Issue  25
14th December 2022
Join our meeting

Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

Enquire by Email:
Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
Meetings & Events
No Meeting - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Dec 21, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Our Sponsors

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.


We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.

Find out more: HERE


Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership and Public Image
Youth Protection Officer
Projects and Fundraising
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Funno Funston
December 2
John Rosenthal
December 3
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Rob Wingrave
December 27
Spouse Birthdays
Peter Blackwood
December 4
Kate Gordyn
December 5
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Debbie Giesen
December 28
Jane Moore
Tim Moore
December 4
Tim Moore
Jane Moore
December 4
David Button
Judy Button
December 21
Join Date
Adrian Froggatt
December 1, 1992
30 years
Jack Kraan
December 1, 1983
39 years
Sandi Tarant
December 11, 2008
14 years
Garry Cooper
December 14, 2000
22 years

Ten couples or pairs will get the chance to experience a specially curated weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland, hosted by 2023-24 Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and India.


Backed by Rotary’s Programs of Scale award, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia confronts a worldwide malady at the local level

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From the President
President Tim with Jane, the first time around.
It was great to see so many members for our last Rotary meeting for 2022.  A great spread provided by Vicki and Bob, a real home Christmas dinner!   We thank them for their efforts they have made this year to look after us all.
Thank you to Principal Kerrie Bolch for her presentation, a great update on the work of the school in helping their students.   The emphasis was on the ongoing partnership with Berwick College and the real difference we have made to the school and its students for well over 30 years.   All our members should be proud of what has been achieved over this time.  It is fantastic to see what our donations over the years have achieved, this is the power of our community involvement.
On behalf of Jane and myself, to all of our members and families, have a safe and happy Christmas break.  
Club History
College donations for the 'Christmas Appeal' completed
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Local school donations to the ‘Christmas Appeal’ were completed this week, when Andrew and Sam collected from Berwick and Kambrya Colleges.
Donations from Berwick & Kambrya Colleges
All the donations were gratefully received by Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS), who are currently very busy sorting them into Christmas hampers to be distributed to families within the local community, who are in need.
This leaves only the collection of donations by members of the public at Berwick Market Square and Eden Rise Shopping Centres, to complete the 2022 ‘Appeal’, and this will occur next week.
In the meantime, it was necessary to partially empty the cages at both Shopping Centres as they were so full that donations were having to be placed on top.  This action provided more capacity within the cages for additional donations.
Trevor partially emptying the cage at Eden Rise
Thank you Andrew and Trevor for your assistance.
Why go to a District Conference
“I have been asked by Rotarians, both young and old, why they should go to the annual District Conference. This made me realize two things: New members have no idea what a District Conference is; and “seasoned” members who “have been there, done that” do not realize that Rotary is ever-changing. Rotary is bigger Rotary!
To most of our members, Rotary is understood within the confines of their weekly meetings and an occasional service project. To many members, Rotary is not “1.4 million members worldwide,” but only the members in their club.
A District Conference is that place that gets Rotarians out of the confines of “just their club.” At the conference, they can learn more about Rotary and make new friends who have the same values and ethics. It is also a place where you can see friends who you have not seen in a while and catch up on old times.The District Conference is FUN for everyone! 
Rotary International is ever-changing. Unless you go to a District Conference once in a while, it is very hard to realize and follow the constant changes in the organization. For one weekend, we are letting our families see that helping others is not just a random occurrence, but an everyday happening. Rotary is FUN!. It is my promise that your you will not be disappointed.”
PDG Robert Deering, Sacramento, California, USA (edited)
The District 9820 Conference starts off on Friday, 24th of February 2023, with captivating choices to explore the local area. Take a delicious winery OR garden bus tour with lunch, or try your luck on breaking your handicap in a round of golf on the delightful RACV Cape Schanck course. There are also eight self-drive tours for those who like to explore. For more information, CLICK HERE
Changing the Guard (again)
This has to be the Rotary year that keeps on giving, and since it is Christmas, Which new President will Santa send down the chimney for us?
Hover over the great man to reveal the next President in line to lead the Club in the New Year.
Ideas for Strengthening Rotary's Brand

Making public image a priority

When your club makes public image a priority, be prepared to see engagement rise. Showcasing how your projects make an impact in the community and touch people's lives gives the public an understanding of what Rotary does. Even better, it inspires people to get involved, says Julie Johnson, District 9510 Rotary Public Image Chair.

“The more the public sees our brand out there in the community, in the media, and on social media, the more opportunities we have for the public to connect with us,” says Johnson. “The rest – fellowship, professional development, connections – will grow from there.”

Having a Public Image Chair is a great way to prioritize your club’s image. They can coordinate club messages and provide a consistent Rotary voice in communications. And the Brand Center is where they can find tools such as templates, images, and videos to create compelling ads, flyers, social media posts, and press releases. Learn more about making public image a priority in this Rotary Voices blog post.

Fortify your storytelling skills

When telling the stories that help people in your community understand what Rotary does, it's tempting to focus on statistics and numbers. But memorable stories almost always start by focusing on people. Train your sights on the who, what, why, and how, and watch your story come alive.
For tips on storytelling and inspiring people to learn more about Rotary and our causes, read the Rotary Voices’ Stories, not stats, attract people to Rotary blog post by Joe Otin. Then tell your club’s story with flair and confidence.


The Public Image Team at the Rotary Club of Berwick works on flyers, our Facebook Page, Newspaper articles, Bulletin and Website. Many members contribute photos and text from their experiences and then pass it onto the Team (Jane Moore, Sam McCurdy, Sandi Tarant, Di Double and David Button), who use their particular skills to create content for the different platforms. The quality of the content is good, and the photography is improving, with more members displaying the correct logos on their uniforms which are starting to create a consistent image for the Club. By telling our story in a positive way, we are showing the public that our Club is fair dinkum in its purpose, our Club Sponsors are supporting a winning team, and our members are making a difference to others and also to themselves. 

It is very exciting to see more members interested in how we are seen by the outside world and taking steps to weave our story into the fabric of the community. We don't want any cases of mistaken identity! If you have an interest in the Public Image area, please let me know! Email: David.Button@rotaryberwick.org.

Photos of the Week by Sandi
Here are this weeks photos!
Trevor: Ready for a car service (His mechanic works at Berwick College)Sandi and Principal Kerri (don't worry Trevor, car service on its way)
Louise and LouiseLouise and Gus compare drinks
Gus and JohnGus and Mark
Isobel and DaveAlmost President Jack x 2 and almost Past President Tim x 2
Jane and DaveDi, Tim and Geoff
Dutchmen Gary and LaurensA very informative presentation 
Christmas with Rod Stewart
There is kind of a Rotary Club feel to 50 minutes of Christmas Carols. Merry Christmas to all and enjoy the break!
Saturday Coffee Catch Up
Saturday Coffee Catch Up over Zoom, and all members are welcome to drop in for a chat.
Password: Rotaryzoom
Every Saturday morning, 10.00am
ALL club members are welcome.