Die Bucket List ARTSA, het sy naam vol gestaan.
Toe die nuus in Upington breek dat ARTSA by Mykonos gehou word was die verwagtinge groot, en die opgewondenheid groter.
Soos toepaslik, huur ons vir ons n prag huis in Langebaan, en op Donderdagoggend vertrek ons tafel met 4 lede vanuit Upington na Langebaan, ons vyfde lid was reeds daar.
Donderdag se registrasies en verwelkomings het seepglad verloop, en ons was met ope arms ontvang. Donderdagaand se Pirate Party het die hardcore Hut se nate bietjie gerek, en ek dink die kroegpersoneel het redelik geskrik vir n voorsmakie vir wat die res van die Naweek gaan inhou.
Vrydagoggend se Forums was goed bygewoon, en die lokale en presentations was bo verwagting, vinnig afgehandel, profesioneel gedoen. Dit was great om vir ons nuwe tafelaars blootstelling te gee van hoe n tafel werk.
Vrydag se Kostafels was uitstekend, al het die Noord Kaap weer nie met die louere weggestap nie, was dit n great aand vir truie uitruil en nuwe vriende maak.
Saterdag se AGM het seepglad verloop, en ons was baie trots op die NoordKaap se eie Paul Dippenaar wat verkies was as IRO, Well done Paulus. Die AGM was goed behartig en het op tyd klaar gemaak, wat die manne genoeg tyd gegee het om hulle hemde te stryk en skoene te polish vir die Presidential Banquet van Saterdagaand.
N spoggeleentheid soos min, die reelings was baie goed, die kos was uitstekend en die aand was n moerse sukses.
Ons is uiteindelik Sondag veilig in Upington na n onvergeetlike ARTSA, Baie dankie WP Span, en baie geluk!
Hardcore Hut- 8.5/10
Langebaan Locals- 10/10
WP AREA- 10/10
Driving back to Upington on Sunday-3/10
Memorable Moments- 13/10
ARTSA 2019- 11.5/10
ARTSA 2018 FEEDBACK – FROM A UPINGTON 79 LOCAL
Firstly, thanks to all who travelled from far and wide to attend ARTSA 2018 in Upington, Northern Cape. A huge shout out from my side to Hilton Quack Quack Megaw for convening and absolute fantastic ARTSA with the help of his committee. For many a fresh tabler in clubs all around our country there is a saying that you have not tabled if you have not attended an ARTSA. For myself, this rung absolutely true when I attended my first ARTSA 4 years ago, since then, I have not missed one – and hopefully, I’ll be privileged enough to never miss any.
What I did not know, is how much planning and time goes into the organizing of such an event. To all previous ARTSA conveners and committee members, well done, a tip of the hat to each and every one of you. It is indeed a selfless job, and you will never receive enough thank you’s in return.
As a Upington 79 tabler I would like to thank all who attended ARTSA. It is truly an honour to be associated with Round Table, but even more so after our town was bombarded with tablers from around the world. We have received nothing but thanks, praise and well wishes from local business owners, guest houses, and as a whole, the liquor industry.
The feedback from the Protea Hotel as follows: “We have never had so many people in our conference venue at once, but we have never had such a friendly, well-mannered bunch of guests either. Everyone’s support was fantastic and we would welcome your organization back with open arms.”
Another local charity, with whom Upington 79 Round Table has a great relationship, the Vryburgers, ran the Hard Core Hut bar. For those who do not know, although we have a profit split agreement in place, with money going back to ARTSA’S budget, the profit made by the Vryburgers will be well spent on charitable causes in the local Upington community. So thank you for spending all those tokens and yet again making a difference. We met up with the Vryburgers after ARTSA and had a few cold ones, the feedback from their side is unbelievable. Firstly, they are ecstatic with the amount of profit they made, even with very, very reasonable prices on all drinks. Some might say that it was to reasonable! They ran out of Jaggermeister on Thursday night, Friday morning around 03:00. They tried sourcing from other bars in town but it seems that Tablers did sample Jagermeister at every watering hole in town. In the end, Jagermeister was obtained in Kimberley, and then travelled to Upington where it arrived in time for Friday night’s activities. They were most impressed with the friendliness of all tablers, the great manners, and the way to people with rondel’s meet for the first time at the bar, and fight over whose tokens will be used to buy the next round. The one and only complaint from their side is that they are sorry to everyone they had to say no to who wanted to buy them another shooter, and which they had to decline after the previous twenty customers had exactly the same idea.
The owner of the Irish pub came to see me personally, he has given his sincere thanks, and has said that he had the best weekend turnover wise that he has had in at least the last 5 years. He too, was impressed by the way all tablers carried themselves, even at four in the morning. And said he did not have one incident where anyone was out of line of out of order. On a side note, on Saturday morning, a certain Ex Area Chairman of the Northern Cape, who is now a 41er, who loves his potency, who shall remain anonymous, although you should by now know this Ex Area Chairman of the Northern Cape, who is now a 41er, who loves his Potency, who hails from Vryburg 72, is Hennie Hen10cy Stols – ordered what the owner of the Irish Pub has described as the “best breakfast he has ever witnessed”. Mr Stols and a few fellow Rocky movie lovers had the following order, 9 tumbler glasses, each with a double shot Potency & one raw egg thrown in. As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hennie, next time you visit Upington, please remember that you have a complimentary breakfast waiting at the Irish pub.
Gentleman, Upington Round Table 79 has always had a great reputation in our local community. With the way you all handled yourself in our town as visitors and guests to ARTSA 2018 while wearing your Rondels with pride everywhere you went, we now have more than a great reputation. We now have a legacy.
Thank you for visiting our town, thank you for attending ARTSA 2018, and thank you for wearing your Rondels with pride. Thanks mostly though, for being Tablers.
Yours in Table
Upington 79 IRO/PRO
Round Table Northern Cape Area Chairman 2018/2019
Upington Tafelronde het hierdie jaar n sterk span afgestuur Margate toe om tafel 79 te verteenwoordig by die ARTSA byeenkoms.
Die manne is Woensdagoggend vroeg uit Upington uit om die 1350km pelgrimstog na Margate af te lê. Genadiglik het hulle veilig arriveer aan die Wilde kus, waar n wilde naweek vol opwindende forums en gesprekke rondom tafel hul program baie vol sou hou tot Sondag.
Woensdagaand het die manne rustig verkeer in Margate, voor Donderdag se registrasie .
Donderdag was gevul met Upington Tafelaars wat bietjie bande kon smee met tafelaars van regoor die wereld. Ons het die geleentheid ten sterkste gebruik om uit te reik na ander tafels en meer inligting deur te gee oor ons area en wat alles in die NoordKaap gebeur.
Vrydag was n baie vol dag, die tafelaars het n verskeidenheid forums bygewoon om dieper insig te kry rondom Tafel in Suid Afrika, en hoe dit bestuur word.
Vrydagaand was daar uiteindelik n sosiale geleentheid, waar tafelaars ons area se gunsteling disse uitgeruil het met die van ander tafels, na dit het n onspanne funksie plaasgevind waar alle tafelaars teenwoordig was in hul Area Truie, weer n lekker geleentheid om bande te smee, en nuwe vriende van ander tafels te maak.
Saterdag was vroeg afgeskop met die Alegemene Jaar Vergadering, ons voorsitter, Wille Gresse en uitreende voorsitter Adriaan Pearson, was aangenaam verras deur die profesionele wyse waarop die vergadering hanteer was, ander lede het saamgestem dat dit n suksesvolle oggend was. Ons het daarna n paar ure afgehad om die area bietjie te verken en het die tyd gebruik om bietjie te kan onspan tydens al die bedryfwighede.
Saterdagaand was die Formele Dinee, dit het al ons tafelaars in ons pakke gekry, en gesorg vir n aand vol heerlike kos, prysoorhandigings en gesseligheid.
Upington 79 bedank graag vir die WildeKus tafelaars wat n ARTSA soos min aangebied het, ons sal enige tyd weer in julle vriendelike dorp kom kuier.