26-04-2017 Vol 56 Issue 43

The Rotary Club of Berwick meets
Every Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

Please email your apology
or book in your guest to
All bookings and apologies
To submitted by 10.00 am on
Tuesday prior to the meeting.
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Friday 5th May 2017
Charity Golf Day
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Course
Starts 6pm sharp
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Guest Speaker:
Daivd Spitteler - Asylum seekers / refugees
Trevor Bailey
John Rosenthal, Maureen Scott
David Nutter, Lea Paton

PP Peter Castricum 19/4/01, PP Rob Taylor 20/4/89, Di Double 26/04/07, Rod Bowman 26/04/07, Dan Kraan 30/04/09,
Gus Dominguez 19/4 , Carol Evans 23/4, Steve Marshall 24/4, Fred Edwards 25/4, Garry Cooper 26/4, Doug Anderson 27/4,   Jen Marshall 30/4   
Fred & Pat Edwards 21/4

RI President:
John Germ
District 9820 Governor:
2016-2017 Rotary Club of Berwick Board
Vice President:
Public Image:
Service Projects:
Upcoming Events
Deb Ball Practice
Berwick College
May 01, 2017
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Charity Golf Day
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links
May 05, 2017
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Deb Ball Practice
The Grand
May 08, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Berwick College Deb Ball
The Grand
May 17, 2017
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Berwick College Deb Ball
The Grand
May 18, 2017
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Berwick Farmers & Craft Market
The Old Cheese Factory
May 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Graduates Restaurant Dinner
St John's Regional College
May 31, 2017 6:30 PM
Berwick Farmers & Craft Market
The Old Cheese Factory
Jun 24, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Club Changeover
Jun 28, 2017 6:30 PM
Club Meeting 26th April 2017
We always seem to have jam packed meetings.  This week was no exception.  We welcomed visiting Rotarian’s Roger and Grant from Pakenham,  Also Jenny from RC Kyneton who was with Maureen.  Chairman Laury kept everything moving along.

Bill Minns is home and is welcoming visitors.  He is frail and on lots of medication but in good spirits.

The Farmers and Craft Market went well on Saturday with fine weather.  We had 28 paying stalls.  Customer numbers were down a bit but most stall holders were happy.  The Berwick RSL were selling ANZAC Day badges.  Thanks to all the workers who helped on the day.

The Deb Ball rehearsals have resumed.  Numbers are down on recent years with only 2 nights required.  The school feels this is due to the changing demographics of the students.  Table bookings are coming in slowly.  The suits, shoes, flowers etc are all out sourced and sorted.  Rotarians will be needed on the night to punch tickets at the door.  Thanks to those who are helping with the rehearsals.

The Coles collection boxes are being installed in the local supermarkets.  This looks like being a good ongoing fund raiser with minimal effort required.  A couple of people are needed for the Eden Rise supermarket.  Coles staff are very helpful with the collections. Please see Trevor Bailey.
The Graduates Restaurants has vacancies. Please bring your partners along for a good night.  We need a minimum of 40 people to attend.

Sjaak Kusters has been the program director for at least 4 years.  He will be passing on the baton to Gus Dominguez for next year.  Please let Gus know if you have any ideas for speakers.

Members have requested a business shirt for the uniform.  It is totally voluntary and not compulsory to purchase any uniform items.  Business shirts will be available soon in a pale blue and chambray in both men’s and women’s styles.  We have hats at $18 and polo’s at $38 in stock.  Please see Jane if you want anything.

Art screens no longer take them upstairs.  Last delivery for the year will be in May.
The Facebook page is growing all the time.  For the week 9-16th April 2224 people viewed a particular post. The market page was less but it is a niche page.

Club financials are looking healthy with some large payments to come out. Mainly for the Deb Balls.  There are some outstanding money by members yet to be paid.  Invoices have been adjusted to account for the extra $8 in cost for the Graduates Restaurant.
Jokers Wild is currently at $621.25 David Button won the ticket and let his host daughter Lisa draw the card.  She left the joker in peace.
Notes from the Board Meeting
Students from Nossall and Berwick Grammar will be selected for MUNA. (Model United Nations Assembly).

Rob Wingrave is now the club property officer.  A shed cleanout will be in the near future.

The 9820 District Emergency fund has donated $10,000 for Cyclone Debbie relief.  During the fires our own district was a recipient of these funds.  The board approved $500 to go to the replenishment of this fund.  

A District Grant application will be submitted.  It is for Lego computer robotic programming equipment at Berwick Fields Primary School. It is aimed at children who are disengaged from school.  Each kit costs $620.  3 kits are being purchased so $930 will come from the club with the matching grant to make up the difference.

For many years only one district has been funding the Donations in Kind warehouse with 5 districts using it.  Out district has agreed to contribute to the fixed costs of rent etc.  The club will become a DIK partner and contribute $500 for the costs.
Suggestions are needed for the end of year dispersal of funds.  If you know of any worthy projects that could do with some funds, please send them to Secretary Adrian.  The board will take all suggestions into consideration.

Golf Day
The Golf Day is nearly here.

We have 15 golf teams including our sponsors.  That means we have 10 paying teams.  More teams are urgently needed.  Please see if you can rustle up some more.  If you are thinking of asking Car Dealers or Real Estate Agents, see Mick and they may have already done so.

Raffle tickets are available.  $5 a ticket for over $5000 worth of prizes.  Please see David Nutter if you can sell some more. Anyone for a cruise??

A BBQ  lunch will be served on the day and there will be jobs for all involved.  If you haven’t already let David Nutter know, please contact him if you will be there during the or just for the evening.

Remember it is in place of our normal meeting.  Apologies need to be in by MONDAY 1st for catering purposes.  We will be charged for that number.
The dinner will be served at 6.00 pm sharp (So should be there by 5.30)

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
ANZAC Day at Narre Warren saw a very wet and soggy Dawn Service.  The merry band of workers assisted the RC Narre Warren with the breakfast.  Also helping were the Casey Cardinia Rotaract Club and the Inner Wheel Club of Narre Warren.  The SES provided the lights. 
The numbers were down slightly but the public enjoyed the breakfast cooked.  Our BBQ was well used.
An impressive collective effort in washing and drying dishes that took 1hr and 45 minutes.  A great fellowship morning that was enjoyed by all.
Later in the day a wreath was placed at Berwick on behalf of the RC Berwick and the Casey Cardinia Rotaract Club.
Lisa's Report
Lisa returned after several weeks away.  The ride to conference was hard but enjoyable.  The rock to reef tour was one of the best things of her exchange.  She loved the outback and had a chopper flight over Uluru.  Lisa said the reef was beautiful.

Lisa has changed host families and is now with David and Judy Button.  She has visited DIK, ANZAC Day services and Scott Double’s 21st birthday party.  At school she won best and fairest in tennis and came third in the surfing competitions. 
The word for the week is “Baumschule“which means tree nursery in German.
Mark Caulfield Behind the Badge
This week we heard about President Mark’s story.  Everyone has one to tell, but his story is different to most.  We heard of adventures with deer, possums, sheep, guns, explosives, cyclones and dogs.

He grew up on dairy and sheep farms in the Thames Valley in New Zealand with 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

After school, he became a professional hunter. Deer and possums are major pests in New Zealand, destroying the bush.  Mark and his brother would cull the deer which eventually went to Germany as venison.  They would go into the bush for months at a time trapping possums for the fur trade.  Up to 30,000 possums a year were taken out.

Following that they bought a sheep station of 1800 acres.  An gun accident saw Mark selling his share to his brother.  He went sheep shearing in America and moved to Australia in 1989 as a shearer in outback NSW where he met Isobel.  They have 2 daughters, Rachel and Anna.

After a stint dairy farming near Warragul they bought Berwick Boarding Kennels & Cattery.  

A major incident with the kennels was the floods in 2011.  Mark was very appreciative of the assistance that many Rotarian’s gave him and the Button’s next door at that time.
After 20 years, they closed the business as the land is going for development.

He is proud that he introduced both Sjaak Kusters and David Button to the club.  Mark spoke of the enjoyment of Rotary and the great friendships he has made.  
Sergeant's fine session
Sergeant Darius’s fine session gave us his usual history lesson.  This time it was on ANZAC day.
Normal fines for new cars, pictures in the papers and incorrect titles ensured.
He also auctioned an Australian Flag donated by Sjaak.  Spirited bidding saw Laury Gordon paying $50 to go to the club.
Happy Snaps
What's On
Apologies & Guests 26th April 2017