31 October 2018
Volume 58 Issue 18

Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Sam McCurdy
Fellowship:  PP Laury Gordyn
                        Bob Lay AM
Attendance: Di Double
                        PP Adrian Funston

The Rotary Club of Berwick meets
Every Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

Bookings and Apologies
Please email your apology
or book in your guest to
All bookings and apologies
To submitted by 10.00 am on
Tuesday prior to the meeting.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Rob Taylor
November 6
Tim Moore
November 7
Bill Minns
November 14
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Sheeja Prabhakaran
November 26
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
Since 2015, the Rotary Club of Berwick has had responsibility for management of the Berwick & District Society Inc. 
The current  Office Bearers are:
President:  PP David Collyer
Treasurer:  PP Peter Batterham
Secretary:  David Cutler
Upcoming Events
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Annual General Meeting
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Nov 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free-Flowing Networking Night
Our Chairman for Wednesday's meeting was Clare Ganderton, who managed a free-flowing information-packed meeting.  She introduced the following series of speakers who provided reports on a diverse range of topics.
Secretary - PEN David Button
David confirmed that AGMs will be held for the Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc. and the Rotary Club of Berwick, on Wednesday 14 November.
There will be no Guest Speakers at that meeting, thus enabling the business of the AGMs to be conducted more effectively.
Cheryl Zuhlsdorff
Cheryl advised that she would be circulating the tick sheet again, to allow members to confirm whether they will be available to assist at the Carols by Candlelight event, on Saturday 15 December. 
In addition, they should indicate on the sheet which times they will be available, to facilitate the allocation of jobs.
Cheryl is now taking orders for Christmas cakes and puddings, so please contact her if you wish to place an order.
If you have any clean glass jars with lids, please bring them to next week's meeting, as Cheryl is collecting them for Oz Harvest.  They will be used as containers for jams and chutneys. 
Cheryl is seeking assistance on 10 November to sort a collection of coats and other clothing, before sending it to Donations in Kind for distribution to the needy.  If you can help, please advise her.
In conclusion, Cheryl reported that she and several other club members had assisted as Marshalls in the running of the 'Around the other Bay (ATOB)" fund-raising bike ride, on Sunday 28 October.  The ride raised $8,300 to assist a young girl with cerebral palsy. 
It was terrific to be involved in such a worthy community event.  A bonus to us was that we got to use Wave PTT, a free app that allows mobile phones to be used like 2-way radios.
Di Double
Di reminded us that the Club's Christmas party will be held at Jason's Restaurant in Upper Beaconsfield, on Wednesday 12 December. 
A Flyer with all the relevant details has been emailed to all members and is included in this bulletin.
Please feel free to bring partners and friends to this festive event. Bookings must be confirmed with Di by 21 November.
Bob Lay AM
Bob advised everyone that the Charity Golf Day will be held on Friday 1 March.  Golf teams, raffle prizes and auction items are desperately needed, so if you can help, please do so.
Bob has received an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Casey-Cardinia Homelessness Network on 8 November, but unfortunately he cannot attend due to a prior commitment.  Therefore, he requested a volunteer from the Club to attend on his behalf. 
Sharmaine Squire kindly offered to attend, to clarify how the Club might be able to assist the Network.
PP David Collyer
David reported that he, David Grant, Bob Lay AM and PP John Rosenthal had conducted mock job interviews with 23 Year-10 students from Berwick College, on Wednesday 31 October.
He had been very impressed with the maturity of the students and how well they conducted themselves in the interviews.
PP Peter Mangan
Peter stated that he had been suffering from cancer for some time and has been taking part in some clinical trials.  He thanked all those who had provided their support and best wishes.
A recent CT scan confirmed that his tumour has decreased in size by 50%.  
This news was received with thunderous applause from the members.
PP Garry Cooper
Garry invited members to purchase poppies from him, if they have not already done so. 
He reminded everyone of the importance of Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November. 
This tradition was started after World War I, as at 11.00am on 11th November, 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of warfare, this was due to the Germans calling for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement.   
All Australians should observe one minute’s silence at 11.00am on 11th November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.  
This year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice.
PP Gus Dominguez
Gus provided an update on the Solomon Islands project. 
At present,  the project team are preparing to lay a variety of pipes under the elevated building.  These include water, electrical and sewage pipes.
They are anticipating the delivery of a shipping container from 'Donations in Kind' in January, containing dental equipment and supplies.  They need a technician to enable them to install the dental chairs correctly.
It is likely that "Island Time' will dictate that there won't be any significant progress to report for about another three months.
PP Viv Armstrong
Viv reported on the Seaford Wetlands Fun Run that is being organised by Penisula 2.0 Club, in collaboration with other groups and will be run on 25 November from 8:00 - 12:00.

The Fun Run is organised by volunteers with funds raised going back into the community.  It involves 2Km Childrens Run, 5 & 10Km Run, 5Km Walk.

Viv also reported on her husband Jim's health.  He had a sunspot removed from his leg and subsequently developed a rash due to blood poisoning.  He also lost his sense of balance.  However, he is now up and walking, but complaining bitterly that he  can't play cricket yet.

PP Geoff Double

Geoff advised that a vocational visit has been organised to Avan RV Sales, on Friday 30 November.  

The visit has been organised in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Pakenham and will be followed by dinner. 

Participants should meet on the site at 11 Webster Way, Pakenham, at 5:30 pm.

"The importance of Gnomes"
Clare Ganderton presented information on the importance of Gnomes in Rotary fund raising.
The "Gnome Painting Project" is run by the Rotary Club of East Canberra, during the four weeks of the Floriade Festival.  It has grown from the painting of a few hundred gnomes to over 5,000, which are placed at "Gnome Knoll". 
This has become such a big event that other Rotary Clubs have joined the project, showing how Clubs working together can achieve great outcomes for the community.  Profits from the sale of the Gnomes are distributed to the Clubs on a pro rata basis, to be used in local community and international projects.
While this is a fund raising project, it is also a wonderful opportunity for the community to interact with Rotarians and learn about the good work that they do.
Closer to home, the Rotary Club of Mordialloc now has its' own "Victorian Gnome and Fairy Festival", which is held in either February or March each year. 
It is a family fun day with activities focusing on children up to 10 years old, but with other activities for older age groups.  Funds raised go to Rotary Programs in the local community.
Rotary certainly gets involved in weird and wonderful things to do their good work.  Who would have thought - Gnomes!
Jokers Wild 31-10-18
PP Jim Wilson had the winning ticket this week.  However, much to his disappointment, his careful selection from the deck produced the 5 of Spades.  At least he got his investment back.
Make sure you buy your tickets before the meeting next week, when there will be 41 cards plus the Joker in the deck and the Jackpot will be $642.
Please ensure that you have the right amount of money for your ticket purchase.

News Snippets
November is Foundation Month

Excerpts from Ron D. Burton, Foundation Trustee Chair, message  for the month of November.

"Every year we celebrate November as Rotary Foundation Month. How fortunate we are to have a world-class Foundation that allows us to do so much good in the world.

We should all take pride in the fact that something good happens every second of every day because of Rotarians and our Rotary Foundation.

This year our fundraising goal totals $380 million.  Our goal for polio is $50 million, which will be turned into $150 million through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matching grant. Add to that a $137 million goal for the Annual Fund, $61.5 million for the Endowment Fund, and $31.5 million for global grant cash and other outright gifts.

I’m challenging you to increase your involvement in our Foundation — by doing, by giving, and by inspiring. Together we can make tomorrow even brighter than today."

The full messsage can be viewed at .


Where are they now?

PP Mark and PE Isobel Caulfield are on their way home. 

They've decided that it’s time to come home now, as this particular adventure is over.

They anticipate having adventures of a completely different kind waiting for them at home.

From Western Australia to Spain and Portugal they report that they have had a great time.

However, they managed to get their passports soaked during the last Spanish deluge and the Australian Embassy has advised them to get new ones before they travel again.


Around the Other Bay (ATOB) Bike Ride


A group of Rotarians led by PEN David Button assisted with the organisation of the ATOB fund-raising bike ride, held on Sunday 28 October. 
Approximately 65 riders took part in the 190 km ride to raise funds for the purchase of equipment to assist a young girl, Indiana, who has cerebral palsy.  This is the 2nd year of the ATOB ride raising funds to assist different recipients each year.
The Rotarians involved were Viv Armstrong, Cheryl Zuhlsdorff, David Cutler, Bob Lay AM, David Button, Laury Gordyn and Sam McCurdy, together with Rotaractor Lachlan Hall.
The group were assigned marshalling duties along the route to ensure that the riders negotiated road intersections correctly and safely. 
A bonus for the Rotarians was the experience of using the free WAVE Push-to-talk (PTT) App that enables the use of personal mobiles like two-way radios.  This App could be useful for the Carols by Candlelight and Australia Day events.
All the bike riders and the organising team thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to next year’s event.
The ATOB event was very well organised and raised a total of $8,300 for a very worthy cause.  Indiana and her mother Antonella expressed their deep appreciation and thanks for all the support provided. 

2019 Multi-District Conference

Registrations for the first ever Victorian Multi District Conference are going well.

There are now over 850 Rotarians from 9 Rotary Districts going and that has to be an opportunity to network, inspire and connect!

We currently have 12 people from our Club going and all of them are staying in the city.

There will be a list of informative speakers, some excellent entertainment and a Rotary Showcase to knock your socks off. There will also be a Peace Summit on Friday and a concurrent Youth Forum on Saturday for 18-30 year olds.

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 15-17 February 2019.

Early bird registration before 30 November will cost:

$175 per person, or

$125 per person for Rotarians < 2 years membership to encourage new members.

$110 per person for the conference dinner, which is optional.

Register online at:  



Weekly Photos

Diana Gomez-Fullaway is assisting the Berwick Neighbourhood Centre in collecting items for the 'Itsinthebag' project from 16th November to 2nd December 2018.  
This is a national drive of the "Share the Dignity" organisation, which is collecting sanitary items for women in need.  Please advise Diana if you can help.

Christmas is coming!