Getting Traction
Almost three years ago, I stupidly said I would be President. President Ricardo (at the time) and PE Lea wanted to announce a President-Elect Nominee to the Club at our Annual General meeting. They grabbed me in passing from the bar and my friends and I said, "Yeah Right". There was no conversation, just, "We think you would be a great President". Hence my answer.
The next minute, I was being announced as that President-Elect Nominee thingy! Whoa, what happened there!!! I don't really think I agreed, especially when my wife Judy told me not to come home as a future President, before I left for the meeting!
I am a man of my word, so from the moment of the announcement (OK, I was in denial for a bit), I thought I better get on with looking like I knew what I was doing. I already had mentors at hand around District 9820, including PDG Janne Speirs, PDG Charlie Speirs, PP Peter Rawlings, PDG Tim Moore, PDG Adrian Froggatt and PP Jim Wilson. I gradually added another 10 from in and around other Districts, who I was working with through Rotary Donations in Kind and our last Multi-District Conference. Many of these people may be considered movers and shakers in Rotary but more importantly, they were people who are genuinely interested in Rotary making a real impact in the world. I have to say that being a humble Rotary Conference Registration person gives a lot of insight into the bigger Rotary world!
So OK, Rotary in Victoria, Australia, is pretty impressive! I am learning plenty and, yes I might have the resources I need to fudge through a Rotary year as the Pres. Then, last year the fires came and my half brother PDG Bob Button from District 7475 New Jersey USA came to our rescue with an offer to help. His Club and his District donated $20,000 AUD to our District's Fire appeals, with the bulk of the donations going towards our BlazeAid trailers and the rest going to the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid. 
I have never met my half brother Bob. I have spoken to him briefly (and about 50 other senior Rotarians on a Zoom call with PRIP Barry Rassin), and again just the other day for my birthday on Zoom, as well as my other half brother and a half-sister. None the less, I thought I should ask PDG Bob for a mentor while I was at it. He suggested Shelby Rhodes. She is a member of the Arch Klumph Society (look it up). She and her partner know Rotary at the major donor level. They also entered Rotary by joining a club that was dying, (well I did say my club wasn't travelling that well so maybe that is why I got the suggestion). They changed the club's name, increased its territorial range, and changed their meeting schedule...with the result that a dying club is now growing. Shelby will be the District Governor of District 7475 in 21-22. I needed people who have experienced change, if change is what was needed for my Club.
The final piece in my puzzle was lunch with RIPEN Jennifer Jones in Berwick and PP Mark Anderson from RI Parramatta (thanks to PDG Adrian Froggatt). Jennifer was lovely and down to earth and will be a terrific Rotary International President in 2022-23. She even came to my nursery and looked at what I was doing. Mark on the other hand used to be a flower importer, so we hit it off straight away. He gave me his club's Presidents Plan and other founding documents and told me how I should get my Club going.
OK cool, a walk in the park! Top-quality advice, a written plan, fix up the policies, get the club believing in the power of what Rotary can do again. Sounds too easy, there must be a catch! The catch is that where most of my good information was coming from, there was a high level of Rotary knowledge. We have a ways to go on that score. Please remember and book in for District Assembly 22nd May 2021 AND the District Conference 1st-2nd MAY 2021 (especially the physical meeting at Nossal and the Dinner).
Let's face it, if we want our Club to be successful and relevant in our community, we all should be preparing to step into leadership positions to drive our Club to where it needs to be. Many hands make light work too, as they say. My wife Judy often brings it up that I am a sucker for punishment, but frankly I am very excited to see how much our Club is achieving and how so many members are pushing our Club into areas we have never explored before. We have people who can be leaders in our Club. They just have to see Rotary as an adventure and not a chore.
My final point is traction in Rotary through embracing change. Old Trevor, pictured above, may look like a museum piece but people are still paying money to see him. Some will equate the Rotary Club of Berwick to old Trev, but they'd be wrong. Our Club might look the same on the outside, but we are on a modern-day fuel on the inside! Old Trevor has converted from coal to green energy hydrogen (if Dr Shuey can find some time to explain all that to us), which means everyone needs to get skilled up! We all need to be prepared to meet new challenges ahead and Steam Roll our way forward. 
P.S. I have it on good authority that Old Timers are actually a valuable resource these days, so don't underestimate our potential! Peace Out Homies!
Art Screen teams score a double
Posted by Sam McCurdy
March has been a very busy and successful month for Art Screen hire. Some Club members have been involved in the delivery and pick-up of screens at Sorrento, Casey Central Shopping Centre and Elsternwick.
Monday 22nd March was particularly busy, with pick-ups at both Casey Central Shopping Centre and Elsternwick.  This necessitated two teams of Rotarians, one using the white trailer for the Elsternwick pick-up and the other using the blue trailer for the Casey Central Shopping Centre pick-up.
Casey Central team (L to R):
Andy Merrill, Peter Batterham, Gary Evans and Russell Fellows
Both pick-ups were handled with the usual team efficiency.  Andy Merrill towed the blue trailer and was supported by Gary Evans, Russell Fellows, Peter Batterham and Sam McCurdy.  Laury Gordyn towed the white trailer and was supported by John Rosenthal and Garry Cooper.
Anyone can join the Art Screen team and enjoy the fellowship it provides, as well as contributing to the Club's fundraising efforts.  If you are interested, talk to PP Gus Dominguez who is managing the project.
Deep Space anyone?
On Thurday 25th March 2021, PDG Tim Moore, PP Jack Kraan and myself joined into the very first expressions of interest on the proposed Satellite Club of Berwick, Officer. As most of the avid readers of this bulletin will know, the Rotary Club of Berwick's Board has concerns around extra workload and timing of this club's formation and its potential impact on our own Clubs rebuild. I have concerns of extra work placed on me as my priority is "The Mother Ship". I count my time in seconds!
In my personal observation, Tim and Jack may have a different view, the potential members were all there from genuine interest. Some were quite nervous about being tied to Berwick and the limitations that could bring. Questions were raised about range of catchment, working close by to already functioning clubs, and how a small number could make an impact. The Clubs' focus is just on Youth and the Community, which is appropriate with a small number of potential members. It was good to hear simple questions from people who knew not much about Rotary, which offered me some insight into why people side step "US" and maybe more attracted to an intimate version of Rotary.
The Club offer was essentially the same as our own Club. An optional dinner club meeting once a fortnight in person, or during winter on Zoom. Obviously some members in our Club are already on that model!
It was a privilege to meet these potential members. I would not expect any of them would have fronted up to our Club to experience our friendly and accommodating culture by themselves. All were networked people and asked to participate. I suppose if you have something NEW, it is easier to ask people to have a look at it. I found the meeting very pleasant and also a deserved kick in the pants. We have known for years that we need to ask potential members to our Club, but we don't do it. In my own defense, any Club you are asking people to join needs to deliver a sense of purpose, vibrance and potential achievement. A new Club can easily say that, but an older Club has a history and sometimes it is hard to disguise some, or all of those attributes (or lack of).
As the President, I invited them all to visit our Club. I felt that two of them could blossom in a fully fledged Club like ours, provided we were focused on Service, Action and results. We all know that fellowship and social interaction is the strongest when we are focused in service. Party time is best served after we have made an amazing effort and changed the world, or at a District Conference when we can celebrate other Clubs achievements and reflect on how we can do better next year (Hangover is no charge). At this point, I am comfortable to support the Satelitte Club proposal and I look forward to all Club members taking an active interest in all aspects of this Club, as we collectively vote for its inclusion into our Club. 
Rotary Club of Berwick's 60th birthday
Posted on Facebook by Jane Moore
May 3rd marks the 60th anniversary of the charter of the Rotary Club of Berwick! A cause for great celebration.
To mark this special occasion, we invite you to party with us for dinner on Friday 28 May at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park Reserve, Beaconsfield. A fun night of Rock n Roll themed friendship is promised!
More details will be published soon, so for now, dust of your blue suede shoes and sneakers, dig out your denims and save the date.
Please direct enquiries to:
Jane Moore
Mobile: 0418 175 878
District 9820 Mini Conference
Submitted by Jane Moore
District Governor Mark and Linda are excited to invite you to our District 9820 Mini Conference as we gather in person for the first time in 12 months to celebrate our District.
Our mini conference will be held face to face on the 1st May following the online virtual 2021 Multi District Conference, information following.  Jump in your car, drive down the highway and meet us all at Nossal High School for an afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment.
This will be our first conference in two years. We have quite a lot to catch up on, so we are breaking the conference into three components.
  1. The Conference component will bring us together to pay our respect to those called to higher service, to celebrate and acknowledge award recipients, to hear presentations and to ratify some short mandatory business resolutions.
  2. A friendship break in the foyer, where we can socialise over finger food.
  3. Conference Dinner and entertainment in the main Hall, where you will enjoy time together over a two-course meal, beverages included, while being entertained by our Nossal High School students as they showcase their amazing musical and dance talents.
Venue:           Nossal High School
                      100 Clyde Road
                       Berwick  VIC  3806
Time:             3:30pm Start – mini conference
Cost:             $70 per person
24th April 2021 including any medical dietary requirements to Jane  THEN make your payment as below
Payments:  District 9820  BSB 633000   ACC 134811736
 Your Name Conference eg:  SmithConf
Jane Moore
Rotary International District 9820
m: 0418 175 878
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24th March 2021

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Family Fun for Everyone!
We have been apart for a long time, but now it's time to catch up at
Rotary District 9820's
Gumbuya World
Family Fun Day on 28 March 2021.
Bring your family, friends, neighbours, and club members to this great Rotary event.
Prices are exclusively discounted for Rotary friends, and family:
Adult (14yrs+) $42.00pp
Child (3-13yrs) $36.00pp
Senior (60yrs+) $33.00pp
Under 3 admission free (must register due to COVID restrictions)
Annual Pass Holder free (must register due to COVID restrictions)
4WORLD (Season) Pass Holder free (must register due to COVID restrictions)
is a generous sponsor of 
Rotary District 9820

so show your support by coming along on 28 March!
Musical Interlude
I saw this at the last Rotary Zone 8 Conference and I still love the underlying message. Yes, I do love saxophone too! I must be old fashioned.
Thank you to our sponsors.