Rotary honours past president Nicky Savvides with service award

The public relations officer for the Rotary Club of Boksburg, Elsa Venter (left), and past district governor Annie Steijn, of D9400, hand over the Five Avenues of Service Award to past president Nicky Savvides.

The Rotary Club of Boksburg Lake hosted the Rotary International Dinner at a local restaurant in North Rand Road.

This was an auspicious occasion during which awards and recognition, in the spirit of Rotary, were presented to deserving individuals.

Johan Els was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Boksburg Lake, and Natalie Owen was inducted as a Rotary Ann member.

Past president Nicky Savvides was awarded the Five Avenues of Service Award.

This award recognised Savvides’ 40 years of service in all Rotary International’s Five Avenues of Service, namely Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and Youth Service.

Past district governor Ann for D9400 Elaine Stathacopolous and Graeme Stuart.

Handing over this award, public relations officer for the Rotary Club of Boksburg Elsa Venter said: “This award is a most prestigious one in the sense that only one of these is granted per club each year.

“It recognises the strength of Rotary, which is founded on the service carried out by club members worldwide.

“This citation provides a means to recognise outstanding efforts in all five Avenues of Service, commending the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in each club for outstanding efforts, thereby reinforcing the importance Rotary places on the personal involvement of each club member in Rotary Service activities.”

Benoni resident Fiona Martin gave a presentation about chimpanzees, at the Rotary Club of Boksburg’s International Dinner on February 26.

  • Talk on chimpanzees

This year the Rotary Club of Boksburg Lake invited Fiona Martin, a Benoni resident, to present an informative talk on chimpanzees.

According to Martin, chimpanzees are our closest living relative and share 98.7 of their DNA with human beings.

“Chimpanzees are found in Africa. About a century ago there was over a million. Unfortunately, now they are endangered and there are less than a 150 000 left,” Martin said.

“Chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas have the largest brains of any primate. Humans can receive a blood transfusion from a chimpanzee. Chimpanzees’ life span in the wild is about 45 to 50 years, and in a sanctuary they can live up to 75 years. These beautiful primates have many features similar to humans’, especially their hands.”

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