Issue  8
25th August 2021
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The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
August is 'Membership and New Club Development' Month
Book into a Meeting
Coffee Club
Aug 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Natasha Liddell WPI Development Manager
ZOOM: Password: Rotaryzoom
Sep 01, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Coffee Club
Sep 04, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Write your life RIGHT - Sjaak Kusters
TBA - Lockdown dependent
Sep 08, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Coffee Club
Sep 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Danielle Kutchel - Star News
Sep 15, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Coffee Club
Sep 18, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Wendy Langdon
August 2
Di Double
August 15
Gaetano Fina
August 17
Jim Wilson
August 18
Eric Boon
August 19
Jack Kraan
August 23
David Grant
September 3
Bruce Shaw
September 17
Geoff Double
September 20
Spouse Birthdays
David Fullaway
August 1
Diana Nutter
August 7
Di Double
August 15
Sharon Verbi
August 17
Lisemay Balancy
August 24
Robyn Shaw
August 29
Josie Wilson
September 9
Geoff Double
September 21
Rob Wingrave
Pat Wingrave
August 22
Bruce Shaw
Robyn Shaw
September 4
Alf Giesen
Debbie Giesen
September 27

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Gordon McInally selected to be 2023-24 Rotary International President


Members and government health officials use boats to reach villages deep in the rainforest.


Meeting update:

It is unlikely we will be able to meet in person for a few weeks yet. Please take the opportunity to embrace technology because you have to not because you want to!
We are People of Action, so let's get on doing as much as we can while we can.
Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
On to Conference
ClubRunner Mobile
Zoom Zoom we are still stuck in our room
We had a terrific meeting on Wednesday on Zoom with 17 members and one special guest attending. Certainly not an outstanding attendance with 8 apologies and 22 undecideds, but we had some fun.
It was good to hear how each member was getting on with Lockdown 6.0 and also during the Sergeants session, what were our happy moments for the week. Sergeant Andrew Somers has been doing some research on Rotary and has discovered Happy Bucks! Nice work there Andrew, there is a lot to learn about Rotary and you are the man to push a few boundaries. It wasn't quite group therapy, but it did allow us all to share our experiences.
Bruce Shaw cleaned up the long-running Jokers Wild draw which was very exciting.....for Bruce. Jokers officinardo Graham Johnstone preempted the win by declaring he had purchased a new set of cards "just in case". Now there is no reason to come to Rotary.....only joking! Bruce reckons he will shout the bar when we can meet in person. It looks like Gus was counting on winning the scoop...
Our guest speaker was David Anderson who spoke about creating a  "Rotary Elevator Pitch". 30 seconds of why we are in Rotary and what Rotary might offer to others. David did a great job delivering the concept and the reason behind it, which is to grow our Club. COVID has set everything on the backburner, so let's put the downtime to good use. Create your own Rotary Elevator Pitch worthy to win a prize, present it at a meeting and let the judges decide.
Good Luck!
Follow on from our Elevator Pitch Workshop
Thanks to all for your active participation in the workshop. I hope everyone is a little better prepared to help demystify what Rotary is and does, and why the organisation is important for you.
I have to say that the examples shared last night might be a glimpse into some unfinished work and we should come back to this topic and allow everyone the opportunity to refine, polish and continue to share with each other in a bid for continuous improvement.
I purposely didn’t share my elevator pitch as it may have jaundiced the outcomes, but from a leadership perspective it may have helped better guide what a well-crafted pitch might sound like….so here’s mine for now and it will probably change over time:
“You know, there are a few reasons why Rotary is the right thing for me to invest time into.
Firstly, I can help in local projects to aid our neighbourhood, or involve myself in global programs to aid humanity, my choice.
Secondly, Rotary gives me the chance to grow personally with access to world class mentors, leaders & training material.
Next, being part of Rotary gives me the ability to improve my self-satisfaction by knowing I am giving back.
Finally, and critically being part of the Rotary organisation I have the opportunity to meet with and spend time with like-minded people in social settings…………..And I’m getting better at cooking sausages.
It’s worth looking into, right? “
All in 30 seconds. Not saying it’s perfect, it’s just a guide into why I’m invested.
I encourage everyone to re-visit their individual elevator pitches and we’ll share at a meeting shortly, and I will have a reward for what is deemed to be the pitch best related to inspire someone to action. Remember, practicing out loud will allow you to inject your personality.
If anyone needs additional guidance, pick up the phone, You’ll find my details on the Clubrunner app, or in the member's area on the club website
Bruce Shaw wins the Jokers Wild Jackpot
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Excitement mounted at Wednesday’s ZOOM meeting, as Graham Johnstone drew the winning ticket, which was claimed by Bruce Shaw.
With only 11 cards in the pack, including the Joker, and a Jackpot of $2,602.50 to be won, Bruce decided to pick the eighth card in the deck. 
Graham proceeded to select and show each card in turn.  Bruce’s excitement increased as the first seven cards failed to reveal the Joker. The eighth card withdrawn was the Joker, causing Bruce and the audience to go wild!
As tradition demands, Bruce promised to shout the bar when next we can all meet in person.           
Congratulations Bruce on a well-deserved win.
Alameda Homestead Nursery featured on TV
Extracted from Facebook and posted by Sam McCurdy
It is great to have Clematis showing off on the telly.
Last November, ABC Gardening Australia presenter, Jane Edmanson, and a team of production staff descended on our nursery to do a story about Clematis.
On Friday, 3rd September at 7.30pm on ABC TV, their hard work will be on show! We hope you will join us to find out how it all turned out.
Even though the day was extremely windy and overcast, we certainly enjoyed the experience, and we hope you will too. Their poor drone was flying backwards!
Rotaract literacy day
 Posted by Graham Johnstone From a Rotaract Facebook post.
We are placing a call out for children's books so that we can create book bags to donate to Casey North Community Information and Support Service (CNCISS). We will be decorating book bags at our meeting on the 2nd of September in preparation for International Literacy Day on the 8th of September.
Our world is changing: global health crises, accelerated climate change, growing use of artificial intelligence, strong social movements across the globe, just to name a couple of things.
What will tomorrow look like? Like UNESCO, we believe that EDUCATION can help us to build the future we want. Together, let’s reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.
Learn more about the #FuturesOfEducation initiative launched by UNESCO:
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Thought for the day
Extracted from Facebook and posted by Sam McCurdy
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