Talk on fire management over dinner

Peter Buist

Following the terrible fire in January this year, a visit by an expert in the field couldn’t come soon enough!  This Monday (17th April) St Francis Bay Links will be holding their weekly Monday Night Dinner but this time with a difference for there will also be a guest speaker who is an expert in bush fires.

Pete Buist who lives in Alaska and has BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Forest Management from Syracuse University and State University of New York respectively, has worked for the National Park Service, US Forest Service and other agencies. He is retired from a 33 year career as a Forester and Wildland (Bush) Fire Fighter with the Alaskan Division of Forestry but still does contract fire management work during the summer season.

Pete serves as the Public Information Officer (PIO) with the Alaska Inter-agency Incident Management Team. This team is one of just 16 national Type One teams in the US. The teams are called, on a duty rotation basis, to supplement local forces when natural disasters overwhelm the existing management structure and resources.

The Alaska Team has served on many wildland fires, but also earthquakes, oil spills, floods and hurricanes. They spent a month working at the World Trade Centre in 2001 after the 9-11 disaster.

This season will be Pete’s 49th summer as a wildland firefighter. He still somehow manages to pass the Fireline physical (Work Capacity Test.)

A friend of local Links residents John and Joan Barnes, we are so privileged to have him share his experiences and insight over an easy Monday dinner!

For ease of service St Francis Links is offering their Monday dinner as a three-course meal and ask that everyone is seated by 7pm. Pete will deliver his talk after starters after which the main course and dessert will be served!

Please book your table now as seating is limited and let St Francis Links know if you or anyone in your party have any special dietary requirements.

Dinner reservations: Tel 042 200 4500

Article from Liezl Claus – edited

Recycling facility re-opens with Rev-Up Youth

Rotary teams up with Rev-Up Youth for Recycle Swap Shop

Article by Lynette Aitken

The Rotary Recycle Swap Shop Project at God’s Acre, Tarragona Road, Sea Vista was re-opened last week after being suspended at the end of 2015 until such time as a committed volunteer group could be found to take over the monthly running of the project.

The lack of proper security at the precinct had also become a problem with the shop being broken into several times. “We owe a very big vote of thanks to local security experts Calibre Security who have now installed an alarm system in our shop at no cost whatsoever to the project,” said Rotarian project leader Lyn Aitken.

“We are thrilled to announce that the volunteer baton has now been taken up by a dynamic youth group from Sea Vista who call themselves REV-Up along with some hardworking ladies from the Sea Vista ladies walking group and the girls from SONrise.


Rev-Up member Debra Anthony learns the card system from long time volunteer Karin Fuchs – Photo Lynette Aitken

The kick off for the new team was last Thursday April 6th and the new team worked side by side with some of the “old” team to learn the ropes and get acquainted with the system. The Rotary Satellite Club St Francis will partner with the new volunteer group to provide mentorship and guidance as well as assistance with fundraising and stocking.

For those who are not familiar with the Recycle Swap Shop  programme, the basic idea is that primary schoolchildren from disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to collect and sort recycling for which they can earn points which can then be exchanged for goods in the Swap Shop. The Swap Shop stocks basic non-perishable food, hygiene products and school stationery as well as toys, shoes and any other sports equipment or bicycles which are usually donated by the generous community of St Francis and friends. The project is entirely run by volunteers and funded through donations and various fundraising activities. Approximately one third of the costs of stocking the shop come from the sale of the collected recycling to our recycling partner Enviroman.

The Rotary “Rev-Up” Recycle Swap Shop opens for the children of Sea Vista on the first Thursday afternoon of each month, weather permitting. The next date for a swap shop event will be Thursday 5th May from 2-4 p.m.  Members of the public are welcome to bring their sorted recycling to the swap shop site on that day between the hours of 9 and 12 noon when a volunteer will be at hand to open up.

For more information on the project e-mail Lyn Aitken at