Issue  9
1st September 2021
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Most Wednesdays at
The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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Visitors and Rotarians are welcome.
Post: P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806
September is 'Basic Education and Literacy' Month
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Club Meeting - Mystery Night (Zoom)
ZOOM: (Password: Rotaryzoom)
Sep 08, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Sep 11, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Danielle Kutchel - Star News
Sep 15, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Sep 18, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Footy Trivia Night
TBA - Zoom if still in lockdown
Sep 22, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Travel Guide Partners night: Morocco
Sep 29, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Meeting update:

It is unlikely we will be able to meet in person for a few weeks yet. Please take the opportunity to embrace technology because you have to not because you want to!
We are People of Action, so let's get on doing as much as we can while we can.
Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
On to Conference
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Grant
September 3
Bruce Shaw
September 17
Geoff Double
September 20
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Josie Wilson
September 9
Geoff Double
September 21
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Bruce Shaw
Robyn Shaw
September 4
Alf Giesen
Debbie Giesen
September 27
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
October 29

Peace Corps volunteers and Rotary members find meaningful


Rotary is forging a path to full literacy in India


Meet the winners of the 2020-21 Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards


Gordon McInally selected to be 2023-24 Rotary International President


Rotary joined its partners in the GPEI to mark the first anniversary of a public health milestone: the WHO's African region being certified free of wild polio.

ClubRunner Mobile
Next week's meeting
On the 8th of September we will still be on Zoom 'thanks' to our continued lockdown.
Our planned speaker, Sjaak, has been deferred to later in the year when we can - hopefully - meet in person.
So rock up this Wednesday for a mystery night and you might be surprised with what we have in store!
Members are reminded to prepare a response to David Anderson's recent inspiring Elevator Pitch Workshop.
Follow on from our Elevator Pitch Workshop
Thanks to all for your active participation in the workshop. I hope everyone is a little better prepared to help demystify what Rotary is and does, and why the organisation is important for you.
I have to say that the examples shared last night might be a glimpse into some unfinished work and we should come back to this topic and allow everyone the opportunity to refine, polish and continue to share with each other in a bid for continuous improvement.
I purposely didn’t share my elevator pitch as it may have jaundiced the outcomes, but from a leadership perspective it may have helped better guide what a well-crafted pitch might sound like….so here’s mine for now and it will probably change over time:
“You know, there are a few reasons why Rotary is the right thing for me to invest time into.
Firstly, I can help in local projects to aid our neighbourhood, or involve myself in global programs to aid humanity, my choice.
Secondly, Rotary gives me the chance to grow personally with access to world class mentors, leaders & training material.
Next, being part of Rotary gives me the ability to improve my self-satisfaction by knowing I am giving back.
Finally, and critically being part of the Rotary organisation I have the opportunity to meet with and spend time with like-minded people in social settings…………..And I’m getting better at cooking sausages.
It’s worth looking into, right? “
All in 30 seconds. Not saying it’s perfect, it’s just a guide into why I’m invested.
I encourage everyone to re-visit their individual elevator pitches and we’ll share at a meeting shortly, and I will have a reward for what is deemed to be the pitch best related to inspire someone to action. Remember, practicing out loud will allow you to inject your personality.
If anyone needs additional guidance, pick up the phone, You’ll find my details on the Clubrunner app, or in the member's area on the club website
Zone 8 Virtual Conference
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
The Australia New Zealand Pacific Islands Rotary Conference is less than 7 days away.
Don't delay, REGISTER NOW: $25 Individuals, Groups of 4 or more $75.
Green rooftops benefit our environment
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
I have compiled this article from scientific information gleaned from various sources, as I feel it supports Rotary's seventh area of focus "Supporting the Environment".  I would be interested in receiving your feedback on its contents.
On average, rooftops take up 25% of a city’s land area... that's a whole lot of space with the potential for activation or utilisation. In major cities, they are increasingly being employed to generate lasting benefits for communities and residents from playgrounds, to urban farms, to solar green roofs, and extended living spaces.
A green roof is a vegetated cover, or a permanent rooftop planting system covering a significant portion of a building's roof. They mitigate stormwater run-off, reduce the urban heat island effect and increase biodiversity. 

FACT: Did you know green roofs have been mandatory for newly developed buildings in Copenhagen since 2010?
So, what is behind this trend? Each year summers are getting hotter (we're all feeling it 🥵) and it is becoming widely apparent that trees act as “natural air conditioning units”.
The origins of green roofs began thousands of years ago. The most famous green roofs were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. They were considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and were constructed around 500 B.C. They were built over arched stone beams and waterproofed with layers of reeds and thick tar. Plants and trees were then planted.
In more recent times, people used sod to cover their roof tops for the purpose of insulation, it kept their homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Modern green roofs may have had their "roots" in ancient times, but technological advances have made them far more efficient and expensive than their ancient counterparts.
A green roof reduces cooling loads on a building by fifty to ninety percent, especially if it is glassed-in so as to act as a terrarium and a passive solar heat reservoir. A practical example of this - in New York the coolest parts of the city are all adjacent to major parks (temperatures can be up to 10 degrees cooler inside a park compared to surrounding spaces of concrete streets and buildings).
A recent study in Sydney compared two almost identical roofs - both had solar panels, but one had a "green roof" with plants and foliage in and around the solar panels. The study found that on hot days "surface temperatures were up to 20 degrees Celsius lower on the green roof, as compared to the standard solar roof"! As a result, 9.5MWH more renewable energy was generated on the green roof (because PV solar panels work less efficiently when they are hotter).
When designing your next energy efficient home, it may be useful to consider this information.
Rotaract literacy day
 Posted by Graham Johnstone From a Rotaract Facebook post.
We are placing a call out for children's books so that we can create book bags to donate to Casey North Community Information and Support Service (CNCISS). We will be decorating book bags at our meeting on the 2nd of September in preparation for International Literacy Day on the 8th of September.
Our world is changing: global health crises, accelerated climate change, growing use of artificial intelligence, strong social movements across the globe, just to name a couple of things.
What will tomorrow look like? Like UNESCO, we believe that EDUCATION can help us to build the future we want. Together, let’s reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.
Learn more about the #FuturesOfEducation initiative launched by UNESCO:
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On a lighter note!
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
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