7 November 2018
Volume 58 Issue 19

Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:           PP Gerald Treasure
Fellowship:  PP Mark Caulfield
                        PE Isobel Caulfield
Attendance: Eric Boon
                        Sharmaine Squire

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.
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:  David Cutler
Upcoming Events
Annual General Meeting
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Presentation on MUNA by Berwick Grammar
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Note the Dates
Date Event Venue
Friday 15 December Berwick Carols by Candlelight Edwin Flack Reserve, Berwick
Saturday 26 January Australia Day Pioneers Park, Berwick

Free-Flowing Networking Night 7-11-18
Chairman Sam McCurdy managed the free flowing networking meeting that was full of information provided by the following speakers.
Secretary - PEN David Button
David reminded everyone that two Annual General Meetings (AGMs) will be held at the next meeting. 
One will be for the Rotary Club of Berwick and the other for the Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
Agendas for both AGMs will be distributed during the coming week.
Bob Lay AM
Bob reported that new marquees have been obtained through Council grants and are now available for use.  They have the Rotary ID emblazoned on them.
He also requested members to seek more sponsorships for the Charity Golf Day to be held on Friday 1 March.
The club will be providing the BBQ at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Golf Day, on Friday 23 November.  Volunteers are needed to operate the BBQ, so anyone who can assist, should contact Bob.
PP David Collyer
David Cutler has resigned as Secretary for the Berwick & District Beneovolent Society, so a volunteer is needed to take on the role. 
Committee member, Clare Ganderton has tentatively agreed to become Secretary, thereby creating a vacant committee position. Betty Tudge has agreed to fill that position.  These nominations will be put forward at next week's AGM, for approval.
The Society is now entering a busy period engaging in the collection of food items and gifts for those in need over Christmas.  Two extra schools have volunteered to participate and of course, collection cages will also be placed at several shopping centres.
Haileybury College has requested that they begin their collection as early as next week.
Di Double
Di reminded the Club members that the Christmas Party will be held at Jason's Restaurant in Upper Beaconsfield, on Wednesday 12 December.
The cost will be $65 per person and bookings must be confirmed with Di, by Wednesday, 21 November.  Partners and friends are most welcome.
Full details are in the notice provided at the back of this bulletin.
PE Isobel Caulfield
One of the stars of our "Where are they now" series outlined their travels. 
Isobel stated that she and PP Mark have been travelling for 4.5 months. 
The initial stage involved travelling approimately 1,800 km over sand dunes and corrugations to WA, where they met up with other Rotarians in Broome.
For the second stage, they left Perth on 11 September for Europe, to undertake their 2nd Camino De Santiago walk.  This time from a different direction. 
They travelled through Portugal and Spain to their final destination experiencing many beautiful sights and meeting international 'Camino' friends. 
Despite water-damaged passports, Isobel arrived back in Berwick on Saturday 3 November and Mark, who had to drive their car back from Perth, arrived on Tuesday 6 November.
New York appears to be the popular destination for their next travel adventure
Sharmaine Squire
Sharmaine, who is the District 9820 representative for the Youth Exchange Program, outlined some of the difficulties encountered in setting up this year's international student exchange program.
A lot of good work has been done at District level, particularly by DGE Adrian Froggatt and at Club level by Bob Lay, Clare Ganderton and Gaetano Fina, to ensure that the exchange program continued.
PP John Rosenthal
John explained that the Club can recognise those who represent the values of Rotary and contribute significantly to the community, by presenting them with Paul Harris Fellowships (PHFs).  Recipients may be Rotarians, or members of the wider community.
Some PHFs have already been presented in this Rotary year, but he invited nominations from the Club members, for other worthy recipients.
A PHF nomination form is available on the Club web site and when completed, it should be forwarded to the Secretary.
Cheryl Zuhlsdorff
Cheryl thanked those who had brought glass jars for her Oz Harvest collection.
She reminded the members that she is taking orders for Christmas Cakes and puddings.  You can order for yourselves and also for the Benevolent Society.  Those for the Benevolent Society will go directly to the CNISS, as part of the normal Christmas giving.
Some of the money raised by the sales, will go to the Club and some to Foundation.
Stephen Mitchell
Our guest Stephen Mitchell was invited to introduce himself to the Club.
Stephen, who lives in Narre Warren North, advised that he is General Manager of a duct cleaning company, as well as being Managing Director of his own company.
He has been interested in joining Rotary for some time and came along tonight to check it out.
Presentation by Clara Ruhe
Bruce Armstrong, President of the Rotary Club of Narre Warren, introduced Clara Ruhe, the Club's international exchange student from Germany.
With the aid of a very good PowerPoint presentation, Clara provided interesting information on Germany, her family background and her aspirations. For example:
  • Germany is in the centre of Europe and has a population of 83 million people
  • There are on average 227 people per sq km
  • It is the 7th most visited country in the world
  • On the 3rd October, Germany celebrates the Day of German Unity
  • The country experiences warm summers (300C) and cold winters (-70C), with snow sometimes
  • Germans love soccer, beer and sausages
  • They generally like rules and tend to be hard working, organised and punctual
Clara went on to outline her personal background:
  • She is from the municipality of Bakum in the district of Vechta, in Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Her village of Luesche has a population of 1,200
  • Her family consists of her Mum and Dad, and two brothers Adrian (18) and Constantin (20)
  • Clara's father is a Lawyer
  • She attends a Catholic private school with 700 pupils
  • Her role model is the international tennis star, Angelique Kerber
On behalf of the Club, Di Double thanked Clara and presented her with a pen and a Rotary booklet. 
Jokers Wild 7-11-18
David Nutter picked the winning ticket AGAIN!!
Despite drawing his card from the deck with great care and ceremony, David only got the 10 of spades this time.
This leaves 40 cards plus the Joker in the pack with the Jackpot sitting at $683.  The odds are getting better each week!
Make sure that you buy your tickets before the meeting starts and PLEASE HAVE THE CORRECT MONEY.

News Snippets
Lest We Forget
The tradition of "Remembrance Day" was started after World War I, as at 11.00am on 11th November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of warfare. This was due to the Germans calling for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement.   
All Australians should observe one minute’s silence at 11.00am on Sunday 11th November, to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.  
This year we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

2019 Multi-District Conference

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

There are now over 850 Rotarians from 9 Rotary Districts going and that has to be an opportunity to network, inspire and connect!

We currently have 12 people from our Club going and all of them are staying in the city.

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.

Early bird registration before 30 November will cost:

$175 per person, or

$125 per person for Rotarians < 2 years membership to encourage new members.

$110 per person for the conference dinner, which is optional.

Register online at:  



Weekly Photos

Diana Gomez-Fullaway is assisting the Berwick Neighbourhood Centre in collecting items for the 'Itsinthebag' project from 16th November to 2nd December 2018.  
This is a national drive of the "Share the Dignity" organisation, which is collecting sanitary items for women in need.  Please advise Diana if you can help.

Christmas is coming!