WIZO’S AGM a success

Outgoing chair Adrienne Judes hands over to incoming chair Janene Currie

Howard Feldman lights up WIZO AGM

To a packed audience of over 130 people at BZA WIZO’s AGM in February, Howard Feldman enthused and amused members and guests with his ‘Shining a light in the darkness’ talk on how to remain positive with so much negativity around us.

Remarkably, this was the 118th Annual General Meeting of BZA WIZO, an organisation which through the passion and dedication of its volunteer members, sponsors and donors, has managed to stay strong, relevant and responsible for well over 100 years.

Outgoing Chairman, Adrienne Judes reported on the highlights of 2018, outlining the many interesting gatherings, functions and fundraising events held by the branches last year.

Naming the 2019 Executive team, Adrienne welcomed new Chairman, Janene Currie.

Janene thanked Adrienne for the formidable contribution that she has made during her two-year tenure, presenting her with WIZO’s Blue Award for her exemplary leadership, saying that her passion for WIZO projects and local beneficiaries alike have resulted in a noticeable shift in energy in the organisation.

Janene Currie named new Chairman of BZA WIZO

BZA WIZO is thrilled to name Janene Currie as the organisation’s newly elected Chairman. Janene is a Herzlia graduate, and has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in English and Psychology from UCT.

In 2012, she attended WIZO’s Aviv Seminar, visiting many of WIZO’s amazing projects in Israel that provide and care for disadvantaged women, teens and children of all races and religions.

Janene is a passionate member of the Cape Town Jewish community, being a past committee member of the Milnerton Hebrew Congregation, a past member of the UHS Governing Body, and one of a select group of community members to graduate from the Elliot Osrin Leadership Institute last year.

Speaking at the AGM in February for the first time as Chairman, Janene said: “As I take on my tenure as the chairperson of WIZO Cape Town, I stand on the shoulders of those giants that have come before me — whether past portfolio holders, or past members, or past Olim — and I have big shoes to fill.

“I take on this role with gusto and determination, that I too may pass on the legacy that is WIZO today and WIZO tomorrow”, she added.

Janene works with her husband Gareth at Pure Vision Properties, and they have two children, Jayden and Layla.

WIZO opens new branch in Cape Town

BZA WIZO is delighted to announce that a new branch known as Century City branch, has officially opened at the Oasis Retirement Resort.

Over 60 people attended the inaugural meeting last month, where Professor Leonard Suransky gave a fascinating talk on ‘The Enduring Human Quest for Happiness’.

Chairman of the new branch, Sue Lipschitz, said Prof. Suransky’s talk is a first taste of the type of good speakers, excellent movies and ‘chavershaft’ that can be enjoyed at the branch’s monthly meetings. Meetings will take place in the Functions Room at Oasis on the second Wednesday of every month, at noon. To join in, contact 

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