Issue 44
19th June 2024
Join our dinner meeting most Wednesdays at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park, Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Welcome to our vibrant and relaxed Rotary Club, where community spirit thrives alongside a sense of ease and camaraderie. Picture a place where laughter mingles with purpose and friendships are forged through shared experiences and meaningful endeavours (and sometimes even beer!).

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A message from President Dave
It was terrific to catch up with those who attended our meeting this week. I was only away for just over a week and it’s just crazy what can happen in that short time.
I was gratified to hear about the success of the “Finish the Fight” walk against Malaria that some of our club members attended in Pakenham last weekend as part of our support for our friends at Pakenham.
What else I liked about our meeting this week was the vibe in the room, as like-minded people driven by similar desires caught up and had lively conversations. This was fully supported by Shoey's best on-the-ground performance in his role as Sergeant at Arms.
Our Guest Speaker, Tanya Dineen told a wonderful story of her life journey as she switched from a career in dance to one of service within the Victorian Police Force. The level of well-crafted questions at the end of her presentations told me that everyone thoroughly enjoyed her story.
Planning is well underway for our annual changeover event as the club prepares to welcome Andrew Somers into his new role as President. Next Monday, we have the final Board Meeting for the 2023/24 board, and Andrew’s new board will join us so that there is a seamless transition.
This Friday, we received an invitation to Operation Newstart’s next graduation event, which is on Friday, June 21. I have a pre-existing commitment that prevents me from attending, but I am so pleased that Andrew and Michelle Oliver-Rodrigues will attend on the club’s behalf.
I have just completed my report for publication in the Club’s Annual Report, and in compiling it, I am so proud of the scope and breadth of things that members of this club have been involved in and achieved. Everyone should be justifiably proud of the club’s achievements.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Rotary Berwick Changeover
Keeping focused
The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While Rotary serves in countless ways, efforts are focused in seven key areas listed here to maximize impact to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and Rotary has a proven record of success in addressing them. Rotary members planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects within them. 
The extensive funding provided by The Rotary Foundation through its grant processes are aligned with these seven key areas.
Most service projects are initiated by individual Rotarians within their clubs and take many forms Ranging from a project of a club in their local community to a projects that involve other clubs, organisations and individuals in working in partnership anywhere in the world to achieve outcomes of a scale beyond that an individual or individual club could ever hope to achieve.  This demonstrates the internationality of Rotary at work … its global reach.
The Club creates its own future

I have two or three more bulletins to write until I hang up my keyboard and pass the baton to my friend Gus Dominguez, the next RCB bulletin editor. The bulletin serves as a vital link between our club and the wider world. It is designed to educate and inspire both current and future Rotarians, embodying the spirit and mission of Rotary in every edition. Gus will bring his ideas and style to the publication of our Rotary exploits, infusing them with fresh creativity and inspiring new levels of engagement and enthusiasm within our community.

Our audience includes anyone who opens our weekly bulletin, from seasoned Rotarians to curious newcomers. Our primary goal is to highlight Rotary's impactful work, with a special focus on the Rotary Club of Berwick. By showcasing our projects, events, and members' dedication, we aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of what Rotary stands for.

Rotary is a diverse and fascinating organization that offers opportunities beyond the local club level. Our weekly bulletin should reflect this richness, capturing the essence of Rotary's global initiatives and our club's unique contributions. Whether it’s a local community service project, an international collaboration, or a member's personal story, each article should resonate with Rotary's core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

By sharing our collective Rotary journeys through this weekly journal, we document our achievements and inspire others to join us in making a difference. It doesn't matter where our readers live because Rotary's influence is global, and our club is an integral part of that worldwide network. Our bulletin is more than just a newsletter; it's a beacon of hope and a testament to the power of collective action.

As I write my final bulletins, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the opportunity to serve as your editor. I am confident that the bulletin will continue to thrive and evolve under Gus's leadership, reaching new heights and touching more lives. Let us all support Gus in his new role and continue contributing our stories, ideas, and passion to this vital publication. Together, we can ensure that our bulletin remains a powerful tool for connection, inspiration, and positive change.

So now I have a personal story of the first time I was assigned the task of RCB Bulletin editor for your reading pleasure. 

Click the image above to read more.......smiley
In 2007, the then esteemed President, Terry Carmichael, thought making me the bulletin editor was a wonderful idea. He explained that as a bulletin editor, it was the most engaging way to learn about all aspects of the club. I had only been in Rotary for three years but had failed to grasp (this is my admission, so don't tell anyone) the full gravity of what the Rotary machine was capable of. President Terry was right to put me in this job in many respects.
In those days, Rotarians were assigned positions in the club and expected to do their best job for the good of all members. This often included approaching more senior Rotarians who already had the experience to fill in the missing gaps for the poor Rotarians lumbered with whatever role. In those days, most people rose to the occasion and did the best version of the job that they could muster. I would have to say that the expectation to do a good job in Rotary was a great motivator for doing better in all aspects of your life if you took the direction of Rotary seriously.
Despite the initial terror, most Rotarians would rise to the occasion, performing their roles with the enthusiasm usually reserved for kids on Christmas morning. They might not always hit the mark perfectly, but they'd give it their all, often delivering an endearingly earnest and unpredictably innovative version of the job. After all, there's no better motivator than the prospect of public embarrassment at the next Rotary meeting! The bulletin editor was an easy target, being up front and centre every single week, so this job was not easy to fill! However, the brave souls who gave it their best shot benefited greatly from the experience, often being privy to the back stories and inner workings that created the story in the first place.
The expectation in 2007 was to fill the bulletin with ver batum goings-on of the meeting. In my mind, if you were there, there was no need to read the bulletin. If you weren't there, maybe someone would fill you in. It was a lot of work and not a lot of reward.
Considering the above image, I wanted to inject a little fun into the story and not fill the bulletin with the drill for the meeting. It was about the manufacture of our current Rotary Club BBQ. It was a long, drawn-out project and relied on some very busy people to make it happen. It happened and was a great project to watch evolving over the weeks. So why not add some (tasteful) humour to draw the members' attention? Surely I wouldn't get the sack from straying off the beaten path.......yikes, it took 17 years to get my bulletin job back, maybe I ruffled more feathers than I thought. In the end, though, I had a lot of fun exploring the boundaries, copping the flack and proving that Rotary doesn't have to be boring, stiff or lifeless. We have a lot of fun people in our club who thrive on testing their own boundaries for the betterment of others.
So, step forward to 2024. Our weekly meetings are generally interesting and informative. Still, the true value for Rotarians lies in the individual conversations about projects, work, and daily life when they come to a meeting. Simply reporting the content of the meeting misses the essence of being a Rotarian. Rotarians are people of action, seeking opportunities to engage in exciting activities. Most of these opportunities arise from active involvement with fellow club members, which then expands outward to broader initiatives. It is through these personal interactions and shared experiences that Rotarians find inspiration and motivation, driving them to make a tangible impact in their communities, on themselves and beyond. The bulletin needs to be a driver that can create bridges for readers to see what is happening and offer a pathway to get involved if what they see inspires them. It shouldn't be a dull tome of boredom.
This year, the bulletin attempted to talk about the broader picture of Rotary and was aimed at an audience both within and outside our Club. Our Club is engaged in a broad range of activities. Some are a slow burn, while others are very exciting. An interesting bulletin might inspire the public (our bulletin is currently outward-facing) to learn more about what Rotary does and create a feeling of achievement for all Rotarians involved in our many projects to share it with their family and friends. I have had a lot of support this year, so thank you all! heart
What was the bulletin like in 2007? CLICK HERE for an old-fashioned PDF version. Please be warned that two 2007 bulletins are available in this story, which may shock some viewers. Those were enormously invigorating days when our club had 62 active members pumping out great community projects and having way too much fun doing it.
District Changeover
Did you know that members of our club are arranging the District Changeover as our current District 9820 merges with our neighbouring District 9810 to form a new District 9815?
Geoff and Di Double are creating a great event to celebrate this groundbreaking occasion. It will be a watershed moment for us to meet a whole new bunch of Rotarians that most of us have never met in a relaxed environment and to celebrate the beginning of a brand new District. Our good friend and past Assistant Governor, Colin Byron will be sworn in as the new District Governor.
The event is not far from home and promises a good night out.
There is a booking fee of $4.83 per ticket, making the total cost $89.83 just so you know.
I have already booked, and I am looking forward to seeing how our newest Rotary District will impact our community.
Use the QR Code below to book using your phone, or click on the images above to take you to the booking page on your computer.
See you there.
District Changeover
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Jun 29, 2024
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
RC Berwick Changeover 2024
The Beaconsfield Club
Jul 10, 2024
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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July 7
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Mark Caulfield
July 3
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July 8
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July 19
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Jeanette Blackwood
June 16, 2022
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June 18, 2009
15 years
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June 23, 2011
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June 25, 2014
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July 4, 1995
29 years
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July 8, 2010
14 years
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This week's contributors to the Spoke 'n' Word
  1. President Dave - story
  2. Di Double - photos
Anyone can help tell our Rotary Club story. Email me with a ready-to-publish story!