Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there… Special thoughts for the dads who are no longer with us, and who have played an important part in shaping who we are today!

It’s been another busy week at the Rotary Club of Berwick. From the hustle and bustle of the Farmers and Craft Market on Saturday, to our direct engagement with prospective students at the Federation University Open Day on Sunday, and a social outing to the Queen Vic Night Market on Wednesday, members and friends of the club have been fully engaged.

In this week’s edition of the Spoke ‘n’ Words you will read the latest report from Alex Kraan our exchange student and worthy ambassador in Switzerland, and a feature article based on the insights that Adam Hughes, President of the Rotary Club of Port Moresby, shared with members and guests on the night that he visited the club on the 9th of August.

Our monthly Farmers and Craft Market at the Old Cheese factory was a success, with a large number of stalls turning up to display their wares. A steady flow of visitors made for a good atmosphere. For the first time the Salvos set up a stall and their discounted toys attracted a lot of attention.
On Sunday the club in collaboration with the Casey-Cardinia Rotaract Club hosted a stand at the Federation University Open Day. It was an opportunity to engage directly with prospective students and promote the Rotary and Rotaract brands. Students had the opportunity to participate in a survey to gauge their level of knowledge and interest in Rotary, and avenues to serve the community.
It was great to see the reactions to our Facebook posts on the day, and the multiple shares including Rotary Australia. Great PR!!


During 2017-18, every 5th Wednesday of the month (August, November, January and May) will be specifically dedicated to a social event. On Wednesday the 30th of August our Social Coordinator, Di Double, organised our first social event, an outing for members and friends to the Queen Vic Night Market. Forty Rotarians and friends descended upon the city of Melbourne to experience the electric atmosphere of the night market… a melting pot of culture, food, and entertainment. Thank you to all those who participated.


Next Wednesday, 6th September, members will return to Holm Park for the Club Service night. Club Service meetings are for members only, and they give an opportunity for members to shape the direction of the club in the short, medium and long term. Members will receive reports from the Board, discuss ideas and strategies, and provide guidance regarding club projects and other matters of importance. This is the 3rd Club Service meeting since the Changeover in June, and as President I strongly believe that the regularity of those meetings is critical to ensure member engagement, and involvement in the running of the club.

Congratulations to our indefatigable Editor, Sandi Tarant, and her team, for another excellent edition of the Spoke n’’ Words.