6 February 2019
Volume 58 Issue 30
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            PP Gary Evans
Fellowship:  David Grant
                       PP John Rosenthal
Attendance: PE Isobel Caulfield
                       PP Laury Gordyn

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
DGE Adrian Froggatt's American Visit
Holm Park Reserve
Feb 13, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Feb 20, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Golf Day
Mar 01, 2019
9:00 AM – 9:30 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
Sam McCurdy
February 11
Adwin Town
February 16
Adrian Froggatt
February 25
David Button
February 25
Spouse Birthdays
Anne Taylor
February 12
Pat Edwards
February 16
Jane Grant
February 26
Susan Batterham
February 28
Diana Gomez-Fullaway
David Fullaway
February 5
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:   David Collyer
Treasurer:  Peter Batterham
Secretary:   Sam McCurdy
Vocational Visit to Marengo Redoubt
On a very hot and sunny Sunday, 3 February, twenty-nine Rotarians, partners and friends visited the Marengo Redoubt vineyard in Murrays Road, Moorooduc, to taste their range of wines and learn about Bee Keeping.
Our generous hosts, Rosslyn and Andy Thompson, provided samples of their Marengo Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines to taste and afterwards we were treated to a barbecued lunch of salmon, lamb and salads, followed by dessert.
Rosslyn advised us that she had been an international exchange student to Denmark in 1991, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Noble Park,  She had thoroughly enjoyed the exchange experience and has maintained a strong link with Rotary ever since.
The meal was followed by a very interesting PowerPoint presentation by Andy on bee keeping and the production of good honey.  The life of bees that he described was fascinating and prompted many questions. 
He also outlined the costs, regulations and some of the pitfalls associated with keeping bees.
Everyone enjoyed the visit and the informative presentation, in spite of the heat. 
Thanks to Di Double for organising the visit.
Presentation by PDG Tim Moore
Using PowerPoint, PDG Tim Moore presented informative facts and figures on the structure and composition of Rotary Australia. 
Tim is the Zone Coordinator for 13 of the 21 districts in Australia for strengthening clubs – that is all Districts, except Victoria and Tasmania. 
Zone Coordinators assist Rotarians in engaging current members and attracting new members to develop vibrant clubs and meet their membership goals. They:
  • Encourage innovative strategies for attracting and engaging members
  • Support districts in new club development
  • Help districts and clubs develop and implement strategic plans to reach their goals
Tim then outlined Rotary's Strategic Plan which covered:
  • Increasing our impact, both locally ad globally;
  • Expanding our reach, in terms of attracting new members by increasing Rotary's appeal and building awareness of our brand;
  • Enhancing member engagement;
  • Increasing our ability to adapt
Zone Coordinators can assist Clubs achieve these goals by serving as a resource, consultant, trainer and advisor.  They can identify exemplars in membership and public relations and connect them with Districts who are seeking assistance.   
They can also facilitate collaborative efforts between Districts and assist with setting up suitable training programs.
Tim provided statistics that confirmed a significant drop in global Rotary membership.  A drop of 11.8% in the last 5 years and 18.8% over the last 10 years.  This trend is also reflected in regional Australia membership.
Rotary remains a predominantly male domain with only 22% of overall membership being female.
The trend is continuing, even though Rotary International has been addressing these issues by making Club constitutions and rules at Council on Legislation more flexible, providing supporting resources and identifying best practice in Clubs and Districts.
The barriers to success in overcoming these problems have been identified as:
  • Each Club's willingness to self-evaluate
  • The apathy of Club members
  • A Club's ability to engage members to implement the necessary changes
Based on all this information, Tim's underlying message is that Clubs should assess their performance in relation to membership and engagement of members.
They should involve members to encourage and facilitate agreed change. 
Club's need to develop an agreed plan for a more diverse and engaged membership.
Jokers Wild 6-2-19
This week's winning ticket belonged Di Scheepers.
Di approached the deck with confidence and to her delight she drew the Joker.  Therefore, she won the Jackpot of $958.50.  
Congratulations Di!
Next week we start with a brand new deck of cards and a Jackpot of $200, so make sure you purchase your tickets before the meeting starts and you could be a lucky winner, like Di.
Tara Presents at the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids
Tara Wilkinson's mother, Denise, reports that Tara spoke at the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids last night and her host mum was very proud of her.  
Her local Counsellor, Clare Ganderton confirms that Tara is really enjoying her exchange experience, including her new school, making friends and the different culture. 
She is also learning to cope with the sub-zero conditions in Minnesota.
Tara says that she loves hearing the American accent of her classmates, who in turn enjoy hearing her Australian accent.  Tara's host mum is already creating a dictionary of unique Australian sayings.
The young man in the photo above, is an exchange student from Finland.
Queensland Flood Appeal
Disastrous flooding in North Queensland has left many families and individuals in need of assistance in their recovery. The appeal by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS)  (ABN: 54 563 288 318), is designed to assist those families and individuals whose needs are not covered by insurance and Government assistance.

RAWCS established the RABS to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their particular project. A RABS project can also be used to deliver relief for declared disasters both within our Australian community and in developed countries, overseas.

RABS has been registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and has Designated Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

A RABS project must have benevolent relief as its main purpose, and that relief must be provided to people in need.

On Monday 4th Feb 2019, the Rotary Club of Townsville South West registered the following RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service RABS Project - (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society) Project: 

“D9550 North Queensland Flood Appeal”. 
Project Number 74-2018-19: (RABS)


Link for donations:
Manager: PDG Robert Tardiani
Christchurch Regeneration Conference
Rotarian Jane Moore wonders if anyone in the Club would find this conference interesting.  Having had the privilege of attending this national conference for 9 years now, she can say it’s truly inspirational and heaps of fun for any member at any level - and a chance this time to visit Christchurch?
Have a read at the following summary from "Welcome to Christchurch - host of the Regeneration Conference, by New Zealand -Australia Rotary Conference".
(Excerpts from the Conference Committee bulletin 18 Jan 2019)
Join us in mid-September in Christchurch, where you will be able to experience the city and environs at the beginning of Spring, as it emerges in the continuing process of ‘Regeneration’.
We encourage you all to come early and perhaps stay later than the Conference, which commences on the afternoon of Friday 20th and finishes by 1pm on the Sunday the 22nd September.
A variety of field trips, seminars and symposiums will be available commencing on Wednesday morning 18th September, preceding the Conference opening on the afternoon of Friday 20th September 2019. 
At present it is a hive of work in progress so that the venue will be ready and prepared to showcase the considerable upgrades that have taken place in the $150mill refurbishment post-earthquakes and the decision that this iconic building be retained by the city. 
Our programme of interesting and relevant speakers for the Conference is evolving based around the Conference theme of ‘Regeneration’, both in the context of our city and parallels to Rotary service in its relevance to today’s changing and exciting world.
We expect to have Registrations open by the time of our next newsletter at the end of February.  

Weekly Photos
(Provided by Sandi Tarant)
Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
Wednesday 20 February Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Friday 1 March Charity Golf Day Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links Mid-day onwards
Wednesday 13 March Rotary Youth Science Forum Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Saturday 16-17 March Social Weekend Paynesville
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
A reminder that the Rotary Club of Casey will be running the Holland Festival at the Berwick Showgrounds.
It is expected that the Festival will be a powerful attraction not just to those of Dutch heritage but also to the broader community. The principal sponsor is John Berends Implements (JBI) via John Berends.

So make a note in your diary of Saturday March 16th 2019.
Social Event