The Adele Searll 100 Club was founded in 1979 by a group of women from Cape Town’s business and professional circles who were also known for their active interest in welfare and community projects.
With the untimely death in March 1998 of Adele Searll, its chairman and founder member, the committee and members, as a gesture of respect changed its name to the Adele Searll 100 Club. The committee appointed a new Chair June Druker, who was followed four years later by Judith Dodds. In July 2006, Jackie Lange took over and in 2011 Anet Pienaar Vosloo became Chairman. In January 2017 Suzette Raymond took over as chair of the Adele Searll 100 Club. In 2020 Rebecca Harvie was elected chairperson and has steered the club into the next decade, giving a fresh new look with clear focus on members through: Business, Networking and Philanthropy. Covid rules apply to all in person small gatherings and as chairperson Rebecca hosts amazing speakers through the Adele Searll 100 Club professional online meeting platform.
From its inception, the Club’s motivation has been to attract members from all sectors of the community successfully bringing together women who are representative of our diverse society. It offers members the opportunity of networking, both professionally and socially and attracts speakers of the highest calibre in all fields, ranging from President Nelson Mandela and Dame Margaret Thatcher, to well-known authors, politicians, businessmen, theatrical personalities and many others.
In 1983 the 100 Club Bursary Fund was established with the purpose of supporting underprivileged students at tertiary institutions throughout the Western Cape and this fund has in fact now become the raison d’être of the club.
Two of our bursars have gone on to study at Harvard. So far more than 100 students have received financial aid from the Club, which also supports social causes and charity organisations on an annual basis.
As the Club is totally self-supporting and non-profit making – its running costs provided solely from the income generated by our online meetings – our speakers offer their services gratis, a gesture for which we are eternally grateful as the Club could not otherwise survive.
Its members are committed and concerned citizens and their loyal support over the years have allowed the Club to grow and establish the high credibility it now enjoys.
EVENTS As the Club is totally self-supporting and non-profit making – its running costs provided solely from the income generated by our lunch meetings – our speakers offer their services gratis, a gesture for which we are eternally grateful as the Club could not otherwise survive.Its members are committed and concerned citizens and their loyal support over the years have allowed the Club to grow and establish the high credibility it now enjoys.
Previous speakers include the following:
Mr Nelson Mandela – State President
Wilbur Smith – Author
Dame Margaret Thatcher – Ex UK Prime Minister
Thabo Mbeki – SA Deputy President
Mr F W De Klerk – State President
Joan Collins – Actress
Maria Ramos – DG of National Treasury
Sarah Ferguson – Duchess of York
Rhoda Kadali – Humanitarian
John Kani – South African Actor
Helen Suzman – Politician
Janet Suzman – SA and International Actress
Helen Zille – Politician
Pieter Dirk Uys – Entertainer
Dr David Klatzow, Forensic Specialist
Jonathan Shapiro aka Zapiro
Sir Ralph Fiennes – Explorer
Graca Machel – wife of Mr Mandela
Sir Ralph Fiennes – Explorer