January 2018
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Jun 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Gold Creek Station, Hall ACT
Jul 03, 2019
Harbison - Cycling without Age
Jul 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Jul 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Bowral Hospital Redevelopment
Jul 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Motor Sport
Jul 31, 2019 6:30 PM
Moss Vale Golf Club
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President's Message
Once again one of our members came through with a fascinating talk on a subject we are all interested in – the future of telecommunications and in particular 5G.  Who better to do this than our very own Allen Cupitt, principal of the local Internet services provider, Acenet.  Allen gave us a heads-up on the intricacies of 5G and what it might mean for us, the ultimate end user.  He also went through the issues surrounding Huawei in this space. 
Finally, he showed us a fascinating video on the initiatives being taken by Elon Musk via SpaceX to blanket the world in three layers of small communications satellites.  This will provide uninterrupted high-quality communication for all and sundry if and when it is installed over the next five years or so.  It has FCC approval in the US (which translates to world approval) and has already started launching satellites using its own launch vehicles.  While this promises to be a game-changer for worldwide telecoms and render things like 5G redundant (depending on pricing of course), its underlying motivation is to allow Elon to fund his dream to put people on Mars.  Wow!!
For those who missed Allen’s presentation, the relevant video links are:
Inside Huawei and 5G - BBC : 
First SpaceX Starlink Mission : 
Changeover Dinner – 26/06/19
Well, another one down and a great relief for the Immediate Past President I can assure.  Not so sure about our new President, Shelley Boyce, however.  The event seemed to go pretty well if I do say so myself.  We had nearly 40 people turn up and the private room at the Scottish Arms was a good venue.  Despite a couple of hiccups with the AV set-up, the presenters all managed OK and the show was ably run by MC, Chris Young.
The highlights of the evening (in order of appearance) as I saw it were:
  • The attendance as the District Representative of Past District Governor, Glenn Wran, who I knew well from my days at Sydney Cove.  Glenn travelled all the way from Mollymook to be with us and then turned around and drove the 2.5 hours back again on the night so he could chair an SES meeting the following day.  Talk about dedication to causes!
  • Two videos from WHY Documentaries as part of the Yesterday’s Stories project with interviews of some of the more elderly characters of Berrima.  Frank Rodrigues finally achieved his goal of showing them at a Changeover and he is to be complimented on his achievements to date.
  • The presentation by John Macpherson and PDG Glenn Wran to Lyndall Dalley of a Paul Harris Fellowship for her service to Rotary and the community via her participation in District-level RYLA activities, Highlands Community Centre management and Council affairs.  The tributes we received from various parties involved in these areas were glowing to say the least.  Well done Lyndall and thank you for your help during my year.
  • And of course, the induction of Shelley Boyce OAM as the new President of Berrima District Rotary.  Shelley touched on her two main objectives for the coming year – to increase Club membership and to develop more joint venture projects with the other two Highlands Rotary Clubs.  She is also actively involved in a move to resuscitate a gala event to recognise the contributions of the various community service groups around the Highlands.  All the best in your endeavours Shelley.
  • The raising of nearly $500 from the raffle which will go towards a donation to the Children’s’ Emergency Medical Fund mentioned below.  John Macpherson made a symbolic presentation of a cheque to PDG Glenn for him to convey to the District Governor on our behalf.
As Shelley is off to Singapore for a good part of July to help with the arrival of a grandchild, you will see a bit more of me over the next few weeks until she gets back.
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
Well, the Public Submission has drawn to a close, with a last-minute burst by RCBD members and friends to make sure there are more than enough supportive comments submitted to counteract any negativity from individual community members.  I understand from Eric Savage that the Berrima Residents Association was not too negative but they pointed out that the Council’s own DCP requires that Council have the Masterplan agreed to by the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning.  Hopefully this will not cause major delays. 
Their other comments were:
  • about the road surface materials and verge treatments on surrounding roads;
  • on the heritage significance of the stone edging on the Old Hume Highway, in particular suggesting that the disabled entrance only be one person wide so as to avoid displacing the existing stone edging;
  • suggesting different replacement trees (stone pines) to the ones recommended in the draft;
  • asking for more muted colours on the play equipment;
  • suggesting using a cement binding instead of resin on the path materials, but also suggesting an alternative solution - using a mesh material for the paths through which grass might grow.
None of these seem to me to be insurmountable issues, but they may cause some headaches for the relevant Council Assets staff in finalising the plan.
Wingecarribee Vocal Muster
At the Changeover, Richard Lane kindly fought off the after effects of the ‘flu to sing the National Anthem for us.  This also gave him the opportunity to promote the big Awards Night coming up on the 27th of July at Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral.  Tickets are $60 each, but he has arranged a special discount for RCBD members, family and friends if we can put a table or two together for the night.  I am sure we will be hearing more from Frank Rodrigues on this in the weeks ahead.
MAFO is seeking a mobile cardiac ultrasound machine (pictured) and an ECG monitor for the Goulburn-Quelicai project in Timor-Leste. The incidence of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Timor-Leste is among the highest in the world, and prevalence is higher among girls than boys. Some three per cent of schoolchildren suffer from RHD, almost one in every classroom. Ultrasound echo is the main diagnostic tool. If found early the disease can be reversed, otherwise children die in their teens or early twenties. Heart screening programs are available around the capital, Dili, but not in more remote areas like Quelicai.
Next Week's Meeting
Next week we will hear from the CEO of Harbison Healthcare, David Cochran, in the Highlands, who will talk to us about two programs which might offer opportunities for assistance from Rotary – Cycling without Age and Motiview – that are targeted at “improving the health and wellbeing of older people in the Southern Highlands”.  Shelley Boyce will still be in town for this meeting.
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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