22 August 2018
Volume 58 Issue 8
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:             David Nutter
Fellowship:  PP Adrian Funston
                        Di Double
Attendance:  Wendy Langdon
                        Gaetano Fina
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 29 - Cheryl Zuhlstorff 
September 5 - Gary Castricum
The Rotary Club of Berwick meets
Every Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield 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
Balibo project report and Partner Night
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
Women's Property Initiatives
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Sep 12, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
President's Preamble 22-8-18
We had our first “free range” meeting for the year.  Although it is a lot easier to get the meeting business done at the top table, I quite enjoyed the meeting.
This week I finally got around to presenting Ricardo with a thank you gift from the Club for his great work as President last year.  We gave him a leather satchel with an engraved message “Ricardo Balancy - Thank you - Rotary Club of Berwick”.  Ricardo thought the bag would be very useful and he is intending to bring it next week to show to members.
We heard all about Beth Johnstone’s travels around Canada and her love of working there.  We also noticed a distinct Canadian influence in Beth’s diction that wasn’t present at her last visit.  Beth is a former RYLA participant and Graham’s daughter.
Graham gave us an update on the new rules of Rotary Insurance.  We are now required to complete a Project Activity Advice (PAA) form for every Rotary event/delivery outside our meetings at Holm Park.  It is a single page form that needs to be returned to the District Insurance Officer before each event.  A Certificate of Currency will be provided as evidence of insurance cover for the event. 
A blank PAA form will be given to all Directors and Coordinators to copy and fill out before their events so that we can reduce the burden on Graham a bit.  I hope you will all assist where you can.
Sharmaine gave us an update on the Youth Exchange Program from the District YEP Committee’s perspective.  We learned there are seven youths heading overseas - 6 girls and 1 boy.  Tara is our candidate.  Anywhere Travel is the organisation taking care of the Youth Exchange Students travel arrangements.
Carols by Candlelight
Immediate PP Ricardo Balancy summarised the outcomes of a meeting that he, Gaetano Fina and Diana Gomez-Fullaway had with City of Casey representatives on 21 August, regarding arrangements for this year's Carols by Candlelight event.
It was clarified that this is a Rotary Club of Berwick event supported by the City of Casey and not a Council event.  Therefore, it should be badged as such and we can charge an entry fee.
Other items discussed and clarified were:
  • Traffic management
  • Funding.  There are several Council grants of $1,000 that can be applied for.
  • Parking.  Additional parking arrangements were identified.
  • Advertising.  Council will send Flyers to the Club for approval.
  • Exit arrangements.  A fencing panel can be removed to provide an additional exit
  • Insurance.  The event will require a 'Certificate of Currency' certificate.
A final decision needs to be taken on whether to proceed with the event.
Canada: by Beth Johnstone
Beth Johnstone, a former RYLA participant and Graham's daughter, provided an interesting presentation on her life in Canada. 
She has been living there for just over two years and has already acquired a good Canadian accent.
Beth lives at a ski resort at Rossland in British Colombia near the US border and has explored much of Western Canada.  She hopes to explore Eastern Canada in the future. 
At the resort, she works in the hospitality sector, when she isn't enjoying the skiing facilities.
The information Beth provided was enhanced by a colourful PowerPoint presentation that covered:
  • Canadian food, including Poutine, Tim Horton coffee, A & W burgers, The Clamato Caesar, Beaver Tail and Nanaimo Bars
  • Wild animals, including bears, moose, deer, elk, buffalo
  • Amazing scenery
  • Ski resorts
Beth hopes to revive her Australian accent before returning to Canada in two weeks time.
Rotary Information Session 3
Adwin Town presented an information session on Grant Applications. 
He advised that Rotary can gain grants from many sources, including local Councils, State and Federal Governments. Even if a grant application fails, Rotary gains experience through the application process.
Adwin  explained that he would like Rotary to pursue a project  on waste management involving 'Plasma Gasification'.  This would be very useful given the Chinese refusal to accept any further waste materials from Australia.
He outlined the 'Plasma Gasification' process that burns waste at 3,0000C without the emission of gas pollutants.  At the same time, it produces syngas containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide that can then be used to generate power.  The process is self-sustainable and is currently being used in Japan and China. 
With the support of Rotary connections, Adwin hopes to convince the City of Casey to negotiate with the supplier to pilot a single module in a local free trial.  Normally a single module costs $620,000US.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Clare Ganderton reported that the second of two orientation days was held at The Community House in Warragul, on Sunday 19 August.
Seven successful students and their parents were in attendance at the extremely informative session, where the following items were discussed:
  • The PowerPoint presentation that each student is required to give to their sponsoring Club, as well as their school and the host Rotary Club in their allocated country.
  • Travel arrangements organised by Anywhere Travel.  These were exceptionally well detailed, with precision arrangements literally down to seconds.  Two Apps available to students will be downloaded onto their phones, enabling the company to identify their location at any time.
  • Chaperones will accompany those students going to Europe, while students going to the USA and Canada will be identified as unaccompanied minors and be cared for by airline employees.
Our sponsored student, Tara Wilkinson, wishes to go to the USA, or Canada.
Jokers Wild 22-8-18
Our guest speaker, Beth Johstone, drew the winning ticket which belonged to PP Ricardo.
Ricardo very carefully selected a card from the deck, but to his dismay it was only the seven of Clubs
Next week the deck will hold 50 cards and the Joker. 
The Jackpot will be $278, so make sure you buy your ticket before the meeting begins.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
The District 9820 delegation consisting of Max Walton-Briggs (Berwick Grammar) and Yebin Yang ( St Margaret's Berwick) won the Peace trophy in the MUNA national finals held in Canberra last weekend.
Congratulations to these two amazing young people, who were sponsored by Rotary Club of Berwick!
Another great example of the opportunities afforded through Rotary’s youth programs! 
Polio Eradication Initiative
On 15 August, Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralysed hundreds of thousands of children each year. 
The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.
To support polio eradication efforts in countries where polio remains endemic, Rotary is allocating the majority of the funds it announced today to Afghanistan ($22.9 million), Pakistan ($21.7 million), and Nigeria ($16.1 million). 
The remaining funding will support efforts to keep 12 vulnerable African countries polio-free.
Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities over a three-year period.
To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to fight the disease, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985.
In 1988, Rotary became a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The Gates Foundation joined later.
Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 22 confirmed in 2017. 

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

Immediate PP advised that the multi-district conference will represent 232 Clubs and 6,500 Rotarians.

It 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
ROMAC Charity Golf Day