15 August 2018 
Volume 58 Issue 7
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:             Bob Lay AM
Fellowship:  PP Viv Armstrong
                        PP Jim Armstrong
Attendance:  PP Peter Mangan
                        David Cutler
Rotary Information Sessions
The Rotary Information series continues with presentations at our weekly meetings.
The team members involved and the roster are as follows:
August 22 - Cheryl Zuhlsdorff
August 29 - Adwin Town
September 5 - Gary Castricum
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.
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
Wendy Langdon
August 2
Di Double
August 15
Jim Wilson
August 18
Eric Boon
August 19
Jack Kraan
August 23
Spouse Birthdays
David Fullaway
August 1
Diana Nutter
August 7
Di Double
August 15
Kate Mangan
August 17
Lisemay Balancy
August 24
Robyn Shaw
August 29
Rob Wingrave
Pat Wingrave
August 22
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:  David Cutler
Upcoming Events
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Aug 22, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Balibo project report
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Aug 29, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Infoxchange present AskIzzy Website
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Sep 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
President's Preamble 15-8-18
Those who attended the meeting this week were treated to the shortest District Governor speech in a long time. 
DG Janne Speirs was succinct, but still managed to be inspirational while getting her message across about the importance of public image and membership to Rotary Clubs.  She also talked about how close we are to ending Polio in the world.
There was a triple split of the winnings of the DG speech-time sweep.  As a result, the winners got their money back and the rest was given to PDG Charlie Speirs’ project "Making sure that every child has clean drinking water".
PDG Charlie gave a very passionate presentation explaining how the ability to drink clean water leads to an improvement in attendance at school, which in turn leads to better eduation and the chance for communities to get out of a cycle of poverty. 
Di Double is going to place Foundation tubes on tables at meetings for Members to fill up, with the proceeds being given to PDG Charlie for his project.
Thank you again to all the partners who attended on the night, your support for our Club is greatly appreciated. 
District Governor Janne Speirs
DG Janne Speirs gave an inspiring speech to a large audience of Rotarians and guests at Wednesday's Club meeting.
Janne stated that her aim during her tenure as District Governor is that every Club and Club member in District 9820 should have fun.
She stated that whilst Rotary does many wonderful things, we are not very good at promoting the work to the community.  Therefore, she is working with a small team to develop a 3-year plan to make sure that a consistent approach is taken to Public Image, by all Clubs in the District.  We need to celebrate what we do well and let the public know about it.
By improving our approach to Public Image, Janne is confident that membership will grow as the community learns what we do.  She wants an increase of 1,500 new members in District 9820 by the end of the Rotary year.  This equates to 3-4 new members per club.
DG's Partner's Project
PDG Charlie Speirs explained what his DG Partner's project will be.  Its goal is "Making sure that every child has clean drinking water". 
Charlie explained that Foundation has $1 million sitting in the bank for Districts to use for District and Global projects.
 Therefore, he aims to raise $15,000 which can be expanded by Foundation through a Global Grant, to facilitate the purchase and installation of Sky Hydrants where they are needed most.
Charlie urges all Club members to donate towards the initial $15,000 required for the Global Grant application, to ensure that all children have access to clean drinking water.  
Jokers Wild 15-8-18
Guest speaker, DG Janne Speirs drew the winning ticket and to everyone's surprise it belonged to last week's Jackpot winner, PP Gerald Treasure. 
Unfortunately, Gerald wasn't as lucky this week, drawing only a two of spades from the new deck.
This leaves 51 cards and the Joker in the deck, with the Jackpot standing at $240.50
Make sure you buy a ticket before the beginning of the meeting next week.  You need to be in it to win it!
News Snippets
3-Way Winners
As tradition dictates, Funno organised a competition to see who could predict the duration for District Governor Janne Speirs' speech to the Club on Wednesday night.  He recorded a time of 16 minutes and 53 seconds for the speech. 
For the first time ever, three members shared the prize for nominating a time closest to this duration.  They all predicted 17 minutes and 30 seconds.
The winners were PP Gerald Treasure, Betty Tudge and Trevor Bailey.  Congratulations!
Dream Cricket Kit Donation
On Friday 17 August, Warragul Rotarian Peter Dell, Coordinator for the Rotary Victorian and Tasmanian Dream Cricket Program joined our Club Members Bob Lay, Jim & Viv Armstrong and Sandi Tarant  to hand over a  Dream Cricket Kit to the students at Officer Specialist School.
The kit was proudly donated by the RC Berwick during the school's assemble session to help students coordinate their skills and enjoy regular sport activity.
Peter Dell and Bob Lay both expressed their pride in making this kit available on behalf of Rotary and promised to be available to assist, if needed.   
Rotary at Work in the Community!

Since its launch on Thursday 2 August, Nine’s 'FIGHTING FOR OUR FARMERS' drought relief appeal has now raised $$4,548,961 as of 6.30am on Saturday 18 August.


Due to the amazing response to the Appeal, Nine has announced a Farm Aid Telethon to be broadcast on Monday, August 20, from 5.30am and continuing throughout the day on Nine and 9Now.


This special event will raise more money to support our farmers who are experiencing the driest winter on record.


District 9820 Membership Forum


DG Janne Speirs requests that you come to hear inspirational speakers and participate in workshops on how to make Rotary interesting, so as to attract new members and inspire existing members.

When:  Saturday 13 October

Where: Nossal High School, Berwick

Time:    10:00am until 4:00pm


2019 Multi-District Conference

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Weekly Photos
ROMAC Charity Golf Day