The 2018 fellow lunch took place on 19 October at Woodmead Country Club in Johannesburg and boasted a great turnout as usual. This event is always a calendar highlight for the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) as it gives members a chance to reconnect at the end of a year.
The SAIRAC fellows in attendance. Back, from left are: Grant Laidlaw, Patrick Burke, Jaco Pieterse (SAIRAC Johannesburg chairman), Allan Curry and Bob Vuletic. Front, from left are: Annemarie Wake, Alec Johannsen, Colin Kelly and Kathy Sharp.
SAIRAC Johannesburg centre chairman, Jaco Pieterse kicked things off with a few formalities and welcomes before introducing the guest speaker for the day – Piet Pompies. He did a motivational talk and entertained guests with a few songs as well.
The fellows with the SAIRAC Johannesburg committee at the lunch.
Afterwards, Pieterse handed over the gifts to the fellows in attendance – biltong cutters with a SAIRAC plaque. Seven of the nine regional fellows were in attendance and total attendance for the event was 74.
The fellows who received gifts are: Annemarie Wake; Kathy Sharp; Grand Laidlaw; Patrick Burke; Colin Kelly; Allan Curry; and Alec Johannsen. Roy Hannah and Herman van Niekerk were not present.
After the gifts, Piet Pompies sang a few more songs before the buffet lunch was ready. The entertainment continued throughout lunch until the end of the lunch at about 16:00.
The fellows received SAIRAC biltong cutters as gifts.