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From the President … To develop Fellowship among young men, through the medium of their professional and business occupations….. The first line of our Aims and Objectives. And like all the other points in our Aims and Objectives, it is open to interpretation. This specific line is used by many to point out that we are a Fellowship organisation first and foremost. Some place emphasis on the wording “to develop”, and that we aim to better fellowship between young men from different walks of life and backgrounds. And some would argue that when reading this together with the others, as a whole instead of reading each line separately it makes out part of a bigger scheme to grow, develop and better young men while serving the community….. And it is seen by different people in the light of why they joined this organisation. None of them are wrong. As long as it does eventually flow into to bigger picture of being a Tabler. But one thing is certain. That fellowship makes out a big part of how we function as an organisation. I have heard it all. What you put in, is what you are going to get out. Travel Travel Travel. It becomes a lifestyle. It becomes a brotherhood. And it is ALL correct. Getting together with like minded gentleman with a passion to serve and grow is one of the most fulfilling things I have experienced in my 9 years in Table. And it is all fuelled by fellowship. Getting to know young men and their families across our beautiful countries as well as the rest of the world and becoming friends with people you would never even have met if it was not for Round Table. Looking forward to see these friends and brothers on our next travels and the upcoming conferences. If all else fails, you leave here as a 41er with friendships for a lifetime. Unfortunately all of us have been disappointed this year because of the Covid19 pandemic and all that has come with it. Like the cancelation of ARTSA as well as area conferences, projects and Table meetings. But like I said last month….we will get through this. We will come out stronger having had do adapt to our circumstances and find ways to continue to serve. But there is one thing I cannot get rid of. And that is the longing to get back to our fellowship. To plan the next road trip and register for the next conference. ARTSA 2021 is going to be EPIC. Having missed a year we are all looking forward to that one and just to make it more significant, it will be the 70 th ARTSA…you have to be there. Registrations are open and we are just over the 200 registration mark. Go to the web page and register. I cannot wait to see all of you again.

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Rustenburg 54 – Receiving back from RTSA Welkom 40 – Level up Braai Challenge Boksburg 17 – For the Love of Table Stilfontein 53 - Buffaloes Middelburg 126 – CCC Feeds a Family Welwitschia 213 & Hochland 154 – Pre Winter Knights Amanzimtoti 85 – The Elders Voice Mask Hand out Carletonville 50 – Ietsie anders & RT 50 Food Drive MPU Area – Taking Hands with FNB Welkom 40 – Winter Knights in Bronville Northridge 117 – Winter Uniform Project Parys 88 – Red Ribbon Project MPU Area – Stays connected Stilfontein 53 – Inspired Amanzimtoti 85 – Mooi Hawens Mask Hand out Middelburg 126 – Take Hands with 41er’s Stilfontein 53 – Yellow Ribbon Fever Welkom 40 – ‘n Storie van Hoop Klerksdorp 45 – KOSH Kids Klerksdorp 45 – KOSH Kids Sandown 150 – Smile Project Carletonville 50 – Riaan Greyling Nelspruit 49 – Getting things started Parys 88 – Helps a Friend in need Secunda 231 – Setting the fellowship bar Stilfontein 53 – Help an Elderly man Welkom 40 – Retirement Village White Rive 64 – Check in with a brother Vereeniging 20 – In the Chill of the Knight Amanzimtoti 85 – Thank you letter Welwitschia 213 – Winter Knights Stilfontein 53 – Winter Knights Nelspruit 49 – CCC with Morne Stilfontein 53 – Winter Knights 2 Welkom 40 – Level up Challenge Potjiekos Middelburg 126 – Social Potchefstroom 47 – From Mielies to Mosselbay MPU Area – Winter Con on Zoom Parys 88 – Lockdown Sani 152 – Move for meals and Winter Knights RTI – An Association plan 3 Nelspruit 49 – Bringing MP together Parys 88 – S (w)oup in again

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-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


Through all my years in table, being a Joe tabler, running through portfolios on my table, to serving on area councils, and ultimately being Area chairman and part of ASSCO, would I have never thought how much Round Table will mean for me in my darkest days. In the early hours of 8th of February 2020, I was shot by an intruder while trying to force him outside the house. My wife and kids drove me to hospital where I have done the initial assessment of damage, but also where I have been sedated, and the last memory I would have for two weeks. As my thoughts was in the clouds and enjoying dreamland, surviving was another issue for my family as I am the breadwinner in the house. Family and friends came over and stayed for a while, but it was Round Table that came to our salvation. RT54 tabler, Russel Human, is a family friend for a few years and knows the ins’ and outs’ of our family. He also realized that without help, my family already worried about me in hospital that needed to undergo surgery after surgery, can’t also have the financial impact to think and worry about. With this he reported to STNOFS council. STNOFS Chairman, Bradley Rhodes, sent out a request to RTSA and without hesitation Round Table Southern Africa answered his call. The original request was to gather funds to assist me to stay in private hospital, but with the high medical costs it was a steep hill to climb, but then came the RTSA miracle. For 3 weeks I was away from my desk, and another 2 weeks in recovery thereafter, meaning that no work, no fees, no survival. The money so graciously donated by my brothers in Round Table have put my wife in a position to make all payments and buy the needed groceries for February and March. I had tears in my eyes for days to come as I read through messages and seen the wonders Round Table has done for me and my family. Another and just as equally important factor of Round Table is the emotional support my wife and I received from Round Table. If it was from a local, area or old ASSCO whatsapp group, calls from friends we made over the years, it all truly assisted us in feeling that we are not alone, and do not have to carry all these burdens on our own. I will still phone each person or table whom donated and thank them personally. We always know how good it feels when giving to the community, but gents, as a recipient of your goodwill I can tell you, the impact you have on people and their lives can’t be measured in only smiles or tears of joy. I can tell you, how big or small the contributions, assistants or attendance, it will always remain in our hearts. I thank our Lord that He has brough me to Round Table, I thank Him for all the good I was able to do in those years, I thank Him for all the friends I have made in those years, and again I am on my knees thanking Him for bringing my brothers to my aid in time of need. I love Round Table, I love all its past, present and future members and leave you with this thought: “As tablers we spend more time together as most families. Round Tablers are our families, treat and love each other accordingly” YIT Abel Pienaar 41’er Rustenburg 54

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AAAAAND THE WINNER OF Level Up Braai Challenge II is…. Welkom 40 hosted their second #lockdown Level up Challenge on the first weekend that we as South Africans gained a bit more of our freedom and we could enjoy the things that make us South African. The initiative started with all the ‘ZOOM’ meetings and virtual ‘new reality’ we found ourselves in to host a virtual ‘potjiekos’ competition. It was a huge success to raise R14 00 for the Welkom 40 community Centre which serves 9 charities and the only Round Table Community Centre in South African still open and functioning. The second challenge was met with less ‘challenges’ than the first were we could enjoy a ‘lekker’ braai with onr or two friends in a semi normal way. All thefunds raised will go toward the Free State Area Ofm Wish Project. The Level Up Challenge II Champion was Table Chairperson Jurgen Schoeman winning himself a bottle of Table Brandy. Most Money Raised was Kudu van der Westhuizen which will receivehis name engraved on the sponsorship board in the community centre. Best 'Gees' was shared by Eddie & Hennie Breytenbach & André Beket & The Stigs from Harrismith 140. The Stigs had a bit of a mix up between the two challenges so made a ‘potjie’ but them being Welkom 40’s twinning table they were forgiven. A special thanks to our judges you are: Natasha Lloyd - Ladies Circle South Africa President, Werner Swanepoel - RTSA Branding Manager, Adrian Ihlenfeldt - RTSA PRO & Inkundla Editor & Attie Naudé - Immediate Past Area Chairperson of Round Table Northern Cape Area. Be on the lookout for Level Up Challenge III great prizes to be won and Table Brandy – which batch two is busy being produced. #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange

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I am, Jean-Claude Duarte. Many of my table brothers know me as JC or Papoo of Round Table Golden East 181. This is not an article about a project, this is an article about the love of Round Table. I started my Round Table journey at Round Table Golden East 181 in September 2015, currently the greatest club in our beloved association and the World, which I am extremely proud to have been a part of. After attending my first meeting as a guest and witnessing the planning behind the Kids Holiday Project, the caliber of gentleman that were gathered around a square table, I was hooked. What I never realized at the beginning of this journey was the multiple “levels" to Tabling. I soon become associated to other Table meetings, Area events, out of events,AGMs and meetings and as my journey and the distances traveled grew so did my love for this organization. Throwing myself into as many projects and experiences the Table had to offer I had the honor of serving on the Gauteng Area Exec for two years and having the ultimate honor of Golden East 181 Tabler of the Year and Chairman. As many know The Boikanyo Bug was a game changing project, inspired by the sheer audacity and courage of knowing that with the group of men I surrounded myself a project of this magnitude would be more than achievable. As expected Golden East 181 pulled it off, and one of the major benefits was an increase of guests attending meeting, becoming pipeliners and in turn being offered membership. We saw our numbers grow from 9 to 15, being an already strong Table, the high quality of Tablers within the table, and my passion for Table as an organization. I decided that the knowledge that I have gained from this incredible club could only but assist another much younger, smaller table that has more potential than a 20 year old Dolly Parton, Round Table Boksburg 17. This article I guess is about a few things, if you have found this organisation, you need to discover it. If you have found your table, immerse yourself in it (within reason of course). If your Table reaches a point of success in quality and numbers, consider using your experience to assist a younger Table nearby, you may just create an energy that could carry that Table for years to come.

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So myself and Adrian were sitting on the porch like two old farts when the discussion about buffaloes came up, knowing well that I have the number of a Toppie that lives close by who used to be a Buffalo member. A brandy and a call later we were on our way to Sakkie Botha's house. Out of the driveway walked a old man, who seems as wise and insightful as most old men do, but when he started talking those words do him ill. Sakkie Botha has been in Stilfonein for literally longer than I know (I forgot to ask), but the time he spent here was priceless. When this town was fruitful an rich there used to be a club, most of us used to know about it because the club turned into a pub before it closed down an now is being stripped down. This club used to be the buffaloes playground, where Chino’s and a tie was not the only requirement to get in, but a invite from a member. With so many stories to tell and so many interesting facts about the club that seems only today to be good for sporting a drink in the left hand, I think some of the work and heritage that we could adopt from them has gotten lost, although the stratvaal club's records about the buffaloes are lost, just remember next time someone shouts out the name, that the club will live on with us. Cheers to the buffaloes and to the fellowship they brought to our organisation!

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There was a Facebook message that came through from a family in Middelburg, requesting assistance for a Food parcel. This is where the guys from CCC (Morne and Herschelle) stepped up to the request and got a Food Parcel ready for pickup moments after we received the message. We then took the Food Parcel to the Middelburg Men to distribute to the Family in Need. This was one of the most amazing experiences of how Technology can connect the necessary people in the blink of an eye. Within 24 hours of putting your hand up to say that I need help, you get assistance from over 200km away. The family was extremely grateful for everyone involved to get them the needed nutrition to survive during these unprecedented times. This is what it looks like to stand up when everyone else sits down in these times. #Impactfulchange 8|Page

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Welwitschia 213 was invited by Hochland 154 to join their distribution in the Otjozondjupa Region on the 6th of June 2020. Wel213 obliged and Amize Adams, Romeo Arendse (pipeliner), Chris Claassen (41’er) and Rene Oranje(41’er) joined the Hochland group for the weekend. Hochland 154 had planned the route and ensured that we had accommodation for the Saturday night. A total of 4 cars and trailers had taken the road from Windhoek to Okamatapati, at about 4am the Saturday morning, which was to be the 1st distribution point. Hochland 154 ensured that we adhered to the Covid-19 regulations by keeping to the allowed maximum of occupants in a vehicle. We ended up driving 3 per vehicle that allows for 5 occupants and 2 per vehicle that allowed for 3 occupants. The 41’ers of Wel213 drive together, Romeo and I drove with Hochland 154’s newest member Sathy Thampapilai. This allowing us as Wel213 to get to know Sathy better and vice versa, the conversations went so well that we ended up overshooting the turnoff point we had to take to join the convoy…a quick turn around and we met with the rest of Hochland 154 had a quick breakfast and coffee and took the road to Okamatapati which changed from tar road to gravel. We ended up waiting for the Wel213 41’ers at the turn off to Okamatapati to ensure that we all get to the same place while Basson and the rest of the gents made hast to Okamatapati Combined school. We arrived at the school about 8 min later. The offloading went quick and a ceremony was held for the Hochland group with the school principle, staff and traditional leader. After the ceremony the group split up and 2 and Wel213 went with Hafeni 1st to the Clinic in Okamatapti where Welwitschia 213 distributed 70 Blankets, then drove to a town in the same region called Coblitz about 50km away. Wel213 was able to distribute 40 Blankets at Coblitz Clinic and joined the rest of Hochland at the Coblitz Combined School where Hochland 154 distributed tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery and blankets. Wel213 was able to also distribute 50 blankets at the school. This school it was explained had 1000 learners and we had taken a tour in there dinner hall area and hostels. It was hard to fathom that so many learners had to share rooms in the hostel, desks and crockery. We also went around the School premises where a few self-made sanitizing stations where erected. The distribution was done and took the road to our accommodation which was on 41’er of Hochland Vaja Zatjirua’s farm. It was time to pitch tents and the many hands made it light work. Once the tents were pitched we waited for the other group of Hochlanders to arrive and while we waited for a game of Domino’s started with newcomers to the game Bruce and Matt having a “leke” time. The 2nd group arrived and it was a bit difficult to get the domino table packed up but we eventually did. The fire was started in a crater made by some of the Hochland gents and it was time for fellowship.

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The Round Table Amanzimtoti team on 13 June 2020 handed over 270 face masks to the friendly folks and staff at “The Elders Voice KZN”. We supplied two masks per person, with a few extra to spare, and they are great quality two layered material masks which can further house a disposable filter turning it into a three layer mask when needed for a few days and is easily washable to reuse for many occasions. With the elderly misplacing masks from either absent mindedness unfortunately or just in transit from their regular check ups and visits to the doctors and clinics etc., we saw the need to supply them with masks to assist Jo-Anne and her team with the many challenges they face on a regular basis to ensure the residents are looked after properly, especially during this Covid19 pandemic, being at higher risk than the rest of us, as advised etc. Each of these mask are usually valued at R30 per mask retail price and we managed to get them at half the price per mask through a fellow Tabler based in the Western Cape. We sponsored them through some welfare fund money we had managed to raise and save up over the last few months. We are grateful to have the privilege to assist some of the elderly in our community and also want to commend the establishments in the greater Amanzimtoti community such as “The Elders Voice KZN” whom look after the elderly and work very hard to make their golden years comfortable and also so they don’t feel abandoned or forgotten. Round Table Amanzimtoti salutes you! We also contacted all establishments in Amanzimtoti regarding our current mask initiative and a further two out of all the rest had confirmed a need for our efforts and donation as well which we afterwards delivered more masks to those relevant establishments as well.

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At the start of the hard lockdown, I was contacted by an old friend that were in school with me. He asked if I might be able to help someone that is struggling with food. I had some maize and basic food items here on the farm. Made up a parcel and went to deliver it. When I got there I waited outside the gate, 3 children came up to me at the gate I asked the oldest boy if he can call his mom or dad for me he ran off into the house. While I waited the little girl asked if the food is for them, I said yes and handed it over the gate to her older brother. There was corn in one of the bags the boy took two corn cobs out of the bag and gave one to his sister. I went back to the car to get some chips for them when I got back, they started eating the raw corn. The mom and dad got there they thanked me and I drove off. While I was driving back to the farm my heart was aching to know those children were so hungry that they ate raw corn. I knew I had to do something about it. That was before all the big institutions and government started handing out food parcels. I came home went to all the farms around me and asked them for corn, cabbage and donations. Bought basic food items items from our local shop. Created a website and hosted an online form. That send a notification when someone fill it in with the coordinates of the person. I made a Facebook page where I hosted the link and asked people in Randfontein to fill in the form if they are in need of food. I started delivering food parcels and the request kept on coming in. Requests for food, clothes, baby products and even water where houses had no running water on plots. I could not keep up with the requests. That’s when I pitched my idea to our roundtable to jump on board and start the same food drive in Carletonville since I already got requests from that side. Everyone was eager to jump in and get the ball rolling. I wrapped up the deliveries in Randfontein to start working on the food drive in Carletonville. We created an advert, new link and form for RT50 food drive, that was shared on the RT50 and Carletonville Facebook groups. The whole thing just boomed from there on. Each one of the RT50 members pledged money towards the cause. People from the community contacted us and asked how they can help. We got a big food donation from Die Spens and maize meal donation from Louis Janneke. Me and Jason went to the shops bought food items in bulk. After a day of buying supplies, we all got together with our better halves and made up food parcels. The next day we started with deliveries in Carletonville, Deelkraal, Welverdiend, Elandsvlei and Fochville. To date we handed out food parcels, clothes and other items to about 76 Families and we are still continuing to deliver food to people in need. During this food drive we were met by people with tears in their eyes, people that haven’t had any food for days, children that went to bed without any food in their tummies. This whole experience for me was heart warming and made me feel very proud to be part of Round Table and especially RT50 everyone jumped in without hesitation. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

David Els Vice Chairman Carletonville

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Stephan de Witt pioneered this partnership with FNB that has a lot more in store for the rest of Mpumalanga. FNB Donated 12 food parcels to be distributed in Ermelo where it will definitely leave a mark. This is done from Mpumalanga Area Council side to show that we can definitely stand up and get necessary nutrition to the people that need it the most. This project has opened the door for a partnership with FNB that will stretch across the whole Mpumalanga and the more we distribute the stronger the partnership will get. Future distributions will be discussed and this will possibly leave a legacy project for the Area going forward. Mpumalanga is truly blessed with the Best Area Chairman in RTSA!!

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Welkom 40 kicked off their annual Winter Knights drive with a bang on 9 June by donating 14 boxes of winter clothing which is worth more than R30 000 to the Bronville community in Welkom City. Round Table Welkom 40 teamed up with The Power of one to make this possible. The Power of One Public Relations Director Estelle Dansey who has been working with Round Table Welkom 40 since Winter Knights 2019 collected and distributed the clothing to Welkom 40 so that the clothing can be distribute to the people in the Goldfields community where it is needed most. Dr. Igor Scheurkogel current Vice-Chairperson and founder of The Power of One connected with cllr Alice Jacobs in Bronville to where the clothing can be utilized because so many families in Bronville are overlooked when relief is being distributed. Pastor Riaan Arends and community volunteers Letitia Roberts and Thelma Swartz distributed the clothing to the Bronville community on Saturday 13 June. #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange

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Prior to the national lockdown a need was identified whereby one school child was not able to wear casual clothes on “civvies” day, as her mother did not have the funds to buy a tinned food item to sponsor, in order for her to wear “civvies”. Following a discussion with our fellow international 117 tablers in Europe, the Winter Uniform Project was born when our brothers offered to sponsor the costs of a few winter uniforms for children in need. To date, the project has received donations in excess of ten thousand rand from numerous sponsors. A total of three uniforms have been purchased and sponsored so far, with another ten uniforms being procured. With several other sponsors now on the way, the project is set to make a meaningful difference in several children’s lives, as they would otherwise be unable to dress warm for school. Northridge 117 continues to run this project under the Winter Knights banner in South Africa and wish to challenge other tables to make consider doing the same in their respective areas. Should you or your table wish to make a contribution towards the Northridge project, to assist children in the West Rand area of Gauteng, please get in touch with Chris Oldacre via chris@northridge117.co.za for more information. We need your help. Together we can be the change. Adopt, Adapt, improve.

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The Covid-19 lockdown took its toll on quite a few Parys households and left people without work or any source of income. It was during these desperate times that a local feeding scheme called upon the Parys Round Table for support. Our Chairman and fellow Tablers went for a visit to see what the RedRibbon Project was all about. The Parys 88 Tablers quickly put their thoughts into actions. We supported RedRibbon by helping with deliveries, packing food parcels, supplying children’s and adult clothing, and with the support and baking skills of the Parys 88 LEGS we even surprised a few kids with birthday cakes and soft toys. It was wonderful to see a smile on their faces! Constant communication and networking saw Parys 88 even supplying RedRibbon with a few liters of soup as part of our Winter Knights Project for 2020.Sometimes we as Tablers do not have to do our own projects, but get called upon to help and support other projects to support our local community. It has been desperate times and we know that RedRibbon will count on us as Members of Parys 88 for our continued support in the weeks to come. It has been a wonderful experience to see how different organizations with the same ideals can stand together and support each other. Together we are stronger, and together we will make a difference in our communities. Franco Kruger

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Mpumalanga Area Council has had another touch base on Zoom and with our Council being represented from each Table in Mpumalanga it will definitely make it difficult to have touch base meetings at a local Pub. During these times it really showed us that we do indeed Adopt, Adapt and Improve in whatever situation we are dropped in. It is definitely needed for an Area Council to touch Base on a monthly basis with all that is happening from Tabler world to Cap fees and Food Parcel distributions. Mpumalanga Area Council is as follows: Area Chairman: Stephan de Witt (Baberton 67) Area Vice-Chairman: Brian Rossouw (White River 64) Area Secretary: Gavin “JAJA� Geldenhuys (Middelburg 126) Area Treasurer: Wikus Claasens (Secunda 231) MPUMA 1: Werner Swanepoel (Nelspruit 49) With the Area Council being so wide spread in Mpumalanga it is definitely a blessing that we can do touch base meetings on Zoom so that we know where we stand. It also builds the bond that is needed in for a Area Council.

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Whilst doing our Winter Knights Project, Round Table Stilfonein 53 was stunned, the man in this photo had tablers and guests helping out gasping over the sheer love this homeless man showed us all. This man was walking past our soup kitchen when Carlos Sousa, Area Chairman of STNOFS, showed me what he was doing. While walking passed the clothes, eager thinking he is taking too much clothes , it came to my attention that I was mistaken and as I watched the old man with torn clothes who most likely is homeless took clothes out of his bag that was most likely given to him from someone else and put it in the pile. We were absolutely speechless and coulnd’t help but speak to him and thank him. It’s in times like these that everyone is able to do so much even tho the least you have can mean the most to someone else. To you my friend I salute you and I hope that the goodness you show to others will reflect on your life. Nicus Prinsloo Stilfontein 53 Chairman

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On Wednesday 17 June 2020, the Round Table Amanzimtoti 85 team firstly donated 120 face masks to Mooi Hawens Retirement Village for all the Elderly people they look after there, specifically for the emergency care wing and duly handed them over to one of the very happy care nurses, whom received them on the establishment’s behalf. Then thereafter, we had about 40 masks left over which we then met with the lady at Jabulani Senior Citizens Residence whom was very pleased and thankful to receive the masks on behalf of Jabulani and ensured she would hand masks out to any of their residents in need of face masks or replacement masks accordingly. The Round Table Amanzimtoti team are very honored and proud to support these fine establishments in our community and commend and Thank them for their hard work.

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Middelburg 126 went out and they bought supplies worth R7 500 that they then packed neatly to be distributed as food Parcels to Msluzi Home based care. The Orphanage has a lot of children that they need to look after and where Middelburg is still an up and coming Table, that is where their 41’ers roped in their assistance to pull this project off. Middelburg 126 is truly blessed with 41’ers with roots still deep in the community where they can identify the need and give a helping hand. There are a lot of wisdom and guidance that Middelburg 126 can tap in to and they use it wisely. Middelburg has come along way over the past year and they are already leaving footprints where they take the Rondel. A massive well done to Middelburg 126!

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As all of us have seen houses around our towns with yellow ribbons on the gates or fences, we don’t realise how many of these houses are around until we start looking for them. Someone in town spread the word about RT53's winter knights and somehow got a hold of us for a sponsor, although all donations are welcome, this was a donation we shell accept. 50 dozen eggs was donated to the public through the local butchery and handed out by round table. On 17th of June 2020 the last tray was given out in Stilfonein. The yellow ribbons in town did not start from round table but that doesn’t stop us from helping the community. It really is nice to see the brand becoming more of a household charity name in this small town, well done and thanks to everyone who contributed to putting some smiles on the faces that haven’t in a while.

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‘n Storie van hoop deur Hennie Brytenbach…. Dit was die oggend van die 2de Junie wat ek oppad na n kliënt toe was en die man gesien loop het en by myself gedink waantoe loop die man met al die swaar sakke ek het toe dit eers gelos en na my afspraak toe gegaan in Odendaalsrus maar het my heeldag gepla waar hy is het hy iets om te eet. Soos alles dit wil hê ry ek hom weer toe raak oppad huistoe van die werk af en stop toe by die man. Ek gee hom eers net n paar rand vir kos en toe vrae hy vir my weet ek nie waar slaap plek is nie want hy was nou al by twee shelters gewees en kon nie reg kom nie, want hy moet eers polisiestasie toe gaan voor shelter hom kan help. Hy wou graag net lekker bad en slaap want hy loop en soek werk, hy was eers in Bloemfontien vir ‘n paar maande waar hy gewerk het. Maar met die nasionale lockdown toe het sy vorige wekergewre om laat gaan. Hy het in ‘n kamer by sy werkplek gewoon en moes toe op pak. Na twee maande wat hy op straat geslaap het is hy gekaap, sy geld selfoon en ‘n paar ander goed gesteel dis toe hy besluit het om na Welkom toe te kom, want hy het hier groot geword maar kon toe nie werk kry nie. Ek het toe vir Johann Barnard ‘n mede Welkom 40 tafelaar gebel en gevra of jy nie ‘n deeltydse werk het nie. Andy wou net n paar rand maak sodat hy na sy ma-hulle in Nelspruit toe kan gaan. Ek en Johann het toe koppe bymekaar gesit en die man gehelp sodat hy vir twee of wat dae uit help by Josan Contruction om n paar rand temaak Welkom 40 het toe ook hom by n gastehuis naby aan Johann hulle se werk in geboek sodat hy nie nodig het om so vêr teloop nie. Een ding wat ek geleer het is met hierdie hele #lockdown en self-isolasie is soms net om te stop van die gejaag en te luister na jou hart. Die 2 Junie het my hart groter oop gemaak en dit wat ek persoonlik deur Tafelronte verryk is het ek gestop om terug te gee aan my medemens. #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange

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It’s the year 2020 and many people are looking forward to the start of a new decade. We at Klerksdorp 45 was slowly getting comfortable with the new table year and just like that BOOM some dude in China decides to chow a bat and the whole world goes bat crazy. Nobody knows if the chap was just very hungry or weather he was a huge Ozzy Osbourn fan but whatever he was he sure stuffed the year 2020 up for a lot of people. The end of March was the start of an unprecedented full country lock down in South Africa. Everyone had to stay at home, most companies and business were shut and a very large percentage of the country’s population took drastic strain on their finances. Unfortunately for some of these people they lost their jobs as business had to close their door indefinitely or retrench a large percentage of the staff just to keep the companies doors open. This is where Klerksdorp 45 and the KOSH Kids team stepped up and tried to make a difference to many families who were in desperate need of assistance. Just like every year Klerksdorp 45 focuses on primary school kids and their families by doing an end of year Christmas project. This year however being a long way to Christmas we knew there are a lot of people in dire straits and needed our assistance. So we contacted all the schools that we work with during the KOSH kids projects and we asked the schools staff to nominate the families there were the worst affected by the lock down. We then work through all our networks who support us greatly every year to see if we could gather enough no perishable foods or funds in order to buy these families food for a few weeks.

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The schools quickly got back to us with 150 families throughout the KOSH area who were severely affected by the covid 19 lockdown. Now we knew how much we needed to raise but how where we going to do it? Well within days of launching the campaign we were getting sponsors, cash donations and people dropping of food items literally on our doorsteps. Keeping in mind we needed to get enough food for 150 families. We were only planning to do this once off but with the amount of support we were receiving we knew we should give it another try the following week. Each food parcel could feed a family of 4 for about 2 weeks if they used the food sparingly. We contacted a large cash and carry company in Klerksdorp called Overland to see if they would lend some assistance. Well they come to the party in a big way by not only lowering their prices to almost cost but every week they would donate a lot of the food requirements out of their own. Keeping in mind we started the campaign on a Monday and by Thursday not only did we have enough food for all 150 people we had a lot left over that we could add to the next week’s donations. Week One went so well and the support we got from the community was so great that we did this for 7 weeks in a row, not any less than 150 food parcels per week totalling to over 1600 food parcels in 7 weeks. Every Friday the food would be given to the schools directly and they would then make sure the food went to the correct people. We had a large group of people from all ages, family member’s, friends even strangers helping us just to get these food parcels packed and ready to go to the families who really need them the most. You can do the sum 1600 food parcels at R350 each R560 000 plus worth of food donated in 7 weeks its astonishing. We would like to thank every person involved in this project no matter how involved you were you are all super stars. The community of Klerksdorp and KOSH KIDS thanks you. YIT Clinton March

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Residents in Witbank, Mpumalanga and the surrounding communities now have a great reason to smile thanks to The South African branch of Operation Smile for providing medical assistance to people with cleft lips and palates. For the past two years Operation Smile missions have taken place in Witbank, this year’s mission commenced on the 12th to 16th of March 2020. According to Lauren Bright, Operation Smile SA’s Country Manager “Giving the gift of a smile and changing a person’s life forever is no mean feat and it’s only made possible by the contributions received from organisations." The medical mission included a screening day on the Friday and surgeries on the Saturday and Sunday, with a total of 23 surgeries performed. Over a period of 14 years, Operation Smile has provided free reconstructive surgery to more than 6,000 patients in Africa, including those with more complicated facial conditions. Surgeries can be as quick as 45 minutes and cost about R5,500 each. Furthermore, Operation Smile also provides training to healthcare professionals in South Africa, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The organisation works with local medical professionals, hospitals and other NGOs to create models of surgical care to provide effective solutions. Round Table Sandown 150, through the funding raised by ICAP, during the annual Charity Day, was glad to contribute R170,000 towards the Witbank mission. Covering costs relating to accommodation, transport and meals for the families as well as the volunteers who offered up their valuable time in order to put the smiles back on children's faces. We as Round Table made a life-changing difference for 23 kids, who may otherwise have been ostracised or might have suffered speech impediments.

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CARLETONVILLE 50 A journey of a young Chairman

As a chairman I am so grateful for the opportunity because this is only my second full year in table and there is still so much I want to learn and still don’t know of this wonderful organisation that I am a part of. I am always excited to learn from every opportunity and all the people in this remarkable organisation and I embrace the fact that this organisation provides ample opportunities towards growth. As one of the youngest members in Carletonville 50 you always have a sense of doubt in your head about things you want to do or change. Having great mentorship from past chairmen and 41’ers in Carletonville 50 always helps a lot in achieving my full potential. Over the past few months a lot of things had to change in the way we conduct business in Round Table. I was very disappointed and to be quite honest, almost depressed because of the fact that, coming in as chairman, I had so much ideas and plans of what mark I want to leave in 2020 in RT 50. I must admit that some of the ideas were farfetched but that’s just how I am.... a dreamer. When the lockdown was called and everything was halted to certain extend; I was still trying to make new plans and still trying to figure out how and where to leave a mark in RT50, what will my big project be? This club has such great past chairmen, that did so many wonderful things and I would do anything to be a part of that group. I was constantly focused on my big ideas that I almost completely forgot why I joined this organisation; not to leave a mark; not to be remembered; not to win prizes, but to make a difference. It was only after one of our members started a food project from absolutely nothing, and when I mean nothing, I mean from his own food resources. The project started with as little as 2 or 3 food parcels every 2 weeks to families in need. At a later stage when all the members of RT 50 got involved it moved up to 15 to 20 food parcels every 2 weeks, which is absolutely phenomenal. During this project I came to the following understanding: that it is not the big projects that defines you, it is about making a difference in your immediate community, one small act at a time. Because at the end of the day all the small things add up to one big overall change in your community. Do not become negative or think your projects are small compared to other Table’s or other organisations’; remember why we do this. Someone once told me that every change you make in your community is an impactful change no matter how small or big the contribution. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi said that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations and we should embrace our dreams, remember our mission, and overcome our difficulties to pursue commitment to continuously innovate. I for one am looking forward to what is to come in RT 50 and RT Southern Africa.

Riaan Greyling

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It was definitely a first for me to see a Table being chartered up again after being closed. Walking into an empty shell that earned the title of a Clubhouse is absolutely insane. Standing inside a building and you can already see where the Trophy cabinet will be, you can see where you can sit to discuss Matter Arising and also where the Counter Top will be placed where the Sergeant will be spending his time to ensure the Meetings run smoothly. All of the old Regalia and Chairman Boards getting dropped off at the clubhouse is absolutely extraordinary. There is still an extremely long road ahead to ensure that the Table can be self sustainable, but it will definitely be every step worth it. Werner Swanepoel and Gerrie vd Westhuizen putting their hands up and saying they will definitely be a part of this journey to ensure it goes the right path is very admirable. A Warm Welcome and a massive Good Luck to Nelspruit 49!! 26 | P a g e

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As a young table, Parys 88 endured a massive Winter Knights in 2019. It was a night where we all dropped labels and titles. We had Tablers and their LEGS, some stepped in from outside of Table to lend a helping hand and one family stood out in particular, a family who had nothing to gain but took upon a role that ensured we had enough soup to feed 100’s of people in need. Jacques, Venita and their two beautiful daughters Courtney and Tamara became true friends of Table. Well this winter, news was brought to our Table that this particular family was in dire need of assistance as the lockdown created some serious financial struggles. Venita is a floor supervisor at Spar, and as some might understand it is not a very high paying role. What made it worse was the lockdown, which cut her salary in half. Venita’s husband Jacques had a stroke a few years ago and has been wheelchair bound ever since. There are no funds for physio whatsoever, so the healing process is slow. Their car just recently had to undergo major repairs, which pushed them in deeper struggle. We then found out that their car battery had failed and needs replacing ASAP. The car would usually need a jump or push during extremely cold days, forcing her to walk to work if unsuccessful. She would sometimes work a long 12-hour shift, tired, and car will not start, forcing her to walk home with food for her family, leaving her car unprotected in the streets. They are a proud family and would rather help another then ask for help. Therefore, we as Parys 88 immediately knew we could then be the ones that give back to this family as they have given so much to our community and Table. We got the boys involved, sneaked into their yard popped the bonnet and took her old battery for replacing. A priceless moment for us as a Table was when we started the car up to see a grown man in a wheelchair burst out in tears as we drove off to drop the car at work. We were welcomed with a river of tears once again. These moments make us proud to be part of this great organisation.

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Secunda 231 had the privilege to experience fellowship after a long dry run of 2 months. Secunda 231 had their first social after partial lifting of Lockdown and during WinterCon you could hear that the Fellowship in Secunda 231 has definitely set the bar for the rest of Mpumalanga. The brotherhood in Secunda 231 is definitely something to look up to during these times. They are more than just a Table. Secunda 231 has been one of the most consistent Tables in Mpumalanga when it comes to Reporting, Finances and Membership. They do struggle sometimes, but the bounce back from everything that transpires is definitely notable and this is why Fellowship is more than needed after Lockdown. So that we can aspire to be where certain Tables are. The men from Secunda 231 know how to have Fellowship and this is definitely starting to leave sparks wherever they go. Brilliant work Secunda 231!

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On 14th of June a lady contacted RT53 through a 41er Percy Booth about her 70 year old brother. The story about him and his stroke that happened a couple of years ago is known to be a sad one. We at RT53 jumped at the opportunity to lend a helping hand. Tannie Christene looks after her brother alone and has for a couple of years now, with times being as tough as they are she asked if we could help out with some adult diapers as her brother is unable to use the bathroom or clean himself on his own. On 16th of June Round Table Stilfontein 53 delivered 35 adult diapers to Tannie Christene with hope that if at all possible more would be sent. In her reply she said that the world needs more young men like us helping the less fortunate. What this small but impactful gesture means so little to us as Tablers and that we should always remember how the little things can mean to us but how much it means for our brand. We will stay in touch with Tannie Christene and hope to be able to help them out as much we can in the future. Thanks to everyone who contributed to putting a smile on her face this youth day!

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Round Table 40 Welkom got a call from Welkom Retirement Village for assistance so that they can make soup for their residents last weekend. Welkom 40 quickly made a few calls and managed to put together the ingredients for the soup. A special thanks to Sparta Beef for their partial sponsorship of the soup meat and to Kwikspar Constantia for their partial sponsorship of the vegetables. Our bread partner, Love Albany Bread Virginia, also donates bread to us on a weekly basis, which we can thank the Breytenbach twins Eddie & Hennie. We have allocated 30 loaves to Welkom Retirement Village so that the residents can have a hot meal over the weekend.Our Chairman, Jurgen Schoeman, delivered the vegetables and soup meat to Andre and Tessa at Welkom Retirement Village #Alloutcompassion #Alloutfellowship #Totalroundtable #gooimielies #ImpactfulChange

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This is why I love this Organization. 1 year ago I did not have any friends in Middelburg, but today I can safely say I have a few Brothers there. I found myself in Middelburg to do a bit of work and to get back in to the swing of things after Lockdown had me under home arrest for 2 months. I drove to Middelburg that Morning with no expectations to end the day off with a bit of Fellowship, but as I drove into the town it was as if I was being tracked or all cars that come in gets reported to the Tablers of Middelburg. I received a quick phone Call from Gavin “Jaja” Geldenhuys and I jumped at the opportunity to inform him that I was in his town. Within 10 minutes we organized a bit of fellowship to end the Lockdown Blues. Having fellowship via Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams is nice, but having fellowship where you can see more than a face and shoulders is Blerrie Lekker. This is where I realized that Checking In with a brother just brings a different type of satisfaction. It was really great being able to have a decent conversation about Table without having to sound like a sheep because your internet gets overloaded with a Facebook post that “absolutely has to be done now”. Checking in with a Brother? 10/10 would recommend – Brian Rossouw

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Cold nights, dark streets, plastic burning to make fires, these are a few things that linger in the dark that make us wonder what it will be like to be homeless, we take the smallest things for granted, knowing that we go home to a warm bed and eat warm food. On the 1st of July RT Vereeniging 20 took the cold at hand and made a warm memory for those that had nothing. We took to the streets of Vanderbijlpark and later on Vereenignig covering 2 areas with a mere 3 Tablers and 2 extra helpers. 100 blankets and 20 L’s of homemade soup was our ammo for the night. We were welcomed by many empty hands and thankful hearts, the smiles we received were heart warming for us all and knowing that the small deed we were set to achieve was of great success. We as Round Table Vereeniging 20 would like to thank the following people for their generous donations and support, Nadine Coetzee, for making the delicious potato soup, Bruce from BPM engineering for donating 50 fresh loafs of bread to fill the gaps, as well as our helpers Mensauw Horak and Danie Buurman you are true epitome of a “Tabler”. YIT

Adrian Gaydrian Ihlenfeldt RT Vereeniging 20 PRO

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Namibia Area had our Winter Knights 2020 project on the 26th of June 2020. Wel213 was part of this as every club in Namibia Area. It was a cold Friday morning 5 degrees standing at the Tacoma Service station waiting for the other gents to arrive at 5 o’clock that morning. With all the gents arriving we had a coffee and a quick photo while everyone got the last instructions. Myself ,Chesley and Rene had our corners to man and I had Momentum insurance company who purchased the corner close to the lions club. Chesley manned 2 corners and luckily it was close to mine which was purchased by the companies Deloitte and Ellies. It was quite fun to hear the companies people complaining about the cold but no one shying away from it as there was cans to be shake’d and money to be collected. Rene was bit further manning the corners of Mandume , Lazarette and David Mororo with companies SGA and Nampost. We made a few brisk walks to the club house and back to get more cans as there were more people at Deloitte the anticipated. It was such an eye opener for Chesley who has his 1st Winter Knights manning his own corners. He quickly found out that, your cans gets filled faster by the taxi driver and his passenger then the people driving the luxury cars. It was great fun making new friends and promoting as far as possible round table and what we do. The time flew past and 08h00 came so quickly. We headed back to the lions club and took the corners cans and donations in kind with the representatives of the companies. We had a quick coffee and or soup and the counting and sorting started. While we knew we had only sold half the amount of corners then last year we were hopeful to make a few buck from the cans. The corners cans were sorted and we ended up being done with sorting and counting at about 16h50 when the last of the monies where counted and added up to the tally. The tally was about N$112000 a welcome surprise after we had the prepared ourselves for a much lower amount. It was great to see that the Namibian Committee is still willing to open their hearts, through this Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy, to help those who are unable to afford a blanket and fight against the cold. Final figures will be given through later but for now Wel213 is proud what we as an Area could accomplish in these difficult times. #iamawinterknight.

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On 13th of June 2020 Stilfonein hosted one of two Winter Knights projects. With some help of the Spar and OK Foods in the town we put up our trolleys a week before to promote and gather food for the soup kitchen. Armed with two big pots of soup and a load of clothing we opened up the kitchen in the centre of Stilfonein Civic fountain and dished up 140 cups of soup to the less fortunate and gave our clothing of more than 400 pieces. With a total of 15 man hours going in to the first project what a day. Total money just for the first project incl. Man hours R 5 450.00 We although did not plan on having a second project but seeing all of the happy faces and the joy a little bit of charity gives to the community, we will definitely do it all again. Thanks to all the contributions and especially the legs that helped us out on that cold day.

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The Community Can Challenge pioneered by Morne and Herschelle has made a massive impact in the local community during these extremely tough times. They have distributed 1 578 Food Parcels which is a total of 210 604 Meals that fed 7 528 people. Morne and Herschelle have expressed their absolute selflessness during these times by being a voice for the voiceless. They are behind the inspiration of getting Nelspruit 49 Open again and the type of Caliber that these men are and the type of men that they can get on board to give a helping hand where they can is absolutely World Class. There is still an extremely long road ahead for Nelspruit 49, with this in mind, the road will be worth every step. There are great people that reside in Nelspruit and with these Men getting involved in the near future it will definitely be the Crown jewel in the crown of Mpumalanga. Together we CAN!! 36 | P a g e

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Shortly after most of the exec meeting up at Lost Treasure hosting the 1st Council meeting RT53 packed out their stand in the Civic centre Stilfonein again with free soup and clothes . There were not as many feet as the week before but RT53 still stood by their word and set up the soup kitchen from 13h30 and 15h30. With 80 cups of soup given to the public and more than 1000 clothing pieces given out it was a busy day for table. Although the trolleys at the supermarkets did not contribute to much that did not stop word of mouth. All food contributions will be given out to families in Stilfonein who support the yellow ribbon idea as we at RT53 have already given out sponsored food parcels at these houses before the end of June 2020. A full report is then due for the food given out when a summary can be made, although these are mere numbers on a piece of paper but the thank you on the public’s faces and the smile on a young kids face holding a worm cup of soup in this cold, is priceless! Thanks again for all tablers, guests, legs and businesses for contributing to the cause. We hope that everyone is holding on in these rough days. Well done RT53!

Nicus Prinsloo Stilfontein 53 Chairman

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This national lockdown had pushed all of South Africans in a corner because we cannot do what we love and that is to BRAAAAAAAI. Welkom 40 decided they needed to be smarter than this #lockdown and just try to get back to their roots before this lockdown erase their memories about heritage and pride. So in light of all these ZOOM meetings, virtual races and online interaction Welkom 40 decided to host an online ‘Potjiekos’ competition. All the rules of the government for the lockdown was observed where all the contestants #stayhome and do the whole competition online. The criteria for the competition was (all done via video or photo): 1. Ingredients and preparation presentation; 2. Theme; 3. Social Media following (who got the most likes and shares); 4. Gees; 5. Most money raised; & 6. Final presentation. Our judges for the competition was National PRO & Inkundla Editor Adrian Ihlenfeldt, National Branding Manager- Werner Swanepoel & Immediate Past Northern Cape Chairperson – Attie Naude. They had a tought time with our 5 teams that entered the first level up competition. In the end it was Hennie & Nadia Breytenbach who were crowned the winners of Level Up Challenge I – Potjiekos. Abigail Schoeman Ladies Chairperson of Welkom 40 raised the most money on this challenge. A total of R13900 was raised for their Round Table Community Centre in Welkom. #impactfulchange #totalroundtable #alloutcompassion #alloutfellowship #gooimielies

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IT WAS FINALLY TIME FOR A PHYSICAL SOCIAL. With all protocols being adhered and the guys of Middelburg 126 keeping themselves safe it was definitely needed to see the faces of your Round Table Brothers. Fellowship is something that is truly needed after the Lockdown and once you get the chance it is definitely recommended to do so. It ignites the fire in you again to get things done for the Rondal. There is something different when it comes to sitting down with good friends and being able to have physical fellowship. This is definitely the biggest thing that was lost during lockdown. #Fellowship

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POTCHEFSTROOM 47- From Mielies to Mosselbay Ever wondered what the counterbalance to ‘The Luck of The Irish’ could be? A question with an extremely low probability of ever crossing anyone’s mind but mine. Probabilities. Now that might just be the scientific measure to try and calculate luck. Myself on the other hand, often dabble with coincidence rather than calculations and theory. In 2010, while trying to complete my studies with as little effort as possible and keeping a sales job, I was introduced to Table for the very first time by a good friend and dear old chap many of you might have met, Craig Cornforth, a 41’er from Vryburg. It was a Potch 47 social meet and as you might have guessed the familiar furniture, a.k.a. Sean, Brad and Silver Fox, was there and of course Silver Fox was appointed sarge for the evening. It was a grand introduction to the Table world and I had an amazing, albeit blurred, time. Unfortunately, as chance would have it, circumstances caused me to lose connection with the table and I had the unpleasant privilege to return to Johannesburg for a corporate job and move back to my hometown of Alberton (it’s ok to judge, I understand, believe me). Fast forward a couple of wonderful years of stress, traffic, corporate bullsh… and expensive lifestyles to keep up with the Sandton Kardashians that ultimately resulted in utter saturation of the “Big City life”. I returned to Potchefstroom, to the kind of community, culture, and lifestyle that I’ve missed for so long. I was lucky enough (well what do you know, it does happen) to have Marion Fouche as my financial advisor, and once again had a connection to the table. I was extended another social meet guest invite and also attending, the one and only Mike Menezes, now Vice Chair, on his first meeting as guest as well. And obviously Jacques Visagie as sarge again. The evening ended with a spirited bout of Lie Dice and me content that I have another opportunity to possibly become an official tabler. Old Murphy and his silly laws probably saw me coming and orchestrated Marion’s move to Johannesburg climbing his career ladder. Hat’s off to him, the chap is doing exceptionally well, but now I’ve lost my contact to Potch 47, again. Or that’s what I comforted myself as being the reason, Chairman Wallace and his cabinet probably didn’t approve of me. It was only in mid last year, almost two years later, that I was coincidentally in contact with Mike Menezes looking for a solution to my loss of hours out of my busy days. He suggested some form of very stylish wearable device that quite accurately keeps track of earth’s rotation around the sun (I know, I was blown away too). Not knowing he joined table in the meantime, he called me up the one day asking who my connection with table was and why I never returned, and fortunately invited me back. Finally, an opportunity to join again! All went exceptionally well and I spent the latter part of 2019 getting thoroughly involved in tabling as a pipeliner along with Christo du Plessis and the absolute top class gentleman from Round Table 47 Potchefstroom. All was well with the world for once and myself and Christo were officially invited to be inducted to Round Table by the end of the year. It’s no surprise that as a very happy Potch 47 member, I know find myself as a Mossel Bay resident with a brand new business under Lock Down, shortly after being inducted… Maybe ‘The Misfortune of an Albertonner’ can be coined as a good counterbalance, the probability is there. Who knows. Coastal greetings,

AB “Quarantine Wolverine” Tromp

1. Nickname - Trompie 2. Favourite Movie - Rush 3. Favourite Quote - More money rarely equals more happiness, but poverty never made anyone smile. 4. Rugby Team - Stormers 5. Best part about Round Table – Fun and fellowship is what we live for, and having that result in the welfare of others is priceless.

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Mpumalanga had their Annual Winter Conference on 27 July 2020 and it was definitely one for the books. We had our WinterCon via Zoom and there was definitely something missing. That something was the physical fellowship. We still kept our traditions and appointed a Sergeant that definitely took no prisoners. Each Tabler had their own selection of drinks at their own respective locations during the Meeting and the Sergeant made sure you explore all you have at your disposal. Even in these times it was still fellowship to jump in and see everyone’s faces again. It would have definitely been a lot better being able to do it in person, but the next best thing was not as bad. Despite technical issues we had very productive meeting and managed to get the meeting finished in 2 hours. After the meeting there was definitely one thing we could all agree on. We cannot wait for the next physical fellowship for BMG.

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Covid-19 Lockdown started out as 21 days of isolation, but before we as South Africans knew it, it changed life as we knew it… Sitting in my house during the time of lockdown and after it was extended, it started taking its toll on people all around us. People losing their jobs, financial strain on families and every day struggles getting even worse. It suddenly hit me hard… we as Tablers will have our work cut out during lockdown and even more after lockdown. As Chairman of Parys 88, I even saw the members of our Table taking strain under lockdown. We are used to getting together twice a month to meet up and discuss situations and projects in our community for our community. I had my work cut out, I had to keep my fellow Tablers positive and encourage and remind them that it is up to us to set an example and get the message out there. We organized a meeting using digital platforms to communicate something new to most of us. Luckily some of our members had been using Zoom for quite some time and we were quickly ADOPTING, ADAPTING and IMPROVING our current situation. As Tablers we discussed every aspect of what was happening and how we can still make a difference… Our Vice Chairman (Des Machine) and PRO (Juggernaut), came up with the idea to make an inspirational video, compiled by short videos made by each member of Parys Round Table. The video turned out to be a great success and was shared on Social Media to reach members of the public and inspire them to stay safe and stay positive. They say…. Desperate Times Call For Round Table Measures…. I have to admit and be honest, my Table brothers even got me through some tough times during lockdown and made me realize what a wonderful organization this is. I am proud to be a Tabler and a Member of Parys 88. Franco Kruger 42 | P a g e

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At the start of the lock down it was clear to us that the poorest in our community where going to be affected very quickly. The #SANImoveformeals initiative was set up in a matter of days and on the 13 th April people from all over took part in a fun exercise challenge. We raised R40 000 and are thankful to everyone that took part. We teamed up with the Sani Community Forum (SCF) and got involved in their soup kitchen feeding scheme. At one stage 600-800 fresh meals were being distributed on a daily basis. Tablers and their families were active in all facets of this initiative. The need to cook and deliver on a daily basis grew to such an extent that the logistics became almost impossible and a change of direction was needed. We partnered with the Underberg Farmers Association (UFA) and changed our focus to a dry food project in the rural areas, while SCF focussed on the town’s people. This was more sustainable and we could feed more people for a longer period of time. A food pack can feed a family of six for two weeks. As of the 26 th June 947 food packs have been distributed, this been a real community effort involving Sani 152, UFA, commercial farmers, businesses and many others. Durban No. 2. generously donated 700 blankets as a part of the Winter Knights campaign, these have been distributed along with the food packs. This couldn’t have come at a better time, we are having one of the coldest winters in some time and temperatures of -16 have been recorded. Thanks No.2 we will honour our agreement, just set a date to come and spend the weekend up in the mountains. The McArthur’s have, and are still putting in an extraordinary amount of time and effort and they must be commended. This Covid 19 challenge has put our community to the test and the response has been nothing short of incredible. #impactfulchange

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An Association Plan III – The journey and staying on track We have all read or heard that we need to have strategic planning in our lives, whether it be in business, personal lives or in Table. But what is this, and how does one do this? The purpose of strategic planning is to set overall goals and to develop a plan to achieve them. It involves stepping back from your day-to-day activities and asking where you are heading and what your priorities should be. Writing a multi-year strategic plan for your association can be a daunting task, especially if this has not been attempted before. While there are a great many ways of how to write strategic plans for different sized organisations, this can all be simplified into three easy steps. These steps can also be implemented in your own lives and business to help in achieving your goals. In this 3-part series of articles, we break down the steps into easily manageable actions that will yield excellent results. During Part I of this three-part series on strategic planning, the focus was on understanding where you currently are. During Part II, we focussed on setting goals with specific and measurable milestones as well as on communicating this to the role-players. Part III: The Journey and staying on track With the goals set, the specific milestones defined, and the plan communicated to all stakeholders, the execution phase can start. When a plan spans multiple years, it is essential to align leadership to ensure that the plan is executed. An analogy would be that of one of a train conductor where the track has been set, and the conductors are changed between stations only. In this way, leadership can change over time, but the overall goals will still get achieved. Regular measurement of actual progress and results with the defined milestones should be done on a regular basis. The frequency of the measurements differs on a case to case basis but should be done at least twice a year. Variances between the actual results to date and the milestones must be understood and analysed. Interventions should be planned and performed to ensure that the variances are addressed as required. Regular updates should be given to all role-players in the form of report backs in meetings or forums. The parties responsible for achieving the milestones should be held accountable and assisted wherever possible to meet the specific goals. Throughout the execution phase, the overall goals must be re-evaluated on a regular basis. As times and circumstances change, the long-term planning should be adjusted to stay relevant. The initial plan must not be rigidly followed over a more extended period if it becomes clear that it is no longer in the best interest of the association. As this long-term plan usually spans numerous years, the overall end goal must be extended. There are significant benefits to having a rolling three-year plan, rather than having one plan be completed and then only a new plan to get started. Extending the plan as time goes by ensures that there is always an evolving dynamic in the planning process of an association. Critically to the process is that all success must be celebrated on as and when the milestones are achieved. One must never lose sight on where the process started and the progress that has been made. The journey of improvement is a long and hard one, but as in all things worthwhile, the real pay off will only be realised with the passage of time. The first and most crucial step is to start Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome - Arthur Ashe 44 | P a g e

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It was definitely one of the best Socials that I had the pleasure to be a part of. I don’t if it was because it was the first social / physical interaction I had after lockdown with more than 2 people, but it was definitely one for the books. The Men from Community Can Challenge requested assistance at the future Nelspruit 49 Clubhouse to pack food parcels and White River 64, Secunda 231 and Middelburg 126 jumped in. White River 64 donated 1.2 Tons of Meal to them and then also assisted to pack 200 food parcels that was to be distributed the next day. After all of this was done it was time for the Social and Fellowship to begin. We had a few Pregos going at Neslpruit 49’s future Clubhouse and after this was consumed we then moved the whole Social to a Tablers house where the Fellowship continued. It was the first time in a couple of years where 4 Tables were represented at a social in Mpumalanga and it was definitely needed for the fire to be reignited in Mpumalanga.

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On the freezing cold evening of 15 June, Round Table Parys 88 made and handed out over 100 cups of soup to homeless people in Parys. The nutritious and tasty chicken and veg broth was cooked by none other than wannabe chef Vince Beijer, with the sterling assistance of the Parys 88 team as well as Cilune and Renata, the LEGS of Chairman Franco Kruger and Secretary Jason Winterbottom respectively. While the fellowship around the pots was warm and lively, Raymond Spiers in his cargo shorts can attest to just how cold it was while driving through town on the back of the bakkie. Although much fun and laughter was had, the cold night and terrible living conditions of many of the grateful recipients was a sobering reminder of how lucky we are, and how important Round Table’s work is in the community. The evening was nicely rounded off with the induction of Raymond as our newest member by Vice Chairman Desmond De Swardt, although Raymond was almost devoured by Oscar the dog. Big thanks to Vaal Toyota Sasolburg for lending us their cooking equipment, and to Jason and Renata for letting us make use of their house.

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