Issue 19
8th November 2023
Join our dinner meeting

Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Hi $FIRST_NAME$, I hope you had a splendid week admiring the horses as they ran around the track over the Spring Racing Carnival. It is certainly a delightful time of the year however Christmas is closing in quickly and there will be a lot of people feeling the pinch after this week's interest rate rise. It is great that The Rotary Berwick Benevolent Society, a project of the Rotary Club of Berwick in conjunction with our partner schools have food collection cages out to collect donations for Casey North Community Information Support Services. We are doing our bit for our local community, but there is always room for more.  
As for young Eric here after his substantial winnings last week, Wendy, Eric's lovely wife has gone shopping. She has been gone for days! If anyone sees her, please send her home. 
By the way, this Bulletin is Best Viewed Online 
From President Dave
Firstly I hope our friends at Inner Wheel had a successful Oaks Day function and made a fun way of raising much needed funds. The venue looked amazing, well done ladies.
A few reminders from our Wednesday meeting.
We have been invited to a ceremony at Nossal High on Monday 20 November. Please RSVP by completing this form by Wednesday 15 November - https://forms.office.com/r/PpgXBAABLi. Please find more information further down in this bulletin.
We’ve also been invited to a special event by our friends at Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong on Tuesday 28 November. Guest speaker is Retired Professor, Historian and storyteller, Professor Gary Lit Ling Yoong.
In conjunction with the UN Peace Day 2023, the Partners for Peace awarded ten people with International Peace Awards for their contribution to promoting peace and heritage in Malaysia. 
Professor Gary Lit was one of the 10 people who received this special award at Taiping, a city synonymous with peace and harmony in the state of Perak, Malaysia.
Professor Gary Lit Ling Yoong who is the author of 'If the Sky were to Fall' and has offered to donate the proceeds of his books to our Club, which will go towards 'Peace Poles' at Lyndale Secondary College.
Please use the attached link to register if you are interested.
BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL via the humanitix link - Tickets are FREE
RSVP's (ticket purchases) are due no later than Tuesday 21st November. 
 Payment of $40 per head prior to the event for the meal to be transferred into the 
ROTARY ADMIN A/C:  BSB 013 312  A/C # 305698876
Please see the flyer below with all details for the event.
Back to within our walls Geoff Double has done a terrific job in getting the Langmore Community Garden project off the ground and we have the first working bee this Saturday, 11th November and from the show of hands there will be an energised team of Rotarians there to complete stage 1. Thanks to all who have agreed to help.
The second and final stage of the Community Garden creation is in early December and I’m sure the garden will be a welcome addition to the community landscape. Thanks go to all who have contributed in any way to making this project happen.
I will be laying a wreath in Berwick on Saturday on the club’s behalf to mark Remembrance Day.
For those who couldn’t make the meeting this week I am also delighted to let everyone know we have been nominated for a 2024 Casey Community Award. These awards celebrate outstanding individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the Casey Community. I will complete the Nomination Acceptance Form on behalf of all club members and we’ll see where it takes us.
Finally, I want to put shout out to a few club members who are really carrying a load. Andrew & Michele Somers continue to step up when there is a need, David Button for his work on Public Image and comms, Trevor Watson for the Arts Screen hire management, Jane Moore, for her remote care & support to members and for bolting together our Christmas Party, and Gus for his work behind the scenes as secretary just to name a few.
Have a great weekend all
Nossal has done it!

The Nossal High School Community has achieved its goal of raising $90,000 to commission a statue of our namesake, Sir Gustav Nossal AC. 

Thanks to the generosity of a great number of people, the life-sized bronze tribute has arrived in Berwick and will soon take pride of place at the entrance to our school. Starting as an idea first envisaged by the School Council President, Dr John Inns, the project has grown and developed, capturing the imagination of a number of student cohorts, their families and the wider community. A range of fundraising efforts and special events have all been generously supported by individuals and community groups and enabled us to achieve our goal. 

An official unveiling of the Sir Gustav Nossal commemorative statue, by Sir Gus himself, will take place at Nossal High School on Monday 20 November at 11:00am. All members of the Nossal High School community and our wider community are invited to attend the ceremony.

We invite you to attend as our special guest for the unveiling and then to join us for a light luncheon afterward. Please RSVP by completing this form by Wednesday 15 November - https://forms.office.com/r/PpgXBAABLi.

We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.

If the Sky were to Fall Event
Working Bee 11th November 2023
St John of God: Langmore Community Garden: 11th of November!!!!
Are you there yet?
Now that funds from a grant have been received, a site meeting was held on Friday, the 6th of October, to determine the scope of works and the date of the first working bee at the Langmore Community Garden by members of the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Saturday, the 11th of November, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
We will meet under the Oak tree on the corner of Gloucester Avenue and Keith Taylor Drive, Berwick. The initial work will involve clearing the site and loading a skip bin. This work will help prepare the site for the installation of edging, a toppings path, improvements to the garden bed, planting and mulching and possibly irrigation, which will occur at future working bees.
Between these stages, maintenance staff from St John of God will install a drinking fountain and seat to complement the area.
STOP PRESS: There are a good number of members and friends volunteering to help on the day. This means we are going to have a great time working together on a very public project. There might even be a bit of catering going on to make our day even better. Please let Geoff know you are coming if you haven't already. 
Russell needs a hand!
RORPS Representative Russell Requires (2) Ready Rotarians to Remove Recreational Rigs for Relocation. Reach out to Russell and Ring on 0418 577 684
Ho! Ho! Ho! The season is nearly upon us!
President Dave has brought us ‘home” to Holm Park to celebrate the festive season and party away our final club meeting for this 2023 year on Wednesday, 13th December.

T’is the Season……..

So let’s get jolly! 
Wednesday 13th December will see the Rotary Club of Berwick celebrate the festive season, with fun and frivolity, over a two-course meal at the Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park Reserve, 100 Emerald -Beaconsfield Road, Beaconsfield. Our last meeting for the 2023 calendar year.
There will be a visit from the man in red, prizes for the best Christmas outfit, perhaps a quiz or game, and, of course, a couple of rounds of heads and tales! Pocket some coins to bring along to chance a win.
The cost is $55 per person inclusive, of two course Christmas fare, and a drink on arrival.  For children or grandchildren, there will be a meal available.  Please contact Jane: jane@cinet.com.au for details so we can book your young one’s in, as our registration portal doesn’t stretch to multiple pricing!
Please invite your family and friends!  This is a purely social night of festivity, and time to spend in each other’s company.
To register and pay, please follow the link below:
SJOG Community Garden working bee.
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This week's contributors to the Spoke 'n' Word
  1. President Dave - Thoughtful information, links and opportunities to broaden our Rotary horizons.
  2. Jane Moore - Christmas Party update and a mountain of work behind the scenes.
  3. Geoff Double - bringing our working bee to stage one!
  4. Russell Fellows - putting his trust in our bulletin to deliver a couple of helpers for an amazing project.
Anyone can help tell our Rotary Club story. Email me!