Issue  45
8th June 2022
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Service to the Community over dinner.



This week's meeting was a late scratching as a date got a bit muddled and our venue had a double booking. These things can happen and there was no chance to have a meeting amidst a sea of thirsty footballers! So we get to have another go at the meeting we were going to have but didn't.
As with every meeting we have these days, booking numbers were weak at 13 out of 40 members just before we had to give the caterer the numbers. With a considerable effort from Andrew, he got the numbers up to 22 which is a mighty fine effort! Thank you, Andrew.
It took Andrew 7 emails to get a response from all but 9 members. It might be time to go back to billing for meetings in advance, then I am sure we will get a definitive response in only one email!
Program Directors, David Nutter and Gus Dominguez have been doing their best to bring a more interesting and varied program to the Club. We have had some terrific and interesting speakers but to a small audience. Each speaker brings to us opportunities that can make a difference in our day to day lives, teach us more about where we live or introduce us to what is going on in the world around us. 
Our Changeover is coming up in a couple of weeks and it is great to see we have seven Berwick Rotarians registered already. Every Berwick Rotarian and their partner has to come just to make sure I'm out the door! Please make me feel proud of my Club and register for the end of the Buttonman and the start of Gus +3 year! It will be awesome.......
They say that it takes a village to raise a child and for children to grow into dynamic adults they need to find that village! The way our society is currently structured leaves some people with a small or no network of older people to keep them on the path as they form as adults. I have been very fortunate to be part of the Human Powered Vehicle "Village" at my daughter's school. Andrew and Jeanette are also members. Together, we have seen many children grow into amazing adults just by being an active part of the village.
At this week's meeting, we have a speaker who needs some outside "Ears" to listen to what he has to say. I feel that Rotary has more to offer than we are giving when it comes to looking after the future people of the world. Perhaps this week, we can learn something from our speaker, but also evaluate and point out a path to help his future. All it takes is a chance to listen, learn and relax over a nice dinner this Wednesday Night. Consider this meeting to be a potentially life-changing event for the speaker and a village opportunity for Rotary. Sometimes doing something important doesn't mean hard work.
Jesse Barnett is a 14-year old student at Kambrya College. Jesse has High functioning Autism and is still able to show excellent leadership being voted class captain every single year at the school. He excels given responsibility and enjoys a challenge. Jessie does get exhausted blocking out noise in the background and at times struggles with talking with his own peers.
Jesse is excellent with his manners and assisting students with any problems they are having. Jesse is great with participating in school leadership with ANZAC days ie raising and lowering flags for school at assembly. Jesse is always trustworthy and reliable and very responsible. He has a very mature manner and always assists teachers with any requests. This was extremely helpful for me (Ms Ukena) when I had computer issues with my MS teams teaching Science. Jesse always had the patience to help me when I got stuck and the students.
Though out the three years I have known Jesse he has always shown interest in helping the community. For the last two years, Jesse has shown a deep desire to get involved in Politics to make the community a better place to live in.
Jesse’s smile and enthusiasm are contagious and very heartfelt. He always tries to improve things for students at Kambrya College and I am confident that moving into his local community will be a natural progression. Jesse is extremely hard working and has much energy to put towards his goal of getting into politics. He is genuine and real and has a photographic memory that simply would put our current prime minister Anthony Albanese to shame.
All Jesse needs is an opportunity from Rotary Berwick to see how he makes an incredible difference in his local community as he has at Kambrya College.
Let's talk about our feelings
Everything we do for the most part revolves around our feelings. We are what we think. We do whatever we do because we either think it is the right thing or we are encouraged by others to push in that direction.
Our direction and actions come purely from our thoughts and it is up to us to step ahead of what we want to achieve to make sure that what we are doing will lead to the desired outcome. This might sound like mumbo jumbo to the average punter but I want my Rotary Club to be the best Rotary Club. I love going to meetings and hearing the chatter. I love hearing our day-to-day stories. I love finding out what we have achieved and the new possibilities that lay ahead. I love analysing our projects to learn what works and how we can improve the next time around. I love feeling involved with friends, learning new things and meeting new people. Most of all I love being part of something big but also something small, worldwide but also individual.
I feel we have the right people in the right positions. I know we carry baggage. We are dynamic, fluent in ambition and progressive. We can be what I think we can be. The trick is making sure that every member is on the journey and not leaving anyone behind. We all need to live a life of purpose rather than live a life of desire. Purpose lasts but the desire is short-lived.
I am going to steal a thought from others to share with you which will hopefully make some sense in what I am trying to convey.

There’s a ‘secret’ that all great historical and present thinkers, philosophers, and high achievers have agreed to be a universal truth.

This secret revolves around this simple idea: You are what you think.

English philosopher James Allen wrote: “As a man thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.” Stoic and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” Poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” Author Earl Nightingale said: “We become what we think about,” and Mark Twain wrote: “Life consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one's head.”

All these great minds discovered the secret to living a happy, purposeful and productive life, and it’s this:

We live in a world of thought.

Our thoughts create our experiences, and thus, we experience what we think.

It is the quality of our thoughts, then, that create the quality of our life. 

Ok, if you have managed to read this far, you are either very brave or it is too cold outside to do something else. What we do in Rotary, in my opinion, is feeling based. It isn't too far removed from what we do to keep our own family going. We want a better life for others but we need to understand and feel what a better life really means to people who live differently from us and have a different set of values from us. Cultural differences need to be learnt and understood and that is probably why our Club is not evolving into our multicultural world. Can we find an open door to become a more diverse and dynamic Club in 2022-23?

The photo above is titled "Where no race or age matters" I am sure there is a message for us in there somewhere.


What's David Nutter up to Now?
Late posting by Graham Johnstone for David Nutter.
In brief, Rotarians David Nutter and Trevor Withers (RC Belgrave)have entered the RFDS ( Royal Flying Doctors) Outback Car Trek, after raising over $12,000.oo for the RFDS.
( all donations go to the RFDS ) and David and Trevor fund all the other costs like entry fee , accomodation ( when not camping on some cold football ground) , car costs , donations etc.
About 100 old cars like David’s 1966 Ford Galaxie do a tour of the Outback on seldom used roads, with up to 550 klms between fuel stops.
This year starting at Parkes, then Nyngan, Whitecliffs, Cameron Corner, Thargomindah, Augathella, Taroom, Gayndah and finishing at Hervey Bay. About 4500 klms in 8 days. Lots of fun raising funds for the RFDS.
Also with catering and expenses, leaving over$80,000.oo behind in every town we stay at. Paid caterers include school parent clubs, footy clubs, community clubs, youth clubs, and service clubs. The look on kids eyes when they sell a bunch of raffle tickets and pull in over $10,000 for a school project is priceless.
This year Trevor arranged some Doggy Footy hats, scarves and footballs to give away to kids. More sparkling eyes. Our first stop cost $274.00 to fill the 125 litre tank. The ROI for David and Trevor is the fun and satisfaction of helping many worthy causes including the RFDS.  
Club Dues are DUE
Attention all Rotary Club of Berwick Members. If you have not paid your dues for the first six months of the new Rotary year, they are now due by the 15th June 2022.
If you are unsure if you are up to date with your membership, please contact Wendy Langdon at
Changeover 2022
Register HERE to join us as we brush out the old and sweep in the new!
Rotary Club of Casey Changeover
Posted. by Sam McCurdy:
CNCISS 'Winter Coat Drive'
We will be collecting coats at the Club meetings to enable all Club members and friends to contribute to our local people in need during our imminent winter season. This is a great opportunity to do something super amazing! Try standing outside with no protection at the moment and see how long you would last. A coat, any coat makes a difference, so please search around and donate anything you won't be wearing anytime soon.
For more information, contact Sam McCurdy at Please note, that donations are open to anyone. We just want to look after people in our community who are finding it tough going through winter. 
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