Welcome to the Rotary Club of Berwick
Serving the Berwick Community and the surrounding District since 1961

Club President: Mark Caulfield

Welcome to our Club! Come and join the fun

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
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March 2017

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Club 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
Why I Joined Rotary
Sharmaine Squire: 
"Really love being a member of the Rotary Club of Berwick, one of the best decisions I ever made and I too am very proud of being accepted as a member. Our Carols by Candlelight event was so eagerly received by our local community and the feedback I received as everyone was leaving at the end of the night after the fireworks display was so appreciative for a truly enjoyable night for all families and so keen to return next year. Fantastic effort from the Committee involved, truly unbelievable."
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Neighbouring Club Meetings:
RC Cranbourne
Settler's Run Golf Club
Tuesday 6:00 for 6:30
RC Dandenong
Dandenong RSL Club
Cnr Stud Road and Clow Street
Monday 6:00 for 6:15pm
RC Dandenong East
Dandenong Club
Cnr Stud & Heatherton Rd, Dandenong
Tuesday 6:00 for 6:30
RC Endeavour Hills
Dandenong Club
Cnr Stud & Heatherton Rd, Dandenong
Thursday 6:45 for 7:00
RC Narre Warren
Hotel Fountain Gate 
Overland Drive Narre Warren
Wednesday 6:00 for 6:45
RC Pakenham
Pakenham & District Golf Club
Cnr Princes Highway & Oaktree Drv, Pakenham
Tuesday 6:15 for 6:45
RC Casey
Berwick RSL
Langmore Lane, Berwick
2nd, 3rd, & 4th Monday weekly 6:00 for 6:30pm
Meetings conclude at 7.30pm
Rotary Down Under Tweets!
Club Contact:   For Dinner bookings contact: 
P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806 
email: adrian.froggatt@rotaryberwick.org
Wednesday nights, 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Are you considering joining Rotary to help serve the Community and make long lasting friendships? I invite you to come along to the Rotary Club of Berwick’s weekly meetings and make connections with real people with real passion for others.
The Rotary Club of Berwick is a volunteer service organisation whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the local community and throughout the World. Our main objective is "SERVICE ABOVE SELF". As community volunteers we reach out to neighbors in need at home and abroad. We work locally and globally for the benefit of all. 

We are known for our enthusiasm, camaraderie, fellowship and commitment to serving others. We work together on a number of different projects to benefit our youth, community and International projects and we are looking for like minded people like you.

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The Rotary Club of Berwick is pleased to back one of their own, David Nutter, as he and his team set off on their 3rd Outback Safari in support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Safari goes through some of the most remote and harsh areas of inland Australia, just the kind of territory the Royal Flying Doctors have built a reputation for helping since 1928 when John Flynn established it. You can find all the history on our $20 note, and yet most of us are unaware of their importance to not only the health and well being of isolated communities, but of the work they do in present day Australia.
With 92 Royal Flying Doctor ambulances in Victoria it is likely you have seen one and wondered what they do. These ambulances are used for inter hospital transport of patients, along with mobile eye care services, mobile dental clinics, taking female doctors to rural towns, and helping our rural farmers receive mental health care services.  The Royal Flying Doctor service is now a large part of health care in both city and country areas, and still the most important service for anyone living ard travelling in the wilderness.
To continue their work $50 million dollars a year must be raised from the public to keep their planes flying.  David and his fellow mates Barry Pitcher, Laurie Fenton and John Tolley take the Ford Galaxy Black Cavalier on a grueling trek of  4000 klms over 7 days.  They have so far raised $72000 since inception.  A presentation cheque of $2000 from the Rotary Club of Berwick will bring this years total to $33000 so far.    If anyone would like to donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the name of the Black Cavalier Crew you can be sure you are supporting a valuable and worthwhile cause.  https://outbackcartrek2017.everydayhero.com/au/car-1966
Mark Terry and Neil Lucas from St John of God Foundation were really passionate talking about the 150 million project which include the new hospital with the new comprehensive Cancer and Cardiac Centre and the redevelopment of the Gibb Street Campus.
The new hospital will include 210 beds, 6 theatres, two cardiac/vascular catheter laboratory, six birthing suits and also stablishing and expanding the Cancer Centre.
The specialised Cancer Centre includes 20 chair chemotherapy unit, 5 consulting suits for specialist oncologists and haematologists, radiology, compounding pharmacy and radiotherapy which means that everything is within the one centre and close by patients.
St John of God Berwick hospital has been provided community care for over 75 years. It was originally known as “Berwick and District Bush Nursing Hospital”. It will be able to provide service closer to home to Casey and Cardinia population expanded rapidly and also the surrounding areas such as Baw Baw and Gippsland. 
The Beaconsfield Bendigo Bank has thrown its weight behind the Rotary Club of Berwick, with a $5000 sponsorship deal for the coming year. The bank has been a strong supporter of the work Rotary does in the local community for many years and we are proud to be able to work with a community focused sponsor. 
Rotarians are volunteers, working selflessly for the community, and giving 100 percent of what they raise back to that community, said manager Andrew Gardner.  This philosophy marries perfectly with the way we as a bank want to be seen as evidenced by the work we ourselves do to promote community enhancement.
Mark Caulfield, President of the Berwick Rotary Club, said it was always pleasing to be acknowledged for the work Rotary does in the community.  This sponsorship will add to the funds we raise from our  Farmers and Craft Market, our Deb Balls, our Art Screen Hire business and Charity Golf day, amongst others, and be spent helping to do some pretty special community work.  Our particular focus at present is youth programs and mental health awareness. Our youth are our future and together Bendigo Bank and the Rotary Club of Berwick will be doing their best to make a difference.
After an evening with the Berwick Rotary Club it is understandable why our local community Bank is right behind us.  Our only problem, says Mark, is that we have more exciting and worthwhile projects than we have people to help complete them.  We are always happy to welcome new members. For inquiries on how you can join us as either a casual volunteer, an event specific volunteer or joining Rotary, please email David Button on david.button@rotaryberwick.org.
Rotary is a big organisation with big plans!
30 years ago, Rotary embarked on an amazing project to rid the world of Polio.
One of the great things about Rotary is that we don't work alone. Rotarians engage as many people as possible for almost any project big or small to get the job done. Rotary works with Global organisations like WHO (World Health Organisation), Federal Governments, State Governments, local Councils, Local groups and individuals. It raises funds from where it can and forms alliances with business leaders who share Rotary's idea of a better world for all. This year, there are less than 100 new cases of Polio in the world. Rotary and it's partners have gone through an amazing journey to almost conquer a fearful disease.
But it doesn't stop there! 
Rotary is on the case for many other debilitating including Malaria and other water born diseases. 
Please click the play button, especially if you are young and see how Rotary has played a part in making the world a better place for all.

100 years old and counting: One Person.......One Idea!

Rotary is many things to many people. A bunch of old men doing "stuff" comes to mind, but that really could not be further from the truth especially if you have visited the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Rotary embraces youth, young families, middle aged and the actively retired. Men and women. If you are community minded and like to help others, where ever they are, there is a place for you in Rotary and there is a project waiting for you.
The Rotary Foundation is a charity set up by Rotary International to manage and partially fund projects both local and international, big and small. All Rotarians have a wish to make the world a better place. The Rotary Foundation gives any Rotarian the opportunity to make a difference. All funding is matching funding which means Rotary Clubs must find the funds first.
The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus:
All projects must be sustainable after Rotary leaves. Rotary is there to help, not there to control.The image to the right will give the six areas of focus.
At the Rotary Club of Berwick with the support of the Rotary Foundation, we have been part of building a hospital in Halmahera ( a remote part of Indonesia),
In the process of building a new dental clinic in Balibo, Timor Leste in conjunction of several other Rotary Clubs (this is a big project, so we need to pool our funds). This project is fantastic because everyone in the area has never had access to a dentist before. The great thing about this project is that it becomes a catalyst for the Government of Timor Leste to train their own dentists. It is a win for Balibo, it is a win for Timor Leste and it is a win for Rotary. There are a number of spin off projects which include equipping the local schools with desks and chairs that are surplus to our local schools through Rotary Donations in Kind. http://www.rotarydik.org/
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) was held at Forest Edge camp on the weekend of May 22nd-24th. The purpose of MUNA is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations. We sponsored 2 year 11 students from Nossal High School.  Baneen Saben and Shon Kolomoisky represented the Rotary Club of Berwick and the country of Israel.  They prepared their arguments to different scenarios prior to the camp. The performed extremely well coming Runner Up to Berwick Grammar School out of 28 delegations. They were also voted the most respected by the other delegates.  The whole weekend was extremely well organised.  A big thank you to all the clubs involved.
Rotary International News
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5152/#sthash.aGEIYQpf.dpuf
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5152/#sthash.0vqA6vLy.dpuf