Issue  33
8th March 2023
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The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
Meetings & Events
Joint Meeting with Narre Warren - Tonga Project
The Beaconsfield Club
Mar 15, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Travel Guide Partners night: Egypt and Jordan
The Beaconsfield Club
Mar 22, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Bowling night with RC Monbulk
Berwick Bowling Club
Mar 29, 2023
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Rae Mackay - Latrobe Valley Coal Mine Rehabilitation.
The Beaconsfield Club
Apr 05, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:03 PM
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Our Sponsors
March is Water & Sanitation
Month on the Rotary calendar.
Clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.
World Water Day on 22 March is an opportunity to learn about Rotary’s commitment to provide clean water and sanitation.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership and Public Image
Youth Protection Officer
Projects and Fundraising
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jeanette Blackwood
March 2
Jane Moore
March 4
Sharmaine Squire
March 5
Michele Somers
March 9
Di Scheepers
March 10
David Nutter
March 13
Spouse Birthdays
Wendy Boon
March 1
Jane Moore
March 4
Rosaleen French
March 4
March 7
Ann Kraan
March 13
Warren Lukey
March 18
David Anderson
March 10
John Rosenthal
Helen Rosenthal
March 11
Di Double
Geoff Double
March 13
Geoff Double
Di Double
March 13
Greg Lee
Sharon Verbi
March 23
Jim Wilson
Josie Wilson
March 26
Sam McCurdy
Pat McCurdy
March 31

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"Behind the badge" trio
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
At our Wednesday meeting, we were treated to interesting "Behind the Badge" presentations by Marta Faithful, Louise Carter and Louise Jackel.  All three transferred from the Rotary Club of Pakenham to Berwick last year.
Louise Carter, Marta Faithful & Louise Jackel
Marta Faithful grew up on a farm in Dandenong. 
For many years, she worked as a Travel Adviser with several international airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, and Emirates.  This had the benefit of free air travel, so she got to visit many foreign cities.  One of her favourite destinations was New York.
Marta joined Rotary ten years ago looking for fellowship after her husband died, and this helped her through a tough and emotional time in her life.
Currently she lives on a farm in Tynong North with her partner Warren and nine horses.
Louise Carter is the eldest of three children.  She has a brother and sister, as well as two daughters and two grandsons. 
When she was younger, she played as a goalie in hockey, and as a spin bowler and opening bat in cricket.
Louise worked in various positions within the Information Technology field before becoming a Technical Writer.  In this role, she has written Standard Operating Procedures, manuals, policies and procedures etc.  She also assists a Japanese friend with her English translations via emails, as she lives in Japan.
Louise was a member of the Clyde CFA Brigade and has a 10-year service award.
Now retired, she volunteers at the Salvos shop in Pakenham, three afternoons a week.
Louise Jackel was born in in Wangaratta as the second youngest of six children.  She grew up in a Rotary family, as her father was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
When she was younger, Louise played netball, tennis and golf.
She completed a Diploma of Art & Design (Pottery) that entailed one year of industrial experience, which she completed at Arita in Japan near Nagasaki.
In 1976 she joined the Rotaract Club of Wangaratta.  In 1977, she was a member of the Rotaract team that went to Chiba in Japan, further strenthening her ties with that country.
Eventually Louise moved to Clyde, where she was a member of the Clyde CFA for five years.  She moved to Pakenham in 2019 and is now rebuilding her pottery studio called, Ohani Yaki.
Clean Up Australia Day activity
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
A Rotary Club of Berwick group met at Buchanan Park in Berwick on Sunday with a common purpose, which was to help clean up Australia.
The group was made up of Rotarians, students from the Interact Club of St Margaret Berwick Grammar and their relatives or friends.
In beautiful warm and sunny weather, the group collected 10.82 g of rubbish and 1.64 kg of recyclable material, in addition to two damaged shopping trolleys, a road sign and a small wooden pallet.
This was significantly less rubbish than was collected at the park last year, which is a promising change for the better.
Thank you to all those who took part in the clean-up, which was coordinated by Rotarian Mary McIvor.
Annual bowling competition
Posted by Funno:
The annual lawn bowls challenge with the Rotary Club of Monbulk will be held this year at the Berwick Bowling Club in Manuka Road, on Wednesday 29th March.
The competition was started many years ago by a milkman, Allan Funston (The original Funno), and a butcher, Bob Gray. They thought it would be a good way to promote fellowship between their respective Rotary Clubs of Berwick and Monbulk.
Unfortunately, the "Funno's Fours" Bowling Trophy as it is called, has been dominated over recent years by the Monbulk club, so this year we want to bring it home to where it belongs!
Therefore, if you have a friend that bowls well, please bring them along to strengthen our team.
For $35 you will get a game of bowls and a meal catered for by the Inner Wheel Club of Berwick.
You will need to wear flat shoes (No heels), or play barefoot.  It is recommended that you arrive at 6:30pm to get in some practice before the competition starts at 7:00pm.
Bowling balls will be provided, if you don't have your own. Volunteers will be on hand to tutor those that may need it.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Saturday Coffee Catch Up ends
The Saturday Coffee Catch Up over Zoom was introduced during the COVID shutdowns to allow members to drop in for a chat.
Now that the COVID pandemic has eased and we are back to full face-to-face club meetings, and with only two or so members attending the session, its purpose has expired. 
The Board has determined that the following zoom link for the coffee catch up will expire on 31st March. 
Password: Rotaryzoom
The last session will be available on Saturday 25th March at 10.00am.
ALL members are welcome to join the remaining sessions.
Invitation to a Gala Dinner
Extracted from a Facebook post by Amanda Wendt:
Join Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and Lord Mayor Sally Capp, City of Melbourne, at a Rotary Gala Dinner on Thursday 1 June 2023 at the prestigious Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.
Tickets strictly limited and on sale now.  
Art Screen 'Call to Action'
Posted by Trevor Watson:
We have an urgent need for more support (ie. Driver Tows & Helpers) to fill the Art Screen roster for upcoming dates in April (4th, 11th & 19th).
Please review the updated roster and contact me at the earliest opportunity, if you're able to fill a role(s). Remember, to save you travel time, you can elect to meet at the venue (rather than also travelling to and from the shed).
17 MarchElsternwick - Delivery8:30 at the Shed10 - Blue trailer
Driver: I Caulfield
Helpers: T Watson, S Squire, L Jackel
20 MarchElsternwick - Pick-up8:30 at the Shed10 - Blue trailer
Driver: I Caulfield
Helpers: T Watson, S Squire, G Castricum
23 MarchBerwick - Delivery8:30 at the Shed
32  - Blue trailer
26  - White trailer
Driver: L Gordyn - Blue trailer
Driver: R Fellows - White trailer
Helpers: T Watson, L Jackel, G Evans, S Squire (2 more required)
27 MarchBerwick - Pick-up8:30 at the Shed
32 - Blue trailer
26 - White trailer
Driver: L Gordyn - Blue trailer
Driver: R Fellows - White trailer
Helpers: T Watson, M Faithful, L Jackel, G Castricum,  A Somers, S Squire 
4 AprilBlairgowrie - Delivery8:30 at the Shed49 - White trailer
Driver: L Gordyn
Helpers: T Watson, S Squire (4 more required)
11 AprilBlairgowrie - Pick-up by 10:00am8:15 at the Shed49 - White trailer on to Hastings by 11:00am
Driver: Required
Helpers: T Watson, S Squire (4 more required)
11 AprilHastings From Blairgowrie35 - White trailer
Driver: Required
Helpers:  T Watson, S Squire (4 more required)
19 AprilHastings - Pick-up8:30 at the Shed35 - White trailer
Driver: G Double
Helpers: S Squire, R Hughes, D Double (2 more required)
5 MayDandenong - Delivery8:30 at the Shed8 - Blue trailer
Driver: Required
Helpers: L Jackel, S Squire (1 more required)
8 MayDandenong - Pick-up8:30 at the Shed8 - Blue trailer
Driver: Required
Helpers: M Faithful, L Jackel, G Castricum, S Squire
20 MayPakenham - Delivery8:30 at the Shed16 - White trailer
Driver: G Double
Helpers: D Double, S Squire, J Kraan (2 more required)
5 JunePakenham - Pick-up8:30 at the Shed16 - White trailer
Driver: Required
Helpers: M Faithful, G Castricum, S Squire, T & J Moore
Thanks to all members who have had an involvement to date.
We have confirmed bookings (ie. Peninsula Studio Trail Inc & Noble Park Community Centre) beyond June-2023, which I've not added to the roster schedule yet. It's pleasing to see repeat custom from satisfied organisations. 
Our Art Screen business will continue to prosper, if we can fill the roster.
If you have any questions about this activity please give me a call. 
Trevor Watson
0417 479 804 
Donations in Kind/ DIK—What’s it about?

Find out at the 2023 Open Day Saturday 18 March 10am—3pm

Some people see the Donations in Kind store at West Footscray as nothing more than an overstocked junkshop. However, other more enlightened people, see it as a vast treasure trove of goods for all manner of local and international Rotary projects. They are like kids in a big toyshop – their eyes sparkle with ideas and opportunities.
With over 3,500 square meters of mostly triple racked shelving, the store holds supplies of hospital beds and mattresses, transfer trolleys, examination couches, IV poles, patient monitors, ECG’s, baby cots, and a vast array of medical consumables such as gloves, gowns, drapes, bandages and lots more.
Then there are the school desks and chairs, together with school consumables, books and large stocks of new clothing.
And don’t forget all of the mobility aids: wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower chairs and the like.
But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourselves.
Tea and coffee will be available all day and it would not be a Rotary activity without a Sausage Sizzle.
We know that many Rotarians, both new and old, have not seen what the store has to offer, and they are amazed when they visit for the first time. Discover what you might utilise for local community projects, as well as talking to us about container opportunities. Make a Club outing of the visit and see how DIK can get the ideas started or provide help for your project.
Donations in Kind is located at Shed 39, 400 Somerville Road West Footscray. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, https://rotarydik.org
Contact Bob Glindemann E: bob.glindemann@bigpond.com, Mob: 0418 102 702 ,or Laurie Fisher E: manager@rotarydik.org, Mob: 0428 550 574.
2023-2024 RI President
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Gordon R. McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2023-24.
He will be declared the President-Nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Gordon, a graduate of dental surgery at the University of Dundee, owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh. He was the chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions.
A Rotary member since 1984, McInally has been President and Vice President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees.
In his presentation to the recent International Assembly of incoming District Governors from around the world, Gordon introduced the Rotary theme for 2023-2024 'Create Hope in the World'.
He calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realise these values.