Rotary Exchange Students

Rotary Exchange Students:

Year Incoming Outgoing
1969 Ann Shaefer – Mt Barker S Australia Ivor Morgan New Zealand
1970 Ann Mackenzie Hamilton, NZ Dianne Rogers Adelaide, Australia
1974 Patricia Corbett , Walcha, Australia.  
1975 Norie de Jong, NSW, Australia  
1976 Joy Hamilton, Australia Alison Vickerman, Wellington, NZ.
1979 Petronella Grobler – USA  
1980  Liz Paneral , New Mexico  
1981 Janet Sachon,  Illinois Tony van Halderen, Australia
1983 Mark Wagner  
1984 Kirsty Rowe, Australia  
1985 Liza Mann  Sarah Wright – USA
1986   Janine Marshall
1987 Lisa Greathouse  
1988   Rohan Spies – USA
1992 Jeffrey Lockard Michigan, USA Petra Brandt Bremen, W Germany.
1996 Angela Fonseca – Australia Lisa Haakman – Holland
1997 Annette Schocker – Austria  
1998 Katja Schmocher – Switzerland  
2001 Yohana Stupar – Argentina Jean Elphick – Japan
2004   Ross Elphick – France
2005  Matsumi Asai – Japan  

Short Term Exchange Students (STEP):

2002 Jennifer Bell – Turkey
2003 Samantha Bisset – Germany
   Damian Lahoud – Turkey
2004  Lilanie Fourie – Holland
   Portia Frans – France
  Nicole Esterhuysen – Holland
2005 Catherine Finn – Holland
  Marlize Magson – Holland
  Lara Lahoud – Holland
2006 Zandile Titi – Brazil
2008 Mariechen Basson – Austria
  Georgie Goulle – Turkey


The club’s outgoing students have generally acquitted themselves well:

Di Rogers married Sandy Marr and their son represented South Africa in the world championship surfing competitions. She is now married to a local chartered accountant, Craig Tingle, and temporarily living in Dubai.
Trish Corbett emigrated to Canada, then returned and lived in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Vietnam, Dubai and Cape Town. She married an engineer, Keith Rush, and has son and a daughter. Trish completed three Comrades Marathons and is presently aiming to climb Kilimanjaro.
Tony van Halderen now lives in New Zealand.
Rohan Spies returned to Knysna and is married to our present executive mayor, Eleanor Bouw-Spies. She was a member of the club until her duties precluded further participation.
Petra Brandt became a chartered accountant. Her father, Dieter, was a past president of the club. He resigned later in order to care for Petra who has health problems.
Lisa Haakman became a chartered accountant.
Jean Elphick had become interested in the program when they hosted Katja Schmocher. Jean is a physiotherapist and works in Umtata.
Ross Elphick studied law at the University of Cape Town. She has been chosen as the Ambassadorial Scholar for 2008-9. She will attend Sydney University, where she will take a post-graduate degree in Mediation and Reconciliation.
Portia Frans was the first Black student sent out by our club, which paid all her expenses. Her exchange partner, Maxime Canu from Normandy, often visited the township in the afternoons.

The club’s incoming students also fared well:

Angela Fonseca has a medical PhD and is currently working in Liverpool.
Annette Schocker studied further in Vienna and served as Head of the Youth Red Cross in Europe. John Satchel visited her in 1999.
Katya Schmocher from Switzerland loved riding horses and so met the Elphicks. She is studying in Berne and has returned to visit Knysna twice – the last time in January 2008 with her father. She collected money in Switzerland for the Enthembeni Pre-school, some of which was used to buy cots.
Matsumi Asai from Japan is currently in Australia.

Rotary Ambassadorial Students:
2011 – Damian Lahoud – Linköping, Sweden

During his time at Linköping, Damian Lahoud organised support for a matching grant (see under Matching Grants) for the goGogetter programme of Lovelife in Knysna. At present Damian is living in Gauteng and working in the projects department of Sime, Darby Hudson & Knight in Boksburg. He has joined the Boksburg Lake Rotary Club


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