Welcome to the Rotary Club of Berwick
Serving the Berwick Community and the surrounding District since 1961
 
 

Club President: Mark Caulfield
 

Welcome to our Club! Come and join the fun

Berwick
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
Australia
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Donate to Polio Plus
 
Please donate to make Polio hisory
 
Mental Health Forum
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Club Executives & Directors
President
Treasurer
President Elect
Secretary
International Service Director
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
 
Why I Joined Rotary
Sharmaine Squire: 
"Really love being a member of the Rotary Club of Berwick, one of the best decisions I ever made and I too am very proud of being accepted as a member. Our Carols by Candlelight event was so eagerly received by our local community and the feedback I received as everyone was leaving at the end of the night after the fireworks display was so appreciative for a truly enjoyable night for all families and so keen to return next year. Fantastic effort from the Committee involved, truly unbelievable."
 
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Neighbouring Club Meetings:
RC Cranbourne
Settler's Run Golf Club
Tuesday 6:00 for 6:30
 
RC Dandenong
Dandenong RSL Club
Cnr Stud Road and Clow Street
Monday 6:00 for 6:15pm
 
RC Dandenong East
Dandenong Club
Cnr Stud & Heatherton Rd, Dandenong
Tuesday 6:00 for 6:30
 
RC Endeavour Hills
Dandenong Club
Cnr Stud & Heatherton Rd, Dandenong
Thursday 6:45 for 7:00
 
RC Narre Warren
Hotel Fountain Gate 
Overland Drive Narre Warren
Wednesday 6:00 for 6:45
 
RC Pakenham
Pakenham & District Golf Club
Cnr Princes Highway & Oaktree Drv, Pakenham
Tuesday 6:15 for 6:45
 
RC Casey
Berwick RSL
Langmore Lane, Berwick
2nd, 3rd, & 4th Monday weekly 6:00 for 6:30pm
Meetings conclude at 7.30pm
 
 
Rotary Down Under Tweets!
 
Club Contact:   For Dinner bookings contact: 
Secretary
P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806 
email: sam.mccurdy@rotaryberwick.org
attendance@rotaryberwick.org 
 
Wednesday nights, 6:30pm for 7:00pm
 
Are you considering joining Rotary to help serve the Community and make long lasting friendships? I invite you to come along to the Rotary Club of Berwick’s weekly meetings and make connections with real people with real passion for others.
 
The Rotary Club of Berwick is a volunteer service organisation whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the local community and throughout the World. Our main objective is "SERVICE ABOVE SELF". As community volunteers we reach out to neighbors in need at home and abroad. We work locally and globally for the benefit of all. 

We are known for our enthusiasm, camaraderie, fellowship and commitment to serving others. We work together on a number of different projects to benefit our youth, community and International projects and we are looking for like minded people like you.
 

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Mark Terry and Neil Lucas from St John of God Foundation were really passionate talking about the 150 million project which include the new hospital with the new comprehensive Cancer and Cardiac Centre and the redevelopment of the Gibb Street Campus.
The new hospital will include 210 beds, 6 theatres, two cardiac/vascular catheter laboratory, six birthing suits and also stablishing and expanding the Cancer Centre.
The specialised Cancer Centre includes 20 chair chemotherapy unit, 5 consulting suits for specialist oncologists and haematologists, radiology, compounding pharmacy and radiotherapy which means that everything is within the one centre and close by patients.
St John of God Berwick hospital has been provided community care for over 75 years. It was originally known as “Berwick and District Bush Nursing Hospital”. It will be able to provide service closer to home to Casey and Cardinia population expanded rapidly and also the surrounding areas such as Baw Baw and Gippsland. 
 
 
The Beaconsfield Bendigo Bank has thrown its weight behind the Rotary Club of Berwick, with a $5000 sponsorship deal for the coming year. The bank has been a strong supporter of the work Rotary does in the local community for many years and we are proud to be able to work with a community focused sponsor. 
 
Rotarians are volunteers, working selflessly for the community, and giving 100 percent of what they raise back to that community, said manager Andrew Gardner.  This philosophy marries perfectly with the way we as a bank want to be seen as evidenced by the work we ourselves do to promote community enhancement.
 
Mark Caulfield, President of the Berwick Rotary Club, said it was always pleasing to be acknowledged for the work Rotary does in the community.  This sponsorship will add to the funds we raise from our  Farmers and Craft Market, our Deb Balls, our Art Screen Hire business and Charity Golf day, amongst others, and be spent helping to do some pretty special community work.  Our particular focus at present is youth programs and mental health awareness. Our youth are our future and together Bendigo Bank and the Rotary Club of Berwick will be doing their best to make a difference.
 
After an evening with the Berwick Rotary Club it is understandable why our local community Bank is right behind us.  Our only problem, says Mark, is that we have more exciting and worthwhile projects than we have people to help complete them.  We are always happy to welcome new members. For inquiries on how you can join us as either a casual volunteer, an event specific volunteer or joining Rotary, please email David Button on david.button@rotaryberwick.org.
 

 
Rotary is a big organisation with big plans!
30 years ago, Rotary embarked on an amazing project to rid the world of Polio.
One of the great things about Rotary is that we don't work alone. Rotarians engage as many people as possible for almost any project big or small to get the job done. Rotary works with Global organisations like WHO (World Health Organisation), Federal Governments, State Governments, local Councils, Local groups and individuals. It raises funds from where it can and forms alliances with business leaders who share Rotary's idea of a better world for all. This year, there are less than 100 new cases of Polio in the world. Rotary and it's partners have gone through an amazing journey to almost conquer a fearful disease.
But it doesn't stop there! 
Rotary is on the case for many other debilitating including Malaria and other water born diseases. 
Please click the play button, especially if you are young and see how Rotary has played a part in making the world a better place for all.
 
 
 
 

 

100 years old and counting: One Person.......One Idea!

Rotary is many things to many people. A bunch of old men doing "stuff" comes to mind, but that really could not be further from the truth especially if you have visited the Rotary Club of Berwick.
 
Rotary embraces youth, young families, middle aged and the actively retired. Men and women. If you are community minded and like to help others, where ever they are, there is a place for you in Rotary and there is a project waiting for you.
 
The Rotary Foundation is a charity set up by Rotary International to manage and partially fund projects both local and international, big and small. All Rotarians have a wish to make the world a better place. The Rotary Foundation gives any Rotarian the opportunity to make a difference. All funding is matching funding which means Rotary Clubs must find the funds first.
 
The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus:
All projects must be sustainable after Rotary leaves. Rotary is there to help, not there to control.The image to the right will give the six areas of focus.
 
At the Rotary Club of Berwick with the support of the Rotary Foundation, we have been part of building a hospital in Halmahera ( a remote part of Indonesia),
 
In the process of building a new dental clinic in Balibo, Timor Leste in conjunction of several other Rotary Clubs (this is a big project, so we need to pool our funds). This project is fantastic because everyone in the area has never had access to a dentist before. The great thing about this project is that it becomes a catalyst for the Government of Timor Leste to train their own dentists. It is a win for Balibo, it is a win for Timor Leste and it is a win for Rotary. There are a number of spin off projects which include equipping the local schools with desks and chairs that are surplus to our local schools through Rotary Donations in Kind. http://www.rotarydik.org/
 

 

In 2013, a group of Dutch Rotarians began selling boxes of tulip bulbs, with proceeds going to EndPolioNow, as part of Rotary’s fight against polio. In that year alone, tulips found their way to Rotarians across the Netherlands. Since then the tulip initiative has spread, with 4500 boxes sold in 2015, raising more than €45,000. This was tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation resulting in a donation of $144,727 for the End Polio Now fund.

In 2016 the campaign has committed to committed to selling at least one box of Rotary tulip bulbs per Rotarian in the Netherlands, with over 18,000 members in the country. The campaign has also grown to become international in scope, with tulips sold across, Germany, Switzerland and the United States of America.

Rotary’s work

The EndPolioNow tulip campaign is just one example of efforts made by Rotarians across the world to end polio for good. Through its PolioPlus programme, established in 1985, Rotary was the first to have the vision of a polio-free world. More than one million Rotary members have volunteered their time and personal resources to polio eradication in nearly every country. Rotary members also provide valuable field support during National Immunization Days through social mobilization and by administering the oral polio vaccine to children.  

It is thanks to the dedicated work of Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners such as Rotary International and Rotarians across the globe that we are now closer than ever to eradicating polio for good.

Learn more about Rotary’s work to eradicate polio here.

 

 
 
 

 
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) was held at Forest Edge camp on the weekend of May 22nd-24th. The purpose of MUNA is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations. We sponsored 2 year 11 students from Nossal High School.  Baneen Saben and Shon Kolomoisky represented the Rotary Club of Berwick and the country of Israel.  They prepared their arguments to different scenarios prior to the camp. The performed extremely well coming Runner Up to Berwick Grammar School out of 28 delegations. They were also voted the most respected by the other delegates.  The whole weekend was extremely well organised.  A big thank you to all the clubs involved.
 

 
Each year the Rotary Club of Berwick sponsors a Year 11 student to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. This national not-for-profit organisation enjoys high-level support with the Chief Scientist of Australia as its Science Patron. The Forum aims to nurture and encourage young Australians to be the next generation of leading scientists and engineers supporting a sustainable future for our nation.
 
Applications are invited from local schools and the applicants are interviewed to assess their interest in and passion for science. This years’ successful candidate was 16 year old Benjamin Mackinlay from Haileybury College. Ben gave a terrific presentation to the Club members on his experience at the Forum, which he considered to be a life-changing experience. He stated that no superlatives adequately describe the experience that he gained.  His letter below summarises his thoughts very well.
“To the Executives, Directors and members of the Berwick Rotary Club.
I'm writing this email to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation for sponsoring me to attend the tremendous opportunity which is the National Youth Science Forum. 
On the 19th of January, I arrived at The Australian National University's Burgmann College alongside almost two-hundred students from all around Australia, and even five international students: two from Brazil, two from South Africa, and one from Zimbabwe. I must admit that upon my arrival I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed when being confronted with such a large number of teenagers, but I believe that as a result of this exposure I've been changed for the better - I can confidently say that I was able to connect with each and every individual on the program through a number of ways, if not just our genuine love for science.
 
 
 
 
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We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
Australia
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5152/#sthash.aGEIYQpf.dpuf
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
Australia
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5152/#sthash.0vqA6vLy.dpuf