7th May 2019
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
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 05, 2019
Jun 12, 2019
Jun 19, 2019
Jun 26, 2019
Jun 30, 2019 12:00 PM
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President's Message
It was a pleasant change to decamp from our usual surroundings this week and get out into the balmy autumn weather at Berrima.  We did a vocational visit to Berrima District Museum to view the current exhibition of the wares of local artisans in a variety of fields from photography to butchery -
Not only this, the Museum has a fascinating variety of displays on things like the German internees at Berrima Gaol during World War 1, the history of various quarries and industrial works in the area, and a plethora of old implements and devices that reminded of my early years in the back blocks of Queensland.
If you haven’t been there yet it is a must-visit, particularly if you plan to do the delightful River Walk.  My thanks to Bridget Cosyn for organising this day out and the lunch from Gumnut.  Also, our thanks to John Schweers from the Museum who guided our tour (and is an ex Rotarian to boot).
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
Whoopee!  We are on the verge of finalising the Marketplace Master Plan with only a couple of small tweaks required before it goes to Council on the 22nd of May.  There is still some debate as to whether a DA is required, mainly because of the heritage issues involved in a Berrima location.  Even if it eventually proves necessary, the public display period will be competed which should speed up the process markedly.  I am sorry I am not able to circulate a copy of the plan before it has been approved by Council for public viewing.  However, I can assure you it is looking good, with some really appropriate equipment in the mix for those with disabilities.
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 helping Skye raise funds for her travel expenses. Your ticket price of $40 for this performance will include canapes and refreshments at interval, enthusiastically 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.
Eight brand-new glucometers and 14 boxes of test strips were donated to MAFO by a northern NSW hospital. We have passed them on to the Rotary Club of Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, where International Aid Director, Del Cole, will include them in the next shipment to her Madang project in Papua New Guinea. The supplies will be a boon to the local Modilon Hospital, which suffers from serious financial constraints, and to a country that has a high prevalence of diabetes.
Unpacking a container of supplies in the grounds of Modilon Hospital, Madang PNG, shipped from Australia.
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,
2019 RCBD 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 that fits in with our President Elect’s busy overseas travel schedule over the next couple of months – so please put Wednesday the 26th of June in your diaries.  We have decided to hold it at the Scottish Arms, East Bowral, 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!
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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