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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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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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Christmas Function

What a fantastic Christmas function we had! A HUGE thank you must go to Jacqui, Lauren and Candice for putting this together. The venue was set up beautifully and everyone was put into the Christmas Spirit even The Gringe aka Roger Williams nor Max aka Gordon Thompson could “steal Christmas” from anyone! The fellowship, food and drink was all top class! Thank you, thank you.

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Clean City Campaign

Interesting talk by Drayton Brown on the Clean City Campaign initiated by our local BKCOB. Well done Drayton!

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Early Childhood Development Project

The Gately Rotary Club of East London, embarked on a game changing project in Early Childhood Development some 3 years ago, in line with the primary focus area of Education, as identified by Roatary International.

The project has been labelled as a quantum leap project, within the Rotary community. This project has as it's focus the training of 50 practictitioners with National Qualification of NQF 4. These practitioners, upon graduation, are being deployed to 50 ECD Centres around the border Kei area affecting the lives of 3000 children under their direct care.

The Gately Club, together with 3 local East London Rotary Clubs, in collaboration with 3 Rotary clubs in the USA and the Rotary Foundation, have injected R3 million to date in this worthy project. Funds have also been allocated to educational toys, monitoring, positive parenting and essential equipment to capacitate these centres.

Funds raised through wine donations will directly benefit the Early Childhood Development Project and provide manu children from a disadvantaged background with a much-improved oppotunity to succeed in life. KFC through their JAM initiative also donates nutritious meals to all 3000 children at these centres plus an additional 6000 on a monthly basis. Gately Rotary Club warehaouses the stock on behalf of KFC.


Early Childhood Development Stand

Some photos of our Early Childhood Development stand at the district conference in May 2017.


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East London Aquarium lunch

Rotarians enjoyed an "on-location" lunch at the East London Aquarium yesterday where they listened to an informative talk by Steven Rheeder from the aquarium and also toured the facility. Thanks to the SaPs who joined us as well as the Rotaractors. A big thanks to club President Jacqui Mauer and Rtn Lauren Brady for organising.

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Financial Aid

Gately Rotary donates to the following needy causes...

Find Your Voice

On the 16th of April we launched the third Find Your Voice leadership development programme. Twenty five dynamic young people are enthusiastic and ready to begin their seven month journey.

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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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Kusile Arbour Day

kubilise arbour day gately rotaryIn response to the challenge from Rotary International president, for each Rotarian to plant a tree before April 2018, the Interact Club of Kusile Comprehensive School in Duncan Village, East London donated two indigenous Ironwood trees to the school in September 2017.

The tree planting ceremony was supported by members of the SGB, Staff, Interact pupils and a representative from the Rotary Club of Gately. The trees were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gately. Interact is a youth development programme of Rotary International.

Pic shows  Principal Mr Nyangiwe (left) and Mr Babuji, one of the Interact Teachers, holding one of 2 Ironwood saplings which where donated by the Interact Club at Kusile Comprehensive School in Duncan Village, East London. Members of the Interact club are looking on. 

New incoming president

History is in the making in this very active and influential club and one of the largest in our District.

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Our incoming President Jacqui Mauer would be the 1st woman President in the 48 year history of the club which was chartered on the 26th November 1970 by District Governor Tim Murray!

Jacqui a previous president of the Border Kei Business Chamber in East London and currently also a Director of PWC is all set to take on the challenges for her new Presidential year and in so doing will be aiming to up the ante for all her members and for Rotary in general. Her induction will take place next week Tuesday 26th June for the new Rotary year 2018/2019.

Rotarians in Action

Rotarian Robbie Muzzell has been keeping busy, spreading the good word about Rotary and being of service to the greater community.

Recently he assisted the needy to obtain much-needed wheelchairs and walking aids - thanks to our Rotary Club of Gately’s warehouse project.

The equipment is part of the generous donation by the Wheelchair Foundation UK. In September 2018, a shipping container arrived at the East London Harbour –stocked with medical equipment – which included 54 electronic wheelchairs, 96 “push-type” wheelchairs, spares, walking sticks, crutches, walkers, bed rails, mattresses and children’s toys.

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Rotary District Conference

On the 10th of May, the rotary district Conference opened at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth. Gately Rotary was well represented.

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Tree of Joy

Well its almost that time of the year! The time of giving and as Rotarians our motto "Service above self" becomes even more applicable.

tree of joy roatary gately internationalSo we would like to see all our members embrace this very worthy cause and to spread the love! From 19th November till 17th December the Tree of Joy will be operational at Vincent Park Shopping Centre. So make sure you play your part and make a difference in someones world.

Visiting Rotarians

In May, Rotarians Piet Bosch and Andy Russel entertain RFE group from India visiting our shores at the Early Childhood Development project.

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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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