Werribee Cliffs
The second and final stage of our Youth Mental Health program was completed last Saturday afternoon when the Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Districts Under-18 football teams battled it out at Chirnside Park. It was a relatively easy win for Werribee but their opposition didn’t give up at any time.
Both teams played the game in very good spirit and demonstrated a healthy respect for each other. It was my pleasant duty to present the Beyond Blue Cup to the captain of the winning team. 

Thanks to Peter Sandlant for continuing his long association with this important program and for organising two events that help raise the profile of mental awareness among vulnerable young people. Peter is now working on a similar forum for young girls to be held at MacKillop College in a few months’ time.

At Tuesday’s meeting, we heard from portrait artist, George Petrou, who specialises in painting some of our war heroes. He talked with passion and emotion about the stories behind some of his subjects. It was a very interesting talk which seemed to capture everyone’s interest.

The good news in our cluster is that one of the clubs that we started back in 1973, the Rotary Club of Laverton (now Laverton Point Cook), has reached it’s 50th year and will be celebrating that milestone very soon. Ian Knight was President of our club in 1973 and he was instrumental in setting the club up.

The not-so-good news is that the club has reached the end of the line and will be joining forces with the Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour. The two merged clubs will be known as Wyndham Harbour.

I’m not sure if I announced that Graham Roper has been selected to be the Assistant Governor for the Hobsons Bay Cluster during 2023-24. Congratulations Graham and I hope it is a very enjoyable year for you.

Next week, we will hear from, Annabelle and Caitlin, the two MacKillop College students who we sponsored to attend the MUNA competition last weekend. Apparently, they really enjoyed the experience and are happy to come along to tell us all about it.

I look forward to your company next week.

This weeks at Rotary, we welcomed George Petrou OAM s our guest speaker.
George came to Australia from Cyprus as a young boy. He established a graphic design business which started with one person and grew to become a sought after business.
In 2020 he was diagnosed with cancer, which required him to step back from the business and focus on his treatment & recovery. During his recovery he spent a lot of time painting, and was able to generate some spending money from sales of his paintings.
He loved painting portraits and quickly realised that the public did as well, and his portraits were making good money. In 2010, he decided to pursue his passion of Australian history and portrait painting, and produce a book.
The book is called The Art of Sacrifice. It is broken down into 4 chapters.
1. The lost diggers of Vignacourt
2. Victoria Cross recipients.
3. Great Australians
4. All walks of life.
The book is a magnificent publication. There are over 70 featured Australians, and more than 60 authors contributed to the book.
George sold a lot of books at the meeting, with 100% of the proceeds going to Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Australia.
Beyond Blue Cup
Saturday's Beyond Blue Cup saw a win by Werribee. 
Well done Peter Sandlant for organising.
Next Week at Rotary
Our two MUNA students Annabelle & Caitlan will talk about their experience last weekend at MUNA.
The girls from McKillop College represented Werribee Rotary at Model United Nations Assembly (MUMA). The girls represented North Korea, and had to debate world issues, representing the views of North Korea.
Werribee Rotary Footy Tipping - Round 10
Round 10 saw the two Essendon supporters, Rob & James get 9 out of 9, and a bonus point.
Liz, Rick & Lucky Phil got 8, and a lot of tippers got 7.
Pres Hoves & Phil got $10 each, tipping Port Adelaide to beat Melbourne by 3 points (actual margin 4 points)
After ten rounds the leaderboard is
  • Ross S - 67 winners
  • Ann & Brian - 66 points
  • Liz - 65 points



Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
This years RYLA camp will take place from 3rd to 9th December at Camp Getaway Bendigo.
RYLA is an intensive leadership experience for young adults between the ages of 17 & 23. Attendees will develop their skills as a leader and develop friendships and connections. If you know someone between 17 and 23 who would benefit by improving their leadership skills, speak to Pres Ian or PE Kim. Werribee Rotary will sponsor one or two students, so there will be no cost to the students.
View the following link to view the RYLA video.  View the video.



Don't forget that WERN is constant need of new stock to pass on to those in need. Make sure your friends and neighbours are aware of WERN, and give us a call if you have something to donate.

Click this link to view list of goods WERN can take.


Bunnings BBQ 

Todays Bunnings BBQ (25/5) was a quiet affair. It was cold and rained for more than half of the time. We will make about $250 profit, which is well below average.

Thanks to Kim, Glenyce, Graham, Ross, Jane Michael, Phil, Peter & Roland.



Breakfast club for term 2.

Tues 30/5 - Theresa Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 31/5 - Ross & Ann Smith

Thurs 1/6 - Trish & Nils Vejby

Tues 6/6 - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 7/6 - Alison Taverner & Jane Larkin

Thurs 8/6 - Liz & Peter Ross


The Bingo Roster is:

May 29/5 - Jess & Mary

June 5/6 - Kim & Rob

June 12/6 - Enzo & Kathryn

Monday 22/5 saw 89 players and a profit of $600.


District 9800 Networker Newsletter - Issue 9
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Member Birthdays
Jeff Garfield
May 14
James Randall
May 24
Spouse Birthdays
Lynne Dowling
May 26
Margaret Wade
May 27
Christine Conley
May 28
Elizabeth Ross
June 18
Kim Deneys
Glenyce Deneys
May 3
Brian Ahmed
Nuge Ahmed
June 6
Ross Smith
Ann Smith
June 26
Join Date
Christopher Ochaya
June 1, 2019
4 years
Ian Hovey
June 1, 1987
36 years
Lou Dowling
June 1, 1988
35 years
Jerestene Saher
June 15, 2021
2 years
Brian Ahmed
June 20, 2006
17 years
Ross Conley
June 28, 2011
12 years
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