Established in 1937, the Rotary Club Stellenbosch is one of the oldest clubs in South Africa.

We look back with pride on our service deliverance to the community at large during the past 75 years and endeavour to enthusiastically continue with our efforts well into the future.

The Rotary Club Stellenbosch is part of District 9350 of Rotary Africa and Rotary International.

Program overview: Scroll down for Event Information

Thursday 28 April
   - 08h30 to 15h00: POETS (Presidents & Officials Elect).
   - 15h30 to 17h30: Global Grant training.
   - 16h00 to 18h30: Conference Registration.
   - 18h30 to 21h30: Meet and Greet at Paul Roos HS (Spitbraai).

Friday 29 April
   - 07h30 to 08h20: Conference Registration.
   - 08h30 to 15h00: Assembly at Paul Roos HS.
   - 15h30 to 17h30: Conference at Paul Roos HS.
   - 19h30 till late  : DG Induction Gala Banquet (Town Hall)

Saturday 30 April
  - 08h30 to 17h00: Conference at Paul Roos HS.
  Evening free to enjoy Stellenbosch culinary delights.

• Sunday 1 May
  - All day: Fellowship opportunities.
What to expect in Stellenbosch:

• A Memorable conference
• Renowned Speakers
• Huge opportunities in partnerships
• The power of Rotary International
• Insight into the projects in our six focus areas
• a View of Ground-breaking Global Grant projects
• Breakaway workshops on
   - Early Childhood Development (guidelines & partners)
   - Entrepreneurial development projects from FEB RI
     Economic conference
   - Water and sanitation; and
   - Youth Services


Highlights and Keynote Speakers


Our exciting two day programme is brimful with a wide variety of topics and speakers and includes the following:


- FIVE KeyNote Speakers:

From Rotary International we are hugely privileged to warmly welcome to our Stellenbosch District Conference the following R.I. Key Note speakers:

Ray Klinginsmith: Rotary Foundation Chairman (& past RI President) 2015-2016

Ray Klinginsmith is Rotary Foundation Chairman, a social activist fighting for the rights of the disabled, and is the former World President of Rotary Club.

Stella Dongo: One of only six winners world-wide of the 2015 Rotary International Women of Action Award in Leadership & Humanitarian Service


From Business, we welcome:

Victor Poole : Strategic Support Director: Peninsula Beverages (Coca Cola) focusing on: “Partnerships between Rotary and Business through CSI”

Clem Sunter:(by Video) on: “Why and how Rotary should get involved in Entrepreneurship development”

Clem Sunter

Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England on 8th August 1944 and was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966.

In 1971, he moved to Lusaka in Zambia to work for Anglo American Corporation Central Africa. From there he was transferred in 1973 to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in Johannesburg. He spent most of his subsequent career in the Gold and Uranium Division, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1996. At the time it was the largest gold producer in the world. He was until recently Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund, which in a recent survey was rated the premier corporate social responsibility fund in South Africa.

Dually known for his book, The Mind of a Fox, which indicated the terrorist attacks on US soil on September 11 (2001), he has given presentations globally (including the recent Rotary Economic Development Conference in Cape Town) and has become an ambassador of expert knowledge for South Africa.

From Government we welcome:

Minister Ebrahim Patel: National Minister for Economic Development (by video) on:Partnership opportunities between Government & Rotary”

Minister Ebrahim Patel

Minister Patel comes from a working-class family, with his mother, a garment worker, being the sole bread winner. He grew up in Lansdowne and Grassy Park. He has three children, Amilcar, Iqraa and Zamir.

Additional PLENARY TOPICS include:

Awards Ceremony

Rotary Foundation 100th year celebrations

Goals and Strategy for Rotary 2016-17

Introduction of new Leadership team

New roles for Rotaractors and Rotarians as Rotaract isnow a formal partner of Rotary

Role of Rotary in the Economic Development of our country (Report back on Way forward from RI International Economic Conference)

Celebrating Rotary Youth Services

Breakaway Interactive Group discussions during both days include:

Early Childhood Development (ECD): Developing Communities of Excellence through ECD project and programmes

International Opportunities: Maximising the many international opportunities within Rotary

Vocational Service: Changing this stepchild of Avenue of Service to a meaningful contribution to needs

MembershipGrowth/ Retention/ Diversity: Enabling us to expand our project outreach

Building the Pride in Rotary: Step by Step plan of action to grow our Public Image at club/district level

Library Partnerships & Development: Join the Panel of Library NGO's and Rotarians experienced in implementing Library projects

Finding Financial Partners for our Projects: Partnerships with business maximising issues of CSI, BBBEE, disabilities

Growing our Youth Services Programmes: Find out more about AIC, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Early Act, Interact

New members luncheon with Rotary leaders

New members who have joined since July 2015, are invited to meet local and international Rotary leadership at the marquee lunch tables marked “New Members”.

Keen to participate? New Members to please email your names to DG to ensure you get your personal welcome.

Cost – R80 per lunch (register on Registration Form)


Thursday 28th April; Spitbraai Meet and Greet 18.30 onwards in marquee at Paul Roos High School

Friday 29th April: Gala Banquet & DG Induction in Stellenbosch Town Hall – wine, dine, and dance the night away to a 5 piece jazz band and DJ to celebrate Rotary in style!

Saturday 30 April:- “Sop en Dop” Evening

Kick off your shoes and wind down after conference at our happy evening of “Sop en Dop”,kindly hosted by the Rotary Wine Quaffers Fellowship group at the Stellenbosch Flying Club on R44. To book, please email Wine Quaffers chairman, Joke Young on to reserve your place for this event. Cost: R80

Sunday 1 May; Champagne Breakfast

Enjoy the Wonderful World of the Winelands with a Champagne Breakfast at  Somerbosch Wine Estate, on the R44 from 09,00 on Sunday morning, followed by Wine Tasting, hosted by the Wine Quaffers Fellowship group: Cost:- Breakfast R70; cash bar

Sunday 1 May: Golf anyone?

Bookings are available at the beautiful Kleine Zalze Golf Course.

Join other Rotarians for a round of golf on Sunday by contacting Golf Fellowship Co-ordinator Colin Jacobs on

Feeling energetic? Join the Park Run on Route 44 – only 5 kms – check out on Stellenbosch360

Feel like a change? Try a craft beer in the Winelands at the Wild Clover Farm or sniff a brandy at Van Rhyns Brandy tasting or go gin Tasting at Blaauwklippen

In need of Retail therapy? Visit any one or all of three excellent markets:

Route 44 Market open both Saturday and Sunday

Blaauwklippen Market open Sunday

Oude Libertas Organic Market, open Saturday

Partners wanting to visit the Stellenbosch tourist attractions? or you can all stay over and visit together on Sunday/Monday (which is ALSO a public holiday)

Hop on the Vinehopper: Book in advance on or phone 021 8828112/ 0844924992

Take a game drive on Villieria farm

Do the Classic Cape Cuisine Walk: check it out on: info@Bites&

Visit any one of the many art galleries in Stellenbosch – don’t miss out on the amazing Rupert Art Gallery

Check out Stellenbosch 360 for many more ideas


Project displays will this year be showcased under the relevant Area of Focus

Clubs are warmly invited to display their special projects:

Interested? Contact DG Geraldine directly on or phone 082 857 7044

Indicate which Area of the following Focus your project fits: Peace; Education (ECD/ library/ literacy/; Economic Development; Water; Health; Maternal.

Plug points will be available for those wishing to use their own laptops and video projectors);

Partner NGO's working in these Focus Areas are also welcome to display their work.

Please confirm your participation in the project display by Friday 22 April to help planning


Will your club win an award? Have you nominated your club to win an award?

Check with your president to find out if your club has entered to win any one of the 28 awards listed on pages 26-29 of the District handbook.

Applications close on 15 April

You will receive a very warm welcome at the Wonderful World of Winelands District 9350 Rotary Conference!

JOIN us for a fun filled conference!

Register now

I look forward to seeing you in Stellenbosch from 28- 30th April

Yours in Rotary

Geraldine Nicol

District Governor 2015-16

Rotary International - District 9350