Issue 37
1st May2024
Join our dinner meeting most Wednesdays at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park, Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Welcome to our vibrant and relaxed Rotary Club, where community spirit thrives alongside a sense of ease and camaraderie. Picture a place where laughter mingles with purpose and friendships are forged through shared experiences and meaningful endeavours.

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Dave's take on the week
You certainly can’t say that there is not a bit going on around the club.
Firstly, like everyone I was saddened to hear about the passing of the club’s good friend and Past President, Garry Cooper. It was good to pause briefly at our meeting this week to remember someone who meant so much, to so many.
I’m sure you already know about the funeral details for Garry next week.
A quick summary of other happenings around the place goes like this:
Practice again this week for our 2024 round of Presentation Balls and the participants really have progressed wonderfully. Next week practice is at the venue and I know the students are quite excited to get a first- hand glimpse of what’s ahead.
If you want to help out on either of the nights here’s a quick snapshot of our resourcing. I encourage you to nominate quickly if you want one of the few remaining spots.
Schedule of Rotarians Attending Presentation Balls 2024
Wednesday 15 May
Thursday 16 May
Isobel Caulfield (MC)
Jenn Marshall (MC)
David Anderson
David Anderson
Sharon Anderson
Michele Somers
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
Jack Kraan
Andrew Somers
Trevor Watson
Trevor Watson
Wendy Moseley
Jack Kraan
Gary Castricum
You can simply let me know and I’ll put you on the roster!
Wednesday & Thursday we were well represented at the Nossal High School Mock Interviews. Thanks so much to Di Scheepers for organising and to our club members who participated. It was a rich experience for interviewers and interviewees alike.

Also this week we were busy with Playground Removal for overseas and thanks Jen for being the catalyst and for our members who got their hands dirty.
A big vote of thanks must go this week to Andrew & Trevor for making the meeting this week an absolute winner. Great turnout and you always know when it’s a good night by the length of time people hang around. Wednesday night was one of those nights. Thanks to everyone who invited a guest or 2 along. My guests really enjoyed the night and were appreciative of the way the night ran. Our MC, Trevor did an outstanding job and it was again terrific to partner the guys from Fitness for Blokes without whom the night would not have happened.
Next Week is our challenge lawn bowls night up at Monbulk. The invitation is in your inbox and I encourage you to register early.
Finally, I want to call out the contributions of David Button & Gus. Our bulletin is the result of the 1st rate presentation of what’s happening and the contribution of club members. The bulletin is a 2 way communication tool that enables anyone to contribute and share the things that are of interest. David (&Gus whilst David will be away) just can’t pull things out of the ether. They need contributions from other club members to keep things fresh and worth reading.
If you have an article to contribute please share so it can be included. David B will be back on June 1st
Photos of the week
Vale PP Garry Cooper
PP Garry Cooper died peacefully, surrounded by his close family, on 28 April.
Garry was an incredible contributor to the Club, always ready to help tow art screen trailers, help with logistics for the Australia Day celebrations and Christmas Carols functions, support the Farmers Market and much more.
During his presidency (2011-2012), Garry led the Club in a wide range of activities, including a very successful charity business dinner and other fundraising activities that benefited the Rotary Foundation, Berwick College, Interplast, ROMAC, 4Cs, Polio Plus, Disaster Aid Australia, St John of God, Beaconsfield and Berwick CFAs, Relay for Life, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Sports Australia Hall of Fame and Windemere.
The Club mourns a great member and would like to express the members' deepest sympathy to Marlene and the extended Cooper family.
Garry's funeral service will be held on Thursday, 9 May, at Our Lady Help Of Christians Catholic Parish, 496 Princess Highway, Narre Warren. Rotarians are invited to form a Guard of Honour at the end of the service.
Keeping the ANZAC Tradition alive
I planned at our ANZAC Meeting scheduled for 24 April which we unfortunately had to cancel because of numbers to share why ANZAC day means so much to me.
I won’t let it percolate for another 12 months so I want you all to meet my Dad.
Here is his picture when he enlisted at 17 years of age to be part of our WW2 War Effort
He served in the Navy in the Pacific, his ship was bombed and he was sent in to Hiroshima to help in the clean -up efforts.
He only rarely opened up about what really went on. He used to box in the tents to win money so that he could send it home to his mum (my grandmother) during the war.
Here is a copy of his service record.
Every week for many years Dad & I went to the local RSL for a beer and a game of pool and at 8.00 pm we’d pause & reflect with the ANZAC code. That’s when I truly got the impact of how WW2 affected not just my Dad but so many other Returned Servicemen.
Let’s all ensure that the ANZAC tradition never gets watered down and it is up to us to keep it alive.

Stop Press:

This is short notice; I'm sorry. I'm wondering if any of you have any members who would like to join us on Tuesday night to hear our Guest Speaker, Owen Carlton, present on the 'Rats of Tobruk'.
It's sure to be an amazing story.
The venue is the Dandenong Club Napoleon Room at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start.
If you're interested, please email, or registrations can be done on Clubrunner: https://rotaryclubofgreaterdandenong.org/event/guest-speaker--owen-carlton---rats-of-tobruk/
Kind regards,
Leanne Byron
Secretary 2023-2024
Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills
David Joins the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation
After a lengthy introduction to the workings of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation (CCEF), David Button has been appointed a Trustee for the next three years. 
A good summary of this journey, including why it evolved in the first place and what it means to our Club, can be viewed here: https://rotaryberwick.org/Stories/the-big-thank-you
Partnering with local organisations with values similar to Rotary, in this case Vocational Service, makes sense when understanding a broader, often hidden side to our community. For example, enrolments into Chisholm are at an all-time high, but there are also applications for assistance from the CCEF to help these students afford the education and retraining. There are many stories of students struggling to live, let alone pay for education, that could get them out of the struggling cycle. So far this year, CCEF has approved $233,000 worth of assistance scholarships, at an average spend of $960 per scholarship.
For me, Rotary needs to be able to see in real-time the facts and figures of what is happening in our community at a measurable level to communicate this information further and understand our broader community. I see our involvement with the CCEF as an opportunity to directly support our young tradies through rough times and actively participate in their journeys. We appear to be at the beginning of a very turbulent economic downturn, and we cannot afford to lose skilled workers because they cannot afford to keep learning.
More about the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation: Click HERE
District Changeover
Did you know that members of our club are arranging the District Changeover as our current District 9820 merges with our neighbouring District 9810 to form a new District 9815?
Geoff and Di Double are creating a great event to celebrate this groundbreaking occasion. It will be a watershed moment for us to meet a whole new bunch of Rotarians that most of us have never met in a relaxed environment and to celebrate the beginning of a brand new District. Our good friend and past Assistant Governor, Colin Byron will be sworn in as the new District Governor.
The event is not far from home and promises a good night out.
There is a booking fee of $4.83 per ticket, making the total cost $89.83 just so you know.
I have already booked, and I am looking forward to seeing how our newest Rotary District will impact our community.
Use the QR Code below to book using your phone, or click on the images above to take you to the booking page on your computer.
See you there.
Annual Bowls Match - RC Berwick v RC Monbulk
Monbulk Bowling Club
May 08, 2024
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Berwick College Presentation Ball - Night 1
Cathies Lane Receptions
May 15, 2024
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Berwick College Presentation Balls 2024
Cathies Lane Receptions
May 15, 2024 3:00 pm –
May 16, 2024 11:00 pm
Berwick College Presentation Ball - Night 2
Cathies Lane Receptions
May 16, 2024
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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May 1, 1980
44 years
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May 17, 1984
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May 20, 2021
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May 25, 2016
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May 28, 2014
10 years
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June 16, 2022
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June 18, 2009
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June 23, 2011
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June 25, 2014
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This week's contributors to the Spoke 'n' Word
  1. President Dave - story x2
  2. Di Double - photos
  3. Di and Geoff Double - Changeover
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