Tree Planting morning 28th August 2022
Rotary Community Event
Please click HERE to register.
Volunteers, Friends of Rotary, Rotarians and anyone who just wants to make Berwick a prettier place to live are very welcome to join us.
 Registration is REQUIRED so we can cater for your lunch, comply with OH&S and make you feel part of the crew. 
Please bring gloves, wear sturdy shoes and walk from the car park on Inglis Road to the planting area which is 600 metres. If you are not comfortable walking that distance, please let Jen (email below) or Jack know so we can get a car load of people to meet at the end of Buchanan Road and drive down to the planting area.
Further enquiries can be made by emailing Jen Marshall on jenmarshall30@gmail.com. Local groups are very welcome. This is a great event to get to learn a bit more about Rotary.
Celebrating the life of Bob Lay AM
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Approximately 120 people packed Tobin Brothers Chapel in Berwick on Tuesday 16th August, to celebrate the life of Rotarian Bob Lay AM.  And what a full life it was!
For years, Bob was regarded as the fastest man in Australia. At the age of 18, he represented Australia in the 100, 200 and 4x 100 sprints at the Commonwealth Games in Perth in 1962 and then the 100m at the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964.
Bob was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2001. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours for his contribution as a sports administrator.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Berwick in March 2011 and was very active in many of the Club's projects, as well as being a Board member and a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).  His deteriorating health forced his resignation from the Club in 2020, but he continued as an Honorary Member until his passing on 5th August.
He is survived by his wife Helen, sons Graham, Darren and Andrew and grandchildren Alexandra, Daniel, and Sophie.
Bob led an amazing and full life. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
You can watch the live telecast using the following link:
Issue  8
17th August 2022
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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, when Rotary Clubs, around the world focus on membership in Rotary. Does your club have a plan? Are you executing your own plan to invite your friends and business associates to join your Rotary Club?

It’s time. Time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world......

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Travel Guide Partners night: Alaska
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 24, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tree Planting at Grasmere Wetlands
Grasmere Wetlands
Aug 28, 2022
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Peter Haine - Rotary Mailbag Ride
The Beaconsfield Club
Aug 31, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Wendy Langdon
August 2
Di Double
August 15
Jim Wilson
August 18
Eric Boon
August 19
Jack Kraan
August 23
Join Date
Maureen Scott
August 3, 2006
16 years
Andy Merrill
August 4, 2011
11 years
Russell Fellows
August 21, 2019
3 years

Rotary statement on recent polio detections in U.S., Europe


Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International


Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women


Organized around several hubs, the tour started on 17 June to draw attention to the positive impact that clubs have in their communities.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Venezuela, Greece, Madagascar, and Kazakhstan.


Rotary's global network has sent millions of dollars' worth of relief to help the people of Ukraine. Rotary Fellowships have amplified the impact of these efforts.

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Caulfield's Australian Odyssey
Extracted from Isobel's Facebook posting:
We are back in civilisation so no more red dust. This time it’s all about rainforest, mangroves and the beach. 
We spent a few days in Cooktown. Nice place with lots of history. Both indigenous and Captain Cook, who spent 48 days there in 1770. The only thing is the South East trade winds just keep on blowing.
Down to Cape Tribulation where we run into Kerry Bryant and Christine. Had a great few days with them in the same campgrounds.
Spotted crocs on the Daintree River, a walk up the Mossman Gorge and strolls on the beach.
Currently in Palm Cove near Cairns, spoiling ourselves in an apartment for a few days. Lovely and sunny at 26 degrees. Sugar cane country.
A big bed, ensuite, television, lounge suites……feeling very spoilt. 
Casey Cardinia Rotaract Trivia Night
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Why I joined Rotary
Extracted from Rotary On the Move Newsletter for Zone 8

I know why I joined Rotary and your reasons are probably very similar to mine.

Article by PDG Stephen Humphreys, Assistant Rotary Coordinator

I wanted to ‘’give back’’ to my community both locally and internationally, and I also saw Rotary as an opportunity to make a new group of friends.

So why did I stay and why do so many people new to Rotary leave within one or two years of joining a club? Why are member losses in those early years so high?

The statistics are quite alarming. In some clubs we are losing up to 20% of new Rotarians within the first 12 months of joining and an even greater number within the first 2 years.

And it is not just in those first 2 years that we are losing members. At all stages, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 10 years and over 10 years there is a continuous loss of members. The age demographics of many clubs is certainly contributing to the member losses at the higher end but there are other factors which we must address. It would seem that we are not meeting the needs and expectations of members at all stages of the Rotary journey.

New members need to be made to feel a part of their new club, be given information about the broader aspects of Rotary, we need make sure that we can meet their expectations and we need to ensure that they are aware of the expectations placed on them.

In our headlong rush for new members are we following a sound and welcoming integration process? A mentoring program should be in place to ensure this is happening. Make them feel that they are a part of the Rotary family. Ask and listen to what your new club members say about their experience, help them find where their passion might be within Rotary, and then work with them to ensure that passion is met.

Most new Rotarians will make a decision about whether to stay in Rotary within the first couple of months of becoming a member. The mentors should make sure that they are welcomed at meetings by other members and invite them to attend club projects or events. One of the best ways to build the tie between your club and a new member is through club service projects. That is probably why they joined. Doing good in the world can be quite habit forming and member engagement is one of the keys to retention. Ensure that your meetings are well organised with a structured speaker program. You don’t want a new member feeling that their time is being wasted.

Make time to reimagine your club and get back to grass roots community-based projects in which members can get personally involved.

A healthy club focuses equally on membership growth and membership retention, and now is an ideal time to look at your club’s approach to both areas.

District Conference 2023
Well it all starts off on Friday with captivating choices to explore the local area. Take a delicious winery OR garden bus tour with lunch, or try your luck on breaking your handicap in a round of golf on the delightful RACV Cape Schanck course.
On Friday night, arrange your Club dinner in any of the multitudes of cafes and restaurants which abound in the local area.
On Saturday, settle in to enjoy an impressive array of presentations by the following Keynote speakers:
  • Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club,
  • Warren Tate, Communications expert,
  • Julia Kay, 2022 Young Victorian of the Year and co-Director of Great Wrap,
  • Samuel Johnson, 2018 Victorian of the Year, actor and founder of Love Your sister,
Rotary projects and discussions will also be made by:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President and Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Chair and Past Rotary International President who will share a virtual conversation with us
  • Jessie Harman, Zone 8 representative.
  • Bernie Farquhar, Rotary Club of Mitchell River
  • Ross Kilborn, Rotary Club of Mornington.
After enjoying a day of learning and connection building, it is time to kick up your heels at the Saturday night themed Beach Party dinner. Accompanying the gourmet event, the Baker Boy Band will treat you to fabulous music. The Baker Boy Band have played at a number of District Conference dinners and they are always on point with their entertainment.
Sunday morning starts with a breakfast session and a presentation by Kevin Sheedy, 2022 Victorian of the Year and Libby Wilson, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (RCRR). A tour of the Rotary Rosebud Warehouse: https://www.facebook.com/rosebudwarehouse/ will be offered to interested Conference participants as they leave from breakfast and head home. This is a major project of the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye and well worth a visit if you are interested in how a Rotary Club can run a very big and ongoing project that requires a lot of capital investment.
This conference has a lot to offer the average Rotarian who gets the vibe there is more to Rotary than meets the eye as well as the seasoned Rotarian who sees opportunities everywhere but needs connections to make things happen.
Rotary Convention 2023
How good is this! A Rotary Convention coming to Melbourne in just a few months time. I would encourage you all to have a look at this ritzy website that is jammed-packed with local information: https://rotarymelbourne2023.org/ or click on the image above to take you to the registration portal.
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