Wednesday at 12 midday for 12.15pm
Bowral Bowling Club
40 Shepherd St
Bowral, NSW  2576

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Rotary Club Of Berrima District are upgrading the already fantastic Marketplace Park in Berrima.  The Honourable Pru Goward, through the NSW Government has helped to facilitate the contribution of $30,000 to assist with purchasing an inclusive orbit carousel, all abilities trampoline and more! Tune in to hear all about their plans from the fantastic people driving this project.
There will be no meeting of the Rotary Club of Berrima District this Wednesday as it is the 5th Wednesday of the month.  Look forward to seeing you all on the 6th June.

COMMUNITY OWNED RENEWABLE ENERGY? For those of you who missed Andrew Forbes informative and thought provoking presentation at the Mill, Bowral, in April this year Berrima Rotary have the please of sharing breakfast with him this Wednesday morning. 7.15am Bowral Bowling Club, 40 Shepherd Street, Bowral. Everyone is welcome but we do need to know numbers prior to Tuesday afternoon for catering purposes. Cost $20 pp. Please pm Lyndall McGrath for further information or call us on 0418861612.

For those of you who missed Andrew Forbes informative and thought provoking presentation at the Mill, Bowral, in April this year Berrima Rotary have the pleasure of sharing breakfast with him this Wednesday morning. 

Come along - bring a friend, bring the family ... everyone is welcome but we do need to know numbers prior to Tuesday afternoon for catering purposes. Cost $20 pp. For further information call us on 0418861612.

Community Owned Renewable Energy?
Andrew Forbes, A local of over 20 years wants to continue the work done by previous groups that had a vision to see the Highlands community support a renewable energy project that provides clean energy, creates local jobs, and produces good investment returns for Highlanders.

Can this be done in the Southern Highlands? In asking this question Andrew looked to a community group in Victoria – Hepburn Wind – that was established in 2007 and has built two wind turbines of 4.1MW capacity delivering enough to power over 2,000 homes. The group is community owned, has become profitable in the last two years, has paid back more than $3.5mn in bank loans since 2011 (that were related to the project construction costs), and has contributed over $100,000 to community projects.

We can do this in the Southern Highlands. Many people have investigated the possibilities, but so far we have not been able to get a project going.


The ANZAC spirit will live on in the Highlands thanks to a very special family.  The Macpherson family of Bowral donated a Lone Pine to the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens (SHBG) on March 9. 

John Macpherson had four uncles serve in World War 1, and kindly donated the tree to commemorate the fallen soldiers.  On August 6 1915 the 1st Australian Infantry Division launched a major offensive at Plateau 400 on Gallipoli.  The ridges were originally with the Aleppo pine, but were later cleared to provide cover for the Turkish trenches, leaving just one, solitary pine.  After the battle, Lance Corporal Benjamin Charles Smith, 3rd Battalion AIF, collected several pine cones from the branches used to cover the Turkish trenches.  He sent the cones home to his mother, in remembrance of his brother who died during the battle.  From one of these cones she sowed several seeds, and successfully raised two seedlings. 

One of the trees was planted in Inverell where Benjamin and his brother had enlisted, and the other was planted at the Australian War Memorial. 

Bowral's Lone Pine.

 Bowral's Lone Pine.

In December 2008 the tree injured severe damage after a storm.   However, it was saved and more seeds were created.  “The tree we donated really is a direct descendant from that Lone Pine in Gallipoli,” Mr Macpherson said.  “This has been propagated from the tree which was planted at the Australian War Memorial from one of two cones brought home after WW1.”

Four of Mr Macpherson uncles fought in WW1, and two of which were ANZACs.  Second Lieutenant Ewen Fergus Lord Macpherson enlisted on August 29 1914. Lordie, as he was affectionately known, served on the Gallipoli Peninsula until 1915 when he was admitted to hospital. He was later killed in action on August 10 1916.


The Macpherson family with the newly planted tree.

 The Macpherson family with the newly planted tree.

Second Lieutenant Jack Machattie Lord Macpherson was the sixth child of Ewan Fergus Macpherson and Genevieve Louisa Machattie, and the third of four brothers who served in the Great War.  Jack enlisted on April 4 1915, and served on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the area of Russell’s Top and Fatigue Gully until December when the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force withdrew and returned to Egypt via Mudros.  Sergeant Randolph George Lord Macpherson was the second oldest of the four boys to serve in the Great War. Private Lachlan Charles Lord Macpherson was the youngest of the brothers to enlist. He was killed on August 29 1918 during the lead up to the Battle for Mont St Quentin/Peronne. 

Mr Macpherson said it was very special for he, and his family, to have a Lone Pine planted at the botanic gardens.  “It’s a very important commemoration to these men and our family,” he said.  “We are all very pleased to donate this tree to the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.”

SHBG chairman Charlotte Webb said the tree would become an important feature of the gardens.  “This forms one of the first trees in really, what will become an area of remembrance,” she said.  “I think it really is a significant introduction to the gardens and it’s lovely coming from such an important family as the Macphersons.” 


What's new with Berrima Rotary?
We are trialling a new meeting regimen. In recognition of the broad range of community needs, the Berrima Rotary Club are adding breakfast meetings to our repertoire in April. This change should allow members of the Highlands community who have difficulty in attending lunch or dinner meetings a better opportunity to learn about, and hopefully participate in, Rotary’s local and international projects.
We are also continuing our traditional lunch meetings on alternate Wednesdays as follows:
18th April - lunch meeting at 12 noon for 12.15pm (close 1.30pm)
11th April - breakfast meeting at 7am for 7.15am (close 8.30am)
2nd and 16th May - lunch meeting at 12 noon for 12.15pm (close 1.30pm)
9th and 23rd May - breakfast meeting at 7am for 7.15am (close 8.30am)
6th and 20th June - lunch meeting at 12 noon for 12.15pm (close 1.30pm)
13th June - breakfast meeting at 7am for 7.15am (close 8.30am)
Our Club holds its meetings at the Bowral Bowling Club, 40 Shepherd Street, Bowral.
Southern Highlanders and their friends are encouraged to come along for breakfast (and/or lunch) and explore joining with existing Rotarians in “Making a Difference”.
Please don’t hesitate contact us at if you have questions.
Welcome to 2018.  We wound up 2017 with a Christmas Party at the home of Melissa and Graham Meredith and we thank them for their hospitality.  We raised $500 which we donated to the Highlands Community Christmas Dinner held at the Southern Highlands Christian School.  Thank you to all who attended.  We also finished 2017 with the induction of Geri Gardiner who will be assisting us with fundraising.
January is usually a quiet month for the Rotary Club of Berrima District however this year was a little different.  Melissa Meredith, Bridget Cosyn and I were off to Canberra to facilitate the District 9710 RYLA Programme for 2018.  In our absence we welcomed a new member - Krischan Keller who is works with the PYCY.  Krischan and his wife welcomed their first son -  Sebastian Richard James Keller - on the 22nd of January - so our heartfelt congratulations to Krischan and his wife Jacki.  On Australia Day we ran a stall at the Berrima Australia Day Markets and our Youth Exchange participant, Georgia Saeck, returned from 12 months in Switzerland.  Not so quiet after all!
Our trial of two meetings per month has concluded with the majority of members agreeing that they would prefer weekly meetings.  For the moment we are back to lunchtime meetings at Bowral Bowling Club but are currently discussing the possibility of trialing two breakfast meetings a month ... stay tuned !
Want some more information?  Our January 2018 Bulletin has been published so click on the link and find out what's been happening ... 
Lyndall McGrath
The Rotary Club of Berrima District would like to thank the Honorable Pru Goward, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, for her part in assisting us gain a grant to go towards the upgrading of the playground in Berrima Market Place to include some all abilities play equipment and disabled access.
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  to learn more.
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