Red necked avocets at Werribee Farm

President’s Message

Developing Closer Links with the Salvos

Our Guest Speakers this week were Captain Phil Abram and Assistant Tim Kite who talked about the work the Salvation Army is doing to support needy people in Wyndham.

The follow-up Q & A opened up a number of possibilities for much closer discussion and engagement between the Salvos and Werribee Rotary.

Phil and Tim offered an invitation for our members to come to lunch on a Tues, Wed or Thurs to meet the other diners and to chat with the Salvo helpers about the work they are doing in Wyndham.

Here is an opportunity for one or more of our members to take up the lead in a new Club PROJECT – a partnership between the Club and Werribee Salvos.

Our Meeting Next Week

The ISCW have advised, that the new Covid restrictions that apply from 11.06.2021, with the cap on the number of patrons, would mean that it is not economical for them to reopen. The ISCW will remain shut until the next level of restrictions are reviewed on Thursday 17 June.. So next weeks meeting will be back on Zoom.

Our visitors this week

Werner Steinborn and Jerestene Saher attended again, while Imran Kashem was unwell and sent his apologies.

At my invitation Jess gave us a very interesting insight of how she makes chocolates, which is part of her business – Jess Catering Services.

Rescheduled Date for Changeover

Graham Roper explained the problems relating to Covid in having Changeover as originally scheduled for Sun, June 20th.

Graham has arranged with Tino and Robyn Ballan to reschedule the Changeover to Sun, July 4th.

The starting time, cost and other arrangements remain the same.

Here’s hoping for our post-lockdown freedom during the week!


THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 08.06.2021
This weeks on Zoom, we had a presentation by Captain Phill Abram and Assistant Pastor Tom Kite, from the Salvation Army Werribee.
Tim works for Salvos on Demand, which operates the Food Van at Werribee Station every Friday night. The Salvos have an arrangement with Second Bite, who distribute food from the supermarket chains, that is approaching its use by date or best before date.
Salvos Werribee get a delivery each week, and then set about creating  a menu for their food van, and the lunches they provide from they Watton Street facility.
The Salvos are doing it 'pretty tough' at the moment.
  • Donations from their Annual Red Shield Appeal were just under half of a normal non Covid year, as they were unable to door knock or rattle tins at intersections.
  • Demand for Salvos services during Covid are nearly double the previous normal year.
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Next week Tuesday 15th June 2021 , Reverend Ron Browning - the impact of the conflict in Myanmar on the Karen Community.
Recognising Outstanding Service of Rotarians
District 9800 are concerned that Rotarians who provide outstanding community service, are not being recognised.
D9800 are encouraging clubs to nominate club members who provide outstanding service for service awards. See the attached brochure for more information.

Werribee Rotary Changeover

Dictator Dan and his offsider Dictator Dan Junior have struck again, and our Changeover Lunch, scheduled for Sunday 20th June has had to be cancelled.

Tino & Robyn Ballan have agreed to a rescheduled date, and the Changeover will now be held on Sunday 4th July 2021. 

See the attached invitation for details.

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Remember to:

  1. Advise Graham Roper if you are coming.
  2. Pay the cost of $30 per head, into the Rotary account before the day.
  3. Graham advised that we will be providing a number of options for lunch, and not just 'finger food'
Footy Tipping - Round 12
Isn't 'the egg man' having a roller coaster ride. Each time he gets a 2 or 3 point lead on the field, he collapses the following week.
Peter Ross got the $10 for closest margin on Friday night.
Three tippers managed 5 out of 6 this week - Ross C, Ann Smith & Graham Roper. Just about everyone else got 4 except the Egg Man & the Bulletin Editor, who got 2.
The leaderboard after 12 rounds is;
  • Brian Ahmed 77
  • Ross Conley 77
  • Tony Todaro 74
  • Phil Purdy 74
  • Graham Roper 73
Bunnings BBQ - Thursday 3rd June
Bunnings have agreed to provide a gift voucher for $500 to compensate for the cancellation of the 03.06.2021 BBQ.
Guest Speakers
Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Ian Hovey so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.
WERN are still operating during the Covid Restrictions, but at a reduced capacity. Goods are being allocated to the needy, but they cannot come into the warehouse and 'select their own goods'
Bingo is also on 'hold' until the lockdown, and the restriction on the size of gatherings is lifted.
Once we start again, we will the next four groups will be:
Roster for bingo (be there by 6.30):
  • Colin Muir & Michael Redding
  • Phil Purdy & Tino Ballan
  • Kathryn Williams & Mary Macaulay
  • Enzo Maddalon & Graham Roper
Breakfast Club
We are waiting for advice from the school, if Breakfast Club will be re-commencing from 15.06.2021. If we get notification, then next week will be:
  • Tues 15th Ross & Ann Smith
  • Wed 16th Terry Argent & Kathryn Williams
  • Trish & Nils Vejby
District 9800 Environmental Committee.
Tip for getting that persons phone number
Want someone's phone number when at a function or party?
Get them to take a selfie with you on their phone, and send it to you.  


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Jun 15, 2021
The Myanmar Conflict and Its Impact on the Karen Community
The Myanmar Conflict and Its Impact on the Karen Community

Ron has been working very closely with the Karen community in Wyndham for many years. He will talk about the currect conflict in Myanmar and how it affects the local Karen people.


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The Role of the Victorian Farmer's Federation in Agriculture
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Werribee - Remember When - Part 3
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Everything You Need to Know About Living in a Retirement Village
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