10 October 2018
Volume 58 Issue 15
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Cheryl Zuhlsdorff
Fellowship:   Wendy Langdon
                        Graham Johnstone
Attendance:  Steve Paton
                        PP Gerald Treasure
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
Lift the Lid! Mental Health Awareness Month
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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
President's Preamble 10-10-18
Wednesday night’s meeting was all about what’s going on and coming up for our Club. 
We heard from Treasurer Gary and how he is getting on top of the new Accounting program.  Even though he fined me for talking him in to being Treasurer, I know he secretly likes the job.  I am very grateful that he agreed to take on the role, as it is a very time consuming one.
PP David Collyer is looking for a few more interviewers for the mock interviews at Berwick College on Wednesday 31 October.  If you can help with the interviews, please contact David.
PP Laury Gordyn advised that Art Screen deliveries in October and November have outgrown the regular team’s capabilities.  He needs more helpers for distribution and sent out a schedule recently.  If you think you can help with art screen deliveries, please check the schedule and let Laury know when you can assist.
PP Adrian Froggatt spoke about the upcoming District Membership forum on Saturday 13th October and encouraged newer members to attend.  If you are wishing to attend, please email, as soon as you can to book yourself in for catering purposes.
The District 9820 Conference in 2020 is getting closer and the organising committee need some assistance with sponsorship.  Adrian asked for volunteers to help him and Tim to get some new sponsors.  If you can help with this request, please contact PP Adrian Froggatt direct.
Jim Armstrong updated us on the upcoming Golf Day in March 2019.  Organisation is underway, but Jim has asked for assistance from Members in getting prizes and sponsors together for the big day. 
Jim felt that last year’s volunteers were stretched on the day and thought more bodies would be needed to ease the pressure for the upcoming event.  Please consider assisting Jim and his team in some way, as this event is a club fundraiser and helps us to give back to the community.
Sam updated us on the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and our representative Upani Mapala-Gamage’s selection to the 2019 program.  An Orientation Day will be held on Sunday 14 October at the Churchill Campus of Federation University.  Upani, members of her family and her Chemistry teacher will be attending, along with Sam.
Rosemarie advised that the proceeds of the book drive are being delivered to Edrington Park Child Care & Kindergarten very soon.  If you would like to attend, Rosemarie is looking for Rotarian heads for the photo opportunity.  The books for Casey North Community Information and Support Services are going to be delivered the following week.  Please contact Rosemarie for the details of the presentations and photo opportunities.
Finally, we were treated to a very well thought out and thorough presentation from Diana on the 2018 Rotary Club of Berwick Carols event.  Diana and her team have been working on the budget, logistics, planning and compliance areas of the Carols event.  There were lots of new ideas and suggestions from the team. 
It is all starting to come together but the major hurdle is getting volunteers on the day.  A tick sheet was handed around after Diana’s presentation requesting a commitment from Members to assist on the day.  If you weren’t at the meeting on Wednesday and can assist at Carols, please contact Diana Gomez-Fullaway.  As Diana pointed out in her presentation, more hands make light work.
So there’s lots of things going on and lots of places you can offer your assistance, please don’t be shy.
That’s it from me for this week.
Over and out.
Berwick Carols by Candlelight
Diana Gomez-Fullaway gave an excellent presentation on the current status of this year's Carols by Candlelight event, which is to be held on Saturday 15th December at the Edwin Flack Reserve in Manuka Road, Berwick.
With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, Diana summarised the evolution of the event over the last 4 years, highlighting the good points and noting problems that have to be addressed. 
This is a community event and it will be the 5th time that it has been organised by the Club.  Based on past experience, Diana outlined the points that make the Carols event attractive to the community.  They are:
  • A program focused on children "Happy children makes happy parents"
  • Good entertainment
  • An effective PA system
  • A spectacular fireworks display
The areas that need to be improved are:
  1. Stage decoration
  2. First Aid response
  3. Better communication between the various teams
  4. The PA system
To improve the PA system, a different company has been employed, who have successfully assisted the Narre Warren North Carols by Candlelight event over several years.
Other improvements that are being addressed, are better advertising and branding, a different location for the stage to minimise evening sun glare and the introduction of pre-entertainment for children.  This will involve activities such as facepainting and Elf Christo, who mimes, juggles and bends balloons.
In addition to the ever popular Bethany Fisher dancers, Diana indicated that the program will also include pupils from Berwick College and Berwick Primary School, as well as two new young entertainers Dhee (16 yo) and Lucy (14 yo).  The program is aimed at a younger audience this year.
The importance of Facebook in promoting the event was highlighted. We should use it to indicate how we are addressing last year's criticisms and provide regular updates prior to the event.  It was also suggested that we introduce a Facebook Photo competition for the audience during the event, with prizes for the best photo presented very 45 minutes, or so.
Issues that still need to be discussed with the City of Casey events team are parking arrangements, council advertising and crowd exit arrangements from the oval, after the event.
We will not  operate a barbecue this year, which is very labour intensive, competes with the food trucks and does not raise a lot of money for the effort involved.  Instead, we will increase the number of food trucks at the event and raise additional funds in this way.
A budget has been set and approved for this community event and the aim is to break even, while making it really enjoyable for the audience.
In  conclusion, we need as many club members as possible to assist on the day, to make it a successful and memorable event.
Jokers Wild 10-10-18
This week, the winning ticket belonged to David Nutter, who has had notable succcess in Jokers Wild recently.
However, on this occasion, David drew out the Ace of Spades, so the Jackpot is safe for another week.
Next week there will be 43 cards, plus the Joker in the deck and the Jackpot will begin at $537.
Make sure you buy your ticket before the meetings starts and please have the right amount of money.
News Snippets

Book Distribution

On Thursday 11 October, Rosemarie Hughes delivered some of the books gathered as part of the Basic Education and Literacy month, to the Edrington Park Child Care and Kindergarten.  They were received enthusiastically by the children there, as shown by the following photographs.


The remaining books will be delivered to the Casey North Community Information and Support Services (CNCISS) next week.


'Lift the Lid' for Mental Health Awareness

At next week's meeeting, PP Viv Armstrong will do a presentation on her work with Australian Rotary Health on promoting mental health awareness.

Each Club member is requested to wear a hat for the occasion that demonstrates their unique pesonality and support for the work being done in mental health.

Note that those members who fail to wear a hat will be fined $10, which will go towards mental health training within the community.


Bohemian Rhapsody

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

The actual date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

It should provide a good opportunity to bring 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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