Issue  28
1st February 2023
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Co-President's Report 1-2-23
We had a very successful Berwick cemetery clean up and BBQ on Wednesday evening. 
Gus was kind to us and organized ideal weather for both working and enjoying fellowship. 
I believe we had 38 participants in attendance.  We even saw some faces we have not seen for a while. The annual clean up is the longest running project of the Club, running for 58 years. 
If I compare the state of the cemetery back when I first attended in 1981 to it’s current state, it is amazing the difference.  The Cemetery Trust does a great job, but the input from our Club members is not to be under estimated.  Thank you to Funno for organising the event again.
The week’s meeting is an important event for the Club.  We will be inducting a new member.  The strength of the Club is dependant on its membership and it is great to have another new member on board. 
Given that it is a special event, particularly for the inductee, Co-President Geoff and I encourage you to invite your partners to the meeting to help welcome our new Rotarian.
Talking about new members, we encourage you to think about who in your circle of family, friends and acquaintances have the characteristics to make an ideal Rotarian.  Invite them along to a meeting or an activity and give them a taste of what it means to be a Rotarian. 
The more members we have, the lighter our load becomes and the more enjoyable is our membership experience.
 Co-President Jack Kraan
Annual Cemetery Clean Up
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
On Wednesday 1st February, members and friends of the Rotary Club of Berwick completed a Working Bee at the Berwick Cemetery.
Approximately 38 people engaged in various activities to clean up the cemetery.  These included:
  • Painting wrought iron grave surroundings
  • Clearing up fallen leaves
  • Pruning roses
  • Watering plants
  • Removing Christmas decorations and dead flowers from graves
Trevor and Laury at work
The painting crew
After all the hard work, participants were rewarded with a Rotary barbecue cooked by President Jack Kraan and Graham Johnstone. 
The cooked sausages, hamburgers, lamb chops and corn-on-the-cob were complemented with liquid refreshments provided by PP Funno, who did a great job in organising the Working Bee.
On a more sombre note, a minute silence was held in honour of two recently deceased Past Presidents of the Club, namely Gerald Treasure (1997-1998) and Dr Graham Tudge (2002-2003).
Richard Garvey thanks the  workers
On behalf of the Berwick & Harkaway Cemetery Trust, Richard Garvey thanked the Rotary Club of Berwick for their work and continued support over the last 58 years.
Gerald James Treasure
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
On Tuesday 31st January, a large crowd filled the Tobin Brothers Chapel in Berwick to celebrate the life of Gerald James Teasure, who passed away at the age of 90 on 19th January, after a long illness.
Three generations of Gerald's family were present to say their final Goodbyes. His son Ronan summarised his many achievements in business and sport, his many community activities, but most importantly as a much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather.
It was said that Gerald was involved in so many local organisations and community groups that he was, in effect, the uncrowned "Mayor of Beaconsfield".
His friend, Adrian Funston (Funno), did an excellent job in outlining Gerald's many roles in, and contributions to, the Rotary Club of Berwick over his 28 years membership, including as President in 1997-1998.  He also provided some amusing stories of their shared love of fishing.
Lawrie Canning from the Beconsfield Football Club spoke of Gerald's association with the Club over many years, as President and life member of both junior and senior clubs. 
Gerald supported St Kilda Football team, so the service ended with the team's theme song.
The attendees were then invited for refreshments at the Beaconsfield Football Club after the service, to celebrate a full life that was well lived.
If you were unable to attend the service, you can watch the webcast using the link: https://tobin.5stream.com/webcast/103082
Kevin Sheedy Breakfast
Some of us loved what Kevin Sheedy did in his career as a football coach. Others may like to take the opportunity to learn something from a leader in their profession. And then there are some who like to be near Greatness.
Whatever your point of view, there will be something to be gained by listening to Kevin over breakfast. Like every Leader in a profession, sport or community, there is always the story of the journey to offer clues of how to come out on top.
So here is your chance to hear it all first-hand over a fabulous breakfast at the RACV Cape Shanck Resort. This event is open to the public, sporting clubs and Rotary.
Please click this link: www.bit.ly/rotarykevinsheedy to register. The link allows for a primary registrant (for contact purposes) plus as many tickets as you require, so why not make up a table of ten so you can share breakfast with friends.
Rotary Leadership Breakfast
Saturday Coffee Catch Up
Saturday Coffee Catch Up over Zoom, and all members are welcome to drop in for a chat.
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Every Saturday morning, 10.00am
ALL club members are welcome.