Presidential Inauguration 2020

Wow !! what an unusual induction.

The induction of Johan Kriek as President of Rotary Swellendam 2020/2021 took place on 1st July 2020 via ZOOM and cellphone. But this was not an induction as we know it. First of all on 30th June, Johan advised that he was admitted to hospital with sever back pain. He was discharged on 1st July heavily sedated, but thought that he might still be able to attend his induction.The ZOOM meeting was schedule for 18h00 with President Des van Jaarsveld, PE Johan Kriek, AG Steven Young and PP Corrie Cloete all in one venue - all masked and socially distanced. Then the fun started. Johan advised at 16h30 that he was in bed and unable to attend. It was decided to go ahead with the induction with Corrie standing in as proxy for Johan. The ZOOM meeting started well with an opening prayer and the usual toasts, then shortly after President Des started his address Swellendam was hit with a POWER FAILURE. The ZOOM link was lost and after some struggle a video link via cellphone was established with Johan and a few of the members. By candlelight Des finished his address, AG Stephen then proceeded with the formality of inducting Johan (still lying in bed). The presidential chain of office was handed to Corrie for passing on to President Johan. President Johan gave a short address and announced his team of directors being, PE Bernard Steyn, Dawie Spangeneberg, Des van Jaarsveld, Stephen Young, Nigel Coley and Corrie Cloete. Past President Des concluded the evening's event by proposing a toast to President Johan.

Further toasts were enhanced by the candlelight.

President Johan after receiving his chain of office.

Then President Des starting his address.

Article and Photos by Corrie Cloete.

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