Issue  26
18th January 2023
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Meetings & Events
Berwick Cemetery Clean-up
Berwick Cemetery
Feb 01, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Casey North Community Information Support Services
The Beaconsfield Club
Feb 08, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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January is Vocational Service Month on the Rotary calendar.
Vocational Service is at the heart of Rotary, which was founded on the classification system of membership.
Business and professional life are the bedrock of Rotary, and Vocational Service is a major force in promoting honour, integrity, and trustworthiness in business.
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Ted French
January 9
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January 15
Louise Jackel
January 17
Gary Evans
January 27
Greg Lee
January 27
Louise Carter
January 28
Isobel Caulfield
Mark Caulfield
January 1
Mark Caulfield
Isobel Caulfield
January 1
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Wendy Froggatt
January 4
Gus Dominguez
Viviana Dominguez
January 5
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January 17, 1985
38 years
Jim Wilson
January 27, 1994
29 years
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January 28, 2021
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Co-President's message
Posted by Co-President Jack Kraan:
As we enter the second half of the Rotary year, Co-President Geoff and I are looking forward to sharing with all members a balanced program of community service, fellowship and Rotary information.
After starting the calendar year enjoying fellowship at the family BBQ, we now move onto an activity that encompasses what I enjoy most about being a Rotarian, community service combined with fellowship.  Our annual cemetery clean-up and BBQ provides us with this opportunity.  I encourage all members to come along, pitch in and enjoy the activity.  Family and friends will all be welcome.  Back when I was President in 1992/93, the Club had 39 members and 28 attended the cemetery clean up.  Let’s see if we can get a similar attendance.
Past President David has been granted leave of absence from the Club due to business commitments.  Consequently, we have needed a new bulletin editor and Sam has agreed to take on this role for the remainder of the Rotary year. Thank you, Sam.  Sam can’t provide a bulletin unless he has material to include.  Please help by providing some interesting articles. 
One of the keys to a successful club is good communication and our bulletin is the ideal vehicle for this.  Please support the bulletin editor.
Co-President Jack Kraan
Rotary's Australia Day Celebration
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
A Rotary Central Event was held at Nossal High School on Australia Day to “Reflect, Respect and Celebrate” the occasion.  It featured an indigenous theme related to the "Voice".
Organised by the Rotary Club of Southbank’s Environment, Sustainability Group (ESG), the event featured interesting speakers, who reinforced the need to work with the indigenous population to further develop and strengthen our Australian democracy.
The speakers included:
  • Thomas Mayo - a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man and the National Indigenous Officer of the MUA. Thomas is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has been a leading advocate since its inception in May 2017.
  • Professor Patrick McGorry - Professor of Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne. 
  • Costa Georgiadis - a landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter on Gardening Australia.
In addition, the following Rotarians provided valuable information on the activities of Rotary locally and internationally:
  • Maurie Stack - Chair of “Rotary Foundation Australia” outlined the work planned for the organisation in 2023.
  • Tim Moore – Chair of the “Regionalisation Project” and Past President of the Rotary Club of Berwick.  Tim explained the purpose and opportunities that the Regionalisation project offered for the future of Rotary.
  • Amanda Wendt – District Governor of Rotary District 9800 spoke about the work being done by clubs in the District to assist communities in need, including victims of the recent floods.
  • Mikaela Strafrace – Chair of “WomenCAN” provided an overview of what we needed to know about Rotary International.
  • Aviv Palti – President of the Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne outlined the work being done in Cambodia to “Educate, Empower, Inspire” students, in order to “Create Future Leaders”.
Entertainment was provided during the event by the renowned soprano, Alison Jones.  She opened the event with the National Anthem and closed proceedings appropriately with a stirring rendition of “I still call Australia home”.
After the formal proceedings, the attendees were treated to barbecued food produced by members of the Rotary Club of Berwick. 
Well done to the BBQ team pictured above.
Thanks also go to Jack Kraan for delivering the BBQ trailer to Nossal High School and to Andrew Somers for collecting it after the event
Funeral details for PP Gerald Treasure
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
The Funeral Service for Gerald James Treasure will be held at Tobin Brothers Chapel, 21 Lyall Road, Berwick on Tuesday, 31st January 2023 at 10am.
No flowers by request and a private burial will follow.
The Funeral Service will be Webcast live.
To view the Webcast please ensure you are using Google Chrome or the latest version of your preferred internet browser. If you have the page/screen open for a period of time prior to the streaming commencing, once the digital countdown clock gets down to zero, please refresh your page by clicking on the icon semi-circle arrow in the top left hand of your screen, to re-set the tribute page and the streaming. The streaming will commence shortly after your page has been refreshed.
2023 Berwick Cemetery Working Bee
Posted by Adrian Funston (Funno):
Its that time of year when we have the Berwick Cemetery Working Bee, followed by our popular social gathering. 
Funno is marshalling the troops and provides the following information to ensure that the event runs smoothly.
Wednesday Feb 1st from 6.00pm will see Rotary at work, Rotary at play & Rotary celebrating 58 years of community service to the Berwick Cemetery.
Please park in the Arch Brown Recreation reserve (Berwick Tennis Club) …entrance off Buchanan Road (entry to cemetery is via the gate in the fence)
Bring a chair!
Bring a jumper/coat!
Tasks to be undertaken:
  1. Rose dead heading in the lawn section and memorial rose gardens, and Xmas decoration removal. Secateurs & gloves are required.
  2. Removal of Xmas decorations and dead flowers from monumental graves…gloves required.
  3. Raking & blowing of leaves & twigs along main drive…rakes, forks & air brooms required.
  4. Watering of roses in lawn sections & memorial rose gardens…hoses and some watering cans provided.
  5. Paint wrought iron work in monumental section…paint,brushes,turps supplied.
  6. Cooking the BBQ.
  7. There will be a skip provided for leaves,rose prunings,dead flowers etc.
If weather is inclement…..we will still have fellowship!
If weather is toooo hot .... we'll still have fellowship!
District 9820 Conference
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
(Extracted from Facebook postings)
We've got a fantastic weekend planned for you at Cape Schanck on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and we can't wait to see you there!
Have you registered yet?  There's just two weeks until registrations close for the conference!
Living and Ageing Well Plan
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
(An email from the City of Casey)
​​​​​​We encourage you to join us for the Living and Ageing Well Action Plan community meeting on Tuesday, 7 February 2023 (between 1:30pm and 3:30pm) at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren.
Following a review of our Aged and Disability Services in December 2021, the City of Casey announced that it would proactively transition out of directly providing services from 30 June 2022. It was decided that Casey would, instead, invest in creating a supportive environment where people of all ages have access to the right infrastructure and services.
To help us to understand the needs and priorities of our ageing population, Casey consulted with residents in October 2022.
Feedback from the consultation process enabled us to identify our residents' priorities and to incorporate these findings into the draft Living and Ageing Well Action Plan.
You can access the draft Living and Ageing Well Action Plan at the following web site: https://conversations.casey.vic.gov.au/living-well.
We are now encouraging residents to provide us with their feedback on the Living and Ageing Well Action Plan at a community meeting on Tuesday 7 February from 1.30pm at Bunjil Place.
By attending this session, you will have a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards as a token of our appreciation for your input.
Registrations are essential. Please complete the online booking form HERE.
You can also telephone us on 9709 9619 or email us at livingandageingwelladvisory@casey.vic.gov.au.
Thank you,
Ali Yaghobi
Volunteer Development nSenior Officer
Connected Communities
Saturday Coffee Catch Up
Saturday Coffee Catch Up over Zoom, and all members are welcome to drop in for a chat.
Password: Rotaryzoom
Every Saturday morning, 10.00am
ALL club members are welcome.