This week at Rotary

This week our Topic is: Who are You?

Who are We - The Rotary Club of Berwick? Come along and join us as we pose these age-old questions and indulge in some competitive fun activities as we explore and reward the answers.

The descriptor of the meeting on the events page made no sense to me, so I asked President Tim what it was all about.
It turns out that PE Dave Anderson and Treasurer Andrew Somers are planning some fun using the Heraldry Shield Activity. The idea is to create some competition around creating a shield for our Club.
When you put it like that, it sounds like a productive and entertaining use of time. I might even learn something I didn't know I didn't know. 
In heraldry, a “coat of arms” is a unique picture or shield that represents a person, family, corporation (like a business or school) or even country.   It is about showing people who you are.  In England, it is thought that heraldry began when knights started wearing helmets over their faces and couldn’t be easily recognized.  As a result, they started painting different combinations of colors, shapes and animals onto their shields and banners to show who they were.  Only one person was allowed to use a specific pattern so that even if you couldn’t see their face, you knew who it was.  Traditionally, heraldry is the practice of creating, describing and granting armorial insignia.    
In our context:
Heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, describing and recording a coat of arms. It is a system of identification that is a very personal and unique form of individual or group expression. A coat of arms is used to illustrate specific characteristics, deeds, accomplishments or traits that are important to the individual or organization. The term “Blazon” comes from the German “To blow the horn.” At a tournament, the “herald” would sound the trumpet and it was their duty to explain the meaning of the shields or “coat of arms” to the other participants. Thus “blazon” meant to “describe a shield in words using heraldic terms.”
I am looking forward to a bit of fun at this week's meeting and I will also enjoy the opportunity to be one of the team to express Who We Are as The Rotary Club of Berwick through our deeds and accomplishments.
Below is the City of Berwick- City of Casey Coat of arms. I wonder how our Club will go sketching something up? I am keen on rearing horses, but I will have to wait and see how it pans out. Maybe it could be Bob at the bar pouring wine....Lol.
I hope to see you there.
Remember, anyone is welcome to visit the Rotary Club of Berwick, so invite your friends or business acquaintances to see what we do.
We meet each Wednesday, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at the Beaconsfield Club at Holm Park Reserve (CLICK HERE to view map). All you need is to book in. 
Check out our current calendar for events: CLICK HERE 
Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Berwick 
Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Berwick
On the 16th November
All members have been sent the financials for the Rotary Club of Berwick and the Rotary Berwick Benevolent Society for the year 2021-22. 
Questions are welcome and we thank Past Treasurer Wendy Langdon and present treasurer Andrew Somers for their work of managing our finances for the club.  This can be an onerous job at times, and we thank them for their work.
We also thank our honorary auditors Andrew Harper and Fred Edwards.
Please note it is important that we have a quorum of members to vote on the agenda items.
We also have the pleasure in officially selecting Rotarian David Anderson as President for 2023-2024 year and our President Elect Andrew Somers for 2024-2025, and President Elect Nominee Jennifer Marshall.
PE David will also introduce his Club Office Holders for next year.
Really Past President Tim Moore
It is sounding a lot like Christmas!
Thank you to those who have booked and paid for, or tendered apology to, our Christmas Party!
Jason's Restaurant are opening just for us at this stage.  In order to engage staff to care for us, they need numbers by mid November.  Please see revised RSVP date below.
When: Wednesday 7 December
Where: Jason's Restaurant, 2 McBride Road, Upper Beaconsfield
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Cost: $85 per person inclusive of arrival drink, canapes and two course meal.  Cash bar. Menu attached
RSVP: Wednesday 16 November 2022
Payment: Click on this link to register and pay:
Family and friends are welcome too!  Please share these details and the flyer attached.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Why we should support the Rotary Foundation
November's Rotary theme is Rotary Foundation month. The Rotary Foundation drives many projects of the Rotary Club of Berwick through the Foundation Grant system. Our Club applies for Rotary Grants (Global or District), and through that process, we can afford to do some amazing things. Supplying clean drinking water to six Philippine villages last year was only due to our Club applying for a Global Grant. Our local projects, such as Grasmere Wetlands seats projects and local school hardship grants, have been supported by the District Grant system.
The Rotary Foundation supply the funds to make Rotary projects happen. Their use is surrounded by a strict reporting and sustainability framework, which ensures that donated money is used in the most effective and transparent way. The Rotary Foundation has the highest score on Charity Navigator for the last 14 years running: Charity Navigator provides insights into a nonprofit's financial stability and adherence to best practices for accountability and transparency.
Each year, our Club tries to contribute $100 US for every member of the Club. Members are encouraged to support The Rotary Foundation through the Centurion Club, and direct giving as tax deductable donations. The underlying benefit to our Club is that we can apply for grants because we support the Rotary Foundation. Our applications are generally successful, and that means that our Club can contribute more impact to our community with less Club fundraised funds. 
Please contact PDG Tim Moore if you would like to support the Rotary Foundation this year.

Nossal High School leads the pack
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
The "Christmas Appeal' is off and running, with Nossal High School (NHS) leading the pack!
On Thursday, I received several messages that the 'Christmas Appeal' collection cage that we had placed at NHS was full already.   
My immediate thoughts were that this seemed unlikely, as I had been there on Monday to help the office staff re-arrange the donations in the cage such that unbreakable items were placed on the bottom, and at that time it was only 1/3 full.
On arriving at the school just after 12:30pm on Thursday, I was amazed to find that the cage was in fact overflowing with donations.  The top of the cage was so tightly packed that it had to be cleared to enable access to the inner contents.  Furthermore, the staff had done a great job in packing donated cans of food into cardboard boxes placed at the bottom of the cage.
In summary, there were so many donations collected from NHS in that one trip that they completely filled my SUV. 
The subsequent delivery to Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS) caught them by surprise, as they had not expected to receive 'Christmas Appeal' donations so soon.
The cage will remain at NHS until mid-November for any future donations.
Congratulations and a big thank you to the Nossal High School community for their prompt and generous donations.
The biggest 'Christmas Appeal' collection cage was placed at Eden Rise Shopping Centre on Wednesday, so all six existing cages are now in position. 
A seventh cage will be built and then placed at Berwick Square Shopping Centre in mid-November, as they requested.
Issue  19
2nd November 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
Book into a Meeting
Who Are You?
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 09, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Annual General Meeting
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 16, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
View entire list
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.
Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. 

Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!


Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership and Public Image
Youth Protection Officer
Projects and Fundraising
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Join Date
Gary Castricum
November 1, 2017
5 years
Gerald Treasure
November 1, 1994
28 years
Laury Gordyn
November 3, 1994
28 years
Gus Dominguez
November 23, 2006
16 years

Visitors to Melbourne, site of the Rotary International Convention, will encounter an abundance of culinary, cultural, sports, and shopping options.


A Rotary club in Uganda, whose members are all women, uses microloans to help invest in their community.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the Dominican Republic, the United States, Romania, Germany, and Australia.


A convoy of 40 ambulances wound its way from Slovakia to Kyiv, bringing the critically needed vehicles to Ukrainian government officials.


Rotary and WHO’s World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond event in Geneva, Switzerland, brought health experts together to share updates, exchange


Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polioPartnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio


Austrian Rotary member Anton Zeilinger wins Nobel Prize in


Watch World Polio Day 2022 and BeyondThe livestream of Rotary International and the World Health Organization’s


Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Olena Morhun fled with three of her children and made her way to Puławy, Poland. There they were welcomed by Krystyna Wilczyńska-Ciemięga, one of many Rotary members who have opened their homes to refugees.

Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile
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: 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 to learn more.
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: 
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Rotary Convention in Melbourne and want to find out how to get the best deal, please CLICK HERE to download a registration guide.
This is the pitch to Rotarians across the world for Rotarians to come and visit Melbourne at next years Rotary International Convention. So far, 52 Rotarians have registered for the Convention from our District. Are you one of them?
Story by Meagan Martin (RDU)

The vibrant and stately city of Melbourne is an Australian capital city in every sense of the word. Now, I understand that Canberra is Australia’s federal political capital and Sydney its financial center. But if you dig into Melbourne’s rich history and look closely at its many tourist attractions, you will discover that the home of the 2023 Rotary International Convention might easily claim the crown as Australia’s culinary, cultural, sports, and shopping capital, in addition to being the capital of the state of Victoria. In the leadup to the 2023 convention, we asked two Australians — Rotary Down Under magazine Editor Meagan Martin and her husband, creative director Rhys Martin — to test those claims. They got a friendly assist from several local Rotary members, who provided insider intel on their much-loved city on Australia’s southeast coast. If their generosity is any indication, Melbourne may very well deserve another accolade: the capital of hospitality. Join us in Melbourne 27-31 May 2023 and find out for yourselves. — WEN HUANG

The culinary capital

VICTORIA’S ECONOMIC HUB, Melbourne has been defined by decades — no, make that centuries — of immigration. The city says it is home to some 140 cultures, from the state’s original Indigenous population to a multitude of migrants from countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. As of 2021, about 36 percent of Greater Melbourne’s residents had been born overseas.

Such diversity has contributed to a lively, varied, and ever-evolving culture, which you notice most in the city’s dining and drinking scene. Melbourne has more than 2,000 cafes and restaurants. Mix in lofty rooftop cocktail lounges, congenial Aussie pubs, and hidden bars found in basements and alleyways, and you get an embarrassment of riches.

In South Melbourne, Amanda Wendt, governor of District 9800 and a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, recommends a long lunch in the chic European bistro Bellota. Adjoining the Prince Wine Store, the restaurant says it has one of Melbourne’s longest wine lists. Ask a knowledgeable staff member to walk you through the 3,000-some options to find the perfect selection. Lounge the day away over boards of charcuterie and cheese, platters of oysters, and larger plates spanning European cultures.

"Bellota never disappoints," Wendt says. "Everything on the menu is amazing."

We’ll let that whet your appetite. Watch for more on the city’s foodie finds in an upcoming issue and on

The culture capital

MELBOURNE GAVE RISE TO Australian cinema — The Story of the Kelly Gang, often considered the world’s first feature-length narrative film, was produced there — and in 2008, UNESCO selected it as a City of Literature. A 2017 census of live music venues in Greater Melbourne found that it boasts one venue for every 9,503 residents, making it arguably the live music capital of the world on a per capita basis. Its grand heritage architecture, dating from the earliest years of European settlement, stands elegantly side by side with bold, contemporary neighbors.

Those ingredients combined give Rotary Convention attendees their first look at Melbourne as an Australian cultural capital. Lift the curtain on your visit to the East End Theatre District and perhaps the city’s most spectacular landmark, the Princess Theatre, which dates to 1854. ("It has no equal in London," gushed one British critic after the Princess was rebuilt from the ground up in the 1880s.) Nearby, Her Majesty’s Theatre has a Victorian-era facade and an art deco auditorium, while the Regent Theatre, a former movie house, has been reimagined as a venue for some of the world’s big-name theater productions.

Across the street you will find the Athenaeum Theatre, which hosts performances of the Melbourne Opera and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. For a more casual experience, Jennie Franklin of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Passport recommends the Sun Theatre’s open-air cinema in Williamstown. "Looking out across the bay, with a backdrop of the city lights, this is a wonderful place to catch up with friends," Franklin says.

Jamie Robertson of the Rotary Club of Footscray recommends State Library Victoria, which "has enough grandeur and quirkiness to please the most jaded traveler," he says. At the center of the historic Carlton Gardens sits the ultramodern Melbourne Museum, which will host the convention’s signature cultural welcome event on 27 May. "With its dinosaurs and dugout canoes, its stagecoaches and science exhibits, the museum provides a different perspective on Victoria’s natural environment, cultures, and history," says Dennis Shore, a vice chair of the convention’s Host Organization Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.

To learn more about local history, Michelle Crawford of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne recommends a visit to the Koorie Heritage Trust, which promotes the art and culture of Aboriginal Victoria. Or cruise down the Yarra River to Williamstown, Melbourne’s first port settlement; you will find the Seaworks Maritime Museum, and the Newport Railway Museum is in an adjacent suburb. "The views of Melbourne from Williamstown are spectacular, particularly as the sun sets on the city," says Crawford.

Generations of Melbourne residents and visitors from around the world have enjoyed Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, established in 1846. Nearby, the Shrine of Remembrance offers moving insight into Australia’s wartime history. Ascend the stairs to the balcony to enjoy panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline beyond the 250-plus memorial trees of the Shrine Reserve.

The sports capital

WITH MORE THAN 20 professional teams in the metropolitan area, Melbourne is sport crazy and has a dazzling array of venues to indulge that passion. Nine of these teams play Australian-rules football, invented in Melbourne in the late 1850s. In Melbourne Park, the Rod Laver Arena, where the Rotary Convention’s general sessions will take place, is the center court for the Australian Open, the first of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and arguably Australia’s sporting mecca. Flemington Racecourse is home to the Melbourne Cup; known as "the race that stops the nation," it’s the richest 2-mile handicap thoroughbred horse race in the world in terms of prizes.

Albert Park is the location of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, a four-day motor sport extravaganza that uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake. The rest of the year, locals and tourists alike enjoy this lakeside oasis. "Surrounding the lake are a number of picnic spots and restaurants, as well as the Albert Park Golf Course," says Matthew Proctor, a member of the Rotary Club of Albert Park. "It’s a popular location for a relaxing walk or cycle. It also has a number of boating and fishing activities." And it’s just a short tram ride or walk from St Kilda Beach, which Aviv Palti, president of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Passport, calls "one of the city’s most vibrant and eclectic spots."

A 10-minute drive south of St Kilda will bring you to Brighton’s Dendy Street Beach, a highlight for Maria Hicks, the Melbourne Passport club’s charter president. "Over 100 years old, the beach’s colorful bathing boxes evoke times past," Hicks says. "Walk south towards Green Point, and you will find a hidden beach called Holloway Bay, a quiet, sheltered picnic spot."

If you prefer your motor sports on two wheels, head to scenic Phillip Island for the site of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. For something completely different, check out the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, where thousands of little blue penguins dash home across the sand at sunset.

The shopping capital

TO SEE SOME MEMORABLE Melbourne architecture and get a hit of retail therapy, explore the Block Arcade’s high-end retail shops. For more shopping options, jump on a tram to the "Paris end" of town for an array of boutique outlets, such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Hermès, and Prada.

At the opposite end of the shopping spectrum is the 144-year-old Queen Victoria Market. With more than 500 vendors, the Queen Vic is a hive of activity spread across two city blocks. Begin your visit at the meat and fish hall, two long corridors of carnivorous chaos that offers everything needed to fulfill your wildest backyard barbie dreams.

Peter Shepheard of the Rotary Club of Altona is a manager at the market, and he says the dairy and produce hall is the place to try two must-eat treats. "No Queen Vic experience is complete without a stop at the Bratwurst Shop & Co.," he says. "Top that off with a savory Turkish [pastry] delicacy from the Borek Shop."

Along the Yarra River is the dining and shopping hotspot of Southbank. Some of the best shopping in Melbourne is on hand at the Crown complex, including designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo. For unsurpassed city views, take the lift up to Melbourne Skydeck within Eureka Tower — which bills itself as the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere.

A little further along the Yarra will bring you to South Wharf. Walk the promenade, lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops, and admire the historic Polly Woodside tall ship. South Wharf is also the location of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the Rotary Convention’s House of Friendship and breakout sessions will be held.

With that, we’ve barely scratched the surface of all that Melbourne has to offer. It would take a lifetime to unearth all its treasures and secrets. But if you are looking for something a bit special to do during your time in Melbourne for the 2023 convention, just ask a friendly local Rotary member and find out firsthand why their city could be Australia’s hospitality capital.

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. 
Thank you to our sponsors.