At the Equestrian Centre, Werribee Mansion

Lance Pritchard will be the guest speaker next week. He is secretary of the Werribee Historical Society. 

The Society was  formed in 1970 for the purpose of preserving, archiving and researching historical material, maps, artefacts, clothing and buildings of the Wyndham Shire which includes the suburbs of Cocoroc, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Mambourin, Mt Cottrell, Point Cook, Quandong, Tarneit, Truganina, Werribee South and Wyndham Vale. They also hold records for the Werribee Cemetery.

Pictured above is Elizabeth Ross who is one of our many volunteers dedicating their time to cook and serve sausages at the midweek Bunnings BBQ's. Liz is wearing one our new aprons with the new Werribee Rotary logo.
Thanks to the following people for helping out at the last BBQ:
  • Jason and Therese Daddy
  • Peter and Elizabeth Ross
  • Tony Todaro
  • Tom Lentini
  • Graham Simmonds (Friend of Rotary)
  • Peter Strandring (Friend of Rotary)
  • Michael Redding
  • Geoff Smith
  • Ross Smith
  • Adrian Burt
The BBQ schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:
  • Thursday September 14
  • Thursday September 21
  • Thursday October 12
  • Thursday October 19
  • Thursday November 16
  • Thursday November 30
  • Wednesday December 13
  • Thursday December 28
If any members or Friends of Rotary can help out on any of these days, please advise Colin Muir or Jason Daddy.
Here's a photo of Peter and Michael during one of the quieter periods.
Our website now has a new address to reflect the change of club name from the Rotary Club of Werribee to Werribee Rotary. 
The new address is If you access the website via the old address, it will redirect you to the new address for the next 6 months. After that, the old address will be deactivated.
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.
The Networker is District 9800's fortnightly newsletter. 
It is sent via an email link to all Rotarians in the District.  It is a compilation of news articles from the clubs in our District. It also contains information and messages from the District Governor, Foundation Chair and Rotary International.
When you receive the email, you are encouraged to read the newsletter to keep up to date with what's happening, especially within our District.
IN BRIEF........
  • Brian Ahmed reported that Chris Ochaya has appointed an assistant to help establish and manage the community farm in Uganda. They have also commenced Stage 1 of the work to build a pump house to get the water running through the farm.
  • Ross Smith sent everyone a copy of the latest membership list but he has had limited feedback on whether members' details are correct or not. He will be publishing the final list very shortly. So, if your details need to change, let Ross know as soon as possible.
  • It seems that Phil Purdy and Geoff Smith have changed their drinking habits. Based on the following photos, Phil has downsized to drinking out of 7 ounce glasses and Geoff has supersized to the extent that he now has a glass which will hold a complete bottle of wine. They never cease to amaze.
  • Here's a happy snap of Kathryn, Jason and Ian proudly wearing their new polo shirts and hats. If you would like to look like them (and who wouldn't?), please contact President Ross who will gladly take your order.

The Marinellis have been making bells by hand for 1,000 years. Now they’ve made one for The Rotary Foundation.


It could be a scene from the Middle Ages: firewood piled high on the floor, clay bells dangling from the ceiling, white plaster reliefs of Madonnas and saints lining the walls. Sunlight streaming through a window illuminates a priest as he sprinkles holy water and chants a litany to the Virgin Mary, the others in the room repeating in response prega per noi – “pray for us.” The priest’s gold stole mirrors the fiery molten bronze he is blessing as it runs down a brick channel and into a mold buried under the dirt floor.  

It feels as though we’ve traveled back in time, but in fact it’s 2017. We are in Agnone, Italy, to witness the birth of a bell – a process in which a millennium of tradition culminates in two tension-filled minutes. When it’s over, Armando Marinelli will say a few words and walk around the room shaking hands with those present at the latest bell-casting in the Italian foundry’s 1,000-year history. Armando and his brother Pasquale are the 26th generation to run the foundry, which is the second-oldest family business in the world.  

From Rome, it’s about a three-hour drive to Agnone. It’s a spring day, sunny and warm, and we zip past cacti and palm trees before beginning our winding ascent through the hills of south-central Italy. Deeper in the mountains, the air turns crisp, and sheep and cows graze along the side of the road. We’re traveling to this village of 5,200 people to attend the birth of a bell that’s being cast to celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation. 

“Everything is more artisanal here,” Armando Marinelli, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Agnone, says about his town over a lunch of cheese, dried sausage, and pizza con i cicoli (focaccia with pork rinds, a regional dish). We’re at a baita – a homey mountain lodge where patrons walk back to the kitchen to get their own food. Agnone is most famous for the bell foundry (that night another restaurant serves us bell-shaped ravioli), but it’s also home to cheesemakers whose operations stretch back 400 years and bakeries so specialized that Marinelli can identify which one made a particular bread just by looking at it. 

“The foundry attracts tourists. They come here and buy the cheese and eat at the restaurants,” says Luigi Falasca, 2013-14 governor of District 2090, who lives in Agnone and like Marinelli is a member of the Rotary Club of Agnone. “This is a beautiful town. It’s a medieval town, it has history. But it’s because of the bell foundry that people find out about it.”

Continue reading.....


President Ross Conley
Italian Sports Club
601 Heaths Rd
6:15 for 6:45pm
Brian Ahmed
Anthony Pante
James Randall
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 05, 2017
Werribee Historical Society
Sep 12, 2017
Footys 4 All
View entire list


Member Birthdays
Adrian Burt
August 14
Ross Conley
August 27
Roland Wade
August 31
Spouse Birthdays
Barbara Purdy
August 14
Christine Evans
August 25
Carole Cumbo
August 31
Tino Ballan
Robyn Ballan
August 1
Adrian Burt
Emma Burt
August 2
Join Date
Enzo Maddalon
August 1, 1989
28 years
Adrian Burt
August 2, 2016
1 year
Lyn Fava
August 12, 2008
9 years
Ian Knight oam
August 16, 1968
49 years
Tino Ballan
August 16, 1968
49 years
          CLUB DIRECTORS          
President Elect
Community Service Director
Vocational Service Director
International Service Director
Rotary Foundation Director
Vice President
Membership Director
Youth Service Director
Immediate Past President
Werribee Rotary Website
Werribee Rotary Facebook Page
Neighbouring Clubs
Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing
Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook
Rotary Club of Wyndham
District 9800
Rotary Down Under

Bulletin Editor

Ian Hovey
Please add to your safe sender list or address book.
To unsubscribe from future e-mails, click here.
To forward this email to your friends, click here.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7
ClubRunner is a registered trademark of Doxess Technologies Inc.
© 2016 ClubRunner. All Rights Reserved.