Article submitted by Jane Moore
 
There are 91 Rotary fellowship groups, which means that there really is something for everyone and they are a great adjunct to Rotary and a great way to introduce non-members to Rotary!
 
What is a Rotary Fellowship?
 
Simply, Rotary Fellowships are international groups with national and local subgroups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends and join a community built around a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
 
The fellowships join members in friendship and expand opportunities to enjoy their favourite recreational activities, sports, and professions. These groups range from cycling to skiing, Latin culture to jazz, doctors to photographers, and even wine-tasting to beer. 
 
The Rotary Club of Berwick has members in the International Fellowship of Skiing Rotarians, (the Boons), and the popular Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians (RVFR), which includes the Rosenthals, Carole and Norm Smith (Buchanan), the Moores, the Shaws and the Froggatts
 
Last weekend, the Berwick contingent joined the southern division of the RVFR Australia Southern Division – basically Victoria, on a 5 night “muster” based at Lake Tyers in East Gippsland.  It was so much fun!
 
RVFR Berwick crew at the
Lakes Entrance harbour
Le tag along tour at Buchan
The Moore and Shaw campsite at Lake TyersLE tag along vehicle fire lookout
 
How does a muster work?
 
Southern Division Musters are held 3 times a year – February, May and November. Two people, the “drovers”, volunteer to organise the event with two assistants, the “roustabouts”. They scope and choose a location, block book a caravan park, arrange where or what we eat and design an activity program; all of which are opted in on registration. You make your site booking, pack some breakfast gear and head off for a great time!  You can commit to as much or as little of the program as you choose.  John and Helen Rosenthal are quietly working away in the background on the muster they are running in 2022!
 
The Lake Tyers program was fun, interesting and designed to take some much needed tourist dollars into the fire recovery area of East Gippsland.  There was a great mix of down time for socialising and enjoying the lovely beach, pool and very natural Lake Tyers Beach Front Park with a mix of people in their RVs and in cabins.
 
We had a fantastic couple of nights in camp with a pizza truck making fresh pizzas on site and a b.b.q tea the next.  Saturday evening saw us all on a boat cruising the lakes with dinner catered for, whilst Sunday we made our own arrangements and all ended up going out for tea!
 
We toured the Lakes Entrance Co-op and Fennings Timber Mill. Professionally conducted tours, which were really interesting and, as always, arranged through contacts who could facilitate visits not normally open to the general public.
 
Saturday was free time to enjoy, visiting local attractions, catching up with friends, or whatever suited. On Sunday, for those remaining, and interested in bush tag alongs, a group were lead to the hills on tracks unknown, travelling 250 km through Buchan and up to the confluence of the Snowy and Buchan rivers. Those still in camp enjoyed their own time to surf, fish, explore the local area or read a book!
 
Who can come?
 
A recent policy change allows anyone to join a Rotary Fellowship, including non-members! Invite those friends with whom you share a similar hobby or interest, to join the relevant Fellowship with you. This is a great opportunity to introduce them to Rotary.
 
How do you join?
 
Come along as a guest to see how you like it!  The group has many longstanding members, but is also undergoing a rejuvenation with many new members being from Narre Warren, Greater Dandenong/Endeavour Hills, Pakenham, Bunyip Garfield now coming along. There are people from the Ride to Conference team who have joined and many more from Clubs out of our District from throughout Victoria.
 
Contact secretary Graeme Squires form the Rotary Club of Bunyip Garfield at squires58@bigpond.com.au. He has all the information you will need. 
 
You can also contact: Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians (rvfr-aus.org.au), which will also give you forward calendars for all divisions and national events (Toowoomba in October anyone?)
 
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