Issue  14
6th October 2021
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Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
October is 'Economic & Human Development' Month
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Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Oct 09, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds
ZOOM: (Password: Rotaryzoom)
Oct 13, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Oct 16, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Polio Presentation - Ann Lee Hussey
ZOOM: (Password: Rotaryzoom)
Oct 20, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Oct 23, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guess Who's Coming to a Virtual Dinner?
Oct 30, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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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.
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Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
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Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
October 29

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The relationship between Rotary International and the Peace Corps, made official with a 2014 partnership agreement, has its foundation in the organizations’ shared values.


Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A message from the President
The exit from our current lockdown will not be an easy affair this time around, so I would like all club members to pay attention as we work out a strategy towards a brighter Rotary Club of  Berwick future.
On current attendance modeling, we will not be able to return to Holm Park. We have been bumping around at minimum attendance numbers for years and it is time to move on. I really like Holm Park as a venue. It has everything we want and need, but the members have spoken by not attending in the numbers we need to be a viable proposition. It is time to invent a new meeting model, this time one that is viable with our current makeup of members. In business, it is easy to see something is not working and pivot to a new model. In a Club environment, change is not so easy. A Club needs people, so if a change upsets the people, there is no Club. Let's say I get the dynamics. I see the people who perform, I see the ones who are finding their place and I see the ones who are not engaged.
Overall, we have tremendous talent in our Club. We have potential in every member of our Club, BUT we are not realising that potential in every member of the Club. Currently, I can think of four members with ZERO attendance for this Rotary year. I feel quite embarrassed that I have allowed this to happen. While we are all volunteers for Rotary, we still have obligations to fulfill including attendance in lieu of involvement in Rotary projects. Attendance keeps us together, especially when we have no alternatives except for the Zoom meetings. Yes, some of these members might be doing other Rotary work but without any connection to our Club they are not contributing to the strength of our Club.
So the point of this article is to inform that we are potentially homeless for the purposes of a face to face meeting place. We need to reengage the unengaged and get value from every member. This is not an ideal situation to be in but it is what it is. We are too small to be a viable proposition to a caterer, too big to float from house to house. We have our "People" working on a solution but it will mean that our return to Face to Face will not be a smooth journey.
This week we are Lifting the Lid!
Rotary Health Hat Day is on 10th October and we should contribute towards the great work that Australian Rotary Health does for our community. Mental Health is a part of every person's life.
At THIS week's meeting, 13th October we are asking all members to wear a funny hat and contribute a $5 donation for the privilege, OR go Commando (ie no Hat) and contribute $10 towards the great work Australian Rotary Health does. Your donation will be added to your Club account, since we are stuck on Zoom. If you do not wish to donate to Australian Rotary Health, please let Treasurer Wendy know by emailing Wendy at

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.

Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Australian Rotary Health will celebrate Hat Day on Sunday 10th October with a FREE online webinar featuring a panel of mental health researchers. You're welcome to join us or host your own party with your Rotary Club, friends or colleagues.

All funds raised will go towards vital research helping improve the mental health of young Australians aged 0-12. 

Download your Host Kit and register your event by contacting the ARH office on: or (02) 8837 1900 if you would like us to mail a host kit to you.  
As a postscript, ARH worked closely with RC Berwick to run our Youth Mental Health Forum in 2015. We were provided three high profile speakers, Dr Claire Kelly, Associate Professor Felice Jacka and Michael Carr Gregg free of charge. Australian Rotary Health is a serious force in the community and an asset to Rotary.
RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Rotary has a lot to offer when it comes to Youth programs and personal development. Programs that can take a young person with potential and give them skills that can make them a leader is important for the growth of our community.
Recognition in the community that Rotary has a focus on promoting future potential leaders in our society is an important pathway to increasing public awareness that Rotary is a forward thinking organisation. Unfortunately, we forget to tell our family, colleagues and friends about all the magical things we do to help make our world a better place. Rotary can and does change lives. It creates opportunities, it is a wonderful organisation.
This year, our Club is lucky to sponsor an outstanding young leader for the Rotary Youth Leader Awards (RYLA). Her name is Jessica Elfick. Jessica was our very first Interact President of the Interact Club of St Margarets School and Berwick Grammar School. To get an Interact Club together from scratch took a lot of effort. Getting the school on board, creating awareness amongst the students, getting members and then embarking on projects is intense. Jessica did have help, but as the very first President, leadership was the key that made this Interact Club a success.
From my personal perspective, I am very proud to have such an outstanding candidate to represent us at RYLA. I am also very proud to have Greg Lee, our current Youth Chair, looking after our Youth Portfolio. Greg has been very proactive learning about Rotary, learning about Rotary Youth programs and balancing a busy work and personal life at the same time. 
Club notes
Posted by Graham Johnstone:
* Many thanks to Isobel Caulfield for last week conquering zoom and presenting a quiz "whose tool is that?"  
Laury should patent his flatweed tool for over 70s that saves our backs.
* There are many events summarised in our left column of the bulletin that are happening throughout District in coming weeks. To see more click view entire list. Please note that all zoom links are listed thanks to David Button.
* The progressive dinner is to be held on Sat 30th October.
* Gus and David Nutter are taking bookings for all speakers to 30th June 2022.
* David Nutter has guidelines to assist you in making a "Behind the Badge" talk.
Update on the "Walk  with us to End Polio" project
For 35 years, Rotary has been working with partners to eradicate polio. Only a handful of cases remain in Afghanistan and Pakistan, so the job's not done yet! When it is, there will still be a need for funding to continue vaccinations, as well as monitoring and managing potential outbreaks for a number of years.
The Rotary “Walk with us to End Polio” is a fundraising event conducted annually throughout the month of October.  Our Rotary Club team, the "Berwick Boomers and Shakers", are participating in the event for the second year! We're challenging ourselves to walk, run or roll 10, 20, or 50km throughout the month to raise vital funds that will help eradicate the disease and prepare us for a Polio-free world.
Join us, set yourself a personal distance target and walk as a member of our team, or if you can't walk, please sponsor us!  Use the link:
At the time of writing, we only have nine Club members signed up for the challenge and they have already recorded 126 kms.  Along with five guest donors, the team has already raised $752, and it is currently ranked 16th on the team leader board.  I know that we can do much better!
Photo and comments compliments of Jane Moore
Just over a week into the challenge and the total raised by all the teams has rocketed past $35,000 from over 1,330 kms recorded. (Equivalent to the distance from Sydney to Adelaide)
Thanks to all those who have already donated to this worthy cause and those who are conducting their daily walks to reach their personal target distance.
"Canva" Training Session
Extracted from Facebook and posted by Sam McCurdy:
Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. The platform is free to use, but offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.
It is so much fun and easy to use! If you ever need to create ANYTHING … an invitation, a flyer, a social media post, almost anything, register for this training session "Ready One Two Canva" presented by Andrew Marselos on Sunday the 31st of October, starting at 12 noon .
To register click here: Register
Joker's Wild 6th October 2021
Posted by Graham Johnstone:
This week's Joker's Wild ticket was the 5 of hearts drawn by Mark Caulfield. Hiding next to that was the Joker waiting for next week?
Jackpot for next week is $436.00
Good luck everyone!
Guess  who's coming to dinner
Posted by Jane Moore:
Back by popular demand:  Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Version 2  "A Virtual Progressive Dinner"
On behalf of President David, you are once again invited to join the Club in a fun virtual social event designed to bring the Club, our Rotary family and friends, and our extended connections, together in friendship in Covid-19 lockdown #6 - by zoom of course!
Daniel Flynn Virtual Presentation
Posted by Graham Johnstone From David Anderson.
Follow on from our virtual guest speaker, Daniel Flynn – Co-Founder Thank You
After our virtual presentation, members were divided into zoom rooms for discussions and a summary of their comments is recorded below. 
I sincerely hope everyone both enjoyed the presentation from Daniel as well as took some things away. He has inspired many Rotarian conferences as seen in the keen audience.
As best as I could I tried to capture what each room discussed and I hope I can summarise as well as do your conversations justice……so here goes:
Room 1
Enjoyed having a great conversation (and enjoyed the opportunity to speak with folk that haven’t done so with for a while)
The importance of innovation.
Room 2
The importance of imaging brand and delivering on the brand
The need to do something new & fresh.
Room 3
Innovation and thinking outside the square
The importance of being sustainable.
Room 4
Thought the presentation was terrific and done with youthful idealistic enthusiasm
The link to Bruce Shaw’s ethos of "Just because it has been it doesn’t have to be" (Hope I caught it right Bruce)
The importance of linking fundraising to a goal,
Room 5
The importance of getting the right people engaged and leverage expertise
Put stuff on a board and track.
As we debriefed, Jane talked about the importance of telling people what we are about and what we do / have done.
A few other themes that I caught and value are:
  • Prefacing things with “what if…………….?”
  • Impossibility is an opinion rather than a fact
If you are interested in learning more about Thankyou here is a link to their website
This is a link to a you tube interview which I found enlightening and  thought provoking and can be easily linked to us and what our purpose is:
Should you wish to watch the presentation again, here’s the link
Dave Anderson
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