Sunset view of the You Yangs from Anne and Jim Randalls home

There will be no guest speaker next week.

Instead, we will be having committee meetings where we will focus on setting plans in place for our respective projects. President Ross will be on R&R in Yarrawonga but he has left the meeting in the capable hands of the other Ross (Smith).

Our club celebrated its 49th birthday in fine style on Tuesday 22nd August. As a key part of the dinner, we were thoroughly entertained by Sybil, Basil and Manuel from Faulty Towers. Acting as staff members in the restaurant, the threesome proceeded to fumble and fool their way through the evening which resulted in hilarious consequences.
Some of the highlights of the evening included:
  • Manuel's constant misinterpretation of Basil's orders e.g. serve the nuts, roll on the plate, seat the guests.
  • Jason Daddy being escorted out the building as part of a mock fire drill.
  • Micki Hovey and Christine Conley finding false teeth in their soup after it was discovered that the chef had lost his dentures.
  • Manuel combing Elaine Arrigo's hair with a fork.
  • Basil incurring the wrath (and the fist) of Sybil after she discovered that he had been gambling and had a pair of knickers on his head.
  • Manuel carrying too many soup plates into the kitchen and dropping the lot.
  • Basil and Manuel crawling under one of the tables to find Manuel's pet hamster.
There were many other humorous incidents which had the whole audience in stitches.
The evening was capped off with a cutting of the cake by our two remaining charter members, Ian Knight and Tino Ballan.
Click here to see some more photos of the evening.
Special thanks to our master Social Director, Geoff Smith, for organising a very memorable charter night.

An invitation is extended to all interested club members to attend a forum on homelessness on Sunday 10th September at Trinity Grammar School, Charles St, Kew.

This is a chance for clubs to come together to discuss this important social issue. It's a chance for us to share our ideas and to find solutions that will make a positive difference.

We will learn which clubs are working on similar projects or with the same agencies.

The outcomes will help maximise the impact of Rotary's contribution to supporting the homeless; collectively we can do more than individually.    

The forum commences at 9:30am and will finish at 1pm. There will be a $10 registration fee to cover a light lunch.

If you wish to participate, please discuss with Jason Daddy or President Ross.          


We now have new club merchandise available to reflect the re-branding of the club's name to Werribee Rotary. We have polo shirts, caps and aprons that can now be purchased. The shirt will even be labelled with your name on the front.
Click here to see the products and the prices. If you would like to order some or all of the merchandise, please contact President Ross.
The 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp will be held from Sunday 3 December to Saturday 9 December, a week later than usual.

RYLA is a week long, residential, personal development program for young people aged 18-25, which focuses on self, leadership and community. This year's program will again be held at The Oasis Centre in Mt Evelyn and nominations will be required by early-mid November.
Click here to visit the District 9800 RYLA website.
Click here to view a flyer of the event.
We would like to register a RYLA participant if possible. If you know of someone who would benefit from this camp, please speak to Anthony Pante or President Ross.
IN BRIEF........
  • We have booked 12 one-bedroom apartments at the Lady Bay Resort motel in Warrnambool for the District 9800 conference next year. If you would like to reserve one of those rooms, please speak to Graham Roper.
  • Thanks to Peter Ross, Jeff Garfield and Lou Dowling for volunteering their services at WERN last Saturday. 
  • There's another midweek Bunnings BBQ coming up next Tuesday (29th March). Click here to see the roster. Thanks to members and friends who have volunteered. If there are any last-minute changes or if you would like to add your name to the list, please notify Jason Daddy on 0422793400.

Why one new member decided to join Rotary – and what he found when he hit the road to see how different clubs can be



Why I Joined

All it took was a new town, a sense of purpose – and an invitation

I never expected to be a Rotarian. For years, my idea of networking with the business community was paying my Visa bill. My idea of service was helping an elderly lady with her groceries.  

You’re welcome, Mom.

Then I wrote a story for The Rotarian on John F. Germ. It was an easy assignment: The 2016-17 president of Rotary International is good company and a generous host with a trove of stories about his life and work. He also has strong opinions about what Rotary does well and what it could do better. Germ took me on a whirlwind tour of Chattanooga, Tenn., his hometown. I was scribbling notes when he asked if I was a Rotarian. 

I admitted I wasn’t. 

“Why not?”

“Nobody ever asked me.”

He nodded. “That’s one of our problems. We don’t ask enough of the right people,” he said, “for fear of rejection. We’re afraid they’ll say no.”

I wasn’t sure about being one of the right people, but a couple of weeks later an email arrived, inviting me to join Rotary. This was Germ theory in action, turning words into deeds. To paraphrase another business leader known for getting results, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. 

It was a good time to join. My wife and I were moving from New York City to western Massachusetts, where we knew nobody. What better way to get acquainted than through the local Rotary club?


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If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
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August 14
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August 27
Roland Wade
August 31
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August 2
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August 2, 2016
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August 12, 2008
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August 16, 1968
49 years
Tino Ballan
August 16, 1968
49 years
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