19 September 2018
Volume 58 Issue 11
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:             Rosemary Hughes
Fellowship:   PP Laury Gordyn
                        PP Bruce Shaw
Attendance:  Gary Castricum
                        Betty Tudge
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
David Grant
September 3
Russell Dunn
September 15
Bruce Shaw
September 17
Geoff Double
September 21
Spouse Birthdays
Josie Wilson
September 9
Geoff Double
September 21
Bruce Shaw
Robyn Shaw
September 4
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
From Timor-Leste to Australia, Seven Families
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Sep 26, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 03, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
President's Preamble 19-9-18
As I sit here typing with the sun streaming through the window in our little cabin in Beechworth, I realise how much I needed this holiday and that I should have sent the Preamble out on Wednesday night.
The first thing I would like to do is thank PP Funno for his efforts with the Footy Trivia Night.  All those who attended had a great time and much laughing was heard throughout the night. 
I urge other members who did not attend this week to have a rethink for next year.  The format was new and exciting and totally revamped.  It was a great night and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The night wasn’t all about footy though, which was intended.  There were quite a few non-football questions and, for those with no knowledge like me, there were activities between the “quarters”. 
We had a quoit throwing competition to represent goal kicking which was won by Adwin.  A handball competition won by Gary Evans.  The last competition was a bit daunting because it was my turn to compete and I didn’t find out it was about speed until after I put my hand up.  I thought my team was going to lose that one for sure until it turned out to be apple peeling.  Who knew it was something I could do speedily?
The winning team were presented with the obligatory raw chickens.  I’m glad I didn’t win, I can’t come at a raw chicken, the smell turns my stomach. 
There were other prizes throughout the night like Rotary pens and letter openers.  I’m sure they would all have had historical significance.
I would like to thank Naomi for setting up the room with the Mexican theme.  It looked terrific.  I think it complimented the footy paraphernalia that Funno scattered around the room.  The burritos were delicious!
That’s it from me.
Over and out.
Footy Trivia Competition
PP Funno chaired a highly entertaining footy trivia competition at Wednesday's club meeting. 
He began by dividing the members into four groups and invited each to select a unique ID.  They were:
  1. GTT
  2. Schultz's Protocol (N.O.)
  3. Sandi's Sinaloa Cartel (SSC)
  4. Hopefuls 
    The questions and activities were then spread over four quarters,  as in a normal AFL match. 
    The first quarter questions were focussed on the Brownlow medal and the remaining three quarters covered the full gammit of AFL football knowledge, from final team positions in the league table, Coleman medallists and historical facts.
    Funno managed to intersperse serious footy questions with fun activities and general knowledge questions selected from the back of screw caps from Carlton Draft beer stubbies .  Very original, don't you think?
    In this way non-footy oriented participants were able to contribute to the scoring and the fun, and the winners were rewarded with the choice of either a Rotary pen, or letter opener.
    The fun activities provided competition points for the winner's team and included:
    • Heads and Tails won by PP Laury Gordyn from the Hopefuls team
    • Quoits won by Adwin Town from the GTT team
    • A handball competition, won by PP Gary Evans from the Hopefuls team
    • An apple peeling competition for the quickest and longest peel, won by President Lea Paton from the GTT team
    The 'SSC' team achieved a massive score of 84 in the first quarter, thanks to the contribution from Gary's mum (By mobile) and were never really challenged thereafter. 
    Although, it should be noted that the 'Hopefuls' made a terrific effort in the "Premiership" (3rd) quarter, but it was not enough to catch the eventual champions.
    The winning team were rewarded with a frozen chook for each member, which was hesitantly accepted by all.
    The knowledge of some of the participants was particularly impressive, but the thought lingers that perhaps they had 'Google', or Gary's mum, on their side as well. 
    In fact, it has been suggested that we should have registered them as guests on the night.
    Congratulations and thanks to PP Funno for organising a really enyoyable and entertaining evening for everyone.
    Jokers Wild 12-9-18
    David Grant was asked to draw the winning ticket, which belonged to Cheryl Zuhlsdorff. 
    With the Jackpot sitting at $411.50, Cheryl carefully drew a card from the deck only to find it was the Jack of Hearts.
    Even more disappointing for Cheryl was the fact that the Joker was the next card in the deck to the one she chose.
    Make sure that you buy your ticket before the meeting next week, when there will be 46 cards and the Joker in the deck.
    News Snippets

    Investigating Homelessness as a Service Project

    Club  Members have been asking for more local community projects and homelessness in our community is one such project being considered.

    Homelessness is a major issue in our community with many organisations working with Council on a number of initiatives to help the unfortunate.  There were about 1280 homeless in the municipality in the 2016 official Census period – up by 33 per cent from 2011 figures.

    Mortgage stress is becoming a major problem in the community and will undoubtedly exacerbate the homelessness issue.

    On Tuesday 18th September, Bob Lay AM and Sam McCurdy met with Deputy Mayor Amanda Stapleton, Kate Sieh- Manager of Connected Communities and Michelle Williams - Inclusion and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, at Bunjil Place.

    The purpose of the meeting was to explore how the Club might be able to assist in addressing the local homelessness issue, as a local service project.  

    The meeting covered current initiatives including, agencies, food vans, food handouts, sleep overs, clothing issues, housing, transport, etc. 

    A Casey-Cardinia Homelessness Network has been formed, which is made up of CEOs from 45 leading agencies.  The Network meets bi-monthly and is developing an Action Plan to address the problems.  The Plan will cover areas such as advocacy, capacity building, practical support and financial assistance.

    The outcome of the meeting is that Council will arrange for the Club to be invited to the next Network meeting in November, to discuss the possibilities open to RCB to work with them, or to identify other options as a long term local community service project.


    Timor Lester to Australia: Seven Families, Three Generations Tell Their Stories

    The Guest Speaker next week will be Jan Trezise, who has been a School Principal, Councillor and the first female Mayor of the City of Springvale.

    In 2002, Friends of Ermera was formed in the City of Casey to assist the people of East Timor in rebuilding their nation following many years of occupation and devastation. Jan became the President, a position she held for 15 years.

    Friends of Ermera has focused on education and training programs for the people of the District. Many families from East Timor, who initially fled conflict came to Australia and have settled in the City of Casey.

    Jan has developed close links with many of these families and has played a key role in interviewing the families as Editor of the  book, "Timor-Leste to Australia. Seven Families. Three Generations. Tell Their Stories" 

    The book is a collection of poignant stories and poems of seven East Timorese families living in Melbourne, whose experiences belong to that long history of human tragedy created where violent conflict of power, land and resources takes place, inevitably visiting on ordinary people, disruption and loss. 


    Caulfield's 2nd Camino Walk

    PP Mark and Isobel have left Perth to set out on their 2nd Camino walk. 

    From Perth they had 2 plane flights, 3 train trips and 1 bus ride to get to Somport and the start of their walk. 

    They are on the Aragones Way starting in the Pyrenees, which  Isobel reports are magnificent.


    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


    Bohemian Rhapsody

    A District 9820 polio fundraiser will be held in the form of a movie night featuring "Bohemian Rhapsody" (The story of the great band Queen).

    The actual date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

    It should provide a good opportunity to bring as many family members and friends to this Rotary function.


    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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