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June 6, 2012
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June 15, 2012

Our new President, Suzie Himely was enthusiastically inducted by retiring President Peter Trebble last night, and what a happy affair it was.  Old faces, new faces and two more members Tom and Danny inducted into the Rotary Club of Claremont. Tom brings down the average age of members to around 61 but Danny fortunately reduced this to about 60,5.  *This is Jo’s maths.

Danny arrived with her “not” boyfriend, a funky headed young man introduced as MydateScott, too cute for words.  If I was younger she wouldn’t have a chance. There was much camaraderie between Claremont Rotarians and those from other clubs and our visitors.  JJ received his well deserved Paul Harris and applauded by all, especially me who has abused his continuous generous offer of Shawn and the company truck to collect and deliver a myriad of donations to places as far as Rawsonville.

It really was a happy evening with Ian Robertson clicking away and catching some of us off guard, sideways with prominent  noses and double chins, but they will remain anonymous.  Print those at your peril Ian.  I am truly proud to be a Rotarian and looking forward to a new year under the Presidency of Suzie.

Suzies motto for the year: “Lets do it now!”

Below you can see the gallery. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Also click the numbers at the bottom of the gallery as there are 70 images.

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Jo Maxwell
Jo Maxwell
Born and schooled in Cape Town.   In 1959 age 21 disappeared to the distant north and spent 4 years in London.  Married Stuart in Johannesburg in 1968 and produced two children, Caryn and Warwick. Moved to Pretoria in 1977.  Stuart died in 1985 and darling son died in 2000.  Now a grandmother (called JoJo) to two boys aged 2 and 5. ,  Started and successfully ran 3 businesses in Pretoria with absolutely no training.  Domain, an interior decorating shop.  Du und Du, a coffee shop/restaurant.  The Inner Eatery, another coffee/lunch shop.  Moved back to Cape Town in 1989.  In 1995 opened  Bishopsfield,  a four star guest house in Rondebosch.  Retired from incoming earning efforts in 2003 and began working in the disadvantaged communities.   In 2004 started the first Chapter in South Africa of the Red Hat Society of America.  Called ourselves the Cape Town Red Hat Renegades and changed their motto of Fun and Friendship after 50, to Fun and Friendship with a Purpose. Our first Purpose was to fund raise and feed 600 children in 10 crèche’s in the Browns Farm informal settlement a daily breakfast of ePap..  Now 900 children and 14 crèches.  Volunteer driver for Project Daphne for 20 years.   Invented the very successful Good Night and God Bless waterproof sleeping bag in 2005, sponsored by Claremont Rotary and still being made by hundreds of people and which has now been taken up in Wales, Scotland and England after a demonstration to the Royal College of Medical Practitioners in Swansea in 2011.   Won the Cape Times/Vodacom/Waterfront Woman of Worth in 2005 – rather a shock.  Introduced into Claremont Rotary by Chris du Plessis and inducted as a member in 2005.  In 2008 I became a Paul Harris Fellow. Involved in many projects – some Rotary, some personal and some under the CTRHR Chapter.  Did a World Cruise from Southampton through Panama Canal  in 1995.  East Coast through Suez to UK 1997.  Baltic’s in 1999.  West Coast to the UK 2010.  Compulsive letter writer to the press with more than 1500 letters published since 2000. Hobbies – still play a little bridge mainly for charities.  and a little beading,   I like to tell people that I do community work because it keeps me off the streets and out of mischief.  I have been called many things, impulsive, impatient, independent, incorrigible  but prefer being called a maverick.  

1 Comment

  1. Chris du Plessis says:

    Well done Jo for getting the article out so quickly and also to Ian and Mak for the photies.
    Congrads to JJ on becoming PHF and a warm welcome to Tom and Danny into the ranks of the Club
    Peter you had a great year!
    Thumbs up Suzy for the next year.