ARTSA 2024 has finally arrived! This is the time of year I eagerly anticipate, as it offers a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet the incredible new members who have joined our association over the past year.

Held in the picturesque Mossel Bay, South Cape, ARTSA 2024 showcased strong representation from Namibia. Our delegation included 16 tablers and 8 legs, making a total of 24 enthusiastic participants from the Namibia Area.

Our adventure began on Tuesday, April 23rd. Tablers from the coastal region, Walvis Bay to be specific drove to Windhoek, where we all gathered to commence our convoy to Mossel Bay, South Cape, South Africa. After a scenic and brief drive of over 22 hours, we finally arrived at our destination, the Diaz Beach Hotel & Resort, on Wednesday, April 24th. Exhausted but exhilarated, we checked in, took much-needed showers after nearly 24 hours on the road, grabbed a bite to eat, and quickly put ourselves to sleep.

Thursday, April 25th marked the official start of our ARTSA experience. We began with registration, receiving our goodie bags and diving into the festive atmosphere. Lunch at Hennie’s allowed us to mingle with fellow tablers, enjoy a meal, and indulge in a few drinks while looking forward to the official opening later that day. At 20:00, the ARTSA opening ceremony kicked off at the Hard-Core Hut with a Beach Vibe themed party. The night was filled with joy as we reunited with old friends and made new connections.

Friday, April 26th was a day of culinary competition with the Area Food Tables event. The Namibia Area showcased our vibrant and delicious cuisine, earning a respectable 5th place. The day was brimming with laughter, delectable food, and engaging conversations. After the competition, we took some time to rest and rejuvenate before the Area Shirt Party that evening. Our “Chappy” shirts were a hit, drawing admiration and requests for exchanges. The evening was a testament to the camaraderie and spirit of ARTSA, though we regretted not bringing more shirts to share.
Saturday, April 27th was the day of the AGM. As expected, the AGM was informative, creative, and concise, providing an opportunity to reflect on the past year and learn from our collective experiences. Following the AGM, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and some well-deserved rest, preparing for the highlight of the evening, this being the President’s Banquet.

At 18:00, the doors opened to a beautifully arranged banquet. The evening was a celebration of friendship, unity, and camaraderie, complemented by excellent food. The Namibia Area received a few awards, adding to the festive spirit. After the formalities, we continued to enjoy the night with drinks and conversations at the bar, savoring the last moments of the event.

As Sunday, April 28th dawned, it was time to bid farewell to Mossel Bay. We prepared for our journey back to Namibia, filled with heartfelt farewells and reflections on the profound impact of the weekend’s experiences. Each of us departed enriched and inspired by the spirit of tabling.

In closing, I extend my deepest gratitude to the entire ARTSA convening team and the South Cape Area for their exceptional hospitality and unwavering dedication throughout the AGM. We felt right at home, thanks to their efforts. The bonds forged and memories created during ARTSA 2024 will serve as a beacon of inspiration as we continue our collective journey of service and camaraderie.

Thank you all.

Yours in Table,

Kama Vinga

Namibia Area IRO


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