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On the 30th August 2017 the Rotary Club of Berrima District hosted the 2017 Southern Highland’s 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition.  Berrima put forward two contestants – Celia Battcock from Frensham and Campbell De Montemas from Oxley College.  The Rotary Club of Bowral/Mittagong had two contestants from Bowral High School – Phoebe Staats and Hayden Koek.  Ben Brittle from Moss Vale High School was representing the Rotary Club of Moss Vale.
The year is racing on and we are now into the 2nd month of trialling the changes to our meeting schedule.  The extra time has given us all the chance to catch up on our other projects.  Derek White, Richard Krohn and Chris Webb have been working on the Berrima Market Place proposal.  Barry Barry Barford is continuing his hard work with MAfO, John Macpherson with RAWCS and RAM, John Smythe and Richard Krohn with Dream Cricket, Bridget Cosyn is easing into her role as Youth Director, and Allen Cupitt is heading the committee for the 2018 District Conference.  Frank Rodriguez has been working on the completion of Yesterday’s Stories and I have been gathering my team and putting together the programme for RYLA 2018.  There are only 7 meetings left in the year and we are busy completing our schedule of activities and speakers.  October is a busy month and we are looking for volunteers for the following activities;
 
Bowling Challenge
The annual Southern Highlands Rotary Bowling Challenge is coming up in Friday the 13th October at Highlands Tenpin, Mittagong.  Last year the Rotary Club of Berrima District fielded two teams.  We held our ground last year but were not strong enough to defeat the Rotary Club of Moss Vale.   Please contact President Lyndall McGrath ASAP to become part of the team.  This is how much fun we had last year ... 
 
 
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness
Australian Rotary Health and Bunnings have joined together to assist in fundraising for and the promotion of awareness of mental health issues.  We will be sharing a Lift The Lid Awareness table with the Rotary Club of Moss Vale on Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th October 2017 at Bunnings, Corner Old Hume Highway & Tyree Place, Mittagong.  Our shifts are from 12 to 3pm on the Saturday and from 9am to 12 on the Sunday.  Please contact Lyndall McGrath if you are available to help out during either of these periods.  You don’t need to be there for the whole three hours … but if you can that would be great.  For more information on Lift The Lid please visit the following site: https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/support-us/campaigns/lift-the-lid/
 
Dream Cricket
Friday 27th October 2017 is the annual Dream Cricket day at Bradman Oval.  Richard Krohn and John Smythe are on the Board and are requesting volunteers to help out on the day.  There are a variety of different jobs and shift one can do.  It is a wonderful experience and the more people we can get to help the smoother the day runs.  For more information please contact Richard Krohn on 0450695009 or rfkrohn@hotmail.com
 
 
Lyndall McGrath
4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition
On the 30th August 2017 the Rotary Club of Berrima District hosted the 2017 Southern Highland’s 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition.  Berrima put forward two contestants – Celia Battcock from Frensham and Campbell De Montemas from Oxley College.  The Rotary Club of Bowral/Mittagong had two contestants from Bowral High School – Phoebe Staats and Hayden Koek.  Ben Brittle from Moss Vale High School was representing the Rotary Club of Moss Vale.
 
The students presented on different topics and related them to the Rotary 4 Way Test:
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Hayden Koek, Bowral High School, discussed Bullying and applied the 4 Way Test to how to deal with bullies and bullying.  Hayden suggested that we spend too much time focusing on the bullied rather than the bully and feels that finding out why someone is a bully is a far more effective way to stop it happening in the first place.
 
Campbell De Montemas, Oxley College, spoke about suicide and believes that the 4 Way Test could be used to help treat people suffering from mental illness or contemplating suicide.  Campbell believes that truth and fairness when it comes to mental health is beneficial to all concerned.
 
Ben Brittle, Moss Vale High School, applied the 4 Way Test to the current political climate in North Korea and found that the Government policies failed the “test”.  Ben suggests that the actions of “rouge” governments around the world are one of the biggest threats to today’s young people and that acts of war are NEVER beneficial.
 
Phoebe Staats, Bowral High School, informed us that the 4 Way Test was first put forward by Rotary after World War Two in response to a world that had lost it’s moral compass.  Phoebe then applied the 4 Way Test to the current Australia Day controversy and determined that it would be better to change the date.
 
Celia Battcock, Frensham, applied the 4 Way Test to forest clearing, animal extinctions and pollution and found that we humans fail the 4 Way Test when it comes to protecting the environment.  Yet, conservation is fair and decidedly beneficial to all. 
 
 
 
All 5 speeches were brilliant.  The topics covered were well thought out and well presented.  The Judges – Chris Young (Berrima), Don Graham (Bowral/Mittagong) and Jim McAlpine (Moss Vale) had a difficult time choosing just one winner but they overwhelmingly agreed that Phoebe Staats was it.  Her speech was also a crowd favourite.  Our congratulations to Phoebe who will be competing in the final later this year.  Thank you also to the Students, their Teachers, Parents and the Rotary Clubs of Bowral/Mittagong and Moss Vale for attending and putting forward contestants.  It was a great day and I look forward to the 4 Way Test again next year.
 
 
District Governor’s Visit
We had a visit from DG Steve Hill’s representative, PDG Phil Armstrong, who gave us a very interesting talk on where the End Polio Now campaign is up to.  Prior to Rotary, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stepping up to the plate there were 350000 new cases of polio reported every year.
 
 
Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. Last year we only saw wild polio cases in three countries.  However, the fight isn’t over.  We need to keep up the immunisations for at least 3 more years before the world is declared Polio free.  World Polio Day is on the 24th October.  For more information please visit the following site: https://www.endpolio.org/
 
 
RAM – Rotarians Against Malaria
John Macpherson brought us an update on RAM from the National Conference in August 2017.  Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria. Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, they are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.  Though the deaths have fallen the statistics are still grim.  One child dies every two minutes … How can we help?  Just $500 from each Rotary Club this year will go a long way to helping defeat Malaria.  Current programmes in Timor Leste, Paupa New Guinea, and the Soloman Islands, are providing mosquito nets, equipment and training so that the people can turn the problem around.  Education seems to be the key.  Griffith University, the Burnett Institute, James Cook University, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Australian Army Malaria Research Unit and the Australian National University are all working together to develop a vaccine.  For further information please visit http://ram.rawcs.com.au/
 
 
So what are our plans for 2018?
 
JANUARY 2018
RYLA 2018
Applications for 2018 RYLA are open.  We have had a hiccup with the online applications however this has now been sorted.  As District Chair of RYLA I feel very lucky to have a wonderful group of mentors and committee members to help out this year.  I am especially lucky to have our RYLA candidate from 2017, Jade Rein, as one of our Mentors plus our Youth Director, Bridget Cosyn, and our Director Club Services, Melissa Meredith as committee members.  Bridget was a RYLARIAN and Melissa is the mother of a RYLARIAN and a previous RYLA committee member.  We are always on the lookout for candidates or people who may like to assist in the programme.  Stay tuned for updates … https://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/projects/vocational/ryla.html
 
Australia Day
Please mark the date in your calendars.  We are having a stall in Berrima Market Place as part of the Australia Day celebrations that take place every year in Berrima.  We will be looking for volunteers to populate the stall throughout the day.  We will be selling food, refreshments and using the day as a membership drive as well as fund and awareness raising for our proposal to install some all abilities play equipment in the park and the associated groundworks.
 
 
MARCH 2018
District Conference
PP Allen Cupitt gave us a briefing on where the planning is up to for the District Conference which is to be held at Mittagong RSL Club from the 23rd to the 25th March 2018.  There are some really exciting speakers lined up and there appears to be a comedy theme running though the programme.  Look out for details of the entertainment at the District Governor’s Conference Dinner on the Saturday night …
 
The organising committee will be looking for volunteers to populate the House of Friendship throughout the conference.  Stay tuned for more details.  Registrations open on the 1st November 2017.  For more information please visit the following site: https://conference.rotaryd9710.org.au/index.html
 
 
 
 
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Here is the first look at the programme and line up for the 2018 District 9710 Conference to be held in the beautiful Southern Highlands from the 23rd to the 25th March 2018.  Registrations open on the 1st November 2017.  Stay tuned for updates ... 
 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation celebrates 100 years of Doing Good in the World.  Gifts to the Foundation empower Rotarians to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need.  Here's how the Foundation makes a difference ... 
 
 
 
 
PROJECT REPORT – Medical Aid for Oceania and Worldwide (MAFO) RAWCS Project 48/2012-13
 
Since it first began operation in 2010 as Beds for Fiji, MAFO has gradually added value to the scope of the project. First came the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ramsay Health Care in 2012 and then the gradual expansion not only of the range of equipment supplied, but also the diversity of destinations. As well as beds MAFO now supplies anaesthetic and x-ray machines, ECG monitors, defibrillators, operating theatre equipment and a full range of hospital consumables. We serve hospitals and other medical facilities in numerous Pacific islands, the Asia-Pacific region and the African continent. Along the way suppliers other than Ramsay heard about the project and we now receive donated equipment from a variety of medical and pharmaceutical sources.
 
Today MAFO’s reputation as a source of shipping and logistical expertise has spread to other clubs, which sometimes “hire” us to organise container shipping on their behalf. One such club is the Rotary Club of West Wollongong, for which MAFO has recently delivered a 20ft container for packing by the Club with mixed medical and educational supplies, as well as 170 litres of paint for the refurbishment of medical clinics in the Cook Islands.
 
 
In its early days seven years ago, MAFO conveniently shipped its beds for Fiji out of Port Kembla. Unfortunately the shipping lines serving the Pacific Islands rarely use that port these days so we have to incur the additional cost of having the packed container delivered to Port Botany. We then arrange for the container to be weighed – a new maritime law introduced last July – and prepare the necessary shipping documents. The container is now en route to Auckland where it will be transhipped to another vessel for delivery to Rarotonga (pictured below) in early May.
 
Barry Barford
Deputy Project Manager
 
 

Special Guest Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley.  District Assembly this year will be a little different to other years.  We would like to encourage all Rotarians to attend, not just incoming Board members.  Make it an opportunity for a Club weekend away.

There will be a showcase of many of the Rotary programs on display over the weekend, with the opportunity to discuss one on one with committee members.  Breakout sessions will still be held with an opportunity to learn and ask questions.

  • DATES: 12 noon 29th - 30th April

  • VENUE ASSEMBLY: Kingsford Smith School, 100 Starke Street, HOLT ACT (view map)

  • DINNER: Raiders Belconnen, Hardwick Cres, HOLT ACT

  • COST: $40pp

Registrations close 23rd April, 2017 at 6pm

https://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/store/district-training-assembly.html

 

 

Our Candidate for the 2017 NYSF was James Walker.  James has provided us with a comprehensive report on his experience.
 
This may come as a surprise to hear but, after arriving at Burgmann College at the Australian National University with a new year freshness and being greeted by the sight of young adults in blue shirts skipping, running and screaming in uncanny unison, I honestly thought I was about to embark on the most confronting twelve days of my life! In fact, I called my parents that evening after driving down to Canberra from our Berrima home and vividly recall exclaiming my trepidation and, to an extent, initial apprehension about the whole National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) experience. However, I can safely say I have never been more wrong in my life! On returning to my friends and family at home and boarding school in late January, I have found it extremely difficult to express just how life-changing, fun, and utterly amazing the NYSF was. I realise that this report, rather words in general, will never fully encompass the NYSF experience, but I hope I can do it some justice by relating my unbelievable experience to the best of my ability.
 
 
Firstly, the hundreds of remarkable young men and women on the NYSF are what distinguishes it from other youth experiences. My initial uneasiness was quelled upon meeting my floor group, the Homer Heroes, on the first night. Never in my had I met such a like-minded, humour-driven, and intelligent group of adolescents and from all over the oceanic region: New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand just to name a few. The 15 minutes of nightly floor time was always a highlight of my day and they have forged unforgettable memories which will last with me forever (especially a spilt Milo dilemma).

No more than 12 hours later, I was introduced to a group as engaging, humorous, and gifted but with whom I developed an even deeper personal connection: my interest group. Hill, whose focus was upon food, agriculture, and plant and animal biology, was composed of the loveliest people you could imagine. In fact, I have become so close to them (we all still speak to this day) that it feels proper to name them all. From top left clockwise: Sharon (NSW); Erin (NZ); Nia (QLD); Mark (QLD), who was the best buddy I could ask for; Emily (QLD); Jeremy (NSW); Jaslin (ACT); myself; Aleina (VIC); Leon (VIC); Jade (NSW); Izzy (WA); Poppy (VIC); and Connie (VIC).
 


It was with this group that I visited some of the most scientifically stimulating sites in Australia including the Mulloon Creek Chicken Farms, the National Botanic Gardens, the Canberra Reptile Zoo, CSIRO, and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
 
Yet, I think the real magic of the NYSF lies within its ability to alter life courses. Entering the forum, I was uncertain about my future career path but veterinary science had always fascinated me. However, during our visit to the CSIRO, we were privileged enough to receive a talk about genetically modified cotton and mace wheat crops, which, through selective genetic breeding, increased resistance to common pestilences and increased overall yield. This field just felt ‘right’ from the start and now that I have conducted research into the university degrees available to enter the bioengineering field, I am more uncertain than ever about what I want to do in the future! All I know is that it will involve science.
 
We were also fortunate enough to receive lectures from some of Australia’s leading scientists such as Sally-Ann Paulsen, Dr Grant Wilson (Physiotherapy), and last but not least, Nobel Prize winner, Professor Brian Schmidt (Astrophysics). These men and women were extraordinary and I felt so lucky to have the chance to listen to their lectures and ask pressing questions. On top of this, I also received invaluable information about coping with Year 12, universities, scholarships, and other potential future scientific workplaces such as Lockheed Martin and IP Australia during the Partners Presentation and Expo.
 
Although I’ve outlined the scientific aspects of the forum (as would be expected), it would be careless not to mention all the activities which bonded my session and forged long-lasting friendships which I will cherish forever. Whether this involved the science relay quiz, the swing dance, the disco, visits to the National Museum of Australia and the National Art Gallery, Questacon, or the concert, I experienced some of the best moments of my life.
 
In no way does this report summate the greatness of NYSF; it really is indescribable. I hope I can explain the experience to a greater justice during my speech at my local Rotary club next month. My gratitude and appreciation for the Berrima District Rotary Club, especially for their amazing monetary support, is unparalleled. You really have changed my life. Thank you. Furthermore, I’d like to extend my thanks to District 9710 for my selection. The intellectual network I have established through the NYSF is priceless and I know they will shape my future. Thank you so much!
 
James Walker
 
 
Our guest speaker at our meeting on the 8th February 2017 was Dylan Whitelaw.  Dylan is a Year 10 student at Oxley College, Burradoo.  Get Around It is a small not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and services about Youth Mental Health within the Wingecarribee Shire. Established to assist young people during difficult times, Get Around It is an innovative organisation that strives to help every young person within the Wingecarribee Shire. Mental health conditions often start early in life and can have significant implications for success in education, future careers, and personal relationships. One in four young people experience a mental health condition and suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 24, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Research has shown that half all mental health conditions emerge by the age of 14, and three-quarters by age 24. However, identifying issues early and getting a young person into the right support and treatment can change lives. Adolescence is a critical time for mental health and around 550,000 young people aged 12–18 years live with depression or anxiety.
 
Get Around It was established in late 2015 after a less than desirable experience with the mental health system in the Wingecarribee Shire. After this experience, the founder became very interested in adolescent mental health.  Get Around It is a non-government organisation that raises awareness and promotes the wellbeing of young people.
 


Ultimately Get Around It is a group of people who are passionate about mental health and helping other people.  Guided by our vision and mission, values and behaviours, we endeavour to help young people improve their lives and therefore reduce the risk of suicide.  For more information please visit https://www.getaroundit.org/
 
8th February 2017
 
 
 
 
MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
MUNA for 2017 will be on Saturday the 13th May at the Wingecarribee Shire Council Chambers.  Applications opened on the 1st March.  Our Club is responsible for teams from Frensham and Oxley College.  Last years event was something special and I urge you to come along.  
 
NYSF - National Youth Science Forum
Applications for the 2018 NYSF open in March and close on the 31st May 2017.
 
4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition
Round 1 is scheduled for July 2017
Round 2 is scheduled for July 2017
Semi Final Scheduled for September 2017
Final at the District Conference in October 2017
 
RYLA
Applications for 2018 close in November 2017
 
For further information on Youth Projects please contact our Youth Director, Chris Young.  Your help with any of the Youth Projects would be greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
 
Our candidate for RYLA 2017 was Jade Rein and here is her report on her experience:
 
We all arrived bright and early on Sunday the 15th January where we were welcomed by the Mentors and the Committee. Our first order of business was to get settled into our bunks and start to get acquainted with our fellow RYLArians. We started by having the mentors run a few ice-breaking activities and then we got straight into the program. Our days ran from 7am until approximately 9pm and they were all packed full of speakers, presentations, activities, workshops and exercises.
 
We quickly moved straight onto our first speaker Tony Tucker who is an associate professor at the University of Canberra, he spoke with us about Leadership theory and the fundamentals and concepts of Leadership. Working in teams we were instructed to build a straw tower and we would be judged on three things height, strength and how creative we can make a story about the structure. This challenge helped us to develop an understanding of how the different styles of leadership work.
 
Another task we completed involved us getting dressed up as if we were to attend an interview for a job of our choice. Once we were all dressed up we headed to the main building where we learnt about how to present yourself in an interview, general questions you might be asked and how to best prepare for an interview. One of the key points I will never forget is that is only takes someone seven seconds to form a first impression of you, so the way you dress to the way you conduct yourself through your body language is very important.
 
 
Another great activity we conducted was an online questionnaire called the HBDI framework, this was done before we attended RYLA. The HBDI is brain framework model that helps understand the different mental processes and how different types of people prefer different kinds of thinking.  While we were at RYLA we received our results we were split between the four categories in the model. We were then given the task to write a newspaper article being the opposite of what we are. So for example I was in the Blue area meaning; the way I think is logical, analytical and factual. So the opposite of myself was the red category being people who think more emotionally and expressively. This helped us develop an understanding that people do think in different ways and there is no right way of how people think and the way they process and express information is different between people and you if you can work out the ways different people think it will help you get along away if you’re in a leadership role. 
 
The whole RYLA experience from arriving until departing was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The speakers, presentations and activities we completed helped us in many ways to gain confidence, learn to what makes a great leader and that you will fail and you need to just keep your head high and push though the challenges that may come your way. The RYLA program is a very personal growth experience and I am certainly grateful to the Berrima District Rotary Club for sponsoring me to attend RYLA in January 2017.
 
Jade Rein
February 2017
 
 
 
THE NINTH SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE
 
Rod Asterope spoke to us about THE NINTH SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE which is a project of the Rotary Club of Bowral/Mittagong.  The Challenge is an outreach programme aimed at changing student's perceptions of science and engineering through projects not normally undertaken in their school environments.  The Challenge is on the 20th and 21st March at the Mittagong RSL and will be attended by over 500 students from schools within the Highlands.  There will be teams of students undertaking electrical engineering projects, building catapults, building bridges and many more. 
 
 
 
RAGES
 
Our Member, Richard Krohn, spoke about RAGES - Rotarian Action group for Endangered Species.  Richard was drawn to the group as when he was working and holidaying in South Africa he saw the effects of poaching first hand.  He also visited the RAGES supported Orangutan Sanctuary in Malaysia.  Rotary action groups receive RI funding and RAGES is run out of the Coolamon Rotary Club in District 9710.  For ore information please visit http://www.endangeredrag.org/projects/
 
Susan Sheward M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire), Director for Orangutans and Primates, RAGES 
 
 
 
 
The Rotoract Club of the Southern Highlands has presented us with a certificate of appreciation for our support of their fundraising efforts for The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners on 2016.
 
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9670 INCORPORATED
PRESS STATEMENT
 
Following the extensive bushfires which have occurred in central western NSW recently, the Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have jointly sponsored and established a fund to assist individuals and families suffering significant loss and distress caused by the fires.   The fund has been established through the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society – an arm of Rotary Australia World Community Service - and has been listed as a charitable fund.  This means it has Deductible Gift Recipient status so that donations made to it are tax deductible.
“Moneys donated to the fund will be used to assist those who have exhausted any assistance available from Government and Insurance resources following the Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and other fires in the Mid-Western Regional, Upper Hunter and Warrumbungle regions” the Project Manager, Margaret Barnes of the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise, said today.  “At last count 31 houses had been lost, as had 104 outbuildings and an unknown but significant number of livestock.  The village of Uarbry, decimated by the Sir Ivan fire, lost 9 of its 12 houses and its church” she added. 
 
Mudgee Guardian
 
District Governor of Rotary District 9670 Stephen Jackson drove through the area the day after the Golden Highway was re-opened and said “This is an area well known to me.  I had driven through it only 3 days before and it was well-grassed but obviously dry.  When I returned the country around the Golden Highway was just black, kilometre after kilometre of fencing was damaged or missing, and there was almost no fodder available for the livestock which had survived.  There is a huge need for support”. 
 
The Rural Financial Counselling Service has agreed to work with the sponsoring clubs and will make recommendations as to the people most in need of benevolent relief.  The Service is a not for profit organisation which is already working with people impacted by the fires and will be a valuable and impartial resource in assisting the project deliver to those most in need.
Individuals, Rotary and other clubs and similar organisations, and corporate entities are urged to contribute to this tax deductible and charitable benevolent fund to assist in relieving the suffering of those who have and are continuing to experience personal trauma and property loss.
 
Donations can be made through an online process.  To donate, go to https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectNo=55&YearRegistered=2016-17.  The Project Sponsors thank donors for their support.
 
The release of this statement is authorised by Margaret Barnes, Project Manager, Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise, the Rotary Clubs of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise,  and by Stephen Jackson, District Governor of Rotary International District 9670 Inc.
 
 
Jade Rein (nee Chapman) returned from RYLA and gave us a most impressive account of her time there.  Jade's report will be on line shortly and will also be included in the next edition of The Banter.  
 
The Outbound Youth Exchange Students departed Canberra on the 14th January 2017
 
 
 
The collage shows all the Swiss inbounders at the Rhinefall,  Georgia's host family on my arrival in Zurich. L-R: Céline, Fabienne, Me, Stefan and Philippe Schmidt, Georgia at the Rhinefall, Swiss inbounders ice skating on a break from our language camp. These are only the Southern Hemisphere inbounds, from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Columbia, Georgia in a castle in Brig, where my school is and the view from from house in Salgesch.  
 
Georgia reports that so far, her experience has been amazing.  Her host family is so wonderful and it's so beautiful where she will be living, and even though the language barrier can be a bit difficult.  She was at language camp until the 4th February and then off to school on the 6th.  Georgia is so excited for the rest of her year that's yet to come.
 
We look forward to further reports from Georgia throughout the year. 
 
 
The loading of the latest container of surplus medical and associated equipment bound for Malawi.
 
 
 
 
From India, the project leader in India and founding chairman of Tara.Ed, Hon Rtn Jennifer Star has reported:
 
‘In January 2017 we hosted an Alumni Tour to Ajra as part of Rosary School's Golden Jubilee celebrations. Three Alumni joined the tour and had the opportunity to visit Ajra and Watangi to see the changes that have taken place in the school. Despite the challenges of demonitization, the Alumni Tour was a resounding success, with the team being welcomed very warmly by Father Anthony, the school staff and students. This tour marked the eighth and final tour to Rosary School, Ajra, and was the culmination of a multi-faceted and highly successful partnership lasting nine years. 
The tour was also coupled with a Sponsor visit, with Raechel's (2014) husband and children accompanying the tour to meet their Star Kids Scholarship student. If you would like to read more/see photos please see the Tour Blog and Sponsorship Visit posts on the Tara.Ed website.’ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Film Night
Nov 30, 2017 6:00 PM
"Wonder"
RYLA Nominee/s
Dec 06, 2017
AGM and Election of Officers for 2018/19
Board Meeting
Dec 13, 2017
Surveyor General
Dec 20, 2017 5:30 PM
Berrima Walk and Christmas Party
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Jan 17, 2018
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Australia Day
Jan 26, 2018
Berrima Playground
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Feb 07, 2018
Board Meeting
Feb 14, 2018 12:26 PM
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Feb 21, 2018 12:00 PM
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Mar 21, 2018 12:00 PM
 
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