Recognizing Rotary’s Beginning

This week (23rd February) is the anniversary of Rotary’s foundation and shall be known as World Understanding and Peace Week.  During this week, this club will celebrate Rotary service, reflect upon past achievements, and focus on programs of peace, understanding and goodwill in the community and throughout the world.

Rotary has Six Areas of Focus:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Medical Aid for Oceania

“Medical Aid for Oceania”  is a Berrima Rotary overseas aid project and registered with Rotary Australia World Community Service – RAWCS Project 48/2012-13. This is a joint venture between Berrima Rotary and Ramsay Health Care and involves surplus- to -requirements medical equipment and consumables being collected from Ramsay private hospitals around Australia and shipped by the club to communities in need.  In 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ramsay and this club.   To date equipment has been sent to Fiji, Mozambique, PNG and shortly Philippines and Vietnam. The project has the support of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

The Rotaract Club of the Southern Highlands hosted the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Glebe Park, Bowral on Sunday 23 February.

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It was a fun event with a Bouncing Castle, Face-painting, donut munching and hat making and lots and lots of enthusiastic kids with bears in tow.
Moss Vale Rotary provided the sausage sizzle and cooked well over 100 sausages to cater to the enthusiastic picnickers.

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The Bowral Long Lunch and Cook-Off Competition

The 2013 Bowral Long Lunch was a huge success with $100,000 being raised towards addressing the mental health needs of children and adolescents in our local community.
Meetings are now being scheduled to get planning underway for the 2014 Long Lunch and Cook-Off Competition and Geoff Jansz has agreed to be this year’s Ambassador.
The date for your calendar for the Bowral Long Lunch is October 19, 2014 when Bong Bong Street will be dressed in its festive best.
Dates for the Cook-Off competition events are yet to be set so watch this space.

Report from National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Rotary Club, Berrima District helped sponsor two year 12 students, to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January. Representing both Oxley College and Frensham, the students travelled to ANU, Canberra to join a group of 150 students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.
The two week program incorporated lectures from a forensic scientist, engineers and variety of other scientists.

During lab visits, they visited a particle accelerator, a burned out observatory, a wind farm and a super computer.
The students also enjoyed social opportunities including a bush dance, disco, riddles and mind games, all of which helped them to bond and form “life long friendships.” They spoke very highly of the staff members, who led the Science Forum and provided much inspiration and support. They were also grateful for the help and support given by local Rotarians.

In closing, both students described their experience as, “the best two weeks of their life”.