The year in review, This will be my last article as the 70th President of Round Table Southern Africa. It comes as a bitter sweet end. It has been a tough, long and taxing year. But it has also been the best Table year of my life. Not only for the privileges of travelling and getting to know so many more of you on a personal level, but also to see how much we were able to achieve and how Round Table was more relevant than ever in these desperate and uncertain times. Myself, my executive and the Association Council put up our hands serve this organisation and at the end of our term leave it in a better state than that in which we received it. We set out some goals and we intended to keep it regardless of the cards we have been dealt. In short -
we onboarderd the whole Association onto Tabler world after being voted in at the last ARTSA The constitution was updated with all voted in changes and many Table and Area constitutions were updated by our IPP. The inkundla had 12 Issues even with a decline in articles because of the restrictions we experienced On the International relations front we were involved on many RTI and AMI administrative platforms with Paul Dippenaar, Arno Kotze, Paul Hoeksema and Graham Cornelissen serving on various levels. We over communicated to the members through monthly Mass mails including various information relevant to our members. The website was updated and our very own online reporting system launched to make life easier on our portfolio holders. As premiered at this ARTSA, we also developed our own online voting system. We sent out monthly management statements and had Audited financials circulated to the members 3 weeks ahead of ARTSA. All our SARS related issues were solved and we are close to solving the elusive Dr David Smith Trust mystery. But our biggest and most visible improvement this year has been the roll out and unification of the whole association under one plan and vision with driving Impactful Change. Involving corporate relations and seeing our brand on National Television regularly, for the first time ever.
The amazing results that can be achieved if the whole team, Area, and Association are aligned is there for all to see. Throughout a difficult, uncertain and rocky year we all stepped up and did what was needed to show that we are relevant and we want to be the change that is needed. We drove Impactful Change every day and at the end of the year we can look back and be proud. Well done Round Table Southern Africa. Thank you for the privilege of leading you this year. I will be forever grateful. YIT
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Adrian Ihlenfeldt RTSA PRO & Inkundla Editor Kenton 210 – Alan’s Advise – How to plan a Table Budget Hochland 154 – Induction Dinner Pretoria 136 – Garshand Covid Relief Maclear 178 – Fun Run and Cycle Day Jukskei 217 – Blood Brothers Kenton 210 – Alan’s Advise – How to be a House Guest Douglas 224 – Loop vir CANSA Werner Swanepoel – Why do we Serve? Upington 79 – Induction Dinner Welwitschia 213 – Breakfast Run Project Pretoria 136 – Marko Nel Induction Kenton 210 – Alan’s Advise – How to be a Club Treasurer Augrabies 237 – Izibunelo School South Cape Area – AGM Paarl 44 – Ticky Tacky Upington 79 – 41er Corner Alan Malan – Enough Said Pretoria 136 – Weskoppies Movie Night Project Douglas 224 - 2021 Inhuldigings Dinee
-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
Mr President, fellow Association Exec members, Association Area Leaders, Honourable Tablers, and respectful guests, where to start, what an absolute horrific year, to feeling like being abducted by an alien and forced to stay within the walls you hope will keep you safe, where death and sorrow was closer to home than expected for so many families, but yet again the feeling of brotherhood, hope, love, security presented itself to us all, if we needed it, or if we needed to give it away, either way I cannot be more proud of being a Tabler than ever before. Mr President, I’m proud to report that we as RTSA has successfully published 10 editions so far which excludes February and March editions of “our” INKUNDLA which will bring it to a total of 12 for 2020/2021, which goes to say that the hard work put into what was so difficult to do for our Tablers in RTSA, was child’s play and that nothing can stand in our way when it comes to making an Impactful Change. Our Inkundla has been nothing less than an excellent example of brotherhood, fellowship, love and most importantly the gift of giving. I am truly proud of our association as we were able to submit a total of 366 articles for 2020/2021 I’ve said it so many times, either to myself or to a fellow Tabler, the love and support of your fellow brothers is priceless, there is no other feeling than knowing than where ever you go, do or fail at doing something, Tablers support Tablers no matter what. I’ve had the privilege of sitting next to many great Tablers, some that I thought I’d probably only get a chance to be part of their Table life if a accidently brushed past them on the way, Christo Bezuidenhout, Stefan Grobler, Walter Groenewald, Antonie Smit, Paul Dippenaar, Werner Swanepoel, David Costine, Alan Malan, thank you for making understanding the ways of being a gentleman of a professional men’s organization easier than expected, I am in absolute debt to you all. Being your Editor truly has been one of the biggest steps in my Table career, I feel that the overall support from our area PRO’s was good, and I want to thank them all for making my job easier than expected. Some areas excelled, more than others but in a whole I’m proud of RTSA in the hard work put in and it is surely seen. Thank you gentlemen. Mr President, Association Exec, Area chairman, Tablers, guests, I am truly humbled and honoured to have come so far within our beautiful association and all by the support that you all have given me has made this portfolio exciting and soul seeking and I thank you all for what you have done. I have been moulded into the Tabler I dreamed of, someone that I can look at now and only hope that my son 1 day is proud of what I did. To the outgoing Chairman thank you for your support in assisting me when I needed and congratulations to you all on an amazing and unforgettable year , to the outgoing Exec members, those that are staying behind I wish you well for your journey ahead thank you for being my big brothers and guiding me, this is truly a major factor in my Table career, Mr President congratulations on the year you have had and what a year it has been, many a time I have wondered how you did it all with a smile on your face, Thank you all for a journey I’ll never forget , maybe one day I to will sit in the Presidents chair, who knows. Last but not least to my beautiful Wife for all her amazing support, you are my today and every tomorrow I cannot wait for our son to be part this life lesson we have endured, thank you and I love you. With the most sincere and respect to greatest Association known to man I thank you all, and move my report up for adoption. Yours truly in Table
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How to…Plan a table budget Some Clubs have a strong tradition of presenting their Annual Table Budget at their AGM, but as Clubs are Chartered or Re-Charted this information is lost. We are not all Accountants or BookKeepers, but a simple Budget will help you ensure your running costs are met. Income List all the projected income your Club will have during the year ahead. (some Clubs also charge an extra Membership Fee) Expenses Try to cover everything: Rent, Rates, Electricity & Water, Cleaning, Alarm, Chairman’s Allowance, Gifts, Maintenance, Regalia, and in some cases your Capitation Fees. Deduct the Expenses from the Income and this should show you either a profit or a loss. This will help you work out if you need to cut somewhere, or add more to something like maintenance of the Clubhouse. You can also now take the total Expenses and work out a monthly cost of running your Club and make plans to cover this accordingly.
The past year has been a rollercoaster of a ride. A global pandemic created unrest & uncertainty in all our lives, coupled with numerous stages of lockdown, as well as the lack of alcohol sales for a brief period (lol) led to a very tense & uncomfortable environment, which we’re still getting to terms with. Hochland 154 has had a specially trying time, these past 12 months. The loss of our chairman and 1 tabler has been extremely taxing on the morale of the group. However, through these trying times up stepped our then vice-chairman, Eduard Gous, to steer the ship through rough seas into calmer waters. Induction dinners, just like projects or socials, are a great way for us tablers to get together, & and get back to a semblance of normalcy, pre-covid, while being dressed to the nines. It was extra special having our partners by our side, who often give us tons of leeway when we’re at a business meeting till late at night or need a weekend away from home to fulfil a project. It would be remiss of us to not acknowledge & thank them for their continuous support & understanding. We were in a unique situation this year where our outgoing chairman was also our incoming chairman. With all protocol observed at the event, it was time for Eduard to ascend the stage & address the room. Just as he was about to deliver his word of thanks to his outgoing committee, he was raided on staged by the chairmen of the Namibian Area tables. Eduard then delivered a speech that brought many a tear to everyone’s eye. #Who’sCuttingOnions? Finally, he introduced the members of his new committee for the 2021/22 year, which led to an obligatory group selfie on stage. On behalf of Hochland 154, we’d like to thank Eduard Gous for his service this year, in going above & beyond & steadying the ship in our roughest time. We look forward to a full year of you being at the helm. Congrats and good luck for the year ahead Mr. Chair and your newly appointed council being: Vice Chairman – Iain Wait Secretary – Matthew Vudzijena IRO/PRO – Sathy Thambapilai Treasurer & Constitutional Advisor - Stefan Du Raan
With the beginning of the year well underway, our worst fears are yet to come: We need to buy school uniform and books. Some parents might say this is really exciting as our kids are starting a new grade or starting school for the first time and they are getting so big. Some parents are probably asking where they are going to get the money to buy all school related items and still buy food? “My child needs all these things and not even to mention the school fees”. On the 26th of February 2021 with the help of Anna-Marie Jacobs at Hanna Charity & Empowerment Foundation & volunteers, we delivered 120 food parcels to Roxy Zowitsky from Garshand at Garsfontein Primary School to be distributed to all the families in need, helping them with food. Garshand has over 40 families they help each month. We know it has been hard with lockdown and some families are still struggling. Where this project may have helped a lot of the families there are some we could only help for a month. Thank you Anna-Marie Jacobs and Roxy Zowitsky / Garshand for always doing the best you can and for looking after our future generation. Round Table 136 will keep on fighting with these families and we will keep the hopes and dreams alive even if it is just a food parcel at a time. #136PROUD #136Made #ImpactfulChange Tiaan Schoeman Round Table Pretoria 136
On Saturday, 20 March 2021, Round Table Maclear 178 held its second annual Fun Run & Cycle Day consisting of a 5km, 10km, and 20km route, starting at the Maclear Country Club, going through the PG Bison plantations, and ending again at the Maclear Country Club. There was also a “Trio Trophée” event for participants who wanted to complete all three cycle routes, dubbed the “Tour de Tableau”. The race commenced at 9am with 66 participants across the three routes, and 2 participants taking on the 35km Tour de Tableau. When the event was held in March 2020, monies raised went to the Families in Need Fund which is held in trust by Round Table Maclear 178 and is used to assist families in the Maclear and Ugie Areas who might find themselves in need of assistance in various ways. This year it was decided that monies raised would go toward the U-Mac Children’s Fund which is specifically used to assist needy children in the Maclear and Ugie areas. This year we have assisted a Matric learner from Maclear High School who was unable to afford Hostel fees for the first term. The learner was found to be a diligent learner, who’s schooling career might have been put in jeopardy if he was unable stay in the Hostel. Within the first half hour of the start of the event, the first participants starting arriving back at the Maclear Country Club. The first-place winners in each event were as follows: 5km Run – Emily Roberts 10km Run – Liz Sephton 20km Run – Mandla 5km Cycle – Joubert Thompson 10km Cycle – Benjamin Bowker 20km Cycle – Klippies Pretorius The Tour de Tableau was completed by Brad Sparks and Eugene du Plessis in a time of 1hr 38min. The youngest “participant” was Handré Pretorius (16 months old) who completed the 5km Cycle on the back of his Dad’s bicycle! Making this day a huge success can only be possible through the contributions of the participants, and local businesses who so generously sponsored the day. Round Table Maclear 178 would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors: PG Bison/NECF for allowing us to use the plantations in our routes ,Maclear Country Club for allowing us to have the start and finish on the Club grounds ,Kwa Wicks Build It Maclear, Maclear Butchery, BKB Maclear, Shannon Sparks, Ugie Mac Quarries, Maclear Dairy, Colin Emms, P. Schenk & Sons Saverite & Hardware, Shorten Motors, Apex Marketing Solutions, We look forward to hosting this event again in 2022.
Jukskei 217 took up the #bloodbrothers challenge this last week as part of the Round Table International blood brothers intitiative. A special mention to our guests and friends of Table stepping up to the plate and taking up the challenge with us. In total we were 7 gents who donated, thus potentially saving 24 lives. Some of us overcame our fears as becoming first time donators. We also laid down the challenge to Round Table Boksburg 17, Round Table Golden East 181 and our brothers at Gurgaon Millennium City Round Table 217 in India. I am glad to report that they stepped up. Great initiative from Round Table International. See you guys in 8 weeks to do it all again.
How to…be a House guest Often you go away for the weekend and end up staying with Tablers you haven’t met. Some tips to consider when being home-hosted: Communication Find out who your hosts are and thank them for hosting you. Let them know when you should be arriving and if you have any dietary requirements. Send a message whilst on the road to indicate time of arrival. Planning Ahead Buy your hosts a thoughtful gift, maybe a bottle of delicious homemade jam from your hometown or those chocolate brownies you love from a local bakery. Offer to bring towels or bedding. Arriving Let your host know when you plan to leave. Find out if you should use your car for the weekend, or will you catch a ride with them. Find out their routines and schedule for the weekend and make sure they know yours. At their house, don’t abuse their hospitality, their bar or their Wi-Fi. Clean up after yourself and make your own bed. If they have a domestic worker, be sure to greet them and get their name. Offer to help with meals or clearing the table. When you leave thank your hosts and let them know when you get home. If they have a domestic worker, leave them a small gratuity of thanks.
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Soveel van ons is al direk of indirek geraak deur kanker. So toe Douglas 224 genader is om te help om ‘n plaaslike “CANSA Relay For Life” op die been te bring was ons dankaar om te help. CANSA Relay For Life is ‘n landswye inisiatief van CANSA en bied gemeenskappe die geleentheid om op nuwe en opwindende maniere 'n verskil te maak in die stryd teen kanker. Menigte weergawes van die gebeurtenis is word gehou in 2021. Elke gebeurtenis het sy eie formaat maar deel drie hoof doelstellings: “CELEBRATE”: Die wat kanker oorwin het word verwelkom en erken deur die opening van die “Relay” waar hulle ‘n Survivors-lap aflê. Kanker-oorlewendes is dikwels gassprekers by CANSA Relay For Life-geleenthede en deel hul stories van hoop en inspireer diegene wat hul reis met kanker begin en verdien erkenning en respek uit hul gemeenskap. “REMEMBER”: Die Luminaria seremonie is die hoogtepunt van die aflos en word gewy aan diegene wat hul stryd teen kanker verloor het, ter ere van diegene wat gewen het en diegene wat steeds die siekte veg. Persoonlik versierde Luminaria-sakke word om die baan uitgesit ter herinnering aan, of as 'n toewyding aan 'n baie spesiale vegter wat die stryd verloor het of ter ere van 'n moedige kankeroorwinnaar wat nog veg of die stryd teen kanker gewen het. “FIGHT BACK”: Individue ontmoet nuwe vriende en maak nuwe herinneringe deur stories te deel. Hulle leer ook oor die gesondheidsbewustheid, voorspraak, kankerondersoek plus sorg- en ondersteuningsprogramme wat CANSA bied aan diegene wat deur kanker geraak word, en onderneem ‘n belofte om die bewusmaking te bevorder. Dankie aan Cecilia Schreuder en Elmareth le Roux vir al die reëlings sowel as al die vrywilligers wat uitgehelp het. Besoek gerus https://relayforlife.org.za/ vir inligting hoe jy persoonlik betrokke kan raak
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We serve because it brings meaning to our lives. We serve because it allows us to give back, to pay it forward to make a difference. We serve not for plaudits or popularity we serve because it's who we are at the core, it's what we would like to see in this crazy world. We serve because we wouldn't want a chance to go to waste. An opportunity to change a life, to drive impactful change. I joined Round Table to give back to make a change and in the process, it's given me so much. Friends that have become family, the opportunity to meet like-minded people all over the world. We serve because it's who we are and in the process of serving we are served we are changed and we grow. Round Table what a fantastic organization and perfect place to start serving and in turn being served. I serve because it's who I am, and Table makes this journey so much better. I love Round Table, love giving back, and driving impactful change. YIT
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Saterdag aand, 13 Maart is Ruben Nel ingehuldig as die nuwe Voorsitter van Upington Tafelronde 79. Hierdie spog geleentheid is gereel deur die inkomende Vise Voorsitter, Zach Grove en sy vrou, Adinie. Upington 79 bedank graag vir Zach en Adinie vir hul moeite om hierdie `n puik geleentheid uit die boonste rakke te maak. 42 Tafelaars, Gaste en 41ers het hierdie sopg induksie geleentheid bygewoon wat Mnr Ruben Nel verwelkom as die nuwe Voositter van Upington 79. Die uitreende Voorsitter, AJ Bloem het hiermee die geleentheid gehad om die leisels oor te handig en ook sy bedankings en troffees uit te deel. Baie geluk aan Louis van der Walt, Upington Tafelronde 79 se Tafellaar van die jaar, en Johan Kuhn, wenner van die bywonings troffee. Ons sien uit na nog `n goeie Tafel 79 jaar onder leiding van Ruben Nel.
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Welwitschia 213 attempted a Breakfast run project but hit a few snags along the way. We had the idea to give the opportunity to those who never had a ride with a motor cycle to get the chance to do so on the 27th of February. We had 8 bikes in total ranging from street bikes to Harleys to some antiques. With indemnity forms fresh from the press we played the waiting game. It was unfortunate that most persons who confirmed they would attend the project and booked a ride did not turn up. A small thing of no attendance didn’t damper the spirits a run was done from our club house to Jan Japan and back with one person who actually partook in the project. We had a second trip and made some noise at mall area’s to see if interest cant be peaked but to no avail. 4
It wasn’t a train smash because all the tablers and some 41érs where in attendance so we converted the Bike ride into a social for the club with WHK34’s PJ in attendance as well. We had a great social and for some it only stopped at 3am the next morning. This will not deter us from doing another breakfast run this time well make sure we get the booking to attend aswell. I feel while not a successful project it has the makings of a great one and allow for a monthly or bi monthly project. It can only get better from here. Thanks to CODED biker club and all other Bikkers who attended and was willing to assist us in the project.
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I have arrived, but my journey is far from over. I did not expect to write about my induction to Round Table a few days after a successful project as a pipeliner. My road with Round table first crossed with RTT 2019. Going through a dark and difficult time, facing financial trouble to the point that it affected my marriage and home life I was on a slippery slope. My brother-in-law Antonie Smit invited us to the last night of RTT in November of 2019. First being reluctant and not feeling up to anything, my wife and mother booked the Uber and off we went. Sitting in the crowd and still feeling down and out, the first performance came up and my day turned. Stepping outside with every break I was met by strangers treating me like one of the guys, enjoying conversations and stories, I realized there what the void in my life was. I knew right there that this is where I belong. Not long after I joined a PTA136 business meeting in February 2020. Seeing the passion they put in to the meeting and projects, my passion to join this organization got stronger. In that nights meeting my general discussion was, that I wished I found table earlier only having 2 maybe three year left, if and when I got inducted. The chairman at that time Tiaan Schoeman spoke words to me that will always stay with me;”You didn’t find table to late, you found table when you needed to find table.” As my road with PTA 136 went forward, helping out where I could, helping people who never expected the plumber on the roof being part of a group of men there to help where they can. I could feel parts I lost of myself coming back. My wife started seeing the husband she loves, building day by day to the man she had seen so long ago. I was starting to live again. In December 2020 we ran a project helping families that was struck hard by COVID including a foster home close to my heart. I was paired with a great tabler and would not have asked for anyone better to have shared the moments of that day, Conrad “Blikkies” Jacobs that day will forever be with me.I was handed my first project as convener The Weskoppies movie night. As a pipeliner I had to show that my heart is in it and could not fail, well hard to fail when you have a strong table behind you. The project went down successfully with cheers from the patients after the movie ended. Driving home that night I had no idea what was waiting for me. The morning of 13 March 2021 saw Bushveld tablers getting together for the AGM. Sitting in the peanut gallery the outgoing Area Chairman Leon De Lange called out my name to be inducted to Round Table. As I walked to the front brothers from PTA 136 nodded and I could hear their thoughts, “yes it is real”. As Leon pinned my first ever pin to my jacket over welling emotions built in me, turning to our Table Chairman, belief it or not, Antonie Smit my brother-in-law, the person that made round table part of who I have become. I have to thank ever brother at PTA 136 for granting me the opportunity and honour to be part of your table. To you all I see more that just brothers you are always just a call or message away when days get rough and you just feel that you are done; their words and support are always there to put me back on track. I also have to thank one person by name, Bernard Venter PTA 19, thank you for your support and motivation at every event we cross paths. Finally a special thanks to my wife, Cecile Hall, you kept me focused. Without your support and understanding I would not have been the man I am today. Your belief in me is what kept me going. Now a Tabler and #136PROUD Marko Hall
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How to…be a Club treasurer The Table Treasurer is vital to the Club—he manages the budget, the bank accounts and payments. Here are some tips to make sure your year is successful: Bank Accounts Get a list of the bank accounts held by the Club, and check that the signatures etc are all in order and current Budget Working with the Chairman and his Exec, draw up a Table budget for the year ahead. Make sure that you check back to the budget during the year to ensure your Club doesn’t over-spend. Reporting to Table At your Club’s meetings, make sure you have the latest financials, copy of the bank statements and your up-to-date budget. This helps the Club understand where they stand financially. Reporting to Area Make sure that you send your financials and copies of bank statements to the Area Treasurer on a quarterly basis so that the Area Exec know your Club is in good hands. End of the Year Make sure that you give your successor a complete file of your year and send a digital version to the Cory Library.
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Op 18 Maart 2021 , het Augrabies 273 in samewerking met CRC die kinders en ouers van Izibunelo Voorskool gaan bederf met klere , skoene ,komberse ens ,Die klere was ingesamel deur Augrabies 273 tydens n Winterknights projek en kon agv Covid 19 nie versprei word nie ,Met die hulp van CRC is daar gou geindentifiseer waar nood is , 2 Tafelaars van Augrabies 273 Hansie Hannekom en Jurgens Coetzee het die oorhandiging bygewoon , by Izibunelo Voorskool ECD (Early Childhood Development Centre) te Pabalello Die skool bestaan uit 46 kinders waarvan tans net 40 kan skoolgaan agv covid 19 regulasies , die skool benodig nog fondse om te help met uitbreiding van klaskamers om meer kinder te akkomodeer. Daar is tans ‘n “JAM Porridge” projek wat geloots is by die skool waarvan die leerders kos ontvang wat 70% van hulle daaglikse voedsel benodighede bevat, die koste beloop R50 per kind per maand.So daar is tans groot behoefte .Roundtable maak verseker n verskil ! #impactfullchange
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Round Table Swellendam 179 graciously hosted the annual South Cape Area AGM on Saturday the 6th of March. The well-attended assembly commemorated the strides made by the outgoing council led by Jaco Crafford. In an extremely difficult environment, South Cape Area managed to record a spot in the top 5 contributing Tables in Southern Africa for the 2020/21 term. As the smallest Area nationally, we are extremely proud of the efforts of our members, supported by their partners, for passionately driving #impactfulchange in the face of adversity. As is customary, members & their better-halves celebrated the year at a black-tie gala event to highlight excellence in the past year: Travel Gavel (most travelled) Trophy - Awarded to Oudtshoorn 33 Inkundla (public relations) Trophy - Awarded to Oudtshoorn 33 Extension Trophy (biggest growth in membership) - Awarded to Mossel Bay 32 Table Of The Year - Awarded to Oudtshoorn 33 Tabler Of The Year - Awarded to Paul Hoeksema | Mossel Bay 32 At this momentous event, South Cape Area sadly also had to say goodbye to two stalwarts of the RT movement in now 41ers, Robert Liron & Laurie Boshoff. Fare thee well gentlemen! Congratulations to the incoming Chairman, Mario "Lid" Marais & his council for being elected as the district's custodians of the world's greatest young men's organisation. Mr. Marais in unity with the newly inducted Chairmen in Heinrich Stewart - George 30, Paul Hoeksema - Mossel Bay 32 , Daniel Smuts - Oudtshoorn 33 & Jaco Crafford - Swellendam 179, will no doubt reach new heights in the year to come.
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This is one of Paarl44 oldest traditions that is still going very strong. This tradition aim is to build fellowship among Paarl44’s members and the members wife’s. This is held once a month. The Ticky Tacky is a trophy that can only be with a Tabler for one month. The Tabler has to host an event, usually “Bring en Braai” at the Tablers house. This event must be held before the months business meeting. We pull names out of a hat. Two guests and two backups. The Tabler can also choose to invite all the members. If the Tabler only invites his two guests, the rest of the members may raid his event. At the event the Tabler with the Ticky Tacky has to hand it over to a fellow Tabler. This month the Ticky Tacky was a nice braai at Stephen’s house, our new Vice Chairman. Our Chairman sponsored some Black Bream, what a LEKKER evening. The Ticky Tacky’s fellowship was created to form Paarl44 like a Family. The Ticky Tacky was passed on to the next fellow Tabler and we can’t wait to have our next Ticky Tacky event this month. 19 | P a g e
Upington 79 Tafelaars in gelukkig en bevooreg om met `n baie sterk groep 41ers te sit wat nooit bang is om raad te gee, of te help om `n verskil te maak nie. Al het almal reeds `n groot verskil gemaak gedurende hul Tafel loopbaan. Hierdie spesiale groep manne het gedurende 2020 weerheens bewys hoe belangrik Tafelronde en sy doen en late steeds vir hulle is deur `n baie mooi gebaar. Op hul eie koste het hul `n splinternuwe braai area, sowel as `n agterdeur met `n veiligheidshek gebou vir Tafelronde 79 se klubhuis. Ter erkenning van hierdie mooi gebaar rig Upington 79 se huidige Tafelaars graag hierdie plaatjie ter herkenning op van hul onselfsugtige gebaar teenoor ons organisasie. Mag dit `n voorbeeld wees vir huidige Tafelaars dat jy steeds `n groot verskil in jou “ou” Tafel kan maak, al is jy `n 41er. Upington Tafelronde se huidige Tafelaars bedank graag die 41ers van Upington 79 vir hierdie lekker nuwe aanvulling tot ons klubhuis, wat ons huidige braai area opsies opskuif na drie in die Klubhuis. Een vir elke Upington seisoen. Baie Warm, Warm, en baie koud.
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When you finally reach the ripe old age of 40 within Round Table, you start ticking off the list of “lasts”. The last Table meeting as a Tabler, the last Area Conference, the last Induction Dinner, the last speech you will give, and the last report you will write. How to encapsulate 18 years of my own Tabling and 18 years as a Tabler’s child in one report? Where does one start with explaining what it means to suddenly find oneself completely out on a limb for the first time in one’s life? I would like to start by thanking a few people: My Club, for allowing me to concentrate on Area and Association matters for the last decade or more whilst also supporting me in all my mad endeavours. You are my family! The 41ers of my Club, for taking a chance on a 22-year old, and making me believe in myself. All the Ladies – there must be thousands of Ladies who I have had the pleasure of meeting through the years, and I thank each one of them who took the time to chat to me, dance with me, drink with me, and show so much kindness always. My darlings, sweethearts, pampoenpoffertjies, and Stevettes! My family and friends for always supporting me through my various portfolios, travels, and projects. A special thank you to those anonymous friends who, kindly and privately, collected funds for me to not only survive my 10 weeks of COVID-19 hell, but also for my medical costs and Oxygen Ventilator. You literally saved my life and I can never repay you enough! To my friend of many years – you will know who you are – thank you for all the support, from physical presence and emotional support to financial assistance, all without having been asked for it. I cannot express my thanks enough and I will forever be in your debt! To the Tablers and Ladies who are younger than me – remember that for someone to sit in the shade of a tree, someone had to have planted that tree. Enjoy the years you have in Table, remember with fondness the older generations, and ensure that there is always a Round Table for us all to come back to visit, and to send our sons to join. Now I look forward to less meetings and more socials! Yours in Table, Alan Malan 41’er
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The Weskoppies Dance is 4 dates in a year on the Pretoria 136 calendar that is special to 136 as a Table. With the arrival of COVID thoughts were brewing that this will be it for a while till we can get back to some sort of normal, what or how this normal will be, will only be seen for the future to come. Last year with our November date being confirmed news broke that we should have protocols in place if we wish to host our project at Weskoppies. Conrad “Blikkies” Jacobs in a moment of pure genius had one of the best ideas since sliced bread, thus was the birth of our movie night. Spanning over 2 nights and under the stars, all COVID protocols could be observed. I was honoured as a pipeliner to convene my first project with PTA136 Vice chairman Garth Roeloffze. With the shoes to fill from the first ever movie night I could not disappoint. The budget was approved at the first business meeting in February and my planning was a go, I was ready to take this project and make it my own. All planning seemed to be going well with a week to go I got my first knock down, COVID had other plans, some staff members tested positive and all had to be placed on hold. As luck would have it by moving the dates it affected my other arrangements, with no screen and no condiments I was almost sure I had to call it and postpone my project. My wife Cecile Hall took me by hand and sat me down, calmed me and got me focused with brilliant ideas of her own. All was a go, screen made, condiments sorted, sound and visuals tested. Set up ran smooth (to smooth for Murphy) as the movie started the sound failed. Keeping calm and a level head one of the staff came to my rescue with a Bluetooth speaker (not perfect but hey it worked). Then a surprise to the patients 20min before the movie ended each received and ice-cream, a pleasant and well received treat. As we packed up I felt as job well done. Here I have to pause and give special thanks to my wife and eldest daughter Paige for taking time while I was busy, they where prepping all the condiments for the following night. Night 2 broke and everything just fell into place, this time with proper sound. The ice-creams were a show stopper once again under the patients. Then something happened that will stay with me for many years to come, as the movie ended the patients stood up as one and cheered, even as I write this, goose bump covered my whole body and that is why we table. This project was a true reflection of Adopt Adapt Improve. I do have to give thanks to my co-convener Garth Roeloffze for checking in to see if I am OK. Christo Bezuidenhout, Antonie Smit, Wian Vogel and my fellow pipeliner Paul Combrink (was truly great sharing this moment with you) for all your help and support making a success of this project. PTA136 intrusting this project to me. #136PROUD Marko Hall
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Op Woensdag 24 Maart 2021 huldig Douglas 224 hul nuwe voorsitter, Francois Cilliers in vir 2021 – 2022 tydens ‘n glansryke geleentheid by Villiera Gastehuis in Douglas. Die samesyn was hoog en die aand het gesorg vir menigte skaterlag sowel as ‘n traan of twee – trots geborg deur die einste inkomende voorsitter tydens sy intreërede. ‘n Onbeplande hoogtepunt was ‘n besoek vanaf Wesley Klopper van RT Golden East 181 wat toevallig by die lokaal gebly het en besef het hierdie statige ouens moet tafelaars wees. Eregaste sluit in een van ons oorspronklike stigterslede, Garth Megaw, sowel as Francois Cilliers Sr., ‘n oud-tafelaar, in bywoning vir sy seun se inhuldiging as voorsitter. Trofee wennners: Stoel van die jaar – Barend Cilliers vir sy harde werk om ons skietdag projek te reël en ‘n reuse sukses te maak. Kakmakers ketting – Francois (Chapo) Cilliers vir verskeie redes. “Stirrers spoon” – Jacques Engelbrecht vir sy relevante en wel-deurdagte bydraes tydens vergaderings. Stuurman van die jaar – Franco Geldenhuys wat deur ‘n moeilike jaar bitter hard gewerk het as tesourier en kontakpunt vir menigte van ons welsyn uitreikings. Douglas 224 portefeuljes 2021/22: Voorsitter: Francois (Chapo) Cilliers Ondervoorsitter: Jacques Engelbrecht Tesourier: Franco Geldenhuys Sekretaris: JJ Albrightson Projekte sameroeper: Kobus Visser Klubhuis: Danie Posthumus
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