24th February 2019
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Feb 27, 2019
NSW PCYC Mittagong
Mar 06, 2019 6:00 PM
Raising funds for Rotary Youth Programmes
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 17, 2019 9:00 AM
Sunday - Adventure Journey thru' the Highlands
Mar 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Yesterday Stories - Berrima
Mar 27, 2019
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President's Message
We had quite a roll-up at the meeting this week to hear the renowned Charlie Lynn speak on his favourite subjects – the Kokoda Trail and Papua New Guinea.  He emphasised the lack of focus on the war in the Pacific that we fought for ourselves and won, when compared with the emphasis on the battles we fought for others and lost – such as Gallipoli.  He also bemoaned the premature declaration of independence for PNG by the Whitlam Government, rather than waiting for another generation to enable the strengthening of the public service to the sort of levels achieved in India.  He feels that the current public service is relatively powerless to stop the excesses of the politicians and the rapid turnover of governments. 
His main thrust is to gain Canberra support for suitable “sympathetic” memorials for the soldiers who fought in the jungles of PNG, and to make such memorials the main attraction for an influx of Australian tourists along the line of what has happened in Turkey.  He was off to Canberra the following day to continue to press his case down there – if he is able to garner any attention amongst the turmoil going on in our nation’s capital.
We were blessed with the presence of a number of visitors for the talk, including contingents from the Bowral/Mittagong and Moss Vale Clubs and a suite of Melissa’s friends – including an old acquaintance of Charlie’s.  We also had Harry Bell representing the local RSL sub-branch and a reporter from the Southern Highlands News (fame at last!).
John Macpherson recognised at RAWCS
Barry Barford reports that, at the RAWCS Eastern Region Conference held at Casula this weekend, our very own John Macpherson was honoured with the coveted Len Avard Award. This is an annual award given to a member nominated by colleagues and judged to be RAWCS Rotarian of the Year within Eastern Region. It is a most prestigious award given to highly regarded volunteers, project managers, RAWCS administrators and other Rotarians.  Hearty congratulations, John!
Where’s Wally Car Rally
After some tense breath-holding and nail-biting, we now have the necessary Rotary insurance approvals for this event so it is all systems go! Bridget and Melissa have already started scouting the possible routes and we would expect a strong promotion campaign to start next week.  Feedback so far from potential participants has been very positive.
There’s plenty still happening on the medical aid front with the departure from Melbourne this weekend (23 Feb) of African Bush Camps Foundation’s first container for Zimbabwe. CMA’s container ship AL RAWDAH will carry the container to Singapore where it will be transhipped to the NYK DANIELLA for carriage to Beira, Mozambique. There, it will be transferred to road or rail for on-carriage to Harare and then finally to the Foundation’s Mola project in northern Zimbabwe. The Tonga people of Mola were among some 50,000 tribes people displaced by the filling of Lake Kariba between 1958 and 1963 and they are still re-establishing themselves to this day. The contents of the container will help to equip the medical clinic at Mola, the only one serving it and several other villages within a 15 -20km radius. It is also the main birthing clinic for the area. A second container is currently being planned for the Foundation’s Maunga Village project in Zambia.
Mola Village, Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile back home, Ramsay’s Berkeley Vale Private Hospital on the NSW upper Central Coast has closed its surgical unit and will focus instead on mental health services. Beds and equipment from the surgical unit have been offered to MAFO and a comprehensive inventory is currently being compiled.
NEXT MEETING : Wednesday 27th February 2019
Next week our speaker will be one of our own – Krischan Keller who manages the Southern Highlands branch of the PCYC.  He will bring us up to date on where they are at with the wide-ranging improvements he has in mind for the local facilities.
Around The Highlands
President Brenda and all Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Southern Highlands Inc. are proud to present a ‘Wedding Fashions Through the Centuries’ parade of gorgeous bridal gowns set in the Ballroom of Mittagong RSL Club on June 15th 2019, commencing at 2.00pm.    Doors will be open at 1.15.  The ballroom will be decorated as a full wedding reception with High Tea & Champagne, so the scene is set for a wonderful afternoon viewing gorgeous gowns from the 1800’s.   The following flyer has all information for you to make a booking and tickets can be purchased from March 1st, in person, by phone or online.  Quest for Life is our chosen Charity for 2018/2019 and we ask for your support in ensuring the success of this very special project.
The Rotary Club of Berrima District
District 9710
Club No: 28217
Chartered 13th August 1991
ABN: 147 842 963 15
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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