Welcome to the 39th edition of Spoke ‘n’ Words.
 
On Wednesday the 25th of April, hundreds of thousands of Australians, of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, gathered at dawn services across Australia and overseas to remember the sacrifice of our service men and women in the Great War and the various theatres of war since. ANZAC Day is not a commemoration of war, but a celebration of those who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in the First World War, and those men and women who since have and continue to put their lives on the line to restore and preserve peace. Lest We Forget. 
 
         
Members of the Rotary Club of Berwick and their families were engaged at various community events on ANZAC Day. I had the honour to be with my dear friend Dr Hassan Amin, President of the Rotary Club of Narre-Warren, to lay wreaths on behalf of our respective Clubs at the Berwick RSL dawn service, at the new memorial in Bunjil Place. Some 5,000 gathered for this very special service and our members worked hand in hand with the Casey-Cardinia Rotaractors and members of the Rotary Club of Narre-Warren, to run the BBQ and prepare and serve the traditional Gunfire Breakfast that followed the service. I take the opportunity to thank the Rotary Club of Narre-Warren for involving our Club in this event. Thank you to all Berwick Rotarians who helped at the dawn service and special thanks to Isobel Caulfield for the photos.
 
      
 
On Sunday the 29th of April, I was among a group of 18 Berwick Rotarians and over a hundred more from across the District to attend the District 9820 Assembly and Avenues of Service meeting, held this year at the Federation University in Berwick. It was great to see many of our new members take part in this event, which is designed to equip Rotarians with information and knowledge about Rotary’s projects and programs, including its many avenues of service. The topics covered also gave us the opportunity to hear what other clubs in the District are doing to grow membership and engage with the communities within which they evolve.        
 
As promised, in this week’s bulletin we have a special report from Past President (PP) Jack Kraan about the South East Feast, held on Saturday the 21st of April. I again take this opportunity to thank and congratulate PP Jack, Nossal High Principal Roger Page, Deputy Principal Keith Butler and the combined organising committee, for the success of the inaugural event. Thank you also to Di Double for the happy snaps.
 
There will not be a meeting at Holm Park this Wednesday, the 2nd of May. Instead members, family and friends will meet at the Doubles on Saturday the 5th of May for a special soiree of Pasta, Plonk and Poetry, to celebrate the Rotary Club of Berwick’s 57th Anniversary. With that in mind, in next week’s edition of the Spoke n’ Words we will take a trip down memory lane recounting some of the memorable events in the Club’s history, since its foundation on 5th May 1961. Our official Club Historian, PP Bill Minns, will no doubt have a fair bit to contribute.
 I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the bulletin
 
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