10-05-2017 Vol 56 Issue 45

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 17th May 2017
Guest Speaker:
Tim Moore - Trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan
Lea Paton
Gerald Treasure, Betty Tudge
Sharmaine Squire, Jim Wilson
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Guest Speaker:
John Wilson - Physiotherapist
Sam Mc Curdy
Doug Anderson, Rhonda Anderson
Jim Armstrong, Viv Armstrong

Gary Evans (01/05/80)
Tilly Hutton (03/05/07)
Graham Johnstone (03/05/07)
Bill Minns (03/05/61)
Sjaak Kusters (10/05/01)
Darius Mikolajewski (12/05/05)
Murray Newby (12/05/05)
Pat McCurdy (01/05)
Andy Merrill (05/05)
Lea Paton (06/05)
Sjaak Kusters (07/05)
Peter Castricum (10/5)
Jack & Anne Kraan (08/05/77)
Jim & Viv Armstrong (14/05/11)

RI President:
John Germ
District 9820 Governor:
2016-2017 Rotary Club of Berwick Board
Vice President:
Public Image:
Service Projects:
Upcoming Events
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
District Assembly
Federation University
May 21, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:30 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
Holm Park Reserve
Jun 28, 2017 6:30 PM
District Changeover
Premier Function Centre
Jul 09, 2017
Club Meeting 10th May 2017
Another meeting with lots of things happening.  President Mark welcomed guests and returning travellers will his usual style.  Trevor Bailey as chairman kept things running well with 9 members speaking of what is going on.  He also stated that he felt privilaged to be chairman for the evening.
Peter Mangan thanked everyone for their kind wishes.  He said he is nearly back to being dangerous again.
Bill Minns is travelling ok and will have an overnight stay in hospital next week for tests.  He is looking forward to coming back to Rotary as he enjoys the fellowship.

The board meeting on Monday 15th May will be at Adrian’s place at 7.30pm.  All members are welcome to attend.

Invoices will be changed as the cost of the Changeover dinner will be higher.  There are some people who haven’t paid for uniforms and Christmas cakes.   This is making it difficult to keep the books tidy.  If you have any questions please talk to Wendy.  

The recent 4wd outing was a great success.  7 vehicles spent the day in the Thompson’s Dam and Walhalla area following the route set out by Adrian Froggatt.  Much was made of the steep descent walking down to an old mine site and the trek back up the hill.  There have been requests for one later in the year.  There are plenty of passenger spots if you don’t have a 4wd.
Jack Kraan as a Nossal High School board member spoke about the proposed Food and Wine Festival.  It is now called the South-East Fest and will be held on the 16th September 2017.  It is a joint event with Nossal and Rotary.  Nossal have provided $5000 of their own funds to assist with administration of the event.  An admin person has been employed to coordinate stalls etc. There will be food trucks, pop up kitchens, entertainment and much more.

The handbook is being prepared for next year, please let Gus know if your details have changed.  Gus is also program director next year.  If you have any ideas for speakers, please let him know.
Rotary Foundation Centenary dinner is on 31st May at Docklands.  Please see Tim if you would like to attend.  He also has raffle tickets for sale.

Ride to Conference money is now due.  If you have sponsored Lisa or Josie Wilson and have not paid, please do so immediately.
The Deb Balls are set to go.    Last minute table bookings have come in from parents.  The final rehearsal at the venue went well. There are vacancies on the tables for both Wednesday and Thursday if you would like to attend.  Please let Pete Batterham know.
Terry Carmichael is back from Italy.  He thanked Darius for taking over the Fundraising portfolio while he was away, also Isobel for looking after the Farmers & Craft Market.
The winery tour has been put on hold for the time being.
Golf Day Raffle winners
A surprised Di Scheepers was presented with her 2nd prize at the Golf Day raffle. 
Todd Mc Kenna from Pakenham scooped the 1st prize and was presented with all the goodies at his business.  He bought just one ticket.  Todd knows what Rotary is about as he has supported the RC Pakenham previously.
The final details are being collated but it looks like it will be a profitable day.  Thanks to everyone, it really was a whole club effort.
Nossal Mock Interviews
The mock interviews at Nossal High School are on Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th May.  Members from the RC Narre Warren are also assisting.
The time is 10 – 1.30 pm with lunch provided.  Working with Children Cards will be checked on the day.  The Rotary “Form 3” needs to be current.  Sample questions and Nossal's student guidelines will be emailed to those participating.
This is a worthy youth project as many of the students would not have ever been for a job interview.  Please contact David Collyer if you can attend either or both days.
Mental Health First Aid
The Mental health first aid training has made the Berwick News and Pakenham Gazette. 
President Mark and Jim & Viv Armstrong recently visited the Officer Football Club training and spoke with the participants of the course. Glowing recommendations of the course were given.
Congratulations Viv Armstrong
Congratulations to Viv Armstrong on being appointed at the District 9820 Chair of Australian Rotary Health. 
Her enthusiasm and passion will see her doing a great job. 
Check out Australian Rotary Health here.
Rotary Down Under
Make sure you check out the latest edition of Rotary Down Under. 
Our own Funno and Lisa are pictured in an article about the Orbost fishing trip. 
While you are there, find out about all the amazing things that Rotary is up to all around Australia and beyond.
Check out what Rotary Down Under is all about.
David Spitteler from the Asylum Seekers Centre
David Spitteler from the Asylum Seekers Centre in Dandenong was our guest speaker. 
It is a voluntary service aiding asylum seekers and refugees in the Dandenong and Casey area.  The centre supports about 400 people of which 80% are Muslim.  Many of the people they assist come from Iran and Myanmar which was Burma.
There are detailed criteria that must be satisfied before people can gain refugee status.  Most of the people they assist are fleeing persecution from their home country. Some of the people they have assisted now work in the centre supporting others.

David, assisted by his wife Evonne answered many questions and told moving stories of people in detention centres and their struggles to live in a new country.  An interesting talk about a difficult subject.
Moving the Irabina Austism Services
A small group with the aid of David Button’s truck helped the Irabina Austism Service in Pakenham move premises. 
They provide family-centred Early Intervention programs and services to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Thanks to all involved.
Happy Snaps
Apologies & Guests 10th May 2017