It's our Time
One day, I want my Rotary Club to be big and strong, full of passionate people ready to do great work in the community. A Club of Rotarians who are outstanding and inspiring role models AND can walk the talk. Well connected and able to accomplish any project with friends and business associates' help no matter how complex. Ready to step up at a moments notice when an opportunity arises. Fellowship, fun and meaningful service.
That is my idea of how a Rotary Club should be. It is my job to reinvent the Club to deliver a greater impact in our community and around the world just by being well organised, focused and collaborative. How hard could that be when there are opportunities for meaningful projects all around us. Demands for what Rotary has to offer are everywhere. All we need are people who want to get involved, get inspired and get making a difference. 

To fulfil meaningful projects, we need focused people who have the enthusiasm, passion and drive to see those projects to completion. As we learned from Jarrod Flanigan at our 7th April meeting, some projects have multiple layers of expertise required to do them well. Our current membership needs to understand that anyone can contribute to a successful project by working in any area from administration to front of house. We have most of the skills lurking in our members, but we need to build some confidence that your work will be appreciated, your skillset will be improved and our work will be recognized.

Talking to many, I learned that some people don't put their hands up because they are worried that they might be seen as idiots. They make excuses to cover up and then end up in the Rotary halfway house. Want to help, but too scared to have a go. So here is a tip from me. Don't worry; I still have no idea what I am doing, and no one has told me I am an idiot (yet). Rotary has provided me with opportunities for learning and upskilling. Rotary projects have been good areas to practice what has been learned. Ideas and Planning have helped me understand thought processes and working with other people. Empathy has been the hardest thing to learn because there is so much you need to understand first before you can feel the impacts you can make with your actions on others. Each step allows for mentoring and sharing experiences. It takes time and steps to feel what Rotary can deliver. If you never take a chance, you won't ever immerse your life enough to experience the impact that Rotary really makes.
So getting back to Jarrod's talk on Vocational Awards. I had no idea of the strength of recognition on the development of young people. I still have a lot to learn! It was a real eye-opener to learn everything about running a great Vocational Awards Event from a person with experience. I do hope members will be putting their hands up to make this project a reality.
Jarrod Flanigan telling it how it is over a couple of beverages.
View this week's Photo Album, courtesy of Sandi Tarant
Timor-Leste Floods
On the 5th of April, our friends in Dili, Timor Leste were hit by destructive floods. Timor Leste is a hard country at the best of times, but the people are proud and tough. The people are also very poor and there are no resources to pull them out of a major disaster such as this. It will take the country years to recover from this event.
Rotary Donations in Kind were going to send a 40ft container over with goods, but the need for basic shelter and food is immediate. I have made a request to the Board to donate $1,000 to this appeal.
Our Club has a strong connection with Timor-Leste through our involvement with the Balibo Dental project, school equipment supply and building the local economy through tourism. The people of Balibo have built on all of the projects and are turning into a vibrant community with a bright future. This is Rotary in Action and you have to see the gratitude to truly understand the impacts that we have made in this area.
ABOUT 'Spend It Well'. Spend it Well is one of our partners in the building schools program. They are well priced, do quality work and employ local people to do the work. Spend It Well directly funds short-term foreign aid projects to make an immediate practical difference to the lives of a local community. In this instance, they are involved in delivering practical help exactly where it is needed.
This is a message from Simon Fenby, one of Spend it Well’s Directors, who lives in Dili.
"East Timor has been devastated by the worst floods people can remember.  I spent yesterday morning on my roof in Dili, as the water rushed through my house.  Today, I’ve been in the villages where streets have become rivers and people’s houses have had over a metre of water through them.  The villages have no water and no electricity.  They can’t even try to clean their homes of the mud, which covers everything.  23 people are confirmed as having died so far and that number is expected to rise.  
These are people whose economy was destroyed by the Covid pandemic, and have been in lockdown for the last month because of a surging number of cases.  I’ve seen men and women just crying, unable to know how to move forward. I walked through a village to deliver some supplies just before writing this email and had people pleading for help.  I have no idea how people will recover, but for now the priority is to help them immediately by giving them bottled water, food and clothes.  
The Timorese are proud and resilient people and they will get through this, but now they need support.  If you can help, please donate here. 
Spend it Well will use 100% of your money on the ground to immediately buy food, water and clothes for people who need it desperately."
Day 3 of Spend It Well’s East Timor Flood Relief
Days of Flood Relief Work:  3
Total Money Raised: A$80,000
Total Spent: A$27,000
Refuge Camps Supported: 4
Villages Supported: 4
Approx Number of People Supported: 2,000+
% of Donor Money spent on Admin Costs: 0
Items Bought and Distributed:
500 tarpaulins
990 blankets
1900 kg rice
990 kg second-hand kids’ clothes
600 kg second-hand adults’ clothes
220 mattresses
600 mosquito nets
3,800 packets of noodles
720 bars of soap
1920 spoons
1380 plates
2520 sanitary pads
7500 pieces washing detergent
240 mosquito strips
A$1,500 of medicine
Tinned tuna, Sugar, salt, coffee, onions and garlic for 500 people
We’ve been amazed by the generosity of donors.  The need in East Timor right now is critical and we are using donated funds quickly to get help to people as fast as possible.  We value all donations large and small.  If you are able, please donate at
The gratitude from the people we’ve been able to help has been overwhelming.  We received a video clip today from one of the villages we visited thanking us (while standing knee deep in water) – they said we were the only ones to help them so far.
Thanks to everyone whose donations are making this possible from the Spend it Well team – Simon, Nandy, Balkis, Kris, Agostinho and Napo.
How to help:
You can make a personal difference. As a donor, you are Spend It Well. We encourage donors to get involved at every stage of a Spend It Well project. You choose which project you want to be involved with. You receive photos and updates on progress throughout the project. Where possible, you are also encouraged to visit the project if you wish to see the outcomes of your contribution.
Select one of our current projects to get involved in, or talk to us about your ideas for a new project. There are many ways that you can help. We have donors who play a vital role by using their expertise or contacts to help and we welcome these non-monetary contributions.
100% of your donation goes directly to your nominated project (all overheads are separately funded).
Donations are tax deductible in Australia. Donate now
Rotary 100 Centenary Peace Symposium
Posted by Sam McCurdy
The goal of this online Symposium is to explore how we might all work together and contribute to building peace, by preventing and resolving conflict over the next 100 years.
Plenary lectures will be delivered by:
  • Professor Tilman Ruff AO, founding chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
  • Dr Emma Leslie AM, Executive Director of the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Cambodia.
  • Nobel Laureate, José Ramos-Horta AC, Past President of East Timor.
  • Natascha Hryckow, Coordinator UN Panel of Experts on Somalia & Geneva Centre for Security Policy Global Fellow.
A facilitated Panel Discussion will be held on “How do we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”:
  • Ian H.S. Riseley OAM,  Past President of Rotary International.
  • Prof. the Hon Gareth Evans AC, Former politician & Academic.
  • Steve Killelea AM, Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace.
For details and registration, visit the Symposium website:
Rotary's Australian National Flood Appeal
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Australians on the East Coast of Australia, impacted by the recent floods in March, will be the beneficiaries of money raised by the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) National Flood Appeal.

RAWCS is a not-for-profit charity that aims to be the leading Australian charitable organisation for people’s wellbeing, supporting Rotarians and Rotary Clubs undertaking humanitarian projects in Australia and overseas.

The fundraising campaign aims to raise more than $10 million to support the affected communities in Queensland and New South Wales, after yet another disaster impacting Australians.
The money raised from the Appeal will go directly and quickly to support victims of the floods by providing essential items and financial support, which Disaster relief and Insurance claims don’t cover.  Those affected by the floods will be able to liaise with their local Rotary Club to advise them of their needs.
The money raised will be used to help farmers build new fences, provide food and clothing to those that have lost everything and will be crucial in helping families get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Tax-Deductible Donations to the appeal can be made here: Flood Donation
or from the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at
Your support in cash, will assist those impacted and get them back into accommodation and some normality of life quickly.
A touch of Irish humour
Posted by Sam McCurdy
In these days of continual bad news such as, the COVID-19 pandemic, frequent lockdowns, floods, drought, bushfires, murders, military conflict and political scandals, it is refreshing to come across this sample of Irish humour.
A foolproof weather guide placed outside a pub in Kilmore, Co. Wexford in Ireland.
Issue  38
7th April 2021
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District 9820 Mini Conference
Submitted by Jane Moore
District Governor Mark and Linda are excited to invite you to our District 9820 Mini Conference as we gather in person for the first time in 12 months to celebrate our District.
We would like to see as many RC Berwick Rotarians at this mini Conference, as possible! Our Club has even saved up the member contributions made for PDG Adrian Froggatt's District Conference and as it never happened, funds are available to pay for RC Berwick members to attend. How good is that!
If you have already registered and paid, you will be reimbursed by the Club. If you wish to attend, email Secretary Sam at and he will book the rest of us in.
Please make sure you are committed to coming. A District Conference is a great experience.
Our mini conference will be held face to face on the 1st May following the online virtual 2021 Multi District Conference, information following.  Jump in your car, drive down the highway and meet us all at Nossal High School for an afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment.
This will be our first conference in two years. We have quite a lot to catch up on, so we are breaking the conference into three components.
  1. The Conference component will bring us together to pay our respect to those called to higher service, to celebrate and acknowledge award recipients, to hear presentations and to ratify some short mandatory business resolutions.
  2. A friendship break in the foyer, where we can socialise over finger food.
  3. Conference Dinner and entertainment in the main Hall, where you will enjoy time together over a two-course meal, beverages included, while being entertained by our Nossal High School students as they showcase their amazing musical and dance talents.
Venue:           Nossal High School
                      100 Clyde Road
                       Berwick  VIC  3806
Time:             3:30pm Start – mini conference
Cost:             $70 per person
24th April 2021 including any medical dietary requirements to Jane  THEN make your payment as below
Payments:  District 9820  BSB 633000   ACC 134811736
 Your Name Conference eg:  SmithConf
Jane Moore
Rotary International District 9820
m: 0418 175 878
Rotary Club of Berwick's 60th birthday
Posted on Facebook by Jane Moore
May 3rd marks the 60th anniversary of the charter of the Rotary Club of Berwick! A cause for great celebration.
To mark this special occasion, we invite you to party with us for dinner on Friday 28 May at The Beaconsfield Club, Holm Park Reserve, Beaconsfield. A fun night of Rock n Roll themed friendship is promised!
More details will be published soon, so for now, dust of your blue suede shoes and sneakers, dig out your denims and save the date.
Please direct enquiries to:
Jane Moore
Mobile: 0418 175 878
How to put some pep in your step
You know you are lucky when someone takes the time to add some bounce to your day! I have met quite a few people who know what this video is all about. Thank you Diana for sharing.
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