Posted by Sam McCurdy:
At the meeting on Wednesday, our guest speakers were the outgoing (Susan Magee) and incoming (Helen Small) Executive Officers of Casey North Community Information & Support Services (CNCISS).
Susan has been the Executive Officer of the organisation since it was founded 25 years ago.
(L to R) Helen Small and Susan Magee
Our club has had a long association with CNCISS through the Rotary Berwick and District Benevolent Society, where we have regularly supported them with financial contributions and the annual ‘Christmas Appeal’ collection of toys and non-perishable food.
As background, Susan explained that the City of Casey has the highest population growth and multicultural mix in Victoria.  It also has the highest number of people on JobSeeker and Newstart programs.
She provided a summary of the types of support that the CNCISS staff (16) and volunteers (16) offer the community.  All volunteers are required to undertake a 6-week training course.
Financial debt is becoming increasingly problematic and is exacerbated by the 'Buy now, pay later' scheme.  Last year, CNCISS distributed $420,522 between 1,445 families in need.
Susan acknowledged that the distribution of Christmas hampers to those in need could not occur without the support provided by the Rotary Berwick & District Benevolent Society. 
On behalf of the Club, Trevor Watson congratulated Susan on her work and wished her well in her retirement. 
He also assured Helen of the Club's ongoing support in her new role as Executive Officer.