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Kirstenbosch Lions Club awards Louis Volks Award

Firefighter Willem Hendrik "Bees' Marais's wife, Jackie - Kirstenbosch Lions Club

Firefighter Willem Hendrik “Bees’ Marais’s wife, Jackie, accepts the Louis Volks Award from Kirstenbosch Lions Club president Sundru Pillay. Photo courtesy of the Cape Argus.

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The Kirstenbosch Lions Club awarded the Louis Volks Award to the late Willem Hen­drik “Bees” Marais. Marais and other fire­fight­ers who bat­tled the blaze that rav­aged the area four months ago were hon­oured by the Kirsten­bosch Lions Club on Satur­day (18 July 2015).

Marais was a free­lance he­li­copter pi­lot for Work­ing on Fire and died in March when he was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing while battling fires that de­stroyed over 5 000 hectares of land.

His wife Jackie accepted the Louis Volks Award given to acknowledge her husband’s work.

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In Memoriam Lion Izzy Wolman

Lion Izzy Wolman

Lion Izzy Wolman

Born in 1924, Israel Selig “Izzy” Wolman was a man amongst men with a dry sense of humour and a talent for public speaking. His attention to detail was legendary and his constant references to the *Three P’s and Five B’s helped many members.
*(PPP- Prepare Pal Prepare and BBBBB – Be Brief Brother Be Brief – both fundamental guidelines in public speaking). He served as a member of Lions Clubs International, starting as a Charter member of the Rondebosch Club in 1960, serving as Club President in 1967-68. He was Zone Chairperson in 1970-71 and was elected District Governor in 1973-74, and then Chairperson of the Council of Governors in 1990-91.

He played a pivotal role as member and Chairperson of the Constitutions and Resolutions committee at both District and Multiple District level between 1984 and 2000.
With the closure of Rondebosch in 2001, he moved to Kirstenbosch.

His fifty four years of Humanitarian Community Service impacted on many lives and created many heart-warming and often amusing memories for all who knew him.

In Rondebosch, he was the convenor of the then longest running club service project through his involvement with LOFOB (League of Friends of the Blind).

He was the “gentleman Lion” whose great sense of humour included the often rare ability to laugh at himself. He was a much respected member and his fellow Lions have much to be grateful for in having served with him. He enriched their lives with his knowledge, wit and willingness to have fun.

Honoured at all levels of the Association, he was a Life Member and Melvin Jones Fellow. However, his community involvement stretched far beyond being a Lion as he was a Freemason, member of Toastmasters and a prominent and well respected member of the Claremont Hebrew Congregation. His extensive involvement in South Africa and International religious matters earned him many accolades.

Throughout his life, he was ably supported by his Lions Lady Sylvia, who predeceased him.

A person achieves success, who lives well,
Laughs often and loves much,
Who gains the respect of intelligent people
And the love of little children.
Who fills a niche and accomplishes his or her task,
Who leaves the world better than he or she found it,
Whether by a brighter flower,
A perfect poem, or a rescued soul.
Who always sees the best in others
And gives the best he or she has,
Whose life is an inspiration,
Whose memory is a benediction,


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