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

Club President: Geoff Double

Welcome to our Club! Melway REF 111 J9

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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Upcoming Markets:
FEBRUARY: Saturday 27th. 
NEW Stall Holders, NEW Products, NEW Market!
MARCH: Saturday 26th.
8.00am –12.00pm
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APRIL: Saturday 23rd.
8.00am –12.00pm
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Relations Officer
Club Administration Chair
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
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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
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Club Contact:   For Dinner bookings contact: 
P.O. Box 30, Berwick 3806 
email: sam.mccurdy@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 very fortunate to have the Beaconsfield Branch of the Bendigo Bank as a Gold Sponsor and Supporter. 
At a recent meeting, Branch manager, Andrew Gardner, talked about the changes that have taken place in banking, from technology, through to interest loan rates.  I’m sure many of us in the room remember those interest loan rates of 17.5% back in the late 80’s, compared to the 4% which it is at the moment.  On the flip side of that, people with investments were getting similar rates, compared to the minuscule amounts which are on offer today. 
The Bendigo Bank story began in Bendigo, in the midst of the goldrush, with the Bendigo Land and Building Society being created in 1858.  This later became The Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society, after all borrowers had repaid their loans from the mines.   The Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society operated as a single-office mortgage lender and deposit taker for all of its 100-year history, until it ceased in the 1970s.  In the 1990’s with a large number of banks closing in small towns, Community Bank Branches were formed so that people could have local banks, and in turn, these banks chose to give back their profits to local community organisations.
The Beaconsfield Branch of the Bendigo Community Bank, which opened in 2009, has given almost $140,000 back into the local community.  It is great to know that the bank and our Club work so closely together and we are extremely proud to have the support of the Bendigo Bank, not only as gold sponsors of our Club, but also by supporting events which we run, such as the Golf Day, the Trots Night,  Australia Day Celebrations, and our recent District Conference.
Support your local Bendigo Community Branch - it will support your Community.

The Rotary Club of Berwick is to continue the work started by the Berwick & District Benevolent Society
In recognition of the work done by the Berwick & District Benevolent Society over its 56 years of operation, the City of Casey held a Mayoral Morning Tea on 1st June at which Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to the outgoing committee members. Mayor Cr Mick Morland congratulated the Society acknowledging the great work that they had done for the community over such a long time.
Sue Magee, the Manager of the CISS, added that in addition to being instrumental in forming the CISS and being represented on its’ Board, the Society had contributed over $250,000 over the years to support the organisation and it was a sad occasion to see the existing members retire.  However, she looked forward to working with the Rotary Club of Berwick to ensure the ongoing provision of service to the community.
In response, Bert Rae advised that the Berwick & District Benevolent Society was formed 56 years ago by his mother and father. He indicated that in addition to providing a range of support services to the community, the Society was also instrumental in forming the Casey North Information & Support Services (CISS) and the Berwick Opportunity Shop.  Bert went on to thank the City of Casey for its support and also acknowledged the financial support provided to the Society by the Cardinia Presbyterian Church over the years.
Sadly, due to their advancing years, the present committee are unable to continue the distribution of food and other goods to the disadvantaged members of the Berwick community.  However, the Rotary Club of Berwick has agreed to continue their good work under its auspices and to continue using the Berwick & District Benevolent Society name. 
Attached photo: Mayoral Morning Tea (Left to right)
Seated:            Mayor Cr Mick Morland, Bert Rae OAM). Pres. Gus Dominguez
Standing:        Dep. Mayor Cr Louise Berkelmans, Bert Ainge, Ann Daff, Rita Waugh,
                        Bob Waugh, Nicky White, Ann Knights, Geoff Knights, Fay Powell OAM,
                        Cr Rosalie Crestani


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.

Each year the Rotary Club of Berwick sponsors a Year 11 student to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. This national not-for-profit organisation enjoys high-level support with the Chief Scientist of Australia as its Science Patron. The Forum aims to nurture and encourage young Australians to be the next generation of leading scientists and engineers supporting a sustainable future for our nation.
Applications are invited from local schools and the applicants are interviewed to assess their interest in and passion for science. This years’ successful candidate was 16 year old Benjamin Mackinlay from Haileybury College. Ben gave a terrific presentation to the Club members on his experience at the Forum, which he considered to be a life-changing experience. He stated that no superlatives adequately describe the experience that he gained.  His letter below summarises his thoughts very well.
“To the Executives, Directors and members of the Berwick Rotary Club.
I'm writing this email to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation for sponsoring me to attend the tremendous opportunity which is the National Youth Science Forum. 
On the 19th of January, I arrived at The Australian National University's Burgmann College alongside almost two-hundred students from all around Australia, and even five international students: two from Brazil, two from South Africa, and one from Zimbabwe. I must admit that upon my arrival I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed when being confronted with such a large number of teenagers, but I believe that as a result of this exposure I've been changed for the better - I can confidently say that I was able to connect with each and every individual on the program through a number of ways, if not just our genuine love for science.

Alan Funston Rotunda

The formal opening of the Allan Funston rotunda took place on Wednesday 14 January following the annual Working Bee conducted by the Rotary Club of Berwick. 
The Rotary Club of Berwick has conducted an annual Working Bee at the Berwick Cemetery since 1964.  The Club decided to provide a lasting memorial to commemorate their 50 years of collaboration and service with the Berwick Cemetery Trust.
The Cemetery Trust were invited to suggest their preferred option for the memorial and they agreed that the erection of a rotunda to improve the amenity of the grounds and provide a place for reflection by family, friends and visitors would be most beneficial for the community.  Accordingly, a rotunda was erected By the Rotary Club in May 2014 and the Club members were surveyed to determine who the Rotunda should be named after.  Allan Funston was the unanimous choice.
The opening ceremony began with the Club’s Past President Bruce Shaw providing a summary of Allan Funston’s life, his contribution to the community and his many achievements
Born in 1922, he resided in Inglis Road in Berwick throughout his life and was a well-known dairy farmer who delivered milk throughout the area, initially using a horse and cart. He was a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Berwick and a Committee Member of the Berwick Cemetery Trust.
Neil Lucas from the Berwick and Harkaway Cemetery Trust then provided an insight into Allan’s activities as a Trust member.  He added that Allan had actually interviewed and selected him for a job in Berwick and therefore was responsible for him becoming a Berwick resident.   Neil advised that he lived close to the cemetery and he was able to monitor the progress made on the rotunda on a daily basis.  He commended the work done by the Cemetery Manager, Trevor Thompson and members of the Rotary Club of Berwick.
The Mayor of the City of Casey, Councillor Mick Morland, advised that although he had never met Allan Funston, he had been able to listen to a 48 minute interview with him that was conducted by a Berwick Secondary School student in August 1985.  This was possible through the Casey-Cardinia Corporation’s Oral Histories facility.  He congratulated all those involved in bringing this project to fruition.
Allan Funston’s widow was then invited to formally open the rotunda by cutting a white ribbon at its entrance and unveiling the associated plaque, which read, as follows:
Allan Funston Rotunda
This Rotunda was erected by members of the Rotary Club of Berwick in May 2014 to mark the occasion of 50 years of collaboration and service with the Berwick Cemetery Trust. 
It is named in honour of Past President Allan Funston who was a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Berwick and a Committee Member of the Berwick Cemetery Trust.
‘Service Above Self’
Betty then thanked all those involved in the project and added that she was particularly happy that most of her immediate family were there to witness the event.
Proceedings were then concluded by Allan’s son Adrian, who named and thanked all of those who had contributed their skills, time and materials to the project.  Adrian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Berwick.

Produced by a different Rotary District, but the message is still the same. 

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The Beaconsfield Football Club
200mt from Emerald and Holm Park Road intersection
Beaconsfield, VIC  3807
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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.0vqA6vLy.dpuf