TO relax after sorting out her customers’ IT troubles, Monique Schutz runs a wine club for friends. They taste wines, decide which are good value, and generally enjoy each other’s company.
Monique’s Rotary club, Claremont RC, also benefits from her knowledge and enthusiasm for she conducts a wine raffle, at R5 a time, at weekly meetings.
The funds raised are used for animal sterilisation – but more to the point, the raffle allows one lucky member to take home a really top class wine.
To whet member’s palates, Monique has a “spot” in which she describes the wine on offer, usually using expert tasting notes.
And to choose the winner?
Monique: “We use a Random Number Generator App for the iPhone; we usually get the guest speaker to do this.”
Monique’s friend, the wine writer Fiona MacDonald, being the club’s speaker on March 31, did the honours, drawing the number of Sander van Waes, who was visiting from Holland. Sander is the husband of Willemijn, our 1999 Exchange Student, who was visiting the club with other members of her family. This made Sander a popular winner.
What took many by surprise was learning that the wine, “each and every bottle”, is donated by Fiona. Her generous gesture significantly boosts funds available for giving.
Club treasurer Mark Lancaster says the raffle so far this year has netted R2 094. With the balance brought forward from last year, the club was able to give R2 500 to Stellenbosch Animal Welfare and still have some over for next year.
PS: Claremont RC was fortunate in having newly-inducted Monique on hand to step into the gap left by veteran Bill Phillips who died last year. Bill’s weekly wine raffles were a highlight of club evenings