The canola crops east of the You Yangs.
I am pleased to advise that we were able to re–commence our face to face meetings at the ISCW with 14 members in attendance.

On Sunday 7th November, we resumed our Bunning’s BBQ’s. My thanks to Ross Smith and all his merry helpers for making this a very successful fund raising day for our club. We made a profit of $1,425 after expenses.

It was my pleasure to formally welcome Andi Barnfield into the Rotary Family.

This week’s guest speaker was Martin Murley, Managing Director, OZ Child, Fostering Children who gave a very moving presentation.

Our Rotary Bingo re–commenced on Monday 1st November with 60 players in attendance raising a small profit of $165.67. This week we had 8o players in attendance which realised a profit of $897. We now have our own Rotary Bingo Menu.



Around the District with DG Dale


Hello Rotarians and Friends,

One of the highlights of October has been the End Polio Walk and as I have been running around Lake Wendouree in Ballarat, I have been mindful of all the Rotarians doing similar activities, raising money for the elimination of Polio together with a number of Rotarians commenting on the physical and mental health benefits meeting distance targets. 

This fundraiser has been incredibly successful with more than 200 people and one dog participating, some in teams and some individually raising over $109,000. 

I thank everyone who has taken part and hope you have all enjoyed the experience as much as I have.


Paul Harris Breakfast

Rotary Central Melbourne and District 9800 invite you to the 29th annual Paul Harris Breakfast to hear from Guest Speaker Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue.

Date: Tuesday 23rd November
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Venue: Zoom Online Event
Cost: $25
Bookings Close: 22nd November 2021

November is Rotary Foundation Month


It is the month that Rotary clubs and districts remind and educate Rotarians about the remarkable programs of our Foundation and seek the financial contributions needed to make the world a better place.

For more information, go to Rotary Foundation Australia

What is your club doing to mark Foundation month?


  • Our Christmas function will be held on Tuesday the 14th December at Chirnsides by the River at the Werribee Football Club. The cost will be $65 a head for a 3 course meal and entertainment. Father Christmas will also be in attendance.

  • We will be ordering club polo shirts for our new members shortly. If you would like to order a new one, please let me know as soon as possible.

  • Next week’s guest speaker will be Anne Considine whose topic will be From Outside the Closet (LGBTIQ)

  • Wanted: A member who is willing to run our Bunnings BBQ events. This involves making contact with Bunnings (Ross Smith will provide contact details) and producing a roster. If interested please let me know. Roly Wade has kindly agreed to pick up the meat, bread, drinks etc and deliver them to the site.

I will close with a thought for the week: Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.




It was great to be back at the Italian Social Club and enjoying each other's company in the flesh. I think we were all Zoomed out after our long lockdown.
The evening was made even more special because of the great presentation from our guest speaker Martin Murley who is the Philanthropic and Corporate Partnerships Manager at OzChild.
Martin talked with passion about how OzChild is committed to working across community service, government and corporate sectors to ensure the best outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.
The organisation is 170 years old. It started in Collins St in 1851 as the Melbourne Orphan Asylum. Over the years, they moved to various areas around Melbourne.
However, it wasn't until the 1990's when they changed their name to OzChild that they moved from being an institutionalised facility to become an in-home care operation where vulnerable children are removed from danger and fostered out to good homes.
On any given night, there are approx 50,000 children of all ages around Australia who are not with their legitimate parents due to risks such as violence, neglect, drugs, etc. Between May 2020 and April 2021, 1,086 children and young people were supported by OzChild's In-Home Care programs. There were 1,041 individual carers.
OzChild measures the success or otherwise of their business based on a number of criteria including permanency, safety and well-being.
Thanks to Katherine for being our Chairperson.

NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 16th November
Guest Speaker - Anne Considine

Topic - From Outside the Closet

Anne is a Spiritual Counsellor and runs a business called Purple Haven. She felt there was a need to create a safe place for people to feel comfortable enough to talk about their problems, with the view to making positive changes in their life. 
She has also written a book called "From Outside the Closet". The stories in this book are of gay men who have faced their fears and come out of the closet to live full and happy lives. 
District 9800 - Weekly Networker Newsletter
Version seven has arrived.

ALPHABET RACING - up to Sat 6th November

The Alphabet Cup contestants have now started the second half of their gruelling journey. Before yesterday's race meetings, the contest was going along smoothly without too many fluctuations. There have been a few movements forward and back but nothing too spectacular. Pretty dull and dreary really.
But that all changed yesterday. One of the contestants, Filthy Phil, was gelded before the race and has been dragging his hooves around since he left the barrier. But, in a flash, he realized that a big weight had been lifted from his shoulders and he blitzed his opponents by picking up an amazing 21 points from his stable of S horses at the meeting at Rosehill Gardens. What a monumental effort! Not only did he win the $15 weekly prize but the historians say it's a record for the most points gained in this time-honoured race. In the blink of an eye, he went into overdrive and is now within striking distance of the leader Mad Dog Muir who is just running up and down on the one spot and nervously looking over his shoulder as the contenders descend down on him.
The Egg Man has been resting for the past few meetings but is now only one length behind our leader. He is followed by Mr Sandlant who is in third place after he collected 6 points when his duo of Z horses won separate races. What a bonus.
The most consistent performer over the two meetings was the fine filly Frisky Fava. She gained 14 big points including 8 at Flemington which gained her $15 for a best on track performance. And she looks fresh as a daisy so we should expect her to keep powering on.
Bringing up the rear is the lightly raced Handy Andi. It seems like she lacks the experience to compete against the others. While there is still plenty of time to go, she needs to be inspired by Filthy Phil's effort to get anywhere near the front.
Click here to view a virtual video of the Alphabet Cup after race meetings 14 and 15.



Andi Wins Best Hat Award


Pictured below is Andi Barnfield with a gift from President Graham for winning the best hat prize during our recent Zoom meeting to acknowledge the Lift the Lid on Mental Health Awareness campaign.



Guest Speakers

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


Golf Day

Planning has commenced for next years Golf Day.

  • To be held on Friday 11th March
  • Morning event again.
  • Proceeds will go to Very Special Kids.
  • Brochure will be distributed in a few weeks.



Roster for bingo (be there by 6:30):

  • 15.11.2021 - Jess Saher & Peter Sandlant
  • 22.11.2021 - Michael Redding & Lorry Rowe
  • 29.11.2021 - Lyn & Robert Fava
  • 06.12.2021 - Kim Deneys & Ian Hovey


Breakfast Club

The school has advised that Breakfast Club will not commence until most classes have returned to the school.


Backyard Sleepout 2021

The Rotary Club of Chadstone has joined with the Avalon Centre to organise a Rotary Sleepout for the Homeless. It will be held on the night of Friday 26th November at Central Park, Burke Rd, Malvern East.

Click here to view the flyer.


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.


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Member Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Ian Hovey
December 2
Andi Barnfield
December 20
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Glenyce Deneys
November 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Geoff Smith
Lexie Smith
November 10
James Randall
Anne Randall
November 26
Join Date
Peter Ross OAM
November 1, 1977
44 years
Anthony Pante
November 25, 2014
7 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
27 years
Tony Todaro
December 1, 1979
42 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
22 years
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Nov 16, 2021
From Outside the Closet
From Outside the Closet

Anne is a Spiritual Counsellor and runs a business called Purple Haven. She felt there was a need to create a safe place for people to feel comfortable enough to talk about their problems, with the view to making positive changes in their life. She says, "As a Spiritual Counsellor, I don’t tread the same path as conventional counsellors. In my toolbox, I have a few different modalities that I call upon, but at the end of the day, I can only assist those who want to help themselves".

Anne has also written a book called From Outside the Closet. 

Through the lens of an outsider, the gay world can seem like a kaleidoscope of colour, fun and frivolity, but underneath lurk shame, heartache and sadness. The stories in this book are of men who have faced their fears and come out of the closet to live full and happy lives. Some crept out, some came out running! The stories range from the time when it was illegal to be homosexual, during the AIDS epidemic, through to celebrating marriage equality and increased acceptance in society.

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Leadership in Rotary
Nov 30, 2021
District Governor of District 9800
Dec 07, 2021
From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards
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