Vale Bob Lay AM
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Bob Lay AM early on Friday 5th August.  Although he had been ill for quite some time, his passing is still a shock.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Berwick in 2011 and was an active member in many projects and as a Board member, until his health deteriorated in 2020.  Since then he has been an Honorary Member of the Club.
Bob the champion sprinter in 1964Rotarian Bob Lay AM
In his younger days, Bob was a household name as a champion sprinter.  At the age of 18 he represented Australia at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth and went on to become an Olympian at the 1964 Tokyo Games competing in the 100 and 200 metres.  Later, on 10 March 1965, Bob sped along the 100 yards grass track at the Sydney Sports Ground in 9.2 seconds.  So far, no sprinter has run faster than his 9.2 seconds for the 100 yards.
After retiring from running, Bob took on many roles in the sporting industry including, the Olympic Committee and as General Manager of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. His significant service to sports administration and athletics was recognised by his award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours listing.
We will all remember Bob's friendship, his sense of humour and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
This weeks report
This week we don't have a President's Report or any offerings of activity from the membership. That's ok, Rotary is a big picture organisation, and sometimes a Club has a slow news week, or they want to hang the bulletin guy out to dry. Who knows, but I am up for the challenge.
Since I am this year's bulletin editor, I should inform the readership of something substantial about Rotary. I do a bit of reading about what Rotary does around the world. I also have a broad network because, in Rotary, that's what you get when you step outside your club and into the wilderness. Some things in Rotary I am not so crazy about but Rotary and Rotarians command respect in what they imagine, what they can develop and what they can achieve. Some things can be very left field and that is one of the qualities I like about Rotary!
This year, our Rotary International President's Rotary theme is Imagine. Last year, it was about Opportunities. Our Presidential themes should inspire us to move ahead and develop a more robust and interconnected Rotary, but I would say we are listening but not hearing. No one can make Rotarians hear, imagine their Club's potential, a new project, a community alliance, a change in focus, a fresh approach and take action to bring new members to the Club to make missing links disappear and action happen. It is up to each member, you and me, to make the change and bring the doers into Rotary. We can only make a difference when we have the right people in the right places at the right time; that is not easy!
It takes belief that Rotary can do what it is says it can do and it takes an understanding of what Rotary is and the resources available to complete the job.
Interact are in da House
It was terrific to listen to President Annabelle and Secretary Sarah explain and present on their experiences with being involved with Interact at this weeks meeting.
The Interact Club of St Margarets School and Berwick Grammar has been a positive experience for them and has made them realise the value of service in the community. Not just volunteering for a random organisation but running a researched project with purpose has brought a new dynamic to the acts of planning and delivering the project and the sense of ownership of the result. Ownership can amplify the process of critical thinking, which means that the Club in its current format are analysing what they are doing to improve future results. The Club has achieved some fantastic results considering their struggle with COVID-inspired lockdowns and restriction rules. 
A delightful and inspiring presentation!
The Rotary Club of Berwick is (essentially) co-founders with the Rotary Club of Emerald, and the Rotary Club of Emerald is putting in the hard yards to make the Interact Club tick. That is no reflection on the Rotary Club of Berwick because the RCB members involved are fully employed and time-poor. It does, however, open opportunities up for well-grounded RCB Rotarians with some time to spare to mentor and guide Interact to new levels.
Rotary has many aspirations and goals, one of them being mentors to future generations. My take on this presentation is that we have potential future leaders right before us. This is our Club and Rotary's chance to be part of developing their skills to be effective while also bringing back to us what matters to the younger generation.
Please contact Youth Chair Greg Lee if you want to spend some time developing future leaders through Interact.
Australia meets the World through Rotary Down Under
I think it necessary to point out that Rotary is not a one-dimensional organisation and there are many reasons to dig deeper into what Rotary does, what Rotary can do and what Rotary stands for across all aspects of life. This is just one of many examples of Rotary we just don't see every day. 
district 9510 organizes the sailing challenge

Sailing Challenge reaches new heights

Climbing 27 meters up rigging, above a heaving sea, to unfurl or reef a sail for the first time is one of the key challenges of sailing a square-rigged ship with a team of other first-time sailors. This is usually made worse by the inevitable sea sickness in the first days on the open ocean.

Twice a year, District 9510 organizes this challenge in South Australia as part of its suite of youth development programs.

The Sailing Challenge was founded in 2017 through the inspiration of Sir James Hardy and Rotarian sailor and award-winning boat builder David Binks. With 57 years of distinguished Rotary service through the Rotary Club of Glenelg and district youth committees, Binks embarked on a sail training challenge for 15- to 19-year-olds using the square-rigged vessel the One and All.

After a formal evaluation of the benefits of the program to young people’s development, it has now been embedded as a key district youth program of personal development, teamwork, and leadership.

Twice a year, 19 students are selected to undertake this challenge and are sponsored by Rotary clubs. They join the crew for a five-day voyage of skill building. Special emphasis is given by Rotary clubs to select students who will gain the most growth from the challenge.

The square-rigged One and All was built and used originally as part of South Australia’s 150 years celebrations in 1986. Its design is based on an 1850s brigantine, but using modern shipbuilding materials and safety features. It now runs regular cruises in the Gulf St Vincent and is in big demand for corporate training events as well.

samantha s is one of 19 students
Samantha S. is one of 19 students selected to undertake the biannual Sailing Challenge.

The rigorous training is split into three team watches, and within that the members work four hours on and four hours off continuously throughout the five days. The first three days are spent learning how to sail a square-rigged ship, then the final two days the students sail the ship home themselves.

They learn to read charts, navigate, and change sails to make the most of the conditions, and about the many sails, ropes, and lines needed to safely sail such a ship.

"I have fond and lasting memories of the trip," said Urrbrae Agricultural High School student Maycie Darlington, one of the students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mitcham, South Australia.

"I made instant friends with my watchmates and learned much about teams and the value of working together for a shared goal. I found that the background of the team members was irrelevant in their shared responsibilities and achievements." — EUAN MILLER

National Cartoon Gallery

national cartoon gallery

The National Cartoon Gallery is Australia’s only dedicated cartoon gallery, exhibiting the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and is organized by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City. The original gallery is housed in an underground World War II bunker that has been converted into a funky exhibition space.

The creation of the gallery is largely due to the Rotary club and, in particular, the two key drivers of the project: Tom Hamilton-Foster and the late John Champion. Their work in acquiring sponsorships and local business funding enabled the restoration of the building to proceed. Their caricatures are proudly displayed in the gallery’s foyer.

Recently, through hard work and government grants, a substantial above-ground extension was built. This has more than doubled the gallery’s floor space. The major improvements were completed in February 2021 and now include a large upstairs gallery, theatrette, meeting room, and café.

Today, the gallery is run by the independent, not-for-profit Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc. The Bunker is custodian of the cartoon collection, with well over 23,000 cartoons from leading Australian and international cartoonists. These include private donations and bequeaths of rare works.

The Bunker’s role, although different to its wartime past, is still one of communicator and protector of Australia’s history, albeit in satirical form. — ANNE MATTHEWS

Issue  6
3rd August 2022
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Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Each year, District 9820 run a fabulous 2-day course to develop Rotary Leadership skills in participating Rotarians. Please read on if you are interested in joining this years intake. Dates: Session 1: 27th August 2022 and Session 2: 17th September 2022
Who is the course for?
Most Rotarians have not experienced the great scope of Rotary around the world and may have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward. We encourage Rotary Clubs to select several candidates each year for the RLI. Participants return to their clubs with enthusiasm, new contacts, fresh ideas, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, and with the valuable skills for their potential leadership in the club.
Topics include:
  • My Rotary World
  • Creative Service Projects
  • Analysing a Rotary Club
  • Building a Stronger Club
  • Club Communications
  • Vocational Service - Ethics
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Effective Leadership Strategies
  • Membership - Attracting, engaging, and retaining members.
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • International Service
  • Public Image & Public Relations
  • Making a Difference
Benefits of attending?
Some comments from previous District 9820 participants:
  • “Very well-presented course with topical and relevant information and practical ways to improve as a Rotarian.”
  • “An enjoyable day of expanding knowledge of Rotary Leadership within Rotary.”
  • “This is a valuable exercise I think for all board members and potential incoming board members.”
  • “All good value as a newer member to Rotary. An informative day.”
  • “As with session one the information outlined in the current session was both highly beneficial and valuable.”
  • Great three days of learning and networking.
  • Assisted in clarifying the complicated, cohesive range of activities and objectives with which rotary in involved.
  • The leadership training session has been a regarding experience. To hear and share ideas from different perspectives and length of service. The level of workshops was excellent for this session. Overall, there should be more of this, and I will encourage others to attend next year.
  • Excellent presentations by all facilitators. Good pace and good topics covered for us to learn. Very worthwhile experience
  • A fantastic program which should become compulsory part of a member’s life in Rotary.
The cost is $100.00 per head for materials and catering, and which is normally paid by Clubs.
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House
39 Valley Drive,
Traralgon Vic
For further information or nomination form please contact:
David Hanlon
RLI Chair
Rotary District 9820
Phone: 0414 996 798 
COVID the gift that keeps on giving
I have been away from my wonderful Rotary Club for the last three weeks due to work/family commitments, and I was looking forward to seeing a room packed with my Rotarian friends and colleagues. For me, the Club meeting is my chance to talk to people outside my industry about stuff different from my daily work grind. The meeting is potentially the highlight of my week.
I have to say I was disappointed. President Gus listed off all the late cancellations due to illness which is understandable. It appears that COVID is still disrupting EVERYTHING and I wonder if we will have to fall back to Zoom if the low numbers at meetings continue. 
Nonetheless, I had some great conversations and an enjoyable night.
If you are free, what about making a date and getting involved? See you at next week's meeting (COVID infections excluded).
District Conference 2023
On the 24th February 2023, we will have our District Conference at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort in Cape Schanck.
A District Conference is all about building connections within the District and having a bit of fun along the way.
In past years, before 2014, most Rotary Club of Berwick members attended the annual District Conference, and they were fun and memorable.
In 2023, I hope that our Club will make an effort to attend one of the last District 9820 Conferences ever before our District merges with 9810.
More details to follow.
Rotary Convention 2023
How good is this! A Rotary Convention coming to Melbourne in just a few months time. I would encourage you all to have a look at this ritzy website that is jammed-packed with local information: or click on the image above to take you to the registration portal.
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