17 October 2018
Volume 58 Issue 16
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            PP Adrian Funstone
Fellowship:   Alf Giesen
                        PP Garry Cooper
Attendance:  PP Laury Gordyn
                        PP Gus Dominguez
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
WAYSS presentation
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 24, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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
President Lea Paton Resigns
On Tuesday, we received an email from Secretary David Button with the surprising news that President Lea Paton and her husband Steve had resigned from the Club due to personal commitments. 
Former President Lea asked that the following message be included in this issue of the bulletin.
"Just a little farewell note from me to all my friends at the Rotary Club of Berwick. 
I hope to continue with the friendships that both Steve and I have made through the Club. 
We really value the contacts we have made.
Unfortunately, it had recently got to the stage where I was not enjoying being a Rotarian anymore and it was causing more stress than it should have, so it was time to for me to step away. 
I will take the opportunity to spend more time with my family, now that I will have it. 
Steve and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours and hope to see you around the traps."
We will all miss Lea and Steve Paton and value the contributions they made during their six years as members of the Club
In the short term Vice-President Gerald Treasure will take over the Presidency until a replacement can be found.
Charity Golf Day
PP Jim Armstrong provided an update on the preparations for the Charity Golf Day to be held on Friday 1 March next year.  
He asked members to register, if they wish to play golf on the day and to encourage other golfers outside of the Club to do so, as getting enough teams together for the competition always proves to be a difficult task.
In addition, the Organising Committee needs raffle prizes and auction items, so members are encouraged to help get these together.
For information on registration, or donation of raffle/auction items, please contact Jim or Bob Lay AM.
National Youth Science Forum
Sam McCurdy provided a summary of the NYSF Orientation Day that was held at the Churchill Campus of Federation University on Sunday 14 October.
Even though it was mainly conducted for the 18 District 9820 students and their families, who have been selected to attend the NYSF program in January, Sam also gained a lot from the Orientation Day and thought he should share the information with Club members.
The program has been conducted for 35 years and been very successful in helping students clarify their career goals in science and establish professional networks.
600 students will take part in the 2019 NYSF program from all over Australia, including a few international students from Singapore, Germany and New Zealand.  They will be divided into 3 groups of 200.  Two of the groups will experience their program in Canberra and the third at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
PP Jim Wilson reported on the Membership Forum that was held at Nossal High School on Saturday 13th October.  One of the items raised at the Forum was that of mentorship.
Mentoring a new member in Rotary is a process by which experienced Rotarians provide ongoing support and special fellowship to a new member and it can be a very effective way to help the new member become accustomed to his/her club
Each new member is assigned a mentor and should maintain regular contact with those nominated.  They should seek out their mentor when they need advice, or encounter problems in relation to their role as a Rotarian. 
    The key element of any mentoring program is the continuous support that the mentor provides to the new member. 
    A strong mentoring program is an effective complement to any club's new member orientation program.
    'Lift the Lid' on Mental Illness
    'Lift the Lid' on Mental Illness is Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research.

    The campaign, founded by ARH Vice Chairman Greg Ross, started in 2016 in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Victoria.

    The event was such a success that it has now been extended to all Rotary Clubs across Australia.

    As part of the "Lift the Lid" program, PP Viv Armstrong gave an interesting presentation on Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and its particular focus on mental illness. 


    ARH is an independent charity whose Board is comprised entirely of Rotarians and it was created in 1986 by Ian Scott from the Rotary Club of Mornington. 
    His initial focus was on minimising the number of babies dying from cot deaths, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 
    He introduced the Red Nose Day campaign to raise funds to research the causes of SIDS and managed to raise over $2 million. As a result of his efforts, the number of deaths from SIDS has fallen significantly.
    ARH now contributes funds towards addressing a wide range of health issues, such as bowel cancer scans, family health, mental illness and indigenous health scholarships.

    Viv explained how different Clubs use different means to raise money to support ARH's work on mental health and other health issues. 
    In fact, a total of $43 million has been provided by ARH for a range of medical training, since Ian Scott began his campaign.
    Jokers Wild 17-10-18
    Guest Martien Roemer drew the winning ticket, which belonged to Betty Tudge.
    With the Jackpot sitting at $592, Betty drew the Queen of hearts from the Deck.  Better luck next time Betty.
    There will be no Jokers Wild next week, as Sandi will be in Sydney. 
    However, you can try your luck again at the meeting on Wednesday 31 October.
    News Snippets

    Book Distribution

    On Tuesday 16 October, Rosemarie Hughes, Bob Lay and Sandi Tarant delivered the remainder of the books gathered as part of the Basic Education and Literacy month, to the Casey North Community Information & Support Services (CNCISS). 

    This will enable them to set up a library for children in the community.

    The donation followed the initial distribution of books to the Edrington Park Child Care & Kindergarten, on Thursday 11 October.

    Rosemarie has suggested that we should begin a regular collection of children's books every 2-3 months or so, for a simiar distribution.

    Thanks to our Club Photographer Sandi, we are able to record the handover of the books to very appreciative recipients.


    Where are they now?

    PP Mark and Isobel Caulfield have just finished a 5 day walk of about 120km from Coimbra to Porto in Portugal.

    It was not that inspiring, even hard and dangerous at times, as it was mainly through continuous towns and on busy paved roads with no sidewalks. They do not like cobblestones.

    After one very warm day, there was a big overnight storm. Then it was rain for 1 1/2 days, so they didn’t have much fun at all.

    Thankfully it wasn’t too cold or windy.


    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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