6 March 2019
Volume 58 Issue 34
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Di Double
Fellowship:  PP Mark Caulfield
                        Di Scheepers
Attendance:  Gary Castricum
                        PP Adrian Funston

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
National Youth Science Forum
Mar 13, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Social Weekend in Paynesville
Mar 16, 2019 9:00 AM –
Mar 17, 2019 9:30 PM
Rotary Foundation Dinner - Twilight meeting at the Pakenham Races
Mar 21, 2019
6:00 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
President Elect's Introduction 
PE Isobel Caulfield explained that she is standing in for the President tonight, due to a sudden death in Di's family.  Our thoughts are with Geoff and Di at this sad time.
Isobel reported that PP Jim Armstrong has resigned from the Club to join his wife Viv at the Latitude 38 Club. 
Jim has worked tirelessly at our Club, particularly in the mental health area.  He chaired the recent Charity Golf day event and he will be sadly missed.  At least, he is not lost to Rotary and we wish him well at Latitude 38.
She then provided a summary of the Golf Day event, which was very successful due to the excellent teamwork of those who assisted on the day.
Secretary's report
Now that the recent Multi-District Conference is over,  PEN David Button advised that he will be able to return to his normal secretarial role.
David then reported that the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is open for registrations for the 2020 program.  Although we will be inviting local secondary schools to put forward their best Year 11 students to participate, he invited nominations from the Club members.  
The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. 
The standard fee to attend the program in 2020 is $3,150. This fee is all-inclusive, covering the participant’s travel to and from the program from one of our designated ports around Australia, as well as all meals, accommodation, transport during the program and any entry fees.
Registration must be conducted directly on the NYSF web site at 
The Club can sponsor one student, which may also include some financial support.
Treasurer's report
Gary Castricum explained that everyone should have received an invoice for the half-year fees of $154. 
If members have not already paid these fees, he requests that they do so ASAP.
In addition, members should have received a separate invoice for their meals.  This invoice shows meal costs in advance, at $27 per meeting.
Members can pay a lump sum in advance, or pay by bank card at each meeting.
District 9820 Scholarship Grants
PE Isobel reported on a Zoom (Online) meeting that she and David Button took part in recently, about District 9820 Scholarship Grants.
These are new scholarship grants available for disadvantaged students identified in secondary schools.  There will be 10 scholarships available over the District.
The idea is that the Club contributes $500, which is the matched by District, thereby providing $1,000 to assist each student.  The money is to be used for educational purposes only and must not be used for extra-curricular activities.
The scholarships will begin in September, but applications for the grants are to be made by clubs ASAP.
Rotary BBQ maintenance
Russell Dunn reported on difficulties that had been experienced with the BBQ at the recent Charity Golf Day.
He stated that it had taken about 15 minutes to get the BBQ started, so there is a real need to have it serviced.
In response, Graham Johnstone advised that the problem was probably due to the pressure regulator, which needs to be adjusted to get the correct gas flow.
Rotary Junior Community Awards
Our guest speaker this week was Josie Wilson from the Rotary Club of Pakenham, who presented information on the Junior Community Awards Program.
The Junior Community Award was originally designed by late Mitchell River Rotarian and school principal David Hawkey, to help develop resilience in young students.
It is specifically designed for students in grade 6. It is non-competitive and can be achieved by children of all physical and mental abilities. 
The program engages students in four main areas of endeavour to be completed over the school year:
  • community service - undertakes community volunteer work, such as 10 weeks of service of 1 hour per week assisting an individual, or an organisation
  • social experience - takes part in a community event, or attends an art exhibition, or experiences a different culture
  • physical recreation - shows personal improvement in a physical activity
  • skill development - learns a new skill, or improves an existing skill
A key component of the program is that the student maintains a diary, in which they present one page reports on their experience and achievements.
Rotary Clubs sponsor the schools, but the teachers and parents organise all of the experiences required to enable students to meet their goals. 
Rotary Clubs provide the diaries and inspect the finished products to determine whether an award is merited.
The Award promotes, leadership, confidence, self-worth, knowledge of the community, skill for life, positive values and social values.
Josie reported that 36 students from Pakenham Springs and St Patrick's Primary Schools received the Award recently.
Jokers Wild 6-3-19
Josie Wilson picked the winning ticket this week, which belonged to Russell Dunn.
Russell carefully selected from the deck, but drew out the Queen of Hearts.
Therefore, the Jackpot of $311.25 is safe for another week.
Make sure you buy your tickets before the meeting starts next week and PLEASE have the correct money.
Funno's News
PP Adrian Funston reported on the following news items.
The fierce bowls competition between the Rotary Clubs of Berwick and Monbulk is coming up on Wednesday 10 April and we really want to retain the trophy. 
Rather than have numerous cars drive to Monbulk for the competition, he suggested that we instigate a car-pooling arrangement.  This suggestion was supported unanimously.
Funno advised that on Wednesday 10 April, his mother, BJ, will celebrate her 95th birthday.  To mark this occasion, he is arranging a "Practice Wake" at Holm Park Reserve on Saturday 13 April and he extends an open invitation to everyone to attend. (See the notice later in the bulletin)
For catering purposes, please indicate if you will be attending by phoning Jennie on
0401 645 690, or emailing her at
He also reminded everyone that the Wilson Park Clean-up will take place on Wednesday 27 March and he is looking for a good turn out.  The clean-up will be followed by the usual gourmet BBQ.
Funno also reported on developments in setting up a Mick Morland Memorial.  Given Mick's ongoing community work and his long association with sport and in particular the Narre Warren Football Club, he suggests that we offer a sport scholarship in Mick's name. 
This would be in the form of an annual scholarship valued at $2,000, made up in two parts as follows:
  • Each coach of the 10 football teams at Narre Warren needs to undertake accreditation annually, at a cost of $100 each.  For the 10 coaches, this would total $1,000.
  • In addition, it is proposed that two coaches each year undergo the Mental Health First Aid course, to assist with their coaching role.  At $500 per course this totals $1,000
Mick's wife, Kay Morland, has approved this arrangement and the Rotary Club Board has also supported the proposal.
It was proposed that PP John Rosenthal and PP Adrian Funston put together a more comprehensive proposal for approval by the Club members.
2019 Charity Golf Day Photos
(Provided by Sandi Tarant)
Note The Dates
Date Activity Venue Time
Wednesday 6 March Membership - Jim Wilson Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Wednesday 13 March National Youth Science Forum Holm Park Reserve 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Saturday 16-17 March Social Weekend in Paynesville Paynesville
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 21 March Rotary Foundation Dinner Pakenham Races 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 27 March Wilson Botanical 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
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day function TBC 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 22 May No meeting N/A N/A
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