27 February 2019
Volume 58 Issue 33
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Gaetano Gina
Fellowship:  PP John Rosenthal
                        Sam McCurdy
Attendance:  Di Double

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
Membership - Jim Wilson
Mar 06, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
National Youth Science Forum
Mar 13, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Social Weekend in Paynesville
Mar 16, 2019 9:00 AM –
Mar 17, 2019 9:30 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
Jane Moore
March 4
Sharmaine Squire
March 5
Di Scheepers
March 10
David Nutter
March 13
Bob Lay AM
March 20
Spouse Birthdays
Wendy Boon
March 1
Jane Moore
March 4
Rosaleen French
March 4
Ann Kraan
March 13
Di Double
Geoff Double
March 13
Geoff Double
Di Double
March 13
Jim Wilson
Josie Wilson
March 26
Sam McCurdy
Pat McCurdy
March 31
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
2019 Charity Golf Day
In spite of the extremely hot sunny conditions with the temperature hovering around 37 degrees Celsius, 21 teams embarked on the Club's 2019 Charity Golf Day.
After registering their players and being assigned their handicaps, the teams were treated to a gourmet barbecue. 
The barbecue offered a variety of sausages, lamb rissoles and vegeburgers in bread, as well as accompanying coleslaw, fried onions and sauces.
The barbeque team, led by Alf Giesen and PP Mark Caulfield, included Russell Dunn, Eric Boon and PP Bruce Shaw.
One of the most popular features of the hot competition was the appearance of the "Drinks Buggy" around the course, where the demand for cool drinks was significant. 
This service was managed by the dedicated team of Eric Boon and PP Gary Evans.
In a typical Melbourne manner, a thunderstorm struck at approximately 4:30 pm leading to a torrential downpour that left golfers and organisers soaked, and some of the greens flooded.  
The evening presentation dinner began at 6:00 pm and it was very well attended. 
A highlight of the dinner, was an interview conducted by PP Ricardo Balancy with guest speaker, Jade Rawlings, the Coach of the Casey Demons.
Born in Devonport Tasmania in 1977, Jade was a successful AFL player with Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Football clubs.  Standing at 196 cm tall, he played both as a defender and a  forward, scoring a total of 148 goals.
He then served as a caretaker coach with the Richmond Football Club for 11 games in 2009.  This was followed by the role as Assistant Coach with the Brisbane Lions and then the back line Coach for the Melbourne Football Club.  Currently he coaches the Casey Demons.
Jade is also a passionate cricketer, playing for Burnley CYMS Cricket Club when his football commitments allow it.
When asked what he looks for from his players, he stated that as he is a passionate person, he wants players to be passionate about the game they play and to have a desire to get the best out of themselves.
David Nutter then conducted an auction of a diverse range of interesting items, thereby raising significant funds for the event.
Kay Morland was called upon to present the Mick Morland Perpetual Trophy to the best team, which was the St John of God Hospital Berwick team.
Congratulations to the Organising Committee, chaired by PP Jim Armstrong.  Jim's report is provided below.
"We had another great golf day. We had the most teams since I have been involved, had the most Sponsors and supporters as well.
Despite the heat followed by the rain everyone had a great time and our feed back was very positive.  Many thanks to the committee and also those who volunteered on the day. We had a great team and everything went like clockwork. 
The preliminary figures look like showing a profit well in excess of recent years.
Many thanks to all those involved, especially the support I got from Bob Lay AM."
Presentation Ball Practice Begins
On Monday 25 February, dance practice sessions began for the 2019 Berwick College's Presentation Balls.
The practice sessions for the 70 debutantes and their partners, are being led again this year by Judy Blackhurst and her daughter Joanne Mills.
An experienced team of Rotarians and partners managed the registration and collection of fees from the debutantes and their partners.
The team led by Peter Batterham and his wife Sue, included Betty Tudge, Sandi Tarant, David Collyer and David Grant.
National Youth Science Forum
Applications are being invited for the 2020 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), where there will again be 600 places on offer.
Attending the NYSF provides a unique opportunity for Australian students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and related disciplines.
Applications are open from 1 March to 31 May to students currently in year 11.
While at the program, the participants will experience 12 days of STEM related activities, designed to encourage them to continue to study in these fields, and move on to careers that are so important for Australia’s future. 
Students must apply through the NYSF website
Students must submit their application by 31 May 2019,
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)


17-19 May 2019: be prepared for MUNA...

The purpose of the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (or MUNA, pronounced 'mew-na') is to encourage young people to learn about other countries and to develop an understanding of the workings of the United Nations.

Delegates will also develop debating skills, gain self-confidence in public speaking and leadership skills.

The MUNA Committee are currently working on the details of the assembly weekend, including deciding the debate topics and countries.

Registration is now open on the website

March is Water & Sanitation Month
There are 2.1 billion people worldwide who must rely on water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and other waterborne diseases.
In 1993, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day.  It is now a globalised event.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
Safe water is shorthand for a safely managed drinking water service. Water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.
In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”
The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
  • 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
  • One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
  • More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.
  • For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.
  • Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.
  • Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
  • 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
Rotary enables the provision of clean water to problem areas through the purchase and installation of SkyHydrants.  These are water purification units, which produce safe drinking water without the need for power or chemicals.
The SkyHydrant is a low cost, lightweight (16 kg) filtration system, which is portable and easy to deploy in the field.
Each SkyHydrant unit can produce up to 10,000 litres or more of clean water, every day. That’s enough water for the essential domestic needs of 500–1000 people. 

2019 Charity Golf Day Photos
(Provided by Geoff & Di Double and Sam McCurdy)
Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
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
Wednesday 29 May David Whiting D9800 DC-Governance Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 26 June Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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.
Moomba Birdman Rally Supports Rotary Project "Clean Water for Kids"
PDG Charlie Speirs encourages you to support the efforts of Rotarian Mark Rees.
Mark, from the Rotary Club of Frankston Rise will take the plunge into the murky Yarra river to raise awareness and funds for the 'Clean Water for Kids' project.
By raising $15,000 he will enable the purchase of 10 Skyhydrant Water Filtration Systems.  See Flyer below.