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"We rise by lifting others" Robert Ingersoll

These 9 business leaders have volunteered to mentor our young delegates on The Rotary Youth Leadership Programme that my Gately Rotary Club initiated. We are in the second year of this unique 7 month programme to grow leadership in the young adult space. 

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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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Buckaroo Project

Marlene Neumann world renowned fine art photographer spoke at our club luncheon on Tuesday. What a revelation and fantastic work done by the Buckaroo project. A definite eye opener to many of us. Keep up the fantastic work we will support you every way we can. (photo's courtesy Marlene Neumann)

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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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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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Donation to African Angels

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Some young learners at African Angels Independent school with their Atlas books sponsored by the Gately Rotary club and handed over on the 15th September to the school. For more info on the school please also visit www.sponsoranangel.org


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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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.

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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Hindu Celebration

The participants of our Rotary Leadership Programme are encouraged to understand and respect each other's cultures, so some of them joined a fellow colleague at a Hindu celebration. 'What a happy, colourful experience'
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Induction Dinner 2017

New President Stephen Keet was inducted at a glittering function at the Regent Hotel East London on the 20th of June 2017.

He announced some radical changes that will be made in the running of the club after a very successful survey was run during the last few months amongst the club membership. This all bodes well for the club and we are looking forward to a very exciting new Rotary year.

Outgoing President Gavin Ferreira had a glowing report on what the club in its various portfolios achieved during his term in the 2016/17 year. Rotarian and past President of the club Vrij Harry was also awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire award for his unwavering support and work that he contributes to the club in his very humble and unassuming way, a true testimony of the Rotary philosophy of "Service above Self".

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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. 

Masimanyane Women's Support Group

The Rotary Club of Gately teamed up with the Union of Jewish Women to hand over 100 Rape Comfort Packs to Masimanyane Women's Support Group on Tuesday, 16 July 2019.

Rtn Rick Tudhope joined Roxanne Sheckter and Michelle Rosenthal from UJW in presenting the comfort packs to Masimanyane's director Lesley-Ann Foster.

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Medical Supplies

A fantastic Rotary initiative was realized last week when a container full of much needed medical supplies was received by the Rotary Club of Gately in East London South Africa! This is the epitome of team work by Rotarians and many others from around the world. Well done and congratulations to all concerned!

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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.

New Member

Induction of our newest member by our President Stephen Keet today the Daily Dispatch Editor, Sibusiso Ngalwa. Welcome to the club.

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New Member

Our newest member, Mark Currin,  was inducted recently by outgoing President Stephen Keet at his last official club meeting, welcome to the club Mark.

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Our Causes

Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Promoting Peace

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.


Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.


Fighting disease

Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.


Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.


Providing Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.


Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.


Saving Mothers and Children

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.


Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.


Supporting Education

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.


We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.


Growing Local Economies

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.
Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.


We create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.