28 November 2018
Volume 58 Issue 22

Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:           Diana Gomez-
Fellowship:  PP Mark Caulfield
                        Alf Giesen
Attendance: David Grant
                        Di Double

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

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
Vocational Visit - AVAN Pakenham
Nov 30, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Carols event update
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Dec 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Christmas Dinner @ Jason’s Restuarant
Dec 12, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
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
Rob Taylor
November 6
Tim Moore
November 7
Bill Minns
November 14
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Sheeja Prabhakaran
November 26
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:   PP Peter Mangan
Introduction of 'cashless' transactions
Treasurer Gary Castricum advised members that cash payments will no longer be accepted at Club meetings. 
He apologised if this move creates a problem for some members, but explained that it has been introduced to improve the balancing of fees collected at each meeting.
Nominations for Paul Harris Fellowships
PP John Rosenthal is seeking nominations for PHFs for people outside of Rotary who have made significant contributions to the local community, or for those within the Club who work generously on the many activities that Rotary undertakes.
To nominate someone, you should complete a PHF Nomination Form, which is available on the Club website under 'Club Documents'.  Alternatively, you can collect a form from the Secretary.
The completed Nomination Form should then be lodged with the Secretary, David Button.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Golf day
David Nutter provided a summary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) fund-raising Golf Day, which was held on Friday 23 November at the Cardinia-Beaconshills Golf Links in Upper Beaconsfield.
He thanked the Club for providing the gourmet BBQ for the participants, as their contribution to the event.  The gourmet sausages provided by Alf Giesen's son from the Nar Nar Goon butchery, proved to be very popular.
Rotarians Bob Lay AM, PP Mark Caulfield, Alf Giesen and Russell Dunn manned the BBQ and did a great job.
Due to the appalling weather conditions, the shotgun start to the competition was delayed until 1:30 pm and most teams only completed 9 holes, rather than 18.
Regardless of the terrible conditions, the event was considered to be successful in that it raised $30,000 for the RFDS.  This was due to generous sponsorship, good raffle prizes and some excellent auction items.  Points to be considered for our own Charity Golf day.
David advised that he is currently preparing his car for the 2019 Outback Trek to raise more funds for the RFDS.  The Outback Trek has already raised $28 million over the 20 years that it has been run. With 2019 being its' 30th year, they hope to achieve $30 million. 
Carols by Candlelight Update
Sam McCurdy advised that there are only 2.5 weeks left until the Carols by Candlelight event, which is to be held on Saturday 15 December at the Edwin Flack Reserve in Berwick.
He advised that Team Leaders and Team members are being identified at present and the details will be provided at next week's Club meeting.  Anyone who has not yet indicated their availability to assist at the event, should inform Diana Gomez-Fullaway ASAP.
Viv and Jim Armstrong will begin delivering letters on Tuesday 4 December,to residents within 1 km radius of the venue advising them of the fireworks and potential parking problems.  If they require assistance, they will let us know.  PE Isobel Caulfield volunteered to assist, if required.
Vocational Visit to AVAN in Pakenham
President Geoff reminded everyone that the vocational visit to AVAN in Pakenham will take place on Friday 30 November.
The visit will be held in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Pakenham and will be followed by dinner at the Cardinia Club in Racecourse Road.
Geoff confirmed who would be going on the visit and having dinner afterwards.
Jokers Wild 28-11-18
Guest Sean Beiber was asked to draw the winning ticket this week.
The ticket was claimed by Jane Moore, who carefully drew the two of Diamonds from the deck.
This means that the Jackpot of $773.50 is safe for another week and leaves 38 cards in the deck, together with the Joker.
Make sure you buy your ticket before the meetings starts next week and PLEASE HAVE THE CORRECT MONEY.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
Guest speakers at this week's meeting were Sean Beiper, Max Walton Briggs and Yebin Yang, who talked about the experience and benefits of the Rotary MUNA program.
Sean is a teacher at Berwick Grammar and St Margaret's Schools.  Max attends Berwick Grammar and Yebin attends St Margaret's.
Max and Yebin won the 2018 District 9820 competition and went on to the national MUNA competition in Canberra, where they won the Totenhofer Peace prize.  This is awarded to the delegation that is considered to make the best contribution to world peace.
Sean began the presentation by outlining his early association with Rotary through his participation in the 'Camp Awakenings' program.
As a teacher, he became interested in the MUNA program as a means of providing students with an understanding of and the skills to influence the world around them.  He has taken particular pride in watching Max and Yebin mature through their experiences and success with MUNA, at District and national levels.
Max and Yebin then explained how the MUNA program worked. 
In the District 9820 competition, they were assigned the role of a Chinese delegation.  The delegates dressed in the relevant national costume and debated six major world issues from the perspective of their assigned country.
This involved negotiating compromises that involved both political and personal considerations.  Max was amazed at how the experience changed his perspective on public speaking and helped his self-confidence.  
Having won the District 9820 competition, they participated in the national MUNA competition at Old Parliament House, which was a great experience in itself.
Yebin stated that they were assigned the role of a South Korean delegation, which was particularly interesting as she was born in South Korea.  They got to talk with the actual Ambassador for South Korea.
Yebin explained that it was difficult to vote on the various resolutions due to different country needs and agendas.  As the program evolved, she found the debates becoming more heated and intense.  In fact, they were no longer 15-year old students, they had become special political delegates with international responsibilities.
Both students thanked Rotary for providing them with the MUNA experience, which had changed the way they viewed the world and also improved their public speaking and debating abilities.
In concluding, Sean stated that the change in Max and Yebin's maturity levels due to the MUNA experience was phenomenal and this was one of the reasons that he is a teacher.  He thanked the Rotary Club of Berwick for providing them with the opportunity to participate.

News Snippets
Haileybury Appreciation of the Berwick & District Benevolent Society
Earlier in November, the Berwick & District Benevolent Society placed a cage at Haileybury College in Berwick, to collect donations of food and toy items for those in need at Christmas.
As a result, PP David Collyer and PP Mark Caulfield were invited to an awards ceremony, where the Principle and the students, gave a speech of appreciation to the "Society" for their work with the needy families of Casey and surrounds. 
In David's own words, "Mark Caulfield and myself were treated to loud adulation from the appreciative audience. To watch and listen to the young students of Haileybury does give one great hope for the future." 
Art Screen Delivery to the Montesorri School
On Friday 30 November, a team of Rotarians delivered a full trailer of art screens to the Montessori school in Caulfield South, for their annual art show.
The team consisted of PP Laury Gordyn, PP Gary Evans, PP Peter Batterham, PP Mark Caulfield, David Grant and Sam McCurdy.
This is a case of repeat business, with the client being very pleased with the service that we provide.
Well done team!
2019 Multi-District Conference

Registrations for the first ever Victorian Multi-District Conference are going well.

There are now over 1,000 Rotarians going and that has to be an opportunity to network, inspire and connect!

There will be a list of informative speakers, some excellent entertainment and a Rotary Showcase to knock your socks off. There will also be a Peace Summit on Friday and a concurrent Youth Forum on Saturday for 18-30 year olds.

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 15-17 February 2019.

Register online at:  



Weekly Photos

Note The Dates


Event Venue Time
Saturday 15 December 2018 Berwick Carols by Candlelight Edwin Flack Reserve in Berwick 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday 9 January 2019 Barbeque at the Kraan's 9-10 Garden Court, Narre Warren South 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Wednesday 16 January 2019 Berwick Cemetry clean-up Berwick Cemetry, Buchanan Road 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday 26 January 2019 Australia Day event Pioneers Park, Berwick 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday 3 February 2019 Bee Keeping and Wine Tasting visit To be confirmed 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Friday 1 March 2019 Charity Golf Day Beaconhills-Cardinia Golf Links 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday/Sunday 16/17 March 2019 Social Weekend To be confirmed 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
The 2019 RYPEN camp will be held from 4:00 pm Friday 24 March to 3:30 pm on Sunday 31 March, At the Summit camp in Trafalgar East and will be run by the Rotary Clubs of Dromana and Rosebud Rye.
During an intensive residential weekend, young people aged approximately 15 to 16 years will develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. 
At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds, and different parts of our district, improving their teamwork skills and having fun!!  All this done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debates are encouraged.
Above all RYPEN is about having fun!

Notes for sponsoring Rotary Clubs

These notes are to assist Clubs with their selection of student(s) for the RYPEN program.
  • The first task is to finalise with the Board how many participants the Club can sponsor from the 2018/19 budget. The cost per participant is $550.00. Payment is due from sponsoring Clubs no later than 1st March, 2019, however earlier would be appreciated.
  • The next step for the club is to identify and select candidates from schools or youth organisations. The type of school is not important (Government, Independent or Catholic) as the program aims to reach a diverse group of young people and it is essential to have a good mix of gender, socio- economic background, ethnicity and religious background.
  • It is recommended that you get in touch with schools early as it can take some time for the school to respond to your invitation.
  • Selection of students for the RYPEN program can be undertaken by school staff.
  • RYPEN caters for 14 -17 year old students to assist in achieving their potential. The camp includes physical activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Multiple copies of both the Student Application Form & The Summit Consent Form, together with The Summit Information for Parents, should be made available to the school for students and parents to read.
The selection of participants is a club responsibility. When the application form is received by the District team, then the student is going to RYPEN and your club is responsible for the sponsorship of that student.
Applications close on 28th February 2019 and application forms can be sent to:
(Mail)    Rotary Club of Dromana, PO Box 208, Dromana 3936
'Ride to Conference'
Neil Stitt of the Organising Committee advises that we will be having 2 rides for the 'Ride To Conference' next year.
We will be having a short ceremonial ride into the multi-district conference on the Saturday morning, 16 February.  There, we will meet up with riders from other districts, to enter the conference.
We will also be having our usual week long ride, which this year will be from Monday 25th March (meeting up on the Sunday night) and finishing on Friday 29th March at lunchtime-based out of Bairnsdale. Past riders from recent years will have already been sent information from our ride committee.
Anyone who would like to ride with us or join our support crew in March, is welcome. and please contact our Registration Secretary, Jenny Rice, at . We ride up to 100 km a day for the week with plenty of breaks and great fellowship, both on and off the bike.
Past riders and support crew are most welcome to join us in February in the short ride to enter the conference, when we will all be wearing a special polo shirt to mark the occasion of raising a grand total of $1,000,000 over the duration of the ride, since it started in 2002,  A fantastic effort by a lot of people over the years.
The shirt will be great and will cost $45.00 . Because of the timelines needed to get the shirt made for the conference in Mid-February, we need riders to register.
For past riders and support crew who would like to join us for the ceremonial ride into the conference, we need you to register before the 14 December, 2018 and pay $45.00, to enable the shirt to be made and ready for the conference.
For the ride in March, riders and support crew will receive the special shirt as part of their ride registration, as they usually do. Again please complete the registration form and submit by 14th December, 2018.
International Youth Exchange
Our clubs sponsored outgoing Youth Exchange Student Tara Wilkinson will embark in January on her 12 months Exchange in the USA (where to still TBC).
We wish Tara all the best and know her exchange will be a life-changing experience she will cherish.
As part of sponsoring Tara, our club must commit to hosting an incoming student from the USA for July 2019 to June 2020 period.  Rotary Club of Berwick has a proud history of supporting this program and to meet District 9820 request, we are seeking host families over the 12 months.
Ideally, we are seeking families to host over a 3 month period, but are open to families who can host for shorter periods.
The Exchange student is required to attend Berwick College, regular club meetings and Rotary annual District Conference, with club members offering to include him or her in other events/activities to ensure their exchange is a memorable experience.     
  • Host for 3months…….. July - September  2019 ……….October – December 2019………….January – March 2020 ……….. April to June 2020
  • Host for a shorter period with the above months   
For further information refer to Isobel Caulfield or Di Double, who have both been host ‘Mums’ in the past.

Christmas is coming!