Then and now - Rotary alumni reunite

09 February 2011 | Story by Newsroom

UCT played host to two days of Rotary International's four-day reunion in Cape Town last week, allowing a number of Rotary alumni from UCT to share their experiences with fellow graduates.

Members & beneficiaries Ray Klinginsmith & Max Price
Stepping up: Members and beneficiaries from Rotary International programmes gathered at UCT recently to share their experiences. Making contact: Ray Klinginsmith, president of Rotary International, and Dr Max Price at the recent Rotary reunion. (Pictures by Roger Sedres.)

Specifically, UCT hosted the reunion of a number of alumni who have over the past 60 years benefited from Rotary International's suite of education grants, notably for its Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchange and Rotary Peace Fellowships programmes.

These cover travel both ways.

So, thanks to the Ambassadorial Scholarships, UCT has hosted over 200 scholars from nine countries since 1947, while around 30 UCT graduates have travelled overseas on such scholarships. They include Professor Jennifer Thomson, who spent 12 months over 1974 and 1975 at Harvard University in the US, and Francis Moloi, now the country's High Commissioner to India, who did likewise over 2000 and 2001.

In turn, American Ray Klinginsmith, now president of Rotary International, and compatriot Henry 'Bud' Kreh, among more recent visitors, spoke of their years at UCT over 1960 to 1961 and 1950 to 1951, respectively.

And it's been a programme that has served everyone well, said vice-chancellor, Dr Max Price, with many of the visiting scholars maintaining their links - often professional - with South Africa and its communities.

"Evidence shows that the continent and the country have benefited enormously from this," Price noted.

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