The Rotary Club of East London is the oldest in the city and was founded in 1926 (Charter No. 2317 2-4-1926). It is 7th oldest on the African continent. One of the club members, Rotarian Luke Baisley, assisted the museum with the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve project by facilitating funding through the Small Projects Foundation to have the first wooden boardwalk constructed. The East London Museum has had a long standing relationship with Rotary over the past 2 decades and in particular with Rotary Club of East London member Mr Graham Keppie.
Last night museum scientist Kevin Cole was very happily surprised and humbled to receive a Vocational Service Award from the club in ‘recognition of his personal qualities and his superlative contribution to the Eastern Cape as Principal Scientist at the East London Museum‘.
Rotary International and the service clubs in East London have been very supportive of the museum projects directed by the natural history department. Gately Rotary Club has previously supplied funds for the Earth Stewardship program facilitated in previous years at the institution.
A turning point in Kevin’s career was the opportunity afforded by Rotary International and the sponsor club Beacon Bay Rotary to be part of a Group Study Exchange programme to Scotland in 1997. He was inspired by the vocational undertakings and was greatly enthused to contribute to his community on arriving back in East London.
Thank you Marion Meyer for your kind comment –