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

Club President: Mark Caulfield

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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
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October 2016

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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
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
Gold Sponsors
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: 
P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806 
email: sam.mccurdy@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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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.


Gui did his final presentation to the club before his departure on Friday. 
He gave a heart felt talk on his time in Australia.  Well done Gui.
Rotary Youth Exchange, 3 words, millions of feelings and very difficult to describe.  One year has past and everything has changed.  I remember hearing a few key pieces of advice before I left Brazil. “Study the language as much as you can”, “say yes to every opportunity” but there’s one I wish I had been told.  “Make the most of the short time you have”.  But who would ever think that a full year could pass quickly?  Time seems endless.  Yet, in the blink of an eye, I’ve come to the end of my time in Australia.
It’s difficult not to look back on the time that has already passed and think about what could’ve been.  An extra trip to the city, or maybe a different beach with an awesome view to the ocean.  We adapt to the weather, the new language, to the boring routine.  We get used to the jokes, to the food on the dinner table, to the new house.  Maybe it's biological or astrological, it doesn't matter: We get used to everything eventually but honestly the only thing that I can't get used to is the see ya's and goodbyes. The problem with it is that hurts to say "see you soon" to a lot of different people.
The Rotary Club of Berwick is very fortunate to have the Beaconsfield Branch of the Bendigo Bank as a Gold Sponsor and Supporter. 
At a recent meeting, Branch manager, Andrew Gardner, talked about the changes that have taken place in banking, from technology, through to interest loan rates.  I’m sure many of us in the room remember those interest loan rates of 17.5% back in the late 80’s, compared to the 4% which it is at the moment.  On the flip side of that, people with investments were getting similar rates, compared to the minuscule amounts which are on offer today. 
The Bendigo Bank story began in Bendigo, in the midst of the goldrush, with the Bendigo Land and Building Society being created in 1858.  This later became The Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society, after all borrowers had repaid their loans from the mines.   The Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society operated as a single-office mortgage lender and deposit taker for all of its 100-year history, until it ceased in the 1970s.  In the 1990’s with a large number of banks closing in small towns, Community Bank Branches were formed so that people could have local banks, and in turn, these banks chose to give back their profits to local community organisations.
The Beaconsfield Branch of the Bendigo Community Bank, which opened in 2009, has given almost $140,000 back into the local community.  It is great to know that the bank and our Club work so closely together and we are extremely proud to have the support of the Bendigo Bank, not only as gold sponsors of our Club, but also by supporting events which we run, such as the Golf Day, the Trots Night,  Australia Day Celebrations, and our recent District Conference.
Support your local Bendigo Community Branch - it will support your Community.


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.
Produced by a different Rotary District, but the message is still the same. 

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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
- 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
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5152/#sthash.0vqA6vLy.dpuf