At the Equestrian Centre, Werribee Mansion
Michael Gallus will be speaking to us about Footys4All, a charity organisation that supplies new sporting balls to disadvantaged, underprivileged and socially displaced children around the world.
As a coach, teacher and father, he has seen first hand the influence that sport has on its participants. The greatest joy is the pleasure on the faces of young boys and girls when they chase a rolling ball for the first time and the smile of contentment and achievement from a player after scoring his/her first goal. Many children do not get this opportunity.
Guest speaker, Lance Pritchard from the Werribee Historical Society, gave us a history lesson of the Werribee River since the early days of white settlement.
He said that there are many historical sites along the river but, unfortunately, there are no signs to indicate these locations of significance. Despite many requests for Council to install signage, it has fallen on deaf ears. Some of the most important historical areas are:
  1. The Chaffey irrigation colony created in 1888 about 6km north of the CBD. There is a rock ledge by the water's edge that supported a pump for irrigation. The Chaffeys were one of the first families in the area.
  2. The Hume and Hovell memorial tree. These explorers crossed the river in 1824 and a tree has been planted to commemorate the expedition.
  3. Site of the old Werribee township which was located about 4km north of the current CBD. Travellers between Melbourne and Geelong would pass through this point to avoid going near Bungey's Hole which was occupied by the aborigines.
  4. Riverbend Historic Park which was the home of George Chaffey and his family.
  5. The Diversion Weir which was built by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission to assist with irrigation.
  6. Some unique flora including a Tasmanian Blue Gum and a Mediterranean Stone Pine.
  7. The first bridge crossing north of Shaws Road.
  8. The Galvin irrigation pump.
  9. Captain Percy's Chirnside Manor which was destroyed by fire in 1966.
  10. The Budgel Carnies Hole, now better known as Bungey's Hole. This was the town's original water supply. There was also a punt that operated to enable travellers to get across the river.
  11. The ford near Wedge's property adjacent to the Werribee Park Mansion.
  12. The Board of Works jetty at Werribee South which was an amazing 370 metres long.
Lance encouraged us to visit the historical museum in Watton St where we could learn more about the river and about many other aspects of Werribee.
Our Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship awardee, Chris Ochaya, has started to put his new-found agricultural knowledge into practice since he returned to his home town of Gulu in Uganda. He has been enthusiastically establishing a model farm to train his community on best farming practices which will help them feed their families. In addition, plans are underway to build a pumping station to draw bore water for the farm.
Here is an update on each project.

Project No 1 - Establishing a Model Farm

While Chris was in Werribee South, he was taught how to grow vegetables on the farm and how to grow seedlings in a nursery. The vegetable farmers gave Chris thousands of seeds to take home. He has sown the seeds in his nursery and they are now starting to shoot. The photo shows his assistant tending to the seedlings.
Click here to see more photos of work on the farm.

Project 2 - Building a Pump House

Materials are now being delivered on site to begin construction of the building that will house the pump for the bore. The water will be used for the community as well as for the farm and the chickens that they plan on having in the new shed.
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........
  • Welcome back to Rob and Lyn Fava who have just returned from a big overseas holiday. They had a great time in various European countries but they reckoned that Austria was the best.
  • There will be a joint cluster meeting on Tuesday 24th October. This will involve the clubs from Werribee, Wyndham, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton Point Cook and Williamstown. More details to be supplied later.
  • The Board has approved a new project to support disabled children in Vietnam. This follows on from the good work that Michael Redding is doing to supply special bikes for those who have mobility difficulties. We are hoping to seek funding from the Planet Wheeler Foundation to support our cause.
  • As part of Rotary imposing stricter measures around the protection of children in our community, the club will be having a presentation in a few weeks time to learn about our compliance obligations relating to the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act. If you want to do some preliminary reading, click here to view a copy of the Act.
  • Werribee Police are raising funds for OxFam.  As part of this, they will be conducting a number of Bunnings BBQ's under the Werribee Rotary banner. If you see them at Bunnings over the next few weeks, buy a sausage or two to support them.
  • Andy Pokharel was a guest of the club. He came along to see what Rotary was all about. Andy was originally from Nepal and has been in Australia since 2009. He is a consultant doctor specialising in skin care. Andy is pictured here with Lyn Fava.
  • Congratulations to Tino and Robyn Ballan who were invited to Government House recently to meet with the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC. This was a special evening to honour prominent people in the western suburbs.
The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, merges features of brick-and-mortar clubs with e-clubs. 

The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA, was facing a common problem: The membership was aging, and the club struggled to attract younger members. “When you recruit, it ends up being people like you, people in the same neighborhoods and who do the same kinds of things,” notes immediate Past President Margie Kersey. “It’s a stretch for us to ask our older members to recruit people in their 40s.

As an alternate to the 2016 Council on Legislation, Kersey followed closely the discussion of changes to membership rules. “When I saw they had removed the barriers between e-clubs and regular clubs, I thought, we can be both.”

The district was encouraging her to embrace the e-club model, but the club didn’t want to lose the fellowship of in-person meetings. The solution was to become a hybrid, preserving in-person meetings but making them available online. The club launched online meetings in February.

“We use an online video conferencing service,” explains Kersey. “Many members had already used video conferencing for business, so they knew the software. And with a camera on the computer or on the person’s phone, they can see you and you can see them.” The first meeting had two online attendees, and the number has climbed steadily. Now six to eight people attend online in any given week.

This new model made membership more manageable for some current members. “We have a real estate agent in the club who is very busy,” Kersey says. “Before hybrid, the meeting was hard for her. Now she can attend from wherever she is, using her smartphone. So it’s increasing overall attendance.”

And the club is seeing clear indications that this model will draw new members as well. “We have eight potential members, and the hybrid model is part of the appeal.” One potential member is a restaurateur who can’t leave his business during the lunch rush. Attending virtually would let him keep an eye on the restaurant and still participate.

This new model may even prove useful for older members who are contemplating moving for retirement. “They can continue to be members in Stone Mountain, even if they move to Florida,” notes Kersey.

Remaking the club meant rewriting its bylaws from the ground up. “We had to rethink many things,” recalls Kersey. “We put in a requirement for 18 hours of service a year.” But they are flexible on how that requirement is fulfilled. “You could do service for a club near you”

She is convinced that Stone Mountain has found the way of the future. “I think most Rotary clubs will be hybrid eventually, with members attending in person and online.”


President Ross Conley
Italian Sports Club
601 Heaths Rd
6:15 for 6:45pm
James Randall
Marty Vaina
Phil Purdy
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
Sep 12, 2017
Footys 4 All
Oct 03, 2017
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September 9
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September 29
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September 20
Joe Cumbo
Carole Cumbo
September 6
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September 14
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Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
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