23rd 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 24, 2019
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
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
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President's Message
Fire! Fire! Fire! The call that stirs the blood of our speaker this week – Bruce Hansell.  Bruce is a volunteer member of the Berrima Rural Fire Service, carrying on from his participation with the RFS in Armidale.  His total service spans over 12 years, during which he has earned a number of qualifications to help him fight fires and attend serious traffic accidents.  He is also qualified to drive one of those big red trucks, which I am sure many of us would like to do as well.
Not satisfied with just the RFS activity, he is also an active member of the Bowral Men’s shed and the U3A organisation as well as doing volunteer driving for the NSW Cancer Council.  He has kindly offered to see if the Men’s Shed can do some urgently needed repairs to our Rotary lectern.
Bruce regaled us with statistics that highlighted the importance of the RFS in our communities and also covered some interesting aspects of the history of the Berrima unit, which currently has 15 active volunteers and five new joiners in training.  However, he did note that the membership was over 40 in the early days, but the reduced numbers reflect the increased involvement of other bodies such as the SES, NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Forestry and the CFU.  He assured us the relationship with these bodies is in good working order despite some issues that arose during the Tathra fires.
He finally ran through some of the unique equipment they have housed in their shed in Berrima and noted the changes and improvements that have occurred in this area in recent years.  In this regard, he thanked the Club for our proposed contribution towards the purchase of a pretty fancy stand-alone LED lighting system that will be a handy addition for their night-time work – particularly at vehicle accidents which make up around 90 per cent of the callouts at Berrima.
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
We seem to be finally zeroing in on a Concept Plan that should meet the approval of most stakeholders, although no doubt there will still be one or two dissatisfied customers. This will now have to go to the next available Council and then on to public display to allow community feedback.  We need to achieve certain milestones by August of this year to satisfy the NSW Government funding  requirements, so the timetable will inevitably be tight.
Where’s Wally FUNdraising Adventure Journey
Our adventure has been rescheduled to the 26th of May.  Please adjust your diaries accordingly.  Have you got your teams ready?  Times running out .... You can still make bookings for this great day out in the Southern Highlands via the same Trybooking link (  For further information about attending please contact Bridget Cosyn on 0418451298
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.
MAFO’s new job for the Goulburn-Quelicai project in Timor-Leste is coming along nicely. Equipment already procured includes a huge x-ray machine (pictured) that will take up one-third of a 40-foot container! Once the project’s wish list has been completed, Ramsay Health Care will be asked if they can supply some of the outstanding equipment.
This giant x-ray machine is reserved for Quelicai Hospital, Timor-Leste.
Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
We are getting closer to the big SHBG fundraiser, the Autumn Gardens Weekend and Plant Fair on the 27th and 28th of April.  The Club will be helping to run the BBQ each day with the focus being on sausage sandwiches and bacon & egg rolls.  Come along and bring your family and friends for a fun time.
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 out NYSF participant Skye Holmwood, be serving refreshments at 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 refreshment at interval proudly served by the Rotary Club of Berrima District. We are very proud of Skye and wish to thank the Highland's Theatre Group Inc for their assistance in this fundraiser.
Tickets are available through Trybooking at : and donlt forget to choose the Friday the 14th performance.
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 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 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 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 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!
  • 26th & 27th April - BBQ Duties - Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
  • 25th May - MUNA
  • 26th May - Where's Wally FUNdraising Adventure
  • 17th June - Youth Working For Youth Social Soiree - ladies in Black
  • 26th June - Changeover Dinner
Next Meeting - Wednesday 24th April
This week we have our recently returned NYSF participant, Skye Holmwood.  Skye has been asked to represent Australia at the International Science Forum in Singapore later this year.  For information on the International Youth Science Forum please click the blue button below.
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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