3rd 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 03, 2019
High Performance Sport Coaching
Apr 10, 2019
Making Documentaries
Apr 17, 2019
Berrima Rural Fire Service
Apr 24, 2019
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
Apr 30, 2019
Tuesday - Malaria Awareness Day
May 26, 2019 9:00 AM
Sunday - Adventure Journey thru' the Highlands
May 29, 2019
Raising funds for Rotary Youth Programmes
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President's Message
Another great meeting last week.  We were introduced to one of the hidden gems of the Southern Highlands, Steve Cheers, who founded and operates the Powerpoint Music Centre.  The Centre is a regional music retail and education establishment founded in 1999. They believe in looking after people first and foremost, and helping them develop their skills and love of music. Their music school boasts 28 experienced and qualified teachers who also perform regularly. Find out more at
Steve himself has had a mind-boggling “portfolio” career, which was ably teased out by our resident “Tony Jones”, Frank Rodrigues.  I wish I had room to do justice to all the elements of his career to date, but the following is a quick summary – 7th generation Second Fleeter, BA in Education & Psychology, joined a religious order at 19 (including a first-hand contact with the Pope), survived a major brain tumour at 20, qualified Myers Briggs facilitator, played Rugby for Sydney and West Harbour, junior basketball coach, leading light in establishing the Mittagong Playhouse, etc, etc.  He is currently President of the Highlands Theatre Group and has directed over a dozen productions for various local groups. WHEW!!
Steve is also an accomplished country music performer and has Top 10 status here and in the UK with his latest release “Waving at Trains” (look for it on YouTube). We were privileged to see a video of this performance (involving a number of family volunteers and I think the Thirlmere Railway Museum), and I can fully understand why this recording is so popular. We hope to maintain contact with Steve over the next few years and perhaps do a joint fundraiser or two together.
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
I am pleased to report that we have now received a Concept Plan for the Marketplace that is a distillation of all of the site visits and discussions we have had so far this year.  There has been particular focus on access for youth with disabilities, preservation and enhancement of heritage components and minimal impact on the visual amenity of the park area.  There is a bit more tweaking to do, but hopefully we will soon be at the stage where it can go the Council and then on to public display to allow community feedback.
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 Garden
Following our attendance at the Earth Hour event at SHBG on Saturday, we will 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. 
Southern Highland Botanic Garden's Solar Footprint - Earth Hour 2019
Further information on SHBG activities is available on their website at
Also on Saturday MAFO supervised the packing in Sydney of a 20-foot container of hospital and medical equipment for African Bush Camps Foundation (ABCF). This was ABCF’s second container shipment and its first to Zambia, where the contents will be used to fit-out a brand new health centre at Maunga Village, near Livingstone, which the project team completed building in January. The team is now working on the interior structures and furnishings before handing the building over to the government to open as a fully functioning health centre.
Packing the container bound for Livingstone, Zambia & Maunga locals and ABCF board members inspect the new building.
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 three months or so – put Wednesday the 26th of June in your diaries.  Could all Directors also start thinking about their annual reports so I don’t have to chase you too hard on 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 in setting things in train with the Council and a number of us will be working on the necessary paperwork to be ready when she returns from Japan in mid-April.  It’s a bit early to give detail on this potential fundraiser, but rest assured it promises to be another event where the RCBD “punches above its weight”.
Next Meeting - Wednesday 3rd April 2019
On Wednesday the 3rd of April, we look forward to meeting Max Groll, who has had an extensive football career both as a player and high-level coach in the soccer world.  Frank assures me that Max has a wide variety of “in house” stories about the code, including something about his connection with one of the icons of soccer, sorry, football - Johnny Warren. 
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District 9710
Club No: 28217
Chartered 13th August 1991
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PO Box 1311
BOWRAL   NSW   2576
Our Motto : Service Above Self
We meet every Wednesday at 12:00 PM
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Bowral   NSW   2576
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