Picnic @ Oxley Hill Road Lookout

We left the confines of the Bowling Club this Wednesday (19th October) to revisit the Oxley Hill Road Lookout that was constructed by the RCBD in 2006.  We were blessed with a stunning day, although it was still a tad cool.  We were treated to an array of home made sandwiches, muffins and brownies from the sensational kitchen of Melissa Meredith- who went above and beyond to match drinks, straws and serviettes to the blue and gold colours of Rotary.  

John Macpherson, Allen Cupitt and Chris Webb posed for a wonderful then and now photo which shows that very little has changed in the past 10 years except for the weather. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the history of the Lookout!



Mental Health Month

Our annual Hat Day Meeting was held on the 12th October (which is during Mental Health Month).  Our guest Speaker was Kim Millard who is employed as a registered nurse for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Liaison at Bowral and District Hospital.  She is based in the children’s ward and her target age group is 12 to 17-year-olds.  Kim was employed thanks to nearly 12 months of fundraising from the BDCU Children’s Foundation.  The foundation pledged an ongoing financial commitment to keep her position at the hospital.

Kim spoke to us of the positive impact that her work has in keeping young people in the area for treatment.  Rather than being quickly transported to Campbeltown Hospital, many children and adolescents with mental health issues can now be triaged, assessed and treated at Bowral Hospital.  This assists in targetting treatment and reduces the strain that travel distances can cause families.


It was great to have fresh feedback from Kim and to hear her experiences and insights into the mental health of our local youth.

Rotary Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health which is one of the largest not-for-profit funders of mental health research in Australia.  100% of the money raised during this year’s Hat Day campaign goes directly to research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.  More information of what Rotary Health does is available by following this link 

Southern Highlands Rotary/Rotoract Ten Pin Bowling Challenge 

Monday 10th October saw the 5th Annual Southern Highlands Rotary/Rotoract Ten Pin Bowling Challenge played at Highlands TenPin in Mittagong.  Teams were fielded from the three Rotary Clubs – Bowral/Mittagong, Berrima and Moss Vale as well as Southern Highlands Rotoract.  Competition was fierce but Bowral/Mittagong, Berrima and Rotoract could not been the hustle from Moss vale who were, for the third year in a row, the winners of the trophy.  

Berrima fielded two teams – Team 1 – Melissa and Emiliy Meridith & Mat Froome and Team 2 – Lyndall McGrath, Frank Macias & Derek White.  Our overall scores brought us in a comfortable third place.  We had a lot of fun and believe that with a bit of practice we could be dangerous.  We’ll get you next year Moss Vale!! 

The trophy was presented to Moss Vale’s president, Chris Slade by a jubilant Ross Craig.


Roundabouts and other driving issues

In response to the question – does anyone really know how to correctly use a Roundabout? – Rose Conley was our lunchtime guest and shared her knowledge and wisdom with us during our meeting on the 5th October 2016.  Rose started work as an “office assistant” with the Sydney Water Board after gaining the Intermediate Certificate.  Met Eric there where he was a trainee engineer.  They married 1968 lived at Revesby until career changes saw Eric move to Armidale as City  Engineer in 1994.  Rose moved with Eric as they left the kids to their own devices in the family home.   It was a big change of lifestyle for Rose when she realised that she could become a driving instructor.  So she qualified and progressively gained her MR then HC licenses and Bus and Coach Authorities.  Armidale with three premier boarding high schools and a university offered a wide range of clients from Aussie teenagers through to older oversees visitors from many cultures.  

On moving to Moss Vale in 2006 Rose decided to cease full time driving instruction.  Rose and Eric were approached to become school bus drivers but Rose chose to commit to community service volunteer driving.  She let the activity grow to a three or four days per week commitment leading to her recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Bowral Mittagong.  Rose recommends that review our driving method frequently as it is very easy to slip into bad habits or have out situations change without being aware of it.  As we get older our seating position in the car usually changes as does the way we view the road.

“Rose chose two focuses for her presentation.  Her own admitted “hot issue” of observations and the tendency of many drivers to sit too low, to look down and only see what is immediately in front of the vehicle.  Her strong advice look up and take in the whole picture.  

1.  Observation is the most important thing!  Looking does not necessarily mean observing.
2. The steering wheel should be at chest height.
3. When looking at the road – keep your eyes up to create a broader field of vision.
4. Adjust your rear vision mirror from your driving position not by leaning forward (sounds simple but its a very common error)


There were a couple of glimpses into the more “interesting” episodes from Rose’s experiences.  The  Little Old Lady doing 60 in the main street of Armidale in her yellow Hillman.  Which still had a speedometer in miles per hour.  Then the one who turned right AT the highway roundabout.  There must be many more of those in Rose’s extensive collection of “war stories”.  The RMS have further information on the operation of roundabouts at 

NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) Candidate James Walker

We had a visit from our NYSF Candidate James Walker and his family at the Lunchtime meeting of the 28th October 2016.  James talked enthusiastically about attending the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January 2017 and how he felt privileged to be among 200 students chosen to attend.  James grew up at the Endurance Horse Stud in Belanglo and went through school at Tudor House, Moss Vale, and is currently enrolled on an academic scholarship at Cranbrook in Sydney.  James is very involved in community service through his high school and won this years Berrima Carp-A-Thon.  He comes from a family of vets and is looking forward to the the forum exposing him to new theoretical and practical applications of science and broadening his horizons.  We are looking forward to hearing from James when he returns in late January 2017.