15 May 2019
Volume 58 Issue 43
Next Meeting Responsibilities
There will not be a meeting
at Holm Park Reserve
until 29 May due to
the Progressive Dinner

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 22 May
May 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Progressive Dinner
May 25, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
David Whiting DD–Governance District 9800
Holm Park Reserve
May 29, 2019
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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
Andy Merrill
May 5
Spouse Birthdays
Pat McCurdy
May 1
David Collyer
Rosemary Collyer
May 5
Jack Kraan
Ann Kraan
May 8
Adwin Town
Mary Town
May 10
Ricardo Balancy
Lisemay Balancy
May 24
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
ClubRunner Mobile
Berwick College's Debutante Balls
Due to the large number of Year 11 students (68) wishing to participate in the College's Debutante Balls, they were held over three nights.  Namely, Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May.
PP Peter Batterham and his wife Sue did a terrific job in organising  the Balls, ably assisted by their team of Rotarians made up of Sandi Tarant, PP David Collyer, David Grant, Betty Tudge and PP Laury Gordyn.
On Tuesday night, 22 debutantes and their partners were presented to College Principal Kerri Bolsch and PP Peter Batterham. 
The MC for the night was DGE Adrian Froggatt. 
Support was provided by Rotarians PP David Collyer, Sandi Tarant, Bob Lay AM and Sam McCurdy.
On Wednesday night, the second group of 22 debutantes and partners was presented to P Geoff and Di Double and the MC was PP Ricardo Balancy.  Support was provided by Rotarians Sandi Tarant, PDG Tim and Jane Moore and Bob Lay AM.
The third group of 24 debutantes and their partners was presented on Thursday night to College Principal Kerri Bolsch and College Council President, Roger Hall.  The MC was PP Gus Dominguez and support was provided by Rotarians David Button and PP Adrian Funston.
Dance Instructors Judy Blackhurst and her daughter, Joanne Mills, were very proud of the debutantes and their partner's dance moves in each of the three Balls.
The band over the three nights was 'Envy', who have played at the Debutante Balls for several years now.  They created a lively atmosphere with their range of music and enabled dancing to be enjoyed by all ages.
Peter and Sue Batterham wish to express their enormous gratitude to those who willingly pitched in to make the project a great success this year and indeed over the past 3 years.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
On Wednesday 15 May, PP David Collyer and Sam McCurdy interviewed a potential candidate for the NYSF program to be held in January 2020.
The candidate, Amy Chu, is a Year 11 student at Nossal High School in Berwick and a good friend of last year's NYSF participant Upani Mapala-Gamage. 
In fact, Upani had strongly recommended the program to Amy, adding that it had been one of the best experiences of her life.
During the interview, it became apparent that Amy is already a leader within the student population at Nossal High School and a keen environmentalist.  She is currently studying Chemistry, Biology, Literature, Maths and Philosophy. 
On completing her VCE exams, Amy would like to study for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at Melbourne University.  Then she would like to work for a time in the area of biomedical engineering or environmental science, but ultimately she would like to become a teacher.
Amy was strongly recommended for the NYSF program by the School Principal, Roger Page.
David and Sam were unanimous in concluding that Amy would be a worthy participant in the NYSF program and offered her the Club's endorsement to her application.
The next step is that Amy will attend District 9820 interviews in July along with other applicants, to determine if she will be selected as a District representative at the NYSF program.
We wish Amy every success and we are sure that she will be a great ambassador for the Club.
Progressive Dinner
Don't forget that a Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday 25 May.  
A progressive dinner is a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts. Usually this involves the consumption of one course at each location.
Participants should have registered with Kay Rankin already and will be required to host either entree, main course or dessert with accompanying drinks for six people, in their own home.  Then they will move on to different mystery homes for each course.
To begin the dinner, nominated couples will prepare an entree course with accompanying drinks for three couples.
At 6.00 pm, two couples arrive at their home, and the 6 sit down for the entree/soup course.
At 6.45 pm, the hosts open an envelope and let everyone know where each couple is to head off for a main course. (One or two of these couples may be going back home to serve the main course to their mystery guests).
At 7.15 pm, two couples will arrive at the nominated main course home and the 6 different people will enjoy the main course, together with accompanying drinks.
At 8.15 pm, the next envelope will be opened to let these three couples know where each is headed for the dessert course.
At 8.45pm, two couples will arrive at the nominated dessert course home to share the dessert course together.
At 9.30pm, the final envelope will be opened to announce where everybody participating will congregate for coffee/tea.
At 10:00 pm, everyone will arrive at the final home for tea/coffee, chocolates and reminiscences about where they have been all evening and who they have socialised with.
Note that fancy cooking is NOT a pre-requisite, the company and getting to know people in the privacy and ambience of their homes is the reward for the evening.
Pre-purchased food is quite acceptable for those who are not confident in the kitchen.
Balibo Project in Timor Leste
Belola School Opening
Please take a few moments to read the information attached. The school mentioned is one we paid transport costs for a container of materials last year. That container also had equipment for other projects in Balibo.

As you may pick up, Rotary, through the efforts of Ricardo Krauskopf has built an effective network in Balibo which has started to reach into the government.

The Rotary Club of Berwick is a strong part of the Balibo story. Hopefully we will still support the work we have started into the future.

Belola Opening Day
Belola Opening Day
Belola School with 3 classrooms 
and a teachers' room
Belola School toilets
Weekly Photos
(Photos from various sources)
Note The Dates





14 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
15 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
16 May
Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 - 11:00 pm
25 May
Progressive Dinner with Inner Wheel N/A N/A
29 May
David Whiting D9800 DC-Governance Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
5 June
Exchange Visit to India Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
12 June
ROMAC presentation by RC of Seaford Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
19 June
Kids on Track Programme -  Dr. Lynette Buoy Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm
26 June
Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 - 8:30 pm