19 December 2018
Volume 58 Issue 25
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Not applicable due to the Christmas/New Year break.
The next meeting will be a barbeque at Jack Kraan's home on Wednesday 9 January 2019

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
Barbeque at the Kraans
Jan 09, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cemetary Clean Up
Jan 16, 2019
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
Funno Funston
December 2
John Rosenthal
December 3
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Clare Ganderton
December 14
Rhonda Anderson
December 20
Rob Wingrave
December 27
Spouse Birthdays
Rosemary Collyer
December 2
Kate Gordyn
December 5
Joyce Minns
December 6
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Rhonda Anderson
December 20
Debbie Giesen
December 28
Jane Moore
Tim Moore
December 4
Peter Batterham
Susan Batterham
December 4
Tim Moore
Jane Moore
December 4
David Button
Judy Button
December 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:   PP Peter Mangan
Merry Christmas to all our Readers
President's Update 19-12-18
President Geoff opened this week's meeting by reporting on the success of the Christmas Celebration party and the Carols by Candlelight event.
He stated that Viv Armstrong has resigned from the Board and has transferred to the Rotary e-Club of Latitude 38.  Therefore, Jim Wilson will take over the Membership portfolio on the Board.
He also reported that Gaetano Fina has been appointed to the Board as the Director for Youth and New Ideas.  He will fulfil this role for the next 18 months.
Geoff also confirmed that Doug and Rhonda Anderson have officially resigned from the Club, in preparation for their move to Queensland.  Doug and Rhonda have been active members with the Club, particularly with the Presentation Balls and managing the barbeque at various events.  We wish them well.
Doug Bailey, who moved to Queensland a few months back, is seeking a transfer to the Rotary Club of Nambor.
Treasurer's Report 19-12-18
Treasurer Gary Castricum advised that invoices had been sent out for annual fees.  The fees are $154 for six months, which includes GST.
Gary added that the fees will be reviewed in the near future.
He also advised that the Gate money received at the Carols by Candlelight event was $4,800 and the overall income was approximately $12,000.  However, there are bills to be paid from this amount, so the final figures have yet to be confirmed.
Fund Raising Report 19-12-18
PP Gus Dominguez advised that the Club will be running the barbeque at Bunnings in Fountain Gate, on Sunday 13 January.  He requested volunteers to man the barbeque in shifts, over the full day. 
A Tick Sheet was circulated to allow members to indicate their availability to assist.
Gus also gave an update on the Solomon Islands project, stating that the renovations to the building are almost complete. 
The shipping container of goods, which is currently in Adelaide, should arrive in Honiara in February.  Another half-filled container will follow soon after. 
The remaining items required for the building involve the purchase of some IKEA cabinets.
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Collection
Laury Gordyn reported that a lot of food and toy items had been collected over the last week and delivered to Casey North Community Information & Support Services (CNCISS) for distribution to the needy in the community. 
Two loads were collected from Beaconhills College, a half load from Kambrya College and 2 loads from St Margaret's School.
The collection at Woolworths in Berwick had been particularly generous, producing two full loads.
The last pick-ups for Christmas will be on this Friday.
Laury also advised that he and David Button had visited Peter Mangan, who is now at home and receiving palliative care daily.  In Peter's own words, "He is going fine".
School Awards
PE Isobel Caulfield reported on several school awards that are donated annually by the Club. 
The schools select the students who are to receive the awards.
A $50 voucher has been donated to a student at Harkaway Primary School. 
Awards have also been presented to the Dux in each of Years 7-12 at Berwick College.  $100 vouchers were presented to the Dux in Years 7-10, $150 to the Dux of Year 11 and $200 to the Dux of Year 12.
A Certificate and a $50 voucher will be presented to a student at Brentwood Park Primary School for "Personal Endeavour".
Charity Golf Day
PP Jim Armstrong stated that the books of raffle tickets for the Charity Golf Day are now available. 
He encouraged members to pick up at least one book of tickets to sell.  Books of tickets can be obtained from Jim or Bob lay AM. 
Someone suggested that the raffle tickets could be sold at the Bunnings barbeque on 13 January 2019.
Jim also advised that he is a member of the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians (ICFR) and they are having the 10th International Festival of Cricket in Melbourne from 21-25 January. 
The main cricket ovals will be at Caulfield Park and East Caulfield Reserve and entry is free.
International Youth Exchange Update
Bob Lay AM provided an update on our outgoing international youth exchange student, Tara Wilkinson.
Tara has been informed that her host Rotary Club will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, which lies in Rotary District 5580. 
She will be departing Melbourne on 9 January and is already in contact with her first host family.
Tara and her mother Denise will be attending the Kraan barbeque, where she will be presented with her international blazer and a gift from the Club.
2019 Berwick Cemetery Clean-up
PP Adrian Funston (Funno) reminded everyone of the proposed Berwick Cemetery Clean-up planned for Wednesday 16 January 2019.
PP Mark Caulfield and Alf Giesen will manage the barbeque on the night.
He advised participants to park in the Arch Brown Reserve off Buchanan Road.
He requested some trailers to move soil and mulch, but also requires shovels and watering cans. 
Some painting will be required , as well as some watering of the roses.
Participants are advised to be there from 5:30 pm onwards and to bring chairs and jumpers, as it can get chilly in the evening.

Jokers Wild 19-12-18
The winning ticket belonged to Gary Castricum, for the second week in succession.
However, despite drawing a card very carefully from the deck, Gary drew the six of Clubs.
Therefore, the Jackpot of $846.50 is safe until next year and there are only 36 cards plus the Joker in the deck.
The next draw will take place on 23 January 2019.
2019 Australia Day Update
PE Isobel Caulfield advised that the majority of arrangements for Australia Day will be the same as for last year.
Volunteers helping on Australia day can have a set breakfast at Pioneers Park cafe beginning at 7:00 am. There will be two types of cooked eggs available, plus muesli.
Sue Stanley has been confirmed as our Australia Day Ambassador.  She is a three-time World Aerobics Champion and an inspiring speaker.
The National Anthem will be sung by Lucinda Da Silva, who sang at our Carols by Candlelight event.
Jason Wood MP, the Liberal Federal Member for La Trobe, will be presenting community awards, but hopefully won't take up too much of the programme.
We will have the same food vendors as last year.  The BBQ will provide sausages, onions and veggieburgers and the Inner Wheel Ladies will be selling Icy Poles.
Rotaractors will assist at the BBQ and also manage the 'Coin Toss' stall.
All Council and insurance requirements are being met. 
We will need all hands on deck to assist on the day.  Personal job allocations will be confirmed at the meeting on 23 January 2019.
A tick sheet was circulated to enable members to indicate their availability on Australia Day.

Christmas Photos
Carols by Candlelight
(Provided by Di Double)
Weekly Photos
(Provided by Sandi Tarant)

Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
Wednesday 9 January
Barbeque at the Kraan's home 9-10 Garden Court, Narre Warren South 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Wednesday 16 January
Berwick Cemetery Clean-up and barbeque Berwick Cemetery, Buchanan Road 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm
Saturday 26 January
Australia Day event Pioneer's Park in Berwick 7:00 am until 4:00 pm
Sunday 3 February
Bee Keeping and Wine Tasting visit Marengo Redoubt, 2 Murrays Road, Moorooduc Mid-day arrival
Wednesday 6 February
SE Melbourne A League and W-League football Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Wednesday 20 February
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Friday 1 March Charity Golf Day Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links, Upper Beaconsfield Mid-day onwards
Saturday 16 - 17 March Social Weekend Paynesville 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Social Event