Rotary Swakopmund inducts new president

The newly elected president of a charity organisation intends to develop the organisation further.

07 July 2019 | Local News

Phillip Oosthuysen; president; “I am dedicated to the cause of Rotary,”

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure



Phillip Oosthuysen was recently inducted as president of the Rotary Club Swakopmund at a ceremony hosted at the Hotel Deutsches Haus.

Oosthuysen, who replaced Anja Rohwer as president, assured Rotary Club Swakopmund members that he will tackle the tasks at hand with diligence. “Thank you for electing me to the role of president for the next Rotary year. I am honoured and give you my assurance that I am dedicated to the cause of Rotary and to the cause of our club.”

He said that helping the needy is more fulfilling than self-enrichment as it improves the community. “Today, we exist in a society where much emphasis is placed on personal wealth. However, we must always remember that the less fortunate among us are in need of help. Life in abundance comes as a result of giving ourselves to others.”

He added that being president will not be difficult for him as it is not the first time he is leading the organisation.

“The president fulfills expectations of the club. Rotary International sets guidelines on what is expected of the club in the next Rotary year, which is themed 'Rotary connects the world'. The strategic objectives of Rotary International are to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement and increase our ability to adapt. Thus the goals for our club in the coming year should be aligned with those of Rotary International.”



Vibrant club

Oosthuysen said that the goals of Rotary International also include encouraging the development of an effective, vibrant club and interaction between the clubs and the district organisation.

“The organisation seeks to strengthen the awareness and impact of Rotary both internally and externally. It also strives to expand the reach of the club which is regarded as a working team. Its members identify and act on opportunities to expand Rotary's reach via interact clubs, satellite clubs and support for existing clubs.”

Rotary International also encourages the use of opportunities for personal growth and development of individual members. Furthermore, it intends to utilise and expand Rotary youth programmes.

to contribute to nation building.

“The club undertakes environmentally friendly projects aligned with Rotary's key areas of focus and that have a meaningful and sustainable impact on communities,” Oosthuysen said.

Rewards were handed over to Rotary members Wilfred Groenewald (Swakopmund Residents Association), Geesche Neuburg (Have-A-Heart Foundation) and Dewald Swart (Swakopmund Neighbourhood Watch) while outgoing President Anja Rohwer was awarded the Paul Harris Sapphire Award for her contribution towards her community on the occasion.

Swakopmund Rotary Club has 15 members.

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