View from Werribee towards the You Yangs at sunset
President Graham Roper


9th October

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club


601 Heath's Rd






John Micallef



Lyn Fava

Jeff Garfield



Roland Wade

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
Oct 09, 2018
Westgate Community Initiative Group
Oct 16, 2018
Westgate Tunnel Projectr
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 30, 2018
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Enzo Maddalon
October 9
Philip Purdy
October 9
Ian Knight OAM
October 15
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Genny Knight
October 11
Lexie Smith
October 13
Lou Dowling
Lynne Dowling
October 11
John Micallef
Mim Micallef
October 31
Join Date
Graham Roper
October 1, 2007
11 years
Rob Fava
October 18, 2011
7 years
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Annalisa Cannizzaro is a Community Engagement Specialist at Westgate Community Initiatives Group which is a not for profit employment services provider committed to affirming the right of every individual to a meaningful role in society.

Established in 1986, WCIG has a long and proud history in the delivery of innovative and high quality employment services for those in our community who experience the greatest levels of disadvantage. 



Eric Wright is the CEO of Fight Cancer Foundation which is a national charity dedicated to providing care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures.

The Foundation was originally known as the Bone Marrow Donor Institute (BMDI). It was established in 1989 by a small group of families devastated by leukaemia with the aim of establishing a donor registry to give hope and save lives. In 1991, Rotary became involved and was instrumental in building the Bone Marrow Research Centre in Parkville.

Fast forward to 2003, BMDI's first accommodation centre, Rotary House, was opened in North Melbourne for rural and interstate patients and families who needed to access Melbourne's treating hospitals. Since opening, the facility has provided:

  • 860 families with a home-away-from-home.
  • 60,000 room nights accommodation.

The guests are mainly bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients from country Victoria and Tasmania. They are usually patients of either the Royal Children's Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital or Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Unfortunately, due to the high demand, there are some patients and their families who cannot get accommodation at Rotary House. Many of these cannot afford normal hotel accommodation especially if they need to stay for weeks or months. In such cases, they either:

  • Withdraw from treatment and go home.

  • Sell their homes or treasured possessions to fund their accommodation.

  • Rely on family or friends to assist financially.

  • Find cheap motel accommodation which increases the risk of infection.

  • Live in cars near the hospital.

The existing Rotary House is now past it's used-by date. It is aged, needs high maintenance and is not specifically designed to cater for the special needs of the patients. The plan is to sell the property to a developer and to purchase a new purpose-built facility which will consist of:

  • 30 one and two bedroom units.

  • Communal spaces such as a library, gymnasium, play area and meeting rooms.

  • Income-producing retail/commercial space to offset ongoing operating costs.

The new Rotary House will also be located in the Parkville area, close to the "big three" hospitals.

Rotary Clubs across Victoria will be invited to participate in this visionary project which will provide long-term benefits to people during their battle with cancer.



Brian Ahmed advised that it's all systems go to start the construction of a hen house (chook shed) at the Tamarind farm in Uganda. With the help of extra funding through donations from various farmers who hosted Chris Ochaya during his visit to Australia and also through a District Matching Grant and additional funds from our club, we now have sufficient money to purchase cages, feed supply and chickens.

Brian has had regular communication with Chris who is very eager to get it all up and running.



Next year's District Conference is a multi-District event to be held on 16-17 February at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

The early-bird cost is $175 (until October 31) plus $110 if you would like to attend the gala dinner. If you take up the early-bird offer, you go into a draw to win free registration for 2 people plus accommodation for 2 nights.

The conference will feature outstanding Rotary and general speakers including:

  • Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
  • Former Police Commissioner Christine Nixon.
  • Former Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett.
  • Grace Forrest, the founder of WalkFree an organisation against slavery.
  • Ambassadorial Scholar Brittany Arthur.
  • Dr Edna Adan, humanitarian, politician and director and founder of Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland.

Click here to visit the conference website and to register.

Click here to view a flyer of the conference.




As a lead-in to the conference, there will be a Peace Through Service Forum on Friday 15th February. 

It will look at the underlying causes of conflict including poverty, disease, hunger, lack of water and the lack of education.

It will also highlight the areas in which Rotary does its most significant work.

There will be an outstanding program of inspirational speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities to recommit our efforts to address some of the most pressing concerns of modern times.

Click here to read more about the Forum.




Get your walking shoes on and let’s walk together to raise awareness for mental health in aim to help reduce stigma and accept diversity.

Come along to the Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown on Sunday 14th October 2018, 9am–12pm. Everyone of all ages are welcome.

Bring your family and friends along to share in a walk, sausage sizzle, live performances, mental health info stalls, raffle with health and well-being prizes to be won, kids football clinic and jumping castle.

Wear something GREEN in honour of those suffering mental health related illnesses.

Click here to view a flyer.

Click here to visit the Walk for Mental Health Facebook page.



Werribee Rotary is a member of Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) which provides essential household items to needy families in the west. Due to a very cold winter, much of the stock, particularly bedding items, has been severely depleted. 

WERN is now desperately seeking our support for the replenishment of essential items. Here are some of the key items required:

  • Kitchen.
    Dishes, Cutlery and Pans

  • Beds & Bedding.
    Blankets, Sheets, Doonas and all sizes of Mattresses and Bases.

  • Electrical

    • Fridges and Washing Machines.

    • Dryers, Portable Air Conditioners and Coolers.

    • Microwaves, Toaster and Jugs etc.

  • Dining and Lounges.
    Must be still usable and not rubbish.

  • Cupboards and Bedroom Suites

Please remember that WERN is not a TIP so the items must be usable and in good working order.

This is an urgent request so your help would be much appreciated.



Almost 100% of rural New South Wales is either in drought, on drought watch or experiencing the onset of drought, while 57% of Queensland is classified as in drought. Farmers are facing ruin in what some are calling the worst drought in living memory, with costs of stock feed and transport spiralling.

Rotary has decided to do something to help. D9800 has a new initiative, working with Foodbank to collect all types of practical goods and treats - items that struggling communities have asked for and most particularly what the school communities have requested.

So how can our club get involved?

First step - watch this video explaining the project.

Then read the following information which gives further details:


IN BRIEF........
  • Sad to hear the news that Vance Hilton (PDG in 1999-2000) from the Rotary Club of Flemington passed away on Saturday 29th September.

  • Positions are open from now until October 31 for the District Governor Nominating Committee. If you are a Past President and would like to part of this committee, please advise our secretary Ross Smith.

  • Congratulations to the West Coast Eagles for winning the 2018 AFL premiership. It was actually a blessing for us all. We were saved from having to put up with Enzo Maddalon wearing Joffa's gold jacket again!


  • Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine.

  • 111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 equals 12,345,678,987,654,321.

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