Issue  17
27th October 2021
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The Beaconsfield Club,
Holm Park, Beaconsfield, 
Victoria, Australia

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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
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Oct 30, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guess Who's Coming to a Virtual Progressive Dinner
Oct 30, 2021
6:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday morning coffee
ZOOM: (Password: catchup)
Nov 06, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Club of Berwick AGM
Nov 10, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Collin Byron & Heather Browning - ROMAC
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 17, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hearing Specialist - Sarah Hocking
The Beaconsfield Club
Nov 24, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Club Protection Officer
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Tim Moore
November 7
Russell Fellows
November 13
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Andrew Somers
Michele Somers
October 29

The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress and remaining challenges in the fight to end polio.

ClubRunner Mobile
Storm at Alameda Nursery 
Posted by Graham Johnstone from facebook post of storm damage at the Button's nursery.
At this stage the meeting details for 3rd of November will be confirmed by email.
Some of us lost power in the storm but President David Button suffered heavy damage to his busy nursery.
Winds gusting to 140 km/hour were reported.
Wishing David a safe recovery of the business.
2021 Christmas Collection begins
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
The annual Christmas Collection by the Rotary Berwick & District Benevolent Society kicked off on Thursday 28thOctober, with three Collection Cages being placed at Eden Rise and Berwick Square Supermarket sites as well as St Margaret's School.
The three "Masketeers" Laury Gordyn, David Anderson and Sam McCurdy delivered the cages using Laury's car & trailer, while taking care to follow current COVID precautions.
This year will see eight local schools and the two Supermarket sites involved in the collection of donations of food, toys and books. 
The donations will be picked up in the first week of December and delivered to Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS), where they will be organised into Christmas hampers for distribution to those in need within the local community. 
The hampers should certainly make Christmas a lot happier for the recipients.
"Walk  with us to End Polio" project concludes
The Rotary “Walk with us to End Polio” fundraising event concludes on Sunday 31st October. 
Our Club team, the "Berwick Boomers and Shakers", participated in the event for the second year, and consisted of eight members who together with sponsors raised a total of $1,164. This placed us 21st on the team leader board, for funds raised to help eradicate Polio and achieve a Polio-free world.  39 teams participated in the event this year.
Last year we raised $4,080 and were placed 6th on the team leaderboard, with the Rotary Club of Hawthorn winning the gold medal, by raising $9,624.  At the time of writing, the winner for 2021 is the Central Blue Rotary team who raised $7,591.  A total of 39 teams participated this year.
The eight participating club members set themselves an overall target of 1,030 kms, with personal targets ranging from 80 to 300 kms.  My miniature schnauzer, Tilly, and I have exceeded our target of 100 kms.
Thanks to all those who donated to this worthy cause and those who managed to achieve their personal target distance.
Art Screen Hire
Posted by Graham Johnstone for Gus Dominguez.
Amended message for ART SCREEN HIRE fundraiser
We have the following bookings coming up in November and December:
November 24  - Wednesday morning - Delivery to Hawthorn 6 x 2.5m screens
November 25  - Thursday morning - Delivery to Rye 16x2.5m and 6X3m screens
November 29  - Monday morning - Collection from Rye
December 1 - Wednesday morning - Collection from Hawthorn
December 31 - Friday morning - Delivery of all screens to RC Sorrento (2 trailers + truck)
January 11 - Tuesday Morning - Collection from Sorrento
Please think of helping with these important fundraising activities. A call for volunteers will be forwarded soon.
On a lighter note
Posted by Sam McCurdy:
Joker's Wild 20th October 2021
Posted by Graham Johnstone:
The Joker's Wild for 20th October ticket was the 5 of Hearts drawn by Maureen. There will be no meting on 27th October before the weekend progressive dinner. 
Jackpot for 3rd of November is $506.00.
Good luck everyone!
Mornington Art Show
Posted by Graham Johnstone  from Tim Moore.
So we're looking into next year now. Please note to support the Rotary Peninsular Art Show utilising our art screens.
Ann Lee Hussey - 2021 Virtual Conference


"Have Great Dreams and Dare to Live Them"

Ann Lee Hussey has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work.

Over the past several years she has actively participated in 30 volunteer NID (National Immunization Days) teams organizing and leading the last 26 teams herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see westerners – Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations themselves to help communicate the need for eradication.

As a global advocate, she has shared her story and passion hundreds of times at numerous Zone Institutes, District Conferences, President Elect Training and Foundation events, and at the International Assembly in 2017, 2018, and 2019 carrying the message of polio eradication around the Rotary world and beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight. She is determined that no child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself, a polio survivor, has been through. Her concern for polio survivors includes working to ensure mobility and dignity for those who survived the disease but did not have access to the kinds of surgeries and treatments that she was able to receive. And has led Rotary International grants to this end.

Ann Lee has put a face on the subject of polio eradication, winning hearts and minds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. A polio survivor herself, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her journey in the fight to eradicate polio.

But for all the immunizations Ann Lee has herself made possible through NIDs, she considers fundraising, public awareness and inspiring others her most critical accomplishments. To this end she shares the opportunities that Rotary offers individuals for personal and professional growth.

Ann Lee’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, the Rotary Service Above Self Award and she was honoured as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people’s lives and making a better future around the globe. She was featured in the magazine Real Simple in June 2012. She was featured in a video in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter for February 2017. In March 2017, Rotary and The World Bank recognized her as a Woman of Action celebrating International Day of Women. Locally in her home state of Maine, she was honoured at the Maine State Senate chamber for her remarkable achievements and included in Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers of 2017 who have changed our world, improved our lives, and broadened our horizons.

Ann Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise in Maine and served District 7780 in many capacities including as Governor in 2010-2011. Currently, Ann Lee is serving as a member of the Global Polio Eradication Imitative (GPEI) Integration Working Group, Council on Legislation Rep 2020-2023; Executive Director of the Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group, as a Director on the PDGs Fellowship, as District 7780 PolioPlus Chair and as her club’s president for 2020-2021. She ended her term as Chair of the Rotary Action Group Council and Chair of The Fellowship of Rotarian Past District Governors as of June 2019. Outside Rotary, she serves as a trustee of York Hospital in York, Maine.

Previously she served as an Advisor to Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee and as a member of the Global Polio Eradication Transition Management Group from 2015-2018. She has also served as Presidents’ Representative at several district conferences and represented Rotary at an Easter Seals Annual Convention. Previously she also served as a member of the Rotary International Rotarian Action Groups Committee, the Reach Out to Africa Initiative, and as Zone 32 Coordinator for Health and Hunger.

Ann Lee, who with her late husband, Michael Nazemetz, DVM recently retired from their practice, Village Veterinary Clinic in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Ann Lee resides in South Berwick, Maine USA with her devoted yellow Labrador, Parker and her curious cat Elliott.

She is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member. 

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