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Posted by Anneas Balt on Feb 10, 2013

The first training for club champions of those clubs participating in the Rotary Family Health Days to take effect from 09 to 11 May 2013 will happen this coming weekend on 16 February 2013. The venue is the Krugersdorp Rotary Club house at the Golden Age Village Hall, Heading Street, Krugersdorp. Invitations have been sent to all participating clubs to register their club champions to attend this event. Registration start at 8h30 and training will happen from 9h00 to 11h30.

Club champions are requested to bring their memory stick in order to receive documentation and plans for the successful execution of the screening on selected sites.

To date, 67 sites fitting the DoH requirements have been qualified. D9400 is running short of only three sites to make the 70 sites expected from district. The RFHD Steering Committee is thankful to all the clubs in district that are participating in this multi-partneship event that is geared to take the country by storm. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation are the main sponsors and other partners are Rotarians for Family Health and Aids prevention (RFFA); USAID; Centres for Disease Control & Prevention CDC); the national Department of Health (DoH) and all the Rotary clubs affiliated to district in South Africa.

Posted by Shirley Downie on Jan 30, 2013

We are saddened by the death of Rob Senneck yesterday. Rob is a long serving member of Benoni Van Ryn Rotary Club. The Rotary Family and the Humanitarian Centre in particular are more poorer with his passing on. Our deepest condolences to Jane and family. His memorial service will be held on Friday 01 February 2013 at the All Souls Church, O'Reilly Merry Street, Northmead, Benoni. The memorial service starts at 14h30. Please send messages of condolences to [email protected]. More messages of condolences here!
Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Jan 29, 2013

A Club Runner training session took place in Polokwane on 26 January 2013 for region 6 clubs under PDG Ian McGlashan as DGPR. Region 6 clubs comprise Haenersburg; Giyani; Letaba; Louis Trichardt; Phalaborwa; Polokwane; Pieterburg 100; Potgietersrus and Tzaneen. All clubs in the region except Louis Trichardt and Giyani are now integrated with Rotary International. We are grateful to AG Grant Daly who not only pulled this training together but also provided the venue at his Hillary Training Centre premises.

The importance of integrating individual clubs with RI is to consolidate and sharing of the same information regarding membership existing on the different portal systems used by clubs, districts and RI. The other benefit is that clubs only need to update one system at their disposal and all information is seamlessly transferred to other systems. The District e-Directory is also automatically updated when members update their own profiles. The secretary roles are reduced to focusing on good club administration instead of member details and changes. Essentially, Club Runner improves efficiencies of running clubs and can be utilized by all club members.

Year to date, 51 clubs in D9400 have been integrated with RI. The challenge we have now is to integrate the remaining 36 clubs before POETS invitations are sent out to 2013/14 incoming club officials. The District utilizes Club Runner to communicate with clubs and if we have to achieve the objective of reducing information clutter, then we have to ensure that we have accurate club official related information in our databases. We appeal to those clubs that have not yet taken the opportunity to use Club Runner to contact Administration for intergrating clubs or for necesary training. 


Posted by Anneas Balt on Jan 20, 2013

RIP 13/14 Ron Burton unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

“If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”

Burton said the July launch of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model, Future Vision, makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian. He said the new grant model, which has been used by about 100 pilot districts since 2010, represents a new era for the Foundation, and will help Rotarians get excited about Rotary’s ability to change lives.

Posted by Faith Mangope on Jan 11, 2013

Join Y-FM's Faith Mangope as she engages with the youth during a one of a kind D9400 New Generations Seminar. The theme of the morning is "The Ripple Effect", outlining the consequences of an individual's decision to make a difference. The seminar is set to inspire South Africa’s young people to take an active role in the betterment of their communities.

Mr Shaka Sisulu, a businessman and the founder of one of the country’s largest social development programs, “Cheese Kids” has accepted to the keynote speaker of the morning. He will also bedisplaying his book, "Becoming" that sells for R85.00 a copy.

Rotarians are requested toencourage Interacts, Rotaracts, Youth Exchange Alumni and potential youth ready to make a difference to attend.RSVP to Faith at [email protected] before 25 January 2013 for a day of vibrancy, vigour and youthfulness.

Posted by Jan van Rÿswÿck on Jan 03, 2013

A Royal Rotary Experience is awaiting delegates of the 2013 District 9400 3rd  Annual Conference in Swaziland taking place from 06 to 09 June 2013. Registration to the conference is now officially open. Please complete the registration form and e-mail your completed form to [email protected]  or fax to +268 2404 1473. Any registration enquiries may be made using same e-mail address or calling +268 7611 5630.             

All payments must be made on or before 30 April 2013 to qualify for early registration fee. The fee quoted excludes accomodation which is provided for on the second sheet for your own direct booking. Take note of the currency conversion i.e. One Emalangeni = One Rand.                      

Please make online bookings and then submit your registration form for booking consolidation.   

Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Jan 01, 2013

PDG Tini Eksteen is no more. He met up with his death as the year 2012 came to a screeching halt. The Rotary family and specifically D9400 is poorer this morning and deeply mourning his death. Messages of condolensces have been pouring in ever since the news were broken. 

Tini was District Governor in 1998/1999 in District 9250 and the theme of his year was “Follow your Rotary Dream”. Tini did so much for Rotary, was a founder member of the Rotary Club of Pietersburg 100 and looked after Group Study Exchange program in particular for many years.

The Rotary Family of District 9400 and Rotary International in general sends it heartfelt condolences to Vida and the family on the passing on of Tini. He was a community leader, a reputable business person, a Friend of Rotary, a father and the son of the soil. His contribution to the development of our community will be sorely missed.

May the strength and comfort of the Lord be with his family during this trying time. May his soul rest in peace!

The funeral will be held on Monday 07 January 2013 at NG Oos Kerk , Cnr Betz & Natorp Street, Polokoane/Pietersburg. Proceedings will start at 12pm.

Messages of condolences are available here...

Posted by Anton Meerkotter on Dec 26, 2012

Rotary Clubs in D9400 and the public are invited to submit nominations for an award to “The One” before 31 January 2013. The One is an International Humanitarian Award and a project by District 3450, Hong Kong, Macao & Mongolia, sponsored by Richard Elman to a Non-Rotarian identified by Rotarians all over the world. The One premise is that every beginning starts with ONE and seeks to find that special hero who amongst others:

  • wakes up every morning and puts others before himself/herself;

  • dedicates his/her whole life to helping others in need;

  • Embodies the Rotary Motto...SERVICE ABOVE SELF

The winner will be awarded a Trophy and US$100,000 to be utilised in respect of the related project of “The ONE”. The next two finalists will each receive US$5,000 and the Rotary Club who nominated “The ONE” will also receive US$5,000. IPDG Anton Meerkotter has been appointed to represent District 9400 and to promote and advocate the nomination of candidates for the identification of the 2013 “The ONE” awardee.

The nominee will have to share his/her experiences with the world in their own words and do a 1 000 word essay describing his/her achievements. Additional assessment materials such as pictures and videos are also vital. No incomplete nominations or nominations received after 31 January 2013 will be considered for the award of “The One”.

“The ONE” will be announced at a function in Hong Kong in June 2013. To enter, please view: www.theonerotary3450.org and feel free to download some Marketing and PR materials for “The ONE” from the following link:


Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko

As a year end holiday gift, United Airlines is again offering a donation of 10 million miles to benefit charity miles partners. Rotary has been United's partner for many years through the "Rotary Miles" program, which has provided free airfare for hundreds of children and adults in need of lifesaving surgery and other worthy causes.

From 6 December to 25 December, you can vote once each day for Rotary on each of your devices such as laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. Charities receive a portion of the miles based on the percentage of the overall vote they receive. So forward the link http://10millioncharitymiles.com/ to everyone you know. Last year, we took second in the contest, receiving 2.5 million charity miles.

Your vote could help Rotary come in first this year in the 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway! So  vote now and everyday till 25th December

Posted by Martin Forsyth-Thompson on Dec 05, 2012

RI advises that commencing the 1st January, 2013 the minimum number of members for a new Rotary Club is 20 and not 25. Please keep this in mind if you are considering starting a new club.
Posted by Martin Forsyth-Thompson

RFFA has expanded its ROTARY FAMILY HEALTH DAY in 2013 to the country of South Africa (in addition to Uganda and Nigeria/Lagos). And, an unprecedented commitment was made by the South Africa Government’s Department of Health to pay for all the staff and free medical services provided at this event in May of 2013. They even supported this commitment by signing a Letter of Intent to RFFA.

The uniqueness of the Rotary Family Health Day model is the interdependency of each partner organization upon the other to make it happen. We each do our part, as follows:

Posted by Martin Forsyth-Thompson

Ashok Mahajan, RI Membership Committee Chair writes for us!!!


There is a valid concern in Rotary about membership development. Despite all our efforts, we are not only stagnating but even falling in Membership strength. There may be many reasons for this — and each one of us has more than one reason to project but there is one reason that must be highlighted and addressed.

When we add new members in an existing club, we bring the new member with fanfare and enthusiasm. However, we fail to retain those members and soon many of them leave Rotary. The plan for retaining members is almost non- existent in most clubs. When a new member joins Rotary, he (or she) feels proud, privileged, happy and important. Soon the scenario changes. Neither the club leadership nor the proposer pays any special attention to the new member. There is disappointment, disillusion and even distress. The outcome is obvious — membership loss.

Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Oct 24, 2012

The Three Rivers Rotary Club had a unique way of celebrating the World Polio Day on 24 October 2012. The day started early when some members visited local schools to make presentations on awareness and the rationale about the the need to eradicate Polio once and for all...Then it was off to conducting presentations at local  and district municipalities.

Past President Mgezi was the guest of honour during the seating of the Sedibeng District Municipality Mayoral Committee meeting and was given 5 minutes to explain the importance of the day to the mayoral committee members. A symbolic gesture of support by district council was provided by way of showing the Polio campaigns "This Close" sign.

The Rotary Lecture on Polio Eradication...


Posted by Shirley Downie on Oct 12, 2012

Join us on World Polio Day, 24 October, and make your voice heard.  RENDPOLIONOW_4potary created a page on the social media service Thunderclap, which enables supporters to sign up to share a single message through their social media accounts. The message will go out at a designated date and time to amplify the voice of our cause.  

If we reach our goal of having 100 people add their account, our polio eradication message will be shared simultaneously across all supporting accounts on World Polio Day to raise awareness of the fight to end this crippling disease. 
Visit our page on Thunderclap to add your voice. For more information about polio, visit www.endpolio.org.  



Posted by Traci Holdcroft

The district Youth Exchange Committee recently made very telling announcements on cost of program, final orientation and selection criteria used. For families and clubs who would like to sponsor their eligible children to be on the program, the following costs apply for the 2012/13 financial period: 
a) The Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) cost is now R19 000, and
b) The Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) cost is now R26 000.
Posted by Sylvia Knoop on Aug 23, 2012

Steve Hamilton will be coming to Johannesburg in the second week of October (and maybe extended to the third week) to do his presentation for schools and drug rehabilitation centres in Gauteng. He was recognized as one of the best speakers at the 2012 Discon in KZN. Some of you were not able to attend Discon 2012 but now you will have the opportunity to hear his address!


Posted by Patrick Forsyth-Thompson on Aug 02, 2012

Share your passion for Rotary with your family, friends, and community during Membership and Extension Month in August. This year you’re invited to take part in two activities designed to help you remember why you joined Rotary, what keeps you coming back, and why others should join.

Posted by André Brandmuller on Jul 18, 2012

We would like to welcome the Vocational Training Team from District 6400 who arrived in Middelburg on Saturday 14 August 2012. After a 2 hour delay at Atlanta and a 15 hour long flight, a tired but excited team under the leadership of Marie Jean Gallagher arrived at OR Tambo International airport to be welcomed by District 9400 VTT Team leader Elaine Galanakis and PP Andre Brandmuller.
Posted by Ernie Hendriks on Jul 12, 2012

The Hochman Family from America are visiting us in D9400 at the end of the month. This family were responsible, through their son Harrison – who for his 13th birthday - his Bar Mitzvah, went about fund-raising.
Posted by Peter Van Schaardenburgh on Jul 06, 2012

Tanaka Sakuji will tour South Africa before the end of this month. The Rotary Club of Johannesburg will also host a dinner for the RI President and this is per invitation. In an unprecedented move, this is the third time in succession that a seating RI president has been visiting South Africa
Posted by David Grant on Jul 01, 2012

The ShelterBox Project in District 9400 was launched with a vengeance at Discon 2012 including a full display and opportunity to present the projects aims and objectives in the District to the delegates. It attracted a lot of interest with a number of Rotarians from all corners of the District expressing their desire to become involved. So we now have a team of 22 Rotarians and there is always room for more, especially from clubs in the North West and Limpopo Provinces of South Africa as we only have one ShelterBox Rotarian in each at the moment. If you would like to volunteer, or have but you have not received any ShelterBox emails to date, please let me know as I may have missed your details from Discon.

Posted by Shirley Downie on Jun 13, 2012


On behalf of DG Anton and DGA, Annetjie the Discon Committee and everyone else involved in organizing the conference, we thank you for attending.


DGE Martin’s Assembly was attended by Rotarians interested in D9400’s and Rotary International’s future plans; meeting future District leaders and establishing the budgets (past and future).  


Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Jun 02, 2012

Champaign Sports, here we come!

More than 300 Rotarians and friends of Rotary have registered for the 2012 D9400 District Conference at Champaign Sports in Drakensberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal starting on 7-10 June 2012. Champagne Sports Resort is a very unique Drakensberg Resort, with a convenient location, country club atmosphere, luxury accommodation and friendly staff.

Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on May 25, 2012

The Fiscal Agent advises as follows

The bad news is that the Rotary exchange rate for June 2012 is 8.30 to the US Dollar.

The good news  that you can still use the Exchange rate of  7.70  until the end of May

Posted by Patrick Forsyth-Thompson on May 18, 2012

Dear Rotarians:

I am pleased to announce the new Telling Your Story resource kit for attracting and retaining Rotary club members and communicating the value of being a Rotarian.

Membership is our responsibility, to ensure the longevity and success of our organization. We need every member in every Rotary club around the world to understand the value of being a Rotarian and referring prospective members.

The Power of Rotary Moments

To support you in your efforts, I am sharing the Telling Your Story resource kit. I believe this kit will provide you and your Rotary club with the materials necessary to make membership a priority.

Yours in Rotary,

Sakuji Tanaka
RI President-elect
Posted by Gregory Stathacopoulos on Apr 30, 2012

The district grant application form and the Memorandum of Understanding is available as downloadable documents on ClubRunner. The latter document must be signed by the Club President and the President Elect. The application form is a reminder to the Club Foundation team to apply for district grant funding for the 2012/2013 Rotary year. Please note the deadline for this application is 14 May 2012.

Copies of the signed MOU and the district grant application form must be sent by email to myself and PDG Chris. Please don’t wait for the deadline date to submit your district grant applications. Late applications will not be considered.

 Yours in Rotary service,

 PDG Greg Stathacopoulos

Posted by Shirley Downie on Apr 17, 2012



2nd Annual Conference

7 June – 10 June 2012

Champagne Sports Resort

Dear Fellow Rotarian and Spouse/Partner

Annetjie and I thank those of you who have booked for Discon already. We are pleased to announce that just over 50% of the clubs in D9400 have registered. A few challenges have been put out there for clubs to have the most attendees and groups of over 15 have already booked! This is excellent news. So, the challenge is for your club to do likewise.



Posted by Shirley Downie on Mar 14, 2012

When Annetjie and I first started looking at possible conference venues, we found a few but found at some venues that the financial risk and, for instance, having the entire conference in a marquee tent in the middle of winter, was just too high a risk! The cost of the conference would have been even higher than what had originally been negotiated with the Champagne Sports Resort in KZN.

Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Mar 02, 2012

..."This is a wow honestly. We are surely progressing and that is the kind of organisation I want to belong to. I am introducing this in my club and will encourage every one to use it. Please keep me informed. I love this club runner and well done and thank you for your hard work. You are free to send this email to everybody to whom you feel to send it to"...Neville Solomon - RC of Roodepoort...


Posted by Mgezi Mazibuko on Feb 18, 2012

We are excited about the introduction of a district based administration system, Club Runner that is expected to go live before th POETS on 24 March 2012. The Project Review and Roll Team is working around the clock to realize this target impletmentation date.

We are requesting all club officicial responsible for administration and in particular, the club secretaries to make themselves available to register and start populating they club data on the system. Please stay alert for other notification and request to participate before launch...
Your District Project Team

Welcome to Rotary District 9400! 


Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively. ClubRunner is an all-in-one membership and communication software package designed for Rotary. More than just an easy-to-use website, it is a complete online package comprised of several modules, all designed to maintain your members' data, facilitate interactive communication, organize events and volunteers, distribute email newsletters and broadcast communications, improve public relations, and help run a club more efficiently.Accessible by all club members through a password protected member area, it allows every member to access key information to communicate much more effectively, as well as share information and collaborate better, as well as automate administrative functions such as attendance tracking and billing. Membership changes to the database are automatically communicated to Rotary International, therefore also saving the Club Secretary from performing double data entry.Online registrations for events and volunteer activities, automatic email services, and an integrated e-Bulletin, among other features, makes it easy to promote your club's activities.

The website features easy to use content management tools, where you don't need to have a technical background to maintain the site, and with the new Website Designer 2.0 interface, you can customize your site to reflect your club's identity and style.

For more information on ClubRunner, visit ClubRunner's Website and discover how to take full advantage of the features of ClubRunner.  

Mini Calendar
         Feb 2013         
Jan 28, 2013
by Martin Forsyth-Thompson



Jan 31, 2013
by Sandra Rawlings
The Capricon Rotary came to Mumsey Khatla's rescue recently when it donated a wheelchair to the bedridden woman. In a story that is making headlines in the daily Sun and local Review newspaper in Polokwane and surrounding areas, Limpopo, Rotarians are showing hope where there is none, humility where it's lacking and a glitter of peace where there is dispare! Read the article making waves on this link http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/9400//HTML/187727//CapricornRotary-Wheelchairs.pdf
Jan 29, 2013
by Mgezi Mazibuko

The following deadlines are looming!

31 January: DGNN Nominations, see under Download for application forms,

31 January: To nominate and make submissions to The One awards.

31 March: For clubs to complete and submit their presidential citations,

30 April: For club members to register for Discon 2013 at reduced rates,

Find more deadlines in the the  District Calendar and Rotary Calendar...






Dec 19, 2012
by Martin Forsyth-Thompson

Should you ever receive any mail with subject "Rotary Club of England" please delete as it is a hoax mail.


Dec 13, 2012
by Thomas Borrill

The Humanitarian Centre is closing on 14th December andre-opening on 9th January 2013.

Dec 13, 2012
by Simon Selaledi
The Rotary Centre and Shop will close forDecember holidays on the 21/12/2012 and re-open on the 14 January 2012.
Jul 06, 2012
by Mgezi Mazibuko

Did you know?

You can add your Anns, visitors, prospective rotarians, exchange students, rotaracts, interacts, and any other friends of rotary to your club as other members by clicking "Users" on your club list page just after members...MDM  


Aug 03, 2012
by Raelene Du Piesanie
If the shoe fits....wear it! The Rotary Club of Carltonville will be hosting a High Heel fun run in celebration of Women's Day on 09 August 2012. And...it gets worse!!!
Jul 18, 2012
by André Brandmuller
The Rotary's Greatest Train Race is taking place from Emalahleni (Witbank) to Middelburg on 18 August 2012. As always we take the liberty of asking our fellow Rotarians and clubs in D9400 to come and join us on the day as marshalls.
Jul 18, 2012
by John Resting
The Rotary Club of Mbabane-Mbuluzi, Swaziland is proud to announce that the 9nth Sibebe Survivor Event is being held on Sunday 29th July 2012. Excitement amongst past participants is bubbling to thesurface.....corporates who missed out on previous years are asking, ‘can wetake part’ or “can we beat our rivals”.

Jul 07, 2012
by Ed Coombes

We have just completed a stunning project which isquite different to what Rotary is broadly dealing with. We have a video blog which you might be interested in – just follow the link below:


Jul 06, 2012
by Sandra Stonehill

TheRotary Club of Gaborone 40th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp Covers areavailable from:

The Rotary shop in Pretoria, please contact Simon at [email protected] Sandra Stonehill - The Rotary Club of Gaborone, who will post out and advise costs and give RCG bank details on request. Please email to: [email protected] or [email protected]

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