8 May 2019
Volume 58 Issue 42
Next Meeting Responsibilities
There will not be a meeting
at Holm Park Reserve
for the next two weeks due to
the Presentation Balls
and the Progressive Dinner

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
14- 16 May Deb Balls - No meeting tonight
May 15, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
No Meeting 22 May
May 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Progressive Dinner
May 25, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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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
Andy Merrill
May 5
Spouse Birthdays
Pat McCurdy
May 1
David Collyer
Rosemary Collyer
May 5
Jack Kraan
Ann Kraan
May 8
Adwin Town
Mary Town
May 10
Ricardo Balancy
Lisemay Balancy
May 24
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
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President's Welcome
President Geoff welcomed members of the Rotary Club of Narre Warren, Inner Wheel Club of Berwick, Casey-Cardinia Rotaract Club, international exchange student Clara and guests to the joint meeting.
Geoff then handed over to the Chairman for the night, Gaetano Fina.
Dental Project in the Solomon Islands
PP Gus Dominguez introduced Dr David Goldsmith from the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, who provided an update on the Rotary dental project in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.
This project involves collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West, Berwick and Honiara and is registered with RAWCS. 
It also involves collaboration with the National Referral Hospital Management in Honiara. 
Betel nut chewing has created a lot of dental problems in the Solomon Islands.  Although there is no shortage of qualified dentists in the Islands, there is a major shortage of dental facilities.  
Currently, much of the dental work is conducted at the local police station, which regularly sees 100 patients arrive for dental work daily, yet only 30 can be treated.

The 300-bed National Referral Hospital has only one dental chair and because it has an X-ray machine, it deals solely with root canals and other complex dental works.
This project focuses on providing additional dental facilities at a section of the hospital.  The  allocated building was in such a bad state of repair, it needed quite a bit of work to make it ready for the installation of the dental equipment.
Working with Donations in Kind (DIK), the project has now delivered 8 dental chairs in good condition, together with other dental equipment.  There are now 10 dental chairs and equipment ready to be installed.
Part of the building is currently occupied by the Diabetic unit, but they will shortly be relocating to new premises. The Dental Department will then be able to take over the whole building, which includes renovated toilets, laundry, and reception.
When completed, this Rotary project will herald a new era for oral health in the Solomon Islands and will triple the dental facilities in Honiara.
Items to Note
Bunnings Barbeque:
PE Isobel Caulfield advised that the recent sausage sizzle held at Bunnings in Fountain Gate on Friday 3 May, raised approximately $600 profit.  
She thanked all those who assisted on the day , especially our potential new Club member Heather Armstrong.
Mock Interviews:
PP David Collyer reminded everyone that Mock Interviews are to be held at Nossal High School, on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June.
We will be interviewing 204 students over the two days, so he needs at least 10 interviewers per day to cope with the demand.
David expressed his thanks to Ben Hill and Lachlan Hall from the Casey-Cardinia Rotaract Club, who have already registered to assist with the interviews.
Paul Harris Fellows:
PP John Rosenthal advised that the Club has quite a few Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) credits available, so he invited nominations for worthy recipients. 
The nominations may be for people from the external community, or those from within the Club who are considered worthy of a PHF.
To nominate anyone, please complete the PHF nomination form, which is available on the web site and pass it on to the Secretary, David Button, for consideration by the PHF Committee.
Rotary Club of Narre Warren items:
President Bruce Armstrong advised that exchange student Clara will be returning home to Germany early in July.  Therefore, he invited members of the Rotary Club of Berwick to assist with helping her visit the remaining places on her bucket list.
Di Scheepers reported that the Membership Committee met last night and they have prepared a plan to address membership issues.
This plan will be shared with the Club members in due course.
Presentation Balls:
PP Peter Batterham advised that the Berwick College Presentation Balls will be held next week from Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 May at The Grand in Wantirna.
Peter needs assistance on the three nights, particularly with guest entry and he requested volunteers, adding that their partners are also welcome to attend.
He already has coverage for the Tuesday and Wednesday Balls, but he needs assistance for the Thursday Ball.  If you can assist, please let Peter know.
International Exchange Student Report:
Clara Ruhe advised that she is an exchange student from Germany with the Rotary Club of Narre Warren and has been in Australia for 9 months.  She will be returning home early in July.
She returned from her Australian Safari tour on 27 April.  During the trip she visited Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cooper Pedy, the Gold Coast and Sydney.
The highlight of her trip was scuba diving off the great Barrier Reef and getting so close to the fish.
She stated that some of the things she would still like to see before she goes, are the penguins at Phillip Island and the Museum.  If anyone can help make this happen, please let her know.
Casey-Cardinia Rotaract Club
Ben Hill and Lachlan Hall reported on recent activities of the Rotaract Club. 
They stated that membership has grown significantly, so the use of social media has obviously worked wonders.  It also confirms that the Rotaract experience appeals to the younger people and the club is prospering.
Gus and Gaetano had attended the Rotaract Club meeting recently, where two new members, Sarah Jane and Julian were inducted. 
Ben and Lachlan thanked  the Rotary Clubs of Narre Warren and Berwick for their mentorship and support.  
They proposed that two Rotaract members should attend Rotary Club meetings each month, to strengthen the relationship.
Ben added that incoming President Campbell de Kretser has big plans, based on the support from both Rotary Clubs.
Canning Stock Route
PE Isobel Caulfield and PP Laury Gordyn presented an very informative summary of their experiences on the Canning Stock Route.  Isobel used a very professional PowerPoint presentation to convey the essence of the trip.
The Canning Stock Route is a track that runs from Wiluna in the mid-west region to Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  With a total distance of around 1,850 km it is the longest historic stock route in the world.  There is a string of 51 wells along the route that were used to water stock.
To get to the starting point at Wiluna, they had to travel 3,500 km from Melbourne, making the overall journey to Halls Creek 5,350 km - a massive undertaking.  However, they set off with anticipation taking their trusty Ford Ranger (Caulfields) and Toyota Sahara (Gordyns), both of which were customised with sleeping quarters and a kitchen in the back box.
Some interesting facts on the two vehicles were provided, as follows:
Toyota SaharaFord Ranger
230 litre of fuel capacity145 litre fuel capacity
100 litres of fuel carried on the roof60 litres of fuel carried on the roof
Averaged 20 litres of fuel/100 kmAveraged 17 litres of fuel/100 km
Carried 130 litres of waterCarried 70 litres of water
Despite the fuel the vehicles carried, at one point both had to be topped up at $3.21 per litre, thus making a sale for the outback Bowser of $600 in one hit.
A feature of the trip was that 'sand flags' had to be displayed on both vehicles to warn oncoming vehicles of their position in the high dunes, or high spinifex.
Many interesting people were met during the trip, as people traveling North to South stopped to compare notes in the middle of nowhere.  This included people who knew someone in Berwick, or who were actually from this locality.
No major problems were encountered on the long journey, although the Ford Ranger did get bogged once and had to be pulled out by the Sahara.  On another occasion, the Sahara had to be towed up a dune by the Ford Ranger, thus providing reciprocated appreciation.
By the end of the journey the vehicles and their passengers were badly in need of a good wash to get rid of the red dust that clung everywhere.
The journey was thoroughly enjoyed by both families and the level of camaraderie that it produced was exceptional.
In conclusion, Laury thanked Isobel for putting together such a professional presentation.
Jokers Wild 8-5-19
This week's lucky number was 39, which was held by Betty Tudge.
Betty carefully split the deck to find that she had selected the King of Diamonds.  There are now 45 cards and the Joker left in the deck. 
However, the Jackpot of $465.25 is safe for a few weeks, as we will not be meeting at Holm Park Reserve again until Wednesday 29 May.
Weekly Photos
(Photos provided by Sandi Tarant and PE Isobel Caulfield)
Perfect camping scene.
Repairs to the Ranger's fridge
The 650 km detour
Great camp fire at night.
Lets get cooking!
Fuel supply
One of the 51 wells.
Civilised cooking facilities at last.
Lets get rid of the red dust.
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





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
19 June
Kids on Track Programme -  Dr. Lynette Buoy Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
26 June
Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm