Hello again from Knysna Accommodation at Candlewood Lodge. in the Heart of the Garden Route Western Cape.
Definition of an Ann is the wife of a Rotarian.
Since Ladies were allowed to become Rotarians it was decided to call the clubs Anns/Partners Clubs to accommodate any male spouses who wish to become involved.
Why do they call the wives “Rotary Ann”? This name for the wives of Rotarians started back in 1914. A special train ran from San Francisco to Houston. for the R.I. Convention there. Ann Brunnier, wife of Rotarian “Bru” Brunnier, was the only lady aboard the train and soon they started calling her “Rotary Ann” and the name began to be applied to all wives of Rotarians.
I would like you to read the Rotary Ann Prayer, so beautiful , but so hard to live up to!
Keep us O Lord, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word and deed.
Let us be done with fault finding and leave self seeking.
May be put away all pretence and meet each other face to face, without self pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses straight forward and unafraid.
Let us take time for all things.
Make us grow calm, serene, and gentle.
Grant that we may realise that it is the little things that create differences; that in the big things of life we are one.
And may we strive to touch and know the
Great human heart common to us all and, O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind……… Amen
We Anns cannot compete of course with what our Branch of Rotary does, but we try.
For example, we have the Cape Town or Johannesburg Ballet down every year, and Anns do the teas. I bake about 60-100 scones and all the other Ladies do their bit too. When it is all put together, it looks lovely laid out every year in the school hall and that raises funds for Knysna. We help out at the huge cycle race and that gives us a donation off Rotary to help our funds.
What do we do with money raised. Well, last year we arranged to have a drinking fountain put in the waiting area of the local Provincial hospital so that the people waiting did not get thirsty.
Every day of the year there is a Rotary Ann who will make loaves of Sandwiches and take to the local clinic so that those less fortunate have a sandwich to take with their medication.
There is a lovely group of Anns who go to our old age home and do the Ladies Hair for them every week.
Last year a donation was made to the Hope Breast Cancer
So various things are undertaken by the Anns. Next week, we are all meeting to be taken to visit a Township and have lunch with the people who live there and try and learn more about their lifestyles and what could be done to help.
There are so many things undertaken by Knysna Rotary Anns and as you can appreciated too numerous to list but I thought you would enjoy learning a little about us.
Have a wonderful day, God Bless
Joyce at Candlewood Lodge