This week at the Rotary Club of Berwick
This evening, Assistant Governor, Colin Byron, presented information to our members about some exciting plans that are in 
motion for Rotary. 
Rotary International is considering a project to address membership, public image, communication, leadership, and 
fundraising challenges to help define a more sustainable future for Rotary. 
Our region, or Zone 8, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, has been selected as one of two 
potential regions from across the globe to pilot a regional approach to governance. It is important that all of us are 
consulted throughout this process. In fact, the project cannot proceed without the support of members and clubs. 
A local Regionalisation team made up of Rotarians from our zone has identified five key project objectives:  
∙Support clubs to engage members, volunteers, and communities 
∙Create new attractive leadership roles and development opportunities  
∙Build a stronger unified Rotary brand  
∙Encourage partnerships 
∙Improve efficiencies and reduce duplication.  
St John of God BBQ
What a Team! photo supplied by Sandi Tarant


Next Week at the Rotary Club of Berwick: Interact
This Wednesday, we have Annabelle Morton, President of the Interact Club of St Margaret's School and Berwick Grammar. This Interact Club was established by the Rotary Club of Berwick and the Rotary Club of Emerald. COVID has made it difficult for the Club to do much as a group because everyone was stuck at home, but they remained as active as they could over Zoom. 
President Annabelle will give us a report about her Club, which is quite strong. I suspect she will be looking for opportunities for Rotary to guide and mentor the club and perhaps get involved with a community project. Annabelle and her father, Duncan came along to experience our last opportunity before COVID, getting the Gibb Street SJoG Hospital beds ready for shipping to SJoG Dili, Timor Leste. See the photo above. Interact is a great opportunity for young people to learn to lead and get involved within the community. It is also a great opportunity for Rotary to play a part in developing young leaders.
So what is Interact? 

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world

What’s involved?

Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

Celebrate the global impact of Interact by getting involved in:

  • World Interact Week
  • Interact Video Awards
  • Rotary Youth Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day
So make an effort to hear what Annabelle has to say at this week's meeting. Berwick College is also looking to start an Interact Club this term. It is a terrific program and provides another dimension to our Club portfolio of community involvement.
Clyde Road Level Crossing Removal Community Day
Despite the overcast weather, a large crowd attended the Community Day held at Buchanan Park on Saturday morning 23rd July. 
They were treated to a range of food from the assembled food trucks and the Rotary Club of Berwick's barbecue, entertainment by the Nossal High School band and Bollywood dancers, as well as a treasure hunt. 
Best of all - everything was free!!!
It is estimated that we served more than 400 sausages over the two hour event.  The large team consisted of Glenn Schumacher, Andrew Somers, Gus Dominguez, Graham Johnstone, Eric Boon, David Anderson, Greg Lee, Scott McGregor, Jack Kraan, Trevor Watson and Sam McCurdy.
The resources used by the BBQ team were supplied by the Clyde Road Level Crossing Removal project, even the two barbecues used to cook the sausages and onions.  The Project Team were so happy with the service provided by the Rotarians that they donated one of the barbecues to the Club.  This will complement our existing trailer barbecue.
This was a great event, which allowed us to serve the community and further increase the profile of the Club.
The organisers and those attending expressed their appreciation of Rotary's input
Vision and Purpose

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Our programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in STEM fields.

Our flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12 (Year 11 students). Since 1984, more than 14,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program, including those run under the organisation’s previous banner, the National Science Summer School (NSSS). 

Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 18 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.


To inspire young Australians to value science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and its importance in our communities.


NYSF delivers immersive and transformative youth-led experiences to young Australians to encourage life-long STEM literacy.

Applications for the 2023 NYSF Year 12 Program are now open!

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The NYSF Year 12 Program offers an exciting range of in-person and digital science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences for participants across Australia. 

Find tips on applying and answers to common questions on the How to Apply page.

Early bird applications close 24 July ($25 application fee) NOW CLOSED
Applications close 14 August ($65 application fee)



The program will run on weekdays between 10 – 24 January 2023 and will be delivered as a mixed-mode experience – a combination of in-person and digital events.

At the program, students will have opportunities to:

  • participate in tours of science and technology facilities,
  • learn about cutting-edge research,
  • engage with industry partners and research providers,
  • learn about university and STEM career pathways,
  • mix with other like-minded students from all over Australia, and
  • network with former NYSF participants to further increase understanding of STEM-related study and career experiences.

The NYSF is delivered by youth for youth. Past participants return each year to participate in the Student Staff Leadership Program and help run the program the year after they first attend.

Throughout the program, there will be optional activities to engage with such as the STEM Challenges, The Great Debate, and the NYSF Talent Show.

For more information about the National Youth Science Forum or put forward an application, please contact Gary Castricum, the current Rotary Club of Berwick NYSF Chair. Time is just about out.

Issue  5
27th July 2022
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Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
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July marks the month of transition as new leaders take over from retiring ones. At the Rotary Club of Berwick, our new leaders are steering the club towards new heights of service, membership growth, engagement, fun and fulfilment.
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Annabelle Morton - Interact
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 03, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Glenn Patterson - City of Casey CEO
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 10, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Trevor Watson - Behind the Badge
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 17, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Travel Guide Partners night: Alaska/Canada
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 24, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Mark Caulfield
July 3
Graham Johnstone
July 17
Diana Gomez-Fullaway
July 21
Gerald Treasure
July 28
Join Date
Adwin Town
July 4, 2018
4 years
Fred Edwards
July 4, 1995
27 years
Greg Lee
July 8, 2020
2 years
Rosemarie Hughes
July 8, 2010
12 years
Bruce Shaw
July 30, 2000
22 years

Rotary's global network has sent millions of dollars' worth of relief to help the people of Ukraine. Rotary Fellowships have amplified the impact of these efforts.


The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs around the world have hurried to provide funds, supplies, and services to Ukrainians displaced by the war.


Combating human trafficking, which impacts nearly 40 million people worldwide, is the goal of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and several cause-based clubs.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in Canada, Colombia, England, Northern Mariana Islands, and Uganda.

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Donations in Kind Delivery
It is pretty cool to see the Club getting out into the community and providing our BBQ skills to different groups.
Next Saturday, 6th August, I have a team from RC Bunyip-Garfield delivering a load of goods for Rotary Donations in Kind in Footscray. They will be transferred to my truck and then I will take them to DIK. It has been nearly two years since our last venture to DIK and if you have not been there, perhaps this is a good opportunity to visit. 
The truck loading will be at 105 Fisheries Road, Devon Meadows at 10.00am (to be confirmed). If you are interested to help out, please email me on
Regionalisation in pictures

The subject of Regionalisation is an exciting development for our part of the Rotary world. Below is a reasonable interactive view for those who would like to research the topic further.


To establish a Regional Governance structure to transform Rotary and Rotaract in our region, to better support Clubs to provide relevant and engaging experiences, that serve our communities and enable us to grow.
Look it all up for yourself!
And the other stuff
Why is Rotary unique?
I like to see and understand how different Rotarians see Rotary as an organisation within their Clubs across the world. Lately, our Club has become the BBQ Club, with all activities seemingly focused on cooking something. There is nothing wrong with that, providing it is not our main focus and is part of our commitment to supporting the community or fundraising. Rotarians are not culinary giants, but we are servants to a vibrant community. Below is the Rotary I know but perhaps not the Rotary we have today.
  • Rotary is about people. People who give and people who need.   Rotary is made up of nearly 1.4 million business and professional men and women in leadership positions within their respective vocations. They are people that make decisions and get things done. A true Rotarian is a unique individual. Some have called these individuals the "movers and shakers" in their community.

  • The Rotary "Classification Principle" allows only a specific number of individual members in any vocation to belong to an individual club, thereby promoting a broad base of ideas and respect for each vocation. The current membership approves each individual who might wish to join a Rotary club.

  • A "Commitment" to attendance is required. Since the classification system restricts the number of members in a vocation, a member who does not attend is preventing another person in the same profession from joining. If a member misses four meetings in a row, they have effectively resigned their membership and must relinquish the "loan" of the classification. Members can "make-up" meetings within six days before or after their regular meeting by visiting another Rotary club anywhere in the world.

  • "Service Above Self." Rotary is a service organization, not a "leads" group. The weekly meetings provide fellowship, guest speakers, and a place for members to share ideas. While Rotarians frequently do business with other Rotarians from a "network" basis, you will not see Rotarians passing out their business cards at a Rotary meeting or openly promoting their business.

  • World wide programs. Rotary International provides millions of dollars in funding for student exchange programs, humanitarian projects, health issues, and cultural exchange. These monies come from the support and activities of the millions of Rotary club members and Rotary supporters around the world. There are more than 28,000 Rotary clubs in 158 countries around the world.

  • Local community programs are implemented by local Rotary clubs in thousands of communities. More than 28,000 Rotary clubs around the world facilitate millions of dollars in time, resources, and money into the communities where Rotarians live and work.

District Conference 2023
On the 24th February 2023 will have our District Conference at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort in Cape Schanck. A District Conference is all about building connections within the District and having a bit of fun along the way. In past years, before 2014, most Rotary Club of Berwick members attended the annual District Conference, and they were fun and memorable. In 2023, I hope that our Club will make an effort to attend one of the last District 9820 Conferences ever before our District merges with 9810.
More details to follow.
Rotary Convention 2023
How good is this! A Rotary Convention coming to Melbourne in just a few months time. I would encourage you all to have a look at this ritzy website that is jammed-packed with local information: or click on the image above to take you to the registration portal.
Travel Guide is coming up
We are People of Action
A few photos from the St John of God BBQ from Sandi.
The team keeping busy
Michele drops by to see where Andrew is
Sandi and Brad Battin
President Gus and Brad Battin
The team dishing it up
Sandi and SJoG CEO Lisa Norman
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