3 October 2018
Volume 58 Issue 14
Next Meeting Responsibilities
Chair:            Gaetano Fina
Fellowship:   Di Double
                        David Nutter
Attendance:  Steve Paton
                        Eric Boon
The Rotary Club of Berwick meets
Every Wednesday evening at
Holm Park Reserve
(Beaconsfield Football Club)
Emerald-Beaconsfield Road
6.30 for a 7.00pm start

Please email your apology
or book in your guest to
All bookings and apologies
To submitted by 10.00 am on
Tuesday prior to the meeting.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service Director
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Jeremy Jones
October 24
David Collyer
October 28
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Tilly Hutton
October 11
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Russell Dunn
Val Dunn
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Berwick & District Benevolent Society Inc.
Since 2015, the Rotary Club of Berwick has had responsibility for management of the Berwick & District Society Inc. 
The current  Office Bearers are:
President:  PP David Collyer
Treasurer:  PP Peter Batterham
Secretary:  David Cutler
Upcoming Events
Free Flow Networking Night
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lift the Lid! Mental Health Awareness Month
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
WAYSS presentation
Holm Park Recreation Reserve
Oct 24, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
President's Preamble 3-10-18
We got a good turnout tonight to hear from our outbound exchange student Tara.  We were treated to a taste of the presentation that she is planning to show her overseas host club.  Tara still doesn’t know where she is heading, but is hoping for the USA, or Canada. 
There were lots of photos in the presentation, but the one that caught everyone’s attention was of Tara at around 2 years of age.  She was diligently but artistically spreading the contents of a bloo loo cage on herself and the toilet.  Denise told me that Tara had waited until she had her hands full with Tara’s baby brother, to sneak off to express her creativity.  Members of the Carols committee wanted to sign Tara up to do the bathroom cleaning, given her obvious skills with the bloo loo.
Tara is off to a camp in Bairnsdale on the weekend to meet up with the other outbound students and the current inbound student being hosted by the Rotary Club of Narre Warren, who will give them an idea of what to expect.  The word is that the outbound students will then find out where they are all going next year.
Clare Ganderton gave us an insight into what it is like being a Youth Exchange Counsellor.  Clare updated us on what she has been doing on the Youth Exchange front as Tara’s Counsellor, offering advice and assistance as needed. 
Next to speak on the topic of Youth Exchange was Di Double.  Di was talking from the host parent viewpoint.  Geoff and Di have hosted 6 Youth Exchange Students from all over the world. 
Di highly recommends the experience, even if people don’t have children of the inbound student’s age living in their home.  She has lasting connections with these students and often gets phone calls at crazy times from a particular young lady who came to our Club from Greenland.
It was very interesting to hear about Youth Exchange from the different perspectives.
That’s it from me for this week.
Over and out.
Service Projects
Bob Lay AM provided a summary of the range of community service projects that the Club is currently engaged in.
They include:
  • The Charity Golf Day
  • Carols by Candlelight
  • Australia day 
  • Relay for Life
  • Books distribution
  • Kids Under Cover addressing youth homelessness
  • Preparing 'Starter Packs' for Primary school children
Bob emphasised the need for Club volunteers to get involved in these diverse projects, to ensure their success.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
David Nutter advised of the Charity Golf Day to be held on Friday 23 November at Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Links, to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 
The Club will be providing a gourmet barbecue to the players before the tournament begins, as in previous years. 
He called on members to purchase raffle tickets and to provide prizes for the draw, if at all possible.
International Youth Exchange
Our outgoing international youth exchange student, Tara Wilkinson, gave an interesting PowerPoint presentation that will be used at her host Rotary Club overseas. 
At the time of the presentation, Tara had not been informed which host country that will be, although her preferences are the USA, or Canada.
The presentation outlined Tara's personal background and aspirations as well as providing aspects of Australian life, including its history, unique wildlife and well-known landmarks.
Tara is 16 years old and is currently in Year 10 at Berwick College, where her favourite subjects are maths, philosophy and textiles. 
She also proudly announced that she has just passed her Learner's Permit and is keen to build her hours of driving experience, before her exchange commences.
In June, Tara and her brother went to Japan on their own to meet up with her sister.  She really enjoyed the experience of being in a different culture surrounded by strangers and unfamiliar places, where she didn't speak the local language.
In presenting the unique fauna of Australia, Tara included photos and relevant information on Cassowaries, Emus, Kangaroos, Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats and Platypuses.
She gave a brief history of Australia beginning with the arrival of indigenous Australians about 40,000 to 70,000 years ago.  Then covering the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1770, the establishment of the penal colony at Botany Bay in 1778 and the gold rush in 1851, which brought large numbers of workers from overseas seeking their fortune.
The presentation concluded with photos of Australian landmarks, such as Flinders Street Station, Sydney Opera House, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.
Tara will attend a Youth Exchange workshop at Bairnsale on Friday and Saturday, at which she should finally learn which host country she has been assigned to.
When the host country is confirmed, she will customise the PowerPoint presentation for that country.  However, given the high quality of her presentation at Wednesday's meeting, she should only have to tweak it a little to make it perfect.
Jokers Wild 3-10-18
Our outgoing international exchange student, Tara Wilkinson selected the winning ticket, which belonged to PP Funno.
On drawing a card from the deck, he got the King of Clubs, so the Jackpot is safe for another week!
Next week there will be 44 cards plus the Joker in the deck.
Please buy your tickets before the meeting starts and make sure that you have the correct amount of money.
Vocational Service
Every October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus their attention on vocational service.  Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.
What is Vocational Service?
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service and it calls on every Rotarian to encourage and foster:
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
  • Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  • Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  • Help young people achieve their career goals.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
Rotarians, clubs and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:
  • Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction.
  • Identify means of emphasising vocation in club activities..
  • Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level.
  • Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation.
  • Emphasise the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct and their importance to the values of Rotary.
When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession.

Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.

One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards. Two useful tools that Rotarians have to assess these standards are 'The Four-Way Test' and 'The Rotary Code of Conduct'.
News Snippets

Book Distribution

Rosemary Hughes advised that the books donated over the last few weeks by members, as part of the Basic Education and Literacy month, have now had the Club ID stickers added. 

They will be distributed to Edrington Park Child Care & Kindergarten and the Casey North Community Information and Support Services.


Where are they now?

PP Mark and Isobel Caulfiled are at Santo Domingo de la Calzada, at the end of their first little Camino involving 18 days walking about 280km.

Apart from a really bad cold that they are both suffering, their bodies are holding up really well. No blisters, injuries or anything, YAY. Must be because they are only doing short days, 15-18km mostly.

Beautiful sunrises behind them, long shadows in front of them. 

Next part is the bus and plane to be tourists in Portugal. There, they will have some time before they meet their friends to start being pilgrims and walk all over again.

District 9820 Membership Forum

DG Janne Speirs requests that you come to hear inspirational speakers and participate in workshops on how to make Rotary interesting, so as to attract new members and inspire existing members.

When:  Saturday 13 October

Where: Nossal High School, Berwick

Time:    10:00am until 4:00pm

Bohemian Rhapsody

A District 9820 polio fundraiser will be held in the form of a movie night featuring "Bohemian Rhapsody" (The story of the great band Queen).

The actual date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

It should provide a good opportunity to bring as many family members and friends to this Rotary function.


2019 Multi-District Conference

Registrations for the first ever Victorian Multi District Conference are going well with 13 Clubs from D9820 represented so far.

There are now Rotarians from 78 Victorian Rotary Clubs going and that has to be an opportunity to network, inspire and connect!

Remember to register before 31st October to go into the draw for free registration for two people plus accommodation for two nights (up to $500).

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 15-17 February 2019.

Early bird registration before 30 November will cost:

$175 per person, or

$125 per person for Rotarians < 2 years membership to encourage new members.

$110 per person for the conference dinner, which is optional.

Register online at:  

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