Two South Coasters rise to the top

Leon Garbade (left), National President of Round Table, congratulates Peter Brauteseth on being inducted the president of the 41ers Association of Southern Africa.

HIBISCUS Coast can be proud as two local businessmen were inducted as the leaders of their respective associations recently.

Leon Garbade, owner of Ocean Lifeguard Solutions was inducted to the position of National President of Round Table of Southern Africa, in East London in April.

Leon, a dedicated Round Tabler has been a member of Port Shepstone Round Table No 83 since 2009. He became area chairman in 2012.

Just recently national and international visitors were hosted and entertained at Port Edward Holiday Resort where Peter Brauteseth was officially inducted as president of the 41’ers Association of Southern Africa.

One hundred and twenty national delegates and 16 international visitors travelled from Denmark, Germany , Austria, Switzerland, India and Zambia to attend the induction dinner.

Peter Brauteseth started his Rotary career in 1979 as a junior Rotarian and ultimately became the District 930 representative.

He then joined Round Table in 1983 and rose through the ranks until he became chairman of the Port Shepstone Club in 1989 and area chairman in 1994.

He then went back to Rotary and became president in 2003 and then left Rotary after 16 years’ service, due to the fact that the former Round Table movement, 41ers of Southern Africa, needed decisive leadership as the membership had dwindled from around 3000 members to 157 by 2011.

Peter’s contribution since becoming involved has been exponential with membership increasing to just over 400, in the time that he has been dedicated to the cause.

Membership is proposed to reach 500 by the end of August 2015 and Peter wishes to thank all involved.

Peter encourages all 41ers to be visible, active, alert and involved, which he feels will ensure that 41ers reach new heights of longevity.

“Other activities include encouraging the community to “Help us, Help them hear”, an awareness campaign to bring into the spotlight the plight of hearing impaired folks. The awareness ensures the platform to collect and have repaired disused and broken hearing aids,” said Mr Brauteseth.

If you are an old, axed Round Tabler, or a 41er residing on the South Coast and need to find out more about the club, contact Peter at 082 5566974. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Sugan Naidoo

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