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About Our Club

Our incoming board for the 2019/2020 Rotary year is as follows...

President - Rtn Butch Coetzee
Club Secretary & President Elect: Gordon Thompson 
Membership and Youth: Jacqui Mauer
Quantum projects and the Rotary Foundation: Lauren Brady
Finances & The Curlewis Trust: Rick Tudhope
Public Image & Marketing: Sibusiso Ngalwa
Service Projects and Fundraising: Gerrie Hattingh
Director of Administration, the Rotary Global Rewards Program and also Club Sergeant at Arms: Roger Williams


The Rotary Club of Gately was established in 1970 when Past District Governor Arthur Markson was commissioned to promote Rotary International policy by forming the third Rotary club in East London.

The area of the proposed rotary club was defined to the west of Oxford Street, including the Gately Industrial Township, and incidentally, Gately House itself, which was the former home of John Gately, ‘the father of East London”. The name Gately thus has significant historical connotations, and the new club was appropriately called the Rotary Club of Gately.
The Charter Dinner was held at the Hotel Kennaway on 26th November 1970, and District Governor Tim Murray presented the Club Charter and inducted Dick MacLaren as the First President of the Rotary Club of Gately. There were 21 Charter Members. The Gately Charter members were:

  1. Ray Cole
  2. Jack Swart
  3. Les Kietzman
  4. Leon du Plessis
  5. Angus Mc Lellan
  6. Pieter Opperman
  7. Dick MacClaren
  8. Ronnie Ansley
  9. Dave Lewis
  10. Norman Kowarski
  11. Bennie Armist
  12. Max Phillips
  13. Ivan Zulman
  14. Brick Bradford
  15. John Fletcher
  16. Godfrey Radloff
  17. Cedric Vice
  18. John Meier
  19. Warwick Cherry
  20. Les Belikoff

Poignantly, PDG Arthur Markson passed away after the Charter Dinner.

Nowadays Gately Rotary boasts a membership of 50 Rotarians who meet every Tuesday of the month at Regent Hotel at lunchtime.

Click here to visit Gately Rotary's District website.


Gately Rotary's vision and strategic plan

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Handing Over Ceremony today, where the funds generated from our successful wine auction is distributed amongst our beneficiaries.

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Bigfoot & Rotary Polio Challenge 2019

Play a part in eradicating polio once and for all! Your fees paid to enter this event will all go toward this very worthy cause. We are so close!
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Collecting Wines from Cape winelands

Back from collecting wine in the Cape Winelands for our Rotary Clubs annual auction. We had a good time in a beautiful area of the country. The drought in the farming areas is quite heart breaking to see. Lands standing with failed crops. Just waiting for the winter rains. Let's pray they come.

None the less we had a positive response to our wine collection.

People are still generous despite their hardship.

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Easter Competition

We are raising funds to send as many members as possible to the District Conference being held in PE in May.

easter competition gately rotaryThere's an Easter Hamper to the value of R4300 up for grabs - it's got chocolates and treats worth R700 and a weekend away to a B&B in Chintsa to the value of R3600. 

In addition to this, the winner gets to donate another Easter Treats basket worth R700 to a registered charity of their choice.

Tickets are R10

A draw will take place on the 16th of April. The draw will be streamed live on FB and the winner will be called.

Last day to buy tickets is the 15th of April. you can inbox us via our Facebook page or call 081 283 5021.

Financial Aid

Gately Rotary donates to the following needy causes...

Gately Club's Vision and Strategic Plan

The 1st Club Assembly meeting was held with the new Leadership Team and these are some of the ideas and concepts that arose from this...

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Gourmet Dinner

The occasion was held on the 29th of March 2017 at the ICC (International Convention Centre) Cascades Hotel


To be edutained through a food & wine pairing and by making a contribution to our beneficiaries:

  1. St Bernard's Hospice who provide home-based palliative care
  2. NSRI who provide sea rescue services along our coastline
  3. Salem Baby Centre who provide support to indigent mothers and their babies
  4. Masithetha (Life Line) Counselling Services who provide crisis counselling and support services.

What do you get?

A gourmet 4 course meal, prepared by;

  1. Cape Town based, French born Chef - Marc Frederick
  2. Prana Lodge Executive Chef - Jaycee Ferreira and ICC Executive Chef - Neil Davy and his team
  3. Five wines, selected and presented personally by Michael Fridjhon at the start of each course.

Michael Fridjhon is widely recognised as South Africa's foremost wine taster and wine judge, with over four decades worth of experience in the industry. He has vastinternational wine experience, is an excellent writer and brings an unparalleled judgment and experience to the task of reviewing a wine and its potential. However, what many people do now know about Michael is that he is the recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award. A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded by Rotary International, to people who exemplify the spirit of Service above Self, and who through their generosity of time, money or expertise make a significant and ongoing difference in the world. A Paul Harris Sapphire (a double Paul Harris) was awarded at the Gourmet Dinner to Michael for his unwavering support to Rotary and thereby our communities, through his personal involvement as the auctioneer of our annual Wine Auction which is our premier fundraising event. This has led to the raising of over R5 million over the years.

For more on Michael also visit his website at www.winewizard.co.za.


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Rotaract at Jikeleza

On 25 August 2018 the Rotaract club of Gately assisted in managing a portion of the kiddies' play area at the popular Wild Coast Jikileza Festival. With fun games like bucket ball, balloon darts, Frankenstein's nose, and even a dunk tank the kids were thoroughly entertained! The Rotaractors were assisted by Interactors from Lilyfontein High School, who will receive a portion of the funds raised on the day. The Rotaract club is also planning on using the funds raised to install water tanks in schools and teach school children how to use water responsibly.

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The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Welcome to Gately Rotary

The Gately has 50 members, some of whom have been members for over 40 years, and some for less than 1 year, with ages spanning six decades. It is a melting pot of wisdom, experience, youthful energy and ambition – all aiming to Make a Difference in Our World. With a variety of backgrounds, the Club is enriched by a wide range of knowledge, expertise and capabilities. Having been established nearly 50 years ago, its character is built on many layers of annual efforts and achievements.

The functioning of the Club is influenced by the passions of its members, the guidance of Rotary International and the needs of the society that we live in. Rotary International is close to succeeding in eliminating Polio around the world. Our Club raises funding to support the Global Polio project, as well as our own major projects are aimed at raising the standards of vital Early Childhood Development, enabling young people to Find Their Voices as Leaders, supporting the establishment of Safety Nets for Abused and Vulnerable Women and Children and the warehousing and distribution of medical equipment, groceries and various materials to people in need. Each year, the Club also donates funds to organisations which are serving needy people in society.

Funding for these projects is sourced from our highly successful wine auction and other wine-related functions, ever more popular polio fun-run, the East London’s bi-annual harbour festival, growth on a Gately Trust fund, various bequests and funds shared by the Rotary International Foundation.

All of the considerable efforts of members is done voluntarily, who are often supported, also voluntarily, by the spouses and partners of members.

An important component of the Club’s service is youth development, which is achieved through support of a number of school Rotary Interact Clubs and a Rotaract Club for young people who have finished school.

Wine Auction

The annual Wine Auction of the Gately Rotary Club is a prestige event on the Club’s fundraising calendar and is very well supported by numerous wine estates in the Western Cape.

The auction is held under the leadership of well known wine connoisseur, Michael Fridjon, who acts as the Auctioneer, whilst an enthusiastic East London community participate eagerly in the auction.

It is a tribute to everyone involved that such a large part of our industry and local community has united around this exciting endeavour. The Gately Rotary Trust is mandated to raise money to support a host of beneficiaries.A major new fundraiser with international support is the Early Childhood Development Programme. Through your generosity and support, we will be able to create magic and change the lives of those less fortunate than us.Let’s have a great time and contribute to making a real difference by digging deep.

The date for 2018's wine auction is the 1st of June 2018 at the Regent Hotel. This year includes new features like some "Mystery Lots" and also and "American Style Auction". There will be opportunities for companies and individuals to advertise in the very upmarket wine auction catalogue. There will be a greater focus on promoting the lifestyle around wine in general so art work, weekend getaways and even jewellery items will form part of the lots for the auction.


Below are photos from the 2017 Wine Auction.

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 Many thanks to our sponsors...

AON, Bax Kaplan Attorneys, Buffalo Timber, Castle House, Dennis Collins, Global Business Solutions, Harrys Printers, Hollard, Jumbo, Jumbo Clothing, Kempston, Kriel Optometrists, La Cuisinette, Lite City, Marais and Smith Charted Accountants, MSC College, NPM Geomatics, NVest Securities, Oconnors Auctioneers, OHS Chartered Accountants, Olivewood, Premier Hotels and Resorts, Sanook, Shone's Electrical, The Hampton, Reciprocal Wine Trading Company, Tops at Spar, The Cricketer, Tosca, Vinimark

Wine Auction 2018

Our highly successful wine auction for 2018 raised over R500 000!
Our beneficiaries whom have already received their donations from the club at a special luncheon held on the 19th June 2018 at the Cascades Hotel, East London. The beneficaries include...

  • Masithethe Counselling Services
  • Interact Soup kitchen
  • BAPA - Care for Frail-Aged Training
  • Carel Du Toit Centre
  • JAM Feeding
  • Meals on Wheels
  • NSRI
  • Robin Goode
  • Salem Baby Care Centre
  • St Bernards Hospice
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Wine Auction 2019

The 2019 Gately Rotary Wine Auction was an overwhelming success with R700 000 being raised on the night. It was by far the most successful wine auction night and broke all the previous collection records.

The event was attended by over 200 patrons and this year it was held at The Venue at Hemingways. The highest selling lot fetched R50 000 and a total of 59 lots were on offer. The proceeds from the night will benefit a number of charities around East London.

As the Rotary Club of Gately, we would like to thank our sponsors and the greater East London community for opening their hearts and wallets to support those who are less fortunate.

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