Welcome to Vereeniging Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Vereeniging was chartered in 1944, at the end of the second world war. A Group of local business men, who had not been conscripted into the war effort, decided that there was a great need amongst the underprivileged people of Vereeniging and with the guidance of Rotary International and their local District Governor charted a Rotary Club, with Allen Snijman as its first president.
With the help of local businesses and the public, the club prospered, making an enormous difference to many people in the area. There have been difficult times, but with perseverance and a belief in what they were accomplishing, the club has withstood all adversity.
Our club has a very dynamic Rotary Anns Club as well as several Interact Clubs who all do independent community work but ultimately function within our parameters.
In order to address the growing need for assistance in the Vaal Triangle, the Vereeniging Rotary Club sponsored additional clubs in the adjoining towns which soon flourished and grew. Currently there are five active clubs in the area.
Rotary is a family of volunteers dedicated to community service and who have to be totally committed in order to successfully do their charitable work. Fund raising plays an important role and necessitates strategies to generate interest in our work amongst local businesses and the general public, without whose assistance the work could never be accomplished. It is also imperative to have successful, ongoing projects which carry the burden of the financial obligations of the club. During the course of over 73 years of service, the club has had many such fundraisers eg.
- The Annual Cycle Tour to Durban
- The blanket drives
- The billboard project
- The marshalling of the Value Logistics Fast One Cycle Race
- Music in the park
Our club has also been blessed by ongoing, generous donations from business men.
Because of the above ongoing and additional active fundraising, the club has been in a position to distribute medical help, food, clothing, educational equipment, and general assistance to numerous organizations and individuals in need. We also sponsor at least one puppy annually for the SA Guide Dogs Association and donate regularly to the International Polio fund. Christmas Dinners and Badplaas holidays for the forgotten, elderly citizens have also featured regularly in our annual calendar. We also support the Short and Long-term Exchange Student Program for local teenagers.
Fellowship plays an important part in our annual program in order to generate happiness and team work amongst our members. There is at least one social function a month.
We have two meetings at the Bon Hotel on the second and last Tuesday evenings of the month.
Finally, The Vereeninging Rotary Club has, over the years evolved into a more informal and modern club with the belief that it can attract younger people into our midst. We believe that they could initiate more adventurous and innovative projects which would ultimately generate more interest and enthusiasm amongst the public, who form an integral part in a well run Rotary Club. Secondly the younger generation could enhance the computer literacy amongst our members. We will however welcome any candidate who despite race, gender or age fulfills our standards and could happily integrate into our organization.
The Club has proudly provided 3 members that became District Governors.
Dr Willie Liebenberg 1962/1963
Mr Tony Chase 1986/1987
Mr Trevor Nienaber 2008/2009