Issue  44
1st June 2022
Join our meeting

Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program.
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Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Jun 04, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guest Speaker - Jesse Barnett
The Beaconsfield Club
Jun 08, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Club
Jun 29, 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
Pete Batterham
June 21
Mark Caulfield
July 3
Graham Johnstone
July 17
Diana Gomez-Fullaway
July 21
Gerald Treasure
July 28
Spouse Birthdays
Mark Caulfield
July 3
Viviana Dominguez
July 19
Gary Evans
Carol Evans
July 7

Crucial rail lines transport humanitarian and medical supplies across the border


After holding two conventions virtually because of COVID-19, Rotary’s global member network will again gather in person


The magazine received more than 600 entries from across the family of Rotary.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in Haiti, Canada, Ghana, Netherlands, and Australia.


Rotary members in Ukraine are helping neighbors return to their homes, distributing supplies from other countries, and organizing long-term aid — all despite being affected by the war


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

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How'd we do this year?
We've almost come to the end of the Rotary year. Now It is time to reconcile how we have personally contributed to the impressive organisation of Rotary International as Rotarians. Actions speak louder than words, so we will be judged by what we do and not by what we say. The only way we are going to change anything is to do it ourselves.
My question to you is:  Did you live up to the expectations of an active Rotarian throughout this Rotary year?
  1. Have you built on the reputation of Rotary and the reputation of the Rotary Club?
  2. Have you involved yourself in Club life to strengthen friendships?
  3. Have you put your best foot forward with your available time to serve our community?
  4. Have you been a regular attendee at Club meetings?
  5. Have you been an active member or leader of our projects?
  6. Have you done your best to learn everything you can about the changing world of Rotary?
  7. Have you invited people to learn about what we do, join a meeting, or become members?
  8. Have you found the passion to meet the purpose?
I hope you were able to answer YES to most of these questions. If not, there is always next year.
When you were inducted as a Rotarian, there was an expectation that you would become an active and vital member of an International Organization. To promote and grow Rotary through your profession and build strength within the club through friendship. It is a simple yet powerful model of how people who are unconnected in life can bring it all together in service.
Membership in Rotary is an honour and privilege. Rotary is not a social club or a yearly subscription you pay just to be a member. Rotary involves obligations.
An essential obligation of membership is regular involvement with the club through the weekly meetings, Club projects and Social events. Sure life gets in the way, but Rotary is a living, breathing and pulsing organisation that needs above-average people to step in and be involved.
There is no room for bystanders, only room for people of action, determination and resolve. We might be volunteers, but we are on the serious end of volunteerism and that takes commitment to fulfil a task. That means that sometimes you need to put Rotary to the front to ensure that what we promise actually happens.
The community will know and judge Rotary through our example in character and service by EVERY Rotarian associated with our Club. We have quality members but not all are quality Rotarians. My hope is that our Club will find a way to release the potential in every member so that together we do projects to help our community that are still only dreams.
What's David Nutter up to Now?
Late posting by Graham Johnstone for David Nutter.
In brief, Rotarians David Nutter and Trevor Withers (RC Belgrave)have entered the RFDS ( Royal Flying Doctors) Outback Car Trek, after raising over $12,000.oo for the RFDS.
( all donations go to the RFDS ) and David and Trevor fund all the other costs like entry fee , accomodation ( when not camping on some cold football ground) , car costs , donations etc.
About 100 old cars like David’s 1966 Ford Galaxie do a tour of the Outback on seldom used roads, with up to 550 klms between fuel stops.
This year starting at Parkes, then Nyngan, Whitecliffs, Cameron Corner, Thargomindah, Augathella, Taroom, Gayndah and finishing at Hervey Bay. About 4500 klms in 8 days. Lots of fun raising funds for the RFDS.
Also with catering and expenses, leaving over$80,000.oo behind in every town we stay at. Paid caterers include school parent clubs, footy clubs, community clubs, youth clubs, and service clubs. The look on kids eyes when they sell a bunch of raffle tickets and pull in over $10,000 for a school project is priceless.
This year Trevor arranged some Doggy Footy hats, scarves and footballs to give away to kids. More sparkling eyes. Our first stop cost $274.00 to fill the 125 litre tank. The ROI for David and Trevor is the fun and satisfaction of helping many worthy causes including the RFDS.  
Club Dues are DUE
Attention all Rotary Club of Berwick Members. If you have not paid your dues for the first six months of the new Rotary year, they are now due by the 15th June 2022.
If you are unsure if you are up to date with your membership, please contact Wendy Langdon at
Service to the Community over dinner.
They say that it takes a village to raise a child and for children to grow into dynamic adults they need to find that village! The way our society is currently structured leaves some people with a small or no network of older people to keep them on the path as they form as adults. I have been very fortunate to be part of the Human Powered Vehicle "Village" at my daughter's school. Andrew and Jeanette are also members. Together, we have seen many children grow into amazing adults just by being an active part of the village.
At this week's meeting, we have a speaker who needs some outside "Ears" to listen to what he has to say. I feel that Rotary has more to offer than we are giving when it comes to looking after the future people of the world. Perhaps this week, we can learn something from our speaker, but also evaluate and point out a path to help his future. All it takes is a chance to listen, learn and relax over a nice dinner this Wednesday Night. Consider this meeting to be a potentially life-changing event for the speaker and a village opportunity for Rotary. Sometimes doing something important doesn't mean hard work.
Jesse Barnett is a 14-year old student at Kambrya College. Jesse has High functioning Autism and is still able to show excellent leadership being voted class captain every single year at the school. He excels given responsibility and enjoys a challenge. Jessie does get exhausted blocking out noise in the background and at times struggles with talking with his own peers.
Jesse is excellent with his manners and assisting students with any problems they are having. Jesse is great with participating in school leadership with ANZAC days ie raising and lowering flags for school at assembly. Jesse is always trustworthy and reliable and very responsible. He has a very mature manner and always assists teachers with any requests. This was extremely helpful for me (Ms Ukena) when I had computer issues with my MS teams teaching Science. Jesse always had the patience to help me when I got stuck and the students.
Though out the three years I have known Jesse he has always shown interest in helping the community. For the last two years, Jesse has shown a deep desire to get involved in Politics to make the community a better place to live in.
Jesse’s smile and enthusiasm are contagious and very heartfelt. He always tries to improve things for students at Kambrya College and I am confident that moving into his local community will be a natural progression. Jesse is extremely hard working and has much energy to put towards his goal of getting into politics. He is genuine and real and has a photographic memory that simply would put our current prime minister Anthony Albanese to shame.
All Jesse needs is an opportunity from Rotary Berwick to see how he makes an incredible difference in his local community as he has at Kambrya College.
2023 Rotary International Convention 'Special'
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
If you plan to attend the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne in May next year, now is the opportunity to save $50 per registration fee.
For five days only from 4th - 8th June 2022,  registration will be $425 per person.  After the 8th June the registration jumps to $475 per person.
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Changeover 2022
Register HERE to join us as we brush out the old and sweep in the new!
Spaced Out
When Jane and Tim said they were getting out of town for a while, they really mean't it! They are currently at the Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas. There is plenty of networking, fun and fellowship going on as well as getting spaced out in the House of Friendship.
For anyone wanting to attend the virtual sessions, check out this page: Virtual Program | Rotary Convention The cost is $75 US

Can’t make the convention in-person? Join virtually for $50 when you register and pay between 5-10 May, or $75 from 12:00 a.m. (Chicago-time) 11 May through 31 August 2022. Registration fees will be charged in U.S. currency only.

Platform Supported Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean


Sessions will be livestreamed 30 minutes prior to the start, through the end of the program. Livestreamed content will be recorded and offered on-demand as soon as possible after the live event ends. On demand content will be available until 31 August 2022. Livestreamed content will be available in the languages that are offered at the in-person event.

Note: all times below are CDT (Chicago-time)

Please remember that the Rotary International Convention will be held in MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA this time next year.

CNCISS 'Winter Coat Drive'
We will be collecting coats at the Club meetings to enable all Club members and friends to contribute to our local people in need during our imminent winter season. This is a great opportunity to do something super amazing! Try standing outside with no protection at the moment and see how long you would last. A coat, any coat makes a difference, so please search around and donate anything you won't be wearing anytime soon.
For more information, contact Sam McCurdy at Please note, that donations are open to anyone. We just want to look after people in our community who are finding it tough going through winter. 
We are People of Action
Thank you to our sponsors.