The Rotary Club of Table Bay has presented Ian Wienburg with a Paul Harris Fellow award.
The award was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to Rotary’s charitable and educational program.
This is the speech made by Andy Plew-Chisholm, fellow Rotarian and Board Member of the Rotary Club of Table Bay. The certificate and pin that goes with the award were handed to Ian by Di Rigotti, the Club’s President for 2010/2011.
After being in the ‘plastic’ business world for most of his life, 17 years ago Ian Wienburg moved into the much more self-satisfying non-profit world of the National Sea Rescue Institute. Ian had been a volunteer NSRI crewman for about 23 years before that and was therefore well equipped to take the helm as CEO of the then floundering organisation. He moulded together a great team of people who have managed to put Sea Rescue on the map and helped to entrench the NSRI as a well governed and efficient organisation. In addition to this Ian has tackled many other community projects such as the saving of the Sea Point Pavilion and the installation of a desperately needed computer laboratory for Sea Point High School.
After working together with Rotary on the annual Wine Auction for a number of years Ian joined the Rotary Club of Table Bay in 1998. Since then, unless out of the country, Ian has always come forward to help on every project that the Rotary Club of Table Bay has been involved in … his only condition always being as long as he didn’t have to wear a tie.