathom we were only 2 members.
Firstly thank you for your kind words. You are very welcome to use my letter and any of the photographs I am sending to you if you think they may be of interest. On thinking back to my time in Table, it has been very rewarding for me personally to learn that from that small beginning, and obviously through the efforts and enthusiasm of many many Tablers over the years, the Tube Race has evolved into this wonderful fellowship event you now have. It is also very gratifying to know that funds from the event support 9 beneficiaries in Sabie. This to me is what Table was and is all about. I recall from my time in Sabie Table, we had 1 main fundraising event during the year which was the Annual Dinner and Dance. This, together with a number of smaller events, helped us to raise funds. If we made R1000.00 in the year, it was a great success. A couple of items I would like to share with you regarding the early days of the Tube Race. Firstly, we used the Merry Pebbles Caravan Park to host the Race weekend. There was always plenty of space and the owner, Mr Smitty Comley, was a good supporter of Table. As I recall, he never charged us, but of course his shop did a roaring trade. Evening entertainment was organized by the Tabler’s themselves, putting on ad hoc shows, plus lots of singing ,dancing and liquid refreshment. Secondly. A couple of weeks prior to the race, we always had a number of work parties cleaning up the river to remove fallen trees, logs and overhanging bushes etc. Also, we had to ensure that there were no wandering Hippos using the river at that time. Surprisingly it was not uncommon then to find Hippo tracks along the river bank. One particular occasion that comes to mind was when the local Vicar of St Peters, Ron Wakeling, was fishing from the concrete bridge between the Merry Pebbles and Castle Rock sites, when a Hippo’s head appeared from out of the water right in front of him!! Making a hasty retreat, he went to see our local Conservation Officer and Tabler, Ricky Pott, to report what he had seen. So we were always aware that we had to check the river prior to the race weekend to ensure no unwelcome incidents. I wonder if Hippo’s still come up the river to Sabie when the river is flowing well. I have attached a number of photographs. The first one shows the participants in the first Tube Race. Some of the Sabie Tabler’s are wearing red “SUISSE” “T” shirts. There are also Tablers from both White River and Nelspruit. For your information, I am standing on top at the back wearing a red T shirt and dark glasses. The second photograph was taken at the 21st anniversary race gathering, with the original members and other old Sabie Tablers. If anyone wants to know their names I do have them available. The next 6 photographs are from the 1978 race and show. (a) Getting ready for registration, (No comment on the booth construction). (b) Getting the tubes ready. (c) John Flemming- Area Chairman – Nelspruit Tabler. (d) Nelspruit Ladies Team (What a good looking team). The chap looking on is Ricky Pott, a Sabie Tabler. (e) Booking in the Finishers. Notice all done by hand with one Tabler recording the time with his watch. One year it was raining so hard, we had to sit under the bridge covered with umbrellas and plastic trying to keep the paperwork dry. On a separate mail I have added 4 photographs which your Tablers may find of interest. They show Sabie Tablers getting ready to travel to White River to see the 1978 Table Melodrame. We all dressed as Tramps and caused quite a stir when we arrived at the venue, as your Tablers thought we were on a “Raid”, which was not the case. Mind you we got quite a few funny looks from the public when we took to our seats. Again for information, I am wearing the Top hat and I am with my wife Beryl…. Happy Memories. Finally, I hope you are finding your time in Round Table a rewarding and a memorable experience. Kind Regards Tom Fowl
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We were recently contacted by a benefactor who informed us that they have some valuable food items that are available for donation. Naturally, any tabler chomps at the bit when such an opportunity arises. Quickly jumping into action, we rallied together and organised a Digital get-together for the same evening to discuss how best to handle the distribution. As part of the donation, we received boxes of frozen chicken, 72 of them to be precise. Some marmalade, coffee, and biscuits. All these items had an estimated weight of roughly 910Kg. This might seem like “light” work, but we wanted to make sure these valuable items go to as many places as possible. Once the members got going looking for beneficiaries, suddenly – we had various combinations and varying quantities of the items heading in all directions. With some carefully orchestrated manoeuvring (for the sake of social distancing), the items were all distributed in record time. It was like something from a magic show. Now you see chicken, and now you don’t. We were able to donate items to 4 Charities, 7 Children's Homes and 2 Care Centres. We sincerely want to thank the benefactor for the generous donation, not purely from a beneficiary perspective, but also from Pretoria 87’s perspective. It made us realize what we have been missing the past few months during the nationwide lockdown. This gave us the opportunity to give a bit back.
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What do you do when you only have an original 6ft Venter trailer, limited funds and a s#!t load of stuff that you need to deliver to communities in need all over Namibia? Well, you make a plan! Some years ago a plan was made, and the Bonzai Mad Max transformation began. A standard Venter trailer gradually morphed through various upgrades and add-ons into an aggressive high volume box body trailer capable of tackling poor quality gravel roads when need be. Now, if you add the yearly loads of Fishing Boogie merchandise together with a certain tabler (who makes a habit of sleeping under cars on the beach and diving into fires) that does doughnuts on the beach with the trailer still hitched to a car, maintenance is of utmost performance.
Bonzai Mad Max Xtreme Make-Over
Bonzai Mad Max was due for another make-over and the gentleman from Axles & Gearboxes Workshop, AutoExec Panelbeaters and Puma Walters Motors came to the table. At Axles & Gearboxes all worn bolts were replaced, the wiring was replaced, wheel bearings were serviced and the trailer was sandblasted to the bone, or what was left of it. Back at Axles new panels were also welded in. AutoExec dressed it up with new coats of paint to make sure that Bonzai Mad Max also look the part. A set of new tyres was purchased with the sponsored cash money from Puma Walters Motors to make sure Bonzai Mad Max “trap n spoor soos n trailer” again. In most communities the term – drive it like a rental has a very distinct meaning, but in the automotive trade we sometimes refer to – ry hom tot sy diff kook! Now, say that to a fellow petrolkop, and he might just reply with something like – Jy wys my nie! And that is exactly what happened when Ian clutchplaat Pienaar took Bonzai Mad Max under his caring wing. What is a Fishing Boogie without the occasional mechanical breakdown? Disaster struck on the way to Swakopmund, but up until today I strongly believe it was just an excuse to delay in Swakopmund. I mean, a small town flooded with German tourists and a tavern on every corner serving ice cold draught on tap…. Can you blame me for not having that idea? Well, maybe it’s not all Ian’s fault, as some wheel nuts came loose and the wheel nearly fell out with a full load of cargo. This happens when last minute repairs are being done under pressure by various shops and quality control by the last shop is not done properly. I will not mention names here as the guys stood up and paid for all the expenses, except for Ian’s overdose of Stressam tablets, which he chewed like Rascals. Luckily the trailer was quickly repaired and the gents could not spend too much time in Swakopmund, and was back on the road as Drill Sergeant Philip was waiting at the campsite and tents had to be pitched. (The popular saying – “This one time at band camp...” comes to mind... LOL!) Long story short, Bonzai Mad Max is up and running and looking good while doing it! Thank you to all sponsors involved and we believe that Bonzai Mad Max might just outlive most of us, we just need to keep it out of the hands of a certain 41er…. As Bonzai Mad Max is receiving regular facelifts and upgrades, some of us ou ballies are retiring for good from the ranks of Round Table. With my kierrie in my hand, (figuratively speaking) I bid you farewell! Vaya con Dios,
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The COVID-19 lockdown has had a major impact on all our lives. Some of us have been fortunate enough to braai, cook and bake some amazing meals and have proudly shared these recipes and pictures with friends and family. Durbanville 165 started our recipe book project with the aim to share some of the good from lockdown, while acknowledging that there are many people in need. We also used the platform to highlight our community projects, Winter Knights and our social media presence. We received an overwhelming response from friends, family, Tablers and 41â€™ers with recipe contributions and the Lockdown Food for Good recipe book was born, with 42 recipes. The book was distributed digitally for free through email, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. To date, we have reached an audience in excess of 10,000 people, who now know more about Durbanville 165 and Round Table. While not the primary aim, and with no obligation, we asked those who were enjoying the book to consider a donation to help us help the community. We continue to receive donations and will be using these to further support our community initiatives. We hope to continue this project going forward to raise awareness, goodwill and funds for our community. Andrew Teare Durbanville 165 37 | P a g e
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