Few people on the South Coast have friends connected enough to organise a world famous musician to entertain guests at his induction dinner!Well, Pastor Reggie John does… and the star guitarist surprised everyone at his induction as new president of the Rotary Club of Port Shepstone recently.
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None other than the internationally renowned Steve Fataar wowed about 70 guests at the Indian theme evening at the Umthunzi Hotel and Conference.
Steve and his band, the Flames, shared stages in years gone by with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.
Reggie’s close friend, former South Coaster Danny Chetty, an accomplished musician himself, arranged the surprise for the 78-year-old club and made up a trio together with another well known Durban musician, Richard Ellis, from the Drumming Circle.
It was an evening guests will cherish for a long time. Reggie took over the chain of office from Elaine Galanakis who recapped on a busy year which included a Coins for Child Welfare drive at two malls over the festive season which raised about R30 000.
This project earned president-elect Rowan D’Arcy the floating trophy for Rotarian of the Year.
Another major project that was initiated by Reggie several years ago, Hope Park, received a generous District Grant which allowed the club to plant scores of trees during the year.
Arguably the club’s most enthusiastic Ann (wives of Rotarians) in the past decade, Vanessa Howard-Tripp, handed over her duties to Joan D’Arcy. The Anns are undoubtedly the backbone of Port Shepstone Rotary. Among their many projects, they provided hundreds of rape trauma kits to the Thuthuzela Crisis Centre at the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital, which is run by Rotarians Dr Gerald Baldrey and Sister Dudu Ndlovu.
Both were awarded certificates of appreciation by Vanessa.
In all, it was a great evening and new presidents Reggie and Joan said they were looking forward to a great year.
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