10 April 2019
Volume 58 Issue 38
Next Meeting Responsibilities
There will be no meeting
at Holm Park Reserve next week
due to the vocational
visit to Narre Warren CFA.

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

Bookings and Apologies
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.
Upcoming Events
Narre Warren CFA Vocational Visit
Apr 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
ANZAC Day function
Apr 25, 2019
6:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Asset Management Accountability Framework
May 01, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
Youth and New Ideas
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gus Dominguez
April 19
Fred Edwards
April 25
Garry Cooper
April 26
Jennifer Marshall
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Cynthia Merrill
April 1
Mary Town
April 5
Pat Wingrave
April 7
Carol Evans
April 23
Steven Marshall
April 24
Garry Cooper
Marlene Cooper
April 11
Fred Edwards
Pat Edwards
April 21
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
Since 2015, the Rotary Club of Berwick has had responsibility for management of the Berwick & District Society Inc. 
The current  Office Bearers are:
President:   PP David Collyer
Treasurer:   PP Peter Batterham
Secretary:    Sam McCurdy
Monbulk Bowls Competition Loss
On Wednesday 10 April, 25 Club members, family and friends gathered at Monbulk to engage in the annual bowls competition with the Rotary Club of Monbulk.
The competition has been held for over 40 years and Funno's father Allan, helped to set it up.
Unfortunately, we as the current holders of the trophy, suffered an embarrassing loss with a score of 53 for Monbulk against only 11 for us.
Funno's mother, B J, presented the trophy to Monbulk, while celebrating her birthday.
Despite the drubbing, an evening of good fun and fellowship was had by all.
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
The Berwick & District Benevolent Society committee meeting on Tuesday 8 April was also attended by Bert Rae OAM and former Councillor of the City of Berwick, Fay Powell OAM. 
Bert and Fay were invited to provide a history of the Society and its link to the Casey North Community Information and Support Services (CNCISS).
Bert stated that the activities of the Society began in an informal manner in 1959, as the suburb of Doveton was being developed.  Bert’s mother and father used to collect clothes and food for the residents of Doveton, who were mainly employees of the local factories, such as General Motors, Heinz and International Harvester.
At that time there were quite a few strikes, as the workers pushed for better wages and working conditions.  When they would go on strike, Bert’s father would get cans of food donated by Heinz to give to the strikers.  He would also collect clothes and other items for distribution to the community.
Eventually, the Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc. was formed in 1961.  The same year that the Rotary Club of Berwick was chartered. 
Councillor Jan Bateman was one of the early Presidents of the Society and she encouraged Fay to join at the time she was running for council election. 
Fay subsequently served as President of the Society for more than 10 years.
Bert indicated that in addition to providing a range of support services to the community, the Society was also instrumental in forming the Casey North Community Information & Support Services (CNCISS) and the Berwick Opportunity Shop. 
The need for the CNCISS was first identified by the Council and they have since paid the wages and rent for the organisation's operations.  Effectively the Society was the surrograte for the CNCISS.
The role of the Society has been to provide emergency relief support to the CNCISS, which it continues to do.  In summary, the Society  acts as the collector of funds, food, toys and other items for distribution to those in need within the community, via the CNCISS.
In 2015, due to the advancing age of its' members, the Society negotiated with then President Gus Dominguez for the Rotary Club to take over the management of the Society.  
The Rotary Club of Berwick agreed to continue the Society’s good work under its auspices and to continue using the Berwick and District Benevolent Society name.
Mayor of the City of Casey and Rotarian Mick Morland presented certificates of appreciation on 5 June 2015, to the outgoing Society's committee members including Bert Rae.
Vocational Visit to Narre Warren CFA
Our meeting on Wednesday 17th April will be a vocational visit to the Narre Warren Country Fire Authority station.
Normal meeting time and meal charges apply.  Please arrive at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start. 
The CFA Auxiliary will be providing us with a 2 course meal.  CFA rules do not allow alcohol on CFA premises, but you are welcome to bring your own soft drink, if you wish.
The Brigade members will tell us a bit about what the CFA does, show us over their trucks and equipment and may recount some of their experiences in the recent Tonimbuk / Garfield North fires.
As we are not meeting at Holm Park, attendance and apologies must be notified to Fred Edwards at  by 10.00 am on Monday 15th April. 
It is important that everyone advises Fred that they are either attending or are an apology.  This is required for catering purposes.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We are looking to make this a great and interesting evening, so please bring along your partners, family members and friends.  Just be sure to book them in.
The CFA station address is 292 Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Narre Warren SouthIt is located between Greaves Road and the Casey Central Shopping Centre.
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Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021.

The Rotary Club of Melbourne has pleasure in announcing that Holly Ransom has agreed to be an Ambassador for Rotary’s campaign in support of the UNICEF/Rotary partnership "Give Every Child a Future" project.

The project aims to vaccinate 100,000 children in 9 Pacific Island Countries against life threatening respiratory and gastric diseases, whilst also delivering Human Papilloma Virus vaccine to 30,000 teenage girls to prevent cervical cancer.

President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Robert Fisher, said “This game changing initiative over 4 years will leave a legacy of improved health and sustainable strengthening of healthcare. I am delighted that Holly has agreed to lend her support, which will help enormously to raise awareness of this project.” 

Holly said, “I am honoured to be an ambassador for this fabulous initiative, especially given the profound impact it will have on the quality of life for our Pacific Island neighbours.”

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Bio Note: 

Holly Ransom became a member of Rotary Club of Melbourne in December 2015. She completed a Bachelor of Law and Arts at UWA, majoring in Economics, was awarded a Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in December 2018. Ms Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building leadership capacity to execute change.

Her career has spanned leadership roles across the corporate, non-profit and policy sectors, focusing on organisational change, stakeholder engagement, and leadership development.

She plans to use her Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, focusing on emerging technology ethics and governance.

Weekly Photos
(Photos provided by Di Double)
B J celebrates her birthday B J presents the trophy to the winning team
Mystery Progressive Dinner on Saturday 25th May, 2019 at 6.30pm
Members and partners of the Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs of Berwick are invited to participate in this highly popular event.
For this to work, all participants must be prepared to host a course with accompanying drinks. Fancy cooking is NOT a pre-requisite, the company, and getting to know people in the privacy and ambience of our homes is the reward for the evening. Pre-purchased food is quite acceptable for those not confident in the kitchen.
Nominated couples prepare an entree course with accompanying drinks for three couples.
At 6.00 pm two couples arrive at their home, and the 6 sit down for entree/soup course.
At 6.45 pm the hosts open an envelope and let everyone know where each couple is to head off for main course. (One or two of these couples may be going back home to serve main course to their mystery guests).
At 7.15 pm two couples will arrive at the nominated main course home and the 6 different people will enjoy main course together with accompanying drinks. At 8.15 the next envelope will be opened to let these three couples know where each is headed for dessert course.
At 8.45 pm two couples will arrive at the nominated dessert course home to share dessert course together and at 9.30pm the final envelope will be opened to announce where everybody participating will congregate for coffee/tea.
At 10.00 pm everyone will arrive at the final home for tea/coffee, chocolates and reminiscences about where they have been all evening and who they have socialised with.
If you are single and do not have a friend to partner up with, the organisers can either partner you up with someone, or we can slot single people in.
If you wish to participate in this fun event, please be aware that a lot of juggling by the organisers goes into fitting all participants into the homes, so a firm commitment is required so that other participants are not disappointed if you fail to turn up and host a course on the night.
Please fill in the accompanying sheet with your names, which course you would prefer to serve (some adjustments may need to be made according to demand), and how many you can accommodate around your dining table, in case we don’t have equal numbers of participants, and your mobile number for communication if required. Please send the completed sheet to
Envelopes stating which course you will be hosting, where you will be going for entree (not to be opened before 5pm on the day) and containing destinations for your guests (not to be opened before the guests are present in your home), will be distributed to you approximately one week before the event.
Please do not discuss what course you are hosting with others before the event. The element of surprise is a great part of the fun.
RSVP by 11th May
Mystery Progressive Dinner Information
Partner’s Name:                                          
Preferred Course                                       
Table size:                                                       
Mobile Phone no:                                         
Note The Dates





13 April
BJ Funston Celebration Holm Park Reserve 2:30 pm onwards
17 April
Narre Warren CFA Vocational Visit TBC 6:30 - 8:30 pm
25 April
ANZAC Day function TBC 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
1 May
Asset Management Accountability Framework Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
3 May
Bunnings BBQ Narre Warren Fountain Gate TBC
8 May
Canning Stock Route meeting with RC of Narre Warren Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
14 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
15 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
16 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
25 May
Progressive Dinner with Inner Wheel N/A N/A
29 May
David Whiting D9800 DC-Governance Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
5 June
Exchange Visit to India Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
12 June
ROMAC presentation by RC of Seaford Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
26 June
Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm