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The Club now meets face to face on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 12.00 for 12.15pm. OR ONLINE by ZOOM.
For the time being the venue is Bowral Bowling Club.
The Notice of Meeting will include links for ZOOM meetings when necessary.
Intending visitors are asked to contact the Secretary, mob 0448 022 892, 
OR e-mail secretary@berrimarotary.org.au  
On the 24th November & 13th December Richard Krohn and Derek White, with a little help from Lyndall and Aiden McGrath, cleaned and re-stained the deck at Rotary House, Triple Care Farm, Robertson. The hot weather on the 13th made for perfect drying weather and two coats of stain were applied in record time.  Around 400 people turned up for the Graduation Day at Triple Care Farm on the 15th December.  There were approximately 30 "graduates" (those who had achieved agreed goals during their stay at the Farm) in attendance out of the 52 who had achieved this status over the past year.  These included a very talented young girl who sang a couple of self composed songs for the assembled masses.
It was a very wet day so they did well to get through the proceedings (including a BBQ lunch) without mishap.  The planned tours of the new rehab centre and the Farm facilities were cancelled on OH&S grounds however.
The centenary of Rotary International was celebrated in 2005, and to mark the celebration every Rotary Club was asked to develop a community project.  The Rotary Club of Berrima District identified the creation of a lookout on Oxley Hill as their project, with this lookout providing not only a place of quiet reflection but also a substantial community asset and tourist attraction.
Wednesday the 14th December was our last meeting of the year and was celebrated at the Fitzroy Inn, Mittagong.  We had a delicious lunch and the meeting was well attended by members and their families. 
On 17th April 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Fundacion Progad (a locally registered agency) ShelterBox assisted 2,588 earthquake affected families in the province of Manabi in areas surrounding the city of Puerto Viejo.  The earthquake led to a total of 35,198 buildings being classified as “unsafe” or “for limited use”. Even families with a house considered suitable for limited use were afraid that aftershocks would cause further damage, or worse, lead to fatalities. Families worried their possessions would be stolen, and staying on or nearby home sites became imperative. Some households stayed with other families who were lucky enough to have a stable structure to live in, but most people had little choice but to sleep outside their home. Although families built shelters with salvaged items, these only offered minimal protection from the rain or the intense heat of the sun. There were also problems associated with a lack of privacy with some households only washing at night when passers-by could not see them. ShelterBox’s provision of shelter items and technical training enabled families to improve structures, making them watertight, better ventilated and more private.
More information and donations to ShelterBox may be made through the following link : http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/news_global.php?id=1391
On the 7th December we were given a presentation by Georgia Saeck, out outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  Georgia, who is a keen skier, is off to Switzerland in early January 2017.  Her first host family are in Salgesch, Leuk-Leukerbad.  They have three children and Georgia will be going to school with the youngest son.  We presented Georgia with her "jacket" and some Berrima Rotary banners which she will add to her collection of gifts for her host families and the Rotary Clubs she visits whilst on exchange.  We wish Georgia a safe trip look forward to regular updates throughout 2017.
We also heard from Jade Barr who spoke to us about the Highlands Community Christmas Eve Dinner.  Members of Berrima Rotary traditionally help out with transport and the donation of hams.  The Hams can be taken to the BDCU Alliance office in Bowral prior to Christmas Eve.
Thank you to David Cummings who officiated our AGM. 
Our meeting of the 30th November was a breakfast meeting held at The Mill in Bowral.  We had a delicious breakfast and then retired to the conference room to hear from two inspiring women - Kiara Rochaix from Oxley College and Jennifer Star from Tara Ed.
The RAWCS Eastern Region quarterly meeting held in Orange on 12 November 2016.  The Rotary Club of Berrima District received the grant for their “Tara Ed. Teacher Training and Rural Schools Assistance” project in India. This project was designed to increase the quality of education in rural schools in Maharashtra State, India through teacher training and by providing basic teacher and classroom resources, sponsorship of school fees, equipment and uniforms for 50 underprivileged girls.

Hope after an addiction to ice

Hearing young people’s stories from Triple Care Farm brings home the important role we all play in helping youth in crisis.  Rotary has has had a long association with Triple Care Farm through the construction  and maintenance of Rotary House on the property.  This facility is used for short-stay accommodation when friends and family visit the farm.

Levi, who's story is in this newsletter, has overcome ice addiction, reconnected with his family and is now working full time - all because your support enabled him to go to Triple Care Farm.  Ice ravages young lives. Below you will find a link to a short video which will help you to learn how Triple Care Farm has addressed the ice epidemic. I encourage you to take a few moments to view the clip.


And find out how your support saved Levi's life. To make a gift today to support of the 31 young people waiting for a place at Triple Care Farm in 2017, simply email me at a.green@sdmf.org.au.

Alex Green
General Manager of Sir David Martin Foundation



National RAWCS NZ Earthquake Appeal has been set up to assist the disaster in New Zealand. The advantage of this process is to allow Rotarians and friends to obtain a tax-deductible gift receipt, and to ensure all donors only need to donate into the one account. The Project partner is the NZ RAWCS equivalent Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) and we will regularly release funds into their account set up to support the NZ Earthquake needs as required.
So how can we help our brothers and sisters in NZ? ... You can donate securely through the following link:
Thank you to Rens Traets, the current inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student in the Southern Highlands, who was our meeting guest on the 16th November.  Rens has just turned 16 is comes from a small harbouside town in the Netherlands.  He is finding the Highlands very beautiful though a little quiet.  He is looking forward to heading to the beach with his current host family over Christmas.  Eric Priebee presented the Rotary banner to Rens after a short speech in Dutch.
Rens Traets and Eric Priebee
Also present at our meeting were Linda Knight (President Bowral/Mittagong), Simon Knight and Rob Uhl.  It is always a pleasure to have visiting member from other Rotary clubs.
What is RYLA?  RYLA is an acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  It is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 18 to 25 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event in conjunction with past attendees of RYLA to create a peer guided experience. The District 9710 RYLA experience consists of a 6 day residential programme held in the ACT every January.  On the 9th November we had the pleasure of listening to our club's candidate Jade Chapman express her excitement about the upcoming programme and tell us a little bit about herself. Jade is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, at the University of Wollongong.  She hopes one day to become a partner in an accounting firm.  We look forward to hearing the impact that RYLA has had on Jade when she return in 2017 to tell us all about her experience.
Jade Chapman and Melissa Meredith 
If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending RYLA please guide them to the following Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/District9710RYLA/
Friend and fundraising is what Berrima's annual Shelterbox Race Day is all about.  We don a hat and welcome the Horse Racing season with virtual horse racing.  It's a great day and all proceeds go to Shelter Box.
For more information, or donations to, ShelterBox please visit the following website http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/
DreamCricket was initiated by Dr Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation. The aim was to provide primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities on Bradman Oval. The DreamCricket program has grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally  October the 28th saw Dream Cricket come to Bradman Oval.  The Rotary Clubs of Berrima, Bowral/Mittagong and Moss Vale assisted in the set up and take down, providing the sausage sizzle lunch and helping out with the games.  A fantastic day was had by all volunteers and participants - even the rain couldn't wash the smiles of all the kids faces! 
The Rotary Club of Berrima District will NOT be having it's regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday the 26th October.  We are instead convening at Bradman Oval on Friday the 28th to be part of the Dream Cricket Event.  Why not come along and join in the volunteering! 
DreamCricket was initiated by Dr Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation. The aim was to provide primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities on Bradman Oval. The DreamCricket program has grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally.

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The Rotary Club of Berrima District (RCBD) is a bit different from other clubs in the area.  We are a smaller Club with a very big agenda.  Internationally, we are partnering with Ramsay Health Australia to re-assign surplus medical equipment to third world countries where there is a critical need for such equipment.  We call this our MAfO Project (Medical Aid for Oceania.  We are also currently fundraising to provide and install some all abilities play equipment into the park at Marketplace,  Berrima. We take both our work and our fun very seriously.  In general we focus on the young folks both in our area and internationally, and aim to help the community become the best they can be.  Curious yet?  Just contact us on  secretary@berrimarotary.org.au  to learn more.
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2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 12.15 for 12.30pm (midday) @ Bowral Bowling Club, OR ZOOM. Watch Notice of Meeting for venue.