Issue  19
10th November 2021
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Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
November is 'Rotary Foundation' Month
The Rotary Foundation is recognised as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organisations in the world.
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Saturday morning coffee
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Nov 13, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PP Sjaak Kusters - A Partner's Night
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 17, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Nov 20, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hearing Specialist - Sarah Hocking
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 24, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Nov 27, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Behind The Badge - Sandi Tarant
The Beaconsfield Club
Dec 01, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Dec 04, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
On to Conference
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Funno Funston
December 2
John Rosenthal
December 3
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Rob Wingrave
December 27
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Kate Gordyn
December 5
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Debbie Giesen
December 28
Jane Moore
Tim Moore
December 4
Pete Batterham
Sue Batterham
December 4
Tim Moore
Jane Moore
December 4
David Button
Judy Button
December 21

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Out of Practice
Something wasn't working quite right on Wednesday night. After months of being stuck on Zoom, we were finally able to meet in person at Holm Park. I was hoping for members to flock in and reacquaint themselves with their Rotarian Family. Bookings were very low at 14 members, and I was worried!
On the night, four members rocked up for dinner without booking. Without the blink of an eye, Vicky, our caterer said she would work something out and suddenly all four members were accommodated. Thank you, Vicky!
The point of booking for each meeting is that we do not waste food for the caterer and we do not waste Club Member's Funds paying for waste. Please book into meetings. We may not be so lucky next time.
The meeting for those who were there was terrific. The AGM's went quickly and smoothly thanks to Sam.
We were well informed by AG Colin Byron on ROMAC. 
ROMAC is the acronym for “Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children” and is a combined Australia and New Zealand Multi-District Rotary project.
ROMAC has been in operation for over 30 years. With donations to ROMAC, 100¢ in every $1 goes directly to giving life to a child. To donate or read more, visit
ROMAC has been in hibernation during COVID, but is hoping to get going again soon.
Colin played an informative 9-minute video and also provided a short PowerPoint presentation about two patients that he has been involved with.
ROMAC is a powerful example of how Rotary can pull together and fund life saving and life-changing medical operations to help children from poorer parts of our geographical region.
I hope that the Rotary Club of Berwick is prepared to come out of hibernation soon too and make some life-changing projects of its own come to life!
Guest Speaker for 17th November
Our meeting on 17th November will be at the Beaconsfield Club and a Partners Night. The guest speaker is PP Sjaak Kusters, who is well known to most members.  Sjaak will explain his latest venture "Write your life Right", which is an innovative extension of his work as a funeral celebrant. I am sure that everyone is looking to catch up with Sjaak and wishing him well in his venture that meets the needs of many in this age of creative communications.
An email will be sent in the next few days. Please bring double vaccination evidence as part of the requirement for admission to the meeting under state health directives. Booking is essential.
2021 Remembrance Day
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Armistice Day is on 11th November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day that World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
On Thursday, President David Button and I laid a wreath at the Berwick cenotaph on behalf of the Club, to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Lest we forget."
Save the Date
Posted by Graham Johnstone from an email by David Anderson.

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Venue Holm Park Beaconsfield

Guest Speaker – Sarah Hocking Hearing Clinician Berwick, Warragul & Traralgon

Sarah is coming along to help everyone better understand how important hearing health is for everyone, no matter what stage of life they are at.

Sarah works with clients of all ages to improve their quality of life. She will share how to identify hearing loss, what can be done as well as the technological advances in hearing aids.

More importantly how easy it is to do something about hearing health if needed.

This is a real opportunity to invite partners as well as interested guests to come along to hear about this important topic.

District Conference: Shaping up nicely
Luke Richmond is a professional adventurer and author who lives in Tasmania, Australia. He has climbed the highest mountain on six continents, survived minus 60-degree temperatures in Antarctica, been held captive in the jungles of West Papua, and paddled Australia’s longest river. He has witnessed death before his eyes on the highest peaks and healed his mind with a 55day ocean row across the Atlantic, setting a new world record. Luke, with his wife Elise, dragged carts containing all of their food and water across 1800kilometres of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Luke has found comfort in suffering while on adventures and his hard-earned lessons are shared in his two bestselling books. ‘We only have one life, and one chance, so get out there and make the most of it.’ – Luke
The upcoming District Conference in Traralgon is starting to take shape with the speaker list starting to build. This Conference will be all about the environment which fits in with Rotary's new seventh area of focus. It also has a link to our Club's own Environmental Policy project started by Jen Marshall in the hope that all Rotary Clubs in the District will use zero environmental impact process while running projects. Our Club has just signed this agreement and I think it is an important step forward to walk the talk. Jen has done a great job preparing this policy and creating our first Environmental project. It would be perfect if our Club members went to the Conference just to show our support and commitment to the environment and learn of other ways Rotarians and Rotary are working in this area.
•Prof Fiona Wood, Perth – Bali bombing & burns specialist & spray-on-skin
•Charlie Allen, Institute for Economics & Peace – Rotary Peace Scholar
•Vic Grosjean, Melbourne Rotaract – Environmental speaker
•Luke Richmond, solo adventures – Motivational speaker
•Rae MacKay – Latrobe Valley Mine rehabilitation
•Erin Coldham, Star of the South – offshore wind farm
•Leigh Woodgate, Woman from Snowy River  – Motivational speaker
•Jessie Harman, Rotary International Director – Leadership Breakfast speaker
There is a shortage of accommodation because Traralgon is a drive-in, drive-out town for workers at the power station and paper mill. I would recommend that you book as soon as you can.
Just to tease you a bit, imagine that you wanted to attend the District Conference. Where might you stay? DG Bill apparently had some time on his hands and this is what he came up with:
In an idle moment, I thought I would measure the distance on Google Maps from various accommodations in Traralgon to the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre where the conference will be held.
Mantra Hotel
50 rooms370 metres
Comfort Inn Traralgon31 rooms580 metres
Creek Cottage B& B3 cottages800 metres
Traralgon Serviced Apartments24 apartments930 metres
Strzelecki Motel24 rooms990 metres
Governor Gipps Motel  22 rooms1,000 metres
City Gardens Motel13 rooms1,250 metres
Bridges on Argyle75 rooms1,370 metres
Connell’s Motel    14 rooms1,610 metres
Motel Traralgon  22 rooms2,750 metres
Quality Inn Traralgon 61 rooms3,550 metres
What will it cost you? What is it about? How to book. That information can be found here:
All I can tell you is that I have registered for the District Conference in February and I hope to see you all there too!
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