29th April 2019
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Apr 30, 2019
Tuesday - Malaria Awareness Day
May 01, 2019 12:00 PM
May 08, 2019
May 15, 2019
May 22, 2019
May 26, 2019 9:00 AM
Sunday - Adventure Journey thru' the Highlands
May 29, 2019
Jun 26, 2019
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President's Message
This week was an opportunity for us to catch up with our own National Youth Science Forum graduate, Skye Holmwood.  Skye is a year-12 student at Oxley College and attended an NYSF course in Brisbane earlier this year.  She gave us a run-down on her time there and was so impressed by what she learned, she then applied to go to an International Youth Science Forum in Singapore in July, and was successful. Skye is a most impressive and talented young woman, who apart from being a budding scientist, is also a charcoal artist and a pianist. Richard Lane was clearly impressed too, as he offered Skye a gig on the piano with his Wingecarribee Vocal Muster.
Skye is now busy fundraising to pay for her Singapore trip and the Club has made a $500 contribution.  We will also provide some funds from the Ladies in Black night outlined below.  We wish her all the best for this prestigious event.  NYSF holds Donor Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office and all donations to the NYSF over $2 will attract tax deductions in your tax return.  We will include a link in next week's Banter.
We are still awaiting the final version of the Master Plan for the park, which is being progressed by the relevant officers at the Council. As expected, they are finding it difficult to balance the various agendas for this plan, but I am hopeful we will get an agreed version in the next week or so.
Youth Working for Youth Soiree – Ladies in Black
Our regular Youth Working for Youth social soiree will take place on Friday, 14th June.  We will, with the assistance of our NYSF participant Skye Holmwood, be serving refreshments at the interval of this Friday performance of Ladies in Black at the Mittagong Playhouse.  Tickets are selling fast and your attendance and assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Skye has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2019 Youth Science Seminar in Singapore. Some of the proceeds from our Youth Working for Youth soiree this quarter will go to assisting Skye raise funds to help with her travel expenses. Your ticket price of $40 for this performance will include canapes and refreshments at interval, proudly served by the Rotary Club of Berrima District. We are very proud of Skye and wish to thank the Highlands Theatre Group for their assistance in this fundraiser.
Tickets are available through Trybooking at: and don’t forget to choose the Friday the 14th performance.
Children’s Emergency Medical Fund
In case you are not aware, this fund has been set up at the District level to offer support to needy families with sick children.  It is administered by the partner of the District Governor, or his or her nominee, and is funded by donations from Clubs in the District.  Our Club usually holds a raffle at the Changeover Dinner with the proceeds going to the fund.  It has apparently not had many calls for assistance recently, and it is looking for potential candidates. It is available to any family in our area where there is financial difficulty because of a child’s illness. This could just be things like the need to register the car in order to transport a sick child to specialist treatment, or because the family finances are unable to accommodate a particular type of treatment. If you know of any family where you think there may be such a problem, please contact me on and I will convey the situation to District.
A 40-foot container of hospital supplies for African Bush Camps Foundation, shipped from Melbourne to Harare, Zimbabwe, was due to arrive there this week. Roads damaged by a fierce cyclone last month have since reopened, allowing cargo arriving at the Mozambican port of Beira to be transported to inland destinations in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A second container for ABCF, this one a 20-footer from Sydney to Livingstone, Zambia, is currently in transit at Singapore. When it arrives at Livingstone its contents will be put to immediate use, equipping a newly built health care centre in the village of Maunga. 
The Mozambique border viewed from the Zimbabwean side – shipments landed at Beira port are now getting through.
Where’s Wally Car Rally
Bridget Cosyn is back in town (but not “in black”!) after her Japanese adventure, and is gearing up to get this event rolling.  Please note the 26th of May in your diaries and tell your friends.  You can make bookings for this great day out in the Southern Highlands via the Trybooking link,

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
The Club was out in force at the weekend, helping SHBG with its big fundraiser, the Autumn Gardens Weekend and Plant Fair. Several members formed rosters to provide continuous barbecue service at the Plant Fair from 9am to 4pm each day. Others manned the Information and membership stand. The weather was perfect, the crowds rolled in at both the Plant Fair and the five open gardens. Around 3,000 people typically visit the Plant Fair so an awful lot of sausage sandwiches and bacon and egg rolls were prepared at the barbecue! It was a fun weekend and, we trust, a profitable one for SHBG.

2019 Changeover Dinner
This highlight of our Rotary Year is fast approaching, and I have asked Geri Gardiner to help me get it organised.  We have settled on a date so please put Wednesday the 26th of June in your diaries.  We have decided to hold it at the Scottish Arms with a selection of main courses for your delectation, as well as a welcome drink and some nibbles, all for the princely sum of $40 a head.  More details will follow in due course. Could all Directors please start drafting their annual reports so I don’t have to chase you too hard in the final days.
Possible Peddlers Market at Bong Bong Racecourse in September
I am pleased to report that there has been significant progress on this possible fundraiser.  Bridget Cosyn has done a great job so far in setting things in train, and she will now be able to set her mind to getting any necessary approvals in place.  Once we have more of the detail sorted out, we will be updating you on progress over the next couple of months.  Watch this space!
On 1 May our meeting will be a day out at the Berrima District Museum to view the artisan display currently showing there, At the Story Centre in HD. The Museum's new digital gallery hosts this beautiful exhibition, celebrating creators, makers and artisans of the Southern Highlands. Showcasing the best of local art, design, food and wine, this exhibition brings to life stories of talented makers in their own words combined with artwork never before seen in the Highlands.  Click the blue button below to learn more about the exhibition.  The Meeting Starts at 12:00 for 12:15, corner Market Place and Bryan Street Berrima NSW 2577. After the tour picnic lunch will be served in Berrima Marketplace, the site of our long-awaited playground upgrade.
The Rotary Club of Berrima District
District 9710
Club No: 28217
Chartered 13th August 1991
ABN: 14 784 296 315
PO Box 1311
BOWRAL   NSW   2576
Our Motto : Service Above Self
We meet every Wednesday at 12:00 PM
Bowral Bowling Club (Jack High Bistro)
40 Shepherd Street
Bowral   NSW   2576
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