Issue  21
16th November 2022
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The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
Meetings & Events
Travel Guide Partners night: Ski Slopes with ISFR
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 23, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Christmas Dinner
Jason’s Restaurant
Dec 07, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Kerrie Bolch Principal and Andrew Barker Assistant Principal - Berwick Secondary College
The Beaconsfield Club
Dec 14, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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November 7
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November 13
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November 18
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November 30
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November 7
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November 11
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November 17
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November 1, 2017
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November 1, 1994
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November 3, 1994
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November 23, 2006
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Presidents Message
What a great turnup last night!   So many members, were the two AGMs really so interesting?   The room was a buzz.   Were there going to be lots of questions about our finances?   No, everyone just made the night fun!
After Sergeant Funno opened the meeting, Pres Tim filled the members in on the deliberations of the board meeting.   Please note all previous board minutes are on our website under Members Services – Club Documents.   You do need to login to access (see PP David B if you have issues).   It was great for treasurer Andrew to go over the thinking behind our fees.  Thank you to all for your agreement.  It is planned that the second half year invoices will go out to members early in December for payment by 31st December 2022.
Congrats to President Elect David Anderson, President Elect Nominee Andrew Somers and our President-Elect Nominee Designate,  Jenny Marshall, on their election by the members.   The club is in good hands, plus it is heartening to see so many of our newer members taking on roles.
Please don't forget to book for Eric and Wendy Boon's Travel Guide next week: https://rotaryberwick.org/event/travel-guide-partners-night--ski-slopes-with-isfr/
Our last meeting for 2022 is on 14th December, with Berwick Secondary Principal Kerry Bolch. The New Year starts back at the traditional Kraan's BBQ on the 18th of January, 25th of January no meeting, then the 1st Feb in the Berwick Cemetery cleanup.
It was also pleasing to see the interest in next year’s Rotary Convention in Melbourne.  The last one in Melbourne was in 1993.  A few video links and a brief presentation on the reasons for attending local events then followed.   We have several of the members and partners already booked, please note the price goes up after 15th December by $100US.
www.rotary.org/convention        Registration
www.rotarymelbourne2023.org   Host Organising Committee site -events
And some special photos courtesy of Club Photographer Sandi. It is never easy butting in on a conversation to take a photo, but Sandi manages to do it and captures some interesting shots from time to time. I think some members are getting a little cheekier than Sandi would like, we all enjoy some fun, a bit of a yarn, a drink and all that goes with being amongst people you are in tune with.
It was a great night out. Food, fellowship and information were terrific. Top job Sandi on capturing a glimpse!
Jane and JimTrevor and Russell
Sergeant Funno getting prepped from the BossThe formidable force
Mary, Jen and LouiseHard selling the Jokers Wild tickets!
Three Wise GuysPhoto Bomber
Halo in BlueThe Frothy Brothers
Art Screen delivery – Rye Community House
For those who don’t know, the Rotary Club of Berwick has an Art Screen Hire service!
We’re an enthusiastic and experienced group, delivering art screens across the eastern /south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. The team, led by Rotarian Trevor Watson, have over 18 years of art screen hire experience.
The screens are light and extremely versatile with many imaginative configurations possible to create just the right atmosphere. Oil or acrylic paintings, school artwork, tapestry or any other hanging art can be displayed.
Today we delivered 15 screens to the Rye Community House to a delighted Denise, for their art show, opening at 5.30pm on Friday 18 November running through until 3.00pm Sunday 20th. www.ryech.org
This is the 7th art screen hire event since 16 September!
All money raised is used to fund many projects both locally and internationally.
Rotary Club of Berwick Members Handbook
– the who’s who and what’s what of the Club!
Gus has done an amazing job of compiling our members handbook.  It is a fabulous resource on all things Rotary, club information, club structure, club history, Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, membership and process, meeting protocols and procedures, club local and international projects, Rotary Youth Exchange students sponsored by the club, and very importantly, contact details for our membership, our partners of deceased members, our neighbouring clubs, and the Inner Wheel Club of Berwick executive. Oh, and there’s also a list of Rotary acronyms translated into every lay persons terms.
It contains important information on our board structure and reponsibilities designated under each board portfolio.
Please be sure to “read all about it”!  Twenty-six members received their handbook hot off the press on Wednesday night.  See secretary Jane for your copy at our next meeting on Wednesday 16 November.
Many thanks to Gus for his effort and diligence.
Cluster Meeting 30th November

A must-attend event!

Guest Speaker
 David Dippie    PP Rotary Club of Keilor and PE RC Keilor East

Born in Scotland, arrived in Australia in 1957, lives in Essendon, married with three adult children and two grandchildren.
Business background; building construction - from Home Improvements to City High-rise, with significant involvement in Marketing and Franchising      
He started and ran his own business, The Skylight Shop, which he sold after 12 years and has been retired for several years.
Joined the Rotary Club of Keilor District 9800 in 1993 and was President in 2004-5.

David helps to manage the Donations In Kind Store, is Co-Chair of the D9800 Environmental Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group Oceania Chapter executive responsible for Project coordination and promotion.

He has made several trips to Timor Leste, some with members of our Club.

In August, he went to Tonga as a member of a 14-person RAWCS team. The project was the installation of dental chairs and facilities, which is similar to our involvement in the Balibo and Solomon Islands dental health and oral hygiene projects. David will reflect on this project and Rotary in Tonga.

Please note that the Rotary Club of Berwick is a full financial member of Rotary Donations in Kind (DIK), one of the very few in District 9820. David is our "Go To" person for all our activities through DIK. He is a wealth of knowledge on supplying overseas projects with equipment and goods as well as the many other aspects surrounding repurposing used equipment for other countries and local projects.

The meeting will be held at the Rotary Club of Pakenham
Deep Creek Golf Club
62 Cameron Way, Deep Creek Reserve
Pakenham VIC 3810

Meals can be purchased on the night at the Bistro, but please book (no payment required) through the invitation which Andrew Somers will send you so that we can forward the organiser our numbers.

Nossal High School - A clear winner!
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Nossal High School was ‘leading the pack’ in terms of donations to this year’s Rotary Berwick & District Benevolent Society's ‘Christmas Appeal’.
Not only did they fill their collection cage in record time initially, but within two weeks of it being emptied they have filled it with donations again.  This makes the school a clear winner in this year’s collection for the ‘Christmas Appeal’.
In fact, PDG  Mark Humphries, who is the ICT Services Manager at the school, suggested leaving the collection cage for a few more weeks to be filled with more donations for a third time.
Unfortunately, due to a shortage of cages, it had to be removed and re-located to Berwick Market Square Shopping Centre (Outside Woolworths Supermarket), to enable members of the public to donate there until Christmas.
Trevor Watson and I collected the donations on Wednesday morning and delivered them to Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS) in Narre Warren. 
Sam McCurdy, PDG Mark Humphries and Trevor Watson
Thanks to Nossal High School for their exceptional generosity to this year’s Appeal. 
Many local families in need will have a happier Christmas, because of these donations.
Christmas Function RC Dandenong-Endeavour Hills
The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills
cordially, invites you, your partner, family & friends to join us at our
Christmas Function
on Tuesday 6th December, 2022
Rotary Friendship exchange

Rotary Friendship exchange

Rotary Friendship Exchange 2023
International Convention is just around the corner. As a lead-up, we are hosting a Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 7120, upper New York State. They would like to spend some time in our District meeting with people, clubs and be involved with a community project along the way.
How does it work?
They will arrive in our District about two weeks before Convention and spend about four nights in each location. We will host them in our homes, show them around our District, and some of the great sites, take them to the occasional meeting, do a community project, and then move them to the next part of the District. Rotary Friendship Exchange works both ways, and after we host District 7120, they will invite us to their District in return. (some images below from District 7120)
We are looking at starting them in East Gippsland, they hosted Linda and I as part of the International Assembly Governors hosting program. East Gippsland was in the clutches of the fires. I am often asked how things are progressing and they would like to see the impact first hand, and doing a project in the community. Move to Central and South Gippsland, again see the sites, be involved with a project at Centenary house. Last stop, Peninsula, Frankston, Melbourne South East, has plenty to do, golf, wineries, scenery, a project on the Bay Trail, and a farewell dinner, everyone welcome.
What are we looking for: 
  • People to host. There will be 6 – 8 couples coming. Therefore 6 – 8 people in each area, about 4 nights.
  • Ability to drive people to sites and activities.
  • Clusters to help organize the community project
  • Assist with transportation from Melbourne to East Gippsland
We have Pearl Finlay-James in East Gippsland, Janne Speirs in Central/South Gippsland and Linda Morris on the Peninsula who will be coordinating the hosting and activities in their areas. District 7120 has been doing friendship exchanges for a long time. Check out Friendship Exchange History | District 7120 (rotary7120.org) to learn more.
Please let me know how you can be involved with this great opportunity.
Mark & Linda
District Conference 2023
The District Conference starts off on Friday, 24th of February, 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
On Friday night, arrange your Club dinner in any of the multitudes of cafes and restaurants which abound in the local area. 
On Saturday, settle in to enjoy an impressive array of presentations by the following Keynote speakers:
ACCOMMODATION: The RACV Cape Schanck Resort has just released its Conference offers for the Conference!    CLICK HERE to view offers
  • Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club,
  • Warren Tate, Communications expert,
  • Julia Kay, 2022 Young Victorian of the Year and co-Director of Great Wrap,
  • Samuel Johnson, 2018 Victorian of the Year, actor and founder of Love Your sister,
Rotary projects and discussions will also be made by:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President and Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Chair and Past Rotary International President will share a virtual conversation with us
  • Jessie Harman, Zone 8 representative.
  • Bernie Farquhar, Rotary Club of Mitchell River
  • Ross Kilborn, Rotary Club of Mornington.
After enjoying a day of learning and connection-building, it is time to kick up your heels at the Saturday night-themed Beach Party dinner. Accompanying the gourmet event, the Baker Boy Band will treat you to fabulous music. The Baker Boy Band have played at a number of District Conference dinners and they are always on point with their entertainment.
Sunday morning starts with a breakfast session and a presentation by Kevin Sheedy, 2022 Victorian of the Year and Libby Wilson, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (RCRR). A tour of the Rotary Rosebud Warehouse: https://www.facebook.com/rosebudwarehouse/ will be offered to interested Conference participants as they leave from breakfast and head home. This is a major project of the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye and well worth a visit if you are interested in how a Rotary Club can run a very big and ongoing project that requires a lot of capital investment.
This conference has a lot to offer every Rotarian. Have a squizz at https://rotary9820.org.au/page/district-9820-conference-2023/. to learn more.
Registrations update: So far, 115 people have registered to attend the 2023 District Conference. Five of those are from Berwick and four of the Berwick crew are booked for the winery tour! Berwick Rotarians know how to socialise!
There is no one from Casey, Pakenham or Cranbourne yet, but there are four from Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills and two from Narre Warren (Our Cluster Club friends). I am an RACV member and got a great deal on accommodation at the Cape Schanck Resort using the above link. If you want something different to do that is reasonably priced, the District Conference could be for you.
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.