24 October 2018
Volume 58 Issue 17
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Clare Ganderton
Fellowship:   PP John Rosenthal
                        Bob Lay AM
Attendance:  Di Double
                        Wendy Langdon
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
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Jeremy Jones
October 24
David Collyer
October 28
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Tilly Hutton
October 11
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Russell Dunn
Val Dunn
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
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
Oct 31, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Berwick Neighbourhood Centre
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Secretary's Report 24-10-18
PEN David Button gave a short report  stating that we currently have one nominee to replace former President Lea Paton and that is, PP Geoff Double. 
The issue will be considered and resolved by the Board and Club members in due course.
David thanked all those members who have stepped up to assist him at this very busy time.
Treasurer's Report 24-10-18
Gary Castricum advised that he will be away from the Club for a few weeks, while he is horse riding in New Zealand.
He reported that an external audit has been completed for the Berwick & District Benevolent Society and that an audit of the Rotary Club of Berwick should be completed by the end of the week.
AGMs for both organisations are planned for Wednesday 14 November.
Gary concluded by thanking those members who have stepped up to assist with the weekly Attendance and Fellowship duties.
Art Screens Report
PP Laury Gordyn reported that the last few weeks have been very busy with Art Screen deliveries and pick-ups. 
He reported that so far this financial year, Art Screen hire has raised in excess of $11,000.
Laury thanked all those who have assisted and continue to assist, with this fund raising activity.
Charity Golf Day Update
Bob Lay AM advised that Charity Golf Day Chairman, PP Jim Armstrong is currently unwell. 
On behalf of Jim, he advised that the Charity Golf day is a major fund raising activity for local charities, including the St John of God Hospital in Berwick.  As such, it needs more support from the Club members, otherwise it may not continue in the future.
In particular, the event requires teams of golfers to register, it needs more sponsors, raffle tickets to be sold, as well as raffle prizes and auction items gathered. 
Raffle tickets will be available from early December and the event will take place on Friday 1 March, so prompt action is necessary.
In addition to the Golf Day update, Bob referred to two other projects, namely International Youth Exchange and a request from the Salvation Army to assist with their collections.
Bob is arranging a raffle to raise funds to assist our outgoing exchange student, Tara Wilkinson, who has to raise approximately $9,000 for the exchange.  He intends to involve her school, family and friends in buying raffle tickets, as well as our Club members.
The Salvation Army is seeking assistance in the collection of funds at street intersections.  He invited anyone interested in assisting the Salvation Army to contact him.
Carols by Candlelight Update
With just 7 weeks to go, Cheryl Zuhlsdorff provided an update on the Carols by Candlelight event to be held on Saturday 15 December.
A 'Tick Sheet' will be circulated at the meeting, asking members to indicate if they will be available to assist and if so, what time slots that they can be present at the event.
Cheryl also advised that a list of different roles is being drawn up and each role assigned to specific members.
In order to ensure a great night of entertainment for the community, we are also looking for additional sponsors, as well as raffle prizes. 
Club members are requested to identify possible contributors, who will then be coordinated by Sharmaine Squire.
Berwick College's Mock Interviews
PP David Collyer reminded everyone that a series of 'Mock Interviews' for Year 10 students will be held at Berwick College on Wednesday 31 October.
He confirmed that the team of interviewers would consist of Bob Lay AM, David Grant, John Rosenthal and himself.
David reminded each team member to bring their 'Working with Children' card, as that would be essential.
WAYSS Presentation
Our guest speaker this week was Georgia Symonds, who is the Communications Manager at WAYSS. 
Georgia advised that she has been involved with Rotary for some time, as her daughter who is Head Girl at Toorak College in Mt Eliza, participated in MUNA and has now been selected for the 2019 NYSF program in Canberra.
Georgia joined WAYSS in 2017 after working for a range of organisations including Telstra, Australia Post, Toorak College and the Alzheimers Association.
Originally WAYSS was an acronym for Westernport Accommodation & Youth Support Service, however it is now seen as an entity in its own right.
WAYSS exists so that all people facing homelessness and/or family violence can have a safe, secure and affordable home that helps them to live a better life.
With the aid of an informative PowerPoint presentation Georgia presented some disturbing data on homelessness and family violence .
The City of Casey is in the top 5 regions in Victoria for homelessness.  It is reported that there are 1,280 people in Casey registered as being homeless and of these 417 are children.
On average, WAYSS responds to 9 women each day experiencing family violence, or 261 per month, in Casey.
WAYSS works with any person facing homelessness due to a variety of problems.  The organisation's roles include finding solutions, providing support and accommodation, as well as advocacy in housing supply.
Approximately 15,000 adults and children from 131 different countries of origin have been supported.  Of these, 35% disclosed that they had a previous diagnosis of mental illness.  68% of the clients were female and 32% male.
News Snippets


Congratulations to PDG Tim and Jane Moore on the birth of their 2nd grandchild, Lotte, born on Wednesday 17 October. 

Mum, Lotte and Dad are doing  well, as are Tim and Jane, except for some expected sleep deprivation.

Froggatts move to Loch Sport

DGE Adrian advised the Club that he and Wendy would be moving to Loch Sport on Thursday 25 October. 

Although looking forward to living at Loch Sport, he has some sadness that he will not be attending Club meetings as frequently as he has in the past.

He will still be attending some meetings and hopes that Club members will continue to assist him in organising the District 9820 conference for 2020. 

He looks forward to holding a SODS meeting in the near future and advised SODS members that there are two caravan parks near his new home to facilitate overnight stays.


2018 Christmas Party

Di Double advised members that the Club's Christmas Party will be held at Jason's Restaurant in Upper Beaconsfield on Wednesday 12 December. 

The venue can accomodate about 65 people, so partners and friends are welcome.  The cost per person is $65.


Where are they now?

After enjoying walking along the beautiful coast of Portugal, PP Mark and PE Isobel Caulfield are now back in Spain, which is just as wonderful as they remembered it.

They are still walking and having a great time.  Their bodies are doing remarkably well, even though they had a couple of long days of 25-28 Km

They had to get the little "water taxi" to cross from Portugal to Spain, which was an adventure in itself.  The boatman even rescued Mark's hat, which had blown off.


2019 Multi-District Conference

Registrations for the first ever Victorian Multi District Conference are going well with 13 Clubs from D9820 represented so far.

There are now Rotarians from 78 Victorian Rotary Clubs going and that has to be an opportunity to network, inspire and connect!

Remember to register before 31st October to go into the draw for free registration for two people plus accommodation for two nights (up to $500).

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:  

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