Official opening of Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works Farm 9th May 1892
My thanks to all the members, partners and friends who came along to Victoria University on Tuesday evening to see and hear about the great medical research work being undertaken by Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos and her team. I think everyone was impressed by the extent of their research to deliver vaccines and drugs to contain or cure such a wide range of different diseases.
It was also good to share the experience with members and partners from the Rotary Club of Wyndham. From memory, it’s the first combined club vocational visit but, based on the way we enjoyed each other’s company, I hope it won’t be the last.
Our visit to VU justifies our decision to support them by donating the proceeds of our 2023 charity golf day. Speaking of which, the invitations have just gone out for the golf day which is on Friday 10th March. Ross Conley has taken over the reins again and, with Ross in charge, you know it will be a success. He is hoping that you can support him by either registering to play or sponsoring or volunteering or offering a nice raffle prize. It would be great to have everyone’s involvement in one way or another. It makes things so much easier if there are more of us helping out. And we know the money raised will be going to a very important cause.
As you know, we were due to have our Christmas dinner at the Werribee Football Club next week but this won’t be happening due to a lack of numbers. Undaunted by this, we have decided to reschedule and relocate the function. We will now be going to the Bridge Hotel on Tuesday 20th December. Thanks to everyone who has responded positively to this minor setback. I reckon it will still be a very pleasant night. If you haven’t already advised me of your intentions, please do so as soon as possible.
My sincere thanks go out to Mary Macaulay, Roland Wade and Jim Randall for joining me at the Christmas at the Lakes event last Saturday for car parking duties. We spent three gruelling hours in the hot afternoon sun. We ended up feeling very dry, dusty and drained but we survived the ordeal and were glad to help out one of our fellow Rotary clubs. Congratulations must also go to Anne Randall for her monumental effort in organising such a huge and successful community event.
Genny Knight is unwell at the moment. She has been confined to bed but Ian says, with his “expert nursing skills”, she will be back to full health soon. Best wishes from everyone Genny.
When we return from our Christmas break, our first meeting back will be a casual one at Tino and Robyn Ballan’s house on Tuesday 17th January. Tino and Robyn are very gracious hosts and I thank them for agreeing to continue this New Year tradition.
Ian Hovey
Visit to Victoria University

Tuesday 13th December 

No meeting tonight.

Tuesday 20th December

Our Christmas break-up at Bridge Hotel 6.30pm.

See email from Pres Ian with details.

Tuesday 17th January 2023

Our first meeting for 2023 will be a social occasion at Tino & Robyn Ballan's


Alphabet Racing   

Thanks very much for being involved in the great race this year. Most of you had your moment in the sun but no-one could match it with the runaway winner, Randall's Candles. She was a class above the rest.

Click here to see a list of all contestants and the money they won during the course of the race.

Could you please send a reply to me advising how you would like to be paid i.e. cash or EFT into your bank account. If the latter, please provide me with your bank details which I will pass on to Kim for action.

Not everyone was lucky enough to pick up a prize but that's the luck of the letters. 

Thanks everyone for playing.

And remember, if you’re gonna bet, Alpha Bet!


PS - Thanks to Pres Ian for running Alphabet Racing. It was lots of fun.





District 9800 are calling for nominations to join the committee to choose the District Governor for 2025/2026.

The committee will interview the candidates and select a successful candidate.

To be eligible to join the committee

  • You must be a Past President of a D9800 club
  • Yo can't be a previous District Governor
  • You must not have been part of last years nominating committee.
If you are interested in joining the committee, let Secretary Ross know ASAP. Nominations close on 31.12.2022.


President Ian advised members that the Board had approved a donation of $5,000 to Werribee Uniting Church, to purchase food packages for 150 families in Werribee who are is significant financial hardship.



Tues 13th Dec - Therese Gatto & Terry Argent

Wed 14th Dec - Liz & Peter Ross

Thurs 15th Dec - Trish & Nils Vejby

Tues 20th Dec - Norm & Margaret Johnson

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in Breakfast Club during 2022.


The next BBQ is Thursday 22 December. I would expect it to be a big one, as many people will be finished work for the year, and 'into the Christmas Shopping". We still need four people to fill the roster, so please let me know ASAP.
Shift one 9.00 - 11.00
- Ross Smith
- Kim Deneys
- Glenyce Deneys
- Mary Macaulay
Shift two - 11.00 till 1.00
- Christine Conley
- Phil Purdy
- Barb Purdy
- Cheryl Nash
Shift three - 1.00 till 3.00
- Anne Randall
- Jane
- ????
- ????
Shift four - 3.00 till 4.30
- G Roper
- Ross Conley
- ???
- ???

The Bingo Roster is:

Dec 12 - Enzo Maddalon & Phil Purdy

Dec 19 - Peter Sandlant & Andi Barnfield

Dec 26 - Michael Redding

Jan 2 - Kathryn Williams & Nusrat Islam

Jan 9 - May Macaulay & Jess Sahar

Jan 16 - Robyn Ballan & Tom Lentini

Bingo 5/12 - another big night with 102 players.



We have a lovely group of dedicated volunteers at the Fit4Use store. But we could always do with a few more. If you know of someone who would like to help out as a regular volunteer or to be on standby for when people are unavailable, please contact Graham Roper on 0403 434 537.


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
Michael Redding
January 23
Ian Hovey
December 2
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Andi Barnfield
December 30
Paula Kudi
December 30
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Ballan
January 20
Anne Randall
January 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Join Date
Michael Redding
January 12, 2016
7 years
Paula Kudi
January 14, 2014
9 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
28 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
23 years
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