12 September 2018
Volume 58 Issue 10
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:             PP Adrian Funston
Fellowship:  Sharmaine Squire
                        PP Gary Evans
Attendance:  Alf Giesen
                        Di Double
The Rotary Club of Berwick meets
Every Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

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.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
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
David Grant
September 3
Russell Dunn
September 15
Bruce Shaw
September 17
Geoff Double
September 21
Spouse Birthdays
Josie Wilson
September 9
Geoff Double
September 21
Bruce Shaw
Robyn Shaw
September 4
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:  David Cutler
Upcoming Events
Footy Funtastic Trivia night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Sep 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
From Timor-Leste to Australia, Seven Families
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Sep 26, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 03, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Presidential Preamble 12-9-18
I would like to thank Gus for stepping in for me this week at short notice.  My daughter shared a 24-hour stomach bug with me, which was very kind of her.  Thank you for all those who wished me well, I am much better now.
Because I wasn’t at the meeting, I will have to wait for the Spoke N Word to find out what happened there. 
PP Funno was going to promote the Footy Trivia night that is happening next week.  We have a special treat being put on by Naomi for our meals - Burritos.  Not too many footy nights will be able to boast Burritos for dinner.  I had one a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious.  Please don’t forget to bring your partners and wear your footy colours - Go Dees! 
I have asked Funno to be a bit gentle on the Footy Trivia for us non-statistically minded fans.  He promised there would be some general trivia as well.  We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening of prizes and good natured ribbing.
That’s it from me for this week.
Over and out.
Grand Final Footy Night
PP Funno advised the members that the meeting next week will be devoted to a Footy Trivia night, prior to the Grand final.
As in previous years, the questions will be spread across four quarters with the 1st quarter focussing on the Brownlow Medal.  Since the 2018  Brownlow medal will not have been awarded then, questions will be aimed at previous Brownlow wins.
Members should come along in their team's colours for a colourful and outrageous night.
Unwine Invitation
Sandi advised that Leon from 'Let's Unwine' in High Street, Berwick, is organising a dinner at 81 Restaurant for Tuesday 18 September, as part of their "Winemaker Series". 
At the time of publishing, there are just over 30 places available.
If you will be attending, please mention that you are from the Rotary Club of Berwick and you will be presented with a free bottle of wine.
Refer to the Flyer later in the bulletin for more details.
Berwick College
PP David Collyer reported on a meeting that he and Sandi had on Monday night at Berwick College regarding 'Mock Interviews' and the Christmas collection cages for the Berwick & District Benevolent Society.
Principal, Kerri Bolch, expressed a strong interest in the Club conducting mock interviews for their year 10 students in preparation for the workforce. She was aware that they had been conducted in the past, but for some reason the process had lapsed. 
As a result, David advised that the mock interviews will be held in about 6 weeks time, so he will be looking for volunteers to participate in this very worthwhile exercise.
Kerri also requested that the College's students participate in the donation of Christmas goods and toys for the community.  To facilitate their donations, she requested two collection cages from the the Berwick & District Benevolent Society be placed at the College, at the appropriate time. 
The meeting proved to be very productive for both parties.  Well done Sandi and David.
2018 Christmas Party
Jeepers! It's almost Christmas again!!
Di Double advised that the Club's Christmas party will be held at Jason's Restaurant in Upper Beaconsfield on Wednesday 12 December. 
The cost will be $65 per head and partners are welcome.
Make sure you place this date in your diary, for an event not to be missed!
Women's Property Initiatives (WPI)
Our Guest Speaker this week was Caroline Larcher.  Caroline is a chartered structural engineer with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in Water and Environmental Management from the UK.
For the past 9 years, Caroline has worked as Development Manager for Women’s Property Initiatives, a community housing agency that provides long-term affordable rental properties for women and children.
She has been largely responsible for the growth of WPI’s housing portfolio from 19 houses to a current total of 83 houses and apartments, with more in development.
Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) is a 21-year-old not-for-profit, community housing organisation that creates new beginnings for women facing homelessness by providing permanent and affordable homes (Social housing), access to support networks and ongoing advocacy.
Caroline advised that there has been an increase in homelessness, particularly among single women with children, who make up about 85% of the homeless cohort.  Generally, they are financially disadvantaged with low income and few, if any, assets.  Women mostly have only about 1/3 the superannuation of men.
She reported on two projects that are in development in Pakenham and Beaconsfield.
Jokers Wild 12-9-18
Our guest, Caroline Larcher of WPI, drew the winning ticket, which belonged to the meeting's Chairman Russell Dunn. 
With the Jackpot sitting at $389.00, Russell flamboyantly drew a card from the deck only to find it was the 6 of Diamonds.
Make sure that you buy your ticket before the meeting next week, when there will be 47 cards and the Joker in the deck.
News Snippets
The Berwick Great Art Show (5th - 7th April 2019)
We have received the following request from Provenance Artists Inc.
"Provenance Artists Inc. is a not-for-profit society of local artists, who for the last decade have organised the best premium and largest art shows in Berwick & the South-East - all without an income.
The Great Art Show now attracts up to 800 paintings and 3,000 patrons.  It will be held in the Auditorium of Nossal High School, Federation University Campus in Clyde Road, Berwick.
Provenance Artists are seeking your help to get sponsorship for some of the awards at the show.  We understand that your Club memberes have better contacts in the business world and may be able to use these to assist us.
We are seeking awards for the various sections in the show for the best art by top artists ($1,000) and awards for the next generation of emerging artists.
We trust that some of your members may be able to help us to bring the best premium art show to Berwick."
The poster below is an example of the type of art show that Provenance Artists Inc organise.
Berwick & District Benevolent Society
PP David Collyer advises that requests have gone out this week to five schools & Colleges in Casey to have our Donation Cages placed in the School once again, for the students to donate food and toys/presents for the community.  
These will be collected by our members and taken to Casey North Information and Support Services (CNISS) for distribution to needy chidren and families in Casey at Christmas.
National Youth Science Forum Orientation Day
Due to a clash with the VCE examination period, the Orientation Day for the NYSF program has been changed from Sunday 28 October, to Sunday 14 October.
The orientation will be held at the Churchill campus of Federation University from 10:00am until 12:30pm.
Our successful Club sponsored student, Upani Mapala-Gamage, will be attending with her parents and biology teacher, as well as our own NYSF Co-ordinator, Sam McCurdy.

District 9820 Membership Forum

DG Janne Speirs requests that you come to hear inspirational speakers and participate in workshops on how to make Rotary interesting, so as to attract new members and inspire existing members.

When:  Saturday 13 October

Where: Nossal High School, Berwick

Time:    10:00am until 4:00pm


2019 Multi-District Conference

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 15-17 February 2019.

Early bird registration before 30 November will cost:

$175 per person, or

$125 per person for Rotarians < 2 years membership to encourage new members.

$110 per person for the conference dinner, which is optional.

Register online at:  

Weekly Photos
ROMAC Charity Golf Day