Von Hase inducted as Rotary Swakopmund president

Baton passed on

19 September 2021 | Local News

Raimar von Hase; President of Swakopmund Rotary Club; “…the commitment and the number of projects this club has undertaken, is remarkable.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Raimar von Hase was inducted as the new president of the Rotary Club Swakopmund (RCS).

Von Hase, who previously served as a Rotarian in South Africa, said that his experience serving in the RCS has been memorable.

“Of all the clubs I have been involved with, the members of this particular club impressed me the most. What I saw and what I experienced, the commitment and the number of projects that this club has undertaken, is enormous and remarkable.”

A new tradition was introduced on the occasion, as the president was awarded a Rotary president’s badge.

Von Hase takes over from former president Phillip Oosthuysen.

At the event, community service awards were handed to the Swakopmund municipality as well as to general medical practitioner, Dr Rüdiger Moisel.

Planning ahead

Swakopmund municipal chief executive Archie Benjamin, who accepted the award on behalf of the municipality, said that town council has set up a 20-year plan to map out a vision for the coastal town.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We are lucky that after two years and a few months, we have a structure plan which clearly defines where we want to take Swakopmund.”

According to Benjamin, the structural plan defines two things.

“Firstly, it defines the land use of every piece of Swakopmund; secondly, it identifies up to five strategic pillars that we need to develop to sustain this town going forward.”

Rotary is an international organisation started by Paul Harris in 1905. The organisation, which has over 35 000 clubs worldwide and over 1.2 million members known as Rotarians, is involved with charity in their respective local communities.

The RCS has been in existence for more than 60 years.

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