We have welcomed the Downs Syndrome Association Cyclists with the Lions and Others at the Lion's Club in Gordon's Bay today at 10am. Ladies from the Yellow Door in Temperance Town have baked 110 cup cakes (with candles!) which were presented to the DSAWC together with our cheque donation.


Rotary International 110 Years

Hip Hip Hooray! Rotary International turns 110 on 23 February!

This year sees Rotary International celebrate 110 years since its humble beginnings in Chicago in 1905. Today, this service before self organisation has grown to 34 871 Clubs worldwide, with 299 clubs in southern Africa and 60 Clubs in District 9350, which is made up of Western and Northern Cape, Angola and Namibia.

"We are calling on all fellow-Rotarians and friends of Rotary to celebrate this wonderful 110 year milestone with us. As Rotary, we have achieved incredible successes for more than a century, with a lot more that needs to be done to help develop and invest in sustainable community initiatives," says Cecil Rose, Governor of District 9350. "In the past year alone, clubs in our district have invested over R26 million, in projects spanning from education, health care, development and training to mention a few; no mean feat for a volunteer-orientated organisation," adds Rose.

There are different ways that Rotarians across the globe will be celebrating this special occasion. Everyone who is, or has ever been a Rotarian or part of a Rotary project is encouraged to share their memories either on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #Rotary110. Clubs will be challenging their fellow members and Clubs with a #110challenge, where they will be challenged to donate 110 items during the month of February e.g. 110 tinned food items for the local animal shelter, or 110 stationary items for the local community school. Jenna Monk from the Rotary Club of Newlands says, "We are very excited about celebrating 110 years of Rotary, and are very pleased to be collecting 110 brand new books for Rosmead Central Primary School; we've already collected 55!"

Although the challenges and celebrations will be taking place throughout the year, the official anniversary date is 23 February. On this day, clubs are encouraged to blow out 110 candles at noon, either on a cake or on something resembling a project or initiative that is close to that Club's heart, for example, Paul de Groot from the Rotary Club of Claremont says that as the Cape Town Cycle Tour is so close to their hearts, they will see how they can creatively position 110 candles on a bicycle on that day!

To learn more about Rotary, or if you have an exciting #110challenge that you would like to set for the Rotarians, please contact Regine le Roux on 083 302 1528 |

Released by Rotary Club of Newlands

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Regine le Roux

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