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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING

 

 

Dennis Shore is our guest speaker next week. 

He was our District Governor in 2012-13.

He is now Chairman of District 9800 Rotary Foundation and he will explain all about the Foundation and how it is benefitting so many people around the world.

 

CLUB NEWS
BRIAN PRESENTED WITH ROYCE ABBEY AWARD
 

David Abbey (pictured right) gave a short talk on the history and importance of the scholarship named after his father, Past RI President Royce Abbey and his mother Jean Abbey. The idea of the scholarship was formulated in 1989, the year after Royce's year as President. It is designed to support and fund selected people from under-developed nations to come to Australia to learn more about their vocation with a view to utilising their new-found knowledge back in their country. Our very own Chris Ochaya from Uganda was a recipient of this scholarship.

David also talked about the Royce Abbey Award which is given to Rotarians who have shown a strong commitment to helping the scholarship recipients. If a club wishes to nominate someone for the award, they pay $1,000 towards to the Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, there have been 327 awards presented which has amounted to $327,000 being given to the fund. Recently, our current RI President, Ian Riseley, was presented with a Royce Abbey Award.

David thanked our club for taking on the very large responsibility of hosting Chris. He believes that this was one of the most successful scholarship projects. He advised that Werribee Rotary recently contributed $1,000 to the fund and, in parallel with that, had nominated Brian Ahmed to receive the Royce Abbey Award for his dedication in supporting Chris during his 3-month stay in Victoria.

Brian expressed his thanks for this recognition but was quick to point out that he was helped by other Rotarians and many agricultural businesses that hosted Chris and taught him some invaluable farming lessons.

 

CLUB DONATES $1,500 TO ROCAN
 

President Ross congratulated Phil Purdy for completing another on-to-conference bike ride in aid of ROCAN. He also thanked members of the support crew Barb Purdy and Geoff and Lexie Smith who worked tirelessly during the 7-day ride to ensure the riders were well nourished.

As a way of expressing the club's thanks, Ross presented Phil with a cheque for $1,500 which will go towards ROCAN.

 

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE DONE AND DUSTED
 

The District Conference in Warrnambool last weekend was attended by about 700 delegates who were entertained and enlightened over the two-day event. Some of the more memorable moments of the conference included:

  • A Friday-night cocktail function at the Flagstaff Hill Historic Museum.
  • Our club dinner, also on the Friday night.
  • A range of informative, emotional and inspiring guest speakers, the best of whom were Michael Crossland, Sheree Marris and Sonja Dawson.
  • A Conference dinner at the Emmanuel College Basketball Stadium on a very warm and slightly uncomfortable Saturday night.
Click on the following topics below to get a glimpse of some of the Rotary highlights that attendees saw at the plenary sessions:
Click here to view many photos of the conference.
 
BBQ UPDATE
 
RELAY FOR LIFE BREAKFAST - SUNDAY 25th MARCH

This BBQ will operate from 6-9am this Sunday in Hoppers Lane. We have sufficient numbers to manage the event. We will be cooking bacon and eggs.

MERCY HOSPITAL EASTER FAIR - SUNDAY 25th MARCH

Due to unfortunate circumstances, we won't be involved in this event.

BUNNINGS BBQ - SUNDAY 31st MARCH

We are still seeking additional volunteers for this BBQ on Easter Saturday. It's a major fundraiser for the club so your help for a few hours would be greatly appreciated. 

WERRIBEE MANSION FUN RUN - SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

We will be operating the van from 8:30-11:30am for 1,500 participants. Lock it in to your calendar if you can assist.

 

FIT4USE SEEKING TO EXTEND HOURS

 

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.

 

ROCK 'N ROLL NIGHT FAST APPROACHING

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'.

 

 

AN AFTERNOON WITH LES
 

The Rotary Club of Caroline Springs is hosting an afternoon tea on Sunday 6th May where you will hear from western suburbs identity, Les Twentyman.

With many years of experience behind him, Les will be talking about the problems that our youth in the west are facing. Many of the young people he comes in touch with are exposed to poverty, abuse, violence, discrimination and isolation. It's his wish and determination to achieve a positive future that is free from these challenges.

If you would like to attend this function, click here to view the details.

 

TREE PLANTING PLANS IN PLACE
 

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 along the Werribee River near the Shaws Rd bridge. And we will need all hands on deck to get the job. 

 

IN BRIEF........
  • Guests at our meeting were:

    • Andrea Fredskild (Exchange student)

    • Roger Leask (Rotary Club of Essendon)

    • David Abbey (Chair Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship Committee)

  • President Ross advised that our recent golf day realised a record profit of $30,077. Our target was $25,000.

  • Geoff Smith advised that the 200km Charity Walk which we were involved in for a number of years has officially been wound up because we reached the magical goal of raising $200,000.

 

 
 
 
President Ross Conley
 

NEXT  WEEK'S MEETING

27th March

6:30 for 6:45PM

 

Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd

Werribee

 

Chairperson

Ian Knight

 

Greeters

Anthony Pante

Michael Redding

 

Corporal

Geoff Smith

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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
Ross Smith
0418 692329
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     UPCOMING MEETINGS
Mar 27, 2018
Rotary Foundation
Apr 03, 2018
Dax on Trax
Apr 10, 2018
YouthReach
Apr 17, 2018
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          ANNIVERSARIES           

Member Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
 
Rob Fava
March 15
 
Peter Sandlant
March 21
 
Kathryn Williams
March 22
 
Tino Ballan
March 25
 
Ross Smith
March 28
 
Lou Dowling
March 30
 
Spouse Birthdays
Graham Roper
March 7
 
Shelby Ingram
March 9
 
Rob Fava
March 15
 
Nuge Ahmed
March 28
 
Anniversaries
Philip Purdy
Barbara Purdy
March 2
 
Ross Conley
Christine Conley
March 7
 
Enzo Maddalon
Adelina Maddalon
March 10
 
Ian Knight oam
Genny Knight
March 14
 
Jeff Garfield
Pam Garfield
March 21
 
Ian Hovey
Micki Hovey
March 23
 
Peter Sandlant
Karen Sandlant
March 26
 
Graham Roper
Wendy Roper
March 30
 
Peter Ross
Elizabeth Ross
March 30
 
Wendy Roper
Graham Roper
March 30
 
Join Date
Ross Smith
March 16, 1996
22 years
 
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Treasurer
 
Secretary
 
Community Service Director
 
Vocational Service Director
 
International Service Director
 
Rotary Foundation Director
 
Vice President
 
Membership Director
 
Youth Service Director
 
Immediate Past President
 
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Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing
Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook
Rotary Club of Wyndham
  
  

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