Information about Moth Savannah Shellhole

About Savannah Shellhole

Savannah Shellhole was formed on the 4th of September 2002. The Shellhole is as a result of a merge between Dan Pienaar Shellhole and Old Rifle Range Shellhole. Both these shellholes had many years of experience and were well known and supported in the MOTH community. The merge saw a new name being MOTH Savannah Shellhole,  remembering Operation Savannah 1975 which took part in Angola, a battle remembered by 3rd generation Moths.

We Pride ourselves, in being a Shellhole whose members are on average younger than most other shellholes, but more important, extremely committed to the MOTH and the various functions held, especially MOTH Parades and supporting Cottage functions, enabling them to raise funds. The small shellhole of less than 30 Moths, is involved at all levels within the Order, eg Cottage Managements Schemes, District Executives, Province Executives and the National Executive. Members also represent the MOTH as trustees on the National War Fund.

We have a very soft spot for our elder Moths who were involved in the building of our Order and our Shellhole. We are however very aware that we need to get younger blood into the organization if the Order is to survive.

Savannah Executive Members

Year Old Bill Deputy Old Bill Adjutant Pay Bill Sgt major
2002-2003 Richard Wilson Ron De Roche Stan Brown Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2003-2004 Richard Wilson Ron De Roche Edwin Welkin Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2004-2005 Richard Wilson Ron De Roche Jimmy Frieslaar Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2005-2006 Richard Wilson Ron De Roche Jimmy Frieslaar Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2006-2007 Ron De Roche Richard Wilson Jimmy Frieslaar Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2007-2008 Ron De Roche Richard Wilson Jimmy Frieslaar Andy Boden Huey Frieslaar
2008-2009 Ron De Roche Richard Wilson Jimmy Frieslaar Andy Boden Gavin Holz
2009-2010 Ron De Roche Jimmy Frieslaar Gavin Holz Andy Boden Mauro Scaramal
2010-2011 Jimmy Frieslaar Ron De Roche Gavin Holz Andy Boden Mauro Scaramal
2011-2012 Jimmy Frieslaar Gavin Holz Greg Van Der Merwe Andy Boden Mauro Scaramal
2012-2013 Jimmy Frieslaar Gavin Holz Greg Van Der Merwe Trevor Scrimgeour Craig Schambrook
2013-2014 Jimmy Frieslaar Gavin Holz Greg Van Der Merwe Trevor Scrimgeour Craig Schambrook
2014-2015 Jimmy Frieslaar Gavin Holz Richard Wilson Andy Boden Craig Schambrook
2015-2016 Gavin Holz Jimmy Frieslaar Robin Starkey Rory Barnes Craig Schambrook
2016-2017 Gavin Holz Robin Starkey Mike Ribi Rory Barnes Trevor Scrimgeour
2017-2018 Gavin Holz Robin Starkey Mike Ribi Rory Barnes Geoff Lathy
2018-2019 Gavin Holz Robin Starkey Bruce Green Rory Barnes Geoff Lathy

The Shellholes Old Bills of the Order

Name Date
Peter Coltman 1997/ 1998
Stan Brown 2003/ 2004
Andy Boden 2016/ 2017

The Shellholes Certificates of Merit awards

Name Year
Peter Coltman (ORR) 1963
Peter De Villiers (ORR/DP) 1999
Stan Brown 2002
Andy Boden 2004
Richard Wilson 2007
Ron De Roche 2007
Robin Ford 2007

Roll of Honour

Date Name
18-Jan-2003 Larry Viljoen
11-Apr-2005 Doc Barry
18-May-2006 Stan Brown
20-Jun-2006 Tiger Evans
28-Aug-2006 Peter Coltman
30-Jan-2007 Jim McCall
20-May-2008 Huey Frieslaar
29-Sep-2012 Mauro Scaramal
14-Mar-2013 Neels Claassen
31-Aug-2018 Neville Morgan
17-Oct-2018 Ruby Behr

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Events

Over the many years the shellhole has held many fund raisers and socials.  Functions include:

  1. Golf Days – at Glenvista
  2. Dinner Dance
  3. Beer Fests,
  4. Open Days,
  5. Raids to other shellholes, including 80th, 85th and 90th Anniversary of the MOTH.
  6. Christmas Tree for Children – No cost to the Children
  7. Dickie Fritz End of year Fete and Parade
  8. Inter District Sports Day
  9. Attend most parades in the area

We hope to continue with these activities, and more, for many years to come. The highlight of these events is the support from all the members.