This week at the Rotary Club of Berwick

The Club had a great night this week at our Xmas in July function, with good food, great fellowship and a trivia competition. Our deepest appreciation to Di and Geoff Double for organising the night’s entertainment. A fantastic job indeed!

The room was suitably decorated by our caterers (thanks Bob and Vicky!) who also provided a very nice dinner, with a drink on arrival and a niche cheese and fruit platter after dessert. Our acting Sergeant Laury managed to get the crowd standing with a Heads and Tails game and the “man in red” managed to do a quick dash into the venue to give some chokies away to all, without asking if we had been naughty or good.

Thanks to all that attended. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Gus Dominguez

Celebrating Christmas in July
What a great night we had at our meeting this week, celebrating Christmas in July in style.
Bob and Vicki, our caterers, did an amazing job setting up the room with all things Christmassy and, once again, they served up a delicious traditional Christmas meal, complete with turkey, pork and ham with all the trimmings! The sharing of those terrible Xmas jokes and riddles that were in the bon-bons was hilarious!
A couple of rounds of Christmas trivia had everyone’s brains working overtime.  It’s hard to believe that not everyone remembers the names of all of Santa’s reindeer or how many birds are mentioned in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.  And who would have thought that only one person in the room (great work Kate Gordyn) would have known that it was a Christmas tree, displayed in Trafalgar Square, that the Norwegian City of Oslo have given to the people of Britain each year at Christmas since 1947. This piece of knowledge alone lead to her team taking out the overall winner’s prize for the evening.  This was the lucky table to be sitting on, as John Rosenthal, also a member of this table, won the prize for best dressed…loved the tie John!
Santa (AKA David Nutter) took time away from the North Pole (even though I don’t imagine he noticed much difference in the temperature at the moment) to spread some Christmas cheer, a little bit of cheekiness and some special chocolate treats.
The evening was finished off with our stand in sergeant, Laury Gordyn, playing a round of ‘heads and tails’ which saw one very happy Jeannette Blackwood take home a nice bottle of red!
A few reminders about the two BBQ’s which we have on this weekend and an announcement that Joker’s Wild will be back as of next week (complete with that famous bum-bag…so don’t forget to bring some cash!), brought the evening to a close.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this evening.
Local Champions - Berwick Community Awards
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Issue  4
20th July 2022
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Free training in Food Safety
Given the increasing number of requests for our Rotary BBQ service, it is advisable that more members undertake Food Safety training to avoid any potential food poisoning of our customers.
Everyone who works with food is responsible for the delivery of safe food to the customer. All food premises, including for-profit businesses, community and not-for-profit groups, that sell food are legally required to ensure that the food they prepare is safe for people to eat, regardless of the type or class of food sold.
The Victorian Food Act (1984) separates food premises into four classes based on the food safety risks of their highest risk food handling activity. Different requirements and obligations apply for each of the four classes of food premises and the Act sets out what must be done to make sure that the food sold in each class is safe to eat.
Sausage sizzles, where only sausages (with or without onions, sauce and bread) are cooked and served immediately, are class 4 – the lowest level of regulation. As a class 4, you may also carry out any other class 4 food activities, such as selling bottled water or soft drinks.
Food handlers at a sausage sizzle do not have to attend accredited food safety training courses to meet the skills and knowledge requirements for handling food safely. The Do Food Safely is a free, online food handlers' learning program provided by the Department of Health and Human Services' Food Safety Unit.
The program is designed for food handlers and can be used as a learning tool for volunteers and staff. It takes about an hour to complete, and a Certificate of Completion is issued to those who achieve a score of at least 90 per cent on the quiz at the end of the program. The quiz consists of 30 multiple choice quesions.
All Club members are encouraged to do the Do Food Safety program and undertake the assessment at the end.  The more members who have undertaken Food Safety handling, the more flexible, safe and reliable our service will be.
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22/7/22 UPDATE: David Anderson and Andrew Somers have completed the course with flying colours! If you are not sure, why not ask them about the experience.
Lessons we can learn from Geese
Over the years, studies have shown that there are a lot of lessons we can learn from geese when it comes to teamwork.
As Rotarians, we too work as a member of a team so there are also things we can learn from geese:
  1. Geese fly together, they share a common goal and direction
Geese fly in a perfect V formation. Studies have shown that flying in this way and using this kind of teamwork adds 71% more flying range for the geese than if they flew on their own. This is because as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an ‘uplift’ that reduces air friction for the birds that follow.
What we can learn – people who share a common goal and direction can get where they are going much faster and much more efficiently by working together and supporting each other, because they benefit from the momentum of the group.
  1. Geese stay in formation
Whenever a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly tries to get back in formation. The formation not only makes it easier for the birds to fly, but it increases a flock’s overall visibility too as well as their power to be seen.
What we can learn – once you’ve established a good team, stay together and work together. Synergy cannot be created by a single person working in isolation, so it is important to stick together. A sense of community emerges from a willingness to work together as a team. Not only is it more efficient – but together you have better visibility of your surroundings and common goals.
  1. Geese rotate roles, they encourage the leader and empower others to lead
Due to the lift created in the V formation, there is no-one creating any lift for the front goose. This leadership position can get tiring and exhaust even the strongest lead goose. To help avoid fatigue, the position of front goose rotates between all members of the flock.
What we can do – it is important to share the load amongst team members. In a group there is often one person who will take the lead, by virtue of personality or position. It is important as a team to ensure that everyone in the group takes a turn at the leadership position. Doing this ensures everyone’s skills, talents, knowledge or experience are used and no single person fields all the hard work. In an effective team, it is everyone’s responsibility to function as both leader and supporter.
  1. Geese are noisy birds, they recognise and support each other
Geese can be heard honking loudly while they fly. Scientists speculate that this honking is a way to communicate with and encourage the flock on their long flights. The geese in behind honk at the ones in the front, to encourage them to maintain their speed and keep flying towards their goal
What we need to do – In a team or a group, it is vital that there is regular communication happening between your team members, but it is even more essential that part of that communication is in celebrating the progress of an individual or a team. Encouragement helps your team to be engaged, supportive and constantly moving towards success.
  1. Leave no Goose behind, they stand by their flock in good times and bad
When a goose gets sick or wounded, two other geese drop out of formation and then follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with the goose until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch back up with another formation or to catch up with their flock.
What we do – stand by each other in difficult times. It’s easy to always be part of winning teams, but when things get difficult and people are facing challenges, that is when your relevance as a teammate comes to the fore.
  1. Geese maintain priorities, they stay committed to the team, their core values and purpose
Geese don’t alter their migration route significantly, they always return to the same areas on each flight. Their goal remains the same, move the flock from the North to the South to protect the flock from the cold or from South to North in the spring. As the goslings grow they learn from the older members of the flock and in doing so, maintain the purpose or goal of the flock, year after year.
Our focus – stay true to your team’s core values and purpose. Strategies, tactics and projects may change in order for the organisation to remain agile and relevant, but great teams always stick to their core values and preserve them with pride.
How good is it that we are members of a Rotary Club that has such a lot in common with geese!
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. 
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