24 April 2019
Volume 58 Issue 40
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Bob Lay AM
Fellowship:  Sam McCurdy
Attendance: Di Double
If you can assist Di and/or Sam in the above duties, please do so.

The Rotary Club of Berwick normally meets
on Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

Bookings and Apologies
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.
Upcoming Events
Asset Management Accountability Framework
May 01, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Bunnings BBQ Narre Warren
May 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Berwick& Narre Warren presents Canning Stock Route
May 08, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
Youth and New Ideas
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
Gus Dominguez
April 19
Fred Edwards
April 25
Garry Cooper
April 26
Jennifer Marshall
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Cynthia Merrill
April 1
Mary Town
April 5
Pat Wingrave
April 7
Carol Evans
April 23
Steven Marshall
April 24
Garry Cooper
Marlene Cooper
April 11
Fred Edwards
Pat Edwards
April 21
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:    Sam McCurdy
ClubRunner Mobile
ANZAC Day 2019
On 25 April 1915, the ANZACS landed under fire on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula, for what proved to be a long and disastrous campaign.
The campaign involved British and French troops, as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).
Lack of sufficient intelligence and knowledge of the terrain, along with a fierce Turkish resistance, hampered the success of the invasion.
By mid-October, Allied forces had suffered heavy casualties and had made little headway from their initial landing sites. Evacuation began in December 1915, and was completed early the following January.
In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead.
On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.
On Thursday 25 April, 104 years after the event, a much larger than usual crowd gathered at the cenotaph in Berwick, to commemorate ANZAC Day and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The very moving service included a fly over by two aircraft from the Roulettes and culminated in a playing of the Last Post. 
This was followed by three volleys of rifle fire from the Lighthorse re-enactment group.  The noise created by the rifle fire provided the crowd with some idea of what the troops must have endured constantly, throughout the campaign.
Five Club members assisted the Rotary Club of Narre Warren on their barbecue at the Dawn Service at Bunjil Place, together with a group of enthusiastic Rotaractors.
A large number of wreaths from different organisations were placed at the Berwick cenotaph. 
President Geoff laid a large wreath on behalf of the Rotary Club of Berwick. 
The wreath was produced by the Floristry Department at Box Hill Institute and we wish to express our thanks to the staff and students, for creating such a beautiful product.
The Ode of Remembrance by Laurence Binyon

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Lest we forget."

2020 District 9820 Conference Theme
As mentioned in last week's bulletin, the District Conference will take place in Bendigo from 20 - 22 March 2020.
PP Adrian Froggatt will be District Governor for 2019-2020 and has chosen as his theme for the year and therefore the conference, "Breaking the Chains". 
Why choose "Breaking the Chains" as a theme, you may well ask.
In response to this question, DGE Adrian states:
"When selecting this theme, I wanted a metaphor that would be consistent with Rotary International’s major strategic emphases for 2019-20:
  • Increase our Impact
  • Expand our Reach
  • Enhance Participant Engagement
  • Increase our ability to adapt
You’ll see a particular connection to increasing our ability to adapt, though there are clear connections also to the other three.  
With the Conference Venue (Ulumbarra Theatre) on the site of and incorporating part of the old Sandhurst (Bendigo) Gaol, the theme becomes even more appropriate.
"Breaking the Chains" is essentially a shortening of “breaking the chains of the prison of the mind”, as it is in our minds where the true obstacles to progress and adaptability reside.
My desire is for Rotarians to recognise and acknowledge institutional and personal fears and anxiety around change, so we can better deal with and respond to our rapidly changing environment.
"Breaking the chains" is not something that only applies to Rotary, indeed, far from it.  This is where our speakers come in, as I want their addresses whether Rotary content or not, to:
  • Encourage us to be outward looking.
  • Encourage us to be open minded and accepting of other views; to look through the eyes of others.
  • Encourage us to critically review our established practices and ways.
  • Encourage us to embrace beneficial change while not embracing change for the sake of it.
  • Encourage us to remove prohibitions, barriers and boundaries where they exist.
  • Give us a clear call to action.
I hope this helps you to understand my focus and that of our speakers, so the message is continually affirmed throughout our whole conference."
Centurion  Contributions
What is a Rotary Foundation Centurion?
They are someone who makes a commitment of a contribution to the Rotary Foundation of at least $100 annually, for as long as they are able.
It is an excellent way for Rotarians, Foundation Alumni, Friends of Rotary and other non-Rotarians to join in supporting the Rotary Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
By joining the Centurion Programme you will be playing a small but vital part in this effort.
A contribution of $100 or more annually will enrol you as a member of the Centurion Programme.
Your partner and family, friends, colleagues and companies are also welcome to join.  
To become a Centurion, please forward a completed copy of the attached form with AUD$100, either by cheque payable to the “Australian Rotary Foundation Trust”, or by authorising a debit from your Credit Card to:
The Rotary Foundation Centurion Club
PDG Charlie Speirs,
25 Riverslea Bvd.,
Traralgon, Victoria, 3844
Please note that all contributions to “The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust” are tax deductible and your receipt will be issued by the Rotary International Parramatta Office.
Please make sure that the word “Trust” appears on your cheques.
Weekly Photos
(Photos provided by various photographers)
Mystery Progressive Dinner on Saturday 25th May, 2019 at 6.30pm
Members and partners of the Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs of Berwick are invited to participate in this highly popular event.
For this to work, all participants must be prepared to host a course with accompanying drinks. Fancy cooking is NOT a pre-requisite, the company, and getting to know people in the privacy and ambience of our homes is the reward for the evening. Pre-purchased food is quite acceptable for those not confident in the kitchen.
Nominated couples prepare an entree course with accompanying drinks for three couples.
At 6.00 pm two couples arrive at their home, and the 6 sit down for entree/soup course.
At 6.45 pm the hosts open an envelope and let everyone know where each couple is to head off for main course. (One or two of these couples may be going back home to serve main course to their mystery guests).
At 7.15 pm two couples will arrive at the nominated main course home and the 6 different people will enjoy main course together with accompanying drinks. At 8.15 the next envelope will be opened to let these three couples know where each is headed for dessert course.
At 8.45 pm two couples will arrive at the nominated dessert course home to share dessert course together and at 9.30pm the final envelope will be opened to announce where everybody participating will congregate for coffee/tea.
At 10.00 pm everyone will arrive at the final home for tea/coffee, chocolates and reminiscences about where they have been all evening and who they have socialised with.
If you are single and do not have a friend to partner up with, the organisers can either partner you up with someone, or we can slot single people in.
If you wish to participate in this fun event, please be aware that a lot of juggling by the organisers goes into fitting all participants into the homes, so a firm commitment is required so that other participants are not disappointed if you fail to turn up and host a course on the night.
Please fill in the accompanying sheet with your names, which course you would prefer to serve (some adjustments may need to be made according to demand), and how many you can accommodate around your dining table, in case we don’t have equal numbers of participants, and your mobile number for communication if required. Please send the completed sheet to
Envelopes stating which course you will be hosting, where you will be going for entree (not to be opened before 5pm on the day) and containing destinations for your guests (not to be opened before the guests are present in your home), will be distributed to you approximately one week before the event.
Please do not discuss what course you are hosting with others before the event. The element of surprise is a great part of the fun.
RSVP by 11th May
Mystery Progressive Dinner Information
Partner’s Name:                                          
Preferred Course                                       
Table size:                                                       
Mobile Phone no:                                         
Note The Dates





1 May
Asset Management Accountability Framework Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
3 May
Bunnings BBQ Narre Warren Fountain Gate TBC
8 May
Canning Stock Route meeting with RC of Narre Warren Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
14 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
15 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
16 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
25 May
Progressive Dinner with Inner Wheel N/A N/A
29 May
David Whiting D9800 DC-Governance Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
5 June
Exchange Visit to India Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
12 June
ROMAC presentation by RC of Seaford Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
26 June
Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm