Well, another one down and a great relief for the Immediate Past President I can assure.  Not so sure about our new President, Shelley Boyce, however.  The event seemed to go pretty well if I do say so myself.  We had nearly 40 people turn up and the private room at the Scottish Arms was a good venue.  Despite a couple of hiccups with the AV set-up, the presenters all managed OK and the show was ably run by MC, Chris Young.
The highlights of the evening (in order of appearance):
  • The attendance as the District Representative of Past District Governor, Glenn Wran, who I knew well from my days at Sydney Cove.  Glenn travelled all the way from Mollymook to be with us and then turned around and drove the 2.5 hours back again on the night so he could chair an SES meeting the following day.  Talk about dedication to causes!
  • Two videos from WHY Documentaries as part of the Yesterday’s Stories project with interviews of some of the more elderly characters of Berrima.  Frank Rodrigues finally achieved his goal of showing them at a Changeover and he is to be complimented on his achievements to date.
  • The presentation by John Macpherson and PDG Glenn Wran to Lyndall Dalley of a Paul Harris Fellowship for her service to Rotary and the community via her participation in District-level RYLA activities, Highlands Community Centre management and Council affairs.  The tributes we received from various parties involved in these areas were glowing to say the least.  Well done Lyndall and thank you for your help during my year.
  • And of course, the induction of Shelley Boyce OAM as the new President of Berrima District Rotary.  Shelley touched on her two main objectives for the coming year – to increase Club membership and to develop more joint venture projects with the other two Highlands Rotary Clubs.  She is also actively involved in a move to resuscitate a gala event to recognise the contributions of the various community service groups around the Highlands.  All the best in your endeavours Shelley.
  • The raising of nearly $500 from the raffle which will go towards a donation to the Children’s’ Emergency Medical Fund mentioned below.  John Macpherson made a symbolic presentation of a cheque to PDG Glenn for him to convey to the District Governor on our behalf.