Berrima Rotary have put their heads together to implement some changes to our meetings.  One of the options we were talking through was the option of becoming an E-Club.  With the view of possibly becoming a Hybrid E-club, we invited Angus Robertson along to you meeting and he gave us a frank and informative talk on the pros and cons of an E-club.  Angus had been a charter member of an E-club as well as a member of traditional club.  We decided to put this idea back on the shelf, and so we have moved on to another option.
We have now decided to move our meetings back to every second week, on those weeks we will continue with the traditional format with speakers and lunch.  The alternate weeks we will meet for a casual drink at a pub, do a vocational visit or some community service, in this way we will have regular contact with all members and add some variety to the meeting calendar.  This will all come into effect in December.
During the past months we have had some very interesting speakers, challenging us to think beyond our everyday.  Peter Tyas spoke to us about his youth and his introduction to Dentistry, a story that was charming and somewhat serendipitous!  He has had an interesting career and most engaging we simply ran out of time.
Bill O’Gorman introduced us to his life from racing cars to Jazz Bands, several our members attended a “Shhhh Jazz” concert at Bowral Bowling club inspired by his passion for Jazz.  What a wonderful addition to the events calendar of the Highlands.
Our very own John Smythe told us stories of his youth, his love of cricket and his rise in his chosen profession.  He from humble beginnings to very successful career.
Happy Birthday Berrima District!! Members gathered to celebrate the clubs Birthday.  It was a top night with pizza, vino, games and one very delicious Birthday Cake.  It was a chance to share fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. Surely the success of the night could be measured by the amount of laughter and the fact that we were ushered out when the restaurant closed.
“Boys and their Trains”, David Sommerville spoke of his love of trains, in this case one big and very historical Engine.  We heard of a total dedication to the restoration of his Garret 6029.  It is hoped that we can possible work out some fundraising using the services of this mighty steam train.
Alfred Chidembo is a friend of Berrima Rotary and we were very pleased to have him address our club again.  “Aussie Books to Zim”, Alfred’s charity are making significant impacts on the lives and futures of the children of Zimbabwe. It was wonderful to hear that our club member Barry Barford and our project MAFO have help Alfred in working out logistics for his books.
A fantastic event “Soiree for Michael” was held at one of our members home.  The aim of the event was to help Michael Connelly raise funds to attend RYLA in 2020.  Michael is a local young man who has been involved with ‘Vocal Muster’ a brainchild of Richard Lane. Michael provided entertainment for the night of good food, good music and good company, a perfect mix.