March 3: Guests of the Week
March 4, 2015
Western Cape Provincial Parliament Tour and Workshop
March 17, 2015
Brazilian Barbara Silveira, Claremont's Rotary Youth Exchange student eight years ago, was a surprise visitor at the club meeting at Kelvin Grove.  Also a suprise was the reason for her return to South Africa – her boyfriend, David du Toit  (above) , of Rondebosch. ("Not my only reason", she insists.)

Brazilian Barbara Silveira, Claremont’s Rotary Youth Exchange student eight years ago, was a surprise visitor at the club meeting at Kelvin Grove.
Also a suprise was the reason for her return to South Africa – her boyfriend, David du Toit (above) , of Rondebosch. (“Not my only reason”, she insists.)

“He was my ‘brother’ at my host family when I was a YE student. Now he’s my boyfriend”, she announced.

Since returning to her home in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state, at the end of 2006, Barbara and David kept up a steady correspondence.

In that time Barbara has become a manager in a wheat import/export company.

Next on her to-do list is studying for an MBA at Lancaster University, England.

In a slide show she gave, Barbara showed a house she has built for herself – though she still lives with her parents.

“It was something I wanted as an investment. It has beautiful views over the sea, with wonderful sunsets.'”

She remembers fondly the friends she made during her year at Westerford High and Rotarians at Claremont club.

“You were all like fathers to me, taking me out and inviting me to your homes”, she said. “And mothers, too”, she quickly adds.

One of whom was Liz Rose, her counsellor during her stay and currently a Director of the club.

“My sister was also an exchange student, to Italy – with another organisation, not Rotary – but within three months she wanted to come home, she was so unhappy. I told her ‘next time go with Rotary’.”

Barbara is due to return to Brazil after two weeks in Cape Town.

Mark Lancaster remembers being unofficial godfather to Barbara, who often visited the Lancasters who lived near her host family in Rondebosch.

Mark Lancaster remembers being unofficial godfather to Barbara, who often visited the Lancasters who lived near her host family in Rondebosch.

 

 

Barbara starts her slide show with a shot of herself in Westerford uniform – " I had a little more fat then."

Barbara starts her slide show with a shot of herself in Westerford uniform – ” I had a little more fat then.”

 

Suzy Himely with her guest, Nosisi Sekuthu, formerly of Pretoria.

Suzy Himely with her guest, Nosisi Sekuthu, formerly of Pretoria.

Tsie Mogoje joins Suzy in welcoming Nosisi to the meeting.

Tsie Mogoje joins Suzy in welcoming Nosisi to the meeting.

Visiting Rotarian Gerrit de Haan from Holland chats with Alois Kornmuller

Visiting Rotarian Gerrit de Haan from Holland chats with Alois Kornmuller

 

Another welcome guest was a bottle of 2011 Alto Rouge, which Margaret Thomson won in the weekly raffle.

Another welcome guest was a bottle of 2011 Alto Rouge, which Margaret Thomson won in the weekly raffle.

George Muller
George Muller
George first  joined Rotary in 1972 in Durban. In 1995 he retired after 42 years of fulltime journalism in southern Africa and UK, most of it spent on the Daily News, Durban, where he was assistant to the editor and daily columnist. He was also a freelance cartoonist, best known for his syndicated pocket cartoon, By George,  which ran for 27 years. He is married to Moonyeen, a pre-primary teacher, and has two daughters and five grandchildren in Cape Town and Durban, where he and Moonyeen  spend up to six months, respectively. He joined Claremont club in 2005.

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