20 March 2019
Volume 58 Issue 36
Next Meeting Responsibilities
There will be no meetings
at Holm Park Reserve
for the next two weeks
due to alternative events.

The Rotary Club of Berwick normally meets
on Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

Bookings and Apologies
Please email your apology
or book in your guest to
All bookings and apologies
To submitted by 10.00 am on
Tuesday prior to the meeting.
Upcoming Events
Wilson Botanical Gardens Clean Up & Barbeque
Mar 27, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Monbulk Rotary Bowls Challenge Berwick Rotary
Apr 10, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
CFA Vocational Visit
Apr 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
Youth and New Ideas
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jane Moore
March 4
Sharmaine Squire
March 5
Di Scheepers
March 10
David Nutter
March 13
Bob Lay AM
March 20
Spouse Birthdays
Wendy Boon
March 1
Jane Moore
March 4
Rosaleen French
March 4
Ann Kraan
March 13
Di Double
Geoff Double
March 13
Geoff Double
Di Double
March 13
Jim Wilson
Josie Wilson
March 26
Sam McCurdy
Pat McCurdy
March 31
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
Since 2015, the Rotary Club of Berwick has had responsibility for management of the Berwick & District Society Inc. 
The current  Office Bearers are:
President:   PP David Collyer
Treasurer:   PP Peter Batterham
Secretary:    Sam McCurdy
Social Weekend in Paynesville
Di Double reports that approximately two dozen Rotarians, partners and family members travelled to Paynesville for a relaxing weekend of fun and fellowship from Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 March.
Accommodation ranged from a holiday house, a boat, caravans and cabins. 
The facilities at the caravan park enabled all who were there on Friday night to enjoy each other’s company over a relaxing BBQ dinner.
The next morning, we travelled to the Eagle Point lookout, before heading off, in convoy (complete with the old 70’s song ‘Convoy’ blaring over the VHF radios, thanks to Laury and ‘Spotify’), down the Mitchell River Silt Jetties.
These naturally formed silt banks run for over 8 km, making them the second largest silt jetties in the world, and the longest in the southern hemisphere.
After heading back to Paynesville for lunch and meeting up with the rest of our travellers we boarded the MV Jodie and headed to Ocean Grange, where we ventured to 90 Mile Beach, had an impromptu tour of the Ocean Grange Homestead and motored down the canals. We were impressed by the number of boats and magnificent houses in the area. 
Unlike Gilligan and the SS Minnow, our 3 hour cruise was almost uneventful (except for a few rogue waves) and Captain Nutter brought us safely back to shore.
Then it was back to the caravan park, where the courtesy bus picked us up for dinner at the Paynesville Cruiser Club.
The next morning some of us ventured over to Raymond Island to spot kangaroos and take pictures of the Koalas.
The weather was perfect (thank you Gus) and those who took part had a great time…with many extending their stay in this beautiful piece of paradise.
Let’s hope we get even more members, family and friends to join us on our next weekend away!
President Elect Leadership Development Seminar
Incoming President Isobel Caulfield, husband Past President, Mark Caulfield, Rotary Co-ordinator, Tim Moore and incoming District Secretary, Jane Moore, represented the Rotary Club of Berwick at the PET seminars held in Ballarat on 16-17 March.
The seminars provided an opportunity for the incoming Presidents to meet with their peers and develop strategies for the year ahead.
PE Isobel's comments on the weekend seminars were:
"President Elects, District Governors Elects, Assistant Governors Elects, partners and trainers from 4 Districts and across Australia gathered for a fantastic weekend in Ballarat.
Sessions were broken into multi district and single district sessions.  Topics included membership by supporting and strengthening clubs, enhancing public image, awareness and social media.  Governance, insurance and the Rotary Foundation were also covered. 
At the district level we heard from our own DGE Adrian Froggatt and well as incoming District Secretary Jane Moore and Treasurer Jim Wilson. 
The important topics of insurance and youth protection were well covered.
The opportunity to network with enthusiastic Rotarians was a great part of the weekend.  The dinner on Saturday night saw all the districts split up on different tables.  It encouraged us all to widen our vision beyond the club. 
What other clubs in our district and beyond accomplish is inspirational.  We often have the same issues, but also have similar successes. 
A huge congratulations to the Rotarians who put it all together.  A very good weekend indeed."
Rotary Foundation Race Meeting
Di Double reports that each year the Rotary Club of Pakenham hosts the District 9820 Foundation Dinner providing a great night out at the Pakenham Race Track.   It was held on Thursday 21 March this year.
Twelve of our members and partners had a front row seat to the horse racing and enjoyed a lovely meal, whilst winning (or losing) a ‘bob or two’ on the horses.  
DG Janne was in fine betting form and made some extra money for Foundation on behalf of everyone there! 
Well done Rotary Club of Pakenham for organising an extremely enjoyable evening.
Christchurch Tragedy
Christchurch, slowly recovering from the trauma and devastation of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011, which caused severe damage, killing 185 people and injuring several thousand, is now having to deal with the tragedy of the recent cruel terrorist act.
Fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in the cowardly shooting spree carried out on Friday 15 March at two mosques.  Rotarians deplore the horrific event.
District 9970 has set up a Rotary Mosque Appeal managed by the Rotary Club of Riccarton.  Details as follows:

ROTARY MOSQUE APPEAL - Message from District 9970:

"Thank you everyone who has shown interest in supporting the Rotary Mosque Appeal after last Friday's horrific events in Christchurch.

We can advise full banking details that now incl. a SWIFT code for overseas donors.

The account number for the fund being managed by the Riccarton Rotary Club on behalf of the Riccarton, Linwood-Woolston & Ferrymead cluster of clubs is:

BANK ACC. 03 0823 0350538 00 
Reference: Mosque Appeal

Weekly Photos
Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
Wednesday 27 March Wilson Botanic Gardens Clean-up Wilson Botanical Gardens 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10 April Monbulk vs Berwick Bowling Competition Monbulk 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 13 April BJ Funston Celebration Holm Park Reserve 2:30 pm onwards
Wednesday 17 April CFA Vocational Visit TBC 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day function TBC 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 1 May Drew Allison Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 3 May Bunnings BBQ  Fountain Gate TBC
Wednesday 8 May Cluster meeting with  RC of Narre Warren Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 14 May Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 15 May Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 16 May Presentation Ball The Grand, Wantirna 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 25 May Progressive Dinner with Inner Wheel N/A N/A
Wednesday 29 May David Whiting D9800 DC-Governance Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 26 June Changeover Night Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm