Issue  43
25th May 2022
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Rotary International has consistently been at the forefront of providing opportunities for youth to develop the skills and characteristics necessary to be effective leaders of tomorrow. 
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Tell me I'm Dreaming


I am sure you have read somewhere by now that I want "my people" to move into roles/gaps and spaces in the Club voluntarily rather than rigidly just give them a job. I think people genuinely take ownership, find ways to improve, encourage others and deliver the best outcome for all involved. I might just be dreaming but I am convinced that I am not alone.
I am seeing some amazing growth in many members of the club that I have not seen before. I may be accused of not being that observant but if the Club keeps heading in this direction, we are destined to become a better Club than we have ever been.
The Rotary Club of Berwick has been involved in some wonderful projects over the last year. Tackled a bit of a Club restructure. Done stuff that was thought impossible. Enjoyed peace and harmony between members and found a place of belonging. I may be proud of my Club as the President, but everyone in our Club should be very proud of what we all have achieved together. It has been a bumpy ride to get to where we are today but we have a strong foundation to build on and we have plenty of opportunities to grow and diversify for years to come.
The best part is that I didn't do a thing to make that happen. Members stepped forward because they believe in what our Club and Rotary stand for and that is how it should be. Dream the dream with me and make it a reality.
Belief in Rotary, our Club and ourselves is a powerful thing! While we all work together, we will achieve great things and feel the satisfaction and trust that we are the best we can be. Kudos to my Rotary family.
Nossal High School's Sports Day
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Sam, Laury, Graham, Trevor, and David
On Wednesday morning 25th May, five Rotarians met at Casey Fields to provide a BBQ service for the students and staff of Nossal High School at their annual Sports Day.  The team of Rotarians was made up of Laury Gordyn, Trevor Watson, David Anderson, Graham Johnstone and Sam McCurdy. 
Although the Rotary BBQ had been idle for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it performed magnicently and was kept in full operation from 10:00am to 1:30pm, as the team cooked sausages and onions for an estimated crowd of 1,000 staff and students. A small group of students cooked vegie burgers on a small BBQ to satisfy the needs of vegetarians. The food and some other resources were provided by the school through the excellent management of Nossal's Jason Bell.
A novel approach to this event was that some Nossal students and staff took turns at collecting payment for the food, or cooking the vegie burgers, while others assisted by serving the food to a hungry but appreciative crowd.   This arrangement left the Rotarians to concentrate on the serious work of keeping up with the demand for cooked sausages.
All in all it was a great team effort and a successful collaboration between the staff, students and the Rotarians.
Passing of Doug Anderson
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Doug Anderson early on Thursday morning. He had been ill with cancer for several years.
Doug and his wife Rhonda were very active members of our Club, prior to moving to Queensland.  They managed the Berwick College Presentation Balls and our barbeque at the Farmer's market for several years, amongst many other activities.
We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to Rhonda and family.
Rotary is but a world away
It is always terrific to have guests to the Club, especially when they are Rotarians and potential Rotarians. I am pleased to introduce you to Mahendra and Milind Bulsara. Mahendra is from the Rotary Club of Valsad, India and Milind, who is Mahendra's son is from Cranbourne North.
Mahendra has had a long history with Rotary spanning 45 years. When in India, he runs his own business. His Club is very proud and very strong. We can learn a lot from Mahendra through his Rotary journey and that is why we must form connections well outside our Club. Rotary is a big wide world of humanity in action with many different takes on what Rotary is and how it can interact with the local community. I have been fortunate to share some time learning about Mahendra's club and the cultural differences between us over a very nice glass of Ceylon whisky made from Coconut flowers. I have a bit to learn!
Mahendra comes from an amazing part of the world and has created a booklet promoting the highlights of his area. I hope to get a soft copy to share with those who are interested to learn more. It certainly looks like a great place to visit with some very nice Rotarians to meet as well!
Club No 15159 & Charter Date: 29/01/1958 Rotary Club of Valsad, a part of Rotary International located in R I Dist 3060 was founded in the late fifties when Valsad was known as Bulsar. The Club has a glorious social service record of over five decades in and around the town in southern Gujarat
Now, what about Milind? Milind is a Rotarian waiting to happen! He is young, has a young family and all the pressures that young people have to become established in life. He knows that Rotary is a powerful organisation but he has priorities towards his family first. I would love to have Milind become part of our Club for two reasons. Firstly because he is young and vibrant and secondly to create a bridge to Mahendra's Club. There is something strong about having meaningful connections over the world that bring the true meaning that Rotary as a big picture organisation. We can stop swimming in the small pond by just diving into the big pond!
I hope we will see more of Mahendra and Milind at our meetings. They are both wonderful people.
As a side note, Milind went back to India just to get a Rotary banner to present to our Club (maybe a slight exaggeration) but either way Rotary connects the world.
Changeover 2022
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Let's have a chat about the money
Ever since I have been in Rotary, I have never had the real opportunity to learn about the money side of the Club. Not surprising because when it comes to money, the little person doesn't need to know right?
Anyway, I think everyone in our Club needs to know that their efforts in raising funds are put towards areas where it will make the most impact. I don't say it enough, but we give our time freely in the hope that something good will become of it. We toil, and some members bear the costs of fuel and wear and tear only to have some bean counter up the tree sprays their efforts without comment or consideration to organisations who we have no idea will spend our money well. I know the efforts our working members go to raise funds for the Club. I know how much it is to run a vehicle and I appreciate the cost of time to organise a project. We are Rotarians because we want to make a difference. We are not Rotarians because we want our efforts wasted.
Some of you might know that I come from a small business background in a volatile and seasonal industry. In my business, you can go from raking it in to broke in a wink of an eye. It has become necessary to "read the market" and predict what might happen just to stay viable. A sale is not a sale until the money is in the bank as they say!
Together with my Board, we have applied some of those principles through COVID to enable our Club to take advantage of everything that Rotary can do even through uncertain times such as COVID. We have maintained a healthy bank balance even when fundraising wasn't going too well. We have fulfilled our community objectives and kept our Club viable. A healthy dose of goal setting and budgeting helped to ensure we had the funds available for the projects we knew we wanted to do.
Our Club is not for profit, so it is important not to carry funds surplus to needs. It is also important not to run the club broke by donating too much money so that the Club cannot function in an environment where it needs to step up. 
Our fundraising efforts, although starting very late in the year have been exceptional due to the efforts of the Art Screen Crew led by Gus Dominguez and the Presentation Ball Crew led by Dave Anderson. Underneath those two projects are a raft of hard-working team players. Good fundraising is what keeps our Club in a position to help our community. Good financial management goes a long way to make the biggest impact we can with the funds we have available. I make no apologies for the strategy, I want our Club to be effective, even in less than uncertain times.
This year, once Treasurer Wendy Langdon has finalized the accounts, we will be planning for next year by setting a budget. Remembering that we cannot take fundraising for granted, it is only responsible that money is allocated to the areas we know it will be used. Youth programs including the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Model of United , supporting Rotary Donations in Kind, and the Rotary Foundation are high on the agenda. Australian Rotary Health and Disaster Aid Australia rank as well as supporting Rotary Berwick and District Benevolent Society for their work in the community. Berwick College, our partners in the Presentation Ball project and Interact are all significant players who make us US.
My personal goal is to support our inner Rotary Club of Berwick circle. I want whatever excess money we have available to support the organisations that define our Club, its values and direction. The number of donations might be small, but our impact will be great. I am but one member of the Rotary Club of Berwick but Rotary needs to support Rotary. Our Club needs to support our partners and our sponsors.
Our Club is not made of money. Our fundraising is done through hard work by the members and not by public donations. We need to support our network and show that we are an integral part of making sure that everything we rely on can function. Naturally, I am open to club members' opinions if my viewpoint puts them at odds with my presentation. I want maximum bang for the buck created by the hard work of the members. I do not like wasting money and I want to ensure the Club will have a comfortable and successful 2022-23 by not starving the Club of funds and hoping it will find them too late in the year to be of any use to the people we serve. 
We are Rotary. We work to make a difference and we expect our efforts will make lasting change in our community.
CNCISS 'Winter Coat Drive'
We will be collecting coats at the Club meetings to enable all Club members and friends to contribute to our local people in need during our imminent winter season. This is a great opportunity to do something super amazing! Try standing outside with no protection at the moment and see how long you would last. A coat, any coat makes a difference, so please search around and donate anything you won't be wearing anytime soon.
For more information, contact Sam McCurdy at Please note, that donations are open to anyone. We just want to look after people in our community who are finding it tough going through winter. 
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