Issue  40
4th May 2022
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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
May is Youth Service Month
Rotary International has consistently been at the forefront of providing opportunities for youth to develop the skills and characteristics necessary to be effective leaders of tomorrow. 
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Mothers Day Walk
Wilson Botanic Park
May 09, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cyber Crime Presentation
The Beaconsfield Club
May 11, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Travel Guide Partners night: Japan
The Beaconsfield Club
May 25, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
On to Conference
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Trevor Watson
May 4
Andy Merrill
May 5
David Anderson
May 19
Pete Batterham
June 21
Spouse Birthdays
Pat McCurdy
May 1
Jenny Hart
May 11
Jack Kraan
Ann Kraan
May 8
Adwin Town
Mary Town
May 10

Across Europe, Rotaract members are using digital tools to share information and coordinate to help people who have been affected by the war in Ukraine


Learn more about the general secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, John Hewko.


Rotary supports UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine.

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Rotary Districts, who needs them?
Why do we need a Rotary District?
Well, for a start they provide resources that we can use and are containers for events that Rotary runs at a District level. An example of a container event would be one of the many Youth Programs such as MUNA, RYLA and RYPEN. District Conference and District Assemblies are also container events but these events provide resources and direction for Rotarians to follow and learn from. Our District 9820 leadership team are a conduit of information from our Zone and also from Rotary International. Make no mistake, our District makes the job of running the Club, connecting with Clubs around us and making decisions and actions within a Rotary based model easier than just going alone.
Rotary is a powerful organisation when all Club unite in a uniform way and the District is our conduit for making sure we are meeting our end of the deal.
Last Sunday, 1st of May, the Rotary Club of Berwick "A" Team converged at the Club Development Summit to get as much on the moment information that they could gather. The day was full on, interactive and informative. Attending District functions such as this do a lot to educate and motivate Rotarians to step up to the next level and do that in the company of other Rotarians across our District. I have to tell you that our presence didn't go unnoticed with someone ringing me to find out how we managed to get those engaging and motivated members. 
One of the strong topics of engagement was Public Image. Rotary International is now insisting that every Rotary Club across the world is united by branding. Using the correct logos and styles makes us all connected. Together we are one. At the summit, every club in the District was scored on their outward facing socials suchas their Facebook page and their website. This is about the fourth time our Club has been publicly scrutinized to see if we make the standard over the last two years. We scored 73 out of 100 which was good, but not the best. We dipped on appealing imagery on our website and our Facebook front page.
The fact of the matter is that image is important if we want to grow our Club and Rotary. People will visit our web presence long before they will contact us directly. We need to show them, their friends, family and work colleagues that our Club is amazing. On top of that, if they decide to visit, we have to be amazing!
There was so much more that I could put into this article, but apparently my articles are too long and people love to complain about long articles. If you didn't go to the Club Development Summit 2022, you missed out on a fun, motivating and educational day! 
Mick Morland Recreational Reserve
Posted by Graham Johnstone.
On a chilly morning of Saturday 7th of May, over 120 attended the official opening of the Mick Morland Recreation Reserve and Legacy Link.
Guest speakers included Kay Morland, Noelene Duff Administrator and Brad Battin MP who all paid tribute to Mick's devotion to developing a community bonded by sport and recreation.
Mick's dedication earned him an Order of Australia after his second term as Mayor of Casey.
The reserve caters for a variety of activities reflecting careful planning of the site.
Mother's Day Walk
Posted by Graham Johnstone from an email by Jen Marshall.

Register here:
Tips; Covered footwear recommended, some tracks are gravel and keep to tracks for safety.
Touring Japan
Posted by Graham Johnstone from an email by Di Double.
Chicago Meeting of Legislation
Posted by Graham Johnstone from an email by PDG Tim Moore.
Rotary’s Council on Legislation Chicago 2022
I have just returned from the 2022 Council on Legislation in Chicago which was conducted 11 – 14 April. 84 enactments were debated over the 4 days. There were 473 delegates, each one representing a Rotary district. I had the privilege and pleasure of representing our District 9820.
The Council on Legislation is Rotary's version of a congress. Every three years, representatives, selected by their districts, gather to consider proposals designed to move Rotary forward and adapt to the changing times. Passed enactments modify the Rotary International and Club Constitutions and ByLaws.
While the Rotary International Board may suggest enactments, most emanate from Clubs and Districts throughout the world of Rotary.
The experience and the debates at the Rotary Council of Legislation were interesting and thought provoking. Many of our colleagues from Australia and New Zealand couldn’t be here but participated in an elaborate virtual environment.
Just as rewarding I caught up with past virtual Zoom friends and, of course, face to face with our own Zone Director Jessie Harman, Past International President Ian Riseley plus President Nominee Gordyn McInally and Rotary Foundation Trustee Larry Lunsford. All will be visiting Australia for the ANZ Conference in October this year.
A summary of all of the enactments and outcomes will be available soon.
CNCISS 'Winter Coat Drive'
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Q & A  Invitation
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Please note the following invitation for Club members to particpate in the ABC's Q & A program on Thursday 19th May.
ABC TV’s Q+A COMES TO MELBOURNE! On Thursday May 19th , live from 8.30pm and YOU are invited to join the live audience!  A panel of decision makers and commentors will be discussing and debating the election issues that are important to YOU!  Participate in the national discussion and watch live TV being put to air!  
We will be running a'free' return bus service  from BERWICK to MELBOURNE CBD
Do you want to hop on the bus and join the audience? Here’s what you need to do:  
Please register your interest here and in the last question, Q.15 “How did you hear about us” please write: BERWICK ROTARY CLUB
We will then be in touch with more details if you are successful in securing a seat on the bus in the audience - Hurry limited seats!  
We hope to see you at Q+A!    
Many  Thanks,
We are People of Action
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