Werribee River in non flood times.

District Governor Amanda Wendt has advised that the D9800 Disaster Response Committee has swung into action to:
- Identify the right personnel to coordinate the efforts
- Establish a Disaster Relief Account so that tax deductible donations can be accepted
- Confirm from those impacted by the Disaster what they need and when
- Reach out to the various relief networks (e.g. WERN) and partners who can provide food/furniture and other items that people need right now
The Board has decided to cease the SAA session for the time being. Many Rotary clubs have already ceased the SAA session. Details follow.
We haven't finalised next weeks meeting. I will email members in a few days.
Ian Hovey
Report by Pres Ian form this weeks Board Meeting
Community Grants Proposal
The Board approved the proposal by R Fava for the club to provide two community grants of $3,000 each to Wyndham Community organisations. A committee comprising R Fava and two other members will oversea the program, and report to the Board. If you are interested on joining the committee, speak to Pres Ian or Rob Fava.
The committee will recommend two areas of focus for where the money is to be spent. The successful applicants will be expected to reoprt/present to the club on the project.
Going well and growing slowly. We need 2-3 more volunteers, so if you know someone who can spend a day a week, speak to G Roper of M Redding.
We are looking at improved signage at the front of the building to improve our exposure.
Weekly Meetings
It was agreed that we would 'rest' the SAA session for the time being. Many Rotary clubs have already ceased the SAA session.
The $3.00 each person pays at the door, and the proceeds of the SAA session are used to fund our weekly meeting costs. $1.00 of the $3 goes to the weekly card raffle. The other $2 & the SAA money pay for the guest speaker meal, the guest speaker gift and any other meeting costs.
So commencing next week on 25.2.2022, we will be asking each member to pay $5. $1 to the raffle, and the remaining $4 to fund our meeting costs.
D9800 Flood Response
District 9800 have mobilised a Disaster Relief Committee, which is considering the D9800 response to the floods. One of our D9800 clubs Rochester, has been badly impacted.
Bags for Mental Health
Being altered by the ladies of Rotary.
100 were delivered to past DG Bronwyn Stevens last week.
We have another 300 to alter.
Guest Speaker Robert Bouquet
Robert is a Wyndham local who operates a Brand Management business, called Bouquet Creative.
They are experts in analysing your current brand, then developing and changing the direction of a business.
Robert uses a series of Why The Fork workshops to analyse a business brands, and to develop a strategy for the future. 
Robert took us through a change process he introduced at a business called Knox Residential. After running a series of Why the Fork Workshops with owners and senior staff, they recognised that;
  • The business was considered a cheap bottom of the range business.
  • It had very little brand recall in the area it operated.
  • It didn't have a strong client base, and client retention was poor.
  • Staff turnover was high.
  • Recall of its brand was poor.
This was an extreme case, and the name of the business was changed to Schroeder & Wall, along with a complete makeover of its image & brand. In the three years since the brand makeover, the business has opened three more offices, and revenue has increased multiple times.
Robert gave everyone in attendance a rose, which he asked everyone to pass onto someone they loved. 
It will be great next week to hear the stories 'of whether the rose worked'.
Tuesday 25th October
Next week was supposed to be a visit to Werribee CFA, but may not proceed as there are a number of members who will 'be away' next week.
President Ian will send an email out early in the week, with the meeting arrangements.
Tuesday 1st November - no meeting, due to Melbourne Cup public holiday.
Tuesday 8th November - the meeting has been moved to Wednesday 9th November 2022. This will be a joint cluster meeting at ISCW, with DG Amanda Wendt as guest speaker.

Alphabet Racing

After two great race meetings last weekend which included the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne and The Everest in Sydney, it was the consistent colt, Light Fingers Fava, who took line honours on the day as he surged past a stationary Barbie Q to take the lead. He's in fine form and could improve even more next week with the 'S' and "T' letters.

However, it was the battle of the stablemates that attracted everyone's attention. Rockin' Robyn earned 11 points at Caulfield with her 'A' horses and took the hard-earned $20 weekly award while the stallion that she shares her stable with, Rudolph Ballantino, finally rose to the occasion with 8 points. As they both gallop side by side in mid field, they seem to be keeping an eye on each other to see who can claim bragging rights.

At Royal Randwick, Mad Dog Muir narrowly won the $20 weekly prize. He even scooped the pool in one race where his letter 'F' picked up all 6 points on offer - a fantastic feat of fortune.

Other solid performers over the two race meetings were the desperate trio of Anne of Green Grasses (10 points), Kathryn the Great (9) and Two Metre Peter (8). Is this the start of something good or was it just a flash in the pan?

And despite the jockey putting a rocket up his rear end, Garfield the Cat refuses to budge and now finds himself 7 lengths behind in last place. He obviously doesn't like the wet tracks but he might get moving now as things dry out. It will be a miracle for him to win from there.





Covid Protocols from the Coronavirus Website

Influenza & Covid are both contagious respiratory illnesses. They both have similar symptoms, and you cannot tell the difference between the two by looking at the symptoms alone.

For the safety of all Rotary members, if you or a family member are sick or unwell, or have been in contact with somebody who has Covid, please follow extreme caution, and stay away from Rotary until your illness passes, or you have met Covid isolation protocols.

Covid is incredibly contagious, so lets err on the side of caution.


Guest Speakers

Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Jess so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.



We are in the school holiday break, so no Breakfast club until Tuesday 04.10.2022

Tues 25/10 - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Wed 26/10 - Michael Redding & Nusrat Islam

Thur 27/10 - Alison Taverner & Kathryn Williams

Tues 1/11 - Melbourne Cup Day

Wed 2/11 - Ann Smith & Jane Larkin

Thurs 3/11 - Trish & Nils Vejby


Bunnings BBQ

Our next BBQ is Thurs 20th October.

Roster is:

  • Ross Smith - all day
  • 9.30 - 11.30 - Kim & Glenyce & Roland
  • 11.30 - 1.30 - Paula, Barb & Phil
  • 1.30 - 3.30 - Graham, Anne R and Nancy

The Bingo Roster is:

October 24 - Ross Conley & Paula Kudi.

October 31 - Mary Macaulay & Jess S

Nov 7th - Kathryn Williams & Nusrat Islam

Nov 14th - Robyn Ballan & Roland Wade

Bingo last night 17/10 was a big one. 105 players & $1,700 profit.

Thanks to Peer Sandlant.



Speak to Graham Roper if you can volunteer or be on standby for when people are unavailable.


International Convention

The Rotary International World Convention, will be held in Melbourne in May 2023. It is being organised by a committee formed from the Aust Rotary Districts.


Click this link to view the flyer.


The committee is also asking for interested Rotarians to register for the opportunity to home host several overseas guests for dinner during the convention. There is also an option for Rotary clubs to host a larger group of guests.

Click here to view the home hosting flyer.


Imagine Rotary Newsletter
The District Newsletter has arrived.
Clink the link below to view.


Member Birthdays
Geoff Smith
September 9
Jerestene Saher
September 29
Mary Macaulay
September 29
Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
Spouse Birthdays
Genny Knight
October 11
Lexie Smith
October 13
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
15 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
11 years
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