Your Job has been assigned
Every member of the Club should have received their draft copy of the Club handbook by email on Wednesday 6th July around about 3.00pm.
In that handbook draft, your assigned task for the year is written in draft, not stone and it is up to you to check your job and respond if you are willing to accept the role. It is expected that you check your relevant details and if there are any errors, let Gus know on
If you did not receive your copy of the handbook, please let Gus know.
Free training in Food Safety
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Given the increasing number of requests for our Rotary BBQ service, it is advisable that more members undertake Food Safety training to avoid any potential food poisoning of our customers.
Everyone who works with food is responsible for the delivery of safe food to the customer. All food premises, including for-profit businesses, community and not-for-profit groups, that sell food are legally required to ensure that the food they prepare is safe for people to eat, regardless of the type or class of food sold.
The Victorian Food Act (1984) separates food premises into four classes based on the food safety risks of their highest risk food handling activity. Different requirements and obligations apply for each of the four classes of food premises and the Act sets out what must be done to make sure that the food sold in each class is safe to eat.
Sausage sizzles, where only sausages (with or without onions, sauce and bread) are cooked and served immediately, are class 4 – the lowest level of regulation. As a class 4, you may also carry out any other class 4 food activities, such as selling bottled water or soft drinks.
Food handlers at a sausage sizzle do not have to attend accredited food safety training courses to meet the skills and knowledge requirements for handling food safely. The Do Food Safely is a free, online food handlers' learning program provided by the Department of Health and Human Services' Food Safety Unit.
The program is designed for food handlers and can be used as a learning tool for volunteers and staff. It takes about an hour to complete, and a Certificate of Completion is issued to those who achieve a score of at least 90 per cent on the quiz at the end of the program. The quiz consists of 30 multiple choice quesions.
All Club members are encouraged to do the Do Food Safety program and undertake the assessment at the end.  The more members who have undertaken Food Safety handling, the more flexible, safe and reliable our service will be.
You can find the free program at:
The Process
I had hoped by now that a President from our group of four Presidents might have something to say to the readership on the direction of the Club. I know it is early days and it is much easier when there is only one President. I don't have any real information to impart but I am going to have a go at it anyway. 
I am the Immediate Past President, and current Vice President of the Rotary Club of Berwick and I am curious of how we are going to be molded as a Club. Are we going to be a bowl, cup or plate?
My past Board had a clear vision to bring the Rotary Club of Berwick forward to regaining our position as a powerhouse in our local community. All Board members worked hard collectively and we achieved all we could between the annoying lockdowns. Our current year has been turned over to four experienced but diverse Presidents who have served the Club well in the past. I wrote two detailed Presidents plans for my years in office to avoid time wasting and ambiguities. I like efficiency and getting on with business. I may have been compromised with lack of time due to my day job but my Board helped me keep it together most of the time and have followed the plan. Personally, I am expecting that the new Presidents and Board will build on the foundations laid and give a vision of a future Club in their eyes.
It was always going to be difficult to blend/meld/bond four distinctly different individuals into one guiding light for the Club. At writing, I have heard nothing of note except to say we want more members. That is no surprise but where is the detail? I am in the inner circle but not in the inner circle. I am sure it will take a bit of time to bring it all together. Perhaps I am just being impatient.
If you are reading this, don't be alarmed. Four Presidents in one year sharing a common outcome is a pretty tall order to bring our Club out the other end on a trajectory of growth. The best we can hope for is that they all come up with a written and agreed plan and the intended outcome is to pass a vibrant and exciting Club onto our next future President.
There is a long game! To build a strong club that is able to serve the community into the future. We need to be patient to learn the process. I need to be patient to report the outcome.
Issue  2
6th July 2022
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July marks the month of transition as new leaders take over from retiring ones. At the Rotary Club of Berwick, our new leaders are steering the club towards new heights of service, membership growth, engagement, fun and fulfilment.
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Changeover Season
Over the last week or so it has been Changeover Season. For me, I have experienced so many Clubs and their own Club life over a nice ceremony, dinner and a wine or two. I think it is important to sit at random tables and not get stuck with your own crew. I have been lucky because I always get put on the "other" table.
In my own District capacity as the District Conference registration guy, I get a candid glimpse of Club culture and activities throughout the District. When I meet up with fellow Rotarians from outside Berwick in person it is always interesting to see if they make the connection between me as a random Rotarian, me as the District Webmaster or me as the Conference Registration guy. I love to hear their take on the Rotary Club of Berwick, how we are doing and what the latest gossip about our club is. It is always a positive exchange of evaluation, re-education and comparison which in the end makes Rotary a stronger place to belong.
My brother is a Past District Governor of District 7475, New Jersey USA so I get a glimpse of Rotary from his perspective. Add into the mix our recent Rotarian guest Mahendra Bulsara from India, I am getting a different picture of Rotary and the cultures in between. There will be many in the Club who have experienced the array of versions of Rotary around the world and within our own local reach. Rotary is the same as a whole but not the same as individual Clubs and Districts. Rotary is a wonderful mix of variety and expectations all aligned to their take on the needs of their own community.
I would challenge you as a reader of this article to see Rotary as a large and interesting mix of Rotarians from a diverse range of Club formats that need exploring and experiencing. 
Please consider visiting a Rotary Club outside of Berwick and bringing back the good stuff to enhance our own Rotary experiences. By the way, the above photo was taken at the Rotary Club of Dilli, Timor Leste so we do get around!
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Supporting where it matters most
🎉Australian Rotary Health wants to extend a huge thanks to the #Rotary Clubs from the Rotary District 9820 for donating $25k to mental health research!🎉
Due to COVID-19 restrictions throughout ARH's 40th anniversary and with many fundraising efforts being cancelled, the Rotary Club of Mornington encouraged other Clubs donate to ARH💯
Clubs that contributed were the Rotary Club of Berwick, Leongatha, Seaford - Carrum and Langwarrin.
"Mornington was very disappointed in not being able host a celebratory 40th Anniversary Dinner. Having been instrumental in the formation of Australian Rotary Health in 1981 and watched its growth and amazing contribution to Australia’s medical research since, we felt this recognition was very important," said Ross Kilborn (President, RC of Mornington).
Thank you to all who have donated! Without you, ARH would not be able to fund critical research to help support a healthier Australia🎊🩺
The Rotary Club of Berwick contributed $5000 which was matched by the Rotary Club of Mornington. Our donation means Australian Rotary Health has $10,000 more to work with and make Australian a better place to be.
Raising money to make a difference in the world is a thankless task except when WE are not a NUMBER but a NAME.
This past Rotary year, the Board of the Rotary Club of Berwick spent a lot of time working out where our Club's donations would make the most impact. Rotary should support our Rotary first, our partners second, our strategic partners third and anyone else fourth.
I think we have done well on the multiplication stakes with 100% backing on Australian Rotary Health and 300% backing on our $3020 donation to Polio Plus! That means we have effectively donated an extra $11,000 dollars AUD to what is reported in our annual report. We must work smarter and not harder.
For Rotary Clubs to make a difference in the world, they need to be fully aware of the levers available to make their cold hard cash work harder. District and Global grants are a good way to make our bucks travel further and the Rotary Club of Berwick have made an effort to utilise these opportunities for some amazing outcomes with our Philipines water project, Grasmere wetlands project and our Low Level Scholarship Grants helping local school students just to name a few.
A bit of Rotary education never goes astray when you need it most!
Clyde Road Level Crossing Removal's Fun Day
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
The Construction Project Team are having a Community Fun Day to celebrate the removal of the level crossing at Clyde Road and thank Berwick locals for their patience during the work.
The event will be held at Buchanan Park on Saturday 23rd July from 10:00am - noon.  Enterainment will be provided such as: kid's activities, live music, food trucks and a Treaasure Hunt.
Furthermore, Club members will be operating the barbeque.
Invitation to the Langmore Centre Opening
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Club members will be operating the FREE barbeque.
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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