Thursday evening’s weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Hermanus was a celebratory affair attended by three special guests – the District Governor David Holtzhausen, Assistant District Governor Tony Butcher and Past District Governor Casper Kruger.

Past Rotary Hermanus President, Ann Wright, with the platinum citation that was awarded to her by Past District Governor Casper Kruger.

Hermanus is part of the Rotary International District 9350, which covers a large part of the Southern African sub-continent, incorporating the whole of Namibia and Angola, and the western part of South Africa. Holtzhausen, having just returned from a tour of the district, remarked on how huge and diverse it is – covering 2.4 million square kilometres, it is the third largest Rotary district in the world.

Holtzhausen went on to say that Hermanus was one of the stand-out clubs in the district, before Casper handed out a special citation to Past President Ann Wright, for the outstanding work done by the club during her tenure. He added that of the 57 clubs in the districts, 14 are run by women – and nine of them won citations – either platinum, gold or silver. In Ann’s case, she received the highest accolade – a platinum citation.

Recognition was also given to Sister Anita Rust of the Department of Health for her participation in the Rotary Family Health Day held in Kleinmond, in collaboration with Rotarian Ferdie Marais. A certificate of appreciation was handed to Sister Anita by outgoing President, Ian Wallace. As usual, a delicious dinner was served by Lynne Powers of the Cuckoo Tree to round off an enjoyable evening.

Incoming Rotary Hermanus President, Richard Beardsal (third from left) with the club’s distinguished guests: Assistant District Governor Tony Butcher, District Governor David Holtzhausen and Past District Governor Casper Kruger. PHOTOS: Hedda Mittner

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