20 February 2019
Volume 58 Issue 32
Next Meeting Responsibilities
There will be no meeting
at Holm Park Reserve
on Wednesday 27 February.
Instead, the meeting will take
place as a dinner at the
Charity Golf day at
Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links
on Friday 1 March.

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
No Meeting in lieu of Golf day on 1 March
Feb 27, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Golf Day
Mar 01, 2019
9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Membership - Jim Wilson
Mar 06, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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
Sam McCurdy
February 11
Adwin Town
February 16
Adrian Froggatt
February 25
David Button
February 25
Spouse Birthdays
Anne Taylor
February 12
Pat Edwards
February 16
Jane Grant
February 26
Susan Batterham
February 28
Diana Gomez-Fullaway
David Fullaway
February 5
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
President's Welcome
President Geoff began by welcoming our guest speaker Dana Ezzat, Caitlyn Langdon and little Georgie Marshall, who was very well behaved. 
Geoff advised that PP Jack Kraan's term on the Nossal High School Council ends on 26 February. Jack has suggested that, after having served 6 years on the Council, someone else should be given the opportunity to represent the Club.  Geoff asked if anyone was interested in the role and Sam McCurdy volunteered.
P Geoff attended the Multi-District Conference in Melbourne over last weekend and he asked other attendees to give their impressions of the program.
PE Isobel Caulfield said that the highlight for her was the discovery of a simple project called "Birthday Bag", in which disadvantaged individuals were given a bag for their birthday containing the ingredients and equipment necessary to bake a birthday cake.  
Other impressions were that the conference was well organised with terrific speakers and entertainment, although it was mentioned that it lacked some pizzazz at the beginning and end. 
Marina Pryor was identified as the outstanding act and Lord Mayor Sally Capp as one of the most interesting speakers.  The RIPR was Dr Stephanie Urchick and her passion for Rotary and being a Rotarian was amazing.
The Conference Bike Ride has raised $1 million over the 19 years it has been running.
It was confirmed that the 2020 District Conference will be held in Bendigo.
2019 Presentation Balls
PP Peter Batterham advised that there have been 70 applications this year to participate in the Berwick College's Presentation Balls. 
This is the biggest number of interested debutantes in recent years and means that the Balls will be run at The Grand in Wantirna over three nights, namely Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 May.  
Dance rehearsals will begin this Monday and the regular team of Presentation Ball volunteers will be assisting.  However, we will need more helpers from the Club to cover the three Balls in May. 
Peter is still organising the MCs for the three Balls, so if you are interested, please contact him.
Charity Golf Day Update
PP Jim Armstrong advised that this will be the last Club meeting before the Charity Golf day on 1 March.
At this stage, there are 16 golf teams confirmed with a further 6 pending.  Casey Demons have entered a team and their Coach, Jade Rawlings, will be guest speaker at the dinner.
Raffle books and associated monies need to be returned ASAP.  Donations of raffle prizes and auction items are very welcome.
We require volunteers to assist at Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links on 1 March.  Help is needed at the barbeque and monitoring the special competitions during the day.
Note: If you will not be attending the dinner, you must register your apology, as usual, at
The evening dinner and prize presentations will begin at 6:00 pm, rather than our usual start time of 7:00 pm.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
Dana Ezzat, our guest speaker, is 21-years old and was born in Egypt. 
She came to Australia with her family 3 years ago and is currently studying psychology at Deakin University.  Dana is also the Secretary of the Casey-Cardinia Rotaract Club.
Dana explained that being borne in Cairo with a Mediterranean culture, family is most important.  She found the transition to Australia difficult, as she really missed the large family environment and felt somewhat isolated within the Australian culture.
Determined to overcome this feeling of isolation, Dana enrolled at Deakin University and began to socialise more.  She also joined Rotaract where she met some very interesting people.  Despite her excellent English, Dana struggled with communication due to the Australian accent and slang.  As a result, she had a real fear of public speaking.
Last year, the Rotary Club of Berwick sponsored her for the RYLA 3-day camp aimed at 18-25 year olds.  The objective is to teach participants about different leadership styles and to develop their interpersonal skills within a fun environment.
During the program, she made new and amazing friendships and took part in a range of adventure activities, some of which she even did blindfolded.
The speakers in the program were excellent. One particular speaker called Lisa talked about anxiety and a technique to overcome it. 
The technique proved very useful to Dana when she was asked to prepare and deliver a speech at a 21st birthday party for her boyfriend Campbell.  Using Lisa's technique, Dana delivered the speech to 120 people and received accolades afterwards for how good and confident she had been.  This proved to be a major milestone for Dana.
She also advised that her boyfriend Campbell is also a former RYLA participant and is currently on the RYLA Committee.  The Committee plans to extend the 3-day camp to 7 days.  This will be good, because the 3-day program had been very condensed.
Dana concluded by thanking the Rotary Club of Berwick for providing her with the opportunity to participate in the life-changing RYLA program 
Jokers Wild 20-2-19
Our guest speaker Dana Ezzat drew the winning ticket, which belonged to PE Isobel Caulfield.
Isobel then managed to draw the 2 of spades from the deck, leaving the Jackpot of $280 intact for another week.
There will not be a Jokers Wild next week, because of the Charity Golf Day on Friday 1 March.
Helping the Community
(Article submitted by Rotarian Andy Merrill)
"Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Rotary’s Donations In Kind warehouse in West Footscray with Dr L Tan, who volunteers his services to an isolated Aboriginal community on Elcho Island, also called “Galiwinku”, in East Arnhem Land NT.
Dr Tan had asked if the Rotary Club of Berwick could help him source much needed medical equipment to ease the aboriginal community’s needs.
This request was way out of my experience, so phone calls were made to many Rotarians, namely Bob Lay, Gus Dominguez and David Button, to mention just a few.
Many suggestions were made & a visit to DIK sounded like a good start. So, on Thursday 14 February, Dr Tan & I visited the warehouse after organising with the Coordinator of DIK.
This was an unbelievable eye-opening experience that also created a “Proud to be a Rotarian” feeling.
Dr Tan looked like a kid in a “lolly shop”, as the size & amount of donated medical equipment was absolutely mind boggling.
We spent a few hours pacing around isle upon isle of pallet racking, selecting the items he needed. A couple of items that Dr Tan needed had already been allocated to other recipients, so he missed out on those items this time.
We eagerly packed a carton with the “booty” & loaded up the car with a promise to return, if the missing items are donated again.
The carton is now on its way to Elcho Island to help both Dr Tan & this isolated aboriginal community to a better & healthier life.  All thanks to that wonderful organisation called ROTARY & it’s many volunteers.
Congratulations to all the fantastic members of the Rotary Club of Berwick."
On behalf of the Club, "Well done Andy"!
FLIDS - Core Values of Rotary
(Article submitted by PP Jim Wilson)
Dr. Stephanie A. Urchick, Past District 7330 Governor joined us at the Multi-District Conference as the RIPR, but also as a very passionate speaker.

She reminded us of Rotary’s 5 Core values which represent the guiding principles of our organisation’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organisation.

Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organisation’s leadership.
Our Values are what our community see in a Rotarian!
F- Fellowship is about making new friends in Rotary and having fun.
We believe that grouped efforts combine to benefit all of humanity. Strength in numbers provides more access to resources and expands our overall perspective of the world. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives.
Fellowship generates greater tolerance of others and transcends all boundaries, including those of race, gender, and nationality.
L- Leadership - to discover your potential to give guidance and direction and discovering your own leadership’s skills.
We are a community of leaders.  We believe in the development and nurturing of current and future leaders in our community.  As a global fellowship, we hold leadership qualities in the highest regard amongst Rotarians, as we strive to implement our core values throughout the world.
I - Integrity  the guiding principles of the Four-way Test: of the things we think, say or do: is it the Truth, is it Fair to all concerned, will it build Goodwill, and better
Friendship, and will it be Beneficial to all concerned.
Accountability, honesty, and ethics are the backbone of our organization and something we expect from each of our leaders and members. We encourage all members to adhere to the highest standards in both professional and personal relationships with others. Fairness and respect are grounded in The Four-Way Test and we must conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.
D - Diversity is the variety of the members in Rotary that make the Club work.
We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We believe that, in the pursuit of service to others, we can accomplish international unity. Through the diversity of our members, our organization is able to broaden the scope of the activities, programs, and service we can provide. We encourage a diverse community within the individual clubs that are part of Rotary International.
S - Service - Five Avenues of Service are Club, Vocational, Community, International and Youth that we as members, fall into within the Club.
We believe that peace comes from understanding our world, and that peace is a bi-product of service activities and our programs.  Service is one of the main elements of our mission and the initiatives we pursue within each of our individual clubs fuels the culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.

Weekly Photos
(Provided by Sandi Tarant)
Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
Friday 1 March Charity Golf Day Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links Mid-day onwards
Wednesday 6 March Membership - Jim Wilson Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Wednesday 13 March National Youth Science Forum Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Saturday 16-17 March Social Weekend in Paynesville Paynesville
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 21 March Rotary Foundation Dinner Pakenham Races 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 27 March Wilson Botanical Gardens Clean-up Wilson Botanical Gardens 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10 April Monbulk vs Berwick Bowling Competition Monbulk 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day function TBC 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 22 May No meeting N/A N/A
Saturday 25 May Progressive Dinner with Inner Wheel N/A N/A
A reminder that the Rotary Club of Casey will be running the Holland Festival at the Berwick Showgrounds.
It is expected that the Festival will be a powerful attraction not just to those of Dutch heritage but also to the broader community. The principal sponsor is John Berends Implements (JBI) via John Berends.

So make a note in your diary of Saturday March 16th 2019.
The 8th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast is going to be a fabulous event. 

Bring your daughter, son, sister, brother, wife, husband, mother, father, aunty, uncle, granny, grandad, nana, pop, neighbours, friends and colleagues - future generations need us all to work toward #genderequity in all areas of life.
Have you got your tickets yet? to secure your place to “Celebrate Difference” with 1,000 Rotarians, Colleagues and Students.