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Welcome to the Rotary Club of White Rivers’ website! Our club is situated in the Lowveld of the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, which is a premier tourist destination. The picturesque town of White River is situated only 25 minutes from the Kruger National Park and is close to some of the most interesting gold discoveries in South African history as well as to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country

President Patrick and Ann President Julie MacPhail
2015-2016 President Patrick and Ann President Julie MacPhail
.Patrick and Julie MacPhail

Julie and I came to the Lowveld as refugees from Johannesburg. Our daughter, Catherine, who was living in the Kruger National Park, had just had our first grandchild so White River was the ideal place to make a new life. My previous life had been in Academic Medicine at Wits and the first few years in White River were spent disentangling myself from a busy research career. Julie has a degree in English and Pyschology, which she has used to advantage in bringing up the family, and as a journalist with SA Gardening. We were enticed into Rotary because we were told it was fun! And so it has proved to be – combined, of course, with service.

Julie and I enjoy shocking people with the idea that we fell in love over a cadaver as we studied Anatomy together. We were married while we were still students and Catherine came along sooner than expected. Ali followed two years later. Nine years later Jonathan joined the gang! Catherine has grown into a world-renowned Medical Geographer, mother of two and lives in Australia. Alison, full of quirky fun, was a talented graphic artist but was robbed of life and a career at 28. Jono shines in his own special way. He is a wiz with horses and loved by all in sundry. He occupies a special place at Camphill in Hermanus, growing herbs and representing his fellow residents in a true MacPhail way.

Medicine alone was not my life. I came from a liberal family so inevitably I dabbled in NUSAS, student and national politics. Julie and I worked for the old Progressive Federal Party but never made it into public office. Occupations in our spare time have, like most people, passed through phases. Julie loves her garden and is an excellent seamstress. I used to do a lot of carpentry, and made many pieces of furniture that are still in use. I still have a well-equipped workshop and I will get back into it. We love books and read avidly. The computer lures me into its clutches too often and wastes a lot of my time – Julie seems immune! Lately my passion has been watercolours! I do mostly landscapes and I sometimes get the paint to do what I expect of it. It gives me great joy and satisfaction.

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Rotary Club White River, Mpumalanga. Last updated 13-Oct-2015
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