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Christine Harrison is General Manager of the Dax Centre.

The Dax Centre promotes mental health through innovative programs centred around its heritage-listed and unique Cunningham Dax Collection.

The centre seeks to change community views towards mental illness by increasing empathy and understanding of mental illness, psychological trauma and the mind through the art. A goal is the reduction of stigma towards mental illness and mentally ill people.



Pictured above is President Ross and Ian Knight presenting a cheque for $4,000 to Dennis Shore who is the Chair of the District 9800 Foundation Committee. Every year the club, and many other clubs in the District, donate to the Foundation.

Dennis believes the Foundation is magic. He explained that Rotary Foundation grants perform magical projects and programs to make people's lives better.

The Foundation's mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, peace and goodwill through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

Rotary Foundation focuses on six key areas of support:

  1. Disease Prevention and Treatment - PolioPlus has been the Foundation's cornerstone project for the last 30 years. In 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio. Thanks to the Foundation, the number of cases so far this year has been reduced to 5. Therefore, children are still at risk until we eliminate the disease entirely. However, disease prevention is not just all about polio. A more recent project that involves 14 Australian Districts and 13 clubs in our own District is to eliminate malaria in Timor Leste.

  2. Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution - up to 100 fellows a year train at 6 Rotary Peace Centres around the world to become the next generation of peacemakers. There are 3 Australians who are involved in this program in 2018.

  3. Basic Education and Literacy - this program enables Rotarians to provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams and text books to underprivileged communities. Some of the projects that our clubs are involved in include a 3-year teacher training program in Nepal and equal education for blind students in Istanbul.

  4. Water and Sanitation - Werribee Rotary has been the recipient of Foundation funding to help build a new bore water system in Uganda. There are many other examples of this around the world.

  5. Economic and Community Grants

  6. Maternal and Child Health

Dennis explained that, while the Foundation is a wonderful source of funding for many worthy projects, we need to "feed the giving tree" to ensure that it continues to provide on-going support. The Rotary Foundation is the only charity organisation that has had a 100% rating for the last 10 years. It is rated as the best charity organisation in the world. This can only continue if clubs and individuals are prepared to regularly fund it.



We are desperately seeking volunteers for the following BBQ's:

  1. Bunnings BBQ on Easter Saturday (March 31st). It's a major fundraiser for the club so your help for a few hours would be greatly appreciated. 

  2. A mid-week BBQ at Bunnings on Thursday 12th April which is during the school holidays. Members and Friends of Rotary are invited to help out on this day if possible.

  3. The Werribee Mansion Fun Run on Sunday 22nd April from 8:30-11:30am for 1,500 participants. We stand to raise a substantial amount of money on the day because we will be one of only two food vendors. Lock it in to your calendar if you can assist.

Please send an email to Jason Daddy if you can assist at any of these events. 



We're now only a few weeks away from our big Rock 'n Roll night on Saturday 14th April at the Italian Sports Club. Have you booked yet? We want the joint to be rockin' and rollin' with as many people as possible.

The band will be Itchy Fingers, a very popular rock 'n roll group. 

The cost for the evening is only $60 per person plus drinks at bar prices.

Click here to view a flyer of the function.

Please contact Marty on 0418 349320 to reserve your table or click here to book through the Italian Sports Club website. Our function is listed under the month of April.

Let's all get together for a great social night for the club. Come's time to SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL.




Rotary International President Ian Riseley has set down the challenge to Rotary clubs around the world to plant one tree for each member during this Rotary year.

Our Community Committee is planning to do better than that. In conjunction with Wyndham Council, we will be having a working bee on Sunday 29th April to plant one tree for each year of membership in our club. The total number of years of membership is 750 (give or take a few years), so we will be planting 750 trees along the Werribee River near the Shaws Rd bridge. And we will need all hands on deck to get the job. 



The Rotary Club of Caroline Springs is hosting an afternoon tea on Sunday 6th May where you will hear from western suburbs identity, Les Twentyman.

With many years of experience behind him, Les will be talking about the problems that our youth in the west are facing. Many of the young people he comes in touch with are exposed to poverty, abuse, violence, discrimination and isolation. It's his wish and determination to achieve a positive future that is free from these challenges.

If you would like to attend this function, click here to view the details.


IN BRIEF........
  • Michael Redding reported that he and Joe Cumbo will be attending a function in Geelong on 28th March hosted by the Gordon TAFE. This is a scholarship awards night which will recognise the best apprentice students at the Gordon. Our club donated $2000 to the program. One student will receive $1000 and two others will receive $500 each.

  • Our best endeavours to cook breakfast for the Relay for Life participants last Sunday were thwarted when the event was cancelled late Saturday night due to high winds. Kathryn Williams sent the volunteers a text message at 5am on Sunday to advise that they could go back to sleep. Unfortunately, Ross Smith wasn't on her list of contacts so he turned up at a very quiet venue at 6am and wondered why there wan't much action going on. Our thanks go to Roly Wade who made the big effort of carting the van to and from the Relay but all to no avail. Also thanks to Adrian Burt and Brian Ahmed for supplying the bread rolls, eggs and bacon. The rolls were delivered to Manor Court and the eggs and bacon were returned to Brian.

  • Here is a recent picture of Andrea who seems to have shrunk a little since we last saw her.

  • Speaking of Andrea, she is moving out of the Conley household shortly and moving in with a family associated with the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook. They live in Newport.

  • President Ross expressed his thanks to everyone in our club who has hosted Andrea or taken her on holidays or on day trips.

  • Anthony Pante ventured to the Grand Prix last Sunday. Judging by the photo below, he and his mates had a good time at the after party. Not sure about the white jacket Anth.

  • Speaking of Anthony, congratulations for selecting the Joker in our raffle. He won $285 which will offset a small portion of his Grand Prix expenses.

  • Our footy tipping comp has kicked off with a big bang. The winners and grinners after the first week are Marty Vaina (he picked 9 out of 9) and Rob Fava who collected $10 for his nearest-the-pin selection in the first game. There's a long way to go.

  • Believe it or not, this is an image of our President. Is he wearing war paint or is it just face paint in support of his footy club? Or, instead of wearing his Rotary heart on his sleeve, is he wearing it on his face?



President Ross Conley


3rd April

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths Rd




Jason Daddy



Phil Purdy

Lyn Fava



Michael Redding

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
Apr 03, 2018
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