Issue 16
18th October 2023
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Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia 

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

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Hi $FIRST_NAME$, This week we saw Rosemarie Hughes front up to our meeting with a ton of Dragon Boat competition medals. It is always fulfilling to see one of our people achieve something great in their personal lives and share it with us all. Good on you Rosemarie! 
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi
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Dave's take on the week
Well last Wednesday’s meeting was certainly jam packed and front and centre we welcomed Wendy Moseley to the club as our newest member and I’m sure everyone joins me in congratulating Wendy and welcoming her to Berwick Rotary and Wendy I’m so glad you’re family were able to be there to support you.
Our friends from Inner Wheel were also very welcome guests and it was great to hear from Roz about what’s been keeping them busy including their Oaks Day function on 9 November and upcoming progressive dinner. I think we should get closer to our friends in Inner Wheel.
Great also to hear from Brian who gave us a summary and feedback to a project we support. It was a great way to close the loop.
We have supported Casey North CISS (CNCISS) Christmas Program for quite some time and again this year we will have food cages in supermarket complexes and schools for pick-up and delivery to CNCISS.
In addition to this I believe we should add a little more and indeed put together our own support package for the program. Included in this week’s newsletter are a couple of guides to acceptable and much-needed donations and I encourage everyone to bring along your contribution to AGM on 29 November and we will deliver a package to our friends at CNCISS to help folk who are doing it harder than we are.
Lastly for those who weren’t able to make the meeting on Wednesday night, I want to give a little shout-out to the following:
  • Rosemarie Hughes who picked up silver and Bronze medals at the recent  Masters Games in Adelaide in the Dragon Boats events. Well done Rosemary and the new bling looked terrific.
  • Eric Boon (and I know you might not necessarily be overjoyed with this shout-out but too bad, so sad) for making some very necessary repairs and updates to our trailer fleet. Thanks Eric, this type of selfless help keeps us going and is very appreciated.
  • Russell Fellows (yep, recognition is not something you seek but you deserve it) for your help and friendly support in keeping all our programs alive with friendly encouragement, support and provision of wisdom. Russ, you do make a difference.
I also wanted to update you on our Langmore Community Garden, which Geoff spoke about on Wednesday. Things are skipping along nicely with the scheduling of works and our working bee is slotted in for Saturday 11th November. Please put some time away in your calendar to help out if you can.
Next Wednesday we have the community’s friends, the CFA coming along to give us an update on all things fire safety and you are encouraged to come along and please don’t hesitate to bring along a friend.
Rotary in pictures
Polio Plus Society Launch
Launch of the “Polio Plus Society”
What is it?
The “PPS” Member commits to a donation of $US100 (about $AUD160) annually until Polio is eradicated from the world.
This is a new group having only launched international a few months ago.
Our District’s Foundation Chair, PDG Mark Humphries, is gung-ho about getting this special group up and running in both D9820 and our sister D9810.
Of course, we’ll be the one district in just over eight months so it makes sense to have a joint connection.
Rob Cook (Somerville Tyabb) is leading the team organising the launch event.
What are we doing and when is it?
Members of both Districts, and anyone else who is committed to ending polio, will be attending the “Grand Ridge Brewery” for an afternoon social launch event.
To be held on Sunday, November 12 from 12noon to 5pm.
The Brewery is at 1 Baromi Road, Mirboo North, just next door to the Home Hardware store.
The price is $40 per person with drinks at bar prices.
I was at the venue today and the facilities are sensational.
There’ll be chairs scattered around but the idea is to circulate and meet new friends who have a common interest.
I could write about this special event until the cows come home by why not just have a look at the attached flyer.
We have set a limit of 100 attendees so please book the date in your planner and book your spaces at . . .
PS: The management of the “GRB” will donate to Polio $5 per person who attends.
Shhhh, it's a secret
You will have heard at my recent DG visit that I have asked Rotary International President Gordon McInally and Heather to visit Australia during his term. I am planning a joint District 9820 and 9810 Mental Health forum at the Frankston Arts Centre on Monday, 3rd June 2024.
I have news! President Gordon and Heather have confirmed their attendance. They will be here. 1st June 2024 – 4th June 2024, immediately after the Rotary International Convention in Singapore.
Planning is underway for the forum. I have engaged with DGN Emma Davis (District 9790) to help facilitate the event.   
Where to from here?
  1. We need Rotarians to assist (events, dinners, & various activities)
  2. Looking for Sponsors, clubs, businesses, agencies for the event
  3. Open to everyone, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Businesses, Government, Agencies
  4. Your support.
We are looking forward to President Gordon’s visit. Having the International President visit our District is a real privilege and honour.
Working Bee 11th November 2023
St John of God: Langmore Community Garden
Now that funds from a grant have been received, a site meeting was held on Friday, the 6th of October, to determine the scope of works and the date of the first working bee at the Langmore Community Garden by members of the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Saturday, the 11th of November, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
We will meet under the Oak tree on the corner of Gloucester Avenue and Keith Taylor Drive, Berwick. The initial work will involve clearing the site and loading a skip bin. This work will help prepare the site for the installation of edging, a toppings path, improvements to the garden bed, planting and mulching and possibly irrigation, which will occur at future working bees.
Between these stages, maintenance staff from St John of God will install a drinking fountain and seat to complement the area.
Berwick Mazda Rotary Casey Corporate Charity Golf Day

When it comes to combining fun and philanthropy, few events do it better than charity golf tournaments. On Friday, December 1st, 2023, the Rotary Club of Casey is set to host the Berwick Mazda Rotary Casey Corporate Charity Golf Day, promising an enjoyable day on the greens while contributing to a noble cause. This year's event, teeing off at 7:30 AM, has one primary mission - to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Victoria.

Golf enthusiasts, corporate teams, and charitable souls alike are invited to participate in this major event, promising a day of networking, friendly competition, and community support. The Rotary Club of Casey, a stalwart in the community when it comes to charitable initiatives, is spearheading this noble endeavour.

Supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Victoria

Prostate cancer is a formidable health challenge affecting thousands of men in Australia each year. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Victoria, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to raising awareness, providing support, and funding crucial research to improve the lives of those impacted by this disease. The funds raised at the Rotary Casey Corporate Charity Golf Day will directly contribute to these efforts.

The choice to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Victoria is a significant one. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men, making this charity event a crucial opportunity to help combat a disease that touches the lives of countless families across the country.

A Day of Fun and Philanthropy

This charitable golf day is not just about making a difference but also about having a fantastic time. Participants can look forward to:

1.     Scenic Greens: The event takes place at a breathtaking golf course, offering players a picturesque setting to enjoy a day outdoors.
2.     Team Building: The Corporate Charity Golf Day is an excellent opportunity for team building. Gather your colleagues, clients, or friends and forge stronger bonds on the golf course.
3.     Competition: A friendly tournament format ensures that players of all skill levels can participate and enjoy the competition.
4.     Networking: Connect with local businesses and community leaders while enjoying a round of golf. Networking opportunities abound during this event.
5.     Prizes and Awards: Participants have a chance to win exciting prizes and awards, making the day even more thrilling.

Get Involved!

Whether you are an avid golfer, a business owner looking to network and support a good cause, or simply someone who wants to make a difference in the community, the Rotary Casey Corporate Charity Golf Day is the perfect opportunity.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses looking to promote their brand while supporting a vital cause. This is an excellent way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and show your commitment to the local community.

Individual golfers and teams are also encouraged to register. Your participation will directly contribute to the funds raised for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Victoria.

To register, sponsor, or find more information about the event, please visit the Rotary Club of Casey's website rotarycasey.org or contact them directly.

In the end, the Rotary Casey Corporate Charity Golf Day is more than just a golf tournament. It's a day of camaraderie, fun, and most importantly, making a meaningful impact. By participating, you become part of a community dedicated to supporting those affected by prostate cancer and helping to find a cure. Save the date - Friday, December 1st, 2023, and join us for a day of golf with a purpose. Together, we can make a difference. 

Kind Regards
Peter Stilburn, Rotary Casey, phone: 0408 126 248 



Zone 8 Virtual Conference 28th-29th October 2023
           CONFERENCE - 28 & 29 OCTOBER 2023
Dear Rotary member,

Time is running out to secure your ticket for the 2023 'Moments That Matter' Rotary and Rotaract conference.

With a jam-packed speaker list, audiences will hear inspirational stories from business and community leaders and experts in their fields. 

Keynote speakers include Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally and Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick.
At $25, it’s a really cheap way to hear speakers of this calibre.  The rest of the speakers and bios will become available over the next week. 

For more information and to purchase tickets head to the conference website.

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This week's contributors to the Spoke 'n' Word
  1. Dave Anderson - President messages and flyers
  2. Peter Stillburn - RC Casey Golf Day
  3. DG Linda Humphries - Exciting News
  4. Di Double - photos
  5. Greg King - Polio Plus Society
  6. Geoff Double - Working Bee reminder
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