26th March
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Mar 27, 2019
Power Point Music
Apr 03, 2019
High Performance Sport Coaching
Apr 10, 2019
Apr 17, 2019
?Berrima RFS?
Apr 24, 2019
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
Apr 30, 2019
Tuesday - Malaria Awareness Day
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President's Message
What a great pleasure it is to see one of own projects getting to the stage where there will be a tangible outcome.  As most of you know, we have been supporting the Yesterday Stories project to capture the oral history of some of the characters of the Berrima area. Thanks to our member, Frank Rodrigues and documentary maker, Sandra Pires, we were able to view some of the footage they have captured, and it was fascinating to learn about the early days of the cement works and the gestation of New Berrima amongst other things.  We are very close to the point where much of this work will be available on a custom-made app that is part of a larger project being undertaken by Sandra.  In due course, this app will also make the histories of some of the heritage sites in the Berrima District available for tourists to view.
Where’s Wally FUNdraising Adventure Journey
Our adventure has bee rescheduled to the 26th of May.  Please adjust your diaries accordingly.  You can still make bookings for this great day out in the Southern Highlands via the same Trybooking link (
Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
A number of us will be attending Earth Hour event at the SHBG on the 30th of March from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, where we will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records by participating in the largest solar lantern display in the shape of a footprint that has ever been attempted. The target is to have at least 1500 solar-powered lanterns on display. 
In support of our Community Services Director, Chris Webb, we will also be helping out by providing BBQ facilities at the Gardens for the Autumn Open Gardens and Plant Fair, which will take place on the 27th and 28th April, 9.00 am to 4:00 pm both days. The 2019 event promises to be an exciting one for SHBG and the Fair. As well as the activities at the Gardens site, they are featuring four town gardens - ‘Bangala’, ‘Gowan Brae’, ‘Timbarra’ and ‘Wirreanda’  in Bowral, and the extensive and historic rural garden ‘Rotherwood’ at Sutton Forest. All five gardens are very different and we all look forward to visiting them in April. Further information on SHBG activities are available on their website at
Medical Aid for Oceania
On Friday MAFO saw the departure from Brisbane of Sofrana’s vessel AVRA C, carrying a pallet of medical instrument disinfectant from ANZGITA for the new endoscopy unit at Honiara’s National Referral Hospital. MAFO has organised every aspect of the logistics from the door of the factory in Newcastle to delivery of the pallet to the Brisbane shipping terminal, consolidation of the pallet with other LCL cargo into a container, shipment to the Solomon Islands, customs clearance in Honiara and delivery to the hospital.
Last year, through an innovative, online mentoring program using social media platforms, Tara.Ed trained 22 young women to be teachers in Afghanistan. All between the ages of 16 and 26 and from the province of Bamiyan, these young women were still studying themselves, but nevertheless made a commitment to educate other girls in their area and take classes in English and life skills before and after school hours. Between them, these young teachers provided quality education to 650 girls who would otherwise not have an opportunity to go to school.
The Australia-Afghanistan Teacher Collaboration Program {AATCP}, draws on research which suggests teacher-driven collaboration through action research and professional learning communities is the most effective form of teacher training. The program pairs one Australian teacher with an Afghan teacher for a six-month training program in which each pair has to research, design and implement an action research project that results in teaching innovation.
Each Afghan teacher was paired with an Australian mentor teacher from June - December 2018. Together the pair had to identify a classroom challenge and then work together to research, develop and implement practical strategies to overcome this challenge. At the conclusion of the six-month mentoring program, each pair had to present their action research project to the wider group through an online seminar, thus sharing professional knowledge and creating a professional learning resource for future teachers of Bamiyan.
The Australia-Afghanistan Teacher Collaboration Project is a relatively new addition to more than a decade of teacher training and school improvement projects run by Tara.Ed across lndia and Bangladesh. The organisation, supported by our Club since its inception in 2008, has changed the lives of more than 18,200 children. Tara.Ed founder and Club Rotarian, Jennifer Star, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List for her contributions to Education.
 Afghan teachers in action in the classroom
A teacher reflecting on her journey with her Australian mentor.
Changeover Dinner
This highlight of the Rotary Year is fast approaching, and I have asked Geri Gardiner to help me get it organised.  We are looking at a few venue options, and we will update you as things firm up.  As a first step, we have settled on a date that fits in with our President Elect’s busy overseas travel schedule over the next 3 months or so – put Wednesday the 26th of June in your diaries.  Could all Directors also start thinking about their yearly reports so I don’t have to chase you too hard on the final days.
NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 27th March 2019
This week we host Steve Cheers from Power Point Music in Bowral.  In his own words “We are a regional music retail and education centre founded in 1999. We believe in looking after people first and foremost, and helping them develop their skills and love of music. Our music school boasts 28 experienced and qualified teachers who also perform regularly.”  Have a listen to his recent release : Come along and get musical.
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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