Tree Planting at Grasmere Wetlands
Posted by Sam McCurdy, with photos provided by Jane Moore and David Anderson:
At 10:30 am on Sunday 28th August, a group of approximately 35 volunteers met at Grasmere Wetlands, off Inglis Road in Berwick, to plant 1,000 trees and shrubs.  After the preceding cold and wet days, we had a beautiful sunny day for the work.
The team of volunteers was made up of members of the Rotary Club of Berwick and the community, the St Margaret School’s Interact Club, as well Vadasna Gunawardena from Nossal High School with her parents Vichi and Vichithrani.  Vadasna was volunteering as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award.
Simonette Charles, met us there with a Ute filled with all the equipment needed for planting the seedlings.  Simonette is an Environmental Projects Officer with the Community, Education and Engagement team at the City of Casey.  She explained the purpose of the plantings is to establish a wildlife corridor along the new Cardinia Creek re-alignment.  The trees and shrubs planted will:
  • provide protection for wildlife to safely move along the Creek,
  • provide a habitat for local birds and animals,
  • protect the Creek, which in turn provides a home for fish species, such as the threatened Dwarf Galaxies fish,
  • improve stormwater quality and
  • provide a beautiful place for local residents to enjoy.
The seedlings had already been placed on the ground by the City’s contractor, where each was to be planted.  This meant the volunteers job was to dig a hole using the implements provided, plant the seedlings, and ensure that the soil was tightly packed around the surface, to ensure that the potting mix did not dry out.
The volunteers split into teams of two or three, with one creating the hole and the others placing the seedling in the ground and packing the soil around the surface. Eric Boon and his wife Wendy were well prepared, using a battery driven drill to create the holes for their seedlings with minimal effort.
Although the task to plant 1,000 seedlings in 2 hours, appeared to be unattainable, the goal was achieved within 1.5 hours.  This allowed the volunteers to retire to the barbecue prepared by Trevor Watson and Jack Kraan, with liquid refreshments supplied by Funno, to reflect on a job well done.
This was a very successful community effort that was organised by Jen Marshall and Jack Kraan.  It sits comfortably within Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus, ‘Supporting the Environment. 
Well done to everyone involved!
Issue  10
31st August 2022
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New Member Inducted 
At our meeting on Wednesday night the club inducted Mary McIvor as our newest Rotarian.
Mary was joined by the 2 most important people in her life, daughters Sophie & Jeyd to witness the ceremony.
Mary has already demonstrated the key attributes of Rotary in the way she has shown interest in the club and existing members through her interactions and the friendships that she has already created. Mary was also good enough to invest her time last Sunday at the tree planting at the Grassmere Wetlands followed by some rich fellowship over a sausage.
Mary comes to us with a rich background coming originally from Nigeria, spending 10 years in New Zealand where she grew a likeness for the All Blacks before coming across the ditch.
If you haven’t already gotten to know Mary, please invest some time in getting to know her as she has plenty to offer.
Welcome Mary.
Rotary Leadership Institute
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the first day of a 2 day program put together by the Rotary Leadership Institute.
The venue was the Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon which has a short but fascinating history caring for folk who are being looked after at the Traralgon Hospital.
The first day covered topics such as Ethics & Vocational Service, Creating Service Projects, Rotary Opportunities, Attracting & Engaging Members amongst others.
The learning was first rate as was the opportunity to meet around 20 other Rotarians with varied length of membership and varied ideas.
I look forward to the second day of the program on the 17th of September and actively encourage others within our club to get involved in this type of learning down the track as future programs present.
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District Conference 2023
Well it all starts off on Friday with captivating choices to explore the local area. Take a delicious winery OR garden bus tour with lunch, or try your luck on breaking your handicap in a round of golf on the delightful RACV Cape Schanck course.
On Friday night, arrange your Club dinner in any of the multitudes of cafes and restaurants which abound in the local area.
On Saturday, settle in to enjoy an impressive array of presentations by the following Keynote speakers:
  • Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club,
  • Warren Tate, Communications expert,
  • Julia Kay, 2022 Young Victorian of the Year and co-Director of Great Wrap,
  • Samuel Johnson, 2018 Victorian of the Year, actor and founder of Love Your sister,
Rotary projects and discussions will also be made by:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President and Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Chair and Past Rotary International President who will share a virtual conversation with us
  • Jessie Harman, Zone 8 representative.
  • Bernie Farquhar, Rotary Club of Mitchell River
  • Ross Kilborn, Rotary Club of Mornington.
After enjoying a day of learning and connection building, it is time to kick up your heels at the Saturday night themed Beach Party dinner. Accompanying the gourmet event, the Baker Boy Band will treat you to fabulous music. The Baker Boy Band have played at a number of District Conference dinners and they are always on point with their entertainment.
Sunday morning starts with a breakfast session and a presentation by Kevin Sheedy, 2022 Victorian of the Year and Libby Wilson, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (RCRR). A tour of the Rotary Rosebud Warehouse: will be offered to interested Conference participants as they leave from breakfast and head home. This is a major project of the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye and well worth a visit if you are interested in how a Rotary Club can run a very big and ongoing project that requires a lot of capital investment.
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This week, many members and potential members (thanks Scotty) have contributed to the production of the bulletin. They said it could never happen! Thank you to all who have put a slice in, collectively we have created a masterpiece. Until next week, keep the wheels of Rotary turning.
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