Change of meeting 2nd November
This week's meeting has moved to Monday 31st October (at Holm Park) to learn more about the Wheelchairs for Kids Project of the RC of Casey. 31st October 2022, 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Bookings are now closed. If you have not booked, please don't turn up on Wednesday night! I am sure someone will be watching so they can tell the Sergeant!
Issue  18
26th October 2022
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The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Wheel Chairs for Kids - RC Casey
The Beaconsfield Club
Oct 31, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Annual General Meeting
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 16, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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October is Economic and Community Development Month
The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns.
While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in seven key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. 
Rotary members planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects within them. 
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President Elect
Membership and Public Image
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Projects and Fundraising
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Marta Faithfull
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Sharlene Watson
October 6
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
October 29
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John Rosenthal
October 9, 2003
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October 28, 2004
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Amsterdam to Brugge by barge and bike
At Wednesday’s Club meeting Andrew Somers and his wife Michele gave an interesting presentation on their 2018 trip by barge and bikes from Amsterdam in North Holland to Brugge in Belgium.
Using a PowerPoint presentation and great photographs they explained how they travelled by canals on a converted barge with 13 luxury suites on the lower level and a bar and dining room on the upper level.
At each destination along the canals, they were able to use assigned bikes to explore the surrounding sights, either independently or as part of an organised group.  Overall, they cycled over 300kms and averaged about 15km per day.
The other tourists on the barge were from diverse backgrounds including the Canada, Alaska, Australia etc.  Andrew and Michele teamed up with two friends from Australia for the duration of the trip.
With the photographs, they conveyed the beauty of Amsterdam with its many canals, bridges, flower displays and of course the common means of transport, bikes.  Apparently, there are more bikes in Amsterdam than people, because most of the population have bikes that they use during the week and others that they use at weekends.
Delta Works
One very interesting sight they encountered was the ‘Delta Works’, considered by some to be one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a series of dams, sluices and locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers located in South Holland and Zeeland.  It was constructed after the 1953 floods which were caused by a rapid increase in sea level and resulted in 1,836 deaths.
The aim of the dams, sluices, and storm surge barriers is to shorten the Dutch coastline, thus reducing the number of dikes that have to be raised. It is intended to protect the country against further flooding. Work was started in 1954 and completed in 1997.
The trip finished in Brugge, a city that Andrew considers to be the best city in Europe, as he has visited it several times and would certainly go back again.
This was a very interesting presentation by Andrew and Michele resulting in many questions from the audience.
Vicky supported the theme of the travel presentation with a range of hot Dutch dishes provided on the buffet. 
Well done, everyone.
Fishing Charter Booked
The fishing charter has been booked for the 30th of November, 7 am at Mullet Street Hastings. The trip is for 5 hours and at a cost of $140.00 per head, which includes lunch and tackle gear.
If you have not booked but would like to get out on Westernport Bay for a bit of Snapper fishing and social interaction, there are still a couple of spots left.
District Conference 2023
The District Conference starts off on Friday, 24th of February, with captivating choices to explore the local area. Take a delicious winery OR garden bus tour with lunch, or try your luck on breaking your handicap in a round of golf on the delightful RACV Cape Schanck course. There are also eight self-drive tours for those who like to explore. For more information, CLICK HERE
On Friday night, arrange your Club dinner in any of the multitudes of cafes and restaurants which abound in the local area. 
On Saturday, settle in to enjoy an impressive array of presentations by the following Keynote speakers:
ACCOMMODATION: The RACV Cape Schanck Resort has just released its Conference offers for the Conference!    CLICK HERE to view offers
  • Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club,
  • Warren Tate, Communications expert,
  • Julia Kay, 2022 Young Victorian of the Year and co-Director of Great Wrap,
  • Samuel Johnson, 2018 Victorian of the Year, actor and founder of Love Your sister,
Rotary projects and discussions will also be made by:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President and Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Chair and Past Rotary International President will share a virtual conversation with us
  • Jessie Harman, Zone 8 representative.
  • Bernie Farquhar, Rotary Club of Mitchell River
  • Ross Kilborn, Rotary Club of Mornington.
After enjoying a day of learning and connection-building, it is time to kick up your heels at the Saturday night-themed Beach Party dinner. Accompanying the gourmet event, the Baker Boy Band will treat you to fabulous music. The Baker Boy Band have played at a number of District Conference dinners and they are always on point with their entertainment.
Sunday morning starts with a breakfast session and a presentation by Kevin Sheedy, 2022 Victorian of the Year and Libby Wilson, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (RCRR). A tour of the Rotary Rosebud Warehouse: will be offered to interested Conference participants as they leave from breakfast and head home. This is a major project of the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye and well worth a visit if you are interested in how a Rotary Club can run a very big and ongoing project that requires a lot of capital investment.
This conference has a lot to offer every Rotarian. Have a squizz at to learn more.
Potential fulfilment 
I have always wondered about what happens when you retire and how to get the most enjoyment without losing your sense of purpose. If you want to take the challenge and view this short video to the end, you may find that Rotary could be more relevant than you think in having a fulfilling retirement. I rather liked the Old Coots Program in Phase four.
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. 
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