At Cobbledick's Ford along the Werribee RIver
President Graham Roper


25th September

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club


601 Heath's Rd









Phil Purdy

Rob Fava



Lou Dowling

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
Sep 25, 2018
Oct 02, 2018
Fight Cancer Foundation
Oct 09, 2018
Westgate Community Initiative Group
Oct 16, 2018
Westgate Tunnel Projectr
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September 9
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September 29
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Maria Todaro
September 20
Joe Cumbo
Carole Cumbo
September 6
Jason Daddy
Therese Daddy
September 14
Roland Wade
Margaret Wade
September 26
Lyn Fava
Rob Fava
September 27
Rob Fava
Lyn Fava
September 27
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Ian Hovey



Next week will be an informal meeting with the focus on the grand final week celebrations.

Partners are very welcome.

Feel free to wear the colours of your team.


The quality of our speakers in recent times has been nothing short of fantastic. The speaker at our last meeting was definitely no exception.

Reese Masita is a member of the Victorian Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas) Association. She grew up in the tiny island nation but has been a resident of Australia for many years now.

Reese described Kiribati as the world's best kept secret. Here are some facts about the country:

  • It was formerly known as Gilbert Islands.
  • It is the first country to see the dawn of each new day.
  • It sits in all 4 hemispheres.
  • 21 out of the 33 islands are inhabited. There are a few man-made concrete causeways that link some of the islands. Otherwise, you have to travel by canoe from one to the other.
  • It is very remote. To fly there from Melbourne, you take a 5-hour flight to Fiji and then another 3-hour trip to Kiribati.
  • Their language has only 13 letters. 
  • The islands grew from coral build up on the tips of underwater mountains.
  • Tarawa is the main island and has a population of 53,000 on just 17 square kilometres of land. It's widest point is only 200 metres long.
  • The islands are at risk from:
    • Rising sea levels - within 60-80 years the islands will be permanently covered by water. All inhabitants will be relocated to Fiji before then.
    • Limited drinking water.
    • Crops including coconut palms and breadfruit trees are dying from sea water.
    • King tide floods - these are a recent phenomena.
    • Disease. Children are particularly vulnerable.

You could describe the Kiribati people as an easy-going and resilient race. Their philosophy seems to be that whatever happens they will overcome it and just move on with life.

However, Reese explained that there are a number of community facilities that could either be renovated or constructed to make things better. Some of their major issues include poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. Our club, in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Melton and Hoppers Crossing, is considering travelling to Kiribati on a FAIM trip to provide the necessary skills to make a positive difference to their community.

It would seem that, based on Reese's compelling presentation and her infectious enthusiasm, there won't be a shortage of volunteers.

You could tell that Reese's love of her country is so intense. So much so that she will be moving back there soon with her husband who is a doctor. She is even thinking about establishing a Rotary club in Tarawa.

Click here to see a few more photos of the evening.



The Rotary girls are planning a working bee shortly to make re-usable cloth bags from off-cuts of fabric and other material that they have been collecting in recent weeks. The sessions will be called Cut, Giggle and Sew - two of these titles are obvious. Apparently the giggle bit has nothing to do with sewing but more to do with getting together and having fun in each other's company....and possibly sipping a few glasses of wine at the same time.

Lyn Fava thanked everyone for supplying the materials. She and her committee will now start planning for the first working bee. Watch this space.




Club secretary Ross Smith has advised the members that, before we can proceed with taking over Bingo at the Italian Sports Club, there are a few formal procedures that need to be completed:

  1. ECHO, who holds the existing licence, need to advise the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) that they are returning their licence.

  2. We then have to apply for that licence through the VCGLR.

Ross advised that it could take 3-4 weeks before the licence is approved after which we can take over the operation.


Would you like to take a walk around Albert Park Lake on Saturday17th November to raise money to end polio?

If you answered YES, now is your opportunity.

The organiser of this unusual but intriguing District 9800 event is Susie Cole (Rotary Club of Prahran), She is asking us to register just 5 people from our club to prance or walk around the lake. Are you game?

This is a major District fundraiser and Susie requires 20 clubs to get involved. But there is a small catch. You have to be dressed as a punk, prince or princess. Are you still game?

If so please email Susie to register or to find out more details.



Rotary’s Garden DesignFest 2018 will be held over two weekends in November and will give garden lovers the chance to indulge their passion and, at the same time, help raise money for End Trachoma by 2020.

Gardens in rural Victoria (Ballarat and Macedon Ranges) will be open on 10th and 11th November and gardens in the Melbourne Metropolitan area and the Mornington Peninsula will be open on 17th and 18th November. The professionally designed, private gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm. The designers will be at the gardens when they are open and are happy to share their expertise and planting notes with visitors.

Garden DesignFest is a biennial event organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne. It has raised $530 000 for Rotary and other charities since it began in 2004. More than 20 Rotary clubs (from Districts 9780 and 9800) will be involved in presenting the event in November.

This year’s main charity is End Trachoma by 2020. Australia is the world’s only developed country with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices.There is also an organised bus tour to selected gardens. Going on a bus tour is a great way to see several gardens in one day. It includes lunch, garden notes and a Garden DesignFest ticket if you want to visit other gardens the next day.

Click here to visit the GardenFest 2018 website and to view the gardens on display.



Melbourne has been shortlisted for the 2023 RI Convention bid after several years of hard work by a dedicated group of Rotarians.

This would be the largest convention held in Melbourne since the previous RI convention in 1993. We can expect 20,000 delegates from around the world.

The selection panel will spend 3 days in Melbourne in November. They will explore:

  • Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Our transport system to ensure easy migration of delegation between hotels and venues.
  • The many attractions that make Melbourne a magnet for tourists.


The guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne's 26th annual Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast will be Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd).

Sir Angus was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

The breakfast will be held at the RACV Club, Level 17, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne on Wednesday 28th September commencing at 7:15am and concluding at 9:00am. The cost is $65 per person.

Click here to make a booking.

Click here to see a flyer of the function.


IN BRIEF........
  • The venue for next Monday's Board meeting will now be Marty Vaina's place and not Ian Hovey's. Marty's address is 4 Primrose Place, Tarneit. The meeting will commence at 7:30pm.

  • Guests at our last meeting were:

    • Therese and Charlotte Daddy

    • Bob Fairclough (Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing)

    • Tongafiji Cross - mother of our guest speaker.

  • Has anyone not paid their membership dues? If not, your dues are overdue.

  • The early bird rates for our District Conference will close on 31st October. So, if you want to take advantage of the discount, please click here to book.

  • The Curious Case of Jason's Runaway Golf Buggy Wheel - Chapter 3. Yes, you guessed it. It happened again.

  • Looks like Marty Vaina might require lessons on how to apply his lipstick properly.


  • Your skin is the largest organ making up the human body.

  • All of the clocks in the movie 'Pulp Fiction' are fixed to 4:20.
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