Issue 35
17th April 2024
Join our dinner meeting most Wednesdays at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park, Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Welcome to our vibrant and relaxed Rotary Club, where community spirit thrives alongside a sense of ease and camaraderie. Picture a place where laughter mingles with purpose and friendships are forged through shared experiences and meaningful endeavours.
Above is a photo of our Membership Director, Trevor Watson. If you happen to read our article in this month's Rotary Down Under magazine, count how many times Trevor appears in the images! He is very popular...

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Daves take on the week
Hi everyone
I have to say it’s been a pretty busy few days for me as our Nation gets closer to ANZAC Day.
On Thursday I attended an ANZAC Day luncheon and ceremony where we heard from Inspector Gerry Cartright from Victoria Police, Gerry is a descendant of family war veterans who fought at Gallipoli. Gerry joined the Air Cadets at age 14, later serving as a Reservist with 21 Squadron (RAAF) and 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse (Army) before becoming a Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver. Gerry reminded us of the ANZAC traditions and gave some real insights into life as a serviceman.
On Friday I was fortunate enough to volunteer with the RSL by selling ANZAC badges and I was just astounded by the generosity of the public. There were a number of people who, whilst walking past just pulled out cash and gave it without 2nd thought and asked nothing in return. It was truly humbling and I also got to hear some of the stories from people of all ages about why ANZAC Day means so much to them.
This leads me into our next Meeting where we are so fortunate to have an old mate of mine, Ray Heathcote from RSL Berwick come and be our guest speaker. Ray is a Vietnam Veteran and has been very active in the community through his involvement in the RSL and his true care for veterans. Some will know Ray (he is Gus’ next door neighbour) and most will know of him. He has been a cartoonist for the local paper for as long as I can remember. He will add some real texture to our meeting as we pay our respects to the ANZAC legacy.
I am also grateful to the 10 other Club Members who have volunteered to help out with the ANZAC Dawn Service event at Bunjil Place on ANZAC Day. Thank you for your help and service.
If you were not at our meeting this week and you would like to help out next Thursday please let me know ASAP so I can let Tim from Narre Warren Rotary Club know
Have a great weekend all
Centre Page spread in this months RDU
When the Rotary Down Under Editor calls for Public Image stories from our District 9820, what do you do?
Our club has been doing a terrific job presenting itself as unified and identifiable. Almost every member wears polo tops and caps when we are out on a project. It is an important marketing principle that when you want people to know what you do, you need to be seen and recognised first. There have been many occasions where random public members make an effort to stop and chat, wanting to know what Rotary does. Our uniform and signage symbolise community connection and the power of individuals coming together to make a difference. Our visibility as a group has instilled a sense of pride in our work and a bit of collective strength and set an example to anyone who would like to join us.
With all this in mind,  Public Image extraordinaire Jane Moore set to work to capture some of our Public Image essence so that our Club could be represented on the pages of RDU. Known for her thoroughness and dedication, Jane meticulously compiled the necessary materials for publication and promptly submitted them for consideration. 
I am very pleased to report that our club has made it to the centrefold in the April 2024 edition of RDU. Thank you, Jane, for your dedication to getting it into print, but a big thank you to the whole club, which has embraced the importance of unity, visibility, and connection with all Rotarians worldwide.

Anyone who loves sport is welcome to attend. Signed books will be available on the night.
Wednesday 1st May at The Beaconsfield Club. 6.30pm for 7.00pm

Our guest of honour, Australia’s most published sporting author, KEN PIESSE, will take us all on a delightful nostalgia trip telling stories tall and true about so many of our childhood favourites from Dermie and Plugger Lockett through to  Warnie, the Don and Deano.

Don’t miss Australian sports master storyteller. All Rotarians, friends and family are welcome to attend. $30 for two-course meals and drinks at bar prices. It’ll be a night to remember. Don't forget to bring your friends with you!


Photos by Di
Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who made my day so special! 
Bj thanks the club for her gift and flowers on her 100th birthday
She was chuffed with the birthday song rendition by the members
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District Conference 2025
Last weekend DGE Colin announced his coming Conference to the D9810 Rotarians. We didn’t have a Conference in D9820 and Colin is keen for as many of you and your Clubs as possible, to receive an invitation to attend our first Conference.
With 2000 Rotarians from 80 odd Clubs vying for attendance at the Conference, the competition for accommodation is going to be fierce!!!!
Why? Because we will be creating history at the inaugural D9815 Conference.
When? 28th – 30th March 2025.
Where? The Red Energy Arena in the beautiful City of Bendigo.
What? 2 days of speakers, activities, Rotary Expo and a themed Gala Dinner.
(D9810 has a long history of dressing up on these occasions. This will be our first opportunity to come up with ideas at each Club and vie for the first Best Dressed trophy of our new District.)
Why? Because we are better together and “We Belong
More details will follow at the District Assembly in May and the official Conference launch later this year.
Club Meeting - ANZAC Day Tribute
The Beaconsfield Club
Apr 24, 2024
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mock Interviews @ Nossal High School
Nossal High School
May 01, 2024 9:30 am –
May 02, 2024 1:00 pm
The Beaconsfield Club
May 01, 2024
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Annual Bowls Match RC Berwick v RC Monbulk
Monbulk Bowling Club
May 08, 2024
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Member Birthdays
Terry Pollock
April 5
Gus Dominguez
April 19
Fred Edwards
April 25
Garry Cooper
April 26
Jennifer Marshall
April 30
Trevor Watson
May 4
Andy Merrill
May 5
David Anderson
May 19
Spouse Birthdays
Cynthia Merrill
April 1
Pat Wingrave
April 7
Carol Evans
April 23
Steven Marshall
April 24
Pat McCurdy
May 1
Sheldon Rodrigues
May 3
Jenny Hart
May 11
Join Date
Di Scheepers
April 12, 2017
7 years
Rob Wingrave
April 17, 2003
21 years
Di Double
April 26, 2007
17 years
Trevor Watson
April 27, 2022
2 years
Gary Evans
May 1, 1980
44 years
Funno Funston
May 17, 1984
40 years
David Anderson
May 20, 2021
3 years
Diana Gomez-Fullaway
May 25, 2016
8 years
Jane Moore
May 28, 2014
10 years
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This week's contributors to the Spoke 'n' Word
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