Issue  20
17th November 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
November is 'Rotary Foundation' Month
The Rotary Foundation is recognised as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organisations in the world.
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Saturday morning coffee
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Nov 20, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hearing Specialist - Sarah Hocking
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 24, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Nov 27, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Behind The Badge - Sandi Tarant
The Beaconsfield Club
Dec 01, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Dec 04, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Retirement Living. Mary Lyn Gilberthorpe.
The Beaconsfield Club
Dec 08, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday morning coffee
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Dec 11, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
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Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
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Member Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Funno Funston
December 2
John Rosenthal
December 3
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Rob Wingrave
December 27
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Kate Gordyn
December 5
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Debbie Giesen
December 28
Jane Moore
Tim Moore
December 4
Pete Batterham
Sue Batterham
December 4
Tim Moore
Jane Moore
December 4
David Button
Judy Button
December 21

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What I enjoy about Rotary
One of the great things about being involved in any organisation is the chance to meet and mingle with people with similar interests. Now, as we cautiously emerge after COVID, I am keen to move past Zoom in favour of face to face just so I can talk to people in small groups about all matter of topics. Zoom has served us well and perhaps we might have to call on it again, but it is hard to have a "proper" conversation online.
During the week just passed, I attended meetings at the Rotary Club of Pakenham as well as our own meeting at the Rotary Club of Berwick. It was just terrific to have physical interactions with real people and listen to interesting, entertaining and informative speakers at both meetings. I enjoyed both meetings very much.
I belong to a couple of organisations and several committees/groups within the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria and Rotary International. I am Zoomed out and keen to get back to normal life! We need to amplify value to ourselves and others by just being physically involved. Both the Nursery Industry and Rotary (as well as many other organisations) are ready to rock and roll and it is the physical meeting where the magic happens. Our world and the opportunities that go with it are changing quickly as restrictions come off. 
This coming week, there will be no Zoom. This is not because I want to cut off our regular Zoomers Fred and Sharmaine. It is because our guest speaker, Sarah Hocking is presenting a hands-on talk that will be hard to transfer to Zoom. Zoom is not disappearing, it is just taking a break for this week.
Sarah is a Hearing Clinician and is presenting to us to help us understand how important hearing health is for everyone, no matter what stage of life they are at. Sarah works with clients of all ages to improve their quality of life. She will share how to identify hearing loss, what can be done to improve hearing through the technological advances in hearing aids. Hearing is one of the key components we use to interact with the world. As we age, we start to lose our sight and our hearing. Denial will only get you so far, then education and help will follow!
Take the opportunity to meet Sarah and soak in all the valuable information she has to offer.

Hearing loss can be present from birth or develop over time as a result of an illness, accident, exposure to certain drugs and chemicals, or more commonly, as part of the normal aging process or exposure to loud noise. In general, there are three types of hearing loss. They are conductivesensorineural or mixed hearing loss (a combination of both).

This is a good opportunity to bring your partner, a friend or a guest to come along to hear about this important topic. I will be bringing a guest for this weeks meeting (a fellow Rotarian from another Club), I hope you will also do the same. A part of Rotary is learning and enhancing our own world through meetings, food and fellowship. I look forward to an engaging meeting this Wednesday, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at Holm Park. Booking is essential for catering purposes

Art screen team
Posted by Graham Johnstone from an email by Gus Dominguez.
November marks the revival of the Art Screens fundraiser and we have to help with the following jobs please:
November 24  - Wednesday morning - Delivery to 10 Elgin Place, Hawthorn - 3 x 2.5m and 3 x 2m screens - 1 tower and 1 helper
November 25  - Thursday morning - Delivery to Rye Community House - 16x2.5m and 8X2.5m screens - 1 tower and several helpers
November 26  - Friday morning - Delivery to Montesori School, East Brighton - full white trailer - 1 tower and several helpers
November 29  - Monday morning - Collection from Rye - 1 tower and several helpers
December 1 - Wednesday morning - Collection from Hawthorn - 1 tower and 1 helper
December 3 - Friday morning - Collection from East Brighton - 1 tower and several helpers
The crew will meet at the shed at 8:30am each day to depart for the corresponding destination.
Please indicate which days you could contribute by emailing
The Four-Way Test
Extracted by Sam McCurdy from a Facebook post by DG Bill Degnan:

The Four-Way Test, was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy.

The Four-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It is now a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships, and can be applied to almost any aspect of life.

Rotary members should not use The Four-Way Test to look at others, but rather to look at themselves in considering the ramifications of a thought, statement, or action.
It should not be a window through which we look to judge others. It is a mirror at which we look to judge ourselves. 
Evan Burrell - Changemaker, gave a lot of thought to what each of the Four-Way Test questions asked of us and came up with the step-by-step process above, to give some real clarity behind these most often recited questions.
Off like a Herd of Turtles
With an aging Rotary membership there is always the expectations that when the opportunity arises, most will be off like a Herd of Turtles. I suppose it could be related to the seasonal migration of many species such as butterflies, birds, whales and wildebeest.
I once attended a Rotary Club in the Channel Island of Guernsey one January and most of their Club migrated to the snowfields of France. Nonetheless, an enjoyable home-cooked dinner of Skate at the home of the Chief Medical Officer of the Island and a good lesson on how Rotary works in other parts of the world. The experience brought home the power and goodwill of a global community organisation.
Our Rotary Club, just like the Rotary Club in Guernsey needs to keep functioning during these epic migration events. That of course means building our foundation of members who are less mobile because they are actively working. As Rotarians, we belong to a bigger picture well beyond our local area. Rotary was built on working professionals to lever off business connections to help communities. As our members retire, our ability to make a difference diminishes. Our retired members are the connection of what we were once capable of doing. Now our Club needs fresh working members to bring our Club back into working order for our community.
This week in 2015, our Rotary Club meeting looked like this:
Rotary has a lot to offer but it needs active members to bring it all together. Reignite the power the Rotary Club of Berwick used to have and invite a friend or colleague to visit the club while the turtles are on their migration.
District Conference: Shaping up nicely
Erin Coldham is the Chief Development Officer at the Star of the South project, which seeks to harness Bass Strait winds to power more than a million homes with clean energy, while creating thousands of jobs.
Erin is proud to be part of the team progressing this critical infrastructure project for Australia, bringing her extensive experience working with all levels of government on major, multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects.
In her role at Star of the South, Erin is currently responsible for all development activities required to bring the project to construction and operation, working with industry, regulators, policy-makers and local communities to bring offshore wind to regional Gippsland and the State of Victoria.
Included in 'A Word About Wind’s Top 100 Women’s Power List 2021', Erin is a champion for female talent in the energy industry and is driven by the positive opportunities offshore wind represents for Australia.  
The upcoming District Conference in Traralgon is starting to take shape with the speaker list starting to build.
This Conference will be all about the environment which fits in with Rotary's new seventh area of focus. It also has a link to our Club's own Environmental Policy project started by Jen Marshall in the hope that all Rotary Clubs in the District will use zero environmental impact process while running projects.
Our Club has just signed this agreement and I think it is an important step forward to walk the talk. Jen has done a great job preparing this policy and creating our first Environmental project. It would be perfect if our Club members went to the Conference just to show our support and commitment to the environment and learn of other ways Rotarians and Rotary are working in this area.
•Prof Fiona Wood, Perth – Bali bombing & burns specialist & spray-on-skin
•Charlie Allen, Institute for Economics & Peace – Rotary Peace Scholar
•Vic Grosjean, Melbourne Rotaract – Environmental speaker
•Luke Richmond, solo adventures – Motivational speaker
•Rae MacKay – Latrobe Valley Mine rehabilitation
•Erin Coldham, Star of the South – offshore wind farm
•Leigh Woodgate, Woman from Snowy River  – Motivational speaker
•Jessie Harman, Rotary International Director – Leadership Breakfast speaker
There is a shortage of accommodation because Traralgon is a drive-in, drive-out town for workers at the power station and paper mill. I would recommend that you book as soon as you can.
Just to tease you a bit, imagine that you wanted to attend the District Conference. Where might you stay? DG Bill apparently had some time on his hands and this is what he came up with:
In an idle moment, I thought I would measure the distance on Google Maps from various accommodations in Traralgon to the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre where the conference will be held.
Mantra Hotel
50 rooms370 metres
Comfort Inn Traralgon31 rooms580 metres
Creek Cottage B& B3 cottages800 metres
Traralgon Serviced Apartments24 apartments930 metres
Strzelecki Motel24 rooms990 metres
Governor Gipps Motel  22 rooms1,000 metres
City Gardens Motel13 rooms1,250 metres
Bridges on Argyle75 rooms1,370 metres
Connell’s Motel    14 rooms1,610 metres
Motel Traralgon  22 rooms2,750 metres
Quality Inn Traralgon 61 rooms3,550 metres
What will it cost you? What is it about? How to book. That information can be found here:
All I can tell you is that I have registered for the District Conference in February and I hope to see you all there too!
Its all about the Why
We talk about what we do and how we do it. Shouldn't we talk about why we are Rotarians?
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