12th March 2019
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Mar 13, 2019
Rare Cancer Australia
Mar 20, 2019
Yesterday Stories - Berrima
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
A bit of catching up to do this week, so I will start with the great presentation on the 27th February from member Krischan Keller and his two Youth Case Managers, Senior Constable Matthew Davenport and Senior Constable Daniel Korn. They enlightened us regarding some of the great work they are doing at the PCYC Mittagong with some of the less-privileged amongst our local school leavers.  They focused particularly on two of their key programs.
Fit For Life is an early intervention program designed to engage youth who are at risk of poor choices and anti-social behaviour. Through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement, Fit For Life aims to improve overall wellbeing as well as prevent and divert youth from offending behaviours.
Fit To Learn is a program designed to re-engage disengaged youth into the education system, allowing them to further develop intellectual and social skills. This program encourages participants to explore their strengths in building respectful relationships within a school environment whilst also developing emotional intelligence skills preparing them for future employment.
On Wednesday 6th March we had one of our irregular social evenings at the Botanic Gardens.  Our thanks to Chris and Charlotte Webb, not only for allowing us to access the Gardens but also for all of the equipment and infrastructure they made available for our use.  A good number of members, family and friends turned up and, thanks to our RYLA stalwarts Lyndall, Melissa and Bridget, everyone enjoyed a Gourmet BBQ meal followed by a touch of chocolate.  The highlight of the evening was a display of Blues prowess on the keyboard by one of our recent RYLArians, Mikki Dunne. 
Mikki is apparently self-taught and not able to read music, but promises to have a great future as a musician.  To this end, he is currently contemplating doing an Arts/Music degree at Wollongong Uni. Several of us encouraged him to pursue this option, including a couple of his fellow RLYArians, Emily Wheatley and Sean Wilson, who had come all the way from their respective universities in Canberra to bolster the audience.
Where’s Wally FUNdraising Adventure Journey
We have rescheduled WHERE’S WALLY 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 Trybooking link :
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 report so I don’t have to chase you too hard in the final days.
This week Barry Barford gave a presentation to a group of freight forwarders taking part in the International Conference on Freight, Transport and Logistics (ICFTL-19) that will take place in Singapore on 16 March. The conference is being organised by the International Institute for Research, Science and Technology (IIRST), whose committee is composed largely of medical practitioners, and Singapore is a major transhipment hub for containers being shipped to the African continent. This was a good opportunity to highlight the importance and relevance of medical aid shipping and logistics, a specialty still not fully understood by many forwarders and resisted by a few shipping lines that unfortunately associate donated goods with shoddy operators. The guidelines and safeguards under which MAFO operates were emphasised and, as always, the opportunity was taken to promote Rotary in general and our Club in particular.
Whiteley Sterilising Fluids
Also this week our second consignment for MAFO’s new client, ANZGITA, was prepared for shipment. A pallet of medical instrument sterilising fluids was transported from the Newcastle factory of donating company, Whiteley Corporation, to Brisbane from where it will depart as LCL cargo on a vessel to Honiara next week.  
Next Week and Beyond
Thanks to Frank Rodrigues, we have a suite of excellent speakers promised over the next couple of months.  The details are available on the Home Page of the RCBD website at
Next Meeting - 13th March 2019
This week we have Zac Holm, a Rotarian from the Bowral Mittagong Club.  Zac runs the Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) organisation which is based in Bowral.  RCA is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with rare and less common (RLC) cancers.  In Australia in 2017, an estimated 52,000 people were diagnosed with RLC cancers, and 25,000 died from them, according to Cancer in Australia 2017 estimates.  As distinct from common cancers (breast, prostate, bowel, lung and melanoma) there is very little patient support offered to RLC cancer patients. RCA works tirelessly to ensure that this cancer group will never be forgotten or ignored again.
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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