In January 1959 at a board meeting of The Rotary Club of Durban it was agreed to investigate the possibility of spreading the Rotary foot print into the greater Durban area. Their extension committee got to work and Rotarians Walter Meyers and Eddie Faulkner were charged to carry the matter forward.

The Rotary Club of Durban start planning the new North Durban Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Durban start planning the new North Durban Rotary Club.

The charter dinner of the Rotary Club of North Durban was held on 19 March 1960 with Walter Meyers as the charter president. The club started with 27 members.

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The club grew and included well-known Durban professional personalities and in 1981 boasted 56 members. In 1982 Rotarian Tom Linley was elected District Governor, the only member of our club to date to have held this position.

In 1992 membership was down to 17 members and the lunch time meetings were seen as a major deterrent for professional members.  The club therefore changed to an early evening meeting and membership gradually began to increase.hist2

In 1997 our first lady Rotarian Eleanor Hough was inducted. This trend has successfully continued and has been a major boost in membership efforts.

2003 saw a change of name of the club to the Rotary Club of Durban North, which reflected the physical area where we meet and operate in.

 

Peter Coutts holds the charter handed to him by Jason Stevens in June 2013
Dael Connolly receiving the club charter from Peter Coutts in June 2014

 

Alma Maxwell having just received the charter from Dael Connolly in June 2015

 

Pesident Ann Bricknell being presented with the original 1960 Club Charter by Past President Alma Maxwell in June 2016
President Ann Bricknell being presented with the original 1960 Club Charter by Past President Alma Maxwell in June 2016

 

Incoming President Charlie Panday receiving the club charter from Ann Bricknell in June 2017

 

Past President Charlie Panday pinning the President’s pin onto Louis Visagie in 2018