Issue  16
20th October 2021
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Oct 27, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Guess Who's Coming to a Virtual Progressive Dinner
Oct 30, 2021
6:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Club of Berwick AGM
Nov 10, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Collin Byron & Heather Browning - ROMAC
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 17, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
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Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
October 29

Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist, Rotary, join for week of service to Celebrate CommunityEVANSTON, ILL.: October 7, 2021 – Celebrate Community, a joint initiative of the four major volunteer service organizations, will launch

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Lockdown Fatigue is OVER
In Melbourne, Australia, our latest lockdown, Lockdown 6.0 started on August 5th 2021 and ended October 21st 2021. It was supposed to be a seven-day quick circuit breaker but has been the longest seven days in history! 
During this long drawn out affair, it has been hard to focus on why we are Rotarians. We cannot travel. We cannot meet and we cannot do the work that we joined Rotary to do. It is no wonder that we have lost the drive that we used to possess. There have been many blocks to stop us from doing good in the world and none are from our own doing.
So as of Thursday 21st of October at 11.59 pm, that all stops. We can crawl out of the COVID shadow and start to rebuild our Rotary efforts to make a difference. There is no doubt that our engagement in Rotary has suffered during this lockdown. It is like falling off a horse, you just have to brush yourself off and jump back into the saddle.
At this week's Rotary Club of Berwick meeting, I got a reminder that Rotary is still a powerful force and is doing incredible work in the world. PDG Tim Moore played a pre recorded video from Ann Lee Hussey about Rotary's involvement to end polio. The message was moving but not for the reasons I expected. The facts of the matter is that Rotary and its partners have reduced wild polio from over 400,000 in the1980's down to a handful in Afghanistan and Pakistan today. The underlying power of the message is that since 1988 16 million cases of paralytic polio have been averted thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) vaccination campaigns. Rotary has done its share to make this happen but a lot of this work relies on fundraising to pay for the vacines to be delivered where they are needed.
Currently eight out of our 42 members have taken on the challenge to raise money to End Polio. Our goal is to raise $3000. Please donate if you can to support our members
To really study where we are with Polio in the world, try this web site:
Model  United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Results
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
On Sunday 17 October, the Rotary District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly Awards Ceremony was held via Zoom.
Rotary MUNA simulates the workings of the UN General Assembly right down to the Rules & Processes. Teams of two students from year 10 and (preferably) year 11 represent a nominated UN Member State. They are given topics well in advance. Resolutions are typically drawn from those passed through the General Assembly or the Security Council and cover issues such as Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, and Terrorism, the role of Women in promoting Peace and Security, and World Peace
The competition was a little different this year, relying on the delegations to prepare a video submission to represent their country’s stance on the global issue of climate change.  Delegates were encouraged to wear an appropriate national costume representing their assigned country.
There were seven local teams entered this year.  There were three teams from Nossal High School and four from St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar, although there was some confusion over which Rotary Club sponsored each of the local teams.
The results were as follows:
MUNA Overall Winner ($300) – Mary McKillop Catholic Regional College representing Colombia, sponsored by Rotary Club Leongatha.
MUNA Runner-up ($200) - Mary McKillop Catholic Regional College representing Israel, sponsor Rotary Club Leongatha.
Ovin Jayawardana & Sebastian Nugar
Brianna Munns & Annabelle Morton
Encouragement Award ($100) - received by Ovin Jayawardana & Sebastian Nugar St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar representing USA, for high caliber presentation and debate skills - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Honorable Mention – St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar for their unique approach, team work, public speaking skills and individual approach to their presentation - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Update on the "Walk  with us to End Polio" project
The Rotary “Walk with us to End Polio” is a fundraising event conducted annually throughout the month of October. 
Our Club team, the "Berwick Boomers and Shakers", are participating in the event for the second year! We're challenging ourselves to walk, run or roll 10, 20, or 50km throughout the month to raise vital funds that will help eradicate the disease and prepare us for a Polio-free world.
Join us, set yourself a personal distance target and walk as a member of our team, or if you can't walk, please sponsor us!  Use the link:
At the time of writing, we still have only have eight Club members signed up for the challenge and they have already recorded a total of 545 kms.  Along with seven guest donors, the team has already raised $937, but we have  dropped to 20th on the team leader board.  There are currently 35 teams participating in the event.  I know that we can do much better!
The eight participating club members have set theselves an overall target of 1,030 kms, with personal targets ranging from 80 to 300 kms.  My miniature schnauzer, Tilly, and I have already covered 79 of our target 100 kms.
Thanks to all those who have already donated to this worthy cause and those who are conducting their daily walks to reach their personal target distance.
Guess  who's coming to dinner
Posted by Jane Moore:
Back by popular demand:  Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Version 2  "A Virtual Progressive Dinner"
On behalf of President David, you are once again invited to join the Club in a fun virtual social event designed to bring the Club, our Rotary family and friends, and our extended connections, together in friendship in Covid-19 lockdown #6 - by zoom of course!
Art Screen Hire
Posted by Graham Johnstone for Gus Dominguez.
Amended message for ART SCREEN HIRE fundraiser
We have the following bookings coming up in November and December:
November 24  - Wednesday morning - Delivery to Hawthorn 6 x 2.5m screens
November 25  - Thursday morning - Delivery to Rye 16x2.5m and 6X3m screens
November 29  - Monday morning - Collection from Rye
December 1 - Wednesday morning - Collection from Hawthorn
December 31 - Friday morning - Delivery of all screens to RC Sorrento (2 trailers + truck)
January 11 - Tuesday Morning - Collection from Sorrento
Please think of helping with these important fundraising activities. A call for volunteers will be forwarded soon.
Ann Lee Hussey - 2021 Virtual Conference


"Have Great Dreams and Dare to Live Them"

Ann Lee Hussey has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work.

Over the past several years she has actively participated in 30 volunteer NID (National Immunization Days) teams organizing and leading the last 26 teams herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see westerners – Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations themselves to help communicate the need for eradication.

As a global advocate, she has shared her story and passion hundreds of times at numerous Zone Institutes, District Conferences, President Elect Training and Foundation events, and at the International Assembly in 2017, 2018, and 2019 carrying the message of polio eradication around the Rotary world and beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight. She is determined that no child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself, a polio survivor, has been through. Her concern for polio survivors includes working to ensure mobility and dignity for those who survived the disease but did not have access to the kinds of surgeries and treatments that she was able to receive. And has led Rotary International grants to this end.

Ann Lee has put a face on the subject of polio eradication, winning hearts and minds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. A polio survivor herself, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her journey in the fight to eradicate polio.

But for all the immunizations Ann Lee has herself made possible through NIDs, she considers fundraising, public awareness and inspiring others her most critical accomplishments. To this end she shares the opportunities that Rotary offers individuals for personal and professional growth.

Ann Lee’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, the Rotary Service Above Self Award and she was honoured as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people’s lives and making a better future around the globe. She was featured in the magazine Real Simple in June 2012. She was featured in a video in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter for February 2017. In March 2017, Rotary and The World Bank recognized her as a Woman of Action celebrating International Day of Women. Locally in her home state of Maine, she was honoured at the Maine State Senate chamber for her remarkable achievements and included in Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers of 2017 who have changed our world, improved our lives, and broadened our horizons.

Ann Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise in Maine and served District 7780 in many capacities including as Governor in 2010-2011. Currently, Ann Lee is serving as a member of the Global Polio Eradication Imitative (GPEI) Integration Working Group, Council on Legislation Rep 2020-2023; Executive Director of the Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group, as a Director on the PDGs Fellowship, as District 7780 PolioPlus Chair and as her club’s president for 2020-2021. She ended her term as Chair of the Rotary Action Group Council and Chair of The Fellowship of Rotarian Past District Governors as of June 2019. Outside Rotary, she serves as a trustee of York Hospital in York, Maine.

Previously she served as an Advisor to Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee and as a member of the Global Polio Eradication Transition Management Group from 2015-2018. She has also served as Presidents’ Representative at several district conferences and represented Rotary at an Easter Seals Annual Convention. Previously she also served as a member of the Rotary International Rotarian Action Groups Committee, the Reach Out to Africa Initiative, and as Zone 32 Coordinator for Health and Hunger.

Ann Lee, who with her late husband, Michael Nazemetz, DVM recently retired from their practice, Village Veterinary Clinic in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Ann Lee resides in South Berwick, Maine USA with her devoted yellow Labrador, Parker and her curious cat Elliott.

She is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member. 

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