Werribee RIver at K Road Cliffs (courtesy of Colin Muir)




Next week, we will be back at the Italian Sports Club and our meeting will be devoted to a Food Safety training course.

We have engaged a food safety auditor to do the training, and at the end of the course, the auditor will provide:
  1. A certificate to each attendee.
  2. A list of people who have attended which we can put in our BBQ caravan and send to Bunning's.
It is important that Rotary members attend in addition to other people who assist with the Breakfast Club or any of our BBQ's.
We need to know final numbers by 5.00pm Friday 9th March, so that we can advise of numbers for catering purposes, and also to provide to the auditor who is preparing information packs for the attendees.
We will start our Rotary meeting at 6.45pm with welcome and announcements, then go straight into the training which takes one hour.
Please email Ross Smith  by 5.00pm Friday 9th March if you are coming.



Pictured above are a happy team of golfers who played in the Werribee Rotary annual golf day on Friday March 2.

The event was held in fantastic weather and a near-full field, consisting of golfers of varying capabilities, competed for bragging rights or were just in it for a casual walk around the course. Regardless of their motives, they came with great spirit knowing that their funds were contributing to a wonderful cause - the critical care unit at the Werribee Mercy Hospital. It is estimated that the club will raise in excess of $25,000 which is a record amount.

Congratulations must go to the hard-working committee, ably led by President Ross Conley, and a group of committed volunteers who made sure that this day was the best ever. 

For those interested in the outcome of the game, the winners were the Awesome Foursome consisting of Graham Roper, James Dunne, James Anderson and Ian Hovey. Graham and Ian had to bear the brunt of the scoring but they were grateful that the other two were able to contribute from time to time.

Click here to view some great photos of the successful day.



We all headed to the Werribee Bowling Club on Tuesday evening for a BBQ and a spot of lawn bowls. And it proved to be a fun night.

It was fairly obvious that not too many people understood the concept of a biased bowl because some bowls ended up three rinks from where they started. Phil Purdy and Jeff Garfield were the main offenders. Others put too much effort into their stroke and the bowl subsequently ended up in the gutter. Was that you Jason Daddy? Regardless of the result, it was good to see most attendees have a go at it.

And it was back to old times when Tino Ballan took control of the BBQ. As is Tino's way, the meat was cooked to perfection. And we were grateful to Robyn for supplying all the salads - they were the best. Special thanks to the Vocational team led by Michael Redding for organising a great casual evening.

Click here to see some happy snaps of the night.



While this is only an animated image of Phil Purdy, it is a good indication of the speed that he rides when he's cycling on the road. And he will be on the road again this Saturday on the annual ROCAN ride which is a 7-day journey to the District Conference in Warrnambool with a group of other riders....most of whom ride a bit faster than this!

But it's not a race. They are riding in support of ROCAN which is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help fund research into ovarian cancer. This will be their 9th or 10th ride-to-conference and, in that time, they have raised over $500,000 which is a staggering amount of money.

Phil heads off this Saturday at 7am from Riverwalk Village Park in Newmarket Road, Werribee. He would be very grateful if some of our members could be there to see him and his mates off. Part of the support crew, as always, will be Barb Purdy and Geoff and Lexie Smith. Safe travels to everyone.



There's nothing quite like the taste of a fresh hot cross bun with butter. 

And, thanks to Adrian Burt, you can enjoy that experience. Adrian owns the Bakers Delight store at Hoppers Crossing and he is running a Hot Cross Bun fundraiser.

Werribee Rotary will make $2.00 from every pack of 6 sold. We have done it in the past and made an easy $500 or so for club funds.

Click here to download the order form. Send it to your family , friends & children.

The forms need to be back to the club at our Tuesday meeting on 20/3/2018.

Adrian will bring the buns to our club meeting on Tuesday 27/03/2018 for pickup.




Since its opening, the Fit4Use store has gone from strength to strength. Their current hours of operation are Mon-Sat 10-4pm

The Rotary Club of Flemington is looking to extend these hours. Their options are:

  • Thurs and Friday, 4-8pm

  • Sunday, 10-4pm

Their preference is Sunday with a 50:50 sales split between Flemington and Werribee.

Two people will be required on each shift.

We are looking for any members, partners or Friends of Rotary who are interested in helping out as a volunteer.

We will also require a coordinator to manage the volunteers on an ongoing basis. This coordinator will be the main liaison between the Flemington and Werribee Rotary clubs.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or taking on the coordinator role, please contact Ross Conley by Friday 23rd March.



Our Rock 'n Roll night is on Saturday 14th April at the Italian Sports Club and our chief organiser Marty Vaina would love to have your company. In fact, he has encouraged us to bring a table-full of friends and family members. He wants the joint to be rockin' and rollin' with as many people as possible.

The band will be Itchy Fingers, a very popular rock 'n roll group. They will play all the top songs from the 50's and 60's including those made famous by the Barking Dogs such as this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and lots, lots more.

The cost for the evening is only $60 per person plus drinks at bar prices.

Let's all get behind Marty to make this a great fund-raiser for the club.

Please contact Marty on 0418 349320 to reserve your table.

Click here to view a flyer of the function.

Come on....LET'S GET ROCKIN'.




Wyndham City is seeking residents feedback in the development of a Coastal Management Plan.  The plan will provide long term planning, management and enhancement of the Wyndham Coastline and will be developed in collaboration with State planning agencies under the Victorian Coastal Strategy.

They are asking residents to identify what they value about the Wyndham coast, how they use the area and their ideas for the future. The feedback will be used to prepare a discussion paper summarising key issues affecting the coastline as the first step towards the development of the Wyndham Coastal Management Plan.

Residents can also get involved in the project by attending the community engagement sessions and provide their comments.

  • Saturday 24 February (4.30pm – 7pm) - Station Place Pop Up Park, Werribee City Centre
  • Saturday 3 March (Noon – 2pm) - Point Cook Pop Up Park, Point Cook Town Centre
  • Sunday 11 March (10am-1pm) - Campbells Cove Fishing Competition
  • Sunday 18 March (10am to 12pm) - Werribee Boat Ramp, Werribee South

If you wish to participate, please discuss further with Kathryn Williams.



The Rotary Club of Albert Park is marking the centenary of the Rotary Foundation by organising an evening of fun and celebration on the large ferris wheel, the Melbourne Star, at Docklands. ‘Star Carnivale’ will commence at 5.30 pm on 22 April and they are asking for your support for this unique event.
Seats on the Melbourne Star are $35 per person and, if a club buys a whole ‘pod’, $400 will be donated to the Foundation in our club’s name.  A pod holds 20 people.  Hampers are available should attendees wish to pre-order online. Drinks are at $6 per glass for wine, beer and cider and $3 for soft drinks on the night.  The ‘flight’ takes around 35 minutes. 
The Star will be lit up in Rotary colours for the evening. There will also be an international speaker, Astro Physicist Rachel Livermore, who will update us on the ‘Galaxy’. There will also be music and a few Star Wars characters for photo opportunities.

President Ross is asking for your support of this event as a way of us repaying the favour to Albert Park for contributing to our Ugandan water project. Please let Ross know if you would like to go.

Click here to see a flyer of the event.

Click here to visit the Rotary Club of Albert Park's website.



Rotary International President Ian Riseley has set down the challenge to Rotary clubs around the world to plant one tree for each member during this Rotary year.

Our Community Committee is planning to do better than that. In conjunction with Wyndham Council, we will be having a working bee on Sunday 29th April to plant one tree for each year of membership in our club. The total number of years of membership is 750 (give or take a few years), so we will be planting 750 trees in a spot along the Werribee River. And we will need all hands on deck to get the job. 

For now, mark the date in your calendar and stay tuned for more details.


IN BRIEF........
  • Last Sunday, a dedicated team of representatives from our club cooked sausages for about 80 people as part of the Clean Up Australia day campaign at Baden Powell Reserve in Tarneit. The organisers were grateful for the work performed by Peter and Elizabeth Ross, Margaret and Roland Wade and Adelina Maddalon.

  • RI President 2017-18, Ian Riseley, will be in Melbourne on Wednesday 14th March. One of his tasks will be to plant a tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens as a symbol of his call to all clubs around the world to plant a tree for each member before Earth Day on 22nd April. You are all welcome to come along to meet him. He will also be attending the luncheon of the Rotary Club of Melbourne where he will be delivering the 48th Angus Mitchell Oration. 

  • President Ross will be issuing an on-line survey shortly to ask a few questions about our meals at the Italian Social Club.

  • The number of delegates registered for the District Conference has reached the allowable limit. However, you can still register as a social delegate which entitles you to attend the Friday evening Welcome function and the Saturday evening conference dinner. The cost is $120. You can register via the Conference website.

  • The 40th Weerama Festival is on Sunday 18th March. The organisers are seeking volunteers for the following tasks:

    • Parade Marshalls (8:30am - 12:30pm)

    • Set up (7am - 10am)

    • Pack down (4pm - 6pm)

    • Clean up (4pm - 5pm)

    • Litter management (11am - 1pm and 1pm - 3pm)

    • Management of specific areas (10am - 4pm)

    • Distribute surveys (10am - 1pm and 1pm - 3pm)

    • Stall assistance (7am - 10am)

If you would like to get involved, please send an email to



The Rotary Club of Seaford in South Australia emphasizes service to the community, with only two meetings per month. The venue for meetings rotates, sometimes in a Rotarian’s home and sometimes in a local restaurant, hotel, bookstore, or coffee shop. The meetings are informal.

The Rotary Club of Seaford was unusual from its inception. While most new clubs are sponsored by another club nearby, Seaford was built from scratch by District 9520.

District membership chair Mark Huddleston had been looking at demographics in the Adelaide region and realized that the Seaford area south of the city was experiencing huge growth driven by a new extension of a rail line and a new freeway. There were no service clubs in the area. Huddleston saw an opportunity.

When he approached Cecilie Cardwell, who immigrated to Australia from Norway in 2010 and had been a Rotaractor at Flinders University in Adelaide, about chartering a new club, she embraced the chance to build a club for the 21st century. 

They started a recruitment campaign that included fliers in mailboxes, posters, ads in the local newspaper, phone calls, strong presence at community events, and a social media blitz. “We bought a $300 popcorn machine and it was a hit every time at events,” recalls Cardwell. “We networked with other charities, especially the Aldinga Giving Garden, which grows fresh fruit and vegetables for the needy. We didn’t just install a $580 rainwater tank that a hardware chain store donated; we put a huge poster on it about Rotary’s clean-water work overseas. Parents see it when they park to pick up their kids at the nearby school.”

The charter members had the opportunity to start fresh. They wanted to build a club that would be welcoming to women and to people of all ages. And they wanted the focus to be on community service more than on meetings. They decided to limit meetings to twice monthly, on the first Thursday evening and the third Sunday afternoon, a schedule designed to suit more members with children. Guest speakers are invited to only a quarter of the meetings, and then because of direct relevance to club operations. 

The club is about two-thirds female. “I look forward to more families getting involved with Rotary and to us changing the old images with new ones filled with diversity and love,” Cardwell says. And Huddleston didn’t want to build membership by poaching members from nearby clubs. Only three members are transfers from other clubs (including Huddleston).

“On the surface, fast-growing Seaford looks idyllic nestled between the vineyards and the coast,” Cardwell says. “But when you dig beneath the surface, you find food insecurity, domestic violence, homelessness, and youth disaffection – all areas for us to help.” The club organized a recent Seaside Walk on Suicide Prevention at nearby Onkaparinga that mustered 400 people and raised $7,000 for Australian Rotary Health.


President Ross Conley


13th March

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd




Ross Smith



Mary Macaulay

Lou Dowling



Adrian Burt

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 27, 2018
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