Commemorating the centenary of Armistice that ended the first World War
President Graham Roper


13th November

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club


601 Heath's Rd









Phil Purdy

Geoff Smith



Tom Lentini

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
Nov 20, 2018
Australian Federal Police
Nov 27, 2018
The Aged Care Crisis
Dec 04, 2018
Emergency Service Telecommunications Authority - "000"
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Member Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Spouse Birthdays
Lyn Fava
November 14
Wendy Roper
November 25
Glenyce Deneys
November 26
Adrian Burt
Emma Burt
November 3
Geoff Smith
Lexie Smith
November 10
James Randall
Anne Randall
November 26
Join Date
Jeff Garfield
November 1, 1978
40 years
Peter Ross
November 1, 1977
41 years
Carlo Vimercati
November 14, 2017
1 year
Anthony Pante
November 25, 2014
4 years
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Ian Hovey

Amanda Kates is the State Manager (Victoria & Tasmania) of the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

She will present on the background, unusual stories, experiences and the workings of the AFP.


Our guest speaker was Roger Vistarini, Case Manager at Dreambuilders Transformations

Roger said that the program started in Queensland 20 years ago by a former drug addict and a branch was established in Hoppers Crossing 4 years ago by the Dreambuilders Church.

Some of the facts about this program are:

  • It is a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

  • They have a 12-bed house in Hoppers Crossing.

  • It is a 12-month program – mainly drug-related and some alcohol.

  • Residents pay 80% of their support pension to be in the program.

  • Most are middle aged men.

  • Clients are referred and some are from the prison system.

  • It is a 4-stage program, and restrictions are reduced/eased after passing each stage.

  • 80% of their funding is from the church.

  • There is only one paid staff member and the rest are volunteers.

  • They need help from Rotary to provide opportunities for clients – e.g. assist with Bunnings, etc.

Roger introduced Glen Pirie who is a program participant and has completed 90% of the program. Glen told his "warts and all" story about his fight with drugs. It was uplifting to hear that he believes that, thanks to this program, he has defeated his drug habit and that he has a very optimistic outlook for his future.



Werribee Rotary member Michael Redding recently completed a visit to Uganda to catch up with Chris Ochaya and his family. Chris was the 2018 Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship recipient. He was in Australia in 2018 to learn good farming techniques that he could use on his return to his country.

Michael said it was fantastic experience to see how Chris has utilised his new-found skills and knowledge and has started to transform the Tamarind community farm into a first-class sustainable agricultural showpiece that will support the local population.

Click here to read Michael's story.



If you missed the first Cut, Giggle and Sew session, or if you enjoyed the first one so much, there's another one on offer on Saturday 24th November at 10 am. As with the last one, this working bee will make more wonderful bags from bits of fabric and other stuff. It will once again be held at Mary Macaulay's place, 6 Kameruka Court, Werribee.

So wipe the dust off your sewing machine and sharpen your scissors for another productive morning of fabric, fun and fellowship.



Our meeting on Tuesday 27th November will be at Manor Court Aged Care, 5 Hogan Grove, Werribee. The guest speaker will be Ross Smith who is the Managing Director.

Manor Court was the brainchild of members of our club back in the 70's. Some of our current members such as Ian Knight and Roland Wade were instrumental in getting the original building constructed.  And we have been supporting the facility ever since in many different ways.

Currently, the Aged Care industry is going through a major review. In fact, the Federal Government recently established a Royal Commission into the industry after some adverse publicity. Ross will talk about the issues facing the industry and Manor Court.

It is important to have a high attendance at the meeting so that we learn more about how we can help as a club. You will be served a delicious meal cooked by the head chef, Carmelo. 

Please bring your partner if possible.



The Peace Through Service Conference is being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on February 15th February 2019 as a forerunner to the Multi-District Conference on 16-17 February.

The early bird price for this exciting one-day event is $150. However, after 30th November, the price will be $200.

So, if you want to hear some inspiring and thought-provoking presenters speaking about ideas to promote international peace and harmony and to learn about how our club can become a Peace Builder club, please book now.

Click here to see the Peace Conference flyer.

Click here to see the Conference program.

Click here to visit the Conference registration page.



Our Christmas Dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th December at Chirnsides By The River function centre which is part of the Werribee Football Club.

It promises to be a great night with fine dining and some fabulous entertainment provided by the much-loved Barking Dogs. Rumour is that the great man himself, Father Christmas, will also make an appearance.

The cost for the evening will be $60 per person with drinks at bar prices. Please place it in your social calendar. We would love to have everyone's attendance to make it the best night possible. 



Club secretary has advised that our Annual General Meeting will be held at the Italian Social Club Werribee at 7.00pm on Tuesday 4th December 2018.

The agenda of the meeting will be :

  1. Approve the minutes of the previous meeting on 28.11.2017

  2. Adopt the Financial Accounts for the year ending 30.06.2018

  3. To defer the announcement of the 2019/2020 Rotary Club Board of Directors until the Christmas Function on 11.12.2018

  4. Any other business received by the Secretary 7 days prior to the meeting

Note: If you wish to apply for any role on the 2019/2020 Board, you should submit your application in writing by 30.11.2018.

President-elect Brian Ahmed will nominate his Board for 2019/2020, and in the event that there 2 or more nominations for a role, a ballot will be taken.


IN BRIEF........
  • Great to see President Graham back after his knee operation. Lucky he came back when he did. His fill-in was starting to get quite comfortable in the job.

  • This newsletter endeavours to report on any successes, achievements or general announcements of any club member or someone in their family. It's all part of celebrating our family of Rotary. Therefore, without fear of favour, it is with pride and pleasure that Micki and Ian Hovey announce the arrival of their third great-grandchild at Royal Women's Hospital last week. Her name is Isla Mena Forster. You will be pleased to know that mother, father, baby and great grandparents all well. Here's a photo of the cute kid...



    • Popcorn was invented by the Aztec Indians.

    • Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.


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